Ten-man St Neots secure FA Youth Cup glory - but two other clubs bow out

St Neots Town Under 18s. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

St Neots Town Under 18s. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES - Credit: Archant

St Neots Town Under 18s overcame a sending-off early in the second half to make FA Youth Cup progress.

Defender Jordan Heywood saw red soon after half-time for allegedly kicking out at an opponent with their first qualifying round clash at Desborough still goalless.

But St Neots overcame their numerical disadvantage to claim a 2-1 victory and make progress.

They had the crossbar to thank for keeping them level before hitting the front with two goals in the space of seven minutes.

The opener arrived when Charlie Lewis struck from the penalty spot after Dan Lewis had been pulled down.

It was swiftly followed by a second goal from Dan Lewis who converted at the second attempt after his initial effort had been parried.

Desborough did halve their arrears in stoppage time, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as St Neots advanced.

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Two other local teams bowed out of the FA Youth Cup last night.

St Ives Town were beaten 3-0 by Peterborough Northern Star and Godmanchester Rovers went down 6-2 to AFC Dunstable.

St Neots now host AFC Dunstable in the second qualifying round - tie to be played the week commencing October 5.