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City Youth Match Reports 3 December 2018

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 3rd December 2018



The 8 Lions played the 8 South on an Astro pitch as Highfield Park was waterlogged and, in this match, their were goals galore so wait for it as we log them in so here we go, Evan Love 4, Toby Thompson 2, Hugo Perez-Landrove, Elijah Bailey, Benji Mellors, Finley Maguire, Joshua Jury and Edward Beard. I am not telling which teams they played for as that would give the result away of what was a really exciting match. The player of the match for the South was their Goalkeeper Zac Johnson who was just superb between the sticks with some outstanding saves.

Away to Wodson Park Youth were the 8 Gladiators and scoring a couple of goals for them was Noah McAuliffe whilst Toby Russ netted one.

The 9 North played Codicote Youth Jaguars away and the North's captain Nathan Payne scored his first hat-trick for the team whilst Junior Mitchell scored one. The man of the match went to Hektor Redel who gave a excellent display which summed up a brilliant team performance.

Following a superb team performance, the 9 Orient turned in a display of passing football which saw them score a few goals with Sam Rathbone and Austin Shepherd both scoring hat-tricks whilst Billy Stone scored two and Harry Dennis one.

There were two goals one apiece from Leo Hooper-Walter and Will John for the 10 East in their match with Arsenal Women FC RTC with the East's keeper Nikhil Jagota making some great saves. The man of the match was David Spears who gave an excellent performance in defence.

Playing Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers away were the 10 South and scoring a goal for the South was man of the match Ronnie Wilton.

The 10 Orient played Wheathampstead Wanderers Cougars at home and it was a good game with the Orient scoring a few goals with Daniel Hart scoring two and he also setup Edward Callum whilst Thomas Banks also got on the scoresheet.

At home to Wodson Park Youth were the 11 East and scoring 6 goals for them was Matis Walton with Leon Rainey scoring a hat-trick whilst Danny Quinn picked up the man of the match title.

Now we come to the 10 West who play in the 11 White Division and they had a game at home against Ware Rangers Santos and they scored a few goals through Will Stone 2, Jack Burke 2, Ollie Shadbolt, Oscar Roe and Conor Dwyer.

The 11 North were away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas and Jacob Standing scored two goals along with Simon Bobrowski whilst Archie Leggat-Martin scored one. 

Away to Welwyn Pegasus Skys saw the 11 Victoria in top form and scoring two goals was George Betteley whilst three players got one apiece and they were Luca Ward, Oscar Sheehan and Aaron Holsborough.

Raf Fortuna and Finn Wilson scored one goal each for the 11 South in there away game with Bengeo Tigers Caspian’s.



The 18's EJA played a midweek cup match at home against Ilford EJA and they start quickly and were cheered on by the supporters in the stand when the won a penalty for handball, but Ryan Ordes spot kick crashed against the crossbar.  The Saints continued to play quick passing football and were rewarded when Brad Simm slotted the ball to RYAN ORDE who made no mistake this hitting the back of the net with a clinical finish to a chorus of yellow & blue army. The Saints nearly made it 2-0 when James Lawrence left foot shot was smartly saved by the Ilford keeper. The visitors looked dangerous and came close to an equaliser with their striker shooting narrowly wide. On 40 minutes the Saints right, back JARVIS WILKINS picked up a pass from Brad Simm and smashed his shot into the left corner making it 2-0 at half time. Following the break Ilford put the Saints under real pressure for 10 minutes with Sam Galatis the Saints keeper pulling off several crucial saves and then the hosts won a corner after Jamie Armstrong was cleared. Ryan Orde put over a superb delivery which saw JAMES LAWRENCE bundled the ball over the line to make it 3-0. Ilford pulled a goal back with a well-deserved effort on 58 minutes, but the Saints hit back when the Saints man of the match Ryan Orde slotting the ball through to BILLY OWEN who finished superbly. With four minutes to go a cross from the right which found James Lawrence who cushioned a volley back into the box where BILLY OWEN lashed the ball into the net for a 5-1 victory and also move into the quarter-finals.

