Under 15 CENTRAL tour to Belgium and Holland over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend.
Due to some of the boys doing their GCSE English Literature exams a year early, we were limited regarding when we could travel resulting in us being unable to enter one of the larger two-day tournaments this season.
Instead, we entered a one-day tournament in Belgium on Sunday 27th May and arranged a Friendly for Monday 28th.
We travelled as St Albans City Youth FC, a party of just 22 this season, departing at 03:00am on Saturday 26th May, returning at 19:00 on Tuesday 29th May.
We played in the Kasterlee Cup on Sunday 27th May, a small tournament of just 6 teams at KSK Kasterlee just outside Antwerp in Belgium.
Matches were 11 V 11 but only 20 mins long, so we didn’t actually get a lot of football in which was disappointing.
That said, the boys played brilliantly, and we ended up comfortably winning the tournament despite the boys playing on very little sleep after a 03:00 start the previous day and a very late night after watching the European Cup final. The opposition standard wasn’t great, but when matches are only 20 minutes long, the team has to get off to a quick start which we did, resulting in us not only winning every match, but doing so without conceding a goal.
On Monday 28th May after a day in a nearby Theme Park, we played an evening Friendly against a team from Eindhoven in Holland, just over the border from where we stayed in Belgium.
Our host club was S V Marvilde, who made us feel extremely welcome at their fantastic facility. We played a full match of 80 minutes on their main stadium pitch which was a great experience for the boys. Once again however we were too strong for the opposition and won the game comfortably, again without conceding a goal!
Results and Match Summary from both days below.
Sunday 27th May
Our first game was a 10:00 KO in Kasterlee which was a 1 hour drive away from our accommodation, so an early start.
We played against Belgian team SK WESTERLO winning 2:0.
GOALS FROM CALUM CORNISH and JACK PERCY.
We then had the novelty of a Penalty Shoot Out which we learned would decide a winner if all things were equal at the end. We WON the Shoot Out 5:4 thanks to 5 well taken penalties plus a great save from Keeper Joe Moss who got down quickly to save Westerlo’s 2nd spot kick. Scorers of 15 Central's penalties were Calum Cornish, Ben Sommerbauer, Josh Penning, Jake Percy and Daniel Onochie-Williams.
Next Up was UPTON FC, a team from LIVERPOOL. A 9:0 WIN as a result of an outstanding display earned us a place in the FINAL!
GOALS FROM DANIEL ONOCHIE-WILLIAMS (4), CALUM CORNISH (2), JOSH PENNING, MATTY BLEAKLEY and OLLIE GILMOUR.
The Penalty Shoot Out result was a 5:2 WIN with 5 different Penalty Takers to the first game and once again two fine saves from Keeper Joe Moss. In this penalty shoot out saw Elliot Smith, Matty Bleakey, Angelo Calatrava, Jonathan Hargreaves and Ollie Gilmour all find the back of the net.
Our Final was against another Belgian team, DESSEL, which we WON 2:0
GOALS FROM DANIEL ONOCHIE-WILLIAMS and JOSH PENNING.
No need for a Penalty Shoot Out this time.
Monday 28th May
A more relaxed start to the day which allowed everyone have a little lie in before heading off to the Theme Park.
Our Friendly was a 19:00 KO on the outskirts of Eindhoven in Holland.
The opposition was S V Marvilde, but once again we proved too strong for them running out 12:0 winners over 80 minutes! We tried to even things out by switching players around and playing our keeper outfield, but it made no difference.
GOALS FROM – DANIEL ONOCHIE-WILLIAMS (5), ALEX SOMMERBAUER (3), BEN SOMMERBAUER, CALUM CORNISH, OLLIE GILMOUR & ELLIOT SMITH
The squad of players were Joe Moss, Elliot Smith, Matty Bleakley, Angelo Calatrava, Calum Cornish, Jonathan Hargreaves, Ben Sommerbauer, Alex Sommerbauer, Josh Penning, Ollie Gilmour, Jack Percy and Daniel Onchie-Williams
Overall it was a great achievement and despite the opposition not being strong enough for us, the boys played some great football and everyone enjoyed the whole experience as always.
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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 27th May 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
St Albans U10 East started slowly in the London Colney summer tournament. They lost 4-0 to Whetstone, 2-0 to Stevenage and 3-0 to Muswell Hill. They won their fourth game against Norsemen 1-0 thanks to a goal by Anton Riddell. They finished fourth in their group which put them in the Trophy competition. A closely fought semifinal against Colney Heath finished 0-0 but they won on penalties thanks to Anton Riddell, Teddy Carr, Danny Quinn and Arthur Vessey. The final was a rematch against Stevenage and also finished 0-0. They held their nerve and won the Trophy competition on penalties with goals from Anton Riddell, Teddy Carr and Leon Rainey - and some great saves from Arthur Vessey.
Denham United Ladies Tournament 2018
2nd in group 1 Vs 3rd in group 2
Pitshanger Vs St Albans Won 1-0 goal Laila Brown
Reading Vs St Albans (lost 1-0)
Watford Academy Vs Denham
Denham V Reading
Emma Bracey, Laila Brown, Vanessa and Alessia Cipolla, Emily Edgecombe, Olive Jones, Sophie Lerwill and Rebecca Smith.
Well done team. What a daunting task we had head of us. That has to be the toughest line up I have ever seen for a girl’s tournament. Arsenal PDP, Reading Academy’s feeder team, Watford Academy, Garston’s team made up from their best U10 player’s including Garston Puma’s players who played up a division at U11’s this season and not forgetting the hosts Denham who finished as the strongest U10’s team in the HGFPL top division this season.
These teams were also aware of how good you lot are as a team, with many compliments being paid for the way you have all played this season so far.
It was always going to be difficult to find goals today with Teagan Scarlett, Scarlett Robb and Esme Dickson all unavailable.
Luckily we had a guest appearance from one of our team’s ex-players, Laila Brown. Laila has been playing football for Arsenal’s RTC this season. Well done and thank you Laila for scoring all of our four goals today.
It was a slow nervy start in very hot and humid conditions. It took time for all the players to gel and play together as a team. The confidence started to grow when the first goals were scored in the second game Vs Maidenhead. The girls qualified for the quarter finals and won 1-0 Vs Pitshanger. In the Semi-final we came up against Reading for the second time. This time the girls stepped up their game and matched the Reading side but were very unfortunate to lose 1-0.
Well done girls for showing great team spirt and determination again against tough opposition in hot and humid weather conditions.
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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 20th May 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
West Herts Youth League: Away to Hemel Town Youth Red were the 18 North in their final league match of 2017-2018 season in Division 2 with a exciting 3-3 draw which saw them finish in third spot in the league table. Scoring the goals were Matt Breeze, Harry Watts and Jacques Nolte-Nel all with one goal apiece whilst the man of the match went to George Heeley.
After two undeserved defeats in the league this season to Watford, Central U15 looked nervous as they gathered for the pre-match warm up. The usual chatter was none existent as each player tried to find their focus and occupy their minds as best they could to prepare for Kick Off.
These pre-match nerves and added focus were a god send as Central came out of the blocks faster than Usain Bolt in the 100 METRES, leaving Watford shell shocked and chasing shadows. With bursts of speed all over the pitch, Central were first to every ball, strong in every tackle and adventurous with every perfectly weighted pass. It took just 3 minutes for Central to break the deadlock, with a precise floated pass from Calum Cornish in midfield, dropping for Jack Percy to slam home. Within a minute, Central were flying forwards again, this time with Jack Percy tearing down the left then crossing for Josh Penning who placed a great shot over the keeper, just under the cross bar and into the back of the net for the Centrals second. Watford desperately tried to get a grip of the game but Centrals pressing allowed the opposition no time on the ball, forcing mistakes which Central continued to capitalise on. It wasn’t long before one of Daniel Onochie-Williams powerful runs through the middle proved too much for the struggling Watford defence. Setup beautifully by Calum Cornish, but with a lot still to do, Onochie-Williams made a direct run through the defence, leaving himself one on one with the keeper. A cool placement saw the ball roll into the back of the net to put Central 3:0 up on 12 minutes and in dreamland. Captain Rob Brown’s voice boomed out, Nil: Nil boys, just to focus their minds and make sure nobody got carried away. This seemed to work a treat as focus was maintained leading to another of Matt Roome’s powerful runs up the right side of the attack. After stealing the ball off a Watford midfielder in the middle third, Roome bombed up the right and delivered a perfect cross into the path of Josh Penning who struck the ball sweetly into the top corner for his second and Centrals fourth. 4:0 up after 16 minutes is not what Central expected in a Cup Final but was something this team is always capable of producing and thoroughly deserved. The pressure continued with Calum Cornish and Josh Penning controlling midfield, Matt Roome tracking back to help defensively plus Jack Percy and Daniel Onochie-Williams powering forwards. As the game progressed though, Central began to tire. On such a hot day, it was impossible to keep up that intensity and Watford slowly started to take control of midfield. This is where Centrals defence stepped up and proved their worth. Lead by captain Rob Brown and Elliot Smith in the centre and flanked by Luke Hill and Adam Bahouss with Ben Sommerbauer just in front, the defensive unit were called upon more and more but thwarted every Watford attack. Joe Moss in goal had no saves to make as such but his positioning resulted in him pouncing on every ball that came near his area which combined with him pulling every floated ball out of the sky stalled every Watford attack before they could get close. At half time the score was 4:0 but Watford were very much still in the game calling for some urgent managerial discussions on what could be changed. The second half started with the same team and very much like the first half ended, with lots of Watford pressure. Matt Roome tired because of his relentless work rate getting forwards and tracking back, so Ollie Gilmour was brought on to try to inject some speed with his fresh legs. Soon afterwards Matty Bleakley came on in midfield for Calum Cornish who was suffering a little with a slight thigh strain. As Central tried to re-settle, Watford finally broke through on the 56th minute to pull one back and temporarily get their hopes up. Central’s heads never go down though and despite them no longer attacking with as much ferocity as in the first half and still not in control of the midfield, their work rate was still through the roof and defensively every Watford attack was snuffed out. Dan Hussain came on with 10 minutes to go playing alongside Ben Sommerbauer in a holding midfield role, then very soon afterwards Angelo Calatrava came on at Centre Forward to bring fresh legs to the attack for the final push. As cramp started to set in and Centrals players began to struggle, the frequency of Watford substitutions throughout the game seemed to be paying dividends as Watford looked fresher towards the end, but Central held strong to the final whistle and a thoroughly deserved 4:1 victory.
