London Cup cheer for Aztec Blues
PUBLISHED: 08:22 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:22 14 March 2017
Aztec Blues 2 Ryan 0
Aztec Blues under-12s clinched the London FA County Cup with an extra-time win over Ryan at Mile End Stadium.
They created the majority of chances during normal time, with Callum Morris forcing a fine first-half save from the Ryan keeper, who took the man of match award.
Top scorer Titas Sveikauskas went close on a couple of occasions, while Isaac Sijuade’s pace and skills were a constant threat on the left and led to plenty of opportunities for himself and his team-mates.
Defenders Tom Anderson, Harrison Casey, Jay Modza-Smith and Luca Chigbo held firm as Ryan struggled to make much of an impact, but the scoreline remained blank and the two sides went into extratime.
Aztec’s pressure finally told in the second period as captain Alex Kerr, having dropped back into midfield from an unfamiliar striking role, fired a low drive home from the edge of the box, despite the keeper’s attempts to keep it out.
Ryan pushed forward looking for an equaliser, but Louie Apicella made a good save with his legs and Aztec then countered for Harry Penn to curl a 25-yard effort into the net to seal victory to the delight of joint managers Grant Apicella and Duncan Kerr.
Aztec, who were formed in Dagenham in 1970, will look to complete a double as they are still in the hunt for the Echo Premier League honours, before the club folds this summer.
Aztec Blue: Luca Chigbo, Callum Morris, Jay Modza-Smith, Jude Jones, Thomas Anderson, Harrison Casey, Isaac Sijuade, Harry Penn, Louie Apicella, Alex Kerr, Titas Sveikauskas.
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