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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 9th September 2018
EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9th SAINTS 18'S EJA 6 PETERBOROUGH SPORTS 18's EJA 4.
Playing their first E.J.A. League match saw the young Saints start slowly with them still showing the after effects of their F.A. Youth Cup defeat in midweek and it didn't help with their visitors Peterborough Sports taking the lead on 15 minutes. On 30 minutes new signings Nick Ralfe and Jonny Brown came off the bench and it was not long before they both combined to score the equalising goal. Nick Ralfe slipped the ball to JONNY BROWN who fired home to make the score 1-1 and very soon it was 2-1 to the Saints when following a neat build-up saw the Saints split open the Posh defence with Billy Owen setting up NICK RALFE to score with a neat finish from inside the box. Just before the break Peterborough broke away to make it 2-2 and then they scored another goal just after the break to take a 3-2 lead.
Although the young Saints were still not at their best they upped their game and hit back to make it 3-3 with NICK RALFE scoring from the penalty spot after the same player had been brought down in the box and following yet another slick move saw Jarvis Wilkins set-up RYAN ORDE who duly despatched the ball into the bottom left hand corner to make it 4-3 to the Saints
Posh hit back though when after yet another quick break saw them beat both the Saints centre-half's to take the score now to 4-4.
The young Saints now pushed forward in search of the winner and they retook the lead when Billy Owen found man of the match NATHAN HOSSEN who curled in a brilliant low right foot finish just inside the left hand post for the score to become 5-4.
With 10 minutes to go Thomas Geller was stretched off with a ankle injury following a late challenge and so he will be out for a few weeks.
With 2 minutes to Peterborough won a corner kick which saw their goalkeeper came up but the Saints won possession and Finn Murphy hit a long ball from his own half towards the Posh open goal but the ball didn't quite have enough legs but BILLY OWEN did as he raced forward to tap the ball into an empty net to make the final score 6-4 to the young Saints.
Goalkeeper Sam Galatis needs a good mention as he pulled off a string of superb saves whilst we all wish Thomas Geller a speedy recovery.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9th. SAINTS 16's EJA 2 BERKHAMSTED 16 EJA 2.
This was a match of if's and buts as the young Saints hit the woodwork 3 times in the second half with the home team's keeper beaten each time and also in the last few minutes they also had what looked like a perfect good goal disallowed.
Early in the first half saw Bradley Young and Taro Chitepo both go close whilst Benny Stacey had a good strike blocked by the Berko keeper Oliver Reading.
On 15 minutes the young Saints took the lead when JOE VANCE cutting into the box from the right after a through ball from Jack McShane sent a sizzling low shot into the far left hand corner to give them a 1-0 lead. On 33 minutes they went 2-0 up when JACK McSHANE drove home a resulting spot kick into the bottom right corner and in doing so he sent Oliver Reading the Berko keeper the wrong way, the penalty came about after McShane himself was brought down in the box.
Two minutes later Berkhamsted pulled a goal back when David Emilogu made a run down the left where he promptly squared the ball across to James FOLEY for a easy tap in.
In the second half Jack McShane had low 20 yard drive saved whilst Josh Forster struck the far post with a hooked shot following a Kyle Rahho free kick and then Forster had two efforts on goal well saved by Reading. For the home team both Sam Kelly and David Emilogu had good shots on target well held by the Saints keeper Adi Connelly but then Berkhamsted scored an equalising goal when James FOLEY burst clear and raced past Connelly to shoot the ball into an empty net to make it 2-2.
The young Saints tried to hit back quickly and they were very unluckly when following yet another Kyle Rahho free kick saw Josh Forster hit the near post this time with a header and then they hit the woodwork again when Joe Vance crossed the ball over from the right and Junior Musvaburi racing in on the far side of the box saw his powerful header struck the face of the crossbar and rebound out. Both Forster and McShane had shots saved by Oliver Reading but he was well beaten when Joe Vance crossed the ball over from the right and once again saw Junior Musvaburi come storming in at the back post and this time his powerful header ended up into the back of the net but instead of being the winning goal it was disallowed for offside, or was it!
So the Saints 16's EJA picked up just one point but it could have been more if it were not for the woodwork or the linesman flag.
