STAGS BOW OUT OF FA YOUTH CUP
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FA Youth Cup
Tuesday 9 November 2004
Report by John Street at Field Mill
Stags Youth Team went out of the FA Youth Cup last night at Field Mill.
In a lively encounter the Stags played their part but went out on the night,
they went behind conceding a sloppy goal, and then levelled through Zaccarius.
However Cambridge became the stronger side and hit back with two goals as
their overall supremacy took hold the longer the game progressed.
Team: Langford, Beastall, Rennals, Woods, Holmes, Arnold, Parks, Jones, Sleath, Heron, Lonsdale.
Subs Used: Zaccarius, Brown, Hunt
Cambridge United Official Site
FA Youth Cup: Mansfield 1:3 Cambridge United
The early afternoon rain in Mansfield had long since cleared up by the time the match kicked-off at 7pm and United, playing in their new change kit of blue, got off to perfect start.
Barely a minute was on the clock when a United free kick on half way was nodded on by Ash Fuller (pictured) just outside the Mansfield area, and Ronan Finn marked his FA Youth Cup debut by gleefully lashing the ball home.
United lined up with a five-man midfield looking to support lone striker Sam Reed at every opportunity, but they were called on to do more defending than attacking as the first half unfolded.
Mansfield were stung into action by the early goal and gave the United defence a very thorough examination as they pushed for an equaliser. While the U's only won a couple of corners during the entire first 45 minutes, the home side caused United problems from numerous set pieces.
There was concern when centre half Michael Morrison brought down a home forward who looked set for a run on goal, but fortunately the referee ruled that Morrison was not the 'last man' and only issued a yellow card.
Mansfield continued to enjoy the majority of the play after the interval, and U's keeper Matt Mann made an outstanding save on a rare occasion when the determined defence was breached.
However, Mansfield's possession finally told midway through the second half, when they netted an equaliser that had been on the cards for some time.
The goal came after Mansfield made a substitution, and the fresh player made an immediate impact as he received the ball from a throw in, broke into the box and fired home from close range after U's keeper Matt Mann had made a good save from the initial shot.
If the home side thought that their goal would be the springboard from which they would go on to win the match, they were mistaken. United responded well to conceding the equaliser and they adjusted their formation to a more traditional 4-4-2.
The change paid off 15 minutes from time when Sam Reed got the decisive touch as the ball bobbled loose in the Mansfield penalty area.
Reed's goal settled United and effectively ended Mansfield's threat in the match, and United had several more chances before victory was confirmed in the last five minutes.
The third goal was a stunner from Bradley Johnson, who unleashed an unstoppable 30-yarder to send the U's into the second round where they will travel to either Doncaster or Sheffield Wednesday.
United Line-up: Matt Mann, Russell Short, Duane Eastall (capt), Stephen Smith, Michael Morrison Adam Davies, Ryan Lockett, Ronan Finn, Sam Reed, Bradley Johnson, Ash Fuller.
Subs: Pete O'Reilly, Luke Owen, Oli Holmes, Ollie Reid, Rob Macdonald.
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