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St Albans City U18s 5 Cockfosters U18s 3

The Under 18s were at home in the league on Sunday and, in spite of all the rain, Clarence Park pitch was in good condition giving the Under 18s an opportunity to deliver a positive display after not having played for three weeks.

The Saints started brightly, moving the ball well and looking dangerous on the attack. However, it was Cockfosters who took the lead following a fluid move and cut back. The Saints responded well with shots from Owen and Orde producing two top class saves from Cockfosters’ keeper. The Saints levelled through Owen with a finish through a group of players that found the bottom corner. Orde was then unlucky after seeing a shot from outside the box hit the upright. Lankshear then hit a good strike but this time the crossbar saved Cockfosters.

Cockfosters were still looking dangerous and regained the lead through their impressive no 10 who started the move in midfield and then finished the move with a goal after making a late run into the box.

The Saints again pressed and got a deserved equaliser after the ball broke loose in the box from a corner and Carmichael’s low shot found the bottom corner of the net. 2-2 at half time.

The impressive game continued where it left off with Cockfosters keeping the ball well. However, with Saints coming down the slope, they began to dominate and took the lead with Orde finding Owen in the box. His touch was heavy but he managed to square to Lawrence who made no mistake from five yards. Cockfosters equalised again following a cross that wasnt cleared and was finished smartly.

It wasnt long before the Saints restored their lead with another slick move through the midfield resulting in Orde breaking free in the box to set up Wilkins who finished well. Saints then extended their lead with another excellent move through the midfield. This time Ralfe found Lawrence on the edge of the box and he slotted through a ball for Lankshear who hit a low shot through the keeper. Saints saw the game out with 10 men, following a sin bin, taking a deserved win and maintaining their unbeaten run in the league.

Man of the Match went to Saints’ left back Moray Hinkson.

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