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Aztecs win a thriller to celebrate double

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

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ASHBOURNE Aztecs Under-18s football team have completed the double.

Already crowned Burton Junior League Division One champions, they edged past Doveridge Red U18s 3-2 in a thrilling, well-fought cup final at Mickleover Sports.

Doveridge took an early, third-minute lead but the Aztecs hit back when their leading scorer, Jake Smith, sped through to lob home an equaliser.

However, Doveridge continued to press and an unfortunate error at the back gifted them a second to make it 2-1 and the Aztecs had to dig deep.

Up front, Conor Richins and James Ingram carved out a number of opportunities and eventually Smith popped up to fire in the second equaliser before half-time.

After the break, Aztecs pushed forward, with Josh Dales, Steve Ebbrell and Kristian Brightmore taking charge in midfield.

Doveridge continued to threaten with their pace but Charlie Wibberley, Louis Anthony, Harrison Avery and Jordan Walton-Gibson stood strong at the back.

Brightmore created problems on the right and set up Smith, who crossed for the dependable Richins to give Aztecs the lead.

The last 25 minutes were frantic and Aztecs goalkeeper Charlie Mansfield saved the day when he parried a fierce goalbound drive.

Aztecs kept their shape and celebrated a 3-2 win.

But Doveridge deserved credit as they went so close to dashing the double dream, with Alex Fowler named their man of the match.

The Aztecs management team featured Wayne Smith, Martin Hellaby and Mike Gibson.

AZTECS U18S SQUAD: Charlie Mansfield, Harrison Avery, Jordan Walton-Gibson, Charlie Wibberley, Louis Anthony, Kristian Brightmore, Steve Ebbrell, Josh Dales, James Ingram, Jake Smith, Conor Richins, Henry Ainsworth, Nathan Lee, Harry Hellaby, Dan Lear, Sam Goddard, Sam Forrest, Tom Macdonald-Lowe, Hayden Millward, Kit Macdonald.

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