Narrow defeat in EFL Youth Alliance Cup Northern Semi-Final
- Young Terriers lose to Grimsby Town
- Youngsters beaten in EFL Youth Alliance Cup Northern Semi-Final
- Myles Bright scored for Town
The Young Terriers were narrowly beaten by Grimsby Town at Canalside on Tuesday afternoon, exiting the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.
They controlled the majority of the 90 minutes on a hot and sunny afternoon, but were unable to find a second equaliser after twice going behind.
Grimsby actually started the game the brighter of the two sides, causing problems for the Young Terriers with their high press. Their press led to centre back David Adewoju bringing down visiting striker Edwin Essel, resulting in a penalty for the visitors.
Harvey Tomlinson stepped up to take it and sent Gio Bellagambi the wrong way, giving the Mariners the lead in the fifth minute.
Town responded well to falling behind, with Etienne Camara taking aim from range and firing over. Striker Conor Falls quickly followed suit, but saw his effort deflected wide.
The Young Terriers’ pressure paid off in the 12th minute, with Myles Bright bringing them back on level terms. He collected a great pass from Camara before spinning towards goal and firing the ball across the Pat Boyes and into the far corner.
Now on top, more chances followed for Town with both Brahima Diarra and Ernaldo Krasniqi looking to push their side ahead. Boyes denied Diarra at close range, whilst Krasniqi’s effort went wide of the far post.
The third, and final, goal of the game fell to the visitors in the 39th minute when Jaz Goundry headed home a free-kick against the run of play.
The home side made one change at the break, with Ben Midgley replacing Ernaldo Krasniqi.
Midgley instantly got involved in the action, winning Donay O’Brien-Brady’s deep cross, but his header went off target.
Second half substitute Evander Grubb also threw himself into action right away after his arrival, pouncing on an inside pass. Unfortunately, his low cross went wide.
Town continued to apply pressure in as the clock counted down, but weren’t able to find a second equaliser, seeing them defeated at the Semi-Final stage.
Young Terriers Team (4-3-3)
Gio Bellagambi; Luke Daley, David Adewoju (Evander Grubb, 72’), Loick Ayina (c), Brodie Spencer; Etienne Camara, Brahima Diarra, Ernaldo Krasniqi (Ben Midgley, 46’); Myles Bright, Conor Falls, Donay O’Brien-Brady
Nicholas Bilokapic, Sonny Whittingham, Neo Eccleston
Myles Bright, 12’