Chester FC’s Scholars made it to the National League U19 Youth Alliance Cup Final this afternoon with a superb victory over Boreham Wood Blues.
A Cain Noble brace, added by Dion Jones and Iwan Murray goals, made it a fantastic afternoon for the young Blues at County Offices. Bradley Sach’s header was nothing more than a consolation for the visitors.
Calum McIntyre’s side started quickly, and nearly had the lead inside sixty seconds. Lloyd Marsh-Hughes advanced with the ball on the right, played the ball across the box for Iwan Murray to find Louis Hayes – but he fired over from inside the box.
Marsh-Hughes’ poked effort was then stopped by the Wood keeper following Rhain Hellawell’s clever pass – but the home side did take a lead into the break.
On the half hour mark, Alex Downes’ pinpoint delivery from the left was headed home at the back post by Dion Jones.
Just over a minute after the interval, Cain Noble made it two – swivelling inside the box and firing in via the inside of the post.
A third goal just after the hour showcased the youngsters counter attacking football at their very best – Iwan Murray charging forward one on one with the defender, before smashing home right footed.
Three quickly turned to four as Noble got his second of the game, prodding the ball beyond the keeper following Murray’s deadly cross from the right flank.
Boreham Wood’s consolation came from their captain Sach, who nodded home from Thomas’ cross from the right.
The visitors were reduced to ten men right on full time, as Iliman Ndiaye was shown his second yellow card.
A trip to Walsall to face FC Halifax Town beckons for the stars of the future. Congratulations, lads!
Starting XI: Gale, Thomson, Jones, Wallis, Dobson (c), Downes, Hellawell, Noble, Marsh-Hughes, Murray, Hayes. Subs: Kendrick, Cottrell, Crilly, Hardman, Molyneux.
Scorers: D Jones 30, Noble 47 & 66, Murray 62; Sach 74.