League’s first finalists from this area
Midland Youth Floodlit League Cup
Rugby Town Juniors Youth 2
Rushall Olympic Youth 1
Rugby Town JFC continued their good form with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Rushall Olympic in the Midland Youth Floodlit League Cup semi-final. It was also a significant landmark for the club, becoming the first side from this area to reach the cup final in the league’s history.
Rugby also had three late injuries to contend with, losing captain Gabe Barnwell, midfielder Nic Brandish and left back Danny Bowes.
With a squad of eight under 17s and eight under 18s Rugby had out their youngest side all season. The game started well for Rugby as they imposed their passing style early on and created a number of half chances. It was in the 43rd minute that Sam Lockley broke down the left and pulled the ball back to Cam’ron Barrett, who pushed it onto his right foot and hammered an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner.
The second half was made more difficult by a hard working Rushall Olympic side, who got their reward on 68 minutes when a defensive mix-up resulted in the ball being bundled over the line for 1-1.
This set back seemed to inspire Rugby, who created a number of chances but failed to convert along with two legitimate penalty shouts dismissed by the referee.
In the 87th minute substitute Jake Warmington calmly placed a right-footed shot into the bottom right hand corner for the winner.
Rugby showed maturity and managed the game very well. The final will be held at Bromsgrove Sporting FC on April 26, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Team: J Thornton, C Gamble, C Jones, J Redhead, M Clark, E Flaig (C), H Sawyer, B Badu, S Lockley, S McClintock, C Barrett.
Subs W Harris, L Jones, B Pollard, J Warmington, H Bartrum.