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City Youth Match Reports - Tournament Reports June 2019

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See how your team did, read the latest City Youth match reports here.

Managers, don't forget to Text the Press Secretary, Terry Edwards by 11:00 pm on Sunday with your Result and Match Report. Text 07443541477.

St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports Tournament Reports

U9 Girls - Buntingford 5 aside Champions.

Girls sailed through the group stage with a 100% record, scoring 13 goals and conceding  only 1. The semi final proved trickier, ending 1-1 against local rivals Harvesters. City Youth held their nerve winning the resulting penalty shoot out 3-2.
The girls regained their momentum for the final, beating Hitchin Belles 1-0 in an exciting climax to the day.
Excellent and determined play from the entire squad.

Group Matches:
Vs Hitchin 2-0 (Sacha Davies x2)
Vs Stevenage Starlets Gold 2-0 (Alexa Johnson & Amie Bush)
Vs Harvester 2-1 (Demi Hall & Amie Bush)
Vs Bury Ranger 4-0 (Sacha Davies x3 & Demi Hall)
Vs Stevenage Starlets Navy 3-0 (Amie Bush, Alexa Johnson & Jasmine Mercer)

Semi Final 1-1 (Demi Hall)
3-2 on penalties (Sacha Davies, Amy Bush & Matilda Flynn.

Final
Vs Hitchin Belles 1-0 (Demi Hall)

U10 West Win Evergreen Tournament

Group Games:

4-0 win v Hemel Athletic (Conor 3, Glyn)

2-0 win v Bushey Rangers Yellow (Freddie, Glyn)

2-1 win v Evergreen Tigers (Conor, Niall with a later winner)

Quarter Final:

2-1 v Evergreen Sharks (Otis, Conor)

Semifinal: 3-0 win v Cassiobury Blue (Jack 2, Conor)

Final: 1-0 win v  West Herts FC (Conor)

 

Under 11 Girls Wildcats

The Under 11's Girls Wildcats came runners-up today in this tournament, losing only on pens in the final. We are a new team, playing since Jan, so the girls have performed brilliantly.

Results and scorers were as follows:

Group stage

Berkhamsted Comets 1-0 Wildcats

Wildcats 2-0 Evergreen Hawks (Ellie Ratcliffe, Daisy Harris)

Chipperfield Black 0-3 Wildcats (Gracie Adams Avis, Reese Anscomb (2))

Evergreen Ospreys 0-2 Wildcats (Ellie Ratcliffe, Reese Anscomb)

Semi-final

Evergreen Eagles 2-2 Wildcats (Ellie Ratcliffe, Gracie Adams Avis) - won 6-5 on penalties (successful kicks from Reese Anscomb, Gracie Adams Avis, Ellie Ratcliffe, Lily Latham, Daisy Harris and Poppy Williams, and then Poppy Williams saving the vital spot kick in sudden death)

Final

Garston Ladies 0-0 Wildcats (lost 2-1 on penalties (successful kick from Daisy Harris)

 

Under 11's Girls North - Woburn and Wavendon Lionesses Tournament 2019.

This was always going to be a difficult tournament for the Under 11 Girls North, returning as 2018 U10s champions.

The team were placed in group C (the group of death).

Three group winners and the best runner up would play the semi finals. Winner group A V best runner up and winner of group B vs winner of group C.

Game one: Hitchin Belles.

Won 1-0 goal Michelle Lam.

Game two: Bedford Girls.

Won 1-0 goal Emily Edgecombe.

Game three: Luton Allstar Lionesses

bye (team didn't turn up) 1-0 win

Game four: Bromham Youth.

Won 4-0 goals Rebecca Smith, Scarlett Robb, Bailey Killner, Alessia Cipolla.

Game five: Moretonville Juniors Firebirds.

Won 2-1 goals Michelle Lam and Scarlett Annie Robb

Group winners undefeated.

Semi final Vs winners of group B

Kingsthorpe Jets Reds.

Won 3-0 goals Scarlett Robb 2 Michelle Lam 1.

Final Vs Moretonville Juniors Firebirds.

Lost 2-0

Runners up.

 

ITS THOSE 11 GIRLS NORTH AGAIN

Berkhamsted Tournament

Another great team performance. Going the whole tournament without conceding a goal in normal play.

Group A

Game 1: Hitchin Belles Whites. Won 2-0

Goals Michelle Lam 2.

Game 2: Berkhamsted Raiders Supernovas. Won 4-0

Goals Rebecca Smith 2, Michelle Lam, Emily Edgecombe.

Game 3: Berkhamsted Raiders Allstars. Won 3-0

Goals Scarlett Robb, Michelle Lam, Emily Edgecombe.

Game 4: Garston Jaguars. Won 2-0

Goals Rebecca Smith, Scarlett Robb.

Group A winners.

Final Vs Berkhamsted Raiders Comets.

Normal time 0-0

AET 0-0

Pens lost 4-3

Pens scored by Scarlett Robb, Michelle Lam and Alessia Cipolla.

Runners up.

The squad was unstoppable in the group stages playing some outstanding football, breaking at pace with great cross field passing and superb finishing that the oppositions defences couldn't deal with. Our defensive play was also solid, not giving the oppositions attacking players a chance.

In the final it was much the same. But the ball just wouldn't go in. With all of the Berkhamsted team behind the ball, the girls just couldn't quite find a way to get the ball over the line.

The dreaded penalty shoot out loomed. A great save by Vanessa for the first penalty tipping the ball over the bar. We then scored a couple then missed a couple. Berkhamsted went on to win. It was a great team effort and our girls were by far the best team at the tournament.

Under 14 EJA on Tour

After a great first season in the EJA league the squad and travelling army journeyed to Holland for our end of season tour.  From our base we moved on the Friday to play TSV Meerbusch in Germany on what can only be described as phenomenal facilities.  Our opponents regularly play against academy sides of Borrusia Monchengladbach, Schalke 04 and Dusseldorf, so we knew that we would be in for a stern test, especially as it was 80 degrees!! 

 The game itself was an exhibition of beautiful pass and move football from both teams, played in a wonderful spirit.  The first half was evenly matched, however it was TSV who went ahead through a superb finish from their centre forward.  Not to be outdone, City swept from one end to the other in a fine passing move which resulted in lobbed finish from Max Machen.  Half time 1-1.  In the second half it was a pretty affair with both teams having chances to win the game, ultimately the heat started to take its effect and the game ended in a 1-1 result. 

TSV Meerbusch 1 – 1 St Albans City FC EJA

Max Machen

On the Saturday we ventured to VVSEC near Eindhoven and played in an 8 team 11 a side tournament, again in intense heat.  Buoyed on by our supporters, playing on wonderful pitches we played with a level of intensity that proved decisive throughout the tournament.  At times the possession based football played by the squad was outstanding and our opponents could not compete with it, as a result we marched relentlessly to a tournament win which was well deserved.

A superb first tour for the squad and supporters, an amazing experience of football, fun, laughter and development…..now the boys can have a well deserved rest.

Tournament results

St Albans City FC EJA 3 – 0 Desto (Utrecht)

Max Machen, Jake Berry, Thomas Pinkham

St Albans City FC EJA 5 – 0 SC Woerden (Woerden)

Jake Berry 2, James Breen, Perez Waterberg, Jamie Roper

St Albans City FC EJA 3 – 0 VV Sec (Soest)

Max Machen, Joseph Beardon, Thomas Pinkham

Final

SV Houten 0 – 1 St Albans City FC EJA

 

Under 7s win prestigious Whetstone Tournament

A week after suffering last minute extra time final heartache at the Harvesters tournament, St Albans City Youth Under 7 were victorious at the prestigious Whetstone Wanderers sixes.

With 18 high level teams across three groups, the Saints navigated their way to the semi finals, winning their group with 5 victories out of 5.

In their first group game they beat Global Football Academy 5-0 with Oscar Howlett scoring twice, alongside Will Johnson, Henry Neville and Eddie Bailey who scored one apiece.

Their second group game saw them take on Panthera FC and a 3-0 victory, with Oscar Howlett grabbing a brace, and Eddie Bailey one.

Sports London Benfica were next up, and another 5-0 victory followed, Will Johnson grabbing a hat trick, with Henry Neville and Oscar Howlett also on the scoresheet.

A tight top of the table affair in game 4 saw a hard fought victory over Whetstone Wanderers Falcons, Henry  Neville settling the game with a powerful right foot finish with a minute to go.

The last group game a 6-1 victory was completed with a Oscar Howlett hat trick plus two from Will Johnson and one from Eddie Bailey.

The semi final saw a re-match of the previous weeks semi final at the Harvesters tournament against Whetstone Wanderers Eagles, and after trailing 1-0 for much of the game, the Saints hit back late in the game, with Oscar Howlett netting twice and Baxter Collingridge and Eddie Bailey grabbing one apiece.

The final was always going to be a tight affair, up against fellow Watford Friendly League side Wingate and Finchley.  The Saints took the lead after 2 minutes through a lovely drilled finish Eddie Bailey, but had to thank a wonder save from Baxter Collingridge to keep them in front at the break.

The second half saw some excellent resolute defending from Henry Neville and Isaac Stirrat, coupled with excellent counter attacking play from the dynamic quartet of Jack Durant, Oscar Howlett, Eddie Bailey and Will Johnson, which saw the Saints hold on to land the trophy.

