FCV Academy knocked out of the Cup by Basford United
FCV Academy exited the National League U19 Alliance Cup at the Second Round stage following an enthralling encounter with Basford United.
Both sides played their part in what was a terrific advert for the National League U19 Alliance, in which the visitors came out as 2-1 victors.
The first half started with Basford applying the early pressure, and Charley Giffen in the FCV goal had to make a couple of smart saves to keep the scores level at the break.
FCV Academy grew into the game and started to get on the ball in midfield, combining well with the full-backs and wide players to create good opportunities in the final third.
In a close game, it always felt that whichever side scored first would go on to win the game, and that proved to be the case.
Moments after having a strong penalty appeal turned down, the hosts conceded a contentious free-kick 25 yards out. The set-piece was expertly curled over the wall and into the bottom corner for Basford to take the lead.
The visitors then looked to be in total control, extending their advantage with a close-range effort after Giffen had parried a cross-shot.
FCV got themselves back in-to the game in injury time after good work from Brandon Taverner, who produced a pinpoint cross from the right wing for T’ai Williams to rise highest and head home.
This made for a frenetic final few minutes of injury time with FCV trying desperately to get an equaliser to take the game into extra-time.
One last passage of play saw the hosts denied two times in quick succession.
Firstly, the Basford goalkeeper made an excellent save from Harry Whittington which brought a corner. When that corner was sent into a crowded box, the goalward effort was blocked for another.
The visitors managed to defend the resultant delivery, clearing to safety and bringing an end to a pulsating cup tie.