Youngstars: High Tunstall U13s make last 16 of the national ESFA Elite Cup

High Tunstall College Under 13 football team in National Cup action against Snaith.
High Tunstall College Under 13 football team in National Cup action against Snaith.

High Tunstall U13s are celebrating after making the last 16 of the national ESFA Elite Cup competition.

The Hartlepool school defeated Snaith School, from Doncaster, 2-1 in front of a bumper home crowd.

Blustery conditions put paid to footballing aesthetics and a resolute display from vice-captain Trimble, Mohamed and Lyth at the back was to provide the foundations of a battling display.

Creating the better chances, the hosts were becoming frustrated before Hogan opened the scoring.

An away swinging Woolston free kick was kept alive by Dixon to allow Hulk to convert from close range.

Failing to convert a series of chances looked like it could be costly as a long range free kick dipped under the bar and evaded the reach of Pattison in goal.

Despite this setback, The Elwick Road outfit displayed their resilience by responding strongly and finishing the game much the stronger side. Eventually, territorial advantage and pressure paid off as a last minute corner was volleyed/shinned home by Ryder to send the crowd into delirium.

A place in the last 16 is the reward with Hull looking a likely glamour destination once the draw is completed in early December. UpTheTunny!