Well this a result that would make all the supporters of St Albans City Football Club smile, here we go Hitchin Town 0 St Albans City 6, well it might have been the 16 EJA Youth team but it still was a great result. 

In the first minute of the game saw Ashley Hay break clear and his fine shot was well blocked by Kyle Rahoo and then the 16's EJA got off to a great start a minute later when Jack Kelly and Bradley Young combined down the left wing to setup JACK McShane who created space for himself inside the box to hit the ball into the far right corner to make it 1-0. It very neatly 2-0 when Jack Kelly again but this time with Sean Walsh found Joe (Mighty Mouse) Vance whose cracking low strike hit the foot of the post and rebounded back out. Next up Jack Kelly had a good long-range shot pushed around the post by the first of many fine saves by the Hitchin keeper Max Burrell whilst following a good cross into the box saw Jack Kelly's downward header bounce just over the bar.

Then Sean Walsh was the next into action with a sizzling shot tipped around the post by Burrell whilst it was Jack McShane's turn to hit the upright with a good low strike following yet another good ball from Joe Vance. Bradley Young had a couple efforts saved by Max Burrell and then with a few minutes to go before half time saw the young Saints go 2-0 up when a Jack Kelly corner kick saw JACK McShane send a downward header which skidded off the wet surface in front of goal and the ball whizzed through past the keeper and a couple of defenders and into the back of the net.

Early into the second half saw Ajay Lidder for Hitchin have his fine shot pushed away by Billy Thomson and Joe Nwaeji following up saw his effort rebound back off the foot of the near post. Bradley Young had a dangerous cross punched clear by Max Burrell and then the young Saints went 3-0 up. A attack down the right wing saw Joe Vance latch onto the ball and after skipping past a defender he sent over a deep cross to the back post whereupon JUDE EVANS sent a powerful header into the back of the net. It then became 4-0 when first Bradley Young had a shot blocked whilst Jack McShane saw his effort pushed out by Burrell and JUDE JAMES following up swept the loose ball home.

With more pressure the 16's EJA scored another goal to go 5-0 up with the best goal of the match when Bradley Young played a short corner kick to JOE VANCE and as cut in from the left, he unleashed a cracking shot from the edge of the box that flew into the top right hand corner of the net.

After this it should have become 6-0 when Benny Stacey was brought down in the box, but Bradley Young's penalty kick saw Max Burrell again produce a magnificent save when he guessed right and dived to his right to push the well struck spot kick away which both sets of supporters applauded. Max Burrell then thwarted Bradley Young again when Young saw his cracking goal-bound shot tipped around the far post by yet another good save from the Hitchin custodian.

Well there was another goal, and this was scored late on when a Joe Vance corner kick fell for BENNY STACEY to hit a low shot home from ten yards to make the final score 6-0.  Just before the final whistle the Saints keeper Billy Thomson made a brilliant double save to make sure Hitchin did not pull a goal back.

Before the match Gary McShane was boring everybody in the car as we travelled to Hitchin as he was telling us about the time when scored a goal for St Albans City at Hitchin Town's Top Field, mind you it was for the Reserve Team. Still as I said he scored that is all that matters. Well done Gary and to Jack (a chip of the old block).

The 14's EJA had a comprehensive win away at the top of the league opposition Bishops Stortford by winning the match by five goals to nil. Scoring the goals in the Saints superb performance was JOSEPH BEARDON(penalty), BEN FREESTONE, PEREZ WATERBERG, JAMIE BREEN and a cracker from SAM EVANS.



The 18 Orient took an early lead in their home match with Abbots Youth Blue but then they took their eye off the ball and found themselves 3-1 down at half time and with only five minutes saw the Orient had knuckled down and score was now 4-4. With only a minute to go the 18 Orient surged forward once more and struck again to score another goal to win the match 5-4. Scoring the Orient's goals were Kai Takahashi with a excellent hat-trick whilst Matt Nash and Matt Small scored one each. The man of the match went to Etienne Hayward.

