Extra time win for Under 18s

The Under 18s made the long trip to Burnham Ramblers in the EJA Inglby Cup last weekend with an injury depleted squad.

The Saints started brightly having the lions share of possession but struggled to create clear cut chances until deep into the first half. Ralfe found Clarke with a through ball who rounded the keeper and hit a goal bound shot that was cleared off the line by a Ramblers defender.

Half time: 0-0

The second half was a similar story although the Saints began to create more chances with Banergee going close with a smart turn and shot in the area that was brilliantly saved by the Burnham keeper. However, the Saints took a deserved lead in the 85th minute when a swift move down the right found Armstrong who beat the defender and his cross was met by the oncoming Lawrence who dispatched a left footed half volley into the net.

The game was all but won until a rare Ramblers’ break beat the offside trap and allowed the home side to level the scores in the 89th minute.

Full time: 1-1

The first half of extra time was the same pattern but remained goalless. In the second half, the Saints continued to look for a winner and went ahead when Banerjee flicked on a long Wilkins throw to leave Ralfe with an easy tap in at the back post. The Saints looked comfortable but, with 2 minutes to go, a mix up in the box saw the Ramblers again grab an equaliser.

Extra time: 2-2

Penalties! Burnham went first but the kick was superbly saved by Galatis, diving to his left. Banerjee stepped up for Saints to score – sending Burnham’s keeper the wrong way.

Galatis saved the next one with a low save to his right and Hossen scored for the Saints to put them 2-0 ahead in the shoot-out.

Galatis was now full of confidence and pulled off another save low to his left leaving Ralfe with the opportunity to win the game. He stepped up and smashed his kick in off the underside of the bar. The Saints were finally through to the next round of the competition.

Men of the match: Jarvis Wilkins with an excellent display at right back and midfield and Saints’ keeper Sam Galatis who had very little to do during the game until the shoot out – saving 3 out of 3 penalties.

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