after extra time, Stockport won 4-3 on penalties.

Cheshire County FA District Youth Cup
played on Sunday, 7 March, 2010


STOCKPORT & DISTRICT FA YOUTH (All red): 1. Nathan BECKETT, 2. Ryan STRINGER, 3. Cameron MANNING, 4. Josh GRANITE (capt), 5. Jack WAREING, 6. Michael MARTIN, 7. Jack PARSONAGE, 8. Will WAREING, 9. Jonny COOKE, 10. Tre BALDWIN-WILSON, 11. Ross NEEDHAM. Subs: 12. Matt BRADY, 14. George HODGETTS, 15. Chris MUYIWA-GEORGE, 16. Andrew FITZGERALD, GK. Joe MALLILEU.

ALTRINCHAM & DISTRICT FA YOUTH (Yellow shirts and socks, black shorts): 1.James THORN, 2. Ben SHAWCROSS, 4. Rory BRADBURY, 5. Dominic BATES, 3. James SMART; 7. Jamie BROWN, 8. Dan SHAW (capt), 6. John BENNETT, 11. Niall SHERIDAN; 9. Kieran MADDEN, 10. Michael LINNEY. Subs: 12. Joel BROWNHILL, 14. Andy GAMBLE, 15. Ryan MARSDEN, 16. Glodi KUBA-KUBA, GK. James FOSSDYKE.


After Stockport had started the game better than Altrincham, they suffered a major blow in the fifth minute when a kick upfield from keeper Thorn set Madden running into the box. The Alty striker was brought down by the Stockport left-back, Manning, who was sent off - with barely five minutes on the clock.

Eight minutes later Altrincham took the lead and with their man advantage it might have been expected that they would run out comfortable winners against a ten-man opposition; but it was to prove otherwise. Alty's goal came when Madden fed Shaw who did well to control the ball and feed Linney, who scored well, sliding the ball across the advancing keeper into the far corner of the net as Jack Wareing rushed back, but too late to clear the shot.

However, any thoughts that Stockport would surrender were far from correct. After 25 minutes, Stockport made a change, bringing on 14 for 10 in what appeared to be a tactical move to address their one-man shortage. The visitors comfortably held their own as the game past the half hour mark and, indeed, it was they who won the next two corners in the game. From the second of these, Thorn just got his finger tips to the ball to claw it to safety. Then the impressive Stockport no.6, Martin, was booked for a two-footed challenge as his side showed more passion for the game at this stage.

But Linney did then test the Stockport keeper and a corner resulted (40 mins). And, as half time approached, Smart got to the by-line but his cross from the right went across the face of goal without being converted (43 mins). But half time arrived with Alty still leading 1-0 without having played at their best.


Right, Alty celebrate their second goal.

After a fairly uneventful opening to the second half, Smart was booked for sliding in with a tackle (53 mins). After this Garnite was also booked for mouthing-off. From 30 yards, Hodgetts then forced a diving save from Thorn, who palmed the shot away to his right (55 mins). At the other end a Sheridan effort landed on the roof of the net. Soon after this, Brownhill came on for the booked Smart, with Sheridan moving to left-back to accommodate the newcomer (59 mins).

Following an up and under from Shawcross, Shaw did well and his shot could only be taken at the second attempt by Beckett. On the hour mark, Bennett dived into a challenge and got himself booked. Five minutes later the booked midfielder was replaced by Andy Gamble (65 mins). Four minutes after this, Brady replaced Stockport's Will Wareing as Alty continued to misfire and not impose their one-man advantage on the opposition. And Stockport got the reward for their hard work, when their impressive midfielder, Martin, made himself space before driving an excellent shot into Thorn's left hand corner from outside the box to make it 1-1 (72 mins)

Soon after this, Kuba-Kuba replaced Madden up front for Altrincham (74 mins). Alty almost responded in spectacular fashion when Kuba Kuba advanced on the left and from his cross, Linney executed an excellent overhead shot which forced a good save to give his side a corner on the left (70 mins).

In the 79th minute Altrincham regained their lead when Linney fed Shaw. The Altrincham captain made room well before firing into the roof of the net from 22 yards (79 mins). Play was then briefly interrupted for treatment to Bradbury. Soon after this, another good shot from Shaw forced Beckett into a save, completed only at the second attempt. After some pressure from Stockport, Kuba-Kuba made a fine run up the right as he continued to show that his introduction had had a positive effect on Altrincham's performance.

Altrincham looked to have ridden out the final minutes successfully and the Cheshire FA officials began to gather to make the presentations when a hopeful long ball up the middle was missed by Bradbury, allowing Needham in on goal. Thorn came out and brought the Stockport man down and the Alty keeper saw a red card as a result (90 mins). With the game two minutes into added time, Bradbury donned the green shirt and almost redeemed his error with a great attempt to stop the penalty by Hodgetts. But the shot squirmed out of his grasp as he dived to his left, and its momentum took it over the line to make it 2-2.

Alty now faced 30 minutes with a defender in goal but they played well to prevent Bradbury having much to do. In fact, Kuba-Kuba went close for Altrincham (98 mins). In the second period of extra-time Stockport's Jack Wareing was booked and they also brought on Fitzgerald for Hodgetts (110 mins). Altrincham could not break the deadlock and so the game went to a penalty shoot out, with stand-in keeper Bradbury having to face five spot kicks.

Alty started the penalties with Shawcross scoring confidently, before Parsonage equalised. Next, Brownhill restored Alty's lead but Needham levelled again. However, Altrincham's Sheridan then saw his spot kick saved before Granite made it 3-2. Next, Bates hit the post but Stringer also missed for Stockport, his effort hitting the bar to leave the score 3-2 to Stockport. Linney restored parity but when Fitzgerald made it 4-3 it was all over for Altrincham who had failed to capitalise on 85 minutes playing against ten men.

after extra time; Stockport won 4-3 on penalties.