Heartache for Bees

Dorset Echo: FINALISTS: Bridport Under-10s FINALISTS: Bridport Under-10s

BRIDPORT suffered double heartache on finals day of the Dorset Youth County Cup.

Seven different clubs won the seven competitions, with Corfe Mullen United Juniors lifting the under-12 trophy in the club’s first-ever final appearance.

Drew Campbell had given Branksome United a first-half lead, only for Ryan Meany to equalise with a great free-kick just minutes from the end.

Oliver Lake then scored the winner for Corfe Mullen in extra-time.

Also winning in extra-time were Lytchett Red Triangle, who beat Poole Town Wessex 3-1 in the under-15 showpiece.

Josh Rose gave Lytchett the lead but they were pegged back by George Fellows.

However, Red Triangle had enough in reserve to add two more goals in extra-time, via Todd Coombes and Zac Barnes, to earn victory.

Broadstone claimed the under-16 prize, beating Westland Sports 2-1.

The latter went ahead through Tom Hallett but Andy Power equalised a minute later before Cullum McIntosh grabbed the winning goal 10 minutes from time.

The only hat-trick of the day was scored by Sam Darlow, as he helped Branksome United overcome Bridport Youth in the under-14 finale.

After going two down, the Bees came back strongly and reduced the deficit courtesy of Caine Lydon, only for Darlow to complete his treble and win the cup for Branksome.

Charlie Bonnington scored the only goal of the game as Wimborne Town Youth won the under-13 prize at the expense of Poole Town Youth, while Josh Blake did likewise in Brockenhurst Youth’s victory over Broadstone in the under-11 section.

The under-10 Mini-Soccer final was played in front of a large crowd and saw Poole Town Youth score early with a goal from Sam Eyre.

And despite a lot of pressure, Bridport could not find an equaliser.

Poole then scored two more from Ryan Wiles and Louis McWilliams in the second half to take the trophy, although Finlay Davy did manage a deserved consolation for the West Dorset club.

Once again, all match officials were provided by the Dorset Referees Academy.

A spokesman said: “As with all events such as the youth finals, a huge debt of gratitude is due to the various members of council, county staff and referee coaches who give up their time to make the day so special with all the work they so freely undertake.

“A special thank you goes to Todd Govan, who provided the many Twitter feeds throughout the day on behalf of the DCFA.”

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