Youth Football: Thornbury Town knock out defending champions to reach County Cup final

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County Cup Semi-Final U16s

Swindon Village Bowmen 1 Thornbury Town 3

THORNBURY won a thrilling cup game, knocking out the defending champions to go through to the final of the Gloucestershire Cup against Cirencester Town on March 24.

There were chances for both teams early on but Thornbury took the lead after 14 minutes, Asher Budd heading into the net off a great cross from Zac Vaughan.

Town extended their lead midway through the half with a great free kick from Jake Barton finding Budd, who shot past the keeper for his second goal.

Bowmen pulled a goal back towards on the half-hour but Thornbury ended the half in the lead.

The hosts, frustrated with their inability to score, gave away a penalty with ten minutes to go.

Striker Josh Morris coolly placed the ball into the corner of the net to make it 3-1.

MOM: George Lear.

GFA U18 Shield - Semi Final

Mangotsfield United 2 Thornbury Town 1

Previously unbeaten Thornbury started this game against the cup favourites strongly, playing some great football.

It was no surprise that on the quarter hour a great run down the left by Lewis Alderman saw him cut inside the box to be upended by the full back. James Thomas stepped up to the mark for the second game in a row with the same result, hitting the ball in the back of the net to give Thornbury the lead.

After 65 minutes Mangotsfield pressure finally told when a penalty was awarded for a trip. Henry Roebuck in goal got close but could not keep the spot kick out.

Tight games are often won or lost on key decisions and when the referee failed to see contact on centre-back Will Brisco, who went to ground, the forward was left one on one with Roebuck and slotted home from a narrow angle.

Hanham Minor League Division E U11s

Aek Boco U11 Colts 1 Thornbury Town Colts 3

IN THEIR first game since mid-December, it was always going to be a nervous start for Thornbury, but after a scrappy first five minutes Karl Kauz opened the scoring with a left footed shot which curled past the opposition keeper.

Boco responded and on seven minutes had equalised.

Colts and Boco then battled hard against each other, until the last minute of the half when Kauz found the net with a trademark top corner goal from the edge of the box.

The second half started much the same and after four minutes Kauz again found the net, taking his season tally to 20.

MOM: Oskar Kauz & Karl Kauz.

Hanham Minor League Division B U10s

Thornbury Town 3 Longwell Green 1

THORNBURY Town ran out deserved winners against Longwell Green.

In the first game, Thornbury looked lively from the start and were rewarded when Freddie Harper tapped in from close range.

Longwell Green had good possession and struck back to make it 1-1.

Theo Stowell made it 2-1 with a cool penalty and Thornbury closed out an exciting game.

In a tense second game Thornbury started to dominate with tough tackling and intelligent passing from Kieran O'Brien, Joe Pearmain and Peter Gregory in particular.

The game looked destined to be scorless until man of the match George Baker, who had been a constant thorn in the side of Longwell Green's defence, finished a slick move with a crisp left-foot finish.

Thornbury (first game): Rowen, Stowell, Stone, Thomas, Moss, O'Donnell, Harper, Gadish, Harris and Cockle.

Thornbury (second game): Lee, Gregory, Pearmain, King, O'Brien, Ebanks, Baker, Jeanes, Chapman and Wilson.

Hanham Minor League Division C U11s

Thornbury Town 2 Ashton Boys 2

PAST performance and current table positions suggested that the game against Ashton Boys would be close and this was borne out by the scoreline.

Ashton opened the scoring after 12 minutes.

Thornbury’s equalising goal came 20 minutes into the half when Adam Cain deftly flicked the ball into the Ashton goal from a powerful corner provided by Kieran Perrett.

Ten minutes into the half Harley Fuidge made a trademark solo run to blast the ball into the back of the Ashton goal with a powerful right foot shot.

Ashton responded well and managed to bring the score level with a goal in the final minute of play.

MOM: Sam Sturt

Friendly

Thornbury Town U14s 3 Redlands Raiders U14s 1

THORNBURY gained their first win of the year in a convincing manner against Redland Raiders.

The home team were soon rewarded with a goal when Will Ferguson played a lovely ball over the top for on-rushing striker Louis Ogilvie to latch onto and score.Redland started to create their own chances and they drew level when they beat the offside trap.

Thornbury regained the lead through Henry Ogilvie, who managed to keep the ball in play and back-heel it into the net off the closing defender.

The home team extended the lead when Louis Ogilvie took control of the ball in midfield and played a great ball to his brother Henry, who finished convincingly to make it 3-1.

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