A thrilling victory in the Semi Final against Rishton United has seen AFC Darwen U14 Boys make it through to the Final of the Accrington & District Junior Football League “GENESIS SPORTS CUP” to be held at Clitheroe FC on Saturday 12th May 2018 kick-off 12.00pm

Team Manager Jeff Jones stated ‘Although we have won the league and cup double for the last two seasons, Rishton were a very strong team and always our closest challengers. Due to a number of players being unavailable, we were down to a bare eleven for the game so knew it was going to be a tough task.

There was very little between the teams in the first half and, despite us having the majority of possession and chances, Rishton took their opportunities well and went into a 2-0 lead. With no substitutes available, the eleven men of Darwen showed great character and resolve, and produced some quality football in staging a massive turnaround. We hit the woodwork and had a goal disallowed before scoring three goals through Connor Ashton (2) and Ewan Fanning.

Man of the match went to Aaron Hewitt for a great performance at left back, but every one of the lads made their parents and manager very proud in a hard fought 3-2 victory’.

St Joseph’s await in the final at Clitheroe FC on 12th May.