Goals from Josh Penning (2), Daniel Onochie-Williams and Jack Percy.
Man of the Match could have gone to anyone, but Matt Roome got the nod for his power house display and relentless work rate.
WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE JUNIOR LEAGUE CUP FINAL.
Under 15 EAST 3 v 1 TORNADO JSC
Following a good performance from the 15 East saw them pick-up the Junior League Cup Trophy after a excellent 3-1 victory with two goals from Anton Nicolas-Sahota plus cracking finish from Mustaqim Boksh.
ST ALBANS RANGERS TOURNAMENT WINNERS Under 14 NORTH.
The 14 North took part in the St Albans Rangers Tournament which they won after not losing any games and also not conceding a goal in the six matches they played. In the first two games saw both end in 0-0 draws and they were against Harpenden Colts and Herons whilst in the next match saw them beat St Albans Rangers Blues 2-0 with goals from Andrew Gentle and Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy. In their final group game saw them pick up another 0-0 draw this time against St Albans Rangers Zelos. So to the semi-final which saw them play St Albans Rangers Zelos again and this time they won 2-0 with goals from Andrew Gentle and Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy yet again getting on the score-sheet. In the final they played Harpenden Colts which saw Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy strike home the winning goal for a 1-0 victory and also the the trophy following a fine team display with the 14 South keeper Jasper Robb stepping in and keeping a clean sheet. Well done to the 14 North.
FOOTNOTE; Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy was also the Golden Boot winner in the WFL Green Division with a total of 29 Goals in 13 appearances
Watford Friendly League: The 14 East Blue finished their league season in the Green Division of the WFL with a comfortable 5-1 win away to Omonia Youth Green with Dan Gant scoring a fantastic hat-trick and then came a goal from Tom Merritt before a 25 yard screamer from Finlay Killner which flew into the top right corner of the net to wrap the scoring up, The 14 East Blue finished as champions of the Green Division having played 18, won 15, drew 2 and lost 1 which was to the 14 North(Tezza says sorry for mentioning it). Goals For 83, Goals Against 21 with a goal difference of plus 62 and a total of 47 points, Well done you Lads.
The 14 Boreal won 2-0 against Sun Sports Yellow in division 2 of WHYL with goals from Tom Durrant and Ben Wick which now sees them sit joint top along with Sarrett Rebels with both teams having the same league record as follows P18, W14, D2, L2, Pts 44. So they had to play each other again in a play-off. In the play-off saw the 14 Boreal eventually lose 3-2 after a very tight game in which Boreal were missing a couple of key players but they still turned in a fine performance but it just was not there day. Scoring the goals for Boreal were Sudjad Hussain and Tom Randall. The 14 Boreal were to get their revenge the next time they played Sarrett Rebels and this time it was it in the Challenge Cup Final.
WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP FINAL:
14 BOREAL 3 v 2 SARRETT REBELS (after extra time).
Twice Boreal found themselves a goal down but they hit back both times with their first goal being a penalty from Tom DURRANT and then in the last minute of normal time saw a goal from Tom RANDALLtake the match to extra-time. In extra-time both teams were looking for the winner but it was 14 Boreal who popped up with that winning goal when with only seconds to go on the watch Ben WICK flicked home the winner from close range to make the final score 3-2. We are the Champions, We are the Champions was the shout from the Boreal supporters following a great team performance with Danny Fowler picking up the man of the match award.
COLNEY HEATH 6-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT WINNERS 11 ORIENT.
Another team that took part in a tournament and also remained unbeaten throughout the six matches they played were the 11 Orient. They won all four of their group matches and the results were Hadley Rangers 2-1, AFC Finchley 6-1, Omonia White 2-0 and Colney Heath 4-0. Scoring goals in those games were Dima Gusev, Josh Toop, Alex Hails, Antonio Desidero, Will Antcliffe, Bertie Postema and Ollie Jay. In the semi-final they beat AFC Finchley 1-0 with a goal from Bertie Postema and they went on to play Omonia White in the final and despite playing some lovely football and creating chances they found the opponents keeper in great form in which he pulled off some good saves to thwart Orient. With a penalty shoot-out looming up popped Bertie POSTEMA to break the deadlock with a typically fierce left foot shot that flew into the back of the net to give the 11 Orient a 1-0 victory. This was a tremendous team display and their keeper Vicente Luciani was in brilliant form for the whole of the tournament.
The 11 Arrows played a friendly against Harlow Eagles in a match which they tried new players for next season and despite 2 goals from Alfie Wollington the 11 Arrows gradually lost 4-2. The squad as follows; Cathal Gleeson, Jake Lee, James Dodd, Leon Negus-Roman, Luke Collins, Max Whelan, Thomas Maher, Zain Zaman, Frankie Fitzgerald, Joe Clinton, Mustaquim Choudhury.
MID HERTS RURAL MINORS PURPLE DIVISION CUP FINAL.
Under 10 NORTH 1 v 2 WELWYN GARDEN CITY TYPHOONS
Although the 10 North eventually went down 2-1 to the WGC Typhoons they fought to the final whistle and it was only in the last minutes of the match that their opponents scored that vital goal to give them the cup. Scoring the 10 North's goal was Matthew Baker whilst Alfie Bedell was named man of the match.
9 South collect first trophy - deserved winners of Chorleywood U9s plate
Report by Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer
It was a weekend of firsts - a first American to join the royal family, a first cup final defeat for Jose, a first taste of knockout football for Oscar and a first tournament victory for him and his City teammates.
In weather that matched their kit, St Albans dazzled and shone, fighting back from an early deficit to a 2-1 triumph in a nail-biting final. Captain Ronnie lead the way with a delicious top corner strike and winger Daniel got the winner, turning in from close range after a strong run from Charlie.
Tournament football is a different beast, the short matches and hard pitches take some adjusting to after a long season of 40 minute games and chilly conditions. With this in mind, it was little surprise that City took time to get going, battling to hard-earned scoreless point in their first match thanks to several eye-catching saves from Doug in goal.
Time accelerates when you're watching in the heat and the next few games went by in a blur of Alfie and Jacob harassing, Jake, Tommy and Harry pressing, Daniel, Charlie and Ronnie working, and Oscar - a calm and sold presence at the back with time on the ball. Harry drilled home a dead-eyed penalty after a handball in the area. Tommy finished off a sweeping move, firing into the roof of the net. If I missed more, I can only apologise at being carried away in the fever of the day.
In the knockout stages, Ronnie and Charlie both scored as momentum grew. Tommy scorhed down the right. Jacob and Alfie were in every challenge. Jake was hunting a goal. Parents, siblings and grandparents dared to believe even when the boys started shooting at a dog rather than the goal. All the while, Jabbil was in his zone, calmly patrolling the touchline, swapping his substitutes in and out as his charges gave their all in the heat.
Before the final, a crisis - keeper Doug had a sponsors engagement to attend to, such is the life of the modern footballer? Could he stay for the final? Frantic calls to his agent and hastily agreed travel plan left him free to stay, but only til the final whistle - no time for celebrations for young Peachman.
At the whistle, joy unconfined. To the sound of a thousand iphones slowing whirring, the champions flossed and danced with glee. Trophies for all and the handsome plate, hard fought for and long awaited.
The winners partied into the afternoon, some staying on to cheer on the younger version of their former selves in the u7s. The afternoon ended in a haze of waffles and ice cream. It's been a long season for the yellows but they will return for their home tournament, bolder now and with a taste for glory.
