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St Albans City Youth Match Reports - 1984-85 SEASON. FROM THE ST ALBANS CITY FC PROGRAMMES - Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found some from 35 years ago, there are lots of names that many historians of City Youth will remember. Well done Terry Edwards.


SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 1984 BASILDON UTD F.A. TROPHY 1ST Qualifying Round.  Last Sunday October 14th saw the Under 11's win 7-2 against Emerald Vale after a very hard-fought match and they have now won all of their four matches in the Bushey League Cup in which saw them score 26 goals and only conceding only 5. the young Saints were 3-0 up at half time with goals from Andy KING, Marc ANDREWS(Sparky) and an own goal. Although Emerald Vale pulled two goals back the young Saints hit another four with Marc ANDREWS scoring another two to complete his hat-trick whilst Nick BENNETT and Richard LILL scored the other two. Squad: Andrew Hibberd, James Feakes, Michael Fletcher, Barry Edwards, Samuel Jones, Richard Lill, Owen Barrett, Richard Collins, Michael Hughes, Marc Andrews, Andrew King, Nick Bennett, Nicky Scott.  Footnote: A few of these boys you might have seen around the outside of the pitch on First Team match days as Ball Boys and there should be a few around today.

SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 1984 WALTON & HERSHAM SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIVISION 1. On Sunday October 28th the Under 11's were away to Abbots Youth in their first league match of the season and the match was a very exciting and it finally finished with score of seven goals apiece. The scoreline went as follows with the Saints score coming first, 0-1, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 4-5, 4-6, 5-6, 5-7, 6-7, 7-7, wow what a game. The young Saints scored the equalizing goal with only a couple of minutes to go with the goalscorers for the Under 11's are Marc ANDREWS 2, Richard LILL 2, Andrew BURKE, Nicky SCOTT and one own goal. Squad; Rajjive Samarasinhe, Andrew Burke, Barry Edwards, Michael Fletcher, Owen Barrett, Michael Hughes, Richard Lill, Nicky Scott, James West, Marc Andrews, Andrew King.

TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 1984 BOREHAM WOOD HERTS CHARITY CUP SEMI-FINAL.  The Under 11's lost their first match of the season on Sunday 4th November when they went down 2-1 to S & K Youth at home despite Andy KING giving them an early lead with a 20-yard dipping volley over the keeper's head. S & K equalized midway through the first half and it was only some brilliant goalkeeping from Rajive Samarasinhe that kept the score at 1-1 at half time. One of his saves was a splendid one-handed touch that kept out a certain goal as the ball came over from a well taken free kick from the left wing. In the second half the young Saints really put the pressure on but the ball just would not go in and S & K scored the winner on the break to make the final score 2-1 to the visitors  Squad;  Rajive Samarasinhe, James Feakes, Michael Fletcher, Owen Barrett, Richard Lill, Nicky Scott, Richard Collins, James West, Marc Andrews, Andrew King, Samuel Jones, Michael Hughes, Barry Edwards.

SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER 1984 BROMLEY SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIVISION 1. Last Sunday 2nd December saw the Under 11's reach the semi-finals of the League Cup when they defeated Garston Boys at home by the score 4-1. Andy King hit the post early on in the match before Richard COLLINS gave the Saints the lead when he turned on the edge of the box and hit a well struck low drive home. Andy KING then made it 2-0 when after his first shot was blocked, he pounced on the loose ball and squeezed it home from an acute angle. In the second period Michael Hughes got the ball across for the second time after his first attempt was blocked but this time his second ball into the box was met by the head of Richard COLLINS who headed it home powerfully into the back of the net from close range. Andy KING also scored his second goal of the game when after a good run down the left wing whereupon his cross-cum-shot found the back of the net via the foot of the far post. Garston Boys pulled a goal back late on when they staged a late rally, but they found the young Saints keeper Andrew Hibberd in fine form between the sticks as he thwarted them a few times late on. This was a fine performance from all of the team. Squad; Andrew Hibberd, James Feakes, Richard Collins, Richard Lill, Owen Barrett, Michael, Fletcher, Samuel Jones, Nicky Scott, Michael Hughes, Marc Andrews, Andy King, Barry Edwards, Nicholas Bennett.

WEDNESDAY 26TH DECEMBER 1984 HERTFORD TOWN SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIVISION 1. The other Sunday December 23rd saw the Under 11's come back from being 1-0 down at half time to go on and win 2-1 with goals from James WEST and Marc (Sparky ANDREWS with the winner coming in the last minute following a great come back. Squad; Rajive Samarasinhe, James Feakes, 

 Michael Fletcher, James West, Richard Lill, Samuel Jones, Nicky Scott, Michael Hughes, Richard Collins, Marc Andrews, Barry Edwards, Andrew King. 

TUESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 1985 BOREHAM WOOD HERTS SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY. The Under 11's on Sunday 23rd February could only field ten players and they were away to Hemel Aces in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup and despite a good battling performance saw them lose 8-2. Richard LILL scored the first Saints goal with a effort off the far post whilst Andy KING got their second following a surging 30 yard run from Barry Edwards which was followed by a superb pass to King for him to score. The defeat could have been more if it were not for a brilliant performance in goal from Rajive Samarasinhe.

SATURDAY 27TH APRIL 1985 CHESHAM SERVOWARM ISTHMIAN LEAGUE DIVISION 1. On Sunday April 14th saw the Under 11's hold their presentation of awards for the season with every member of the squad receiving a Trophy which was presented by the Watford player Lee Taylor. Following are the names of the players in the squad; Rajive Samarasinhe, Michael Fletcher, Owen Barratt,

 Samuel Jones, Richard Lill, Nicky Scott, Andrew Burke, Richard Collins, Marc Andrews, Barry Edwards, Andrew King, James West, Andrew Hibberd, Nicholas Bennett, 

Michael Hughes.  The manager of the Under 11's Peter Bennett and also Mr Collins who was the referee at home matches received a trophy each whilst Mrs Scott and Mrs Lill both received a bunch of Flowers for all their hard work during the season.

FOOTNOTE MATCH REPORT FROM THE PROGRAMME AGAINST BASILDON UTD ON OCTOBER 20TH. On Sunday October 14th, 1984 saw the Under 12's have a great win when they beat Croxley Green Youth 15-1 in the County Cup. Scoring the goals for the young Saints were David YEO and Stephen HERBERT both with 5 goals each whilst the other scorers were Andrew ROBERTS 2, Adrian O'CONNOR, Luke SPENCER-WILSON and Nicholas BETTS. 



St Albans City Youth Match Reports - 72 GOALS IN SIX MATCHES 22-10-13 Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found some from almost 7 years ago, there are some players names that many of us old managers remember. Well done Terry Edwards.

SEASON 2013-2014.

72 GOALS IN SIX MATCHES  22-10-13.

In the Under 16's and 15's section for the St Albans City Youth FC saw no less than 72 goals in six matches with an average of 12 goals per game.

In the first match we saw the Under 16 West lose 5-3 at home to Tring Tornadoes following a real end to end match. Max BULL scored the West's first goal whilst there were further efforts from Sam REYNOLDS and Alfie HOPKINSON-BADGERY whilst right back Keanu Floyd was named man of the match.

The next game saw the Under 15 South win 11-5 away at Whetstone Wanderers with wing back Kyle HARRIS leading the way with three well taken goals. Also getting on the scoresheet as well were Billy LAWRENCE WITH 2, Finlay AULD 2, Luke WINKS 2, Tom RUANE plus one from the man of the match the skillful James Nasah.

At home to Watford Youth Sports who could only field ten players were the Under 15's North and they stormed to a 12-0 victory following some real neat passing football. Charlie BENNETT headed the goalscoring chart with four cracking goals with Amir STAPLETON not far behind with a glorious hat-trick. The other goals came from Jacob BOCKENHAUER, Morgan TROTMAN, Charlie LUNNISS, Lorenzo FEDERICI whilst the final goal was scored by Billy RINTOUL who robbed a defender of the ball before tucking the ball away from a tight angle.

The Under 15's West struck eight goals past Everett Rovers in the challenge cup at home to win 8-5 following a very exciting game with plenty of end to end football. Man of the match Alex JOURNET struck four of the goals which was then followed up by two goals from Jake ANTONY whilst both Harry HAWKES and Sebastian CAMP scored one each. 

In the preliminary round of the Junior Cup saw the Under 15 Orient take on Watford Town Youth away and despite Orient scoring seven goals their opponents hit eleven in what was an exciting match to watch but not for each team's supporters or coaches. Scoring the goals for the Under 15's Orient were three from man of the match Owen LADBROOK plus one apiece from Zac MOORE, Tom NICHOLSON, Isaac KEELY and Oscar RUTHERFORD-HUGHES.

In the final match saw David ANDREWS score the only goal for the Under 15's East as they lost 6-1 to Chorleywood Common Red in a division two league match in the Watford Friendly League.

Well we have done with the Boys for that season and now we pass to the Girls section especially to one of them the Under 14 Girls North who had a run of 9 straight wins on the bounce between the 26th September 2013 and the 30th November.

