Discoveries FC U12 Pumas have become the 2023 Lincolnshire FA County U12 Boys’ Cup Sponsored By Onyx Trophies Champions after beating Boston United Community FC U12 Amber in a 1-0 victory at Sleaford Town’s Eslaforde Park.
Shane Wood’s side beat The Pilgrims with a 14th minute goal from Oliver Jackson, in a result that the Discoveries manager told us he was “absolutely delighted” with.
“It was a tough battle against a very good team. It could’ve gone either way to be fair, it was a typical cup final! It was a battle out there, but we managed to get a goal and they didn’t.”
“We had a lot to deal with at the back in the end. I think they had three strikers towards the end of the game, but we managed that well and looked a real threat going forward”.
Boston United started the stronger of the two sides with Max Robinson twisting and turning into an attacking position, before crossing a superb ball in to Myles Twigg who was able to get his head on the end of the delivery – though the effort towards goal was caught safely by Discoveries keeper, Cohen Cawley.
It took Discoveries 7 minutes to have their first real threat at the Boston goal, as Jackson Hotchin received the ball on the edge of the Boston United box from a free kick and let fly towards the target, but it curled just wide of the top right corner that he aimed for.
The Pumas came even closer to the opener just a few minutes later when a superb passing movement ended with Oliver Jackson striking an effort at the Boston goal, but it struck the post and denied Jackson the goal that would give Discoveries the lead.
It wasn’t long though before Jackson would find the back of the net, as a superb through ball was played to Discoveries number 11 and he tucked away his chance into the bottom left corner in what would later prove to be the title winning goal.
The Pumas then smelt blood and were determined to bag another but despite their best efforts and a fantastic midfield display, they just couldn’t beat Boston keeper Marley Ogglesbee. Sam Wood came close to doubling Discoveries lead but his shot from the edge of the box sailed inches wide of the woodwork.
Petro Solomou used his pace to get himself into a dangerous area around the Boston box, before squaring the ball into the box with the hope of finding a Discoveries attacker. Unfortunately for him, Marley Ogglesbee was there first and collected the ball to see off the danger.
The half time whistle came with Discoveries in firm control of the game and with one hand on the County Cup.
A reasonably quiet second half followed with most of the play being battled for in midfield, seeing little goal mouth action. A ball was played through for Oliver Jackson who attempted to chip Marley Ogglesbee, but his effort was cleared by The Pilgrims.
Boston United worked incredibly hard to break the Discoveries back line, but Brayden Quintyn did a simply phenomenal job in ensuring that the defensive line would not be beaten.
Discoveries had a good chance to double their lead and kill the game late on, after a corner was lofted into the Boston box and nearly saw the ball steered into the back of the net. The chance however was seen off by Boston to keep them just about in it.
The Pilgrims however couldn’t find a leveller and the full time whistle blew to crown Discoveries FC U12 Pumas as the 2023 Lincolnshire FA County U12 Boys’ Cup champions, sponsored by Onyx Trophies.
Discoveries FC’s Rafe Reilly was awarded the Player of the Match by Steve Walker from Onyx Trophies. The match officials were William Nichols, Alex Van Tam, Isaac Leach, and Jon Renshaw.
Photo Credit: Ed Mayes Photography