League and cup double as Crookham Rovers U15 Youth crowned Surrey Youth League Premier Elite Champions!

Crookham Rovers U15 Youth played at home today v Carshalton Athletic, knowing that a victory would secure the Premier Elite League title for an unbelievable three years in a row!

The first half started a little cautiously for Rovers, perhaps understandably with so much at stake. Carshalton started the game very well and looked a real threat going forward. Carshalton were battling for survival in this division and Rovers knew they were in for a difficult game today and would have to work hard for a victory. The first goal of the game came from Rovers mid-way through the first half, when James Baxter showed good strength down the left and just before the ball was about to run out of play, he cut the ball back for Sam Whitehead, who in turn chipped the ball brilliantly over the keeper from 14 yards to make it 1-0. A second goal soon followed as once again after some great work from James, this time down the right, saw him put in a great cross and from close range Sam made no mistake to score his and Rovers second, 2-0 Rovers. Carshalton

The first goal of the game came from Rovers mid-way through the first half, when James Baxter showed good strength down the left and just before the ball was about to run out of play, he cut the ball back for Sam Whitehead, who in turn chipped the ball brilliantly over the keeper from 14 yards to make it 1-0. A second goal soon followed as once again after some great work from James, this time down the right, saw him put in a great cross and from close range Sam made no mistake to score his and Rovers second, 2-0 Rovers. Carshalton

A second goal soon followed as once again after some great work from James, this time down the right, saw him put in a great cross and from close range Sam made no mistake to score his and Rovers second, 2-0 Rovers. Carshalton were playing their part in this game and showing that they were not out of it produced some good football. With some great passing moves of their own, they kept the Rover’s defence and a busy keeper, Alex Rolph, on their toes. Rovers did manage to add a third just before half-time , when the ball broke to Dionis Pipero inside the Carshalton area. He showed great skill to turn his marker and bury the ball just inside the keeper's left-hand post to make it 3-0.

Half-time: Rovers 3 - 0 Carshalton

The second half started much better than the first for Rovers. James Baxter showed great determination when he picked the ball up mid-way into the Carshalton half on the left-hand side. From there he ran at the defence and after riding three or four challenges he found himself close in on goal and showing great composure slid the ball home to make it 4-0, Rovers. Soon after the restart, Rovers were deep into the Carshalton half and once again James found himself in the Carshalton area, resulting from a great pass from Ethan Smith. James showed real class with a great finish 5-0, Rovers. Carshalton

Carshalton were not beaten yet and were showing good determination to find a way back into this game and after a rare defensive mix-up at the back from Rovers, they were rewarded for their hard work with a goal, 5-1. This only sparked Rovers back into life and once again James was bursting into the Carshalton area this time on the right-hand side. Again he showed great composure to make it six for Rovers and complete a well-deserved hat-trick for himself, 6-1 Rovers. Just as the game was drawing to a close, Rovers were putting more pressure on the Carshalton defence, when Lewis Visioli showed a cool head and despatched a great finish from 12 yards just in off the post 7-1, Rovers. The final whistle blew and after the teams exchanged handshakes, Rovers got into a team huddle and were once again singing the familiar tone of Championeeees!

Final score: Crookham Rovers Youth 7 - 1 Carshalton Athletic

After more photos and team being sprayed in bubbly from the management team, it left everyone reflecting on the achievement the team has worked so hard for all season. A massive well done to all on a fantastic SYL Premier Elite League title and Hampshire County Cup double!

Next up for Rovers is to try and stay unbeaten in the league for the second year running.

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