Fanzines United 4
Priory Celtic 5 (aet)
Priory Celtic’s senior side progressed to the last 16 of the EMPAL Live4Soccer Cup after a nine-goal-thriller with Division One side Fanzines United.
Priory had their worst period of the season in the early stages of the game which saw them concede two goals in the first ten minutes.
But they bounced back in a spectacular 15-minute blitz as first Greg Wedge scored before Liam Miller equalised within a minute.
Leading scorer Dec Smith then put his side in front with a stunning chip over the Fanzines keeper.
Priory had a number of chances to score further as Wedge hit the post and another effort was well defended, but still lead 3-2 at half-time.
Fanzines piled the pressure on Priory in the second-half but were unable to get past a strong defence until the 82nd minute when some slack defending saw the home team equalise and force extra-time.
Gaining the upper hand, Fanzines took the lead early in extra-time, and despite Priory putting the pressure on it looked like they were going out of the cup until a dramatic finish sent them through.
With two minutes of extra-time left, centre-half Liam Smith scored his first ever goal for the club as his looping header beat the home team keeper.
Then, with both teams appearing to prepare for penalties, Liam’s twin brother Dec Smith headed home from Miller’s speculative cross to win the tie in the closing seconds.
Priory are now in the last 16 of both the league and County Cup and sit second in the EMPAL third division.
On Sunday, Priory make the short trip to Hall Park to take on FC Eastwood in a league fixture, kick-off 10.30am.
Three of Priory’s girls teams where in action on Sunday.
The U16s entertained Rolls Royce and had to wait until late in the second-half to score the game’s only goal, when Jess Knott fed Lauren Turner who crossed a sublime ball into the path of Jess Calder who gladly slotted home.
The U11s also played Rolls Royce at Watnall Road, and though they lost 3-1 they are surely not far away from winning their first point of the season.
The U12s entertained league leaders and title favourites Derby County, two goals from Sophia Bonser claiming a share of the points in a 2-2 draw.
Priory’s U16 boys saw off Duffield Dynamos 2-1 with goals from Luke Hodgman and Raz Robinson.
The U11s entertained Bingham Town and took an early two-goal lead through Joseph Dawson and Matthew Hallam, and when Robbie Horsley added a third they appeared to be on the way to three points.
However, Bingham had other ideas and with two second-half goals Priory had to endure a tense few minutes, but victory was theirs and they now sit fourth in Division Two.
The U9 Whites got back on track with a workmanlike 5-1 victory over a very sporting Toton Tigers team, goals from Ben Griffiths, Jake Flowers (2), Zehn Rana and Luke Millington seeing them on their way with goalkeeper Niall Storer having to make some excellent saves in the first=half.
The U9 Greens cemented their place in the top four with a deserved point away at West Bridgford Pirates, Josh Etches scoring the goals.
In U8s action Nathan Stevenson and Jack Harbon won the respective man of the match awards.
The highlight of Priory’s Sunday performances came from the U17s who demolished Beeston Centurions 7-1 with goals from Sam Jackson, Arash Abdollah, Tom Wood and Jake Parr plus a spectacular Michael Thomas hat-trick.
No so much luck for Priory’s five teams participating in YEL games who all suffered defeats.
The U14s lost 5-1 at West Hallam, Perry Dermott-Banahan scoring the consolation goal, whilst the U11 Greens couldn’t stop runaway leaders Wilford Lions crashing 4-0 at home.
In controversial circumstances Darren Betts’ U12s lost 6-5 in a thriller at Netherfield Colts, the game turning after Josh Betts, the Priory keeper, was sent off for handling outside the box.
After the previous week’s heroics in the cup the U10s couldn’t replicate their cup form losing 3-1 at Ravenshead Reds.
The in-form U13s suffered a setback in their promotion push losing 3-0 at Bestwood Park Colts, but other results went their way and they remain in second place.
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.