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Managers Thoughts: U18 v Carshalton Athletic [A] – FA Cup

Matt's thoughts on what was a fantastic performance in the FA Youth Cup. Beating Carshalton Athletic by 5 goals to 1.

Carshalton
1
Worthing
  • Gould (44')
  • Aguiar (55', 70')
  • Campbell (63', 80')
5
Mon 15 Oct, 2018 FA Cup

The game was played in a fantastic spirit with both sides very keen to play their own passing game from the off. The first half saw us on the back foot trying to figure out ways to break Carshalton down but to little avail. We eventually went behind which was probably the wake-up call the side needed. With a minute to play, a fantastic cross from Benfell saw Gould provide a superb flick which rolled in to the far corner.

At half time it was clear that despite not being at our best, we were still very much in this game. A change of personnel and shape saw Campbell come in to the forward position alongside Gould.

We started the second half with much more desire but also a calmer approach when in possession. We started to dominate the game and really took it to the opposition. After around ten minutes Aguair beat two men on the edge of the box before firing a fantastic left footed strike in to the bottom corner, 2-1.

The boys continued to play with such a tempo that Carshalton could no longer deal with them, superb passing football found Campbell on the edge of the box who shifted the ball before firing powerfully in to the next, 3-1.

With the 3rd goal, the boys appeared to sit off for a period of 5-10 minutes, in this period Carshalton looked to have scored a certain goal but for Relf, fresh from first team duty, to pull off one of the best saves I’ve seen to prevent the Carshalton attack once more.

The boys switched it on again, and Aguair began stealing the show, beating 4-5 players and finding his way in to the box to fire home. An outstanding goal, which mirror a similar solo goal against Eastbourne Borough.

With around 10 minutes left, Campbell again found himself in the box to fire home.

A result the boys really deserved, and to hear opposition fans clapping the boys and telling them how much they enjoyed watching them, left me very proud of the side and individuals involved.