Yeovil Town's Under-18s side gained an impressive 3-1 victory this afternoon over AFC Wimbledon Under-18s. The fixture was the Second Round of the Youth Alliance Cup Southern Section, with the Glovers having had a bye at the First Round stage. In a game played on the Top Pitch at Huish Park, both sides took a while to warm up and get going in an early phase that lacked chances.
The Glovers took the lead 35 minutes into the game when a Jack Rice-Lethaby free kick was played short to Gabriel Rogers. His wasn't great, but it was good enough to create confusion in the Wimbledon defence, as they failed to clear their lines, giving Jeremiah Gyebi a chance to convert from close range.
The home side doubled their lead before the break from the penalty spot. A push in the back on a Yeovil attacker by Wimbledon's No.4 allowed the match referee to make an easy decision. Up stepped Samyan Ismail to put his side 2-0 up at the break from the spot kick. That was a lead the Glovers deserved, with Wimbledon having failed to muster a serious shot on target during the first half.
The second period saw Paul Golubickas and Lewis Dix introduced, with the latter change seeing the home side switch to a 5-3-2. Wimbledon pulled one goal back midway through the second period, after they took advantage of some slack marking from a free kick, with the Londoners getting a free header. But substitute Golubickas produced an excellent through ball two minutes later, finding Nestor Sako who fired home into the bottom right hand corner to score his second goal in three games. To add to Wimbledon's poor day, they had a player sent off after the full time whistle, as they watched their opponents celebrate getting into the Third Round.
Final Score : Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 AFC Wimbledon 1.
Scorers: Jeremiah Gyebi (1-0), Samyan Ismail (2-0), Wimbledon Scorer (2-1), Nestor Sako (3-1)
Yeovil Town Under-18s: Tommy Scott, Charlie Fripp, Brad Cherrett, Jeremiah Gyebi, Joe Tomlinson, Nestor Sako, Jack Hilton-Jones, Samyan Ismail, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Gabriel Rogers, Neville Nzembela.
Substitutes Used: Paul Golubickas (for Neville Nzembela), Lewis Dix (for Gabriel Rogers), Alex John (for Jack Rice-Lethaby)
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