Academy Side Hold On To Win Thriller

Moors Academy side built on last week’s win over Leeds United with an impressive 4-3 victory at UFCA on Wednesday afternoon to move fifth in North Division One.

Matty Dolan and Lee Walker led the team against the Leeds-based Ultimate Football Coaching Academy in a game played out in cold and windy conditions.

Moors made a fast start to the encounter and set about creating some good scoring opportunities in the opening stages, Ben Cook looking particularly lively in the middle of the pitch.

With the youngsters enjoying plenty of possession and looking comfortable on the ball, they made good on their dominance just after the half-hour point. Some good play won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area and Morgan Campbell rocked an unstoppable shot into the top corner for 1-0.

It was 2-0 to Moors on 38 minutes when they were awarded a penalty and once again Campbell produced the goods, converting his second of the game from 12 yards to double the lead.

The home side responded positively to falling further behind and reduced the deficit almost immediately when they caught Moors on the break to make it 2-1 going into the half time break.

However, Moors looked to have made the points safe when they went 3-1 up on 64 minutes. This time Leighton Hope was the scorer, as he drove past his man and curled a wonderful shot into net from 20 yards.

Hope then scored his second of the game with eight minutes remaining when he beat the UFCA offside trap and calmly lobbed his finish over the keeper to make it 4-1.

However, the hosts then mounted an unlikely comeback charge by pulling a goal back a minute later and nerves were jangling for Moors when UFCA made it 4-3 on 85 minutes.

Indeed, but for a fantastic point-blank save from keeper James Brown at the death, Moors may well have been forced to share the points at the end of a hard-fought encounter.

“It was a brilliant effort from the boys,” Dolan told us afterwards.

“They showed great character towards the end of the game when it could have gone against us, and they deserve credit for that.

“But we played some really good football throughout the 90 minutes and I am just pleased they got their rewards for that with the win.”

Full Time: UFCA 3 Moors 4

Moors: Brown, Lynch (Yates), Stapleton, Neely, Beattie, Fulton, Tate, Cook, Campbell, Jackson, Hope.
Subs not used: Oliver, Robertson.

Photo Credit: Lewis Middleton (Midds Digital)

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