Under 10 West - Win Knebworth Tournament

They started well, with wins vs Watton, Codicote and Knebworth but losses against Letchworth and Watton meant 2nd place in the group. After seeing off Watton 1-0 in the semi-final, they had a chance of revenge in the final vs Letchworth, winning 1-0 win to be crowned champions. Well done Harvey M, Lennon, Rory, Oli, Otis, Conor, Jack J, Glyn and manager Tom Johnson, you all did City Youth proud!

LETCHWORTH GIRLS TOURNAMENT

There were some very good teams on show in the Letchworth Girls Tournament and there was some excellent football played by the STACY 11 Girls North.

In their 1st Group match saw the 11 Girls beat Bedford Ladies & Girls 4-0 and scoring the goals were Laila Brown with a hat-trick whilst Alessia Cipolla got the fourth goal. In the next group match saw them win 2-0 against Bedwell Rangers Pheonix with a goal apiece from Teagan Scarlett and Laila Brown

Their 3rd match was against Wootton Rangers and in this game saw the 11 Girls North draw 1-1 with Teagan Scarlett scoring a fine equalizing goal. For the final group match saw them beat Hitchin Belles Blues B 3-0 and getting on the score-sheet were Rebecca Smith, Emily Edgecombe and Teagan Scarlett and so they finished-up as Group B winners. 

So to the semi-final where they played Hitchin Belles Blues A which saw the STACY 11 Girls North lose their 1st game of the tournament 2-1 with Teagan Scarlett scoring the young Saints only goal of the match but this did take her tally to the tournament to 4. The eventual winners were Wootton Rangers who the 11 Girls North drew 1-1 with in their 3rd group match.

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City Youth Match Reports 19 May 2019

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 19th May 2019

CHAMPIONS

The Under 12 ORIENT finished off a brilliant season on a high note with a comfortable 5-2 win away at HGS Academy.  Another cracker from Bertie Postema got the team back on level terms after HGS had taken a surprise 1-0 lead. Goals from Ollie Jay, Harry Rumble and and two from Oscar Noble secured another three points and means the team now wins this competitive White division in the WFL by an impressive 7 point margin.  Adam Oldfield playing in his last match after 5 years service with the Orient was man of the match for a typical all action and committed display.

P      W       D      L      GF     GA     GD      PTS.

22     18       3      1      85       30    +55       57   

Leading league goalscorers Ollie Jay and Oscar Noble both on 19 goals each whilst Alex Hails is on 14.

 

City Youth FC Under 13 West faced Sun Sports Blue in the Intermediate Cup Final

West, having finished runners up in division 2 to Sun Sports Blue by 2 points where keen to finish the season with some silverware and stop Sun Sports doing the double.

The game started at a great pace with West having a lot of the ball, when Sun Sports did have the ball West pressed well as a team to win the ball back. Sun Sports keeper playing his last game before joining Watford Academy was on fine form snuffing out any through balls that his defence missed. With Sun Sports having no joy in midfield they opted to go long with their keeper almost hitting Wests penalty area, but Lenny Brandon and Archie Connolly playing at the back were a wall that could not be breached, 0-0 at halftime. 

In the 2nd half West started to dominate with several chances once again being thwarted by Sun Sports keeper, a free kick swung in by Ben Mitchel with Charlie Clark getting on the end of it at the back post was meet by the keeper at full stretch. Extra time was starting to edge closer when another long ball was sent over the top this time Lenny Brandon put his foot through the ball and almost caught the keeper out with him just tipping it over the bar, West had themselves a corner, with 3 minutes left on the clock the ball was swung and landed at the feet of Charlie CLARK who rifled in a low shot in to the far corner to start the celebrations, West had a chance to add a 2nd as Sun Sports pushed forward in the dying minutes of time added on.

Final score 1-0 to West. It was one of the best team performances of the season and would be difficult to award MOM.

The Hertfordshire Development League Under 9 White League Cup Final

St Albans City 9 South v Wheathampsted 9 Pumas. Playes at the County Ground, Letchworth

Score - 2 - 3 (AET)

This final lived up to the close encounters the teams had fought out in their league meetings earlier in the season. The first quarter was a cagey affair with both teams creating chances. Nathaniel Faldo made 2 excellent saves for City to keep the Pumas at bay until just before the break when a corner was converted to give the Pumas the lead.

City started the second quarter with great intent and camped out in the Pumas half. After a lot of pressure Julian JORDAN skillfully blasting home the equaliser from the edge of the area. Two minutes later Finlay SEABROOK broke free in midfield and drove forward slotting the ball into the Pumas goal to give City a 2-1 lead.


The 3rd quarter was an end to end battle but Harry Mayhew,  Oliver Sanders and Lucas Thomas in the City defence calmly dealt with the pressure.

The final quarter followed a similar pattern, City pushed forward with Fin Henry working hard and creating some good chances but sadly the ball just wouldn't go in to extend City's lead. Then on the break the Pumas sneaked an equaliser forcing extra time.

City continued to work hard with Will Maiella and Ashden Balding driving City forward but they just couldn't sneak the ball over the line. Instead the Pumas did manage to get a 3rd goal. City battled hard to the end with Finlay Seabrook and Sofiane Benadoud both having chances but it just wasn't to be. Extra time ended with City going down 3-2. A sad ending but a fantastic performance, with the better team unfortunately coming out losers on an excellent occasion. But the boys have vowed to come back stronger next season.

 

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City Youth Match Reports 12 May 2019

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 12th May 2019

Hertfordshire Development League David Wray Silver Division Cup Final

St Albans City Youth U11 Centurions met Ware Rangers Santos in the final of the Hertfordshire Development League David Wray Silver Division Cup Final. After an early penalty went against Centurions, the game unfolded into a very hard fought match, the lead changing hands a number of times until the final minute. Centurions were behind 4-3, but were saved by another goal, pushing the tussle into extra time. Ware went ahead 5-4, but couldn’t hold out against the mighty Centurions team performance, putting the St Albans team 2 goals ahead by the final whistle – 7-5 to Centurions… the Cup winners. Scoring the goals for the Centurions were Jayden Wright with five whilst both Noah West and Rory O'Connor got one apiece.

Junior League Cup Final

U18 Orient went into Sunday’s Junior League Cup Final looking for the seasons second piece of silverware having clinched the league title a few weeks earlier.

The game against Harpenden Colts Jaguars started brightly for Harpenden keeping Orient pushed back into their own half for the first few minutes but didn’t really trouble Jamie Durham the Orient keeper, things turned midway through the half and Orient started to get some chances and began threatening the Harpenden goal, with Matt Small and Kai Takahashi hitting the woodwork and a few other shots forcing the Harpenden goalie to make saves, but the all important goal wasn’t forthcoming and the first half ended 0-0. Right from the second half kick off Harpenden caught the Orient players napping and scored the first goal of the game within a minute of the restart, the goal seemed the wake the Orient team up and they started playing the ball around and pushing towards the Harpenden goal once again, as the game progressed Orient looked like the team that could score next, but still couldn’t find the back of the net, with about 10 minutes to go Harpenden looked like they would double their lead but for a fantastic low save from Jamie, Orient still had a chance. with only a couple of minutes to go Orient gave their all, but even after Kai hit the woodwork for the second time in the game it wasn’t to be as the final whistle blew. Final score 1-0 to Harpenden Jaguars. Our Man of the Match went to Matt Nash Although Callum Furness, Orients central defender and team captain also had a great game.

Under 16 Central v Hemel Youth Reds

CENTRAL U16 went into their 3rd consecutive Cup Final with a string of injuries and playing against a team who had lost twice all season in all competitions. On paper, CENTRAL would still be favourites, but Hemel Youth REDS are a far stronger team than the one relegated from Division 1 last season following a summer recruiting 3 Luton Town Academy players and 2 EJA players.

Both teams started the game quite cautiously, but Hemel grew into the game first and started to look the stronger of the two teams. Their midfield and attack, which we knew beforehand was strong, linked well and started to put the CENTRAL defence under ever more pressure. CENTRAL struggled to create any meaningful attacks making us wonder if the absence of Jack Percy with torn ankle ligaments and Calum Cornish with a back injury were going to be badly missed. CENTRALS defence however had clear instructions which marshalled by Rob Brown in the centre of defence and supported by Angelo Calatrava and Ben Sommerbauer as defensive midfielders held strong up to half time with the score line still 0:0.

Concern grew during the half time break when Elliot Smith confirmed that his back problem in the weeks leading up to the game was progressively worsening and he was worried how much longer he could continue. He declared himself strong enough to continue but CENTRALS coaches were sufficiently concerned to immediately start thinking of how to accommodate replacing Smith with no recognised Central Defender on the bench. Sure enough 5 minutes into the second half Smith couldn’t continue, but the frantic half time discussions between coaches and players had resulted in a replacement being ready. Up stepped Myles Donkin, a recognised attacking midfielder but brave enough to commit himself to a central defensive role. The wheels could have come off at this point bearing in mind the strength of the Hemel attack, but Donkin slotted in incredibly well and working alongside Rob Brown with Luke Hill one side and John McVeigh the other, CENTRALS defence looked as strong as ever.

A slight re-shuffle at half time, replacing the extremely hard-working Ollie Gilmour with the fresh legs of Matty Bleakley on the left and moving Daniel Onochie-Williams into his favoured central striking role, coupled with the added confidence that the defence could deal with Hemel’s attack saw the game slowly swing in CENTRALs favour. Matty Bleakley’s renowned touch earned him those vital extra seconds on the ball to be able to pick his pass and open the whole pitch by switching play frequently to the right to get Matt Roome more involved. Supported by Josh Penning, CENTRALS central midfield work horse, the attacking threat grew when on 60 minutes a fantastic lofted pass from Matt Roome over the Hemel defence found Daniel Onochie-Williams surging through on goal. Onochie-Williams had to deal with a difficult bounce on a hard pitch but his right boot connected in the nick of time to lob the ball over the Hemel keeper and into the back of the net.  

