YOUTH LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Dale’s double earns Yaxley Lynx cup final glory

Yaxley Lynx Under 16s celebrate their cup final success. Picture: David Lowndes
Yaxley Lynx Under 16s celebrate their cup final success. Picture: David Lowndes
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Yaxley Lynx Under 16s won the season’s first cup final at the weekend.

They took the honours in the Peterborough Youth League Under 16 Knockout Cup final by beating Division One rivals Pinchbeck United 2-1 at Chestnut Avenue thanks to two goals by Matthew Dale - his second coming in extra-time after the game finished 1-1 in normal time.

Substitute Harry Decamps got the Pinchbeck goal.

Lynx took the lead in the second half with a well controlled half-volley from Dale and the Pinchbeck equaliser came from a free-kick.

In extra-time there was goalmouth action at both ends. First Liam Sanderson hit the post for Yaxley then Miles Shire turned a Pinchbeck header onto the bar with an excellent reaction save.

Dale settled the tie with a looping, swerving shot that dropped in over the keeper.

Yaxley manager James Royle said: “It was a great game, played at a fierce pace. It’s easy to say that Matt won the game for Lynx with two goals, but it was a full squad effort. We created chances, thwarted Pinchbeck attacks and once again demonstrated the mental strength to stick together, work through a gameplan and succeed.”

Yaxley Lynx: Matthew Dale, Charlie Farrance, Jordan Harris, Liam Hatfield, Harry Jones, Billy Robinson, Sam Royle, Liam Sanderson, Miles Shire, Harry Whittington, Lewis Wright. Subs: Adam Newton, Lewis Pereira, Alessio Russo.

Pinchbeck: Jack Brown, Callum Clark, Conner Eyes, Kieran Hamilton, Rhys Howell, Ben Lawrence, Joshua Lawrence, George Lilley, Daniel Mason, George Senior, Jack Withers. Subs: Harry Decamps, Luke Foster, Joseph Fowler, Connor Goodfellow, Lewis Harker.