FOLLOWING last weeks’ cup success, Shooters Youth U13 returned to league action with a 2-1 win against Broughton Youth U13.

Shooters managed to male an early breakthrough on 12 minutes, when Jacob Beatson got in behind the visitors’ defence, after his initial effort was saved, he rounded the keeper and rolled a left foot shot into the empty net.

Despite having the lead, the hosts missed the services of midfielder Caleb Birmingham, who was absent due to illness, both in the screen in front of the defence and also his ability to make things happen in the final third.

Broughton came close to equalising when Rui Horner attempted to head back to Ewan Small but the ball squirmed from his grasp as they got too close together. Luckily the visiting forward lacked composure and was unable to convert a gilt-edged opportunity.

After the break it was the visitors who were out of the traps quickly, when on 52 minutes an angled drive evaded the clutches of Small in the home goal for Broughton to equalise.

Broughton came more into the game but the home teams’ wastefulness in front of goal looked as though it would cost them victory.

With six minutes left, Shooters scored what turned out to be the winner, with a fantastic goal from centre-back Rui Horner. He played a one-two with Charlie Chatee on the half-line and continued his powerful run into the penalty area before powering his shot past the Broughton keeper at his near post.