Sudbury dominate semi-finals event

SLIDING CHALLENGE: Action from AFC Sudbury Under-16s' 4-1 win over Mildenhall
SLIDING CHALLENGE: Action from AFC Sudbury Under-16s' 4-1 win over Mildenhall

Three teams from AFC Sudbury will feature in this season’s Suffolk FA Youth Cup Finals Day at Kirkley & Pakefield FC.

The club’s Boys’ Under-13, Under-14 and Under-16 sides all won their respective semi-finals at Sunday’s feast of football at The New Croft in Haverhill, which saw 18 ties take place on the same day.

GOING FOR GOAL: Haverhill Under-16s have a shot blocked against Bury

GOING FOR GOAL: Haverhill Under-16s have a shot blocked against Bury

It means The Yellows will have a representative in four of this season’s ten youth finals as they will also be defending the Boys’ Under-18 Midweek title they clinched last term.

Suffolk FA County Cup Competitions Manager Adrian Moye said: “We had some concerns about the rain, but it held off and all the matches went ahead as scheduled. Peter Betts and his staff at The New Croft did an excellent job in organising the day on our behalf.

“Some people did question if it was necessary to have all the matches at Haverhill, especially as some clubs had to travel longer distances, but the day was about celebrating Suffolk Youth football and playing at a venue clubs would potentially not normally play at.

“Hopefully we can repeat this feast of football with another Youth Cup Semi-Finals Day next season.

ON TARGET: Bury Under-16s celebrate one of their two goals against Haverhill

ON TARGET: Bury Under-16s celebrate one of their two goals against Haverhill

“We now look forward to staging our Youth Cup Finals Day at Kirkley & Pakefield on Sunday, May 14th.”

Facilities & Football Development Manager at Haverhill Community Sports Association Peter Betts, who was on site at 5am to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day, added: “This is the first time this has been done so it is pleasing to see that staging 18 games at one venue on the same day can be achieved.

“The day flowed well and all the players have had a positive environment in which to play and have had a really enjoyable experience, and for those who play outside the Eastern Junior Alliance, it has been an opportunity to play in a stadium facility.

“It has also been great for us to have so many people visit Haverhill and to see the facilities that we have here at The New Croft, while Suffolk FA are trying to develop and evolve and when we sit down with them in a few weeks’ time to see what went well and where we can improve, I am sure this event will continue to get better year on year.

“We had a good number of volunteers helping out and it was great to see the Suffolk FA staff working with us in what has been a collective effort.”

Suffolk FA Youth Cup Semi-Finals Results

Suffolk FA Under-12 Boys’ Cup Semi-Finals: Cornard Dynamos Blue 1 Exning Utd White 2, Lakenheath Town Yellow 3 Woodbridge Town SYFL 2

Suffolk FA Under-13 Boys’ Cup Semi-Finals: Wickhambrook 2 Woodbridge Town EJA 5, Stowupland Falcons Blue 0 AFC Sudbury EJA 6

Suffolk FA Under-14 Boys’ Cup sponsored by Vitavia Garden Products Ltd Semi-Finals: Felixstowe & Walton Utd 0 AFC Sudbury 3, Stowmarket Town 0 Whitton Utd 3

Suffolk FA Under-15 Boys’ Minor Cup Semi-Finals: Ransomes Sports 3 Saxmundham Sports Scorpions 1, Felixstowe & Walton Utd 3 Woodbridge Town 0

Suffolk FA Under-16 Boys’ Cup Semi-Finals: Bury Town 2 Haverhill Rovers 0, AFC Sudbury 4 Mildenhall Town 1

Suffolk FA Under-18 Boys’ Sunday Cup: Framlingham Town Knights 2 Kesgrave Kestrels 0, Haverhill Rovers Colts 0 Woodbridge Town EJA 1

Suffolk FA Under-12 Girls’ Cup Semi-Finals: Ipswich Valley Rangers 2 Felixstowe & Walton Utd 0, Beccles Town 1 Bungay Town 0

Suffolk FA Under-14 Girls’ Cup Semi-Finals: East Bergholt Utd 1 AFC Kesgrave 0, Bury Town Rams 1 Waveney Lionesses 2 aet

Suffolk FA Under-15 Girls’ Cup sponsored by Vitavia Garden Products Ltd Semi-Finals: Thurston 4 Belstead Utd 2, Copleston Ladies 0 Kirkley & Pakefield Diamonds 3