Youth football: Dunmow know the Rhodes to glory

TWO teams. Two cup finals. What a weekend for Dunmow Rhodes.

Youth Football

TWO teams. Two cup finals. What a weekend for Dunmow Rhodes.

Both the U11s an U12s appeared in major finals on Sunday – the U12s walked away with the Chelmsford Youth Cup after a 4-3 victory against Doddinghurst.

The U11s fell one step short with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Chelmsford City but they were still able to hold their heads high after a good second half performance.

In total, 52 teams entered the U12s tournament, but Rhodes proved themselves as winners with goals from Evans (2), Murphy and Dicker – the latter being a winner with two minutes left on the clock.

Afterwards the team thanked the many supporters that have helped the side throughout the season and enjoyed a victory that capped a fantastic season.

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Although the U11s didn’t fare so well result-wise they can still be happy after their own achievements, not least fighting back from 3-0 down in the final itself.

Goals from Currie and Williamson were not quite enough to take the match into extra time and it was city who were celebrating at the end of a gripping game.

Pics – U12s won and the U11s finished runners up

- Barnston Youth U13s gave themselves a great end to the season by scoring their 100th league goal against Hatfield during a 2-0 win. Ralph put the blues ahead before Goodwin notched the team’s century and secured maximum points.

- After the junior teams had completed their seasons, all that was left was for the club to host a presentation day to celebrate the achievements of all the young players.

The U12s had an excellent season, finishing fourth in the league – 16 matches, eight wins, two draws, six defeats – scoring 64 goals. Manager Matt Roles gave each squad member a trophy, and the players player of the year went to Sam Duberry who scored 29 goals in 22 matches. Barnston U12s coach, Billy Sykes awarded the most improved player of the year to Sam Hockley.