Gareth Southgate dreams of returning from Russia this summer with a trophy and a squad full of heroes. Had he been in Hertfordshire on this sunny birthday in May, he might just have found some inspiration.
Sandridge Rovers Stormtroopers 0 v 5 Under 12 West
West Herts U12s Intermediate Cup Final
A slow start with both side looking a bit nervous, however West’s nerves settled after Charlie CLARK dribbled through Sandridge’s defence and fired into bottom corner. One goal up and West started to move the ball well. A through ball from midfield released Charlie CLARK and with a calm finish, he put it between the keepers legs to make it 2-0. Charlie had a chance to make it 3 but for a great save by Rovers keeper. The 3rd was a fantastic header from a corner by Cody SMITH and the 4th came the same way by Mayar HAJOUSMAN Olie Philpot in goal for West made a great save from a Rovers free kick to keep his clean sheet. Half time was a welcomed rest from the scorching heat.
The 2nd half started with Rover,s pushing hard to score, but West’s defence looked solid and confident playing out from the back- winning the ball back every time. The 5th goal came with a great move down the left wing from Lewyn Bullock who passed into Charlie who looked to shoot to complete his hat-trick, However ghosting down the right hand side and with loads of space was Archie CONNOLLY so Charlie passed the ball out to him and he promptly rifled the ball into the back of the net to finish off a great move for the final goal of the match.
Final score Sandridge Rover’s 0 12 West 5. The entire team played brilliantly so it was hard to pick out an individual for MOM, therefore the decision was made that it was the whole team.
MID HERTS RURAL MINORS LEAGUE EMERALD DIVISION CUP FINAL.
Under 9 WEST 4 v 1 POTTERS BAR BLACK
St Albans 9 West started strongly with Michal GLOWACKI scoring in the opening two minutes after a superb pass from Ben Burt. Potters Bar worked hard to hit back but the West doubled their lead ten minutes later with Will STONE tapping the ball home following a cross from Michael Glowacki and although Potters Bar had plenty of opportunities before half time they finally made St Albans pay when they won a penalty which they converted to make it 2-1 at the break. In the second period the young Saints came out stronger and after an even start to the half they finally scored a third goal and Michal GLOWACKI second following a throw-in from Jack Burke. After this goal Potters Bar gradually lost confidence and the young Saints West put the game to bed when Will STONE scored his second goal of the match with a great cracking shot that smashed off the underside of the crossbar before finding the back of the net to make the final score 4-1. The 9 West have had an outstanding cup run in the top division of the Mid Herts Rural Minors League winning 4-1 in the quarter-final and 7-2 in the semi-final. Great work boys.
St Albans North U11 Girls take home the Hertfordshire County Cup
A fitting end to a fine season, the girls beat a formidable Hitchen Belles 2-0 in a gripping Cup final.
It was a closely contested match with many shots on-target and some great goalkeeping at both ends of the pitch.
Both goals were scored in the first half with the St Albans scoring first from a flowing counter attack ending with Cora BAYLIS wrong-footing the keeper and sneaking the ball in at the near post. It was Cora again who forced a corner towards the end of the half and the second goal came when Hannah POPE scored with a great header.
In the second half a strong Hitchin team pressed and attacked but a combination of great goalkeeping and resolute defending ensured that St Albans kept a clean sheet and were able to lift the cup.
Player of the Match was goalkeeper Ruby Littlechild, who managed a clean sheet through some heroic saves.
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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 13th May 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
West Herts Youth League, U15 Junior Cup Final
Sunday 13th May 2018
Tornado JSC U15 1 v 3 St Albans City Youth Under 15 East 3 (scorers Anton Nicolas Sahota 2, Mustaqim Boksh 1)
In what was Jabbil Chibwana’ s final game as coach, the U15 East took this contest by the scruff of the neck after only 5 minutes as a slide-rule pass by Freddie Collins played in Anton Nicolas Sahota who, as he has done all season, finished with characteristic aplomb, guiding the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Despite early domination, the East were made to pay for some nervous defending when Tornado’s main attacking threat got free down the right-hand side to score with a scorching drive from the corner of the area past an otherwise untroubled Riley Pullan in the Saints goal.
Undeterred, the East hit back almost immediately. Another pass from Collins saw Nicolas Sahota’s shirt pulled as he was through on goal. From the resulting Connor Robinson free kick, the keeper spilled the ball into the path of captain Mustaqim Boksh who restored the Saints lead. Two minutes later it was 3-1, with another pass from Collins freeing Nasir Zaman whose shot was saved only for Anton to tap in the rebound.
With the score 3-1 at half-time, Tornado started to take more of a grip of the game, with some nervous defending from the Saints leading to some good chances, and several free-kicks on the edge of the box, but the tension of the occasion seemed to get to the Tornado strikers as they failed to get a short on target. On other occasions, the Saints defence, marshalled by Josh Killick and Dylan Winfield at the heart of the defence, kept the opposition at bay. With five minutes to go, Zaman freed Collins in the area, only for his shot to pass the post by a whisker - meaning a bit more tension for everyone involved.
However, with the game moving to its closing stages, the Saints made some tactical subs to bring some fresh legs on, meaning that the final few minutes were relatively comfortable as the U15 East closed out the game for their first ever trophy.
Man of the match went to the whole squad for a wonderful end to a tremendous season
HERTFORDSHIRE GIRLS FOOTBALL PARTNERSHIP LEAGUE.
SATURDAY 12th MAY LEAGUE CUP FINAL.
ST ALBANS CITY YOUTH GIRLS 15's 7 v 1 GARTSON LADIES TIGERS 15's
The City Youth 15 Girls started well with Ellie Flynn having a fine effort saved by the Garston keeper Natasha Marsh, but she could nothing moments later when MATHILDA FINBURGH burst through the middle and after going around a prone defender she calmly slid the ball past the advancing Marsh and into the bottom right corner to make it 1-0.
Then came a blitz of shots from Mathilda Finburgh, Maz Horne-Batet and Mia Pinkham which either went close or were saved by the overworked Garston keeper Natasha Marsh whilst Pinkham had a close-range header saved following a corner kick from Ellie Flynn. After this bit of pressure, it finally became 2-0 when LAURA GIFFORD sent a 20-yard sizzling low shot that skimmed along the wet surface and into the back of the net giving Marsh no chance to make a save. Then following this goal Mathilda Finburgh tried her luck from outside the box but this time Natasha Marsh got her hands to the ball and pushed it around her left hand upright.
Sam Farrer who was in goal for the 15 Girls then had to make a clearance as Garston threaten when she rushed out of her goal to head the ball clear from outside the box to clear the danger. The 15 Girls then went 3-0 up when from way out on the right-wing ELLIE FLYNN let fly with a tremendous shot which sailed over the keeper's head and into the far corner for a great finish.
Early in the second half MIA PINKHAM made it 4-0 when after beating a defender on a surging run towards goal and then after going around Marsh in the Garston goal saw her calmly slot the ball into the bottom right corner for a real cool finish.
A few minutes later the scoreline became 5-0 when JESS SIMPSON fired home from inside the box following a very neat pass from Sam Farrer who had been replaced in goal by Maisie Grayland.
Garston then pulled a goal back when Georgia Rosenberg made a excellent run down the left wing whereupon she crossed the ball across the box for Niamh ARNOLD to sweep the ball home and then Maisie Grayland made a tremendous block from Charlotte Rice's shot to stop it becoming 5-2.
Then Maz Horne-Batet made a fantastic run down the left wing leaving defenders in her wake whereupon she crossed the ball low into the box leaving MIA PINKHAM with a simple tap in to restore the 15 Girls five goal difference and make the score 6-1.
Changing keepers once again and this time Anna Gifford took over between the sticks and she had to make a good save when she came off her goal line to block Georgia Rosenberg as she burst clear into the box.
Goal number seven for the City Youth Girls came when Jess Simpson made a great run down the right playing a neat one-two with Sam Farrer whereupon Jess Simpson finally played the ball to SAM FARRER who finished off the good move by duly despatching the ball into the back of the net from close range to make the final score 7-1. It nearly became 8-1 but Mathilda Finburgh cracking low shot from 20 yards was pushed around the far post by another good save from Natasha Marsh.
It has been a good season for the 15 City Girls as they have finished runners-up in Division 1 and winning the League Cup, well done to all the Team.
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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 6th May 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
On Sunday the St Albans City 15 EJA team travelled to Haverhill Rovers once again to play in the Easter Junior Alliance League play-offs with the winners of the other three divisions Cambridge City (Yellow), AFC Hornchurch (Black) and Witham FC (Green whilst the young were winners of the Brown Division.
Cambridge City had won 21 out of their 22 league games with AFC Hornchurch having won 11 of their 14 leagues whilst Witham had won 15 matches out of their league total of 18 games with the Saints winning 16 out of their 22 league matches.
So, the draw was made and the Saints 15 EJA drew out Cambridge City who certainly the hardest team to beat whilst the other semi-final was between AFC Hornchurch and Witham and they had a nice grass pitch to play whilst the Saints had a 3G pitch.
