Galaxy in cup heaven

KYPC Galaxy U10...4 FC Amble U10...3 (aet)

NEYD U10 Cup, Round Three

FC Amble were knocked out of the NEYD Cup in a thriller of a game against KYPC Galaxy at Amberley Playing Fields in Killingworth.

After a cagey start, Galaxy produced the first clear-cut chance after a good strike on goal that was matched by a great stop by T Hall in the Amble goal.

Hall was also on hand in the ninth minute to once again foil the Galaxy attack with an even better save after diving full-length to keep out a drive.

From the resulting corner, Galaxy took the lead after a shot deflected in-off an Amble player to leave the young keeper with no chance. 1-0.

This seemed to wake Amble up and they went close with efforts from R Paton and D Armstrong.

Amble then conceded a penalty after a trip in the box which resulted in Galaxy going 2-0 up after the ball went in off the underside of the crossbar. Amble gave themselves a chance when they pulled a goal back before the interval.

J Ford played a lovely ball in to R Paton who fired a shot. The keeper parried only for D Ramshaw to pick up the rebound and tucking the ball away. 2-1.

Amble came out fired up after the break and were level after 28 minutes when K Goodwin played the ball over the top of the Galaxy defence into the path of D Handyside who finished in style to get back level at 2-2. Amble continued to press but were caught out with a through-ball which was well finished to leave them trailing 3-2.

Amble managed to get themselves level again when B Handyside made a powerful run up the wing and then cut inside and let loose with a powerful strike for 3-3.

This sent the match in to extra-time and Amble dominated the first period of extra-time but could not find the back of the net.

With penalties looming Galaxy once again broke away and scored the decisive fourth goal with only two minutes left on the clock to progress in to the next round.

Amble continued to press down the right flank with M Kerr pushing on and putting in a couple of good deliveries but to no avail as time ran out for the young warriors who gave everything they had.

This match was a great advert for mini soccer with the game being played in the right spirit in what was a totally enthralling cup tie which could have gone either way.

Spurrelli’s man-of-the-match: Daniel Ramshaw.