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The Under 21s celebrate

The Under 21s celebrate

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Late victory in Play-off Championship final

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Supporters cheering on the Under 21s

Supporters cheering on the Under 21s

Rugby Town U21s completed a terrific double last Thursday night when they came from a goal down to secure the U21 Play off Championship final against Cannock based Heath Hayes.

The game, played at Coleshill Town on a bobbly uneven pitch, was a credit to the league as both sides tried to play football. Early possession and dominance for Town saw Charlie Cook and Harry Reilly go close with McGahey penetrating the Hayes defence on numerous occasions.

Hayes had the ball in the net after 33 minutes but their joyous celebrations were short lived by a linesman’s late flag. The rest of the half petered out and it was stalemate at half time.

Town came out for the second half in a more determined mood. With good possession and interplay they took control of the game and missed chances. Cook flew one past the post, Print missed a glorious chance at the back post and the keeper made some terrific saves.

Sean Conaboy and Harry Reilly, who will be leaving in July to take up two-year scholarships coaching and playing in America, pictured with SFF director Dan Elliott

Sean Conaboy and Harry Reilly, who will be leaving in July to take up two-year scholarships coaching and playing in America, pictured with SFF director Dan Elliott

As the cliché goes if you don’t take your chances it will come back to haunt you and so it proved on 80 minutes. Hayes on the counter attack created confusion in the town defence and the Hayes Number 9 gleefully popped the ball in the net.

It was a long haul back for Town but they upped their game and stuck four up front and on the 86th minute it was rewarded from one of the set plays. Substitute Dylan Oshudy rifled the ball into the roof of the net from a standing position - a remarkable goal.

It got better for Town two minutes later when another surging run from his own penalty area by McGahey fed Aiden Print. His cross fell to Charlie Cook, who steadied himself, looked up and fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom left hand corner amid wild celebrations and relief from the players coaching staff and supporters.

Well done to the squad, team and coaching staff in what has proved to be a great season. The team and club will be picking up awards for the League and Cup double, Manager of the Year, Top goal scorer in the whole of the Midland League, hospitality and team of the division.