|First half goals from George Gomersall and Jack Lazenby gave
Guiseley the lead on two occasions but a Boreham Wood Blues fightback saw goals
from Iliman Ndiaye, William Wickham and Ionut Radu give the Blues a 3-2 lead
going into half time.
Another goal from Radu as well as a strike from Alex Morgan
in the second half sealed what was a brilliant victory for Cameron Mawer’s U19s
After two successful campaigns in Division A and Division J
respectively, Boreham Wood Blues and Guiseley battled it out to see who could
clinch their second piece of silverware this campaign.
The final got off to an energetic start as both teams
started brightly in what was an enthralling first half with plenty of chances
and plenty of goals.
It was Guiseley who broke the deadlock 14 minutes in when a
free kick from the left by Jack Lazenby was initially flicked onto the crossbar
and then fell to George Gomersall who pounced onto the loose ball and rifled
his effort into the back of the net.
Boreham Wood Blues responded well and had a couple of chances
of their own, firstly when Daniel Cresse’s header sailed over the crossbar from
Then shortly after, a right-footed strike from Morgan inside
the area had to be saved low down by Guiseley keeper Fletcher Paley.
After those chances had not been taken, a flurry of four
goals in a space of just 15 minutes saw the contest really come to life for the
remainder of the first half.
And after edging closer to an equaliser, the goal finally
arrived for Boreham Wood Blues in the 25th minute when Iliman Ndiaye
slotted his effort home after Morgan did brilliantly to cut the ball back to
the midfielder after rounding the outrushing goalkeeper.
However, the scores weren’t level for long as Guiseley took
the lead once again just six minutes later through Jack Lazenby.
Tabish Hussain used his trickery brilliantly to beat full
back Sam Walsh before Kayle Price pulled it back towards Lazenby on the edge of
the area who then drilled the ball into the bottom left corner.
In the 37 minute, Boreham Wood scored their second equaliser
to level the scores at 2-2, thanks to William Wickham.
Morgan did well to hold up the ball and then play Daniel
Creese through on the right towards the byline, who then placed the ball back
first time into the six-yard area which perfectly picked out Wickham who tapped
in comfortably from two yards out.
Then just three minutes later, Boreham Wood Blues took the
lead for the first time after Sorba Thomas’ free kick just inside Guiseley’s
half picked out defender Ionut Radu whose towering header flew beyond the
keeper, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead just before the break.
Lazenby came very close to scoring an equaliser for Guiseley
moments before half time, but his curling strike from the edge of the area
struck the crossbar.
The second half started as brightly as the first with both
sides pushing forward and creating chances.
An early chance fell to Boreham Wood Blues captain Thomas
but his hooked strike inside the box was well saved by goalkeeper Paley.
But in the 54th minute, the Blues made it 4-2 when Ionut
Radu scored his second of the match to give the Blues a two-goal cushion when
Jack Gibbs’ bullet header from an in-swinging corner was parried out by keeper
Paley towards Radu who then smashed the ball in from close range.
With Boreham Wood Blues taking control, Guiseley had to push
bodies forward to try and salvage something from the match.
Scott Smith’s venomous strike mid-way through the second
half was vitally blocked by Gibbs inside the area, preventing Guiseley from a
In the end, Boreham Wood Blues managed the game well and
proved to be too strong for their opponents as they went on to score a fifth in
the 77th minute when Alex Morgan’s half volley inside the area fizzed beyond
the keeper, to give the Blues a 5-2 lead.
A great chance fell to Guiseley substitute Lewis Waddington
late on, but his header towards an open net sailed over the crossbar.
After what was a brilliant advert for youth football,
Guiseley shouldn’t be disheartened by their performance, but a strong showing
from Boreham Wood Blues saw Cameron Mawer’s side claim the Champion of
Champions title for the second year running.
Report by: Oliver
Thomas – @O1iThomas
Image and Twitter Updates by: Josh Nelson – @JoshNelson97