Youth League Cup Finals weekend: Colts target the double

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IT’S BEEN a near-perfect season for City Colts U14s who will be out to try and make it a league and cup double this weekend.

They have already won the Milton Keynes & Border Counties League Division Two by winning all 18 games, and now take on Division One champions Emberton Athletic in the U14 League Cup final at stadium:mk on Saturday.

Led by Andy Cheshire and coach Steve Talbot, the boys have enjoyed an incredible turnaround in fortunes having been relegated from Division One this time last year.

However, with Josh Gracey firing in the goals and captain Meshary Fakhrou bossing the midfield, City Colts have been almost untouchable this term.

Not only did they finish 20 points clear of nearest rivals Bromham Youth in the league, but they successfully navigated their way through four cup rounds to reach the showpiece final, edging past MK City Tigers on penalties and Moretonville Rovers after extra time along the way.

They now go up against an Emberton Athletic side with a formidable record of their own, but after losing just once all season – to Great Linford in the Berks & Bucks Cup first round – Colts will take some stopping.

Andy said: “The lads really pulled together after the low of last season and brought in friends to the team to keep it going this year.

“We’ve got great character in the team, and with a bit of confidence, stability, and of course some luck along the way, it’s enabled us to have this remarkable season.”

The finals this weekend see Scot Youth Spartans take on Great Linford Dodgers (U12), Woburn Lions Whirlwinds face Brook End Colts (U13), MK Athletic play Bedford Park Rangers (U15), Scot Youth take on Bromham Youth (U16) and MK City Pumas face Brackley Athletic (U18).

The finals schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 19

U12 14:00 Kick-off Scot Youth Spartans vs Great Linford Dodgers

U14 16:00 Kick-off Emberton Athletic vs City Colts

U18 19:00 Kick-off Milton Keynes City Pumas vs Brackley Athletic

Sunday, May 20

U13 10:00 Kick-off Woburn Lions Whirlwinds vs Brook End Colts

U15 13:00 Kick-off MK Athletic vs Bedford Park Rangers

U16 16:00 Kick-off Scot Youth vs Bromham Youth