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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 8th April 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
The 18 East who were at home to Harvesters East in the semi-final of the Watford Friendly League saw them reach their third final in 3 seasons with a fine 3-1 win over their opponents. Gio Basile scored two of the goals whilst Joe Stockwell with a cool finish from just outside the box sealed the victory and sent the boys into the final. The man of match was awarded to Jack Stern.
The Saints U16s EJA played away at Newport Pagnell on Sunday and the Saints knew this would be a tough game following a close draw there earlier on in the season.
On a heavy pitch Newport Pagnell started the more positive creating 4 good chances in the first 15 minutes. The Saints then came into the game finding space in midfield moving the ball quickly with the front 3 pressing high. The deadlock was broken on 30 mins when a great through ball saw the Newport Pagnell keeper come rushing out of his box to clear the ball but Brad Simm closed him down quickly blocking the clearance before controlling the ball and curling it into the net from 25 yards. The remainder of the half saw some good football from both sides, but the Saints kept their lead.
Saints started the second half on the front foot defending resolutely and moving the ball quickly through the thirds creating chances however unable to secure the second goal. With 10 minutes to go Newport Pagnell made several changes as they pressed for an equaliser, and we're unlucky seeing the Saints centre half Jarvis Wilkins making 3 goal line clearances. Newport Pagnell then thought they had equalised following a slick move through the middle which found their centre forward and he hit a low shot towards the bottom corner only to be thwarted by a fine first save from Saints keeper Sam Galatis who then pulled off an unbelievable double save from the rebounds. The Saints then came very close to a second goal following quick counter attack down the right saw Jamie Armstrong supply a cross to the far post which Ryan Orde just failed to convert. With 2 minutes to go the Saints attacked down the left, Billy Owen received the ball in the penalty area beat two defenders before shooting which the Newport Pagnell keeper could only parry into the path of Max Hodgson who slotted home from 3 yards out. Saints saw out the remaining few minutes for a 2 - 0 victory with MOM going to Chris Rowe for an excellent midfield display.
The 16 East lost 5-0 away to Harvesters South and being named man of the match for the East went to goalkeeper Luca Kershaw.
Also going down to a few goals was the 16 West who lost 7-0 away to Park Street Village and no further info was sent in.
In the West Herts Youth League Division 1 saw the 15 Central race into a 3-0 lead after eleven minutes at home to Kings Langley Lions and five minutes later it became 5-0 at which point the game was won. A very solid defensive display which was organised by captain Rob Brown who helped to subdue any Kings Langley attacks. Going forward saw Matt Roome and Calum Cornish causing problems out wide whilst Ollie Gilmour played with speed through the middle so all 3 proved too strong for the Lions which resulted in a 11-0 win for Central. Man of the match Ollie Gilmour scored four goals whilst Calum Cornish hit a hat-trick with Daniel Onochie- Williams netting a brace and then came Matt Roome and Matty Bleakey scoring one goal apiece to wrap-up the scoreline.
ST ALBANS CITY FC 15 EJA 3 WARE 15 EJA 3.
Well if you were a neutral supporter this is this the game to watch but if you supported either it was nerve racking as play switched from end to end with both teams creating plenty of chances.
Earlier on for the young Saints saw Josh Forster burst into the box from the left and his low shot was blocked and then Forster sent Jack McShane clear with a neat through ball but McShane's effort brushed the outside of the far post with the ball at least taking a flake of paint off as went past with the Ware keeper rooted to his line.
For the Saints saw Billy Thomson their keeper brought into the action next when he pulled off a great save following a well taken free kick by Solomon James. Then for the home side saw Joe Vance curl in a well flighted free kick which saw Jack McShane's firm header saved whilst for Ware that man Solomon James again went close but this time his effort went just over the crossbar.
Well a goal had to come and it was who got the break through with a quick break down the left whereupon the ball was swept across the box and racing in at the far post was Tommy SHEPHERD who scored with a close range effort.
The young Saints quickly struck back when JOSH FORSTER from 25 yards struck a beautiful curling shot into the top right hand corner to make it 1-1. Forster nearly added to the scoreline when he broke clear into the box only to see the Ware keeper block his low drive with his legs and then Forster was in action again this time only to see his rising shot brush the top of the crossbar as it went over right on the stroke of half time.