Hemel seemed even more determined after conceding, mounting attack after attack. Joe Moss in CENTRALs goal was called upon more and more pulling off a couple of great saves, dealing with some high balls brilliantly and after an indecisive first half, racing off his line to help clear danger around the penalty area. A huge scare from a Hemel free kick and some frantic defending saw John McVeigh clear the ball off the line just as Hemel thought they had equalised. CENTRAL kept fighting back and on 77 minutes an attack started by Angelo Calatrava and aided by Josh Penning, saw Matt Roome gather the ball on the edge of the Hemel penalty area. Looking to shoot but with little option, Roome squared the ball to Onochie-Williams, who dribbled wide across the area and from about 15 yards out wide of goal, turned and stuck an almighty thunderbolt of a shot right into the roof of the Hemel net. Goal of the Season and a 2:0 lead to CENTRAL with no more than 5 minutes remaining meant that CENTRAL just had to remain calm and see the game out, which they did with some good possession football.

Man of the Match, Angelo Calatrava in holding midfield, but others particularly Rob Brown and Matt Roome arguably came close.

Goals from Daniel Onochie-Williams (2), assisted on each occasion by Matt Roome.

SCI Isle of Wight Cup

St Albans City Victoria U13s rounded off an excellent season by winning the prestigious SCI Isle of Wight tournament across the Bank Holiday weekend. Victoria took on top sides from all over the UK and day one saw the Vics finish with a perfect record with wins over Wealdstone Youth (4-0), Alvis Juniors from Coventry (3-1), Teddington Wolves (7-0), before a narrow 1-0 win in a competitive game versus Downside Youth. The boys entered day two of the competition in confident mood, but it was to be a tougher day with narrow victories over Isle of Wight league champions Gurnard Storm 1-0 and tournament runners up Teddington Wolves with another 1-0 win. The boys closed out the tournament with a convincing 3-0 win over Newport Youth before losing their perfect record to Middlesex County Cup finalists Bessingbury Park 1-0 in the final game. The weekend saw stand out performances from the whole squad with the team scoring 21 goals and conceding only 2 across the tournament. Aston Latter took his tally for the season to 25 goals with 6 across the weekend, Ollie Mullen scored 5 and Freddie Roe chipping in with 4. Alex Strazza, Benjy Stone and Gabriel Urhoma were all outstanding at the back and it was captain Strazza who picked up the trophy from former Leicester and Portsmouth striker Steve Claridge at the awards evening. Victoria are now amongst the elite U13 sides across Hertfordshire and will be hoping to go one better next season in the league, where they finished runners up in the West Herts Youth League Premier Division to a powerful Kings Langley outfit. 

CHAMPIONS

 

CHAMPIONS, CHAMPIONS That was the shout for the 12 Orient as they played Omonia Youth Green in a top of the table clash in the White Division of the Watford Friendly League with the winners going on to have the slight edge in that both teams having just one more match to play.and it was the young Saints who rose to the occasion and put in a fantastic performance at home to run out 6-0 winners and also win the league title. 

The boys produced some terrific football and it was a real team effort and it was man of the match Bertie Postema who set the ball rolling with a cracking left foot strike. He got his second minutes later following a well struck free kick as the team dominated possession to go 2-0 up at half time. The second half followed a similar pattern with Ed Purple and Oscar Noble pulling the strings in midfield creating numerous chances one of which was converted beautifully by Tomer Cohen. The Orient's top goalscorer Ollie Jay added two more goals and then Lucas Berry made it 6-0 to round off a brilliant evening and ensure 12 Orient with the league title. 

With just one match to go sees the !2 Orient having  P 21  W 17  D 3  L 1  GF 80  GA 28  GD +52  PTS  54,  with Omonia Youth in 2nd place on 50 points having also one more match to play.   

Well done Lads, come on you Saints.

Under 16 Spring Cup Final City Youth v AEK Black

We took an early lead through Louis Baker and played really well for 20 minutes and then AEK's long ball game got on top of us. They equalised just before half time and went 2-1 and then 3-1 up in the second half. We finally came back to life with 10 minutes to go and Luca De Oliveira and Louis Baker scored two goals in the last 5 minutes.

Extra time was a fairly even affair and the game went to penalties. We scored our first four penalties (Louis Baker, Adam Robinson, Kyle Rogers and Jaime Filipe Gama) and so did they. Declan Jackson our keeper then saved their fifth and Luke Mann stepped up and scored our fifth and winning penalty.

Sam Johnston was our man of the match.

U10 North White Division Cup Final

U10 North played an extremely hard fought game against Wheathamstead Wanderers U10 Jaguars, loosing narrowly 1-2 on the day. After unfortunately missing several chances and playing extremely well in the first half they conceded two well worked goals to Wheathamstead in the third quarter. The boys fought back with a goal supplied from Josh Cassidy’s shot for Captain and Man of the Match Oliver Ajaegbu to poke in the rebound. Despite a great final quarter they could not get the equaliser. We are so proud of the whole team for a great season, cup run and final performance! Well done!!

Under 12 Orient win the Northwood six aside tournament

In the group stage they beat Hemel Aces Tigers 2-0 with goals from Oscar Noble and Alex Hails. They followed this up with a 4-0 win against sun sports with 2 cracking goals from Bertie Postema; Alex Hails and Luca Lepley also scoring. Luca, very impressive making his debut for Orient, then scored a terrific winner against Harefield. The team's form dipped slightly, drawing a close match 0-0 against Ruislip Rangers then losing against Northwood but still went through to the final on goals scored. In the final they faced a very strong Wembley team and the team were grateful to goalkeeper Harry Rumble who made a magnificent save after two minutes. The Orient boys then really rose to the occasion and dominated possession eventually winning the game after extra time with a cracking strike from Ed Purple. 

HGFPL Shield Final - St Albans U11 Girls North 0 Welwyn Pegasus 2

The nerves got the better of the team today. The game was played on the all-weather pitch at Harvester FC. A good direct Welwyn side proved too much for the team to break down today. A few tired legs as a couple of the girls had already played a District schools game this morning. A very nervous start and we were under pressure early on. We started to get into the game but Welwyn scored a good goal from the edge of the box just into the second half. With a few minutes to go Welwyn scored a second and it was game over. The girls just didn’t play their usual game not helped by the 20 minute rather than 30 minute halves and the smaller than usual pitch. Welwyn were the better team on the day. Stand out players for St Albans were, Rebecca Smith, Michelle Lam, Emma Bracey.

Hertfordshire Development League Green Division Cup Final

Welwyn Pegasus Sapphires 0 V 1 St Albans City Youth South 

MOM & Goal Scorer Jake Roberts 

 

 

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City Youth Match Reports 21st April 2019

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 21st April 2019

 

EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE

The 18's EJA were at home at Clarence Park to Barton Rovers EJA and the visitors nearly took the lead early on when Kane O'Neill burst clear into the box but Sam Galatis was quick off his line to block the goal-bound shot with an outstretched leg and the loose ball was eventually cleared away. For the City saw Dan Banerjee go close with a header at the far post following an Ed Mann free kick. 

 Then Barton Rovers scored two goals in the space of five minutes and what crackers they were with firstly Rico GRECO striking a shot from the edge of the box into the top left corner giving Sam Galatis no chance to make a save. Then an even better effort from way out on the left wing saw Hassan ABBAS hit a stunning shot into the far-right corner with Galatis just rooted to his line watching the ball as it whizzed past him and into the back of the net.

For the Saints saw Billy have a hard low drive palmed away by the Barton Rovers custodian whilst Billy Owen who looked like he beat the offside trap saw his lob over the keeper strike the face of the crossbar and rebound back out but alas if it had gone in it would have been disallowed with the linesman flag going up as he touched the ball, the chance came about after a through ball from Kwon Hepburn.

In the second period the 18's EJA hit back with a stunning goal themselves when BRAD SIMM from 30 yards struck an awesome strike which beat the Barton keeper all hands up as it flew into the back of the net like a rocket making the score now 2-1. The young Saints put the pressure on now for an equaliser with first Billy Owen having a header saved at the back post following a good ball over from Nick Ralfe and then Earl Atat swept the ball low across the box from the left which saw 3 City players fail to get a touch to put it for that vital equaliser  but in the end it just would not come and so the score remained at a 2-1 win for Barton.

The 16's EJA were at home to Cheshunt 16's EJA with the match being played at Colney Heath FC and despite a bright start which saw Bradley Young head just over after a Ben Kirby corner kick and then Jamie Willing put over a deep cross from the right into the box saw the Cheshunt custodian just in time get his hands to the ball and push it away as Bradley Young closed.

 Then following a well worked free kick at the other end saw Mark STEPHENSON tap the ball home from close range to make it 1-0 to the visitors. Just before the break Bradley Young had a stinging shot tipped around the post for a corner kick which saw Ben Weyman take and he hit the ball low across the box for BRADLEY YOUNG to sweep it low into the back of the for a great finish.

