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WATCH: Chester FC youngster Jacob Evans' stunning strike sees Cheshire FA Youth win FA County Youth Cup

Evans and Chester FC Youth team-mate Ben Greenop among the scorers as Cheshire fightback to defeat Middlesex 3-2 in final

A stunning 84th minute strike from Chester FC prospect Jacob Evans ensured Cheshire FA Youth lifted the FA County Youth Cup for the second time.

Cheshire scored three times in 10 minutes to recover from two goals down and beat Middlesex 3-2 in the final at The Hive in London on Sunday.

Middlesex held a commanding lead until the 75th minute thanks to goals from Ciaron Brown and Joe Jackson but Cheshire the staged remarkable comeback.

Ben Collins pulled one back before Ben Greenop, another on Chester's books, equalised and with time running out Evans netted the winner with a free kick from 40 yards out sparking wild celebrations.

Cheshire's only previous win in the competition, which has been held for over 70 years, was in 1984, the last time the county reached the final.

Under the guidance of manager Dave Ferneyhough, the county have not lost a game this season.

However, that record looked in grave danger at the home of Vanarama Conference outfit Barnet on Sunday afternoon.

Middlesex took the lead in the fifth minute when Brown slid a low free kick into the back of the net.

Cheshire steadied the ship although needed a smart save from goalkeeper Nathan Butler to prevent them falling further behind before half-time.

Ferneyhough's side pressed back in the second-half but conceded again when Darryl Sanders' ball caused confusion when it was caught in a strong breeze and Jackson steered home to make it 2-0.

Middlesex had a third goal ruled out when Prince Mbengiu's header was disallowed for a push and that kept Cheshire in with an outside chance entering the final stages.

Collins started the fightback with 15 minutes to go and Greenop, cousin of Chester legend Michael Wilde, lashed home an equaliser minutes later.

Evans then completed the comeback with 84 minutes on the clock, stepping up and rifling a free kick into the top corner from just inside the opposition half.


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