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Dana Cup progress.

25th Jul 2007

Buntingford Town FC's youth football teams' defence of the U19 Dana Cup has reached the knock out stage with the team set up nicely having won their initial group stage with two wins and a draw.

Having been drawn against three Norwegian teams in their group their opening game on Tuesday morning against professional outfit LYN OSLO.

The game was fast and furious and Town created a number of good chances to take the lead.

However, most of the chances failed to test the Norwegians’ goal and slack marking from a corner ten minutes from the end gifted the opposition a poor goal with their only attempt throughout the game.

Town's efforts though were rewarded in the dying moments when a Will Turl header sneaked in at the near post to earn the side a draw.

Their second game five hours later against HANA IL was a similar affair with Town dominating early on but missing good chances.

Hana took the lead, again with a scrappy goal after poor defending, just before half time completely against the run of play.

Town though showed their usual character and a headed Tom Randall goal and a close range Gary Christie effort gave Town the deserved win they really needed.

Their final game on Wednesday morning saw them compete against BYASEN IL2 and the game was dominated completely throughout by Town with some entertaining football.

They managed three goals but were frustratingly off their game in front of goal and could quite easily have knocked in double figures.

Goals from Tom Malins, Jon Dunne and Will Turl gave Town the comfortable cushion and a late Norwegian goal on the break couldn't stop Town from a deserved potential game against a second-placed group stage team in the last 32.

Manager Paul Attfield commented:

"The players are in good spirits and their play has got progressively better each game and I am happy with what we are doing as we reach the crucial part of the tournament.

We just need to be a little more clinical in front of goal but we are creating good chances and I am confident the goals we start arriving".

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