Into the second half Jack McShane (not Jack McShea as in the St Albans City programme) went close with a hook shot after a good ball to from Bradley Young and then Cheshunt went very close with a couple of efforts before they finally retook the lead. Josh ASIEDU cut in from the right wing and struck a low shot towards the far corner and although Billy Thomson got a hand to it he could not stop it going in. The Saints went very close to scoring an equalizing goal when Ben Weyman setup Bradley Young whose cracking cross-cum-shot flew only inches wide of the far upright. Cheshunt though went even further in front when following a low cross from the right left Sean BARWUAH with a simple tap in and then it became 4-1 to Cheshunt when Emanuel MAKAYA hit a 25 yard shot with such pace that it flew into the back of net with Billy Thomson wondering what it was that flew past him. 

Ben Weyman then went close a couple of times as the young Saints tried to pull as least one goal back and his first effort went just over the bar whilst his fine second shot was well saved by the Cheshunt keeper. Too many Easter Eggs over the weekend I think, still I saved on Mars Bars this time as this was not a good performance from the 16's EJA.

 

WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE 

The 16 East played away at Tornado JSC in division 2 and with a very much experimental team saw them hit back from being 2-0 down to make it 2-2 after a very close game but in the end the hosts had just the edge and scored another two goals for the 16 East to eventually lose 4-2. Scoring the East's 2 goals was their man of the match Charlie Barnett who was literally everywhere on the pitch.

The 13 Victoria move into 3rd place in division one of the WHYL after they beat Bushey & Oxhey away 6-2 with Ashton Latter scoring two of the goals whilst there were further goals from Kayan Joseph, Ollie Mullen, Victor Nicolas and plus one from man of the match Calvin Wyatt. The 13 Victoria having played 18 matches of which they have won 11, drawn 3 and lost 4 and in doing so they have scored 57 goals and conceded 33 for a total of 36 points. Kings Langley Red are in top spot on 40 points, but they have 3 games in hand on the Vics whilst the leading goalscorer for the young Saints in the league is Ashton Latter on 11 and he is closely followed by RJ on ten.

 

WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE

The 16 South played Harvesters North away in the Red division and despite a good performance from the young Saints after being 2-0 down saw them fight back to 2-2 but in the final 15 minutes of the match Harvesters scored another goal to win the match 3-2. Scoring the goals for the 16 South were Louis Baker-Madec and Luca De Oliveria.

Needing just one more from their last game to secure promotion after they beat Norseman 2-0 in last night's match saw the 15 East get off to a great when after only 52 seconds when Will Pearson blocks a clearance and then after controlling the ball he calmly slots the ball into the bottom corner to give the East a 1-0 lead. On 6 minutes it becomes 2-0 when Dan Gant after some lovely skills on the beat sees him beat his man and crosses the ball for Brandon Trainis to hook the ball over his shoulder and then over the Norseman keeper and into the back of the net to for it to become 2-0. On 54 minutes the Norseman won a dubious penalty, but justice was done when the resulting spot kick was blazed over the crossbar and so the East won 2-0 and so just need that one point from their last game to finish in the runners-up spot. The East have played 13 league matches of which they have won 8, drawn 2 and lost 3 with a goal tally of 35 for and 19 against with Brandon Trainis leading their league goal-scoring list with 13 goals.

The 13 South drew 1-1 away to Belstone FC with James Evans scoring the equalizing goal with a cracker in the second half.

The Woodys Wanderers Mercurials pitch as one of the largest slopes in North London and at half time it looked like it did not suit the 12 Vikings who went in at the break 1-0 down but kicking uphill in the second period it all changed as they raced away to win 4-1 with Harry Gilroy leading the way by scoring a brilliant hat-trick whilst Arlo Webb scored one.

 

HERTS GIRLS PARTNERSHIP

No games this week

 

 

 

 

HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

No games this week

 

 

 

 

FRIENDLY   21-4-19.

The 10 West played the 10 North in a friendly which saw them win 3-1 with goals from Jack Johnson who scored a fine brace whilst Will Stone got the third goal. The rest of the 10 West squad is as follows: Will Denning (GK), Oscar Roe, Glyn Howells, James Spicer-Thornton, Freddie Nelson-Thorpe, Niall Rodrigues and Rory Williams who was named man of the match.

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City Youth Match Reports 14th April 2019

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 14th April 2019

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The 16 Girls suffered more heartache this weekend when they lost 3-1 at home to Pro Direct Academy Enfield Girls in the semi-final of the League Cup with then having first not their usual goalkeeper who was away on holiday plus half their regular defence who were also away and so the Girls could only start with ten whilst Pro Direct Enfield had eleven plus one sub. In normal circumstances the visitors would have dropped down to ten but as this was a cup semi-final they declined not to do so. Despite a brilliant battling performance from the STACY Girls they eventually lost 3-1 with yes if I say her name you know it was her who scored the 16 Girls goal, yes, the one and only MIA PINKHAM. The player of the match went to the hard-working Bora Cela.

At home to Denham United Ladies Wildcats were the 14 Girls North and despite two excellent goals from Esme Hume plus two excellent goals from Kiera Ward as well saw the 14 Girls lose 11-4 after the scoreline had 6-2 at half time and so at least the STACY girls kept going to the final whistle. The player of the match went to keeper Hope Hume who with some fine saves made sure she kept the score down.

The STACY 13 Girls South who were at home were drawing 1-1 at half time with Bury Rangers Youth Girls but in the second period the STACY Girls showed their class and went on to win 3-1 with player of the match Mia Simmonds scoring two goals whilst Emilia Fishwick scored the third goal of the match for the South.

Playing Bedwell Rangers Amazons at home were the 12 Girls South and they proved just too strong for their visitors which saw them run-out 6-0 winners. The goals were spread around with Florence Tatlock scoring 2, Cristina Afonso-Trindade also getting two goals whilst both Erin Mill and player of the match Deenah Khan scored one each.

The 11 Girls were away at Kings Langley Youth Reds Girls and the whole team of the STACY Girls won the player of the match award as they cruised to a 8-3 win with Teagan Scarlett scoring four brilliant goals. The other scorers were Esme Dickson with a excellent hat-trick whilst Emily Edgecombe netted the final goal for the young STACY Girls. 

The 11 Wildcats drew 2-2 away at Hitchin Belles Red with Reese Anscombe scoring both of the goals for the Wildcats whilst Emily Dante picked up the player of the match title.

The 10 Central lost 2-1 away to Bedwell Rangers Dragons with Emily Ball scoring the only goal for the Central team whilst the player of the match award was given to the whole team of the 10 Central squad.

The 9 Girls Wildcats really sharpen their claws in their home match with Chorleywood Common Girls Jaguars and despite going a goal down they quickly hit back with EVIE DULLAGHAN-STONE jumping into action and scoring four goals to put them 4-1 up at the first break. In the second quarter saw a fantastic goal from LIZZIE BAYLIS plus a return goal from the Jaguars to make it    5-2. In the final quarter saw both LIZZIE BAYLIS to take her tally to 2 whilst EVIE DULLAGHAN-STONE also got another goal to make it 5  for the game for her and to take the final score to 7-2 to the STACY WILDCATS, these two girls in particular have played amazingly this season. The player of the match went to *ASHA PISHARODY* who did some fantastic work in defence to prevent the Jaguars from scoring any more goals.

 

EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE

The 18 EJA were playing away at Coggeshall 18 EJA and then won 4-1 which now means they could finish in the top two only if Biggleswade lose 2 matches and the Saints win all of their remaining games. They also must play Biggleswade in a Midweek Cup Final in May. Scoring for the 18 EJA were man of the match James Lawrence with one whilst Kwon Hepburn, Earl Atat and Jonny Brown also scored one apiece to round-up a brilliant team performance.

The 16 EJA were away at Grays Athletic 16 EJA and strange enough they play their home matches in the borough of Enfield so at least the Saints did not have to travel far to get to the game but they did have the help of Terry standing in the middle of a small roundabout directing them to the ground. He has been doing that for a long time including this season for his senior adult teams

Well back to the game and after only two minutes had been played saw the young Saints take the lead when Joe Vance curled a corner kick into the box from the left whereupon KYLE RAHHO rose up to head the ball into the far corner.

Minutes later the Grays keeper had to be quick off his line to punch clear a dangerous free kick from Vance and then Joe Vance nearly increased the scoreline but his fiercely struck shot just manage to whizz across the box and go just wide of the far post. Finally, a second goal came when Bradley Young sped away down the right wing and squared the ball across to leave JACK (the mars bar kid) McSHANE to hit the ball low into the back off the net from eight yards. McShane then had a fine shot pushed behind for a corner kick whilst Joe Vance setup Jack McShane whose first-time shot was hacked clear off the line at the last moment. My man of the match The Mighty Joe Vance then himself had a terrific free kick pushed around the far post by a good stop from the Grays custodian.

At the start of the second half the Saints carried on as the first or could I say Joe Vance as he saw yet another fiercely struck free kick punched clear whilst Bradley Young fired just wide after yet another good ball from Vance. Soon it became 3-0 when Joe Vance hit a free kick over to the far side of the box where Kyle Rahho headed the ball back across the goal for the Mars Bar Kid JACK McSHANE to come racing in and head the ball home from close range. McShane then turned provider as he setup BEN WEYMAN to have a cracking low strike towards goal which although the keeper got his fingertips onto the ball he could not stop it spinning over the line to make it 4-0 with Jack McShane following close behind trying to get a touch and claim a hat-trick. 

The Saints then took their foot of the gas and allowed Grays to pull a goal back when Luca CARDINES way out on the left sent a delightful long-range lob over keeper Billy Thomson to make it 4-1. They then pulled another goal back when Christos Petridis swept the ball over and Stefano MICHAEL at the back post knocked it home to make the final score 4-2. Mars Bars all round I say but some of them had left before I could my wallet (lucky me).

