Walsham-le-Willows do the double at Suffolk Youth Cups finals day

Walsham-le-Willows Under-14s and Under-16s pictured with their two trophies at Suffolk Youth Cups fi

Walsham-le-Willows Under-14s and Under-16s pictured with their two trophies at Suffolk Youth Cups finals day. Picture: SUFFOLK FA - Credit: Archant

Walsham-le-Willows completed a notable double at the Crown Imperial Youth Cup Finals Day, writes Nick Garnham.

Maisie Johnson, daughter of ex-Ipswich Town player Gavin Johnson, who now manages Stowupland Falcons

Maisie Johnson, daughter of ex-Ipswich Town player Gavin Johnson, who now manages Stowupland Falcons Under-15 Girls team, lifts the Girls Under-15 Suffolk Cup. Picture: SUFFOLK FA - Credit: Archant

They won both this season’s Suffolk FA Boys’ Under-14 and Under-16 competitions in the nine finals hosted by Whitton United FC on Sunday.

Walsham defeated AFC Sudbury 3-2 in the Under-14 final and Needham Market by the only goal of the game in the Under-16 final.

AFC Sudbury did taste success in two competitions, winning both the Boys Under-13 final and the Boys’ Under-15 Minor Cup Final.

Ipswich Town caretaker manager Bryan Klug, whose son Jonny coaches AFC Sudbury, was among the spectators at the Under-13 final which saw AFC Sudbury beat Bury Town 12-1.

George Ablitt pictured with Suffolk FA chief executive Richard Neal and the match ball after scoring

George Ablitt pictured with Suffolk FA chief executive Richard Neal and the match ball after scoring a hat-trick for Ipswich Wanderers Under-18s in their 3-1 win over Woodbridge in the Suffolk Cup Final. Picture: SUFFOLK FA - Credit: Archant


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Colchester United manager John McGreal was also present to see son Max playing for Woodbridge Town in the Boys’ Under-18 final, but they lost 3-1 to Ipswich Wanderers, for whom George Ablitt netted a hat-trick.

Top individual goalscorer of the day was Hannah Cobbold, who netted five times as Stowupland Falcons, managed by ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Gavin Johnson, won 7-4 against AFC Kesgrave.

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This was the first year that there was no extra-time in any county cup competitions, with only one of Sunday’s finals going to a penalty shoot-out.

Suffolk FA County Cup Competitions Manager Adrian Moye said: “We have had an excellent day with some unexpected results, and Maxine Barnes and her crew here at Whitton United have, as expected, done a tremendous job in hosting the finals.”

The cups and medals were presented by Rob Taylor, Sales Director of Crown Imperial.

Youth Cup Finals Results round-up

Under-12 Boys’ Cup Final: Exning Utd 1 Kirkley & Pakefield Cobra 1 – Exning Utd won 4-2 on pens.

Under-13 Boys’ Cup Final: AFC Sudbury 12 Bury Town 1.

Under-14 Boys’ Cup Final: AFC Sudbury 2 Walsham-le-Willows 3.

Under-15 Boys’ Cup Final: AFC Sudbury 2 Whitton Utd 0.

Under-16 Boys’ Sunday Cup Final: Needham Market 0 Walsham-le-Willows 1.

Under-18 Boys’ Cup Final: Ipswich Wanderers 3 Woodbridge Town 1.

Under-12 Girls’ Cup Final: Coplestonians 1 Waveney Cougars 5.

Under-15 Girls’ Cup Final: AFC Kesgrave 4 Stowupland Falcons 7.

Under-16 Girls Cup Final: Kirkley & Pakefield Diamonds 2 Thurston 0.

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