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Match Report: Youth Team - Luton


Notts County's Youth team bowed out of the FA Youth Cup to an excellent Luton Town team who have now gone 22 games unbeaten this season.

Notts were without Jake Payling and Yohan Rutty-Smith their powerful, left sided wide player through injury but otherwise they were at full strength.

Right from the off Luton dominated the game playing some neat passing and creating a number of shooting chances.

After only fifteen minutes Notts fell behind when a pacy Luton forward got on the end of a through ball to slot past the Notts keeper for the first goal.

Only four minutes later Notts were two goals adrift after some neat passing in the Notts half released a Luton forward on goal who shot home.

Notts were up against a good team but they never stopped giving it their all in an attempt to get back into the game.

In a rare Notts attack, Montel Gibson was through on goal, inside the area, when he was brought down with a desperate tackle. The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty and brandishing a red card to the Luton defender.  Montel himself got up to take the penalty and confidently tucked the ball away on the half-hour.

With Luton now down to ten men the Notts fans were hoping for an increased amount of possession, but it didn't happen as Luton continued to control the game.

Half-time: Notts 1-2 Luton

After only six minutes of the second half ten man Luton went further ahead when a corner was headed in off the underside of the bar.

Full-time: Notts 1-3 Luton

Notts gave everything to combat Luton's excellent team work but to no avail.  Even when Luton went down to ten men they were still an absolute pleasure to watch.

The Notts youngsters have a break now until January 9th when they take on Doncaster at home.  Hopefully the young 'Pies can put this defeat behind them and go all out to win the league title.

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Hard luck Pies! There's no shame in losing.

When Uncle Colin mentioned they had pulled level, I hoped that the home crowd would inspire them onto pulling it back but it wasn't to be. Hopefully they keep their heads high and focused on the league.

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