FA YOUTH CUP SECOND ROUND
Wednesday November 17th, 7.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN UNDER 18S 3
Miguel Ngwa 15
Tommy Curry 21
Josh Tomlinson 113
STOCKPORT COUNTY UNDER 18S 2
Kai Johnston 8
Jamie Walsh 42
Cobblers: Charlie Woods, Courtney Lashley, Reece Irwin (sub Rico Duggan 63), Miguel Ngwa (sub Kenny Ndefo 95), Peter Abimbola, Jack Connor, Ethan Lack, Tommy Curry (sub Kai O’Keeffe 82), Josh Tomlinson, David Sarpong, Tom Cartwright (sub Brad Smith-Howes 57)
Subs not used: Callum Cook, Dylan Hill, Reuben Wyatt
Josh Tomlinson scored an extra time winner as Northampton Town Under 18s progressed to the third round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-2 win at home to Stockport County on Wednesday evening.
Miguel Ngwa and Tommy Curry scored the young Cobblers’ other goals in front of 715 fans at Sixfields.
Coach Shane Goddard made one change to the team that beat Luton Town at the weekend, as David Sarpong replaced Josh Brown in the line up.
Stockport, who are eighth in the National League Football Alliance North Division, took a shock early lead when Kai Johnston curled home from the edge of the area.
County were in again a few minutes later but Tomlinson made a good block to deny Jamie Walsh.
The Cobblers went up the other end and equalised on the quarter-of-an-hour mark, Ngwa finding the bottom corner for his third goal in four cup games this season.
They were ahead six minutes later when Ngwa’s shot at the end of a driving run was saved by Daniel Harrison and Curry acrobatically converted the rebound.
Charlie Woods made three saves in quick succession as Stockport pushed for a leveller late in the first half.
There was nothing the Cobblers goalkeeper could do when Walsh slotted into the bottom corner before the break.
The first real opportunity of the second period was created by County after the hour, Walsh diverting Oliver McFadyen’s cut back wide from close range.
The Cobblers responded less than two minutes later when Ngwa’s drive was beaten away by Harrison and substitute Rico Duggan fired over on the follow-up.
Duggan came close again late on, curling a free kick just wide of the far post, but neither side were able to find a winner and the tie went to extra time.
With penalties looming, Northampton’s youngest ever player Tomlinson beat the offside trap to nod home from substitute Brad Smith-Howes’ free kick and send his team through to the next round.
Goddard’s side face Luton for the third time this season on Saturday, travelling to Bedfordshire in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup regional semi final.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 7
CORNERS: (2) 4
FOULS: (4) 17
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 4
STOCKPORT COUNTY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 8
CORNERS: (3) 9
FOULS: (2) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1