MAIDENHEAD Warriors Under-13s (U13s) beat Thames Valley Youth on penalties in the semi-finals of the Thames Valley Football Development League Cup on Sunday.

The first half finished goalless but the second period was much more eventful.

Despite the handicap of playing with only 10 players, Thames Valley were first to score, but the Warriors soon levelled.

A clever through ball put John Hern past the last defender and he coolly lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper and into the back of the net.

Thames Valley continued to create chances and took the lead again soon afterwards.

The game looked to be over at that point, but Maidenhead got an equaliser right at the death from Shyam Gupta.

Warriors goal keeper Toby Wheeler was the hero in the shoot-out, saving three penalties, and Hern scored the winning penalty to send Maidenhead into the final.

Maidenhead Warriors U10s edged Delaford Colts Reds 3-2 in a very competitive match.

The Warriors created most of the early chances through good work from Max Croffey and were able to score when a Alexander Bledge long ball was slotted in by Lucas Dolphin from short range.

Maidenhead were not in the lead for long though as Delaford soon equalised.

Delaford gained confidence from the goal and Warriors were saved from going behind thanks to smart saves from keeper Robert Hern and stout defending from Toby Smith.

Delaford increased the pressure after the break and soon took the lead. They could have been even further ahead but for a last-ditch tackle from Yusuf.

The Warriors came more into the match as the second period went on and scored two late goals from Rafay Rashid to settle the tie.

Jai Sharma-Colomb and Jack Wickens were on target for Golden Eagles in their 2-2 draw with S4K Bears.