U12 League Cup S/F.
Brading Town 2 v 1 Newport.
( Louie Fleming 1, Jonathon Wheatley 1 )
Congratulations to the Colts under 12 side.
With the fixture having been cancelled at Newport, several weeks ago, due to the bad weather, it was with relief that the game was rescheduled to play at Broadlea.
Newport, having been beaten in the League, in the previous fixture between these two sides, were now determined to progress to the Final.
With Brading having won the toss, they opted to play with the strong wind in their favour. With the game barely five minutes old, a fine passing move from Brading opened up the Newport defence, only to see a last ditch tackle put the ball out for a corner. Aidan Radford delivered a perfect cross high into the Newport area, it fell perfectly for Louie FLEMING, whose volleyed across the keeper and into the top corner of the net. 1-0.
It was the perfect start for Brading, who were now playing with a renewed confidence. When another move down the left hand side, released Jonathon WHEATLEY, he raced clear of the Newport defence and slotted past the stranded keeper. 2-0.
Newport were being restricted to shots from outside the area, with Ollie Lovell and Shay Phillipson, doing a fantastic job of tidying up at the back. A swift break down the right from Zak Leverett, involving Charlie Bligh and James Turner, caused confusion in the Newport midfield and when the ball was adjudged to have struck the defenders arm, a penalty was awarded. Unfortunately, the resulting penalty from Fleming sailed over the bar.
The game was now flowing from end to end, the chances were now being limited, both defences holding a good line. A Newport attack had Corey Hallet scrambling across his area to collect a loose ball at the feet of a Port striker, but that was the last of the first half action.
The second half started with Newport having a lovely flowing move, they were stopped in their tracks, first by Radford and then Matthew Archer. Newport were now playing with the wind in their favour and it showed, as it had with Brading in the first half.
A rare Brading break away, saw Fleming’s second touch let him down and the keeper collected with ease. The resulting goal kick dropped just beyond the Brading midfield, causing confusion on the edge of the area. Harry Burton was alert and cleared for a corner. The resulting corner was dealt with quite easily, but as the ball fell just outside the area, aNewport midfielder struck an unstoppable shot, beyond the despairing dive of Hallet and into the top corner.
Newport sensed that they might now get something from the game and were pressing the Brading back into their own half. Fleming was cutting a lone figure up front. Newport thought they had an equalizer, when a looped a high ball went beyond Hallet, only to see Archer intercept the effort and clear the ball down field.
Charlie Bligh again released Fleming, who was adjudged offside. There were several attempts to break the Brading back line, but with the Colts holding firm and defending for all they were worth (Davey Crockett) would have been proud. Newport couldn’t get through.
With the final whistle came scenes of joy as Brading had progressed to their second Cup Final in 3 seasons, a fantastic achievement after an indifferent season so far.
Well done boys, you thoroughly deserved the victory, now lets see if we can win the Cup again.?