Matthew Hartnoll fires Braunton Wanderers into Devon Under-15 Cup final
MATTHEW HARTNOLL struck two goals in the last 20 minutes to fire Braunton Wanderers into the final of the Devon Under-15 Cup.
Sunday's 3-1 home win over Morley Rangers in the semi-final sets up a clash with Elm United at the Devon FA in Newton Abbot on April 25.
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Emilio Bennett put Braunton ahead in the early stages but Morley equalised from a mêlée in the penalty area.
In the closing stages, Hartnoll restored Braunton's lead with a fantastic individual goal, controlling a through-ball, cutting inside and drilling home.
Kingsley Latham kept Braunton ahead with a fine save before Hartnoll made sure of the win with his second goal.
Martin Evans, Braunton's joint manager with Mick Cammack, said: "The team have won the league three times in a row and numerous tournaments, but getting to the final of a county competition has been the greatest achievement.
"When I phoned through the result to Mark Buley he said it was the first time since he has been at the Devon FA (seven years) that a North Devon team had got to a (youth cup) final."
Braunton Wanderers under-14s are also through to a final – in the West Country Cleaning Services North Devon Youth League Cup. They won 3-2 in a thrilling tie at Total FC.
Braunton came back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 with goals from Tom Moyes and Kobe Bryant.
Total levelled the scores but, for the second time, defender Moyes got his head to a corner to score the winner in the dying minutes. Braunton will meet Barnstaple Youth in the final.
In the league, Braunton went top of the under-10 division with a 9-0 win over Torridgeside. Tyler Gordon-Oke hit four and Jake Frisby three. Jamie Hearsey scored in his best game for Braunton and an own goal completed the scoring.
Second-half goals from Ryan Mugford and Joseph Grigg gave SAS under-11s a 2-0 win at Barnstaple FC.
Ethan Smith (two), Finley McClenaghan and Archie Kingdon gave Braunton a 4-2 win over Ilfracombe Town. Braunton Wanderers lost by the same scoreline at Bideford Blues despite strikes from Lewis Lowe and Josh Tucker.
A great team performance took Bideford under-16s to a 10-2 win against bottom side SAS with Ben Crouch, Ryan James, Charlie Allman, Sid Cole and Billy Parsons getting on the scoresheet.
Braunton Wdrs U15: Kingsley Latham, Dylan Hall, Daniel Tucker, Bug Hall, Morgan Fouracre, Ollie Beck, Emilio Bennett, Alex Cammack, Charlie Aitken, George King, Luke Kerswell, Torin Begley, Jordan Evans, Ryan Young, Matthew Hartnoll, William Harrison, Matthew Chubb.
Five Bideford players, aged 14 to 16, have completed a six-week FA refereeing course.
Charlie Allman, Michael Gardner-Skeete, Ryan Peters, Adam North and Billy Blackburn will now be assessed in a minimum of six matches. The scheme was supported by a community grant from Devon County Council.