Match Reports, 2003-04
EUXTON VILLA (0) 0
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (2) 6
NW Youth Alliance
Premier Cup Semi-Final Match
on Sunday, 14 March, 2004, at 2pm.
ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH : 1. Barry GEORGE, 2. Adam DOUTHWAITE, 3. Matt TOOTH, 4. Kelvin LUGSDEN, 5. Josh COLLINS, 6. Joe CONNOR, 7. Paul LEWIS, 8. Lewis CHALMERS, 9. Kieran LUGSDEN, 10. Steve LUNT (capt.), 11. Stevie TAYLOR. Subs: 12. Andy THORPE, 14. Stuart COOK, 15. Sam CAWTHRA, 16. Adam BALL, 18. Tom READ (gk).
Report courtesy of George Heslop, Youth Team manager.
Absentees from the line-up were Alex Frost (broken toe), Steven Howarth (discipline) and Stuart Cook (on the bench, but unwell). Steve Lunt captained the side for the first time, in the absence of Frost.
Following a pre-match chat about complacency, Altrincham came out firing on all cylinders as, on a greasy pitch, they got off to a flying start. After just 3 minutes Josh Collins emerged out of defence and found Joe Connor who put Stevie Taylor clear on the left. His good ball found Kieran Lugsden who set up Steve Lunt for the opening goal and an early lead.
After 8 minutes, following Tooth's throw from the left, Lunt and Kieran Lugsden fed Stevie Taylor on the left. He cut in and finished with aplomb. Euxton fought gamely and caused Alty some problems with crosses and corners but Barry George dealt with these very competently. Half-time arrived with Altrincham two up - but at a cost. Injuries to Lewis and Taylor meant they had to be replaced at the interval by Thorpe and Cawthra.
|Half-Time: EUXTON VILLA YOUTH 0 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 2|
Thorpe went into right midfield and Lunt moved to the left. Cawthra came in for his debut, up front with Kieran Lugsden. The first half hour of the second period was competitive but with Altrincham having the lion's share of the game. After 73 minutes Joe Connor won the ball and passed to Chalmers whose pass split the defence and found Thorpe on the right. Andy cut in and made it 3-0. Euxton now pushed men forward but paid the price as Altrincham cut them to ribbons.
Ten minutes from time Matt Tooth's freekick found Kieran Lugsden and he turned and shot. His effort hit the post but rebounded to Connor who shot home from 15 yards to make it 4-0. Two minutes later Adam Ball replaced Adam Douthwaite and, with his first touch, he made it 5-0 from a pass by Kieran Lugsden (84 mins).
Finally, Andy Thorpe found Kieran Lugsden who played in Sam Cawthra. He beat the keeper with an exquisite chip to crown his debut with a goal. Indeed, all three substitutes had come on and scored for Altrincham. This was an excellent team performance and earned the lads a final against Morecambe at a venue and date to be arranged. In the Premier Cup, Altrincham have scored 14 goals without reply this season.
|Full-Time: EUXTON VILLA YOUTH 0 ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH 6|