MATCH REPORT: HIGHGATE UNITED U21 1-3 TAMWORTH FC U21
Tamworth FC U21s lifted the Saturday Amateur Cup after a convincing victory over Highgate United U21s on Saturday afternoon at the Walter Goodman Stadium.
After starting the contest on the front foot, the Lambs took the lead midway through the first half after a swift attacking move sliced through Highgate’s defence with the ball falling to Dilano Reid, who impressively lobbed the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Highgate United grew into the match as the half went on, but struggled to create chances with Tamworth enjoying long spells of possession.
Two goals in two second half minutes gave Tamworth an unassailable lead after James Medford finished from close range, before an unstoppable free kick from Lewis Kelly gave his side a 3-0 lead.
Despite the scoreline, Highgate United began to dominate the rest of the match and were eventually rewarded after winning a penalty in the closing stages.
Chris Dyson made no mistake from the spot after his emphatic penalty into the top right-hand corner sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, however it was too little too late for Glenn Adams’ side as the Lambs saw out the contest.
When reflecting on Tamworth FC U21s victory, Gareth Zimmerman said: “We had a game plan and wanted to start quickly, but the early goal definitely helped take the pressure off us.
“I am chuffed, our league form has dropped a little bit in the last few months but we have had a good Cup run and managed to finish it off today.
“I am pleased for the club and am really looking forward to celebrating with them all.”
Despite it being the first Cup Final of the season, Lewis Kelly’s free kick is guaranteed to be a contender for one of the best County Cup Final goals of the 2018/19 season.
“I asked Lewis how many free kicks he has previously taken and he said none! I think he will be on free kicks going forward, it was an amazing goal and I am really pleased for him,” added Zimmerman.