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NFA U16s Sunday Cup Final Match Report

Play Soccer USA 3G Arena, home of Eastwood Community FC, played host to The Nottinghamshire FA U16's Cup Final between Hucknall Sports YFC and…

Both teams started brightly, but more of the play was in the Hucknall half, and with Beeston starting to see more of the ball and applying more pressure they had the first sight of goal in the ninth minute with Ben Johnson trying his luck from range outside of the area, which Daniel Khiari was equal to making a smart save low to his right.

Two minutes later the Hucknall keeper made an even better save, this time Luke Ward received the ball with his back to goal and spun his defender. His shot from 10 yards was tipped onto the post by a great low save to his right from Khiari.

On 12 minutes Hucknall had their first real sight on goal with Travis Shooter cutting in from the right but his shot went across the face of goal and just wide of Marshall Wrights far post in the Beeston goal.

Johnson was then again involved for Beeston, his trickery outside the box found him some space to get a shot in on goal, but it flew just past the top corner, then from a corner Hucknall could not clear the ball and it fell to Ryan Mills in space but he pulled his shot across the face of goal and wide.

Then in the 30th minute Hucknall again failed to clear a ball into their box and with his back to goal Mills leapt into the air with a stunning overhead strike that looped over the despairing dive of Khiari and into the top corner of the net, a goal to grace any final, 1-0 to Beeston.

Mills was again involved minutes later, a great strike from outside the area which beat Khiari but also the post, however on the stroke of half-time Luke Ward did make it 2-0 with a header past Khiari to put Beeston in total control.

A crazy ten minute spell at the beginning of the second half effectively finished off this final, only three minutes into the second half Kamani Wilson met a left wing cross at the back post to make it 3-0 then three minutes later he scored his second as his shot across goal was chased down by the Hucknall defenders but agonisingly rolled across the line before it could be cleared for Beeston's fourth.

Then eight minutes into the second half Beeston were awarded a freekick just outside the area in a central position, Jack O'Leary curled a gorgeous freekick over the wall and into the corner of the net, the Kian 'Joey' Mills made it 6-0 two minutes later.

In the 20th minute Hucknall had a chance for a consolation but Joe Perry headed the freekick just over the bar.

The final eight minutes of the final ended the way the second half had begun with Beeston creating more chances, on 32 minutes Wilson struck the bar, on 35 minutes James Corden had a shot cleared off the line following a goal mouth scramble, in the 37th minute Mills shot across the face of goal but the ball flew just past the wrong side of the post and on 38 minutes Khiari made a great 1-on-1 save, however all the pressure did produce a goal in the final minute as Morgan Furnell placed the ball through the advancing Khiari's legs to make the score 7-0.

Beeston were crowned The Nottinghamshire FA U16's Cup Final champions and James Corden was named Player of the Match for his match winning performance.

Match report from Craig Lee.

Photographs courtesy of Alexandra Johnson Photography - https://www.alexandrajohnsonphotography.co.uk/