In the Challenge Cup saw the 18 West lose 2-1 to Park Street Village with Andy Hall scoring the West's only goal. 

Away to Hemel Youth Red were the 16 West and lost 5-2 with David Joyner and Matthew Mooney whilst the hard-working Sam Pollard was named man of the match.

There was no stopping the 16 Orient as they romped to a 6-1 away win at Park Street Village with goals from Josh Haworth 2 Harry Turner 2, Samuel Beasley plus one from Thomas Van Winden. 

In a Junior League Cup quarter-final saw the 16 East go down 7-1 at home to Herons with them losing 2-0 at one stage before Connor Robinson pulled one back from the penalty spot but just before half time, they made a mistake which let Herons in to make it 3-1 and this sealed their fate. Early in the game the East failed to take their chances and they were left to rue these missed chances as they eventually lost 7-1. Central defender James Barwick was named as man of the match.

The 15 South played Tring Tornadoes Panthers in the County Cup and after 25 minutes they were 2-0 down following two pieces of poor defending and then a well struck shot from Sam Hicks made it 2-1. Both keepers made good saves in the second half but late in the game two more goals from the Panthers sealed the match with a 4-1 victory. The south man of the match went to James Justice for his strength in winning and passing the ball in a midfield anchor role.

The 14 South lost 3-1 away to Tring Tornadoes Eagles with Oliver Wynne scoring the only goal of the match for the South whilst right winger Jamie McLeod was awarded the man of the match award.

At home to Premier Skills Red saw the 13 Central really turn on the skills and they went onto win 10-0 yes ten nil wow! Matt Penfold hit a hat-trick with two goals from Sam Hunt plus singles from Charl Mason, David Iacobucci and Neo Hayden. Man, of the match the hard working Skillful Matt Croston also scored two goals as well.

In round two of the Challenge Cup saw the 13 Orient win 4-1 away Harpenden Colts Harriers with goals from Jensen Dean, George Ilari, Oliver Rattle plus one own goal.

The 13 Victoria also took part in the Challenge Cup and they were playing Chorleywood Common Dragons at home and they went into the break leading 1-0 when Reece Lia crossed the ball for Ollie Mullen to score at the back post. Victoria despite being on top in the second half let Chorleywood in to score an equaliser then Alex Strazza put Archie Hobbs in and his shot right across the goal found the far corner to put the young Saints 2-1 up. Ollie Mullen then scored a lovely individual goal when he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home whilst Ashton Latter cut inside from a ball into the box and made the final score 4-1 with a tidy left foot shot. This was a better performance from the boys with them looking forward to next week’s County Cup tie. The man of the match went to the outstanding Archie Hobbs.

It was not the 12 South's day as they had two goals disallowed against Bedmond Youth away and these efforts were scored by Sam Estell and Owen Weaver with both of them hitting the post as well whilst a fine shot from Ryan Kennedy hit the crossbar, so you see it was not there day. They did score a goal which stood and that was tucked away by Freddie Yeo but Bedmond hit four to win the game 4-1. The man of the match for the South went to Ryan Kennedy who showed lots of versatility to win the award.

At home to Croxley Green Emerald were the 12 Dragons but it was the visitors who had the fire in them as they beat the Dragons 3-0 with the man of the match going to keeper Joe McLoughlin who pulled off a few good saves during the game.


The 18 Girls who were away to Bedwell Rangers Girls were drawing 2-2 at half time but in the second period of the match the hosts scored two more goals to win 4-2. Scoring for the 18 Girls were Hannah Cowell and Jessica Leigh and since the whole Saints team played brilliantly, they were all voted player of the match.

