City end with a win
ST ALBANS City Youth Disability ran out comfortable winners against Brighton and Hove Albion DFC by four goals to nil on a hot day on the south coast on Sunday. City dominated the match throughout and only a combination of poor finishing and some very go
ST ALBANS City Youth Disability ran out comfortable winners against Brighton and Hove Albion DFC by four goals to nil on a hot day on the south coast on Sunday.
City dominated the match throughout and only a combination of poor finishing and some very good saves from the Brighton goalkeeper prevented a cricket score.
City opened the scoring after a Pete Bishop corner somehow made its way through a penalty box full of players to skipper Anthony Roche at the back post who calmly cut inside a defender and lashed the ball home with his left foot from 12 yards out. The second goal was well worked as Roche set Kieran Webster free on the right wing, who took on the full-back before playing a delightful pass back inside for Roche to fire into the top corner for his 47th goal of the season in all competitions.
Further chances were wasted before half-time although City had a goal of the season contender disallowed by the linesman's flag after Roche hit a 30 yard pass with the outside of his right foot over the defence for strike partner Rob Drew to run onto and volley over the keeper and into the net from 20-yards out.
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City did not let up in the second half, with the industry of Bishop and Toby Smith in the centre of midfield providing the platform for City's attacks.
The third goal arrived after a good run down the right wing from David Impey, who beat a couple of defenders before pulling the ball back to Roche who gave up the chance of a hat trick to unselfishly pass for Drew to drill into an empty net. The fourth was scored by Webster, a reward for an excellent display from the youngster, although the Brighton keeper was unlucky not to keep out Webster's effort.
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On the few occasions Brighton attacked, City's defence led by Matt Caller and Hayden Brown were able to prevent any danger allowing keeper Hayden Fryer to keep a clean sheet.
Manager Dan Rogers said after the game: "I was delighted to finish our league season with a good win. The result confirmed our best ever points tally in this league, which is more than the last two seasons combined.
"It shows the team is improving as we build towards entering a disability team in the North and Mid Herts League next year.
"If any players with disabilities are interested in joining us for next season we will be entering teams into a number of different competitions to provide many more opportunities to play, at appropriate levels, for each player.
Details are on the disability section of www.cityyouthfc.com
City team: H. Fryer, C. Harpur, M. Caller, H. Brown, G. Darling, D. Impey, T. Smith, P. Bishop, K. Webster, A. Roche, R. Drew; Subs D. Augustine, T. Ward, R. Peters, J. Webster.