Pictured from left to right: Back row: Louis Wilkins, Oliver Pease, Harrison McKee, Kealan Randall, Brain Moore, Connor West, Nat Evans Front row: Sam Wright, Joel Sisson, Jake Small, Liam Ashman, James Chenery-Bowden, Kian Ovens, Suman Gurung, (Jake Wright not pictured)

It certainly wasn’t a typical 0-0 when Kingdown U18s played Commonweal School U18s in the county cup final at Stanley Park. Kingdown only played their semi-final on Monday which saw them qualify for the final after beating Bishop Wordsworth’s School 5-3.

Kingdown started the game well although didn’t see much possession whilst Commonweal School retained the ball during the early stages. There was a call up to the team for Louis Wilkins, Harrison McKee and Kian Ovens, all of which made outstanding contributions to the game. After a collision with goalkeeper Liam Ashman, Commonweal School were awarded a penalty on the 30th minute which struck the right hand post! This certainly saw a change in momentum! Kingdown had some excellent link play which created a few good chances, although no clear cut efforts on goal.

A tiring Kingdown team saw plenty of changes during the game in order for all players to make their mark. Kingdown made a strong start to the second half and Louis’ rasping shot clipped the top of the crossbar! Kingdown defended immensely and were resolute in defence! There were commanding performances from Jake Small and Sam Wright keeping it tight at the back.

Tenacious defending from Joel Sisson and Kian Ovens didn’t allow Commonweal to create any clear chances in the second half. With the 90 minute mark approaching and the prospect of penalties looming, both teams held their nerve to see the final go straight to penalties.

The nerve-jangling penalty shoot-out resulted in Kingdown taking the first penalty which hit the cross bar! Commonweal scored their first penalty but missed the next two and with Kingdown scoring their second, third and fourth penalties, it needed Brian Moore to score the last penalty. Brian struck the penalty well but it hit the post……only for it to rebound off the despairing Commonweal goalkeeper and into the back of the net. Kingdown crowned U18 county cup champions!