The match was only a few minutes old when Cambridge struck when a quick free kick from Thomas Stoker found Owen MULLEE who raced clear and promptly drilled the ball low past Billy Thomson to give Cambridge a 1-0 lead. Then Thomson had to a fine save from to stop Cambridge from taking a 2-0 lead whilst the young Saints started to put the pressure on to score an equaliser. Firstly, Joe Vance had a low effort saved at the foot of the near post and then Jack McShane blazed over the crossbar from close range whilst Benny Stacey had another effort blocked. Then Cambridge quickly broke away which saw Finlay WILKINSON bury the ball in the bottom left corner to make it 2-0.
A free kick from Joe Vance found Benny Stacey who setup Bradley Young but alas his shot was blocked on the line and then Jack McShane following up saw his goal bound effort also blocked.
Early in the second period it became 3-0 when a misplaced back-pass was seized on by Thomas(Tommy) STOKER and he hit home goal number three and then it became 4-0 as a quick break saw Archie Macleod hit home Cambridge's fourth goal.
It nearly became 5-0 when Thomas Stoker burst clear and hit a cracking shot which saw Billy Thomson pull off a magnificent save as he pushed the ball away and from the follow-up shot from Finlay Wilkinson saw Thomson pull off yet another great save.
Well it certainly seemed this match was over but the young Saints 15 EJA thought not as they then started to play some great football and after both Joe Vance and Jack McShane had shots blocked saw the ball fall at the feet of JOSH FORSTER and after one quick touch and before you knew it the ball was in the back of the net following a sizzling low drive from 25 yards.
Well this was not a consolation goal as the Saints scored again to make it 4-2 when Billy Thomson saw his long drop kick bounce over a defender's head and there was JOSH FORSTER to send a delightful lob over the advancing Cambridge keeper for a great finish. Still the match was not over despite the supporters, players and the manager of Cambridge calling for the full-time whistle to be blown as the Saints were really on top now as they pressed forward in search of another goal and they were duly rewarded with that goal which made it 4-3 now. Another attack saw the numerous efforts being blocked inside the box but then the ball ran lose to JUDE JAMES on the left-hand side of the box whereupon it was dispatched into the bottom left hand corner, 4-3 Game on, but it was not to be as the referee duly blew up for full time before they even kicked off. If only that third goal had gone in a few minutes earlier who knows what might have happen as the Saints were really in charge of the latter stages of the match.
Still the young Saints gave it their best shot so be proud of yourself’s, League Champions, and after the match they were presented with the Championship Shield. Next year we will do it all and there is still a Mars Bar from Tezza(Bulldog) to look forward to.
Away to Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars were the 15 South in the Red Division of the WFL and following a very close match saw the hosts just edge it 2-1 with Anthony Graham grabbing the South's goal with midfielder Kyle Roberts snatching the man of the match award.
The 15 East played two matches in a few days and in the first game saw them lose 2-1 at home to Tornado JSC with Musta Boksh scoring the East's only goal of the match.
In their next match saw the 15 East play Chorleywood Vipers in front of a large crowd at Verulamium with the visitors needing to win this game to secure the Division 3 league title which they duly did with a 4-3 win but not till after the young Saints made them fight all the way to the final whistle to get those vital three points. Scoring the goals for the East were Anton Nicolas-Sahota with two goals whilst Musta Boksh scored the third goal. Chorleywood win the title on 41 points just two points more than runners-up Tornado JSC whilst the East finished up on 27 points.
The 15 Central also played two matches and in the first game saw them go down away to Hemel Town Youth Yellow 10-0 despite Central starting well but once they conceded the first goal on 12 minutes the goals started to flow in at regular intervals but Central kept going but alas they just could not take their chances. In the second they kept playing despite having five players struggling with injuries and also their regular keeper Joe Moss was not available. The man of the match was given to Ben Sommerbauer who never stopped running throughout the game on a very hot sunny afternoon.
Well with Joe Moss back in goal for their next match at home to Little Gaddesden plus a nearly fully fit squad saw them sweep Little Gaddesden aside by winning by the scoreline 13-0(that's more like it) and it could have been more if it was not for the Little Gaddesden keeper Alex Porter who made some excellent saves including one on one's. CALLUM CORNISH scored the first two goals for the Central team with his first being fired into the top right corner and the second one being a brilliant free kick over the top of the defensive wall and straight in. Next came JACK PERCY with a fine finish and then Callum Cornish played in DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS who headed the ball over the advancing Alex Porter to make it 4-0. Then JACK PERCY made it 5-0 when he swept the ball home after a good pass from Onchie-Williams whilst it soon became 6-0 when Callum Cornish played the ball through for DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS to sprint clear and bury the ball into the back of the net. Goal number seven arrived on the stroke of half time when DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS again raced clear and found the back of the net with a calm finish to complete a first half hat-trick and make the half time score 7-0. The goals continued to flow in the second half and this time Rob Brown played the ball to DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS who once again surged forward to score with ease and make it 8-0 whilst DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS then added another goal to take his tally for the match to five. There was a bit of a break in the scoring before the Central finally reached double figures when MATT ROOME nipped in at the far post to tap the ball home following a good ball across from Ben Sommerbauer to make it 10-0. The eleventh goal was scored by DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS when his 30-yard strike took a wicked bounce right in front of keeper Alex Porter and sailed over him as he went to make a save. Goals 12 and 13 were scored when Onchie-Williams found MATT ROOME who drilled the ball into the roof of the net and then Roome returned the compliment when he made a good run down the right and played the ball across to man of the match DANIEL ONCHIE-WILLIAMS to shoot home his 7th goal of the game and make the final score 13-0. Credit must be given to Little Gaddesden who kept pressing and trying to score a goal themselves right up to the final whistle and to Alex Porter who stopped Daniel Onchie-Williams from reaching double figures for himself.
Under 14 East Green Division Champions
The 14 East Blue made sure of winning the Green Division of the Watford Friendly League with a 6-1 away win over Highgate & Muswell Hill Galaxy. Brandon Trainis opened the scoring on six minutes with a half volley from the edge of the box whilst two minutes it became 2-0 when Dan Gant slid the ball home following a lovely through ball from captain Sammy Gosine. On 17 minutes it became 3-0 when Tom Merritt passed the ball into the ball into the back of the net following a corner kick. Highgate pulled a goal back but then on 52 minutes it became 4-1 when Tom Merritt fired home following a neat flick on from Brandon Trainis. The East Blue then made it 5-1 when Brandon Trainis drove the ball under the keeper after a good pass from Jack Raffo and for the East's Blue final goal of the match saw Jack Jacobs finish with a great shot into the bottom right corner after a Jamie Hilton cross. The 14 East Blue still have one league match to go and they can not to be caught as they sit on top of the table on 44 points. Well done you Blues. Just a footnote the 14 North who play in the same division finished the season in third place.
The 14 South have already secured runners-up spot and promotion in division 2 of the West Herts Youth League when they took on champions Evergreen Youth who looking for a confidence boosting win. Despite the South looking good in the first half they went in at the break 1-0 down and with the South pressing for a equaliser a last minute breakaway goal saw Evergreen win 2-0. This was an unfair reflection of the game, but coach Graham Justice says they go into next season in division 1 full of confidence and looking forward to building on their continued advancement. The man of the match went Hadee Sadic. Footnote Evergreen finished on 47 points whilst in second spot were the 14 South on 37 points.
Away to Tring Tornadoes Panthers were the 14 Boreal and the won 2-0 with a goal from Jack Carmichael plus one from man of the match Oscar Evans.
The 13 South played a double header against Bushey & Oxhey Cougars away and in the first game saw them win 5-0 with goals from Finley Crumpton, Mackenzie Gibson, Tio Jayasinghe, Joseph McLeod and Jamie Horton. In the second match they hit another six goals to win 6-1 with Matthew Martin leading the goalscorers with a hat-trick whilst Finley Crumpton, Charlie Johnson and Aaron Ready all popped up with a goal each.
Another team playing a double header were the 13 North and they were playing Omonia Youth Green in the Red division of the Watford Friendly League. In the first match a goal from Perez Waterberg was enough to secure all three points with a 1-0 victory. The next game saw the North score a few more goals which saw them win 5-0 with five different goalscorers and they were Thomas Pinkham, Perez Waterberg, Ben Freestone, Jake Berry and Elliott Johnson.
Away to Harpenden Colts Hurricanes were 12 Victoria and despite the young Saints battling away they eventually lost 3-1 with Alex Strazza scoring their only goal of the match whilst the pacey player Martin Flore was named man of the match.
The 11 Orient played Watford Youth Sports and they had a good game against them with both teams in attacking mood and hitting four goals for the Orient was Will Antcliffe including a brilliant strike into the top right corner whilst Lucas Berry netted one near the end of the match.
The 17 Girls were at home to Harpenden Colts Girls Chameleons and it was a very tight game which the 17 Girls won 2-1 with a goal from player of the match Charlotte Banks plus a fine effort from Eleanor Keating.
