Comet Blues U11 beat Little Gaddesden Falcons 3-1 in the final of the West Herts Youth League Challenge Cup to complete an historic season for the young stars.
This is the first time since the formation of West Herts Youth League and the first time in the history of Comets Sports Cub that a team has not only gone the whole season unbeaten, but have won the league, the Senior League Cup, the Challenge Cup and the County Cup all in one season.
This feat is in no small part thanks to the coaching the boys receive from manager Nick Hodgins, previous coach Dean Williams and present coach Steve Hutchins.
In the Challenge Cup final, Comets took a little time to settle and Falcons took advantage, mainly through their star player Koffe Cripps.
This young footballer can’t be given too much space or you will be punished. He was given just that and sent a powerful shot into the top corner of Comets goal to give his side the lead.
This was a wake-up call for Comets as they began to take more of the possession and forced a string of corners.
Max Lacey almost produced a goal from an in swinging corner that just caught the corner upright, so agonisingly close.
Comets’ Louie Potton then pounced onto a loose ball and, after rounding two Falcon defenders, slotted the ball wide of the advancing keeper to level the scores before half-time.
The second half began as the first ended with Comets edging the possession, although it was by no means one way traffic as Falcons produced some of their best football of the season and could have gone ahead but for some solid defending and safe hands of goalie Will Hodgins.
As a team, Comets remained solid from front to back and defender Luke Wilson popped up all over the pitch to receive man of the match as his no nonsense passes set up many Comet attacks as well as breaking up the Falcon ones.
A quick clearance to talisman Potton sent him on one of his mazy runs and it almost looked like the ball was stuck to his boot laces until he unleashed a stinging shot from an acute angle to put Comets into the lead to send the supporters wild.
Comets then went looking for the killer blow and the pressure paid off when, having forced another corner, winger Taylor Barden curled in a teaser of a cross that put the Falcons defence on the back foot and ended in an own goal.
Falcons didn’t give up and Cripps again saw his shot go just wide. From then on Comets kept possession and saw out the game.
It wasn’t always pretty but the Comets showed enough maturity to claim their fourth trophy of an unforgettable season.
Each and every boy in this team has to be congratulated on a memorable achievement as not only is this down to coaching , but an enormous amount of hard work on their part.