Ryan FC rout Petts Wood to retain London County Cup

Left to right: Tommy Govey, George Yianni, Berckan Belindir (captain), Jake Casey, Charles Prince

Left to right: Tommy Govey, George Yianni, Berckan Belindir (captain), Jake Casey, Charles Prince - Credit: Archant

Ryan FC Under-17s have been crowned champions of the capital for the second year running after beating Petts Wood 5-0 to retain the London FA County Cup.

George Yianni and Charles Prince both scored twice in a one-sided final at Mile End Stadium on Sunday, with man of the match Jake Casey also on target.

Now Ryan are chasing a league and cup double, with four games left for them to add the Eastern Junior Alliance Hertfordshire Division championship to their collection.

Manager Jamie Houghton said: “For most youth players, getting to a County Cup final would be a great achievement – to actually win two in two years is remarkable.

“This is a special group of players and we’re really proud of the way they’ve progressed.

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“There’s no secret to their success – it’s purely down to the hard work and dedication they’ve shown.”

Ryan, who started as favourites after knocking out Wingate & Finchley and Redbridge in previous rounds, struck inside the first five minutes as Yianni stretched to turn in Prince’s cross.

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Prince added his name to the scoresheet just after the half-hour mark, heading in to finish off a short corner routine involving Casey and Robleh Xasan.

While Ryan’s back four dealt comfortably with the aerial threat of their opponents, Prince struck again to make it 3-0 with another header just before half-time.

Houghton made a number of changes in the second period and one of the new arrivals, Reuben Hinkson, made an immediate impact with a free-kick that the goalkeeper could only parry to Casey, who gobbled up the rebound.

EJ Gyebi – who was unlucky not to score himself – set up Ryan’s fifth goal with a cross for Yianni to head home.

Petts Wood threatened belatedly and Ryan goalkeeper Zac Gotlieb made two superb saves from set-pieces to preserve his side’s clean sheet.

Ryan: Kyriacou, Govey, Fitzsimmons, Taylor-Reid, Houghton, Belindir, Prince, Casey, Yianni, Xasan, Rahman; Gotlieb, Gyebi, Hinkson, Allen, Protheroe.

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