At home to Cheshunt 14 EJA were the Saints 14 EJA and despite a storming start which saw them create 3 good chances which they did not put away and after that they seemed to run out of steam and went 1-0 down to a breakaway goal. Although they battled hard throughout the rest of the game, they just could not get that equalizing goal and so the 14's EJA good run came to and end with a 1-0 defeat.

 

WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE 

In the WHYL Challenge Cup were the 18 North which saw then eventually lose 4-0 after a close first half to Bushey & Oxhey Youth whilst the North's captain Rob McKee who had a good game and tried to motivate his players throughout the whole of the match saw him being named as man of the match.

The 16 East had two matches in the last few days and the first one saw them lose 3-0 to Wheathampstead Wanderers Sharks 3-0 with centre back Emerson Smith being named man of the match for the East.  The 16 East then played their fellow club mates the 16 West and they lost 4-0 in this game but once again that man Emerson Smith at centre back was named as man of the match for the 16 East, he is the player to watch I have been told.

The 16 West who played the East won 4-0 and scoring the goals for them in this game were David Joyner with an excellent brace whilst Joe Fletcher and Millan Sanderson both got one each. The West also played another game which saw them lose 6-1 away to EB Lions with Joe Fletcher scoring another goal with Sam Pollard being voted man of the match no matter where he plays.

Also playing in division 2 of WHYL were the 16 Orient and they were at home to Hemel Youth Red and after a tight first period in which they scored two goals to go in at the break at 3-2 down with the Orients goals coming from Tom Cox and Josh Haworth they eventually lost the second period and went down 5-2.

Away to Harpenden Colts Falcons were the 16 North and with the lead constantly changing hands the match eventually ended all square at 3-3 with the man of the match for the North Gowthaman Selvarajah scoring all three of their goals which were certainly well taken and so he richly deserved his award.

The 15 Boreal were at Chorleywood Common Hurricanes and the Hurricanes certainly felt the full force of Boreal as they went onto win 6-1 with the man of the match for Boreal George Sippetts scoring an excellent brace of goals. The other scorers for the young Saints were Harry Sweetman, Jack Carmichael, Tom Randell and Ben Wick.

Wait for it a long report from 13 Victoria coming up, don't you all do it ok. The 13 Victoria were away to Hemel Aces Lions and with Freddie, Ollie and Ed away we may be down to only to ten fit players on the day but fortunately both Gabriel and Zak declared themselves fit enough to start and so we went to Longden School on the back of 4 straight league wins and were confident we could extend it to 5. The match was played on a huge pitch and with Ashton Latter causing problems down the wing and he was pulling the Lions defence all over the place we eventually went ahead on 15 minutes when a strike from Archie Hobbs was spilled by the keeper and it was followed up by Calvin Wyatt who tucked the ball away. Archie Hobbs then setup Calvin Wyatt for his second after a flowing move down the right but a bit of lapse in concentration let in the Lions to make it 2-1 at half time. With the slope in our favour in the second 13 Victoria started to knock the ball about and RJ moved into central position and picked up two goals to his tally to 12 for the season. Martin Flore then added a fifth goal after some excellent play down the right flank with once again Archie Hobbs supplying the inch perfect cross and then Victoria added a sixth goal which was started with Victor Nicolas and then the ball was passed to Zak Davies, then to RJ who beat 2 defenders before finding Archie Hobbs who laid it back to Victor Nicolas who hit a stunning drive from outside the box into the bottom corner. Alex Strazza hit the crossbar with a header and RJ went close also so it could have been more than the 6-1 win. The man of the match was awarded to two players and they were Archie Hobbs and Calvin Wyatt whilst Gabriel Urhoma and Zak Davies need a special mention for getting through the game and after the rest of their league matches, they will be looking forward to their Isle of Wright tournament.

Now we have a big report from the !3 Victoria but what have we got from 13 Boreal who lost 2-0 at home to Kinsbourne Youth ---------------- so we say no more!

At home to Oxhey Jets saw the 12 Arrows lose 7-0 to Oxhey Jets with winger James Dodd being named as man of the match.

Away to Berkhamsted Raiders Black were 12 Central and it was Central who turned out to be the raiders as they went on to win 6-1 with Stephen Tchoudi taking his league tally for the season to 31 with yet another four-goal strike. The other two goals came from Dean Bladon whilst centre midfielder Jack Creagh and defensive midfielder George Parker both being voted joint man of the match. This now sees Central is second spot in the table on 47 points behind Watford Youth Sports who are on 54 but they have played 5 games less than Central. Chasing them is the 12 West who are on 44 points with four games in hand on Central, so it looks like the season is not yet over by a long shot.

 

WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE

In the WFL Spring Cup semi-final saw the 18 Central lose 2-1 to the Boreham Wood Youth Knights after they came back from being 1-0 to score an equalizer through Harry Peter only for the Knights to snatch a late second goal to win the game 2-1. The man of the match for 18 Central went to their goalkeeper Lucas Kershaw for his many good saves during the game.

Away to Hampstead FC Stags were the 16 South which saw the young Saints win 3-1 with Louis Baker-Madec scoring a terrific hat-trick which included a cracking shot from outside the box. The man of the match for the South went to the attacking midfield Sam Johnston.

At home to Omonia Youth Gold saw the 13 South take part in a high scoring match which saw the South score 3 goals with George Dalton scoring 2 and Alexis Awonuga one but alas Omonia Gold proved they were worth gold as they scored 5 for the Saints to go on and lose 5-3.

The 12 Orient had an away match with Belstone FC and it was a top of the table clash with Belstone in 3rd place and Orient in 4th spot and the young Saints closed the gap to 1 point with a 2-0 victory following a fantastic second half performance with a couple of brilliant goals of which one was scored by Alex Hails which takes his league tally to 14 for the season. The other goal was scored by Oscar Noble who as 12 for the season in the league for Orient. Ed Purple was named as man of the man for the Saints. Belstone have 36 points from 16 games whilst 12 Orient have 35 points from 14 matches and so they have 2 games in hand so who knows what might happen!

 

HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

The 8 South finished their league season with an entertaining match away at Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas with both William Galilee and Tom Greatorex being solid throughout the match in that they made some crucial tackles and also playing good balls forward. Tom Greatorex scored an excellent goal after a buccaneering run with the man of the match for the South going to keeper Zac Johnson in that he made a series of fine saves and his distribution kept Wheathampstead on the back foot, he even scored with one of his goal kicks. Up front Evan Love's runs and crosses from the wing created chances for other but it was him who scored five goals and he completed his tally for the match with the last kick of the game. It has been a wonderful season for the 8 South.

The 9 South took part in a home match with plenty of goals which saw the game end in a 3-3 draw, and they were playing against a strong accomplished side named Bedwell Rangers Red and scoring the for the South were Finlay Seabrook with a brace whilst Nathaniel Faldo scored one. The STACY South worked hard, and everyone gave an excellent performance from start to finish to earn this draw.

Thirteen goals were scored in this match, but it proved not unlucky for the 9 West as they hit 8 goals against Bury Rangers Red with Bertie Bachmann scoring four cracking goals whilst Paolo Iacobucci scored a glorious hat-trick whilst Charlie Lavin tidied the scoreline up with one.

The 10 East played Arsenal Women and earning the man of the match title for the STACY East was Ethan Robertson with his tireless running from defence and through into the midfield.

In the White division of the B.H.D.F.L. saw the 10 North play Bedwell Rangers Albion at home and with it being the holiday season saw North short of a few players which saw the 10 South loan them 3 players Jake Roberts, Charlie Wilkerson and Tommy Gow to make their full number up. Scoring the goals for the North was Josh Cassidy with two and Tommy Gow with two also whilst Eddie Johnson scored the pick of the bunch with a 20-yard scorcher on the volley.

The 10 Orient played away to Ware Rangers Santos and won 5-3 with two goals from Freddie Day and singles from George Canaway, Ethan Parsons and James Karim.

Lots of other teams were down to play but Tezza once again as not heard from them, naughty Managers and Coaches you are the boys down as I do get the occasional phone call asking why their team result cannot be seen on the Club Website. SO PLEASE JUST DO IT, THANK YOU.

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City Youth Match Reports 7th April 2019

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 7th April 2019

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Hertfordshire FA Inder 16 Girls Challenge Cup Final

St Albans City Youth U16 Girls 1 – 1 Watford FC (2 -3 on Penalties)

A disappointing end to a fantastic game of football as City girls are defeated on penalties.

Watford broke the deadlock in the first half with a header into the bottom right corner, but the St Albans Girls fought back to level the score with a superb long range shot from Mia Pinkham. 

In the second half the girls found themselves under pressure from a well organised Watford side but a strong defence and outstanding performance from the shot stopper Nicole Gair denied them a vital second goal.

As the game moved into extra time both teams created chances but failed to score that winning goal. The game was stopped when St Albans central defender Abbie Scalon went down and after receiving treatment on the field was stretchered off with a severe ankle sprain.

After 110 minutes of football the sides could not be separated and so the final went to a penalty shoot-out. Despite two saves from the goal keeper and two conversions from Maz Horne-Batet and Mia Pinkham victory went to Watford 3-2 on penalties. 

Players of the match went to Anna Gifford and Kati Weaver.

Playing a very good Watford Ladies Hornets side away who will division 1 were the 13 Girls South and they were playing each other in the semi-final of the league cup and the Hornets had the real sting in their tail as they went on to win 6-0. The Lady Saints really played well against their strong opponents and the coaches for the 13 Girls South were proud of their performance and the player of the match went to Esme Bush.

