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HATTERS YOUTH TEAM WIN EFL YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP SOUTH FINAL AT OXFORD!

31 March 2018

The Hatters youth team won the EFL Youth Alliance southern area cup final by beating Oxford United 7-6 on penalties at Grenoble Road after fighting back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 in 90 minutes today.

Inigo Idiakez’s Under-18s had gone close in an entertaining but goalless first half, with Connor Tomlinson and Jake Peck – with an audacious 40-yard chip – both denied by home goalkeeper Max Harris in an open 45 minutes.

But they were two down by the hour mark to goals from Dejon Noel-Williams and Albie Hopkin, before Josh Neufville halved the deficit in the 64th minute with a shot that beat Harris and nestled inside the far post.

The Hatters kept plugging away and Joe Mead headed in from a 90th-minute corner to equalise and send the tie into the penalty shoot-out, with all the penalties converted until Tiernan Parker saved Oxford captain Matt Berry Hargreaves’ effort to book a national final spot against Wigan Athletic, who beat Hartlepool United 5-0 in the northern area final.

Well done boys!

*Thanks to Oxford United for kindly supplying pictures


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