Penalty shoot-out victory leaves the Wasps buzzing

The victorious Hemel Aces U15 Wasps squad
The victorious Hemel Aces U15 Wasps squad

Hemel Aces U15 Wasps had the winning ticket in the penalty shoot-out lottery as they beat St Albans City North in the West Herts Youth League Cup final.

St Albans started the game brightly and deservedly took the lead midway through the first half.

However some superb goalkeeping from Ryan Wilson and stubborn defending from Andrea Nwagbara, Lewis Fisher, Daniel Potticary and Alex Merrill kept the Wasps in the game.

Captain Connor James was leading by example, putting in a sterling effort across the pitch, but Aces could not create any clear cut chances for goal machine Jack Blair.

The second half continued in the same vein until Blair was brought down in the box and Merrill smashed home from the spot.

The game then began to swing Aces way but it eventually ended 1-1 at the final whistle.

After a hard fought game, extra-time proved fruitless and the result came down to the lottery of penalties.

Both teams missed their first two spot kicks before Nwagbara and Fisher put Aces in command, leaving goalkeeper Wilson with the final kick to secure the trophy to cheers from his team-mates.

Meanwhile, in their second year in the Mid Herts League, the Aces U14 Lions have won the Premier Division title with three games to spare. They also reached the final of the Mathew Blease Memorial League Cup.