Hatters knocked out of FA Youth Cup by Stevenage

Michael Shamalo scores a late consolation for Luton Town U18s
Michael Shamalo scores a late consolation for Luton Town U18s

Luton Town U18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the first round stage with a 2-1 home defeat against Stevenage last night.

The visitors dominated proceedings early on as Joe Leslie fired just wide after two minutes before they broke the deadlock in the sixth minute, Ben Wilmot heading a corner past Tiernan Parker.

Arthur Read went close to bringing the game level 15 minutes in when his curling effort from the edge of the box was well kept out by Nathan Harness, while Scott Belgrove sent a close range attempt wide and also forced Harness into further action

Belgrove was at the heart of Luton’s attacks, as he headed goalwards, with Harness saving well, but after the break they fell further behind, Andronicos Georgiou curling it into the bottom left corner from 20 yards.

Josh Neufville’s effort went over for Town, while Stevenage had a great chance to make it 3-0. Joe Leslie off target from just three yards

Hatters keeper Parker pulled off a fantastic save in the final minute from Georgiou as Inigo Idiakez’s side grabbed a consolation in injury time, Joe Mead setting up Michael Shamalo to shoot home.

Hatters: Parker, James, Mead (C), Panter, Byron, Sorunke (Richardson 60), Peck, Read, Belgrove (Jones 76), Tomlinson (Shamalo 61), Neufville.

Subs: Ellis, Shamalo, Beckwith, Richardson, Jones.

Boro: Harness, Sackey-Mensah, Wilmot, O’Keefe ©, Omar, Taylor-Cole, Gouldbourne, Lontton, Draper, Georgiou, Leslie.

Subs: Fernandez, Payne, Smyth, Field, Moriarty.

Attendance: 392.