COUNTY YOUTH CUP FINAL: Whitehaven 3-2 Workington

Having featured in both men’s and women’s senior Cumberland Cup finals, there was a strong Reds connection in the Youth Final, with the bulk of the Development Squad playing their part in a cracking game at Frenchfield.

Sam Christian completed a special double by appearing in both the Senior and Youth finals with Callum Bell and Alfie Schofield also involved in the two games under the Cumberland FA banner.

Development coaches Craig Johnston and Scott Christian were in charge of the team which just fell short against an older, more experienced Whitehaven squad.

Whitehaven made the better start against an anxious-looking Reds and their early dominance was rewarded with the opening goal after twenty-one minutes. 

Shane Tyson netted from close range but only after a brilliant ‘slalom-type’ run from Josh Foster had created the opportunity.

Reds were struggling to get their passing game going but when they did it paid instant dividends in the thirty-third minute.  A slick four man move down the right culminated in Christian advancing into the box and guiding the ball beyond Alfie McGuire for a well taken equaliser.

Whitehaven restored their narrow advantage two minutes after the restart with a bizarre goal.  Callum Wilson’s free kick from out on the flank was floated towards the far post, appeared to evade the Reds ‘keeper and a Whitehaven attacker, with the ball ending up in the net amid confusion as to who got the final touch.

Workington then had their best spell of the game and levelled matters for a second time thanks to Ben Carini who headed in from six yards after fifty-six minutes.

They also saw a Brad Keenan shot rebound off the post.

The matchwinner came from the penalty spot eleven minutes from time as a collective hush descended on the ground.  Joe Carney stepped up and confidently blasted the ball past Lucas Walker and the noisy celebrations resumed.

One final chance fell to Reds but Jack White spooned a great chance over the bar and Whitehaven were home and dry.

John Rogerson presented the cup to Whitehaven skipper Josh Foster after handing the players their medals.

Team: Lucas Walker, Oliver Hiddleston, Callum Bell, Owen Johnston, Harley Edmondson, Cade Bales, Sam Christian, Alfie Schofield, Jack White, Luke Bewsher-Canon, Keegan Holliday.  Substitutes – Ben Carini, Brad Keenan, Brad Barwise, Harrison Drysdale, Bobby White.

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