The second half was only a few minutes old when Ware retook the lead when Reece CROWTHER waltzed past three defenders and fired a fine shot over Billy Thomson to make it 2-1. Tommy Shepherd then hit a fantastic shot which saw the Saints keeper equal to as he pulled off a great save by tipping the ball around his near post.
Billy Thomson then had a hand in the Saints equaliser when following his long drop kick forward which was helped on its way to the feet of JOSH FORSTER who pushed the ball passed the advancing Ware keeper whereupon FORSTER from a couple of yards out rolled the ball into the unguarded net to make it 2-2.
Soon it was 3-2 to the Saints 15 EJA when out on the left wing saw Harry Brady win the ball and he crossed it low right across the box for the nippy JOE VANCE to race in at the back post and sweep the ball home(Saints supporters going wild at this stage).
Ware though were not going to let this go and James Shepherd went very close but once again Billy Thomson was equal to it and made yet another fine save. Ware though did snatch an equaliser to make the final score 3-3 when a corner kick found Tommy Shepherd at far post whereupon he drilled the ball low past Thomson.
For the Saints Forster, McShane and Brady all went close whilst for the visitors saw Brian Pinto free kick tipped around the far post following yet another great save from my man of the match Billy Thomson. Tommy Shepherd nearly added to the score when he chipped the ball over the advancing Thomson and as the ball raced towards the goal in rushed Kyle Rahoo to make a vital goal-line clearance and keep the score at 3-3.
The Saints 15 EJA now sit at the top of the EJA Herts league table on 38 points and they are 2 points clear of second place Potters Bar.
The 14 Boreal were away to Watford Youth Sports and following a exciting match in which seven goals were scored eventually saw Boreal come out on top by winning by four goals to three. Scoring the goals for Boreal were Oscar Evans, Jason Murphy, Jack O'Rahilly plus one for man of the match Mark Lake.
Playing a double header were the 13 North and their opponents were Boreham Wood Knights and in the first match saw the North win 2-0 with a goal from Ben Freestone in the first half and one from Perez Waterberg in the second period. In the second match saw the North take a 4-0 lead into the break with goals from Elliot Johnson, Tom Pinkham, Perez Waterberg and Ben Freestone. Joseph Beardon added a fifth goal in the second half for the North to run-out 5-0 winners and this saw them take all six points and now they sit top of the Red Division of the WFL.
The 12 Central who were playing Bedmond Youth away found themselves up against it with their opponents having 3 players more than them (Damm these school trips) but Central dug deep and with an amazing effort eventually ran-out 1-0 winners. Scoring the only goal of the match was Oli Taylor whilst the match of the match went to Akere Ngu who certainly gives it 110%.
The 12 West looked like they had eaten to much chocolate over Easter as the home team Hemel Echoes scored three goals to take a 3-0 lead at the break. In the second half produced a more recognisable performance with man of the match Lewy Bullock pulling one back from the penalty spot. Next Charlie Clark added another to make it 3-2 and with this being a must win league game a defender was sacrificed for a forward but somehow the shooting boots must have been left at home as Hemel scored 2 more goals to win the game 5-2.
Carlos Johnson scored the only goal for the 12 Boreal as they lost 6-1 at home to Chorleywood with Jackson McArthur who had a fine game at right back and then when he was switched to the right midfield saw him being named man of the match.
The 11 Arrows played a friendly against AFC Walken Whites and it was an entertaining game which finally ended all square at 4-4. Man of the match Joe Clinton scored two goals with both Thomas Maher and Ben Pearman scoring one each.
The 11 West were at home to Evergreen and scoring for the West were Kai Stevens and man of the match Tommy (Ian Junior) Morgan with both goals being scored from inside the box with some neat finishing.
Man of the match Arthur Rennie-Sivell was in fine form when struck four goals for the 10 East in their home match against Stevenage Borough Junior Blacks. Also scoring were Danny Quinn, Ben Wigmore, Max Pearson and Arthur Vessey who all scored one apiece.
The 10 South in the Yellow Division of the MHRM League played Ware Whites away and scoring a goal apiece for the South were Micah Onwuemena, Theo Price and Jacob Thomas who was also named man of the match.
