Report: Harriers exit FA Youth Cup

Read the story of Harriers’ night at Vale Park…

Harriers were defeated by Port Vale on Monday night to exit the FA Youth Cup in the First Round Proper.

The match was Harriers’ fifth in this year’s competition, having progressed past Dudley Town, Romulus, Coleshill Town and Chesterfield respectively.

However, it was the Valiants that opened the scoring at Vale Park after just three minutes – Maxwell Chimenes sliding the ball low and underneath Ewan Mountjoy after being slipped through.

Their lead was doubled nine minutes later, Nathaniel Christie colliding with Chimenes inside the area to give the home side a penalty – Joe Berks stepping up and sending Mountjoy the wrong way.

Harriers went in hunt for a response after 17 minutes as Myles Brooks nodded a free kick down into the path of Jaiden White, who diverted goalwards – the home side clearing from the line.

Unfortunately, Vale grabbed their third after 26 minutes through Hayden Campbell, who rose highest to head the ball into the net from 10 yards.

Despite the scoreline, Harriers matched their opponents for large spells and grabbed a goal after 38 minutes – James Dutton doing brilliantly to race down the left flank, cutting in and shooting to force a save, but Reiss Taylor-Randle reacted quickest to fire the rebound into the roof of the net.

That was how the half ended, and Harriers started the second half with good momentum and confidence, but the Valiants struck their fourth on the counter attack – Chimenes finishing superbly into the top corner.

The home side then grabbed another two in the final ten minutes through Lucas Green-Birch, and finally via Berks grabbing his second.

Despite the result, an FA Youth Cup run that included five rounds, 13 goals and four clean sheets means there is a lot for our young Harriers to be proud of.

This article is about: Academy, Youth


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