by Peter Scherer
Mickleover Youth Team now progress into the Second Qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup, after beating St Andrews last Friday.
It got off to a great start when Zac Sandhu was fouled and the referee played on allowing Declan Brown to open the scoring.
But after the strong start St Andrews began to find their feet and started to pose more threat to the Sports defence.
Mickleover had to make an early change when Dean Ironmonger came on for the injured Owen Parr.
But another attack soon followed with Charlie Rock clearing from a St Andrews corner. Fin Ryder then sent a long ball for Brown to chase, but it was intercepted by the visitors keeper.
Rock then fed the ball to Jack Leighton down the right, his cross found Brown again, but a great save from the keeper prompted another St Andrews break.
Bill was deemed to have fouled a striker and although he got a hand to the kick, it was 1-1.
As the home defence continued to look fairly strong, Harry Atwal sent Brandon Ferron running down the left. His cross was met by Sandhu and it was 2-1 as we came to the end of the first half.
Sandhu hit the bar again from a Ferron cross as the second half got under way. The St Andrews keeper then saved from a corner and set up another break for the visitors, but the shot was straight at Bill
But another free kick had Bill beaten as it struck the bar, before the rebound was in the back of the net. 2-2.
Both sides were pushing to take the lead and both keepers were having to pull off some great saves as the clock ran down and penalties loomed again.
In the closing seconds though Brown then picked the ball up, beat two defenders and passed the advancing keeper 3-2.
So it’s next stop Lutterworth Athletic, to be plated w/c September 26th.
(information courtesy of Mickleover Reserves twitter)