At home to Ware Youth Blues saw man of the match Chris Datubo score one goal for the 10 North in the first half.
At home to Pro Direct Academy White were the 9 East and scoring three goals for the young Saints was their star player Leo Hooper-Walters with a couple of them being sizzling free kicks. This was a excellent performance from the whole team, Nikhil Jagota, David Spears, Brian Baum, Ricky Roberts, Will John and Gabriel Odumlami.
Max Ramsey scored a fine goal for the 9 Romans in their away game with Broxbourne Utd Green with Matthew Ellis picking up the man of the match award.
There were plenty of goals for both sides in the match between the 8 East and Bushey Rangers and once again Junior Mitchell was in fine form as he struck five goals and he was well supported by Ollie Lee who hit four. The man of the match was awarded to Thomas Bridge who linked up well with midfield and the attack.
At home to Sumners Youth were the 8 North and getting on the scoresheet for them after a fine team display was man of the match Will Anfield with 2 whilst Noah Fox and Sam McCree both scored one each whilst there was also one own goal.
For the 8 West saw Paolo Lacobucci and Cory Featherstone score a goal each for them in their away match with Ware Youth.
St Albans City Youth – Girls
The 16 Girls were away to Garston Ladies Panthers and earlier in the match the 16 Girls South found themselves 1-0 down but they hit back quickly with Alice Benson equalising after a one on one with the keeper. The Lady Saints missed a few chances and then conceded two more goals to go in at the break 3-1 down. In the second period it became 5-1 before Lauren Walker struck with a lovely shot to pull a goal back but Garston scored another 3 goals to win 8-2. There was joint player of the match and it went to Emily Sibley for her first half performance whilst Alice Benson won it for her second half display.
The 15 Girls were way below full strength due to school holidays whilst their opponents Hendon were not, and their hosts certainly showed their top of the table form as they rattled in seven goals to win the match 7-1. Scoring the consolation goal for Lady Saints was Mia Pinkham whilst there were 3 joint players of the match and they were Anna Gifford, Maisie Grayland and Sophie Veal.
Leading 4-1 at half time were the 14 Girls North who were playing Bishops Stortford Girls at home and by the final whistle the Lady Saints had added another two to win 6-1. Scoring a hat-trick was Zoe Cowan whilst Mia Eyles popped up with a brace and then Nicole Plumb netted the sixth and final goal. The player of the match went to Nicole Foley who had a great game in the back four.
Away to Potters Bar Girls were the 12 Girls North and after a very tight game saw the home team snatch all three points with a late winner to win the match 3-2. Scoring both of the North's goals was the player of the match Danford Thisbe who really showed off her dribbling skills when scoring those two goals.
The 12 Girls South lost 4-0 away to Hoddesdon Owls with Beth Watson who had a fine in defence being named player of the match.
The Under 10s Girls took part in the Hertfordshire FA Youth Futsal Cup at Hertfordshire University:
Players in attendance were Emma Bracey, Emily Edgecombe, Vanessa and Alessia Cipolla, Esme Dickson, Teagan Scarlett and Rebecca Smith.
They Lost 1-0 to the winning team Hitchin and drew 3 (Berkhampsted failed to turn up so 3-0 win were awarded to each team)
Garston Jaguars 1-1 with Esme Dickson scored the goal
Garston Punma 1-1 and Rebecca Smith scored the goal.
Watford 0-0, And Hitchin lost 1-0
Lauren Viney struck the perfect hat-trick for the 9 Girls Central in their away match against Hemel Hempstead Girls and in doing so she was named player of the match.
Also playing away were the 9 Girls North and they were playing Hemel Girls Red and following a very close game saw Verity Lobina score two goals whilst Shea Fagan scored one. the player of the match was awarded to Thegan Atwell.
Olivia Wood, Demi Hall and Sacha Davies scored a goal apiece for the 8 Girls in their home match with Berkhamsted Raiders Girls whilst the save of the match came with Matilda Flynn making a brilliant diving save in the second half. The player of the match was awarded to Alexa Johnson who gave a commanding display in the midfield and defence. It was a very enjoyable game with both teams playing well.