Harlow celebrations

Harlow Town U16 Hawks win the Essex Cassels Under 16s Cup in dramatic fashion!

Two very late Harlow goals turned the game around and crowned them Essex Cassels Under 16s Cup Champions

Harlow Town Hawks turned the game around with two very late goals from Max Featherstone and Danny Hanson to lift the trophy.

Hutton had the first real chance of the game with Isaiah Obende found himself running towards goal, but he hit a bouncing shot straight into the arms of Harlow Town ‘keeper Rio Taylor.

In the 14th minute, Harlow had their first real chance of the game in what was a frantic start to the game. Max Featherstone found himself free on the edge of the box and fired towards goal, but Hutton ‘keeper Collins was equal to it and saved well down to his right.

Despite the game being fast-paced and energetic, the first half quietened down on the chances front, with half chances here and there but the score remained 0-0 until the 39th minute, where Hutton took the lead. A corner evaded everyone and rolled through to the 6 yard box and Cathline was there to poke home and take us into the half time break with the score 0-1.

Harlow started the second half strongly, putting real pressure on with a succession of corners early on. Their first notable chance fell in the 55th minute, after a freekick from the left had been cleared and eventually fell to Thompon on the edge of the box, who volleyed just wide of the post.

Just three minutes later, Harlow continue to push for an equaliser. Dowrich wriggled through a couple of challenges and took aim from just outside the box, but his shot was over the bar.

In the 66th minute, Harlow had yet another chance to equalise. Sanni was played in on goal but Collins was out quick from the Hutton goal to smother the shot out for a corner. From the resulting corner, Thomson had a great chance with a header from about 8 yards out, but he couldn’t keep it down and it flew over the bar.

As we entered the last 10 minutes, Hutton ‘keeper Collins made two great saves to keep Harlow out. The first was from a Khamis shot from just outside the left edge of the box that he palmed over the bar. The second was from a freekick that parried on the first attempt, but he recovered quickly and somehow blocked the rebound to keep the ball out.

In the 78th minute, Harlow made their second half pressure pay. A corner was whipped in and Featherstone was on hand to head home and level the game up at 1-1. And just moments later, Harlow turned the game around and incredibly took the lead! A long ball over the top saw Hanson through on goal, who kept his composure and dinked the ball over the onrushing Collins and into the back of the net to give Harlow the lead and spark jubilant celebrations.

After the goal, Hutton then tried to level the game back up, with a spell of pressure, but despite a few half chances and a couple of efforts at goal, they couldn’t get the ball into the net. The referee the blew the full time whistle and Harlow Town U16 Hawks were crowned the Essex Cassels Under 16 Cup Champions!

Harlow Town U16 Hawks Squad: Rio Taylor, Thomas Lawrence, Bobby Kirby, Abdul Khamis, Charlie Thomson, Max Featherstone (78’), Teddy Desmond, Kehinde Sanni, Freddy Fairey, Josh Lawford, Bailey Punnett, Danny Hanson (79’), Riley Dowrich, Harvey Williams, Michael Agwaraonye.

Hutton U16 Squad: Carter Collins, Sam Boreham, Tommy Green, Max Brunger, Charlie Bowler, Ramsey McLachlan, Callum Cathline, Jaden Tucker, Zach Shakes-Ogodo, Oliver Noble, Isaiah Obende, Harry Savill, Harry Horne, Henry Wainwright, Shilo Mckenzie-Bonner, Jack Moran.

Referee: Karl Dunnage

Assistant Referees: David Stacey and Glenn Baker

Forth Official: Archie Waine

Attendance: 189

Congratulations once again to Harlow Town U16 Hawks on winning the Essex Cassels Under 16s Cup! If you want to stay up to date with all of this season’s County Cup Finals, follow Essex County FA on Twitter and Instagram.