Skelmersdale's Brandon Gaskell in action vs Abbey Hay this weekend
WITH THIS game being postponed four times due to the weather, an away fixture on a 3G pitch was the only way Skem Under-18s would get a game this week.
Luckily they didn't disappoint with a great 2-1 away win sending them into the next round of the Open Cup in the North West Youth Alliance.
There is a big test coming up for the lads with a Liverpool County Cup Semi Final to look forward to at home this Sunday against Marine.
Skelmersdale’s youngsters started this cup game with a spring in their step attacking Abbey Hay straight from the off. The first chance started from the back with debutant Tyrone Hare playing it out wide to Daniel Flood, who left his marker with pace to whip in a cross for Jordan Slater to just head over.
As the game progressed United’s youngsters grew in confidence with some great two touch football from one end to the other but just couldn't get the goal they deserved.
The first and only goal in the first half came from a throw deep in Abbey Hey’s half taken by Flood. It was flicked on by Brandon Gaskell to Josh Nicholson, whose left footed strike just inside the box sailed in to the net to give the lads a first half lead.
The second half started with United keeping possession playing the ball around well, with constant attacks from left back Jack Hont and Daniel Flood keeping Abbey Hay defence busy.
The second goal of the game came from some quick one touch football in the middle of the park from Adam Weston to Daniel Owens. Owens’ perfect lobbed pass over the defender’s head landed at the feet of the on running Josh Nicholson, who in turn lobbed the keeper for his second goal of the game.
Abbey never gave up and from the kick off went straight at Skem but some stern defending from Andrew Miller and Tyrone Hare kept the score to 2-0 with 15 minutes to go.
Abbey did finally get the goal they deserved when they whipped in a free kick to the back post for the unmarked striker to head home. With 10 minutes left this turned out to be a nervy finish knowing it could go in to extra time and penalties, but Skem’s youth stood strong defending well to the final whistle.
Man of the match was Hare with a solid performance at centre back.