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Ashbourne Aztec Under-18s produce defiant display to beat LRT

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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AHSBOURNE Aztecs showed plenty of defiance to become champions.

It looked a daunting prospect at kick-off as, due to injuries and holidays, Aztecs played with nine players for most of the game, against a full-strength LRT.

But the nine Aztecs, including two players nursing injuries, stood firm against overwhelming odds and won.

Although they were under pressure in the first half, keeper Charlie Mansfield and defenders Jordan Walton-Gibson, Louis Anthony, Charlie Wibberley and Kristian Brightmore showed true grit.

However, Hayden Millward suffered an injury, forcing the Aztecs to regroup.

Aztecs probably had the best chances in a goalless first half, with Henry Ainsworth and Jake Smith going close.

LRT were dangerous on the flanks but any shots were dealt with by the capable Mansfield.

In the second half, Walton-Gibson ran 60 yards to create an opportunity for Smith, who teed up the onrushing Brightmore to hammer in the first goal.

Credit to Steve Ebbrell, Josh Dales and Ainsworth for their incredible resilience in midfield to thwart the LRT advance.

Dales then made it 2-0 after meeting a Smith free kick.

LRT applied pressure but Mansfield was in magnificent form, with Anthony and Wibberley also strong.

However, pressure told and LRT pulled one back to create a nailbiting finale.

Ebbrell almost made it 3-1 to Aztecs with a long-range shot before LRT struck the upright with seconds remaining.

In the end Aztecs ran out worthy winners to seal the title and they now face Doveridge Red in the Cup final at Mickleover Sports on Sunday, May 4 (1.30pm kick-off).

LIAM Scott scored a hat-trick as Ashbourne Aztecs took control against Spondon Dynamo Colts.

Scott and Josh Dutton enjoyed good possession and freed the two wingers, Matt Griffiths and Max Winbow, to attack the visitors' defence.

Griffiths was particularly effective and grabbed Aztecs' first goal when he slotted home after Dutton's precise pass.

Charles Owens had two efforts which were blocked by the Spondon keeper before Scott drilled home Ashbourne's second.

Just before the break, Scott added his second after a determined run.

In the second half, space began to open up on the right as MacDonald-Lowe and Griffiths created numerous chances for Owens, Joe Barke and Sam Phillips.

Regan Major then released Max Winbow, who lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper to score his first goal of the campaign.

The away side finally got on the score sheet with a terrific shot from outside the box, before a wave of attacks by Aztecs.

Dutton and Owens both fired wide and Phillips was not able to get on the end of a Barke cross.

Phillips then turned provider on the right wing, feeding Major but he was unlucky when his shot bounced out off the post.

Scott eventually got his hat-trick when he latched on to a bobbling ball to make it 5-1.

DUFFIELD Dynamos had to play second fiddle as Ashbourne Aztecs U11s finished their season in style.

Leopards soon got into their passing game and their first goal came after great work by Thomas Harris, Sam Glossop scoring.

Aztecs were in a confident mood and their second goal was a carbon copy of the first with Glossop pouncing from close range.

The defenders Joe Mee, Will Birkett and Evan Hope worked hard and were helped by keeper Brad Pegg, who was having a fine game.

Leo Cooper scored Aztecs' third and the midfield trio of Leo Cooper, Sam Glossop and Tommy Cokayne were attacking at every opportunity.

Alex Cheetham and Harris were making some splendid forward runs and were causing Duffield's defence all kinds of problems.

Substitutes Tom Brandrick and Daniel Linthwaite also shone.

Aztecs managed to get a fourth before half-time. A great shot from Cooper was saved and Glossop latchced onto the rebound to complete his hat-trick.

Leopards started the second half well and increased their lead when Cheetham volleyed home.

Harris then scored with a curling strike into the far corner.

Duffield pulled a goal back but Harris scored his 30th goal of the season to make it 7-1.

Will Birkett looped a header over the keeper to compete the scoring.

CHAMPIONS Ashbourne Aztecs U10s played their penultimate game of the season against a Sinfin Sharks side battling for the runners-up spot.

Sinfin started the match with an attacking formation but that allowed the Aztecs to dominate in midfield with Dylan Hinde, George Rushton and captain Sam Keeling shining.

Kian Walwyn and Corbey Williams went close for Aztecs before Max Williams weaved his way through the Sinfin defence and scrambling the ball home at the second attempt.

Luke Griffiths and Alfie Allcock defended superbly for the Aztecs after the break, while Joss Naylor, making his first appearance of the season, played well in up front and was named man of the match.

However, two minutes from the end Sinfin levelled to share the spoils.

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