In the first article of the new “Grassroots” series on The Youth Radar we see Prospect Youth defeat Lee Rangers in the Mid Solent Youth Under 18 League, based in Hampshire.
A tight game concluded with a fairly comprehensive scoreline as Prospect Youth ran riot in the last fifteen minutes against Lee Rangers.
Some neat passing football gave Prospect the half-time lead but substitutes Jordan Sullivan and Matt Johnson gave the home side some second half hope.
Unfortunately for Lee, all this pressure came to nothing as Prospect grabbed four goals in quick succession to put the game beyond the home side and consequently fade away their title hopes.
Meanwhile Prospect Youth are looking to secure the league title and know a crunch fixture against Fareham Town in the next few weeks will be a big match.
Lee Rangers were looking to win the title themselves before this match and went out playing some confident football.
Spells of pressure from the away side came to nothing as they repeatedly became fustrated with the final balls and finishing in front of goal.
The opening goal eventually came midway through the first half.
Lee midfielder Jack Rudland produced a debatable foul on Prospect striker Charlie Ruffel, and he was there to convert the penalty past Ben Rowsell in the Lee Rangers goal.
A number of quality saves from the Lee goalkeeper kept Prospect out before half-time as they went in 1-0 up.
The second half started poorly for Prospect and Lee Rangers could of easily grabbed a goal back.
A neat cross from Bradley Bourne saw Jordan Sullivan just miss the ball at the back post, a header which would of landed in an empty net.
There was more and more pressure from Lee but Prospect managed to catch them on the counter-attack.
A lovely lob and volley by Nathan Heywood saw Prospect cement their lead.
Substitute Tamin Chowdray grabbed a third for the away side and goals from Jordan Murray and Tom Smith sealed the victory.
Join us next week for another installment of Grassroots where we will focus on games all up and down the country in the local leagues.