The 16's EJA also played 5 Friendlies in their pre-season warm up and the first one saw them draw 1-1 away to Hornchurch on Sunday 19th August with JACK KELLY scoring the equalising goal for the Saints. In their next match which was at home Wingate & Finchley which resulted in a 3-0 victory on Wednesday 22nd with goals JAMIE WILLING, SEAN WALSH AND JOSH FORSTER. They then suffered a 3-1 defeat on Sunday 26th away to Cambridge with BRADLEY YOUNG netting their only goal of the match.
In their fourth game saw them play Takeley at home on Wednesday 29th August and now this was more like it with a 5-1 victory. Their were five different goalscorers and they were KYLE RAHHO, TYLER PARRITT, JACK McSHANE, JOE VANCE AND JACK KELLY. In their final match saw them travel to Bromley in Kent to play Bromley who have not lost in 47 matches but the young Saints had other ideas as they went onto win 1-0 with a goal from BRADLEY YOUNG.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9th BIGGLESWADE TOWN 14 EJA 1 SAINTS 14 EJA 2.
The Saints 14 EJA's started off their new season with superb 2-1 win away over Biggleswade Town EJA with goals from PEREZ WATERBERG AND TOM PINKHAM.
WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE
In the West Herts Youth League division 2 saw the 18 North play Park Street Village away and it proved to be a very close game which finally ended in a 2-2 draw with Matt Breeze and Jack Hughes scoring the two goals for the North whilst the man of the match went to Rob McKee.
George Rowland scored the only goal for the 18 West in their 5-1 defeat away to Hemel Aces Hornets in a division 3 league fixture.
The 18 Orient away to Chorleywood Thunder in division 4 showed some lightning moves going forward in their attacks and they stormed to a 8-1 victory. Hitting the back of the net for the Orient were Kai Takahashi 2, Joe Parkin 2, Zach Quinn 2, Nick Park and one from the man of the match Matt Nash.
At home to Aston Clinton Colts who were newly promoted from division 2 saw the visitors really go for it from the off but in the end the 16 Central held firm under Rob Brown's guidance at the back and Central took the lead when Matt Roome broke clear and after taking the ball around the keeper he calmly slotted it home to make it 1-0. Just before the break Aston Clinton scored an equaliser and then in the second half they went on to take a 2-1 lead. As the clock was running down Myles Donkin struck a delightful cross-field-pass to Callum Cornish whereupon he smashed a spectacularly shot into the back of the net to make the final score 2-2. Keeper Joe Moss made quite a few fine saves with the man of the match though going to the Captain Rob Brown who was such a kingpin in the defence.
The 16 East was missing their trusty goalkeeper who is out for a few weeks and the whole team gave a disjointed performance in their home match with Wheathampstead and so eventually they lost 5-1. James Barwick scored the East's goal and the man of the match went to debut signing Seb Pound whilst putting the goalie's jersey on was Riley Pullan and he had a sound game.
At home to Watford Youth Sports were the 16 West and they won 3-0 with a goal apiece from Charlie O'Donnell, Millan Sanderson and David Joyner with the versatile Sam Pollard being named man of the match.
Playing Sun Sports at home in division 3 saw the 16 North crash to a 6-1 defeat with their only goal of the game being an own goal so there was no joy there as well.
The 15 Boreal away to Chorleywood Hurricanes certainly sent them a weather warning as the young Saints rattled in fourteen goals to win the match 14-2 with man of the match Tom Durrant scoring four of those. The other scorers were Tom Randall 3, George Sippetts 2, Jack O'Rahilly 2 Harry Sweetman 2 and one from George Hall.
The 15 South came out worse on the wrong end of a 11-0 defeat at home Evergreen Youth.
Charlie Johnson, Alfie Parkins and Louis Warren were the goalscorers for the 13 South in their 3-2 win away at Sarrett Rebels in what proved to be an exciting game with Charlie Johnson being named man of the match after having a good game in the midfield.
At home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers saw the 14 West go down 1-0 to a very late goal whilst Christy Shaw was named man of the match.
The 13 Victoria were set a challenging start to the season against newly promoted Everett Rovers and at half time they found themselves 1-0 down. In the second period Victoria started well and fought back with Calvin Wyatt scoring a superb volley to square the game at 1-1. Long range efforts from Archie Hobbs and Alex Strazza went very close to giving the 13 Victoria the lead and the man of the match went to keeper Noor Dajani who made 4 amazing outstanding saves.
