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27th January 2004 11:10

FA Youth Cup 1st Round
Youth Team (Under 18s)

Deeping Rangers Youth FC 2 Mansfield Town Youth FC 9

Two reports:
By Delapenha:
For half an hour Deeping held the young Stags and, although Stags were much the more inventive of the two sides, Deeping might have taken advantage of a couple of chances.

After 15 minutes Callum LLoyd created havoc by running at the left side of the defence and was brought down just inside the area. Lance Mulligan gently sidefooted the penalty kick into the corner of the net. The pace of the Mansfield players began to tell on Deeping in the last ten minutes of the first half and they went in for tea 4-0 up.

Deeping came out determined to put up a fight and for twenty minutes they pressured their way back into the game despite giving away a fifth.
At this stage, 5-0 up, John -Baptiste was badgering his team for letting Deeping back into the game.

I was impressed by the determination of the young Stags not to take the game easily and to keep working at the result. Deeping's increasing confidence earned them a goal whioch they celebrated as if they were 1-0 up, but from then on the Yellows took hold of the game.

Lance Mulligan played like a young Gerhard Muller. His low centre of gravity enables him to turn defenders and he turns either way with the ball almost like an ice-hockey player. From the beginning he dominated the game imposing his presence right across the front line. He impressed me with his mental strength and determination. He looks like a miniature Wayne Rooney and he was dwarfed head and shoulders by Hindle, the Deeping Centre Back, who stuck to him like glue. But Mulligan is thinking and moving all the time. He really came into his own in the second half. Mulligan needs the ball played into his feet and then he will turn into and around defenders, lay off, play in the wingers and other forwards with deft touches to get them behind the defence. Late in the game Hayden Zaccharia and Mulligan created some excellent moves down the right which enable Zaccharia to get the bye-line and ping in some great low crosses. Mulligan got a second penalty and completed his hat trick. He may even have got four. As I watched him I wondered if this was the way Hughie Gallagher (a diminutive centre forward for Newcastle in the thirties) tormented defenders. If this lad can be developed he would be a great favourite, but of course its a giant step.

Talking of giants John- Baptiste stood out and my fellow vets identified him as the outstanding Stags player. He was everywhere and won everything. And he got cross with himself when he made a rare error. Oddly he didn't look as big as he does when he plays in the first team. He scored a great individual goal running past defenders into the area and slipping the bal past the keeper.

I was struck by the communication between the Stags team and learned a few phrases which I am sure will help to improve my performances on Sundays. Any other Sunday players might want to try this instruction when taking a throw in; "Zac, spin off and get the second ball". Guaranteed to make you sound professional.

Jones was a powerful prescence at the back and demonstrated great leadership qualities, encouraging but also demanding high standards from those around him. Jones has the vision to hit some great passes out of defence but occasionally his distribution was not as precise as he would have liked. But he looks a good prospect.

Tom Manship worked hard throughout the game and deserved the goal I think he scored (comment from Martin - in fact Manship was not playing or in the squad; unclear who is meant).

Finally a word about my all time hero Ivan Hollett. This man should be a film star! Not a trace of gray in his hair. He stands in front of the dug out better than any other coach I can recall. Sack Curle give the Job to Hollett
report by John Street:

Stags Youth Team travelled out to South Lincolnshire for what could have been a tricky tie against the youngsters from Market Deeping on Wednesday evening.
The 1st Round proper seen the Young Stags drawn away against the minnows who had in the qualifiying rounds beaten both Corby Town and Alfreton Town's youngsters to reach this stage.

As you would expect the home side flew at the Stags and tried to excert the pressure,
however as soon as Baptiste had released Lloyd down the right wing who left three home
defenders trailing and was upended in the box by a fourth defender for a Penalty, which Mulligan dutifully converted to give Stags a 1-0 lead.
Andy Jones then scored direct from a Free-Kick on the edge of the box 2 - 0
Lloyd slid home a cross from the left by Heron. 3 - 0
Half-Time arrived with the Stags coasting
Mulligan then scrambled a goal inside the 6 yard box for 4 - 0
Baptiste fired home from 12 yards for 5 - 0
Derwent Rangers replied against the run of play for 5 - 1
Lloyd slipped past the defenders again and was upended again in the box, to earn a second penalty which Mulligan again converted 6 - 1
Heron slid home for 12 yards for 7 - 1
Curle stabbed home from 10 yards with his first touch for 8 - 1
Zaccarius dipped in with the Stags ninth with minutes to go 9 - 1
A tired but still spirited Derwent Valley Youth had the final say with the
last goal of the match, to finish at 9 - 2.

This was a good all round Stags performance in a game which they were expected to win,
however it was a potential banana skin, and needed the right attitude throughout.
The Stags management got the performance, attitude and result required, and impressed the crowd of just under 200, which included a decent following from Nottinghamshire.

Team:Fenwick, Jones D, Rennals, Jones
A, Ryles, Lloyd, Parks, John-Baptiste, Holmes, Heron, Mulligan

Mulligan 3 (2 Penalties)

Subs Used:
Woods for Rennals
Curle for Ryles
Zaccarius for Lloyd


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