Panthers on the prowl after semi win

PUBLISHED: 18:26 06 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

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KNEBWORTH Youth Under-14s Panthers reached the Royston Crow League Cup Final after a fine 1-0 semi-final extra-time win over Ware Clarets. It was a meeting between two teams towards the top of the RCYFL First Division. Both were very strong and had played

KNEBWORTH Youth Under-14s Panthers reached the Royston Crow League Cup Final after a fine 1-0 semi-final extra-time win over Ware Clarets.

It was a meeting between two teams towards the top of the RCYFL First Division.

Both were very strong and had played out close matches when they met earlier this term.

The Knebworth boys were well prepared by Paul Pearson and Ian Ferguson and up for the challenge.

Panthers spent a lot of time in Ware's half but it was not all one-sided.

The Clarets made some great breaks and Knebworth keeper Craig Maylan had to protect his net on more than one occasion.

However, the tie was still goalless at half-time.

The second half was much the same, with both side attacking.

Knebworth had a few chances but could not finish and the game was played at a very high pace right to the final whistle.

The cup tie went into extra time and Knebworth, who had won their quarter-final on penalties, did not want another spot-kick decider.

Committed to winning in the extra period, Panthers soon took the lead.

The chance fell to Chris Thornton and he found the back of the net with a fantastic strike to register the crucial goal.

For both teams the rest of the match was a real test of stamina.

After giving it their all for the remainder, neither could muster another goal.

Knebworth were delighted to reach the cup final by beating one of the toughest teams in their league.


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