Weston super Mare from the Premier division travelled to Larkhall Athletic for a much delayed semi final tie. Both Weston and Larkhall are riding high in their respective leagues and a mouth watering match was very much in prospect. The teams did not disappoint a large crowd who witnessed a fine game of controlled football that would have graced any pitch in the country.
Weston started brightly and had a few chances to open the scoring. They pressed hard and played some delightful one touch football. Larkhall took some time to get into their stride and pick up the pace of the game. Goalkeeper Sam Jones was in fine form for the hosts and saved point blank shots from Troy Hayes and Jake Mawford. On the stroke of half time Larkhall took the lead from a mix up in the Weston goal mouth when Ryan Ashford was through on goal and they were on balance went in the better side.
In the second period the Weston lads pressed again but neither side could find the killer goal. The game entered extra time with both teams tiring after a titanic struggle. Jake Mawford collected the ball from the halfway line, jinxed round players and hit an unstoppable shot from fully 30 yards. At the other end Ryan Ashford popped up again and clipped home the perfect equaliser. The game went to penalties with Weston coming out on top 7-6.
It was a game that could have gone either way and was a credit to Somerset Floodlight Youth League football.
The final is between Weston super Mare and Bitton on 14 April KO 7.45 Woodspring Stadium Weston super Mare. Adults £4 U 16s (on production of ID) £2
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