On a sunny afternoon at Meadowbank, Motspur Park scored two late goals to land a phenomenal comeback and lift the Thorpe Park U12 Youth Cup.
Claygate Royals made an incredibly positive start to the game. They passed well and controlled the tempo in the opening 5 minutes. Their skipper Marley Gould led by example as he shone in the opening period.
Motspur Park came into the game eventually. Milo Venzano Peters was a focal point up top for them, linking up play well and pressing Claygate’s backline.
Claygate Royals had their first chance of their game in the 13th minute – Marley Gould’s ambitious shot from outside the box was tipped for a corner by Motspur keeper William Hallo. Claygate continued to push on, with Daniel Sadler running the show on their left-hand side.
Claygate broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. Jack Webster scored the opening goal after Motspur keeper was unable to gather the ball – Jack was at the right place, at the right time and he fully took the opportunity to give them the lead.
They continued with the same intensity for the rest of the half. Ambrose Rowse looked lively, with his tenacity and ability to put constant pressure on defenders with Claygate leading at the interval.
Motspur Park started the second half with better energy and intensity. Mohammed Salehi Saba epitomised this with his rapid dribbling and doggedness in the middle.
The Motspur forwards showed much better desire to attack Claygate’s defence – had more shots and created better chances in the final third. Artin Hajimirazel’s shot from outside the box was saved by Jack Porter in the 47th minute.
Claygate later found themselves in a favourable 3v1 situation as they launched a counterattack. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to capitalise on this situation. Special mention to Mostpur’s Luke Gait who did well to defend this 3v1 situation and recover the ball - preventing a goal.
Claygate would soon regret this missed chance, as Mohammed Salehi Saba equalised with 3 minutes of normal time to play. Motspur sensed it coming, and Mohammed managed to sneak the ball in, bringing them back level.
The game took a massive twist in the final few minutes as Motspur Park won a penalty in the 3rd minute of stoppage time. Milo Venzano Peters assumed responsibility from the spot and did not disappoint - as he drilled the ball into the bottom right corner leaving the keeper with no chance.
A fairy-tale ending for Motspur Park in this amazingly contested match, as they went on to lift the Thorpe Park U12 Youth Cup in emphatic style!
Goals (Motspur Park): Mohammed Salehi Saba (57’), Milo Venzano Peters (60+3’)
Goals (Claygate Royals): Jack Webster (19’)
MOTM (Motspur Park): Milo Venzano Peters
Referee: Daniel Bright
Assistant Referee: Harry Williamson
Assistant Referee: Libby Cantwell
Fourth Official: Sidney Ward
Claygate Royals: Ambrose Rowse, Callum Cowell, Daniel Sadler, Harry Harding, Henry Smith, Jack Porter, Jack Webster, James Coffin, Marley Gould, Nicholas Vasylyshyn, Oliver Webb, Ollie Sangster, Oscar Davey, Rocco Compton Patterson.
Motspur Park: Jun Choi, Charlie Deasy, Sebastian Edwards, Luke Gait, Artin Hajimirzael, William Hallo, Micah Parrott, Mohammed Salehi Saba, James, Shirley, Jack Tickel, Milo Venzano Peters, Pieter Wepener.