Away to top of the table Pro Direct Academy Herts Women were the 17 Girls and they soon found themselves 3-0 down but Alice Benson pulled a goal back with a shot into the bottom corner. The Herts Women soon established a 5-1 lead with two more goals but once again Alice Benson popped up to score another goal to make 5-2 and very soon it was   6-2. Alice Benson who seemed to be striking good form struck again to complete her hat-trick and make the scoreline 6-3 whilst those Herts Women added a seventh goal, but the goal of the match was struck by Emily Sibley who playing up from the back unleashed a 40-yard scorcher that flew into the bottom right corner to make the final score 7-4. Despite the defeat the 17 Girls battled hard throughout the match and picking up the player of the match was Lottie Nicholls for a superior midfield performance.

Away to the best team in the league London Bees WFC Girls saw the 16 Girls go down 5-0 with the player of the match going to Georgia McConachie who despite her hard-defensive tackling she just could not keep the London Bees out.

The 13 Girls South won 3-0 away to Garston Ladies Lionesses with score being 0-0 at half time and scoring these second half goals were Jemina Avery, Maisie Humphreys and Issy Corrigan with the player of the match going to the attacking midfielder Jemina Avery.

Finally, a home game which saw the 13 North lose 2-1 to Bury Rangers Youth Girls with all the goals being scored in the second half and scoring for the 13 Girls North was Sarah-Jane Spears with a nice neat finish.

In the county cup saw the 12 Girls South take on the Bury Rangers Girls and the South Girls were really on top form as they went onto win 7-0. Leading the goalscorers was Deenah Khan who struck four wonderful goals whilst the other goals were scored by Alicia Moss, Poppy Mountain and Marelie Raath. The player of the match went to Alicia Moss who made some great surging runs during the game.

 Into the quarter-finals of the county cup are the 12 Girls North who won 5-2 away to Broxbourne Utd Purples Girls after a very plucky performance from the Lady Saints. The player of the match went to Hannah Pope who not only scored 2 goals but also had 2 assists as well. Scoring the other goals were Isla Evans 2 and one for Cora Baylis.

The 11 Girls were away to Bedwell Rangers Girls Dragoons and scoring a couple of goals for the 11 Girls was Teagan Scarlett and the whole squad picked up the player of the match for the hard-working team.

Info from the 9 Girls manager Chris Johnson, There was nothing to positive report, so I am exercising my right not to. Doesn't happen very often.

The 8 Girls took part in a thrilling 0-0 draw at home to Harpenden Colts Pumas Girls with Eva Barenthein picking up the player of the match award.



There were not many STACY Youth matches played this week in the Watford Friendly League due to the recent wet weather and the first one that played were the 18 Central who were at home to Whetstone Wanderers Pumas in the Challenge Cup and following a close game saw the Central eventually lose 1-0. The man of the match for the Saints was Edward Johnson-Rix who worked hard during the whole 90 minutes.

In the league cup saw the 16 South play at home to Enfield Town Youth and despite a battling performance from the South they gradually lost the match 3-0. The man of the match was awarded to Kyle Rogers for his outstanding display in midfield.

The 15 North lost 3-2 away to London Maccabi Lions Blue after a wet scrappy game in which the North should have scored more goals. Scoring the goals for the North were Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy and man of the match Nathaniel Olayomi. 

The 14 East lost 3-0 at home to Wingate & Finchley Whites with goalkeeper for the East Matt McCree pulling off some tremendous saves to keep the scoreline down and in doing so saw him earn man of the match.

George Dalton scored two goals for the 13 South in their home match in the Challenge Cup with Maccabi London Lions White, but it proved not to be enough as Maccabi London Lions White scored five goals to win the match 5-2.

Following a very close Challenge Cup game at home Hinton & Finchley Revolution Heroes saw the 12 Spartans score three goals through Eduardo Costa, Dewayne Mitchell and man of the match Isam Jamil who was named man of the match for his dribbling skills but alas the visitors struck four goals to win the cup game 4-3.