The 12 Girls North were at home to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in a double headed match and in both games, they found themselves 2-0 down at half time whilst in the first game saw them lose 4-0 whilst in the second match the final score was 7-0. The players of the match for each game was awarded to Emile Hicks and Kaela Laming respectively.

Away to Royston Town Youth Girls were the 12 Girls South and despite a fine goal from Florence Tatlock to make the score at 1-1 midway in the second half later in the match though the hosts scored another goal to win the match 2-1. The player of the match went Emily Martin.

Player of the match Rachel Kincaid scored two excellent goals for the 10 Girls North in there away match at Denham United Ladies.

Also playing an away match in the Pink Division were the 10 Girls Central and they were at Ware Youth Girls and scoring 4 goals for the Central team was Enya Brewster with some deadly finishing around the box. Also getting on the scoresheet was Emily Ball whilst Charlotte Black was named player of the match.

The 10 Girls Wildcats were at home to Bury Rangers Girls and after turning in their best pest performance of the season saw Emily Gray score two fine goals whilst Ottilie Haylett picked up the player of the match award.

Away to Watton Youth Girls saw the 9 Girls Wildcats spring the perfect goal ambush following some fantastic passing and solid defending with the girl of the match Evie Dullaghan-Stone scoring 6 yes six goals and in doing so she richly deserved the girl of the match title.

The 9 Girls took part in a competitive and even game which was their final home match of the season against Garston Ladies Pumas with plenty of chances falling for both teams with the goalkeepers from both sides making some great saves. Finally, Demi Hall found the back of the net for the 9 Girls after she was denied by the crossbar earlier on and then player of the match Sacha Davies was denied a decisive goal by the post in the closing moments of the game. Well done to both teams.

The 8 Girls had a home match against Hemel Hempstead Town Red Girls and during the second period saw Eden Boswell score a brilliant goal for the 8 Girls.

 

EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE

The 16's EJA were away to Cheshunt FC EJA and after a close tense match saw the !6's EJA win 2-1 which now means they move closer to the top spot in the league table. Scoring the goals for the young Saints were Ben Weyman and the goal-scoring machine Bradley Young.

The 14's EJA played Saffron Walden EJA away on Sunday and after having a run of 8 consecutive league wins which had placed City joint top saw football play it cruel joke as we were unable to break down a resolute Walden defence and so the match ended in a 0-0 draw. '' Parking the bus '' was the order of the day for the home side and for once City could not break them down. To the credit of the City players they continued to play football and did not resort to long ball tactics. The closest we came was in the last ten minutes when a flurry of free kicks and corners resulted in the crossbar being struck twice by Sam Evans but alas, we couldn't convert the rebounds. They go last into the last two games knowing that they need to win both and rely on favours to win the league title.

 

WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE 

The 16 Central had no competitive today, so they arranged a friendly with the 18 Orient as both teams are low on league fixtures and are waiting for their Cup Finals on Sunday May 12th. The 16-central got off to a quick start with Matt Roome after four minutes following a Calum Cornish pass. Two minutes later the ball was in the back of the net again when a back-pass bobbled over the Orient's goalkeepers’ foot to give Central a 2-0 lead. The game was then very tight until two minutes before half time when a fantastic switch of play from Matty Bleakley found Matt Roome in space to score his second goal of the game and Centrals third goal. The second half was played was played mostly in the Orient's half but with Orient defending well Central couldn't find a way through and the game ended 3-0. Man, of the match for Central was Matt Roome.

At home to Bushey & Oxhey Lions saw the 16 South eventually lose 3-0 with Ollie Merriden picking up the man of the match award for the South team who worked hard during the match.

The 16 East lost 6-0 at home to Kings Langley Red in division 2 of the W.H.Y.L. and although it was a disappointing result the East still gave a solid performance against a very strong side with the East man of the match going to Seb Pound.

Away to Bovingdon Storm saw the 15 Boreal blow the strongest with a 3-2 victory with goals from Jack Carmichael, George Hall and George Sippetts with Jack Clarke winning the man of the match title.

At home to Watford Youth Sports White saw the 14 South go down 7-1 with the consolation goal for the South coming from N. Sivakumar.

In a double header fixture saw the 14 West play Berkhamsted Raiders White and in the 1st match saw them lose 1-0 after a very close game but in the second game they went down 3-0. The man of the match for each game went to Christy Shaw for the 1st game and Mason Kerr for the 2nd match (I hope I got that the right way around).

The 13 West were at home in division 2 of the W.H.Y.L. to FC Hemel and they took a 1-0 lead at half time through a well taken goal from Charlie Clark but in the second period FC Hemel won a penalty but thankfully they blazed the resulting spot kick over the crossbar. FC Hemel did though snatch a late equalising goal to make the final score 1-1 and for the 13 West the man of the match went to the right winger Theo Robinson.

Playing a double header away at Sun Sports Yellow were the 12 West and they continue to score goals with first a 5-0 victory and this was followed by a 2-1 win. Scoring the goals in the 1st match was Jasper Button with two plus one apiece from man of the match Josh Ladyman and Kye Stevens and Casey Fletcher. In the second it was Jasper Button who scored both goals and this now takes the West up to second spot in division 4 after a brilliant run of 10 wins and one draw in their last 11 matches leaving them on 44 points with 5 games to go. The 12 West have 3 games in hand over their club rivals 12 Central.

One place behind the West in division 4 also on 44 points are the 12 Central who drew 4-4 at home to Croxley Green Emerald after they twice came from behind to take a 3-2 lead only for Croxley Green to go back in front again at 4-3 but the Central team never gave up and scored a dramatic last minute equaliser through that player who always works hard Stephen Tchoudi. The other scorers were Dean Bladon with two and Elinge Mosima whilst centre back Josh White was named man of the match. 

Playing a midweek match away at Harpenden Colts Hurricanes saw the 13 Victoria take the lead early on when Archie Hobbs picked up a loose ball in the box saw him instantly drive the ball into the roof of the net to make it 1-0. Archie Hobbs and then Ashton Latter both had efforts cleared off the line before Calvin Wyatt made it 2-0 with a fine hook shot from close range. In the second period it was Harpenden who made all the running and they pulled a goal back when George Dalton swept the ball across from the right for Tom Attenborough to tuck away inside the six-yard box to make it 2-1. Although Ashton Latter made a lot of good runs forward, he just could get the space to get a shot but the one he did saw the ball whistle just past the near post with the keeper well beaten. Down the left wing for Harpenden saw Elliot Lowe create lots of problems for the Victoria defence and when they did break through, they found Noor Dajani in the Victoria goal having a great game by making some sound saves. The man of the match for Victoria went to Gabriel Urhoma whilst for Harpenden saw it go to George Dalton. The final score was 2-1 to Victoria.

 

WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE

The 18 South drew 1-1 away at Bushey Rangers in the White division of the WFL with a cracking equalising goal from Ross Weaver.

The 13 South won 4-3 at home to Harvesters South (yippee) with two goals from Freddie Reeves and then one apiece from Joe Varney and Mason Leigertwood.

Another one of the STACY teams playing a double header over the weekend were the 12 Orient and their opponents were Maccabi London Lions Blue and after the first match saw the Orient win 3-1 with two goals from Oscar Noble and one from Antonio Desiderio. The man of the match went to Sean Gallagher who was outstanding in defence. The second match finished at 3-3 with a fantastic goal from man of the match Tomer Cohen which got the 12 Orient off to a great start and he also provided a brilliant cross for Ollie Jay to score to make it 2-0. Maccabi London Lions Blue then produced a great come back to take a 3-2 lead but Orient hit back themselves when Vicente Luciani got the equaliser from a Bertie Postema free kick to make the final score 3-3.

The Under 7's had two matches over the weekend and the first saw them play Harvesters Jaguars away and scoring goals for the 7's in this match were Oscar Howlett with two and then these three players all scored one each and they were Isaac Stirrat, Seth Keaveny and Eddie Bailey.

In their next match the 7's played Belstone FC Red at home and a cracking free kick from Oscar Howlett gave them a 1-0 lead which saw it increase to 2-0 in the first quarter when Oscar Howlett swept home Baxter Collingridge low cross. In the 2nd quarter it became the Eddie Bailey roadshow when he scored four goals one of which was a fine left footed shot whilst another found the bottom right hand corner. Also, in that quarter saw a Baxter Collingridge shot crash down off the underside of the bar and out. Eddie Bailey then scored his fourth goal of the match whilst Baxter Collingridge also found the back of the net for a goal, he richly deserved for the hard work he was doing during the game. Then the woodwork itself came into the game with both sides hitting on numerous occasions before Joel Jaffe scored a goal for Belstone FC Red. Late in the game saw Oscar Howlett add another goal to his tally to it to 4 for the match with yet another fine free kick. Isaac Stirrat hit the post for the young Saints whilst for Belstone saw Bobby Leggett hit the post and Kai Bowen hit the bar for the visitors in that mad spell during the game. Max Deskuba and Ethan Pymms both had good games for Belstone whilst their star player must be Kai Bowen when after his spell in goal for them saw him produce quite a few brilliant saves.

 

HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

In their last HDL match of the season saw the 8 Lions roar into action at home to Bury Rangers Whites with Joshua Jury scoring in the first quarter whilst Edward Beard added another two goals in the 2nd period whilst Tristan Mistry scored a goal late on to make the final score 4-4.

