BROADBRIDGE Heath’s Under-18s booked their place in the final of the Dennis Probee Cup with a 2-1 win over Ryman League Horsham at Southwater Leisure Centre.
Following Heath’s 1-0 win over Ryman League Worthing in the quarters, they took on Horsham Under-18s in the semis on Sunday January 30.
A compact Heath defence defended well during the early stages of the game whilst Michael Wood, Shane Meech and Stuart Barber were finding space in behind the Horsham back four.
Heath’s successful counter attacking style was rewarded late in the first half after Oli Moore nipped past the Horsham keeper, who could do little but concede a penalty. Jack Petersen stepped up and put the away side 1-0 up.
Ben Ganesh asserted himself between the sticks with some fine saves to maintain Heath’s lead at half-time.
In the second-half Broadbridge Heath continued to battle, restricting Horsham to a few, if any, chances on goal in the early stages.
A repetition from the previous week saw man of the match Michael Wood unleash hell with a wonder goal from outside the area, topped off with an Obafemi Martins style back flip to the delight of the Heath supporters.
A flurry of free kicks conceded by Broadbridge Heath finally saw the end of a five-game clean sheet streak, Horsham finding the net from a front post header.
Despite being ahead, the Bears continued to pressurise the Horsham goal with Jude Nwachukwu failing to convert a simple half volley from a few yards out.
Jack Gladdish came on from the bench and did what he does best at disrupting and often annoying the opposition. Joe Miller was also dangerous down the flanks and missed a straightforward goal scoring opportunity.
Broadbridge Heath held out to seal a deserved 2-1 victory and are now looking forward the final against Burgess Hill Town on March 10, venue to be confirmed.