Joy for Juniors with win in Glendale Festival final
Lowick U10s 1-1 Berwick U10s(Lowick won on penalties)
Lowick U10s won the Glendale festival Cup with a win over Berwick in the final. But it was a close run thing, with the trophy being decided on a penalty shoot-out.
Berwick had some good early possession but without really offering any goal scoring chances, except for a shot from a tight angle hitting the outside of the post. It continued this way for the first ten minutes, both teams trying their luck from long range but usually, off target.
A Berwick player did take a volley full in the stomach and went down hard, the game was stopped and after some treatment, he was able to continue – tough kid, the volley was hit as true as possible.
The game restarted with a drop ball, and Lowick sportingly gave it back to Berwick. Lowick came in to the game a little more, and slightly against the run of the play scored to go 1-0 up through a good finish in to the bottom corner.
Berwick were soon back level, when, after some good pressure, a low shot from distance went through a couple of players and nestled in the bottom corner.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with Berwick having more of the play. They did create a couple of good chances, but either wasteful finishing or impressive goalkeeping kept them out.
Lowick were dangerous on the break, and a few times threatened the Berwick goal but similar to their opponents, were not clinical enough or shot wide.
A succession of corners for Berwick nearly got them a goal, but some great last ditch defending from Lowick kept them at bay. With under a minute left Lowick broke forward and had a chance to win it, but they found the Berwick keeper in top form, and he saved well at the striker’s feet.
The game ended 1-1, and so headed in to the worst possible way to settle a game – penalties. Both sides nominated five players, Berwick won the toss and elected to go second.
Both teams scored their first penalties. Lowick hit the bar with their second, and Berwick had their shot saved. Lowick then put their penalty just wide of the post, but the Lowick keeper again saved.
Lowick’s fourth penalty was superbly saved by the Berwick keeper, but Berwick again had a penalty saved.
Lowick then scored their fifth penalty, and when Berwick stepped up, the Lowick keeper saved his fourth consecutive penalty, giving Lowick a slender 2-1 win in the shoot-out.