Abaan Patel the hero for Manor Youth as they reach final of Kitroom Cup
PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 September 2017
Hafiz Ahmed proud of his young team for battling past NLYA United in last four of tournament
Manor Youth captain Abaan Patel scored a late header in a dramatic semi-final win for his side, as they defied all the odds to reach this Sunday’s Kitroom Cup final after a 1-0 win over favourites NLYA United in stoppage time.
Ahead of the tournament, the Newham boys were given a boost with the return of Taher Mahmood and Shafiq Shipkoylee and came through the group stages with two wins and a draw to their name.
Those results set up a last four clash with NLYA and the match-up between two of the best youth sides in the capital lived up to expectation.
In an end-to-end start, chances came the way for both sides, before Manor started to dominate.
After half time NLYA struggled to cope with the pressure being exerted by Hafiz Ahmed’s team and the north Londoners made several fouls.
Manor continued to create several chances though, with Hasibur Rahman’s 20-yard strike hitting the post and Taher Mahmood’s free kick being tipped over the crossbar as they remained on top.
They continued to push for a late winner and with the game looking destined for extra time, and possibly penalties, captain Patel headed in Shueb Rahman’s corner with literally the last action of the contest and as the final whistle blew, the team celebrated with their parents and coaches.
After the game, Manor Youth Head of Youth Football Ahmed said: “This was all down to planning.
“We had a plan and was able to adapt to whatever situation was thrown at us and we was tactically prepared throughout.
“My boys were up against some of the best players and teams around East London, but proved our solidity by working hard and digging deep to go and get the winner, which we fully deserved.
‘We can now look forward to another final which we know will be difficult, however with our current form and the way we played we can give any opposition a game out there.”
Manor Youth will play Somers Town Futures of Camden in the final on Sunday, with a venue and kick- off time still yet to be confirmed.