U18s defeated in quarter-finals by late Cheltenham goal.The Barnet FC Youth Team suffered late heartbreak away to Cheltenham Town in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday, as the Robins scored with just two minutes remaining to secure a 2-1 win and knock the Bees out of the competition.
A lapse in concentration had allowed Cheltenham to take the lead after just quarter of an hour, when a cross to the back post found an unmarked player to finish from close range.
However, Barnet responded immediately and quickly took control of the game, equalising on 25 minutes with an excellent goal scored by Shane Cojocarel with a volley into the bottom corner of the net following some excellent combination play down the right-hand side.
The visitors were in the ascendancy and ought to have been in front at the break, with Elliott Harris spurning two one-on-one opportunities.
They continued in much the same vein throughout the second half, creating numerous gilt-edged opportunities without managing to find the crucial breakthrough.
Jack Taylor hit a post, Fumnaya Shomotun was denied when through one-on-one and the Cheltenham goalkeeper was forced into pulling off a string of fine saves but the goal just would not come.
The game opened up during the closing stages as both sides pushed forward more and more in search of a winner, and with just two minutes remaining on the clock it was Cheltenham who found one as a good move opened up the Barnet defence for the attacker to slot home.
The goal was a cruel end to a game which Barnet did not deserve to lose, but with a four point lead at the top of their Football League Youth Alliance Division and the side going well in the FA Youth Cup, with a third qualifying round tie against Fisher FC next Wednesday evening, there is still plenty to look forward to between now and the end of the season.