Mia Pinkham struck four goals for the 15 Girls in their 10-2 home win over Harpenden Colts Girls Sapphires whilst Katie Holder got 2 and then there were singles from Sam Farrer, Sophie Veal, Jess Simpson and Grace Barker-Roberts. The player of the match went to the whole team after such a fine performance for the whole of the game.
The 15 Girls were at home to Garston Girls Lions in a top of the table clash and the match started well for the Lady Saints with Katie Holder shooting just past the upright whilst a effort from Mia Pinkham was pushed around the same post by a good save from the Garston keeper. Next a curling corner kick from Mathilda Finburgh struck the foot of the far post and rebounded out with another cracking shot later on from Katie Holder saw the visitor’s keeper pull off another fine save. Mathilda Finburgh then had a shot saved whilst a free kick taken by her went just over the bar whilst as the 15 Girls pushed forward in search of that goal saw Katie Holder, Anna Gifford and Mathilda Finburgh all going close whilst a corner kick from Maz Horne-Batet nearly curled in but the ball went just wide of the far post. As half time approached they finally got the breakthrough when MATHILDA FINBURGH made a surging run towards goal and after finding space she let fly from the edge of the box and the ball whizzed into the bottom right hand corner of the net to make it 1-0. In the second half the 15 Girls carried on where they left off in the first period on the attack with first Anna Gifford and then Mia Pinkham, Mathilda Finburgh all having efforts going just wide of the upright or being saved by the overworked Garston keeper. Finally, the second game to record a excellent 2-0 victory when Jess Simpson cut in from the right wing and curled a beautiful shot around the Garston keeper for the ball to strike the foot of the far post and in rebound out but there was MAZ HORNE-BATET racing in to hit the ball low into the bottom left corner for the Lady Saints second goal of the match. The visitors nearly pulled a goal when a shot beat keeper Sophie Veal but there on hand was Grace Barker-Roberts to make a spectacular goal-line clearance. The player of the match was awarded to Anna Gifford who was everywhere on the pitch in defence and attack. This win secures runners-up place in division 1.
Another team that had a busy week were the 13 Girls North as first they played a double header against Garston Ladies Tigers which saw them lose both matches 2-1 with Tatyana Barton scoring the first game and Esme Hume in the second. The player of the match for the matches were Esme Hume (1st game) and Ruby Tickner(2nd match).
In midweek the 13 Girls North were at home to Harvesters Girls and they took the lead with a fine finish from Keira Ward but by half time the scoreline was 2-2 with Esme Hume scoring the second goal for the 13 North. In the second half Harvesters scored two more goals to win the match 4-2 but the young Lady Saints made them fight all the way. The player of the match went Ruby Tickner who worked tirelessly throughout the whole of the match. The game saw match referee Josh Forster (15 EJA) have a brilliant game.
Away to AC Finchley Girls saw the 13 Girls South win 3-1 in their last league match of the season which sees them finish in third spot and scoring the goals were Rosie Littlechild with two and Caitlin Morley with one. The player of the match went to goalkeeper Lily Morrissey.
Following a beautiful display of football saw Scarlett Mills score two excellent goals for the 11 Girls North whilst Hannah Pope netted one. There was a joint player of the match and it went to midfielder Ruby Littlechild and striker Isla Evans.
Playing Ruislip Rangers Girls away were the 10 Girls and scoring goals for them was Scarlett Robb with a hat-trick whilst both Teagan Scarlett and Rebecca Smith scored one apiece. The player of the match was won by Rebecca Smith who worked hard up front and all other parts of the pitch as well.
There were plenty of goals in this match from both sides as the 9 Girls North played away to Bedwell Rangers Girls Phoenix and scoring goals for the North were Rachel Kincaid with five and Sophie McMahon and player of the match Chloe Freedman both found the back of the net as well.
Away to Evergreen saw the 9 Girls Central play out a 0-0 draw with Aoife Flanagan being named player of the match for the 9 Girls Central.
The 8 Girls played away to Harpenden Colts Girls Panthers in beautiful conditions and scoring a goal in the first half was Olivia Wood whilst Alexa Johnson hit the post. In the second half Matilda Flynn scored three goals whilst there was some impressive defending from Jessica Reeve with great contributions from every player for the last league of the season. Next, we move onto a busy tournament season and then a short break whilst there was a joint player of the match and it went Jessica Reeve and Matilda Flynn.
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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 29th April 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
Despite man of the match Cain Joseph scoring a fantastic hat-trick for the 18 East in the Red Division against their away opponents Hadley Wood & Wingate Eagles but by the final whistle the home team had rattled eight goals themselves to win 8-3.
The 18 North played a double header against Oxhey United and in the first saw the North win 7-1 with a hat-trick from Matt Breeze plus singles from Harry Watts, Rob McKee, Ben Dimmock and Jack Hughes. In the next game the North scored nine goals to win 9-2 with Jack Hughes scoring a hat-trick this time whilst both Matt Breeze and Rob McKee scored a brace apiece. The other scorers Ben Dimmock and Harrison Gates whilst for both matches the man of the match went to the rock of the team defender Ben Dimmock.
It must be double header weekend as the 18 Orient played Harpenden Colts Tigers and in the two matches with them saw them draw the first one 1-1 with Matthew Nash scoring the goal whilst in the second match Harpenden stepped it up as they needed three points to finish in second place in division 3 of the WHYL and so they went on to win 7-0. The man of the match for the North was awarded to defender Noah Charsley-Smith and this was the last game of the season for the North.
The 16 East were away to AC Finchley North in a White division league fixture in the WFL and they were in goal scoring form to win 6-1 with goals from Ben Adshead, Ben Spencer Harry Peter and Hayden Tominey-Smith. Also finding the back of the net for the East was George Fennel with two spectacular 35-yard strikes which earned him man of the match.
At home to Abbots Youth saw the 16 West score two goals with Aaron Peter and William Shepherd getting one each but this proved not enough as Abbots Youth scored three to win the game 3-2.
Also losing by the same scoreline were the 15 South as they played Croxley Green Black with the score being 2-2 at half time. Scoring for the South were George Monery and Lucca De Oliveria whilst there were good performances from Kai Henry-Smith and Anthony Graham.
The 15 Central played away at Everett Rovers and lost 2-0 despite the role of Callum Cornish in delivering a fine supply of passes from the left which the forwards up front just failed to connect with Ollie Gilmour working tireless in attack as the Central put Everett under pressure just before half time. The man of the match went to John McVeigh for his role in a solid back four whilst Joe Moss in goal had an exceptional game between the sticks. At the end of the match saw the Central go down 2-0 which also ends their hopes of finishing high up in the league.
On Wednesday evening the 15 Central were at home to Harpenden Colts Tornadoes and after only four minutes play they quickly found themselves 2-0 down but this hiccup did not deter them as they hit back to make it 2-2 which left their opponents arguing amongst themselves. The first goal for Central came about when Jack Percy hit a long ball forward for Matt Roome to run onto and knock the ball past the keeper and then tap it home into the unguarded net. Goal number two was very similar with that Callum Cornish played a high ball forward which Matt Roome once again got onto the end of but this time he headed the ball past the Harpenden keeper whereupon he applied the final touch by rolling the ball once again into the empty net. In the space of 15 seconds following a corner kick both Matt Roome and Josh Penning had efforts cleared off the line and also the Central keeper mighty Joe Moss pulled off a string of fine saves during the first half to stop Harpenden from regaining the lead. In the second period with play switching from end to end it was Harpenden who snatched the winning goal to win the game 3-2 and this win now takes them to first spot in the WHYL division 1. The man of the match for Central was of course Matt Roome for his two goals plus for his tireless running up front.
Although the 15 Orient created chances it was the clinical finishing of their opponents Croxley Green White which saw them just edge it with a 2-1 away win with Joe McCarthy scoring the only goal for the Orient team.
The 14 East Blue were away to Harvesters East in the green division of the WFL and it was the host who took the lead with a excellent free kick but the East Blue quickly hit back when a free kick from Brandon Trainis hit the far post but there was Sammy Gosine to apply the finishing touch from close range to make it 1-1. Just before half time the East Blue took the lead when a quick throw-in from Jack Jacobs found Brandon Trainis who hit a cracking shot into the far corner of the net. In the second period the young made the final score 3-1 when Brandon Trainis setup Tom Merritt to fire home goal number three.
The 14 North playing away to Croxley Green Black lost 2-0 despite creating lots of chances which they failed to take with the opponent’s keeper making save after save to thwart them and as manager Allison Curran said after the match " we just could not buy a goal". The man of the match was given to Daniel Curran who created lots of chances with some great balls into the box from the left wing.
At home to Watford Youth Sports were the 14 Boreal and at half time they found themselves 2-0 down with Jack Clark making a vital goal line clearance whilst at the other end Tom Randall saw his close-range header cleared of the line. In the second half Jack O'Rahilly pulled a goal back and although Boreal pressed hard they just could not get that equalising goal and so the score remained at 2-1 to Watford. The man of the match went to goalkeeper Ralf Murray whilst for Watford Youth Sports saw them well supported by two gorgeous Mums Tina and Caroline (they told me to put them in my match report).
