Teens earn Stripes with a cup double
PUBLISHED: 16:35 20 May 2015
Potters Bar United U17 Stripes completed the cup double at the weekend to add to their Premier League and Cup double last season.
Their first final of the season saw the team compete in the U18s League Cup where the team defeated a resilient Letchworth Garden Eagles side 2-1 in extra-time.
The match was dominated by Potters Bar and despite going behind to an early goal, the Stripes were awarded a penalty with seven minutes to go which was calmly put away by captain Scott Hanley at the Hertford Town stadium taking the game into extra time.
It was not until four minutes from the end however when the Stripes’ domination eventually came to fruition with Rob Orchard pouncing on a loose ball to win the tie for United to secure the cup.
A week later, the second final took place at the Hive, home of Barnet FC where the team competed in the Mid Herts U18s Premier Divisional Cup against the Premier league champions Cuffley Youth.
Once again this game had a dramatic ending and with Potters Bar staring a 2-0 defeat in the face with 12 minutes to go, it was once again Hanley who netted to reduce the deficit.
With just 13 seconds left of the match, Connor Fallon smashed the ball in from close range to draw the tie level and take the game into extra-time.
With the ascendency in the match with United, chances started to be created.
When Tom Adie drove the ball into the net from the edge of the area the game looked over.
However, Cuffley equalised with eight minutes to go only for Potters Bar to attack again with Joe Clegg netting from close range to win the tie and secure the cup double.
Potters Bar manager Graham Morris said: “I am absolutely delighted for the players.
“These boys don’t know when they are beaten and to do this against boys that are a year older is a fine achievement for the team in what has been a great climax to the season.”
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