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Bayswater City celebrate winning the 2019 Belt-Up Under 18 Cup. Photo Football West/FotoEnzo

Reilly the penalty hero for Bayswater U18s

Report by Peter Simcox

Bayswater City held their nerve to win the 2019 Belt-Up Under 18 Cup Final 4-3 on penalties over Sorrento.

Saturday’s game, which finished 2-2 at 90 minutes, was outstanding with chances at both ends and the big crowd at Dorrien Gardens on the edge of their seats.

Bayswater opened the scoring early though Daniel McKenzie, son of former Glory midfielder Alan.

Sorrento hit back with Jamie Swan scoring either side of half-time to give the Gulls the lead, before McKenzie restored parity 18 minutes from time.

The sides could not be separated and Bayswater prevailed in the shoot-out.

It was Sorrento who had the first opportunity when Swan fired inches wide after being picked out by Kai Matthews. But it was Bayswater who opened the scoring in their first attack. A ball into the box was flicked on by Ismail Hajimohamed to McKenzie, who brought the ball down well and finished low past Anthony Jackson.

Sam Reilly looks on as Sebastian Hooshangian fires the winning penalty past Anthony Jackson. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

It was a lively opening for Bayswater and Hajimohamed shot just wide moments later.

Sorrento then lifted and started to take control. Swan couldn’t keep his shot down from the edge of the box when well placed, before Theo Gilsenan header was saved on the line by the alert Sam Reilly.

But in the shadows of half-time the Gulls found their deserved equaliser. Daniel Faichney played a defence-splitting through ball to Swan, who kept his composure and finished clinically past Reilly to send the two teams into the break level.

Sorrento made the perfect start to the second half to go ahead three minutes in. A ball over the top sent Swan clear and with the Bayswater players looking for the offside flag that never came, the striker finished well past Reilly.

Bayswater coach Chris Barbas made some changes and it worked, as Bayswater lifted and McKenzie headed over the top.

Then on 72 minutes Sorrento lost the ball over in the middle of the park and McKenzie looked up and finished superbly from long-range.

McKenzie had a late chance to win it but the Bayswater striker fired wide. Then in stoppage time Hajimohamed rolled the ball into an empty net but referee Adam Hicks disallowed the goal for a handball in the build-up.

So, it was off to the shoot-out. Both sides missed their second penalties, but a save from Bayswater keeper Reilly with Sorrento’s fifth gave substitute Sebastian Hooshangian the opportunity to win it and he duly obliged.

Star player: Ismail Hajimohamed (Bayswater City)

Bayswater City 2 (McKenzie 4min, 72’)
Sorrento 2 (Swan 43’, 48’)
Bayswater win 4-3 on penalties

Belt-Up Under 18 Cup Final
Saturday July 20,2019
Dorrien Gardens
Referee: Adam Hicks
Assistant referees: Lawson Rimmer, Alex Wright
Fourth Official: Niall Gillmor

Bayswater City: GK Sam REILLY, 2 Lewis COLLIER (14 Yared NADEW 68’), 4 Jordan ACARO, 7 Tarek ATTA (3 Adam TILMIZ 84’), 9 Daniel McKENZIE, 10 Sebastian HOOSHANGIAN, 13 George NORTON, 15 Alex EVANGILISTA (11 Raeez PANDOR 51’), 18 Ismail HAJIMOHAMED, 20 Nathan WEBSTER, 21 Michael LINO
Substitutes not used: 19 Mustafa AMI
Yellow cards: Hajimohamed 88’
Red cards: Nil

Sorrento: GK Anthony JACKSON, 35 Corey BINGHAM, 36 Lauritis CHRISTOPHEREN, 37 Theo GILSENAN, 40 Daniel FAICHNEY, 41 Dayan BHUDIA, 42 Ethan QUARTERMAINE, 44 Kai MATTHEWS, 47 Khairulanwar AFANDI, 51 Jake SHAKED, 52 Jamie SWAN (48 Nathan FRITH 83’)
Substitutes not used: 43 Cristian SAYERS, 46 Wes CASIMIR-BROWN, 53 Jude GAUNTLETT
Yellow cards: Shaked 70’
Red cards: Nil