United u18s Have A Night to Remember
FA Youth Cup, 3rd Qualifying round.
Spennymoor Town u18s 1
Ossett United u18s 1
(Ossett win 2-1 on penalties)
Ossett United u18s now face Sunderland in the first-round proper of the FA Youth Cup after a thrilling night under the lights at Spennymoor Town.
Ossett arrived in good spirits after convincing wins over Pontefract and Worsborough in the previous two rounds.
Manager Neil Patchett had an almost full strength squad to choose from with only Fin Empson (Cup tied) and Rahul Ho-Sing coming back from a long term injury
The game started at a fast pace with Spennymoor having a penalty overturned in the first 30 seconds by their player being deemed offside.
This shocked Ossett into action and the game was being played at such a tempo, on a pitch that could only be described as a carpet.
Both teams attacked with intent to break the deadlock, with Ossett getting the first goal. The ball broke just inside the Spennymoor half to the left, captain Curtis Senior dribbled between two players, playing a quick one two with Tom Deighton, before threading a through ball to Josh Haigh. Haigh's first touch took it away from the advancing defender and he shot in the opposite bottom corner from 12 yards.
Queue scenes of Jubilation from the Ossett lads. 39 mins played 1-0 Ossett.
Again, the reaction of Spennymoor was a positive one, with slick play resulting in a quick response. Spennymoor’s goalkeeper Moss passed out to Carter, in turn passed down the right to Lennox, who whipped a long ball into the box, which Evans met with a great header into the left-hand corner just on the stroke of half time.
1-1 at half time.
The second half started with the same tempo as the first. Fast, quick play with both teams looking dangerous on the counterattack.
2 mins in, and Spennymoor are quick out of the blocks again, Lennox with a low driven shot that is collected by Ossett GK Baker.
Ossett reply in kind again on 53 mins, with a whipped ball in from Senior down the left, Haigh rising well again to head narrowly wide of the left-hand post.
Much of the second half was the same, shots from the hero of the last two rounds Nico Georgiou Nicola, Luke Mckernan and Tom Deighton for Ossett either dealt with by the Spennymoor defence or goalkeeper.
Spennymoor much the same with a couple of efforts from Mitchell being the pick of the bunch, forcing Baker into a couple of point-blank saves in the dying minutes.
Penalties it is as the final whistle goes.
The first four penalties were saved before McQuillin finally beat the man with the gloves. Patterson drew Spennymoor instantly level.
Elsayed put Ossett 2-1 up and it was advantage Ossett as Spennymoor missed penalty number four. McKernan had the first opportunity to end the tie but it wasn’t to be. Ossett United, however, did not have long to wait as the home sides fifth penalty struck the post.
There were unbelievable scenes as Ossett United celebrate, and look forward to playing in the 1st round proper against Sunderland back in Yorkshire.
A fantastic all-round match between two very good young sides.
Ossett United u18 manager, Neil Patchett, couldn’t hide his delight.
"Great night for the club and wouldn’t of been possible without the support of parents, club staff and directors who have bought into what we are trying to achieve especially the players and not just the ones on the field but the whole squad as a whole"
Man of the match:
Jack Baker (Ossett)