Penalty heartbreak for Priory’s senior squad

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Vine win 4-2 on penalties

Priory Celtic crashed out of the County Cup following penalty shoot out heartbreak at Selhurst Street.

In an end to end game at on a windswept morning it was Priory who had the better of the chances, forcing some good saves from the visiting keeper.

However Vine, who ply their trade in the Gainsborough Sunday Premier League, took the lead midway through the second-half after some indifferent defending from Priory allowed a speculative 25-yard effort that left keeper Callum Marks with no chance.

Vine then doubled their lead after a further defensive mix up with 20 minutes left on the clock.

However, Priory showed true spirit as Josh Stevenson scored to give them hope with 12 minutes to go, then seven minutes later Sam Harris pulled Priory level.

Liam Draper, in his first game back since serious injury, almost completed an incredible turnaround but his effort went just wide.

It was Vine who scored first in extra-time after a corner got caught by the swirling wind and beat Marks at the back post, however Priory kept battling and had a very good penalty appeal turned down as a Vine defender handled on the line only for the referee to wave play on.

But with seconds remaining club stalwart Stevenson scored his second goal to send the game to penalties.

Both teams scored their first two penalties before Stephens and Wood missed to send Priory out.

Juniors

The Notts Youth League U18 first division is getting tight at the top with Priory’s current U17 team sitting pretty in third place after a convincing win on Sunday at home to West Bridgford Tigers.

A hat-trick from Jack Nicholson, a brace from Jake Parr and an own goal gave them a 6-0 win, and with four games in hand and nine points behind the leaders, the U17s will look at closing the gap in the next few weeks.

An inspired Alex Neilson performance, earning him the man of the match, was just not enough for the U15s who narrowly lost 1-0 at home to East Leake Bantams.

Also on Sunday the U12 Girls returned to winning ways with a stunning 9-0 away win at Castle Donington, while the U11 girls paid visit to Southwell in the hope of their first points of the season but were defeated.

In the YEL the U14s produced their best performance of the season in thumping Beeston Park Rangers 8-0, a hat-trick apiece from Luke Manning and Lewis Pynegar plus goals from Nicholas Scott and Perry Dermott-Bernahan securing the win.

Also back to winning ways were the U13s who won a tense game at home against Beeston Centurions, a stunning strike from Stephen Taylor claiming three points.

In a pulsating local derby, the U12s deservedly took a point from the visit of Hucknall Sports, Isaac Fawlkes-Stevenson scoring his first of the season.

AFC Vernon, one of the title contenders in the U10 section, came to KLC to play the U10s in search of three points and put on a five star show by beating Priory 5-1, Joshua Mason-Barratt scoring the consolation goal.

In Saturday’s action, the U16s will be cursing the strong wind that played havoc at the Leisure Centre.

Cruising to a comfortable win and leading 2-0 at half-time, the wind picked up and became opponents Boulton Park’s 12th man with the visitors eventually winning 3-2.

No such problems for the U9 Whites who now need to just avoid defeat in their final game of their first phase schedule to claim a well deserved runners-up place behind neighbours Nuthall FC.

Sherwood FC were their latest conquests, being dispatched 6-0 with goals from Jake Flowers (3), Luke Millington, James Lock and Zehn Rana.

The Un9 Greens lost at Ruddington 4-2 but should have enough points to still claim second place for themselves, George Simpson and the ever-reliable Liam Garner the goalscorers.

In the non-competitive games, Alfie Hawksworth and Reeve Tombs won their respective man of the match awards for the U8s.

l Priory’s ever-growing number of young teams continue to flourish and are looking for more players to join their current U9 and U11 Girls squads.

For more details ring Chris Elvin on 07977 841165.