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Diss Town Hawks Under-14s won their second five-a-side tournament of the summer with victory at the Fakenham Youth FC VANshop Cup on Saturday.

Diss Hawks (2734229)
Diss Hawks (2734229)

The Hawks were dominant in Group B with five wins out of five.

First up was a 2-0 victory over a useful Fakenham Under-13s team, followed by a win over Ingoldisthorpe B by the same scoreline.

Downham Town proved tough opponents with Diss narrowly winning 1-0.

Two more wins of 5-0 versus Costessey and 3-0 against Fakenham Ghosts gave the Hawks a maximum fifteen points and a semi-final against Group A runners-up Ingoldisthorpe A.

Diss led the semi-final following a great strike from Ewan Haynes until their opponents equalised with thirty seconds left on the clock to take the game to a penalty shootout.

More drama followed when Diss goalkeeper Lewis Eaton saved a spot kick to give Diss the advantage only for the referee to insist on a retake.

However, Eaton was unperturbed and saved the retake as well to help his side advance through 5-3.

Group rivals Downham Town were looking for revenge in the final and it was certainly a full blooded match with both teams looking to lift the trophy.

Yet it was Diss that went in front when Haynes saw his shot get deflected in and the score remained 1-0 until the final whistle.

The Hawks team on the day with goalscorers in brackets were: Lewis Eaton, Ethan Kerswill, Joe Mayes, Joe Hilton (2), Tommy Seymour (2), Ewan Haynes (3) and Matthew Munnings (8).

The team is next in action at Easton College on Saturday, when they will try to defend their title in the CSF Summer Cup.

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