In the Spring Cup saw the 14 East Yellow go down heavily away to FC 66 with Adam Bendahman scoring the consolation goal for 14 East Yellow.
Away in division 2 of the WHYL saw the 14 South ensured the a 2nd place finish and promotion with a comfortable 6-0 win with two goals from Tyler Channer and one from Ryan Solly put the South in command at half time. In the second half the South made the match more one sided as Tyler Channer added another goal to complete his hat-trick whilst captain and man of the match Nicholas Casey moved up front scored two late goals to wrap the scoreline up.
The 13 East were playing the league leaders AFC Oaklands at home and goals from Wes Mudziviri and Harry Dawe put the East 2-1 up at half time but in the second half AFC Oaklands came out determined not to lose their unbeaten record and went on to win by four goals to two. Scoring for AFC Oaklands were Alfie Chambers, Oliver Harvey, Neill Kainiell and the goal of the match was struck home from 35 yards by the smallest player on the pitch Bobby Lloyd which flew into the back of the net like a rocket. The man of the match for the East went to Central midfielder George Wilson. AFC Oaklands sit in first spot on 44 points with a 48-goal difference.
Away in division 4 of the WHYL saw the 13 South play Nascot Wood Rangers and they South went onto win 3-1 with goals from Alfie Parkins, Aaron Ready and Oliver Wynne with Aaron Ready picking up the man of the match title.
The 12 Victoria played a double header against Evergreen Rovers Wolves which saw them lose 1-0 in the first game and 3-0 in the second match. The man of the match for the first game went Martin Flore whilst the man of the match for the second game went to Victor Nicolas.
In a great advert for grass root football saw the 12 West draw 0-0 away to Nascot Wood Rangers Hawks with Charlie Clark being named as man of the match after having a great game up front where alas he was not rewarded with any goals but for want of trying.
The 11 Orient played some lovely passing football against Chorleywood Harriers and were rewarded with a goal from Bertie Postema after he combined well with Antonio Desiderio. There was a joint player of the match and it went to Bertie Postema and Antonio Desiderio.
At home to Harpenden Colts Lions were the 11 South and scoring goals for them were Josh Smith and Sam Estell who nearly added a second to his tally, but his lob went just past the far post. The man of the match went centre back James Beasley.
Playing a friendly away at Watford Town Youth saw Harry Pearce strike four goals for the 11 Central whilst Stephen Tchoudi struck a hat-trick. Other goalscorers for Central were Frankie Fitzgerald 2, Jake Lee 2, Ollie Porter, Josh White and Joseph Golding whilst Oliver Chisholm was named as man of the match.
Away at Hertford Town Lions were the 11 Romans and scoring a goal for them was Jack Reeves whilst Mr Versatile himself Sonny Phillips was named man of the match. This was a in the Maroon division of the Mid Herts Rural Minors League as are the next three teams that follow.
The 11 Saxons played away at Frontiers Youth Jaguars and in a high scoring match saw Jasper Button score two goals for the young Saints with Cristian Harvey and Finlay Murphy both scoring one goal each.
Two goals from Dewayne Mitchell and two goals from Zevik Cowell were the scorers for the 11 Spartans in their away match against Stevenage Borough Juniors Revolution.
Playing their last game of the season were the 11 Dragons at home to Wormley Rovers Youth Greys and giving an excellent display in midfield was Joshua Francios whilst Mickey Napier netted two goals and Dylan Norman one.
Away in the Red Division in the MHRM League were the 11 Arrows and they were playing Knebworth Youth Lions Oranges and scoring one goal apiece were Cathal Gleeson, Ben Turnbull and Callum Howells. The man of the match was awarded to defender Luke Collins who is always reliable in the back line.
In the Yellow division of the MHRM League saw the 10 South play their fellow club mates the 10 Central and scoring goals in this match were Jayden Nevers-Wright, Jake Allen and Harrison Smith. The man of the match was awarded to Jake Allen of the 10 South.
In another inter-club match saw the 10 Orient play the 10 East in a Purple division match in what was a fantastic match from both side and there were also plenty of goals and they were scored by Alfie Long, Lucas Curley, Leon Rainey, Samuel Philpot and Anton Riddell. The man of the match went to Danny Quinn of the 10 East.
At home to Potters Bar Crusaders Raiders were the 8 North and, in this game, both sides scored a few goals each with Sam McCree scoring a hat-trick whilst Will Anfield popped up with a brace.
Fin Seabrook scored a fine goal for the 8 South following a excellent team display at home to Frontiers Youth Panthers.
The 8 West took part in a brilliant match which contained plenty of goals from both team and their opponents were Parsloe Athletic Clarets. Scoring for the West were Paolo Iacobucci 4, Josh Green 2, Bertie Bachmann and Benjamin Coupland whilst Luka Seagrave won the man of the match title.
Nathaniel Parsons and Billy Stone got the goals for the 8 Orient's final game of the season and they were playing away to Bengeo Tigers Javans.
Under 18 Girls - Division 2 Runners-up 2018
The 18 Girls finished off their youth career in style in their final league match of the season to finish runners-up in Division Two with a 12-2 away win over Flitwick Eagles. Scoring the goals was Emily Schofield with 5 which takes her tally for the season to 37 whilst Danielle Tyler scored 4 and her tally for the season is 15. Netting the other three goals were Melissa Godino, Mary Leach and Ellie Jenkins. Along with the other players already been mentioned manager Sarah Kropman would like to say thanks to all the other players in the team who beat Flitwick a big thank you and good luck to you in the future and they are Lucy Abbott, Zoe Thomas, Shauna Smith, Nicola Gosling, Kate Chamberlain, Isabelle Poole, Ellen Fox, Abbi Minot and Abby Durrant.
Away to the Harpenden Colts Girls Chameleons were the 17 Girls and they won 3-1 with goals from Hannah Cowell, Anna Fuller and Jessica Leigh whilst defender Phoebe Skinner who was in top class form was named player of the match.
At half time the 16 Girls South were leading 2-1 away against Hoddesdon Town Girls Owls and after scoring two more goals in the second half saw the South go on to win 4-2. The whole team was voted Player of the Match for their brilliant performance they gave during the full ninety minutes whilst getting on the score sheet was Claudia Scrimgeour with 2 whilst both Olivia Chrisp and Melissa Trulock scored one goal each.
Playing two matches over the weekend were the 13 Girls South and in the first game saw them lose 4-0 to Bedwell Rangers Hawks with the versatile midfielder Gabrielle Templeman being named Girl of the Match. In their next saw play them play away to the league champions who remain unbeaten in the league and although the 13 Girls South kept it close in the first half going in at the break 2-1 down but in the second period the hosts turned it on to finally win 5-1. Scoring for the South was Rosie Littlechild with the engine of the midfield Natasha Soll who never stops running being named Girl of the Match.
The 12 Girls South were away to Potters Bar Raiders Crusaders and by the final whistle had gone down 2-0 with a goal being scored in each half with winger Grace MacMurray who put in a lot of effort down both flanks being named player of the match.
The 12 Girls North played two lots of double headers matches the first on Saturday where they lost 4-0 and 5-0 respectively to Hoddesdon Town Owls Eagles and then on Tuesday evening they down by the same scoreline 2-0 in both matches against Potters Bar Crusaders Blues. Come on Birgir we need info says Tezza.
Good link up play between Anna Cox, Stella Ekblad-Piscitelli and Elisa Hebblethwaite helped to setup Purdy Brooks for a well taken goal against Bedwell Rangers Lionesses for the 11 Girls South whilst the rampaging midfielder Florence Tatlock was named player of the match. Also having excellent games were Amelia(Boudicca) Onyems and Erin Mill who made some good clearances during the match.
The 11 Girls North were away to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies and being named player of the match was Emilie Hicks who as more energy than a dynamo as she covers every blade grass on the pitch.
At home to Evergreen Girls Youth Eagles were the 10 Girls and scoring goal each for them were Teagan Scarlett and Scarlett Robb whilst Alessia Cipolla picked up a well-earned player of the match award.
Lucy Hosty and Enya Brewster scored a goal apiece for the 9 Girls Central in their game with Denham United Ladies with Alais Bell being player of the match after having a good in defence.
At home to Garston Ladies Wildcats were the 8 Girls and they turned in a standout performance from all they team with four goals from joint player of the match Demi Hall with the other scorers being were Sacha Davies 2, Charlotte Luckhurst and Jasmine Mercer. The other joint player of the match was awarded to Jessica Reeve.
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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 22nd April 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
The 18 East lost 2-1 at home to Croxley Green Black with Cain Joseph scoring the goal for the East whilst Ollie Hann picked up the man of the match award.
Playing Bovingdon Panthers in a double header were the 18 North and in the first game saw them lose 3-1 with Matt Breeze scoring the goal whilst in the second match saw Archie Hall and Jack Hughes scoring a goal apiece but it still was not enough as they finally lost that game 3-2 to late winner.
