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Luton Town win Football League Youth Alliance Cup Final

21 April 2016

Luton Town have been crowned the Football League Youth Alliance Cup winners following a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at Greenhous Meadow.

Freddie Hinds struck twice in the second half to give the Hatters a comfortable advantage, but Shrewsbury pulled one back 13 minutes from time to set up a tense finish.

However, Luton held on to secure victory, sparking celebrations in the visiting dugout.

In a fairly even first half, Alex Atkinson nearly gave Luton the lead when his long-range effort struck the post, before Hatters goalkeeper Liam Gooch had to look alert to thwart both Ethan Jones and Jack Watts. 

All the action took place following the interval with Hinds getting his first on 50 minutes when he latched onto a loose ball to beat Charlie Bannister, before doubling the side's advantage with 18 minutes to play.

Kavan Cotter's positive play on the right-hand side created the space required to find Hinds, who turned his marker before firing home.

But five minutes later Shrewsbury found themselves in a position to get back in the game when the referee awarded a penalty, and Chris Gallagher made no mistake from the spot to make the score 2-1. 

The hosts attempted to force an equaliser in the final few minutes but Luton closed the game out to win the cup.

Picture: Ben Cuerden

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