marched through to the next round of the North West Youth
Alliance Open Cup with an entertaining 2-1 win over Warrington
Town that needed extra time to separate the two teams.
started the brighter but were unable to make their early
dominance tell. Kane Joyce and Justin Schall on both flanks
were tormenting the home sides full backs with Adam Bezzina
holding the ball up really well up front. On 26 mins Bezzina
turned his marker on the edge of the box and fired in an
unstoppable shot into the bottom corner to put Mossley 1-0
did their best to disrupt the young Lilywhites passing game,
conceding a number of free kicks as a result and on 34 mins
one such challenge on Schall resulted in him leaving the
field with ankle ligament damage.
half drew to a close, the home side became more of a threat
going forward, continuingly thumping the ball forward long
for big centre forward James Anderson to contest.
second half started with Warrington on the front foot. Again
the plan involved the long ball pumped up to Anderson. Although
the Lilywhites continued to play their football the game
became more of a battle and as a result Nat Martin and Callum
Harkin found their way into the referee's book.
mins Harkin allowed Scott Bakkor to turn him on the touch
line and in the proceeding chased Harkin tugged at Bakkor's
sleeve in the box, leaving him in a heap on the ground,
giving the referee no choice but to award the home side
a penalty which was duly dispatch past Nick Howard by Anderson.
the restart Mossley began to press again and on 73 mins
a clever through ball from Martin put Bezzina clear on the
edge of the box with only the keeper to beat but his resulting
shot struck the home keepers knees.
game went into extra time and it was Mossley who went ahead.
On 98 mins Jordon Rutter raced down Mossley's right flank
and sent a tremendous cross in that was finished in style
now were desperately seeking the equaliser that would have
sent the tie to penalties and fired long ball after long
ball at the away teams defence. In the last few minutes
Warrington keeper Vaughan came up for 2 corners the second
of which was cut out at he near post and left Joyce racing
from his own area and the Warrington team racing to get
back to defend their empty goal in some what comical fashion,
only for Joyce to run out of steam on the half way line.
youth team have showed throughout the season that they are
a talented group of players who can play attractive entertaining
football. On Sunday they showed they can not only play football
but are prepared to battle to grind out a result if necessary,
a spirit epitomised by Mitch Wood and Ryan McNee who were
immense at the hart of the Mossley defence.
by Rob Byrne