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14 May 2013

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Town youngsters pick up silverware

The Hatters’ Under-16s lifted the Under 18s Brian Hitchings Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over Boreham Wood on Monday night.
A lively start to the game saw both teams have early chances. Osamu Allman burst clear at will down the left hand side to cause real problems for Boreham Wood in the early stages.

The Town broke the deadlock with a terrific left footed half volley strike from 25 yards from Darel Nwgala. Luton had several half chances to further extend the lead but couldn't capitalise on more creative play from Allman and Ngwala.

However, Wood continued to look a threat and drew level before half-time. An excellent dribble by the Wood left winger found a midfielder crashing late into the box who composed, steadied and found the finish.
The second half again started even with both teams competitive and both teams missed good chances. The introduction of Isaac Galliford injected more pace into the Hatters and an outstanding solo run just saw his right-foot shot go high and wide of the goal.

But it was midway through the second half when a driven free-kick from Lucas Kirkpatrick led to a Boreham Wood defender heading into his own goal.

In front again the Town came close to extending their lead with Galliford and Allman a continuous threat. The Hatters defended excellently throughout the game and in the last 15 minutes were outstanding defensively to claim the win.
Manager Joe Deeney was extremely proud of his players’ efforts.

He said: “I was delighted with the goalkeeper Bradley Stewart and I thought the back four of Pitfield, Tamplin, Crilley and Hawkes were outstanding, looked solid throughout and some great last ditch blocks and saves.

“Oakley and Kirkpatrick in the midfield worked tirelessly and put their bodies on the line for the cause as they have done all season. 

“Allman and Ngwala were a constant threat all night, as was Galliford when he came on the pitch. It was an excellent team performance and a great way to round off a really good season.

“Will Wright, Jake Snooks and Ashton Grant were all unused subs but have been excellent all season for me.”

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