Young Lions march on!
By Tony Shea
Two late goals enabled Pagham’s Young Lions to brush aside their opponents from Newhaven to enable them to move into the quarter-finals of the Sussex County U21 Cup, where they will travel to Eastbourne Town.
Pagham started the game well and had the first shot of the game in the 8th minute when a 25-yard blast from Joe Ashmore flew just over the bar. Jack Parkinson almost opened his account a minute later, but his shot was pushed behind by Dockers keeper Jack Webb-Olley. The corner came to nothing but from it, Newhaven broke downfield and earned a corner of their own, which was headed into the net by unmarked Dockers striker Charlie Parmitter to give side the lead at 0-1.
It didn’t take the home side long to equalise, as good work from Joe Rafferty, Joe Ashmore and Jack Parkinson led to Dave Crouch driving the ball home from 5 yards out to tie the score at 1-1. Various half-chances came and went for Pagham with Joey Jones and Johan Van Driel peppering the penalty area with crosses from the left. But the final shot of the half came from Newhaven as they hit the outside of the post from 30 yards out.
Early Dockers pressure in the second-half was interrupted by Jack Parkinson who, on the break, had his long drive pushed around the post, only for Dave Crouch to have a header from the ensuing corner go narrowly wide. On 63 minutes it was 2-1 to Pagham as Jack Parkinson powered home a header from a wide free kick on the right.
Newhaven tried all they could to get back in the game, but it was Pagham that scored the next goal as Alex Ansa-McIntyre tapped home from close in after the ball was fed across by Parkinson in the 83rd minute. And it was Jack Parkinson again to bang the final nail into the Newhaven coffin when he flicked the ball home at the near post after a lovely move down the left from Alex Ansa-McIntyre and Joey Jones two minutes later.
Pagham’s team was: Luke Terry, Scott Rafferty, Joey Jones, Joe Ashmore (Joe Simmonds), Charlie Selby, Mike Gilchrist, Ceri Marsh (Harry Keane), Johan Van Driel (Matt Hambleton), Jack Parkinson, David Crouch and Alex Ansa-McIntyre. Subs not used: James Clarke and Tom Sanctuary.