Action-packed finale caps off Town U18s Youth Cup win

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Swindon Town v Crystal Palace U21 Anton Dworzak Photo: Callum Knowles

City of SWINDON The Under-18s booked their place in the second round of the FA Youth Cup following an entertaining 5-2 victory over Mangotsfield United on Tuesday night.

With Lee Peacock’s boys seemingly sailing to a comfortable 2-0 lead, the frantic final 10 minutes included five goals and a red card at Paul Sellick Brickwork Stadium.

However, it was Swindon who made the early run, with Abu Kanu forcing a fine save from the Mangotsfield goalkeeper midway through the first half.

But in first-half stoppage time, the Town striker was no longer denied as he headed hard into the bottom corner from a Hamilton cross.

However, it took until the hour mark for Swindon to attack again, but the wait was worth it. A corner kick floated to the edge of the box by Hubbard was met on the volley by Jaxon Brown, and his ferocious effort flew into the net.

Within the final 10 minutes, Harvey Fox picked up a perfect pass from Hamilton, but his sparkling low cross up the middle was left intact and a third goal temporarily eluded the visitors.

But with five minutes to play, the action really heated up. Substitute Anton Dworzak sent a header past the Mangotsfield goalkeeper to make the third, only for the hosts to score a consolation goal via a first-half shot three minutes later.

When injury time was signaled, Mangotsfield cut the deficit to one and consequently put nerves on edge in the Town camp.

Two minutes into added time, one of Mangotsfield’s centre-backs was sent off for a second yellow card, and Swindon went on to put the light of day between them and their hosts.

Hubbard pounced on a loose touch from the Mangotsfield stopper to roll home for the fourth before Kanu sealed the result with an excellent overhead kick after a Town corner.

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