Curzon Ashton too strong for Witton's youngsters in FA Youth Cup.
By Derek Buckley
First half performance gives Witton too much to do.
Full Time Score from Tameside Stadium:
FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round:
Curzon Ashton Under 18's 10 Witton Albion Academy 4.
Witton's FA Youth Cup adventure ended at the first stage in a remarkable goal-fest at Tameside Stadium on Monday night. Curzon Ashton 's Under 18's proved much too strong in every way as they hit double figures. Fielding a mixture of Academy team and Youth team players, Albion just never coped with the physical strength, class and ability of their opponents.
The home side went in front on 14 minutes through Luke Merrill and added a second four minutes later, the first of three for Josh McVety. Witton got back into the game on 26 minutes, with a stunning goal from winger Oliver McDonough from fully 35 yards out. It was to be short-lived as two goals in as many minutes on the half hour from Louis Khoury, gave Curzon a three goal advantage.
Striker Josh McVety added his second on 40 minutes, before Louis Khoury completed his hat trick a minute later. Right on half time, McVety also completed his treble for Curzon Ashton to give them a 7-1 lead at the break.
The first ten minutes of the second half were quiet in comparison before Ethan Harding headed Witton's second on 59 minutes. Two minutes later, Witton midfielder Stan Tatters reduced the arrears further firing home a free-kick from the edge of the area. Curzon scored their eighth on 66 minutes through Elliott Cooke.
Oliver McDonough scored his second for Witton on 70 minutes following a mistake in the Curzon defence before Joe Boulton went clear nine minutes later to slot the ball through the legs of Albion keeper Lee Wilkinson for the ninth. The scoring was complete on 84 minutes when Louis Khoury scored his fourth of the night with a fierce shot from distance.
So, Witton's FA Youth Cup is over for another year.
Witton Albion team:
Lee Wilkinson, Kane Ode, Stefan Sorenson, Ollie Griffiths, Owen Lees, Tom Edwards, Ethan Harding, Stan Tatters, Lucas Bowley, Zac Cooke, Oliver McDonough.
Subs: Jordan Coles, Harry Mellor, Jenson Walley, Joe Littleford, Ben Hickey.