Hatfield Town Youth beat Abbotts to reach county cup last four
PUBLISHED: 11:13 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009
HATFIELD Town Youth booked their place in the Herts County Cup Under-18s semi-final with a 3-0 away win at previously unbeaten Abbotts Youth. Bruce Tahon hit a brace and DJ Broux netted the other as the Times Territory teenagers claimed a fine quarter-fin
HATFIELD Town Youth booked their place in the Herts County Cup Under-18s semi-final with a 3-0 away win at previously unbeaten Abbotts Youth.
Bruce Tahon hit a brace and DJ Broux netted the other as the Times Territory teenagers claimed a fine quarter-final triumph.
Hatfield got off to a dream start after just five minutes.
Broux drifted past his marker on the left before seeing his shot saved by the keeper. But Broux picked up the rebound and fired home.
With regular keeper Crane out through injury, Tony Keast took up the gloves for Hatfield and his safe handling kept Hatfield in the match as Abbotts pressed for an equaliser.
Ben Salmon had his hands full with Abbotts' lively forward and on a bog of a pitch Alex Edwards and Scott Brinkley had to work hard to prevent their opponents dominating the game.
But after withstanding early pressure, Hatfield broke away on 20 minutes and Edwards released Tahon down the right.
The striker cut in before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the far top corner to give Hatfield a 2-0 lead.
Abbotts then came back strongly.
Keast was finally beaten by a well-struck free-kick, but his luck was in as the ball hit the crossbar and over as Hatfield held out to half-time.
Hatfield's injury jinx then struck again as first right-back Liam Daley had to go off injured and then left-back Matt Johnson limped off.
Karl Storey and James Upson came on as Hatfield had to reshuffle their defence.
Abbotts Youth then began to gain the upper hand as Hatfield tired.
At times their goal led a charmed life as shots were blocked and corners cleared.
But their biggest let-off came when the ball was squared across an open goal with no Abbotts forward on hand to poke home.
At the other end Hatfield almost made the game safe.
Tony Cleaver blocked a penalty area clearance, and as the richochet headed for the top corner, the Abbotts keeper dived across his goal to make a stunning save.
Hatfield had several chances to kill off the tie but could not find the finishing touch.
But five minutes from the end they did wrap up the game when Keast's long kick was flicked on by Upson to Tahon.
He beat his marker, rounded the keeper and tucked the ball away to secure his team a semi-final place.