FA YOUTH CUP 2nd Qualifying Round

Tuesday September 23rd 2014

Torquay United Academy under 18s 6

Melanson 7 Prynn 37, 58 Ives 68 Hughes 85 Lynch 89

Willand Rovers under 18s 2

Vittles 17 Bastin 41

(This is Torquay’s own post).

Torquay United had to work very hard to progress to the next stage of the FA Youth on Tuesday night and the final score of 6-2 was harsh on a determined Willand Rovers.

After destroying Clevedon Town in the first preliminary round, the young Gulls possibly expected another easy night when Max Melanson opened the scoring on seven minutes but Willand immediately hit back through Joe Vittles.

Liam Prynn restored United’s lead on 37 minutes, only for Jordan Bastin to equalise again but the second-half was very comfortable, as Prynn added his second. A wonderful solo effort from Levi Ives ended Willand resistance, while Connah Hughes and Josh Lynch added two late goals.

A fast start from the Gulls saw Prynn tearing down the wing to earn a corner, which was headed just over by captain Oneil Odofin. Willand ‘keeper Jez Cross was in the action from the next attack, saving low to his left after a decent drive from Chris Coleman.

The inevitable opening goal arrived on seven minutes following more good work from Coleman and his cut-back to Melanson was converted neatly into the bottom corner.

Willand must have feared a barrage but the opposite was true, as the visitors settled into their game and then punished defensive hesitancy from United to slot home a well-taken equaliser by Joe Vittles.

A very open game saw both teams throwing men forward and United came close on 25 minutes, when a deep cross from Will Hancox was headed narrowly wide by Coleman.

Willand continued to pose a threat at the other end but they were still grateful to Cross for palming away a long-range drive from Lynch after the midfielder had pinched the ball in the centre-circle to surge forward.

A dazzling run and shot from Coleman prompted another good save on 36 minutes, as the Gulls gradually began to reassert their authority and the second home goal arrived with a steered header from Prynn after Melanson’s looping delivery.

Rovers were back on level terms again within five minutes, as the silky skills of winger Jake Tillett earned a free-kick and Bastin was on hand to volley home the cross from close-range.

Half-time arrived and young Gulls had to improve, and improve they did. The third goal came from Odofin climbing highest at a corner and Prynn was in the right place to smash home the loose ball.

Prynn was beginning to dominate a tiring Willand defence and a clever run ended with a shot dragged narrowly wide just past the hour.

Victory was virtually assured from the next attack and what a superb goal from Ives, picking the ball up in his own half and weaving a merry path through numerous defenders before lashing a tidy finish into the bottom corner.

United continued to create chances at will against an exhausted Willand outfit and the fifth goal duly arrived when substitute Connah Hughes slotted through the legs of Cross after bustling his way into the box.

A clever exchange of passes between Lynch and Steve Rogers completed the night, with Lynch slotting home the sixth. Bring on the next round.

United (4-4-2): 1 Daniel Lavercombe; 2 Ryan Kelly, 5 Oneil Odofin (capt), 6 Johnny Buckle, 3 Levi Ives; 7 Will Hancox, 4 Josh Lynch, 8 Charlie Duke (16 Steve Rogers 85), 11 Chris Coleman (17 Teigan Rosenquest 77); 9 Liam Prynn (15 Connah Hughes 81), 20 Max Melanson. Substitutes (not used): 14 Sofolukis Christodoulou.

Willand: 1 Jez Cross; 3 Reece Browning (16 Harry Lovegrove 83), 4 Ashley Matthews, 6 Jordan Major, 7 Jake Tillett, 8 Jordan Bastin, 9 Joe Vittles, 10 Jack Rawlings, 14 Tarji Jones (5 Ryan Trump 54), 17 Alex Wright, 21 Sam Rawlings. Substitutes (not used): 11 Cameron Wright.

Referee: Ryan Hedges

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