Somerset FA U15 Cup Champions 2019
Wells City U15 showed true champion spirit as they came from behind twice to win the Somerset U15 Cup on penalties.
The thrilling match against Nailsea took place at The Tannery home of Street Football Club in fine weather.
Nailsea started the better playing two touch football out of defence and through midfield. Wells took time to respond and eventually enjoyed a decent spell of possession towards the end of the first half creating several chances. Nick Fowler got the opener following a super long pass from Tom Harrison. Several clear opportunities to extend the lead were missed as the first half closed with Wells in front.
The second half was hotly contested with neither team giving an inch. Nailsea continued to play attractive football with Wells proving dogged in defence. The pressure finally paid off with Nailsea getting their first and then a second midway through the second half. This spurred a resilient Wells City into action. They finally came alive to perform at the high standard we have come to expect. Playing with greater pace and determination Wells created an opening for Kai Murrell who stormed down the right wing and delivered the perfect cross to Liam Ford who out jumped the keeper to head into the top right-hand corner to level things up. It was the goal of the game and met with cheers of delight from the sizeable support who made the journey to Street. With the celebrations still laudable Nailsea retook the lead. With only a few minutes remaining Wells could be forgiven for accepting defeat. But this is not in the character of a team who have been used to winning trophies. Wells upped their efforts and forced a corner in the final minute. Ryan Ascott heading onto Nick Flower whose close-range effort was parried by the Nailsea keeper to James Graham who finished with deadly precision. Extra time proved a one-sided affair with Wells enjoying the possession but unable to get the winner. So, with an air of inevitability, came the penalty shoot-out. Televised live on social media Wells went 4-2 up and when Harvey saved Nailsea’s fourth penalty everyone could relax and enjoy the moment. Our appreciation must go to Nailsea FC, the team, their coaches and supporters. It’s tough to lose a Cup that way but they were fantastic opposition and honourable in defeat.
Next year Wells City go for the County Cup treble, after winning the SFA U14 Lewin Cup last season. This rare achievement is unrivalled in the history of Somerset Cup Youth football. It would seal an almost perfect record for a team that has dominated youth league and cup competitions; league champions every year, 4 league and 2 county cups and 17 tournaments.
Right now, Wells City are seeking to strengthen the team ready for the U16 and U18 seasons ahead. If you are interested and have the ability and determination to play for one of Somerset’s best youth teams, please get in touch. Tony Crook, head coach is running training sessions throughout the Summer at the Wells City FC ground. To find out more please contact Tony direct on 07973 934098.