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REPORT: U18s progress to FA Youth Cup Third Round with 4-1 win

16 November 2017

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Stevenage U18s mounted a second half comeback at Bromley as goals from Wilmot, Krasniqi and Georgiou (2) saw Jorden Gibson's lads oveturn a 1-0 deficit at half-time. 

The team will now play Fleetwood Town away in the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup after their win over Tamworth earlier in the week.

There was just one change to the starting XI from the Second Round win at Luton with Moriarty coming in for Iontton. The bench had two changes with Krasiniqi and Smith in for Fernandez and Field.

Stevenage had several early chances to take the lead with chances being created from Gouldebourne and Georgiou, but the boys failed to capitalise to their flying start in the early stage of the game.

It didn’t take long for Bromley to wake up and match the same intensity as Stevenage, as they moved the ball well between themselves and created issues for the defence to deal with.

Boro were eventually punished for their failure to capitalise in the opening minutes as Bromley opened the scoring with Aiden Enver’s first time hit that left Harness no chance in goal.

The boys were eager to get back into the game and could barely believe they hadn't levelled after a goal-mouth scramble which saw 3 shots cleared off the line with efforts from Leslie, Draper and Gouldbourne all denied.

As the half came to a close the boys upped the pressure with Georgiou forcing the keeper into a flying save with a dipping shot that was headed for the top corner. Draper also showed tenacity to shrug his way through the defence before getting off a shot from a tight angle.

The start of the second half brought out a more confident Boro side which much more fire in their play.

Their hard work finally paid off as they got back into the game with Wilmot getting onto the end of a Georgiou corner to level the score at 1-1.

However, Bromley didn’t switch off and continued to cause sporadic problems for Stevenage. Harness did well to keep out an effort from Cripps that seemed destined for the bottom corner. 

Wilmot was needed again but this time in his own box with a last ditch tackle to cancel out a one-on-one shot from Anderson to keep it at 1-1.

Harness was caught in the head after Anderson’s run and the goalkeeper had to make way for Payne in the 68th minute.

By this stage the lads were firmly in control and it was only a matter of time before Georgiou found the back of the net. Breaking through the defence before rifling his shot into the roof of the net. 

With still 10 mnutes to go Stevenage continued their fast paced football and further increased their lead as Krasniqi got on the end of a loose ball and chipped the keeper to put the Boro up 3-1.

Then the highlight of the night... Georgiou with his second of the game after a dramatic solo run from his own half, taking it past half the Bromley team before curling his shot into the top corner to make it a 4-1 win.

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