Lewes Bridge View U16s 3-2 Three Bridges Colts U16s
By Lorraine Bonner
Three Bridges U16s lost in the Sussex County Cup Final with a goal in added time
The first half was an end-to-end affair but Lewes Bridge View started lively and came close in the 3rd minute when Dexter Sherin floated a free-kick in which was met by the head of Alfie Keelin who hit the crossbar. In the 15th minute, Alfie Barnes fizzed the ball across to Alfie Haggar at the back post but his effort was well saved by Harry Charman in the Three Bridges goal. LBV came close again just five minutes later when Sherin tried his luck from distance but his effort dropped just over the crossbar. Three Bridges had their own chances though and Luke Scott came close on 22 minutes, shooting narrowly over the bar following an excellent Nick Kinnear through ball. Bridges came close again 3 minutes later when George Gunning cut inside and cured one into the top corner but it drifted just wide. LBV came close again on 28 minutes - with the players appealing for a penalty, the ball ricocheted out to Barnes who struck and hit the bar.
Bridge finally broke the deadlock on 35 minutes after a melee and scramble in the 6 yard box but MEDOU SARR managed to tap in at the back post. Haggar had a couple of attempts to draw LBV level but the first was saved by Charman and the second was well blocked by the defence. Barnes had a chance for LBV in added time of the first half when he found a little space at the back post but dragged his shot wide.
Three Bridges had a change of goalkeeper in the second half with Harry Powling replacing Harry Charman. Lewes Bridge View came out strong and equalised within two minutes after Tom Cooklin threaded the ball through to Robert Malila to smash the ball past Powling. Two minutes later LBV had a chance to take the lead when Barnes was left with a 1-on-1 but Powling managed to smother the shot. However, LBV managed to take a deserved lead on 53 minutes when Sherin's cross to the back post found Alfie Keelin who volleyed the ball in.
Medou Sarr had a free kick in a dangerous position on 60 minutes but unfortunately his attempt went straight at Joe Still in the LBV goal. However, Bridges got the equaliser on 62 minutes when ERIK KAZO LAERT rose highest to meet a corner and direct his header powerfully past Still.
Lewes Bridge View started to pile on the pressure again and came close a couple of times with just 3 minutes of the game remaining - Haggar struck toward the bottom corner which was brilliantly tipped away by Powling on 77 minutes and in the first minute of added time Barnes ran through for LBV but his lofted effort went over the onrushing Powling and dropped just over the crossbar.
With the game now two minutes into the three minutes of added time, and as everyone was thinking the game would be going into extra time, LBV got the winner. Daniel Addy headed across goal and Alfie Haggar was there to tap in.
Bridges went all out and had everybody up for a corner in the dying minute, including the goalkeeper, but the ball came out to Barnes who found himself through on an empty Bridges goal with just Luke Scott running back for Bridges who pulled Barnes' shirt and was subsequently sent off.