Peter Mendes leaves it late to seal Peter Davies Memorial Trophy success for Manor Youth over local foes Young Stars!
PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 August 2017
Hafiz Ahmed delighted with team after eventually breaking down solid Young Stars defence to continue preparations for Kitroom Cup
Manor Youth’s under-15s ensured a busy and pleasing week for boss Hafiz Ahmed ended on a high, as they won the Peter Davies Memorial Trophy after a 2-1 win over Young Stars FC.
Juned Ahmed and Peter Mendes netted for Hafiz Ahmed’s team with Mendes scoring in stoppage time to secure his side some silverware.
The final was played in memory of Aftab Miah who passed away in East London last year and the players lined up for a minutes silence to show their respect before kick-off.
The last time these two met was in the Young Stars Showcase Football Event last season as Newham and Barking & Dagenham representatives with Young Stars winning the game on penalties, despite a strong Manor Youth performance.
As the game kicked off both sides fought hard for possession and gave it their all, with both teams looking organised and tactically prepared.
However it was Manor Youth who broke the deadlock after Juned Ahmed finished off Shueb Rahman’s long pass, controlling the ball swiftly before tucking it in underneath the Young Stars keeper with a neat finish.
Young Stars responded well and created several chances of their own before after 10 minutes they got the equalizer from a brilliant move from midfield.
The pace of the game failed to slow with both sides creating numerous opportunities during the rest of the first half, but failing to take them.
The second was tighter, but Manor Youth pushed for a crucial second, just couldn’t find a way past Young Stars defence.
And then, with time running out, Mendes popped up to slot home from six-yards in stoppage time to seal success for his team ahead of the Kitroom Cup, which takes place next month.
“This has got to be one of the best Manor Youth matches I have ever seen in my life, both teams gave their all, but our boys dug deep, stayed strong, fought till the end and got the winner,” said Hafiz Ahmed.
“Credit to Young Stars defence they proved so hard to break down in both halves and yet again they proved their solidity and discipline at the back.
“I also have to give credit to Young Stars goalkeeper, who was man of the match by far and to Patrick Ogbogu and his staff because its always an honour to play with against you guys.”
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