By Andrew Roythorne
QEGS were edged 1-0 in a very narrow match against Trinity in the final of the U18s City Cup with only a lone goal from Josh Morely separating the two sides.
The first half was largely uneventful with both sides both happy to sit back and figure each other out as Ryan Bracken was a commanding figure at the heart of the QEGS defence but Trinity's defensive pairing of Roseary and Robinson kept the previously potent partnership of Aynsley and Usher quiet.
The only moment of note was a debatable penalty incident involving live wire striker Joe Usher. The striker, in his last game for QEGS, took the ball round the Trinity centre back and went down, albeit dramatically, under the challenge. Despite numerous protests from the QEGS team the ref waved play on.
QEGS started the second half brightly thanks to an array of subs by 'Louis van Karl' Rinder but it was Trinity who took the lead early on thanks to a strike from Jack Hannah. Josh Morely picked the ball up in midfield and slid a ball between the QEGS central defenders, which Hannah curled first time past a despairing Dawson.
The blue and whites made a raft of attacking substitutions which almost instantly bore fruit. Makeshift left-back Watt took an ambitions shot from range which was fumbled away by Lythgoe in the Trinity goal; Hollings then heading agonisingly wide from the resulting corner.
The yellows looked very dangerous on the counter attack and a second goal nearly came for the Carlisle based side. A poor kick from keeper James Dawson when far out of his box was grasped in midfield and an audacious long shot was creeping in over Dawson’s head until the star keeper scrambled back and clawed the ball away from a corner.
The Penrith side piled on the pressure towards the end of the game with Trinity looking dangerous on the counter attack. However, despite the industrious attack an equaliser just couldn't come leaving Roper and Co bitterly disappointed.
After the game departing forward Usher said “I’m gutted that we lost by such a narrow margin but I’m also gutted to be leaving such a great squad behind."
Trinity coach Mr Foster said ‘I’m delighted for the boys with this win but I have to give credit to the QEGS keeper thanks to a truly fantastic save.’
QEGS: Kieran Trevaskis, Alex. Richardson, Ryan Bracken, Jake Marshall, Mark-Lucas Winspear, Reece Simpson, Jamie Roper, Jamie Street, Searus Aynsley, Jamie Wostear, Joe Usher Subs: James Dawson, Daniel St. John, Jack Lloyds, George Hollings, Alex Watt.
Trinity: James Lythgoe, George Roseary, Adam Robinson, Joe Lightfoot, Jack Crowther, Josh Morely, Kieran Salkeld, Jordan Hodgson, Dylan Atkinson, Jack Hannah, Vinnie Wong. Subs: Ryan Docherty