Counties Youth Championships Cup - Staffordshire FA vs Northants FA - Match Report
Northamptonshire FA County squad travelled to Stafford on Sunday 19th January for their County Youth Championship cup game at Rushall Athletic.
Both sides started brightly with the game being played at a good tempo, with both teams having chances early on. Northamptonshire had a great chance to take the lead in the 44th minute when they were awarded a penalty but they were unfortunate not to convert when the Staffordshire keeper made a fantastic save to keep the scores level at half time.
Northants came out with a purpose from the kick off. This was rewarded when they went 1-0 up, thanks to a spectacular goal from Rushden and Diamonds player, Jacob Peakes, leaving the keeper no chance.
Staffordshire pressed for the equaliser but a mixture of some good defending and great saves from Luke Munroe in the Northants goal kept the lead until a lovely cross resulted in them leveling the score to make it 1-1.
Luke Munroe kept Northants in the game in the final seconds to earn them a well deserved draw.
The second leg will be played later in the season in Northamptonshire.
A big thank you must also go to Staffordshire FA and Rushall Athletic for their hospitality on the day.