At half time the scoreline was 0-0 between the 13 West in there away match with Watford Town Youth with both side having very few chances between them but then in the second half saw the West dominate the midfield and two quick goals from Ben Mitchell and Dylan Doyle gave them a 2-0 lead. Then adding their names to the score sheet were Charlie Clark, Isaac Templeton and Theo Robertson for the West to run-out 5-0 winners and being named man of the match was the hard-working Dylan Doyle.
At home to Chorleywood Griffins were the 13 Orient and they went down 8-1 with George Ilari scoring the Orient consolation goal whilst picking up the man of the match tab was Ollie Witowski.
Matt Penfold struck a fine brace of goals for the 13 Central in their 3-1 away win over Abbots Youth whilst Sam Hunt scored the third goal and being named man of the match was Neo Heydon.
Playing their first 11-a-side match were the 13 Boreal and they were at home to Watford Youth Sports Red and Boreal going in front Watford hit back and in the final 20 minutes they scored five goals to win the game 7-2. Scoring for Boreal was Charlie Gunthardt with a excellent two goals whilst midfield dynamo Toma Tashev was named man of the match. It was still a good performance from the 13 Boreal and it was only their lack of fitness that told in the end.
In division 1 of WHYL were the 12 South and they were at home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Sharks and they open the scoring with headed goal from Sam Estell. The Sharks came back to make it 1-1 with a penalty but a superb counter attack in the second half saw Sam Estell cross the ball low for James Beasley to side foot the ball past the keeper to make it 2-1. Another goal from Sam Estell in the last few minutes settled the match to make the final score 3-1 with Max Butterworth winning the man of the match title after a superb performance in the defence for all of the match.
At home to Abbots Youth Blues were the 12 Arrows and they certainly found the target three times to go on and 3-0 with Fin Murphy hitting the bull twice whilst Zac Black also found the centre of the goal to wrap up the scorers.
Away to Aston Clinton Cobras were the 12 West and it was the West who produced the sting in their tail by winning 9-0 with Kye Stevens hitting a glorious hat-trick. The other scorers were Tommy (that's my grandson) Morgan 2, Jasper Button, Matthew Gosling, Rory Graham and Charlie Close.
Playing their first match in the WHYL were the 12 Dragons and they were away to Croxley Green Emeralds and they turned in a good display on a poor pitch to win 2-1 to take all the points with goals from Mickey Napier and skipper Josh Francois. Ayaan Hussain was named man of the match whilst Billy Shepherd made a fine debut on the right wing.
The shout around the pitch was come on Clarky as his proteges the 12 Central lost 4-2 at home to Watford Youth Sport and scoring for Central were Dean Bladon and Stephen Tchoudi with Elinge Mosima was named man of the match.
Hertfordshire Development League
In Hertfordshire Development League, new for this season see’s St Albans City Youth FC entering 22 teams and where shall we start but of course at the Under 8's.
In the Green Division sees the 8 South play Wheathampstead Wanderers Sharks at home and scoring a goal each were Hugo Perez and Evan Love with a fine performance from the whole team in their 1st match in this new league.
The 8 Lions played in the White Division and they were at home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas and there was plenty of goals in this game and scoring them for the Lions were Joshua Jury, Finley Maguire, Tristan Mistry and Edward Beard.
Another match which saw lots of goals was the away game between the 8 Gladiators and Knebworth and scoring goals in this game was man of the match Toby Ross with 6, Josh Rowle with 4 and a goal apiece from Josh Soll and Noah McAuliffe.
Away to Welwyn Pegasus were the 9 North and making debuts for them were Ollie Robinson, Nathan Payne, Milos Diffenthal, Leo Standing and Junior Mitchell and he scored an absolute cracker which was certainly an early contender for goal of the season. All of the whole team along with the new boys played well.
Paolo Iacobucci hit a hat-trick for the 9 West in there away match with Knebworth Jaguars Silver whilst James Cox scored 2 and Benjamin Coupland got one.
Making his debut for the 9 Orient saw Uros Skipic strike a wonderful goal as they played Wheathampstead Wanderers Jaguar at home.
Playing Wheathampstead Wanderers Sharks at home were the 10 West and scoring three goals with some deadly finishing was Jack Burke whilst Will Stone and Glyn Howells hit one apiece in this Green Division match.
