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Academy book cup final place in penalties drama

Kentish Town Football Academy Under-12s show 'great heart and passion' after twice coming from behind against Most Wanted Elite FC

31 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Kentish Town Football Academy Under-12s

THERE’S nothing better than seeing your team reach a cup final – that is, unless TWO of your teams make it to a grand showpiece.

Supporters of Kentish Town Football Academy now have double the fun and nail-biting tension to look forward to after their Under-12s survived a shootout on Saturday to secure a place in the London Cup final.

Town overcame Most Wanted Elite FC 3-2 on penalties following a titanic tussle in south London to earn a day out come March alongside their Under-13s counterparts, who, as we reported last week, have also reached their cup final.

The Under-12s squad “showed great heart and passion” to make it through to the final after twice coming from behind, once in normal time and then again in extra time.

Most Wanted Elite found themselves 1-0 up at the break after scoring from the spot. Town refused to give in, ­however, and reaped the rewards for all their “composure on the ball” when Jaime Young ­netted a deserved equaliser to push the game to extra-time.

It looked like the game had gotten away from Town when Elite restored their advantage in extra-time, but John Nayagam’s side kept their heads and hearts together and again pulled the scores level thanks to a “worldy” from Young, who hit an unstoppable spinning volley from just inside the box.

The game finished 2-2, sending Town into the shootout brimming with confidence. Ellis Irish, Eghosa Oyairo and Arthur Nayagam all showed great composure to score their penalties, while goalkeeper Elliot Bassett made three fantastic saves to spark wild scenes of celebration.

Coach Nayagam said: “I am so happy for the boys. They have had some really tight games to get this far in the cup, and the semi-final was no different. They won their individual battles everywhere on the pitch and really stuck together as a team.”

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