The 8 Gladiators stood their ground away to Welwyn Pegasus Cobalts and scored six goals with Toby Russ scoring a hat-trick whilst Harry Denyer hit a brace and then Ollie Allen popped up with the final goal for the Gladiators. The man of the match went to Harry Denyer.

The 9 South were excellent in a 3-3 draw away at Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers with goals from Finlay Seabrook, Nathaniel Faldo and Julian Jordan who all supported a strong team performance.

A wonderful team performance there was from the 9 Orient as they played Knebworth Youth Jaguars Silver at home with two goals from Austin Sheppard.

In the White division of the HDL saw the 10 North play away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas and scoring for the North was Joshua Cassidy with a penalty to get the North off to a strong start whilst there was a sublime finish from Ted Stebbens to roundup the scoring for the North.

The 10 Orient played Lemsford Youth Tigers at home and the deadlock was broken with a scrambled goal from Tom Banks. Then there were further goals from Ethan Parsons and Freddie Day whilst keeper Alex Estell made sure he kept Orient's first clean sheet of the season.

The 11 Orient and the 11 East played each in the Green division of the HDL and scoring goals for the Orient was Theo Hancock, Michael Wadsworth and Brodie Unitt whilst for the East saw Danny Quinn named as their man of the match.

The 11 Victoria were away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Cougars and scoring three goals in this match for the 11 Victoria were Luca Ward with an excellent brace and then Aaron Holsborough scored the third goal.

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City Youth Match Reports 31 March 2019

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 31st March 2019

 EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE

The 14's EJA were simply awesome today as they moved joint top after they beat Stotfold 5-0 away as they dominated the game with crisp, incisive passing, hard work and discipline. The goal of the game came from Ben Freestone with a smart sharp finish that ended a 6-man one touch passing move. the other goalscorers were Perez Waterberg with two whilst the dynamic Sam Evans also hit a fine brace of goals.  

 

WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE 

The 18 North were away to Harpenden Colts Whitecaps and after a match which the Saints dominated saw them eventually win 6-1 which now means they are the League Champions of Division 2 of the WHYL, well done the lads, champions, champions. Scoring the goals for the North were Jack Hughes with 3 tremendous goals which should have on ''match of the day'', Rob Devine, Cameron Clark and George Piekarczyk. The man of the match of course went to Jack Hughes for his well taken goals.

Also playing away were the 18 West and they were at Harpenden Colts Hawks and the West ran in seven goals to run-out 7-3 winners with Adam Johnson scoring three goals whilst there was a brace from Mazen Medhat plus one goal apiece from Tarek Bryan and William Skinner.

The 16 West played a double header against Park Street Village which saw them lose the first game 2-1 with Joe Fletcher scoring a goal for the West whilst Ethan Hayes was named man of the match. In the second game they lost 1-0 with Sam Doidge being named man of the match for this game.

Away to Hemel Youth White saw the 16 Orient win 5-2 with both Josh Haworth and Harry Turner scoring two goals each whilst the final goal of their tally was an own goal.

At home to the Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers saw the 16 North keep them firmly caged as they finally won 3-1 with Gowthaman Selvarajah hitting two of the goals for the North whilst Max Robertson scored just a single.

The 14 West lost 6-1 away at Berkhamsted Raiders Yellow in division 4 of the WHYL with Finn Geoghegan scoring the consolation goal for the West with Chester Reynolds was named man of the match. 

The 13 Victoria lost 1-0 to a late goal in the Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Kings Langley Red with the hard-working Zak Davies being named man of the match.

There were better fortunes on Wednesday evening when they entertained Everett Rovers Red at home (Tezza was there) and 13 Victoria took the lead when a long range shot from Victor Nicholas took a wicked bounce in front of the keeper and spun into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Kings Langley quickly struck back when they won a penalty which was duly driven home by Jack Reid to make it 1-1. Towards the end of the first half saw the Saints score two quick goals when following a flowing team move saw Ashton Latter inside the box fire the ball low into the bottom right corner. Soon it was 3-1 when a corner kick floated in by Archie Hobbs saw Zak Davies head the ball into the back of the net at the near post. In the second half saw Everett come back more into the game with Raff De Souza working very hard up front with Shae Thompson doing the same in midfield and he was well supported by in the middle by Emmanuel Edema. The goalkeeper for Everett Frankie Beckles pulled off some vital saves to stop the 13 Victoria from increasing their lead. In the final minutes of play Ashton Latter made a good run into the box from the left wing whereupon he saw his wicked shot take a deflection and go past Beckles to make the final score 4-1. The man of the match for Victoria went to Gabriel Urhoma whilst for Everett it was given to Shae Thompson who worked really hard in the midfield. Tezza says a big thank you to the Everett Rovers parents who shared their biscuits with him, this kept him going for the rest of the day.

The 13 Orient lost 5-1 away to Berkhamsted Raiders Green with Archie Bentley scoring the only goal for Orient whilst Harley Jack was named man of the match. 

Meanwhile the 13 Central came back from being two goals down to draw 3-3 away at Kinsbourne Youth with a goal apiece from Davide Iacobucci, Charl Mason and Angus Twidell.

The 13 West were at home to Hemel Youth White in the semi-final of the Intermediate League Cup and what a match it was and I saw all of the second half but alas I have lost my notes(something you do when you are my age, they will turn up they always do). Just before the break Charlie Clark pounced on a loose ball after the Hemel keeper had pushed out a stinging shot from Lewis Bullock for the West to go in at half time. In the second half saw both sides attack and Hemel equalised when Alfie Cooke also pounced on a loose ball in the box after a cracking free kick was pushed out by keeper Ollie Philpot and Cooke tucked it away to make the score now 1-1. The match seemed to be heading to extra time but the west won a free kick just outside the box which LEWIS BULLOCK took and he sent the ball over the top of the wall and into the back of the net to make the final score 2-1 to the West and a place in the final. The man of the match for the 13 West was centre back Leonard Brandon whilst for Hemel Youth White their man of the match went to their centre half Harry Walker. If any names are wrong for the Hemel team, please accept my apologises.

The 12 West played a double header against the Harpenden Colts Tigers and the young Saints won both matches 3-0 with Jasper Button, Josh Ladyman and Charlie Rose scoring the goals in the away leg. In the next game Jasper Button scored all three goals with a well taken hat-trick whilst Rory Graham was named man of the match for that game.

The 12 Arrows certainly found the target when they scored three goals to win 3-0 away Everett Rovers Blue and scoring for the Arrows were James Dodd, Leon Negus-Roman and Alfie Wollington whilst Joe Dunton was named man of the match.

The 12 Central were away to the 12 Dragons which was a close game, but the Central team just edged it 4-1 with two goals from Stephen Tchoudi and one each from Dean Bladon and Harry Pearce with keeper Jake Lee being named as man of the match. For the Dragons saw Michael Napier score their goal whilst the hard-working Josh Francois was named their man of the match.

On Tuesday evening at Highfield Park the 12 Central played the 12 Dragons in the return fixture and what an exciting game this was and especially to hear coach Mark Clark shouting instructions to his team Central throughout the match and his warm-ups have not changed a bit since he was doing the older boys and girls when they were 18 years old.  Anyway, back to the game Central took the lead when Stephen Tchoudi headed them in front following a corner kick from captain Frankie Fitzgerald. and then Josh Francois for the Dragons saw his fine shot tipped over the bar by a good save from Jake Lee. For the Central team Elinge Mosima had good shot on goal well saved by Mattie Verdier the Dragons keeper and then the Central went 2-0 up when Stephen Tchoudi with a great finish into the top corner from inside the box following a cross from the right by Ollie Porter. Early into the second half Stephen Tchoudi hit the outside of the near post after he cut into the box from the left and then the Dragons pulled one back when Joshua Francois crossed the ball over from the left and Joshua Nash swept the ball home to make it 2-1. Dean Bladon then crashed a effort into the side netting before the 12 Central restored their two goal lead when the wizard of corner kicks Frankie Fitzgerald curled one to the back post where STEPHEN TCHOUDI tuck the ball with ease to complete his hat-trick. On no there was more to come as the Dragons were not out of the match yet as a free kick into the box from Dylan Norman was beautifully controlled by Michael Napier who promptly drilled it low past Jake Lee to make the final score 3-2 to the 12 Central. There was still action as Stephen Tchoudi had a cracking strike pushed around the post by keeper Alfie Brown whilst at the other end saw the Dragons nearly snatch an equaliser when a cracking strike from Michael Napier was somehow tipped over the crossbar at the last moment by a fantastic save from Jake Lee. The match was well refereed by that veteran of St Albans City Youth John Seeby. For the visitors the Dragons they had a joint man of the match and it was awarded to Dylan Norman and Viney Ogden whilst for the Central I was told it was given to George Parker at right back.

 

 WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE

On Sunday saw a cracking win for the 18 Central when they won 4-2 over Belstone FC at home in the WFL League Cup semi-final but they got off to a poor start when they conceded a goal early on. They quickly scored an equaliser when Joshua Daniel Cross headed home a free kick and just before the break, they went 2-1 up via an own goal. In the second half Asher Stevens scored following a corner kick and then the Central conceded a own goal themselves to make it 3-2 before Jack Latter made the game safe with a great counter attacking goal to make the final score 4-2 to the 18 Central. The man of the match was given to Jack Latter and now a League Cup final awaits the boys.

Another team making a cup final were the 16 South and they won 2-0 away to Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars in the semi-final of the WFL Spring Cup with two goals from Louis Baker-Madec whilst Jamie Filipe-Gama was named man of the match.