The 10 Central who were away to Ware in the White Division saw James Cox hit a hat-trick whilst Sam Peacock notched a brace with Max Haylock rounding up the goals with one in this high scoring game in which both sides found the back of the net on numerous occasions.
Leo Hooper-Walter hit two goals for the 10 East in there away match with Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas whilst Ethan Robertson and Tom Luckhurst both scored one each with the latter having an outstanding game and in doing so was named the star player of the match.
At home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Jaguars were the 10 North and both sides had great defences and some excellent goalkeeping with Olic Fan hitting the bar and Joshua Hirst striking the post for the 10 North.
The 10 Orient played Welwyn Pegasus Azures at home in the Black Division and the Orient players all played well and so all them deserved the man of the match award.
Away to Lemsford Tigers saw the 10 Romans score goals through Max Ramsey and Ross Hayden in what proved to be an excellent game between both sides. Hari Boodhun and Joe Seller shone in striking performances for the Romans.
The 11 East were at home Bedwell Pumas and turn out to be a excellent match played in good spirits by both sides and scoring for the East was Samuel Philpot with 3 and Arthur Rennie-Sivell with one whilst Vincenzo Di Girgenti being named man of the match.
Away to Lemsford saw the 11 West score a couple goals through Daniel Day and Alex Evershed with Otto Meeth picking up the man of the match title after some good defensive work.
At home to Knebworth were the 11 South and man of the match Harrison Smith scored a fine hat-trick whilst Joe Raeyen, Theo Price and Jacob Thomas all netted one goal each.
WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE
In the league cup saw the 18 Central pick up a 5-3 home win over Hinton & Finchley Revolution Legends after a match with plenty of goals and end to end football but it was Central who came out on top with three goals from man of the match Joshua Cross plus singles from Asher Stevens and Alex Sharkey.
The 18 South were away to Belstone FC in the White Division and they won 6-3 with Ross Weaver scoring a hat-trick and then one goal apiece from Harrison Arnold, Luke King, Alfie Banathy who was also man of the match.
In the Red Division saw the 16 South lose 5-1 away to Enfield Town with George Monery scoring the Saints only goal of the match whilst midfielder Callum Cosgrove was named man of the match.
Playing in the 1st round of the league cup were the 15 North and they did not get off to a great start at home to Whetstone Wanderers Leopards losing 4-1 but they were missing their regular keeper and so Andrew Gentle stood in between the sticks and in doing so it earned him the man of the match award. the goalscorer for the North was new boy Shay Cassidy.
The 15 East had to work hard to win 1-0 at home over AC Finchley North but they picked up the three points in the end with a goal from the penalty spot which Daniel Gant tucked away after the same player had been brought down in the box and the East had at least four other penalty appeals turned down during the game.
Man of the match Finn Denton hit two fine goals for the 14 East in their away match with Hinton & Finchley Revolution but it proved not to be enough as they gradually lost 7-2.
In the preliminary of the league saw the 13 South defeat Belstone FC away 5-1 with goals from Alex Duffy, Jack Knibbs plus 3 well taken goals from Cameron Choudhury.
Also playing in the league cup were the 12 Vikings and they were in group E and they started their new season campaign off with a 6-0 win away to Bushey Rangers. Scoring the goals for the Vikings as they went on the rampage were Max Winders 2, Ailbe Tidd 2, Sonny Phillips and Sean Magee.
The 12 Spartans defence was breached seven times as they lost 7-1 away to Protec Youth Red in a league cup group A match with man of the match Isam Jamil scoring the Spartans only goal of the match.
Finding themselves 2-0 down at home to Edmonton Rangers Dragons saw the 12 Orient strike back to go and win 8-4 this league cup group A match with five different goalscorers. Ollie Jay started the ball rolling with two goals and then came Bertie Postema with two cracking strikes and this was followed up by one apiece from Harry Rumble and Vincente Luciani. Finally, the last two goals came from the foot of Alex Hails one of which was a Ryan Giggs dribble, but he did not take his shirt off though and wave it in the air but still it was an early contender for goal of the season.
One team that everybody must watch is the 9 East because in their matches you will always see plenty of goals and in their first game of the season they carried on their norm against Croxley Green White at home which saw my prodigy Bailey Fennel scoring a hat-trick whilst the man of the match Marcos Wass netted two.