Football:Wanderers ease through to meet Tower

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Wanderers, who meet cup-holders and current Channel Islands champions First Tower in the final later this month, came from a goal down to win 4-1 with a brace of goals by 15-year-old Stevie Reid and singles from Karl Stoodley and John Searle.Joel Hayward shot the parish side ahead in the 19th minute with a rising shot into a top corner from 12 yards following a good build-up.Grouville manager Andy Cadoret said: ‘We got what we deserved – nothing.

We were terrible; it was our worst performance of the season.’Full credit to Wanderers, they were first to every ball and we were lucky we didn’t lose 10-1.

The second half was one-way traffic against us.’Stoodley levelled the scores – and celebrated in style with a double somersault – when he won the ball and took on and beat two defenders.

Looking up he then drilled home a powerful shot into a bottom corner.Reid then finished well twice after good team play on 61 and 74 minutes to put Wanderer in the driving seat.

Searle completed the scoring for the winners late on when he latched onto a pass inside a full-back before scoring inside a post.Wanderers manager Daryn Noble said: ‘It was an outstanding display from my lads considering the way our season has gone so far.

Bringing in the younger players has certainly helped improve the team’s performance.’Tower in the final will be a difficult game for us but if my players believe in their ability like they did last night it could be a very interesting final.’Noble said that midfielder Reid, who was only 15 last month, was by far the best player on the field last night.The final is at Springfield on Thursday 22 January.

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