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Luton Town Under-16 completed a remarkable season at the weekend when they defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the clubs' second Cup Final meeting in as many weeks.
The previous Sunday saw the sides meet in the Home Counties League Cup Final at Stockwood Park. This turned out to be a tough physical encounter in which Luton started well but failed to capitalise on good opportunities that fell to Mirella Tambini who had a shot well saved by Angela McGann, and Terri Petit who fired over the bar with the goal at her mercy.
Spurs started to dominate the game, long balls played over the Luton defence caused problems time and again for the Hatters back four but the Londoners squandered a number of very good chances. On 30 minutes and against the run of play, Katie Davis fired the Hatters in front with a sublime finish from 25 yards.
Tottenham rallied immediately and again had Luton on the back foot, but the combination of good saves by keeper Hollie Staples and poor finishing, including a penalty miss, meant that Town went into the break with a slender lead.
It was much the same at the start of the second half with Tottenham again starting very brightly. Iris Isok, Phoebe Eshen and Latoya Bailey all went close before Town's defence finally gave way and Isok left the back four standing and went through to equalise with a well taken goal.
With extra time looming both teams pressed for the win, Davis went close for Luton but just headed over the bar, and Isok again went through but her effort was wide of the goal. So a stalemate after eighty minutes and it stayed that way through extra time, and so it was down to penalties to decide the outcome.
Tottenham's finishing again let them down as they missed three out of their four spot kicks, but goals from Amelia Glean, Katie Davis and Terri Petit ensured Luton collected the trophy for the third season in a row.
Last Sunday saw the two sides meet again, this time in the Chairman's Cup Final hosted by Harvesters FC in St Albans. Town entered this game with a change in formation having done their homework during the week plotting a way to stop the pacy Spurs attack.
Luton started very brightly and with a compact back four and midfield all doing their jobs, Spurs found it difficult to break the Hatters down. An early cross from Maisie Wyatt found Katie Davis in the box but her effort went wide of the mark while Jess McKay had a great run down the right and crossed for Hollie Sheridan to shoot, but a great tackle from Molly Kmita cleared the ball away for Spurs.
Sheridan was excellent all morning for Luton and was very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when almost rugby tackled to the ground, but Sheridan got her reward shortly afterwards when, running in on goal she faced Spurs keeper McGann, who spilled the ball from her grasp and skipper Maisie Wyatt pounced to beat the onrushing defenders and slide the ball home.
This was pretty much Wyatt's last contribution of the game as a few moments later, receiving the ball out wide on the left she was hit by a late tackle that put her out of the game with an ankle injury. This spurred the Town on and good chances late in the game by McKay and Tambini could have made the scoreline more comfortable, but Luton goalkeeper Staples did not need to make a save of any note.
Sadly this was the last meeting of these two teams with Luton's players moving into senior football next season and the Spurs side choosing to play in the Essex Under-18 League. Thirteen times in four seasons, these two squads have met in some enthralling games with Luton winning twelve of the encounters which included four Cup Final victories.
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