Panthers savour trophy success

PUBLISHED: 16:56 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 26 October 2009

Knebworth Youth Panthers Under-14s after winning the cup

Knebworth Youth Panthers Under-14s after winning the cup

HARRY Tuttle hit a brace as Knebworth Youth Panthers Under-14s won the Royston Crow League Cup Final 2-1 against Biggleswade United. Panthers were under no illusions that they were favourites to claim the silverware, but their opponents had some fantastic

HARRY Tuttle hit a brace as Knebworth Youth Panthers Under-14s won the Royston Crow League Cup Final 2-1 against Biggleswade United.

Panthers were under no illusions that they were favourites to claim the silverware, but their opponents had some fantastic players and had beaten the best to reach the final.

As the game kicked off the nerves on both sides immediately started to show.

The Bedfordshire side made a few air kicks, and Knebworth also scuffed some.

But in the opening 10 minutes it was Biggleswade who took the lead after an own goal.

Spectators could see this was going to be a thrilling game as Knebworth created some great chances but could not beat Biggleswade keeper Sam Wyer.

There were also some fast breaks at the Herts team's goal, which stopper Craig Malyan picked up.

It was 1-0 to United at the break, but the game could still have gone either way.

Knebworth dominated the opening stages of the second half and had a few close encounters but the ball would not cross the line.

The leveller eventually came when Tuttle scored a spectacular lob.

Knebworth piled on the pressure and Chris Thornton had a powerful shot which hit the underside of the bar and bounced out.

With 20 minutes to play and the scores still level, Biggleswade struck several times at goal and won a number of corners but the Knebworth defence kept clearing the danger.

For Panthers, Charlie Pearson kept driving it down the other end.

With just five minutes to go before extra time and perhaps penalties, Knebworth broke away.

A goalmouth scramble ensued which saw Wyer make a save but the ball was eventually forced over the line by Tuttle.

Once ahead, there was a nail-biting last five minutes for the Panthers fans to endure.

United never gave in, but Knebworth held their own until the final whistle.

Panthers are back in league action on Sunday when they are at home to Maypole Colts.


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