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Bedfordshire 7-4 Middlesex
English Schools' FA Playstation Inter-County Trophy
Middlesex U14 went out of the English Schools’ FA Inter-County Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage, losing 7-4 away to Bedfordshire. Middlesex were 5-0 down after 39 minutes but an incredible second half fightback saw Felix Amoah score all 4 goals of his team’s goals in an amazing 18-minute period to make the score 5-4 with 7 minutes remaining.
This was certainly a game where the very strong wind was a major factor within the game. Middlesex played into the strong wind during the first half and within three minutes Bedfordshire almost took the lead but Daniel Botti in the Middlesex goal tipped the shot acrobatically over the bar. The hosts forced two early corners and Botti was once again in fine form saving further attempts on the Middlesex goal.
With the home side having the majority of the possession and all the attempts on goal it was no surprise when they opened the scoring on 9 minutes when the ball was not cleared and Bedfordshire scored from just inside the Middlesex penalty area.
Bedfordshire scored their second goal on 15 minutes, this time from just outside the penalty area before Dominic D’Souza had Middlesex’s first shot on target two minutes later. Middlesex were still struggling to cope with the conditions and conceded two free-kicks in quick succession that were headed away. With the home side having two further efforts go narrowly wide, it was perhaps inevitable that another goal would come and Bedfordshire once again increased their lead scoring their third on 35 minutes from another effort from just inside the Middlesex penalty area to take a clear half time lead.
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