Hinds at the double as Hatters U18s clinch Youth Alliance Cup

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Striker Freddie Hinds scored twice in the second half as Luton Town U18s crowned a superb season by winning the Football League Youth Alliance Cup, beating Shrewsbury Town on Wednesday night.

In front of over 600 supporters at the Greenhous Meadow, Hatters conceded a late penalty that Chris Gallagher converted, but Paul Driver’s side held on to cap a campaign that saw them win the Youth Alliance title, plus reach the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Driver made two changes from the semi-final win over Swindon, bringing in captain Frankie Musonda and Josh Brown for Kyran McGhan-George and George Murray.

After an even opening, the Hatters almost took the lead though when Alex Atkinson tried his luck from from distance, his effort cannoning against the woodwork.

In the second period, Luton gained the upper hand as Tyreeq Bakinson fired just over before Hatters had the lead on 50 minutes when James Justin’s long ball caught out home captain Callum Grogan, who headed into the path of Hinds as he slot coolly past Charlie Bannister.

It could have been two just minutes later when Cameron McJannet’s strike was deflected over, although Ethan Jones did test Liam Gooch.

However, Town made it 2-0 with 18 minutes left as Kavan Cotter raced away down the right, and while his ball saw Hinds clinically double the advantage.

The Shrews forced a nervy last 13 minutes when Higgs was fouled in the box by substitute McGhan-George, with Gallagher sending Gooch the wrong way.

But Luton held on to make it a fitting end to what was has been a truly wonderful campaign.

Hatters: Gooch, Atkinson, Justin, Musonda (c), Famewo, McJannet, Brown (McGhan-George), Cotter, Hinds, Snelus, Bakinson

Subs not used: Bean, Parker, Murray, Verney.