Despite having only ten players the 18 Orient battled away against a strong Evergreen team who had the full eleven plus subs and it was only midway through the second half that the hot weather took its toll as the 18 Orient finally ran out of steam and conceded a few more goals to eventually lose 9-5. Man of the match Kwame Youri struck four goals for the Saints whilst Kai Takahashi scored the fifth goal.
SUNDAY APRIL 22nd HERTS COUNTY CUP FINAL.
ST ALBANS CITY 16 EJA 2 WARE YOUTH EJA 3 (after extra time)
Saints U16s EJA went in to their biggest game of the season on Sunday against a talented Ware academy as slight underdog. However, the coaches had prepared the team well over the week and the players all knew the game plan to press Ware high up the pitch. Saints started the quicker moving the ball around confidently, however after four minutes following a slick move in midfield Ware had the Saints defenders on the turn they found one of their midfielders on the edge of the box who finished superbly with a shot into the corner giving Saints keeper Sam Galatis no chance to take a 1-0 lead.
Both sides then settled playing quick fast-moving passes, Saints began to look dangerous and after a great pass from midfield Saints striker Billy Owen beat Wares centre half hitting a low shot just wide of the post. With 22 minutes gone Sam Galatis fed right back Jarvis Wilkins who in turn found Billy Owen who had come short, Owen turned the ball around the corner to James Lawrence who threaded a through ball back to Owen splitting Ware's centre Half and left back, BILLY OWEN ran on to the pass and coolly finished into the corner to draw level. Both sides continued to attack each other however the score remained 1-1 at halftime.
After a positive team talk Saints came out with the message more of the same. The game settled in to the same rhythm as the first half with excellent football being played by both sides. With 50 mins gone St Albans won a corner, Ryan Orde delivered to the far post for BILLY OWEN to head the Saints back in front. Following the goal Ware upped their game looking for an equaliser, Sam Galatis was the busiest of the keepers pulling off a string of top class saves and centre half Dan Banerjee keeping Ware at bay with two goal line clearances. However, as the Ware pressure built their left midfield player beat 3 Saints challenges before slotting through to the Ware's striker who coolly finished to draw Ware level. Both sides tried to find the winner however full time ended 2-2.
Both sides continued to create chances in the first 10 minutes of extra time with Saints going close from a long-range effort from Billy Owen narrowly going over and a Ryan Orde free kick again just going over the bar. The first half of extra time ending with no goals. Ware started the second period the better as Saints looked to be tiring however continuing to defend resolutely with the game looking like it would go to penalties, however with 3 mins to go Saints right back slipped in our penalty area near the bye line the Ware attacker got the ball and pulled back for a neat left foot finish and for Ware to go 3-2 up. This brought Saints back to life who attacked straight from the kick off and won a free kick 35 yards out. Ryan Orde sent in a telling delivery for Dan Banerjee to head inches wide. With only seconds remaining Saints went on another attack and found Billy Owen on the edge of the box he beat two defenders who then appeared to bring him down for a huge penalty appeal, the referee looked like he would give it looked at his assistant and then waived play on. Then the final whistle the young Saints had given there all but came up just short. The standard of football displayed by both teams was a great advert for EJA and youth football, congratulations to Ware Academy County Cup Champions for the second year in a row.
The 16 East played the joint league leaders of the White division Enfield Town Youth White who sit at the top on 39 points sharing with Harvesters South whilst the East are in third spot on 33 points and after a very close match saw Enfield just edge it by winning by three goals to two. Scoring for the young Saints were Ben Spencer and Ben Adshead with defender Harry Peter being named man of the match.
William Shepherd scored two goals for the 16 West in their 6-3 defeat away Aston Clinton Colts with James Knapp scoring the third goal.
CHESHUNT FC 15 EJA 3 ST ALBANS CITY FC 15 EJA 2. EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE MONDAY 23rd APRIL.
The Saints 15 EJA were away to Cheshunt EJA in a vital league match and despite a 2-0 lead at half time the home hit back in the second period to run-out 3-2 winners. The Saints were on fire right from the start and Josh Forster had a header that whizzed past the far post by only couple of inches and then a curling corner kick from Joe Vance out on the right nearly crept in under the bar, but the Cheshunt keeper pulled off a good save to stop the ball going over the line. Next Joe Vance tried a low drive out on the left which was deflected just past the far post for a corner.
At last the Saints EJA took the lead when a Joe Vance free kick curled into the box saw BENNY STACEY head the ball home to make the score 1-0. It was soon nearly 2-0 when Josh Forster setup Joe Vance but his close-range effort was blocked, and the ball rebounded back to Josh Forster who saw his cheeky back heel strike the foot of the near post and rebound back out.
The young Saints then went 2-0 up when from another great ball into the box from Joe Vance saw JACK McShane rise up to send a powerful header into the back of the net for a fantastic finish for goal number two.
Just before half time the Saints hit the woodwork again and this time it came about after a Forster effort was blocked and Benny Stacey saw his follow up shot hit the foot of the far post and rebound out and the ball was quickly pounced on by the Cheshunt keeper.
In the second half saw Cheshunt reorganize themselves and attacked from the off and hit back to win the match 3-2 with two goals from Ted Dunn and one from Joshua Asiedu. Although the young Saints went close with a couple of efforts from Josh Forster both of which were well placed headers which were well saved by the Cheshunt keeper, but the Saints could not get that equaliser.
Following a very close and tight game at home to Hampstead FC Stags saw the 15 South move up into third place in the Red division with a 3-2 win with two goals from Adam Robinson plus one from Tom Dodd.
The 15 Central away to Little Gaddesden were leading at half time 3-0 with two goals from Ollie Gilmour and one from Callum Cornish but in the second period the home team pinned the Central back in their own half and scored two goals but in a tense match in the hot conditions Central hung on to take all three points with a 3-2 win. The man of the match went to Elliot Smith who worked hard across the back line to keep the opponents at bay.
Playing a second match in midweek at home against Watford Youth Sports Red saw the 15 Central concede a goal after a minute but two minutes later it was 1-1 with a finish from Ollie Gilmour and they had plenty of chances to take the lead, but they just could not find the back of the. Daniel Onochie-Williams had two efforts disallowed one in each half after very tight decisions being given for offside (we all need the VAR) and then late in the game Watford snatched a winner to win the game 2-1. The man of the match went to Ben Sommerbauer who did not stop working in the midfield throughout the whole of the game.
Away to Bushey & Oxhey Lions were the 15 North and after a very close tight game saw the hosts just edge it by winning by two goals to one with Ollie Ring scoring a cracker for the North.
In the Green Division of the WFL see the 14 North remain in third place despite a 2-1 home win over Harvesters East with goals from Ryan Corcoran and Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy which takes his goal tally to 27 for the season. The man of the match went goalkeeper Finlay Tetlow who produced a few fines saves during the match to make sure the North held onto those three points.
Also in the Green Division of the WFL were the 14 East Blue and they were playing a double header against Croxley Green Black and in the first saw them draw 0-0 but in the second match they picked up all three points with a 2-1 win with both goals being scored by Dan Gant. This now sees the East Blue sit at the top of the table on 38 points with 12 wins out of 15 matches and scoring 69 goals and conceding only 18. In second spot is Enfield Rangers on 28 points but they do have two games in hand, whilst scoring 23 goals for the season for East Blue is Brandon Trainis.
The 14 Boreal were at home to Sun Sports Yellow and they scored a goal in the first half through Tom Randall which proved to be the only goal of the match to seal a 1-0 victory. The man of the match went to the supporting attacking midfielder Sam Tillin.
The 14 South moved into pole position for the highly contested 2nd place with a hard-fought win against FC Hemel the team a point behind them. Tyler Channer scored a first half hat-trick to put the South in charge, but the lead could have been doubled. Hemel came back with two goals to make the score 3-2 but Tyler Channer added a fourth goal to restore a two-goal lead before FC Hemel scrambled home two goals following corner kicks to make the match all square at 4-4 with ten minutes to go. Then the South scored a fifth goal with a calm finish from Tyler Channer for his 5th goal of the match for the South to take all the points with a well-deserved win with the final score being 5-4. The man of the match with what was a easy decision to make went to Tyler Channer who as now scored 32 goals in 16 matches.
In the Spring Cup saw the 14 East Yellow play Berkhamsted Raiders Orange at home and at the final whistle the match ended all square at 2-2 with Finlay Thomas and Krishten Cavaroee scoring the goals for the East Yellow whilst Mo Moutiq was named as man of the match.
The 13 North had a great 3-2 home win against second place Watford Youth Sports in the Red division of the WFL with North now on top with 32 points whilst Watford who are 2nd on 27 points. Making his 100th appearance for the North was Captain Ben Freestone who also scored two goals to help the North secure the win whilst Jamie Roper netted the third goal.
At home to Chorleywood Pumas in the Intermediate League Cup semi-final saw the 13 South lose 2-1 with Ollie Wynne scoring the South's goal with goalkeeper Dylan Gacek-Campos being named man of the match.
