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A seven-goal thriller saw Boreham Wood clinch their second successive Champion of Champions trophy after an emphatic 5-2 victory over Guiseley, in what was an action-packed finale held at Oxford City’s Stadium, Court Place Farm.
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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 side.

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 close range.

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 potential fightback.

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

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