AFC Fylde

Southport JFC 1-3 AFC Fylde

2018/19 Lancashire FA U18 Boys Youth Cup Final, sponsored by NHS Quit Squad. Report by George Hodgson (UCLan)

AFC Fylde ran out winners over Southport in the NHS Quit Squad U18 County Youth Cup Final.

After two enthralling cup finals, the third of the day certainly wasn’t a slow starter and Fylde hit the front inside 10 minutes.

Midfielder Harry Brown picked the ball up 20-yards from goal, got his head up and sprayed a perfectly weighted lofted ball for Cameron Hollywood, who directed his header across goal and into the bottom corner of the net.

Southport grew into the game as both defences remained solid, but on the half hour mark Fylde’s goalkeeper, Lewis McPartland, was dealt a scare when the wind almost saw the ball bounce over him from a Southport long ball.

The Coasters’ captain James Stanley then had to intervene with a last-ditch tackle, to nick the ball away from Ellis O’Keefe who looked set to score after a lovely Southport move.

Fylde then went close as half time approached, when Hollywood worked room for himself inside the box and shot low only for Goudie to get down and save well.

And the shot-stopper produced an even better stop in the last second of the half when he raced off his line to block a vicious volleyed shot from Kai Shorrock.

Seconds after the restart it was Goudie who produced another huge moment, when he saved from substitute Sheldon Green whose effort from a yard out was saved after a low cross from Shorrock.

That save proved to be the motivation for Southport and on the hour, they drew level through Charlie Allen who wormed his way through on goal and poked the ball into the bottom corner.

Southport gained momentum and Rustam Stephans went close moments later, forcing a smart save from McPartland after a neat turn and strike.

But Fylde rallied once more and with just over 15-minutes to play they were presented with the ideal chance to restore their lead from the penalty spot.

Leon Wright was brought down inside the box and up stepped the No.7 to calmly roll the boll home and fire the Coasters back into the ascendency.

Fylde were gaining the upper-hand and with ten to play Green produced a moment of sheer class to seal the win with an audacious chip over Goudie after the forward raced clear on goal.

Southport huffed and puffed to try and force a way back into the game but Chris Ganner’s side were too strong and determined in defence of their lead.

The game ended 3-1 in a final that belonged to AFC Fylde’s youngsters, to top off a memorable weekend for the club.

Southport JFC

George Goudie, Charlie Tannant, Dylan Dunne, Adam Forrest, Brad Elms, Jake Carberry-Fearns, Josh Brooks, Adam Hurst, Rustam Stepans, Ellis O'Keefe, Charlie Allen

Substitutes: Dan McCreith, Tom Preston, Dylan Fairfield, Matt Moran, Connor Farrell

AFC Fylde

Lewis McPartland, Kai Shorrock, Leo Roberts, James Stanley, Jack Byrne, Aaron Aiton, Leon Wright, Harry Brown, Cameron Hollywood, Mitchell Sutton, Jack Wyers-Roebuck

Substitutes:  Saul Ashcroft, Thomas Grindrod, Harvey Macadam, Sheldon Green, Rory Kelly

Referee: Jordan Crossley

Assistant Referee: Martin Smith

Assistant Referee: Gavin Prior

Fourth Official: Nigel Usher