The 13 South bounced back after this defeat with a 4-1 away win over Cassiobury Rangers with 2 goals from Mackenzie Gibson plus singles from Ollie Wynn and Alfie Parkins with midfielder Finley Crumpton picking up the man of the match award after a hard-working display through the middle of the park.
In the Yellow Division of the WFL the League leaders the 12 South keep their unbeaten run after they beat Whetstone Wanderers Pumas 2-1 at home with goals from Mason Leigertwood and Joe Varney. Their record now is played 17, won 14 and drawn 3 with 72 goals scored and 21 conceded for a total 45 points with George Dalton being top of the goal scoring charts for the South on 30 goals.
The 12 Victoria played two matches in the division one of WHYL and they were both against Tring Tornadoes Titans in a space of couple of days and unfortunately saw Victoria lose both which means they now drop down to third spot in the league table. In the first game they lost 4-1 whilst in the second match they went down 6-2. Scoring the goals for 12 Victoria were Victor Nicolas one and Zak Davies with two whilst the man of the match went to Alex Strazza in the first game and Victor Nicolas in the second match.
In their last home game of the season saw the 12 West produce some great football along with their opponents Kings Langley Lions but it was the West who roared the loudest with a 5-2 victory. Scoring for the West were Lewyn Bullock, Jensen Dean, Freddie Penford, Cody Smith and Archie Connolly. The man of the match went to goalkeeper Oli Philpot who gave a great all-round display between the sticks.
Playing Harpenden Colts Harriers were the 12 Orient and they rounded up their league season with a great 4-3 victory with two goals from George Rattle plus one apiece from Callum Crowther and George Ilari.
The 12 Boreal played Echoes Amber in round one of the Spring Cup and after conceding an early goal they hit back to win 6-2 with Carlos Johnson scoring a brilliant hat-trick. The other goals were scored by Alex La Placa, Josh Golding and Charlie Gunthardt with the man of the match going to the whole team!
In a double header saw the 12 Central play Harpenden Colts Mustangs and in the first game saw them win 2-0 with goals from Charl Mason and Angus Twidell whilst Akere Ngu was named man of the match. In the second match they romped to a 5-2 victory with man of the match Matt Penfold scoring four great goals which now takes his tally to 18 for the season. The fifth goal for the Central was struck home by Max McAuliffe. The 12 Central lead the Division 6 table on 35 points having won 11 matches and drawing 2 out of the 13 games played and they are 9 points clear of Everett Rovers Blue with a game in hand.
Their was a thrilling El Classico match on a bobbly pitch at Highfield Park between the 11 South and the 11 Orient with a brilliant run and a cool finish from Alex Hails for the Orient team. Also scoring two goals for Orient was man of the match Ollie Jay with the whole team playing some lovely passing football. For the South team saw Owen Weaver score one goal as did Josh Smith with a long range effort whilst Sam Estell popped up with two goals the first one was header whilst the other was a shot from inside the box. The match was a real credit to both STACY teams and also to all the boys from both squads in this Red division league match.
The 11 West played a friendly at home to Berkhamstead Raiders White with Rory Graham getting on the scoresheet for the 11 West whilst the man of the match was awarded to the hard working Josh Ladyman.
Also playing a friendly match at home were the 11 Central and their opponents were Harpenden Colts Leopards with Jack Creagh and joint man of the match Oliver Ward getting amongst the goals whilst the other joint man of the match went Oliver Chisholm.
The 11 East were at home to Letchworth Garden City Eagles Black and scoring a goal for the East was Tom Jennings with a stunning free kick whilst the man of the match went to Sean Gallagher who was simply devastating in defence.
In the Red division of the MHRM League saw the 11 Arrows play Welwyn Garden City Hurricanes at home and scoring two goals for the Arrows was their man of the match James Dodd.
Man of the match Dylan Norman scored a goal for the 11 Dragons in their away match with Hertford Town Lions in the Maroon division of the MHRM League.
At home to Watton Youth were the 11 Saxons also in a Maroon league fixture and scoring a few goals was Jasper Button with two whilst Finlay Murphy, Albie Tidd and Luca Callegari all scored one apiece.
Playing the nice sounding name of Ware Rangers Flamengo were the 11 Romans and scoring a goal for them was Jack Reeves.
The 10 Centurions played Welwyn Garden City Tornadoes at home and during the match saw Nikhil Patel score two goals whilst Jayden Nevers-Wright nipped in with one.
In a Yellow division match saw the 10 South take on Hoddesdon Town Reds at home and scoring one goal each were Jacob Thomas and man of the match Micah Onwuemenia.
The 9 Romans continue to march forward in their last league match in the Blue division as they played with Max Ramsey scoring a fine hat-trick. Scoring one goal each were Ross Hayden, Alex Matchett and Hari Boodhun with Elliot Campbell picking up the man of the match title.
Away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Cougars were the 9 Central and scoring two goals was James Cox and whilst Eddie Hearn and Hamish Craigmyle scored one goal each.
The 9 East were playing Broxbourne United Oranges at home and the boys from both teams found it a bit difficult to play in the heat and there were chances at both ends of the pitch. Both keepers were in top form with David Spears being named the Star Man with his consistent and dependable play in goal and in the outfield.
At home to Hertford Town Stags were the 9 South and it was a very entertaining game with goals for the 9 South being scored by Charlie Morris, Tommy Gow plus one from man of the match Alfie Reed.
The 18 Girls played two home matches in four days and in the first game saw them beat Harpenden Colts Girls Chameleons 5-0 after they had led 3-0 at the break. Scoring the goals were Emily Schofield with a brilliant hat-trick and then came Shauna Smith and Danielle Tyler both with one goal each. Rounding up the excellent display from the whole team was Zoe Thomas who was voted player of the match after giving a super performance in the midfield.
In their match saw the 18 Girls take on their fellow club mates the 17 Girls and it was a very close game with score at half time being 2-1 to the 18 Girls. In the second half both teams scored two goals each but it was the 18 Girls who held on to win 4-3 and this win now sees them secure second spot in the table Scoring for the 18 Girls was Emily Schofield with yet another three goals whilst Shauna Smith popped up with the goal of the season with a beautiful looping strike from the just outside the edge of the box. The player of the match was won by Kate Chamberlain who was just superb at centre back throughout the whole 90 minutes. Scoring the goals for the 17 Girls were Sophie Hegerty with two goals whilst Jessica Leigh got one.
The STACY15 Girls were away to the 15 St Albans Ladies and following two great strikes from Mia Pinkham saw the STACY15 Girls go on to win 5-0. Scoring the other goals were Katie Holder, Katie Weaver and Mathilda Finburgh whilst the player of the match went to the attacking midfielder Sam Farrer.
Playing a double header against B.S.C.FC Girls it sounds like the Big Friendly Giant but it really means is Bishops Stortford C FC were the 14 Girls North and in the first game saw them lose 2-0 with defender Francesca Bradley being named as player of the match. In the next game saw the 14 Girls eventually go down 4-1 after they had been losing 1-0 at half time. Scoring a goal for the Zoe Cowan who also was named player of the match for the 14 Girls.
At home to Watford Ladies Harts were the 13 Girls South and after a very close match saw the visitors snatch a very late winner to win the game 3-2 which now sees Watford as division champions. The 13 Girls South played very well against their strong opponents and it was only that late goal which saw them robbed of a point. Scoring for the South was Rosie Littlechild with two fine goals whilst goalkeeper Lily Morrissey was named girl of the match.
The 12 Girls North were away to Bury Rangers Youth Girls and at half time they led 1-0 with a goal from Blaze Wilding and in the second period Blaze Wilding scored two goals more to complete her hat-trick and also give the North a 3-0 win. The player of the match went of course to Blaze Wilding whose powerful shots were just too strong for the Bury keeper.
It was a inter club match next when in division 3 of the Herts Girls Partnership saw the 12 Girls South play against the 12 Girls North and it was the South who came out on top with a 4-1 victory with two goals from Maisie Humphreys plus two goals from their player of the match Mia Simmonds. Scoring for the North was Danford Thisbe whilst Mila Skipic picked up the player of the match for them.
The 11 Girls South found Tottenham Hotspur Ladies just to strong for them as they went down 5-0 away and there was a joint player of the match and it went to the hard-working duo of Alicia Moss and Erin Mill.
Playing Pro Direct Academy BXB Black were the 10 Girls North and they put in a excellent performance with the whole team getting player of the match. Scoring a goal apiece for the North Girls were Emily Edgecombe, Scarlett Robb and Thegan Scarlett.
Striking defender Alicia Gibson was named as player of the match for the 9 Girls in their away match with Chorleywood Common Youth Lions.
At home to Watton Youth 8'Girls were the STACY 8 Girls and scoring goals for the Lady Saints were Sacha Davies with four, Demi Hall 2 and Jessica Reeve with one. There was a joint player of the match and it awarded to Charlotte Luckhurst and Siena Sahota.