Whittington U18 0, Ash Aztecs U18 7
ASHBOURNE Aztecs Under-18s moved a step closer to claiming the title after a comprehensive win over Whittington on Sunday.
Charlie Wibberley and Henry Ainsworth were dominant on the right flank and Jordan Walton-Gibson and James Ingram caused problems on the left, all providing opportunities for Jake Smith and Hayden Millward to plunder.
However it took 30 minutes before Aztecs broke the deadlock, when Millward headed to Ingram, who slammed in the first.
The second half was a different prospect as Aztecs got into their stride, with Kristian Brightmore and Steve Ebbrell dominating midfield as the supply chain for the forwards and Ingram’s pace told when he raced through to fire in a second.
At the back Louis Anthony, Sam Forrest, Walton-Gibson and Harrison Avery were always in control, enabling Avery to surge forward on a series of mazy runs, which ended in the ball breaking to Smith, who slotted home.
Constant pressure began to tell on the home defence and teasing through balls to Smith were his food and drink as he sprinted past defenders on a further three occasions to hammer home three more well-taken goals.
Millward was unlucky not to get on the score sheet, Avery hit the bar, Ainsworth blazed just wide and Ebbrell scorched the post before a long kick from Mansfield found the in-form Smith, who rounded off a personal best, cracking in the seventh and his fifth.
This Sunday, Aztecs take on local rivals Mayfield in the semi-final of the cup.
Riverside U10 0, Ash Aztecs U10 2
ASHBOURNE Aztecs Under-10s are two wins away from being crowned champions after moving 11 points clear at the top of the table with victory at Riverside on Saturday afternoon.
The Riverside defence held firm in the first half, with Kian Walwyn battling hard but no luck, and Cameron Grady running so hard he came off with a stitch.
Charlie Gill had a one on one against the keeper but unfortunately the shot flew over the bar and Max Williams came even closer after a brilliant free-kick struck the bar.
Dylan Hinde came on midway through the first half and was desperately unlucky with a couple of chances that were cleared off the line.
Riverside poised their own threat on the counter attack and had a few chances but the defence of Luke Griffiths, Alfie Allcock and Corbey Williams held firm.
With 10 minutes remaining the breakthrough goal came after a ball by Allcock to Hinde found Max Williams, who beat his marker and fired a beautiful curling shot into the top corner.
Luke Griffiths in goal had to be on his toes from further Riverside attacks before Walwyn forced a corner with five minutes to go.
Allcock delivered for a towering Williams header which found the net.
AZTECS: Griffiths, C Williams, Hinde, M Williams, Allcock, Walwyn, Gill, Grady, Keeling.