Under 14's Border Counties Cup Winners

Roman Rangers approached the under 14s cup final in great spirits after an excellent league campaign which saw them sit proudly at the top of the table but knowing they had possibly there two toughest games of the season against an exceptional MK Gallacticos side whose league position gave no indication of the immense talent within their team. For both sides this was their first experience of a cup final and the nervousness was clearly apparent to the coaches from both sides.

The game kicked off with the teams very evenly matched and chances very few and far between but other than a few corners for each side neither keeper was required to make any serious saves. The size of the pitch resulted in both sides making lots of substitutions and this may be stopped the them from playing the style of football they had done in the previous meeting and the first half ended 0-0.

Roman Rangers U14 Cup Winners 2018/19 Team Line-ups

At half time which asked the team to show more quality and confidence when in possession of the ball but ultimately keep competing with the Gallacticos and the chances would come.

The second half began very much in similar fashion to the first and chances being at a premium until Mohammed Mahbub used his electric pace to break clear of the Gallacticos defence before the keeper made the best save of the game to deny him when he looked certain to score. With the possibility of extra time and penalties becoming a real possibility the game changed after a scramble the ball fell invitingly to Bradley Smith who steadied himself before striking the ball low into the bottom corner of the net and give rangers the lead.

Roman Rangers under 14's celebrate their cup victory
Roman Rangers under 14's celebrate their cup victory

Gallacticos had real urgency in there play with only 10 minutes left of the game and piled on the pressure to Rangers goal but the defence stood firm and did an excellent job protecting Finley in goal and they were able to see out the time and record their first league cup success.

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