In the Blue division of the WFL saw the 15 North play the 15 East in the Mother’s Day derby and the North's goalkeeper was taken ill so Jamie Kerr donned the gloves. The North immediately started to dominate, and Daniel Curran drove down the right wing and put over a perfect cross to the feet of midfielder Andrew Gentle who promptly struck it into the back of the net. Within a minute a half chance from distance from Brandon Trainis made it 1-1 and then Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy then exploded into the box and was taken down which resulted in a penalty for the North which Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy converted to make it 2-1 but once again the East quickly equalised to make it 2-2. The 15 North continue to dominate and were rewarded with a free kick on the left which Daniel Curran curled in and there was Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy to help it home to make it 3-2 at half time. In the second half Fin Thomas scored for the East to make it 3-3 but the North hit back to retake the lead when Cadiou-McCarthy played the ball out wide on the right to Daniel Curran who flicked it over a defender with his right foot and then struck a beautiful left footed shot into the far corner of the net for the North to go 4-3 up. Another goal from Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy with 12 minutes to go which completed his hat-trick increased the North's lead to 5-3 but still the East were not finished as they hit back with another goal from Brandon Trainis which also completed his hat-trick and for the final score to become 5-4 to the North who played some brilliant football during the match. The North's man of the match went to Daniel Curran.

The 14 East were at home to Northwood Red and they lost 4-1 with the man of the match Alejandro Wood scoring the East's goal from the penalty spot.

Away to Enfield Rangers White saw the 13 South score two goals through Mason Leigertwood and Cameron Choudhury but as the second half progressed the South conceded a few goals to eventually lose 5-2.

The 12 Orient in the White division of the WFL won 8-2 at home to the Harvesters South which was a great result for the 12 Orient and Oscar Noble was the leading goalscorer with three well taken goals. The other goals were scored by Ollie Jay with a brace whilst man of the match Alex Hails also hit two goals as well whilst Ed Purple popped up with one.

Away to London Colney Colts Blue were the 12 Spartans and despite a battling performance from the Spartans and yet another 3 cracking goals from man of the match Dewayne Mitchell which took his tally to 32 for the league and 46 for the season so far, the 12 Spartans eventually lost 8-3.

The 9 East were at home to St Albans Rangers in the Robin Hood league and scoring some superb goals were Bailey Fennel and Oliver Lee whilst defender Thomas Bridge was named man of the match.

 

HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

The 8 Lions were away to Bengeo Bengals Tigers, so it was a game between the two big cats, and it was a match that had everything including goals, goals, goals for both sides. The match swung first one way and then the other as the two big cats fought it out and scoring for the 8 Lions were man of the match Daniel Davenport with two, Harry Turnbull, Joshua Jury plus a scorcher from Edward Beard who rounded-up the scoring for those Lions to bring their total to 5 for the match.

In the White Division saw the 9 South play at home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas (more cats) and following a hard-working team performance saw Sofiane Bendaoud score a brilliant goal for the South.

Taking part in a high scoring match were the 9 Orient who were at home to Bedwell Rangers Barca and the Orient turned in a excellent team display and scored four goals through Harry Taylor, Sam Rathbone, Uros Skipic and William Wood.

The 10 East claimed an excellent 1-0 away win in a close match with their fellow club mates the 10 South which saw the 10 East keep pushing and they were rewarded in the 4th quarter with a goal from Thomas Leach who followed up after some great approach play to score the deciding goal from close range. Star player was Thomas Leach who kept running throughout and was rewarded with his goal by following up and supporting his team mates. Squad; David Spears, Leo Hooper-Walter, Harry Murphy, Gabriel Odunlami, Oliver Cox, Tom Luckhurst, Will John, Ethan Johnson and Thomas Leach.

At home to Knebworth Lynxes were the 10 Romans and they keep marching on in the Silver Division in that they scored two goals through Theo Turley and Matthew Elliot following an excellent team display.

The 11 East played Wheathampstead Wanderers Sharks (makes a change from cats) away and getting the man of the match award for the East was Xander McComb. 

Getting points off Terry were the 11 Victoria as they drew 3-3 with their club mates 11 Centurions and scoring goals for Victoria were Aaron Holsborough with two goals whilst Oscar Sheehan netted one and the 11 Victoria man of the match went to Zach Evans. 

Along with the other teams I mentioned there was no info from 8 South, 8 North, 8 Gladiators, 9 North, 10 Central, 10 Orient, 10 West, 11 Orient, 11 North, 11 South.

Now I know you were all down to play but if the matches were cancelled please let me know because next season, we will not chase up those who do not send Terry the information. You have been warned!

 

 HERTS GIRLS PARTNERSHIP

The 17 Girls were playing the top of the table team Pro Direct Academy Herts Women at home and the City Girls played out of their skins with all the players for the 17 Girls playing some amazing football and although the Girls had plenty of shots in the first half the scoreline at the break remained at 0-0. The deadlock was broken with about 15 minutes left as the visitors using all their 5 subs whilst the City had none gradually worn them down and as the City girls were tiring, they eventually conceded 3 goals to lose 3-0. The whole team for the 17 Girls were voted player of the match so here we go Zoe Chick, Olivia Chrisp, Amy Cowan, Gracie Fletcher, Madeleine Merritt, Lottie Nicholls, Claudia Scrimgeour, Emily Sibley, Melissa Trulock, Lauren Walker and Ffion Williams, well done Girls.

Also playing a Pro Direct Academy Herts team saw the 16 Girls take on their 16 Girls which was the City Girls last league match and they won 3-2 with Mia Pinkham scoring a great double whilst Maz Horne-Batet got one. The player of the match was awarded to Anna Gifford.

The 14 Girls North won 5-1 at home after they had led 4-0 at half time at home to Garston Ladies Panthers with them playing some really exciting football in both halves’. The goalscorers for the North Girls were Kiera Ward with two whilst Hope Hume, Ruby Tickner and Gracie Patrick all scored one each with Edith Shakespear being named player of the match following this great team performance.

This match proved to be a real exciting game as the 13 South played their local rivals the 13 North which proved to be a great derby match which the 13 South eventually won 3-2 after they had led 2-0 at the break. Scoring goals for the South were Maisie Humphreys with two whilst Jemima Avery popped up with one whilst keeper Beth Watson was voted player of the match. The goalscorers for the North were Abbie Bierman with a fine brace of goals.

The 12 Girls South progressed to the League Shield Final after they beat Royston Town Youth Girls 2-0 at home in the semi-finals with goals from Anna Cox and Deenah Khan with the hard-working midfielder Erin Mills being named player of the match.

The 11 Girls played in a Qualifying Tournament for Finals on May 11th and in their 1st group match saw them draw 0-0 against Hitchin Belles and then they beat Pro Direct Blacks 1-0 with a goal from Scarlett Robb. They next played Hoddesdon Owls and won 3-0 with two goals from Teagan Scarlett and one from Scarlett Robb whilst in their next match they beat Ware Youth 2-0 with Teagan Scarlett and Michelle Lam getting the goals. Next up was a 1-0 win over Welwyn Pegasus with Teagan Scarlett getting the goal and this was followed by a 2-0 victory over Evergreen Eagles with goals from Teagan Scarlett and Gabby Bradley whilst their last group match was a 0-0 draw with the STACY 11 Wildcats. So as group winners into the quarter-finals they go which saw them beat Watford Hornets 1-0 with a fine goal from Michelle Lam. Into the semi-final saw them lose their only game when they lost 1-0 to Watford Academy. The still progress to the final’s day though when they play Welwyn Pegasus in the Shield Final on Saturday 11th May. Congratulations.

FOOTNOTE:  I see the 11 Girls Wildcats took part in this tournament but TEZZA as not received any info from them, why not he wants to know!

The 10 Girls North played Bedwell Rangers Girls Dragons at home and the player of the match for the 10 Girls North went to Sophie McMahon who gives 100% and always plays with a smile on her face.

Also, at home were the 10 Girls Central and they were playing Evergreen Youth Phoenix Girls and striking a cracking goal for the Central Girls was Grace Noorian whilst goalkeeper Emily Ball who had a brilliant game in goal was voted player of the match.

The 10 Girls Wildcats were away in the Lilac Division to BSC Youth Girls and the young City Girls played really well and it was a great game to watch in the Sun. Emily Ball scored a fine goal for the Wildcats as she ran through the other team and slotted the ball past the BSC keeper for a well taken finish. Player of the match was Zara Stanley who had a brilliant game in goal including a great save following a head high long-range shot. Special note to BSC and the match referee as both were fantastic and made it enjoyable game. Best we have experienced this season.

The 9 Girls certainly took their A-game to Bedwell Rangers Athletico and there were some great 1v1 examples and the Girls combined well in the final third to create scoring opportunities. Bravery and risk taking paid off with some lovely moves playing out from the back to build attacks. Demi Hall and Alexa Johnson both contributed a goal each and an assist each whilst Jess Reeve scored her first league goal playing in a new role for the first time. Siena Sahota also scored which saw her whipping over a deadly cross-cum-shot into the goalmouth that eventually found its way into the back of the net. Fantastic team effort, resulting performance.

The City Youth Futsal 9 Girls and the STACY Community Football Club Futsal 8 Boys played each other, and it was a real end to end match with plenty of non-stop action and some great skills from both teams. There were hat-tricks from both Alexa Johnson and Olivia Wood whilst there was some great work in goal from Jasmine Mercer. "lovefutsal, playfutsal"

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