Manor Youth complete memorable Newham Youth League double
PUBLISHED: 08:17 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:17 20 February 2017
Muhammed’s last-gasp strike settles cup final
Manor Youth under-14s completed a double with a dramatic victory over Newham Open Youth in the Newham Youth League cup final at the Old Spotted Dog.
A crowd of 250 saw the Manor Park youngsters lift the silverware after a 1-0 win, their seventh successive victory in the competition without conceding.
But they had to withstand early pressure from their rivals, who created the early opportunities, and held firm thanks to great defensive work by captain Abaan Patel and Aswad Muhammed.
Manor improved after the restart, with Taher Mahmood and Mahatir Mohammed linking up well to create chances, and their work rate and team spirit forced Newham Open on to the back foot.
Juned Ahmed went close to breaking the deadlock, but his effort was cleared by a defender, and Taher Mahmood saw a shot from a tight angle fly just wide.
But Manor kept pushing and won a corner in stoppage time, from which Mahatir Mohammed’s shot was saved and Shafiiq Shipkoylee’s follow-up was also blocked, before left-back Aswad Muhammed fired home the only goal of the game.
Skipper Patel said: “This has got to be the game where we all worked the hardest as a team. It was not easy but we hung in there and got the win after a big fight.
“We worked so hard preparing for this event and had to make sure all that hard work and effort didn’t go into waste. Well done to all the boys and I want to also thank our manager Hafiz Ahmed who has played such a big part in helping us both on and off the pitch.”
Manager Hafiz Ahmed was pleased with the performance of his side, adding: “Hard work and sacrifice won. We did everything the right way and our intentions were right when we came into this game.
“Regardless of the game situation our boys never panicked, we always stayed positive and there was not a single moment in the game were our boys gave up which I’m so proud of.”
Manor Youth will now focus on upcoming training sessions, friendly matches and tournaments until the summer, with everyone in the camp looking forward to what the future can bring to the club.
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