So here we go as we saw the Under 14's Girls North give an outstanding team performance with every player giving 100% as they beat Watford Ladies Wasps at home by six goals to one. There was a dazzling hat-trick from Emily SCHOFIELD and singles from Louisa ELLIS and Danielle TYLER plus a superb lob from player of the math Nicola GOSLING.

There was no doubt who was the player of the day and that was Emily SCHOFIELD for the Under 14's Girls North as she struck seven goals yes 7 in the North's 12-0 home win over Harpenden Colts Girls. The other goalscorers for the North were Charlie BOYLE 2, Danielle TYLER 2 and one from Shauna SMITH whilst Emily Schofield as you might have already guessed was named player of the match.

Both the Under 14's Girls played one another, and it was the South who took the lead with a sizzling free kick from 20 yards from Abbie SMITH which flew like a rocket into the back of the net. The North equalized just before half time when Emily SCHOFIELD nipped in to score from just six yards. In the second period the play was end to end but the North then won a penalty which saw Danielle TYLER tuck away to give the North a 2-1 lead. Shortly afterwards Abbie Smith went close for the South to nearly level the scores but once again the North scored a third goal again through Danielle TYLER, her second of the game to win the match 3-1. Player of the match for the North went to Danielle Tyler and this win now makes it 3 on the spin.

 The Under 14's Girls North played Bedwell Rangers in a league cup tie and they finally came out on top with a 3-2 victory following a game that could have gone either way if it was not for some excellent forward play by the North Girls. The goalscorers for the North were Emily SCHOFIELD, Shauna SMITH and Charlie BOYLE with what proved to be the winning goal.

The Under 14's Girls North make it 5 wins on the bounce when they defeated Watford Ladies Harts at home by eight goals to nil for a excellent win. The goalscorers for the North were Danielle TYLER 3, Charlie BOYLE 2, Shauna SMITH plus Emily SCHOFIELD who was player of the match and also gave an inspiring performance at left midfield and in doing so saw her score two brilliant well taken goals.

The Under 14's Girls North continue their winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Garston Ladies in the quarter-final of the county cup. Scoring the North's first goal was Danielle TYLER with a superb free kick, and this was followed by goals from Shauna SMITH, Emily SCHOFIELD and Louisa ELLIS whose strike was the goal of the season (so far).

For the seventh match in a row saw the Under 14 Girls North turn in a winning display to make it 7 wins on the trot with a 2-1 home win over Garston Ladies. Emily SCHOFIELD scored the first goal whilst centre back Melissa GODINO got number two with a fine curling effort from 40 yards after she had ventured up field. The player of the match went to Melissa Godino the scorer of that fantastic second goal, but it was mainly for controlling the back four brilliantly throughout the whole of the match.

The Under 14's Girls North just managed to raise 11 players for their away game against Harpenden Colts Girls but it was enough for the North Girls to record an 8th win on the spin with a 4-0 victory which now takes them to three points behind the league leaders. Scoring the North's goals were Emily SCHOFIELD, Charlotte BOYLE, Rose NODEN and Olivia BARNES who was also player of the match following a great game at right back and she also scored her first goal for the Club.

For their 9th victory on the trot saw the Under 14's Girls North beat Hitchin Belles Under 15's at home by two goals to one in the league cup after they had been trailing 1-0 at one stage. Scoring for the North were Isabelle POOLE and one from player of the match Charlotte BOYLE.

Well in their tenth match saw the Under 14' Girls North unbeaten run come to an end when they played Hitchin Belles Under 15's again this time in the league and at half time saw them losing 4-0 but in the second period they hit back and scored three goals themselves to only lose 4-3 at the final whistle. Scoring for the Girls were Emily SCHOFIELD with a brace and she also hit the post late on whilst Danielle TYLER scored their third goal. The player of the match was awarded to Mary Leach who worked hard throughout the whole of the game.


St Albans City Youth Match Reports - April 1988 Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found some from over 30 years ago, there are some players names that many of us old managers remember. Well done Terry Edwards.

St Albans City Youth Match Reports - April 1988

For the second year running saw St Albans City Youth FC play Hullbridge Youth FC in a series of matches and this year April 1988 saw them take place in the beautiful surrounds at Verulamium Park and there will seven matches of football between both clubs whilst there will be also an eighth game which will be between two STACY teams, the Under 12's and the Under 13's North as we have 2 Under 13's whilst Hullbridge have no Under 12's.

There will be five matches in the morning and three in the afternoon whilst between 12-30 pm and 2 pm there will be a break for lunch with a licensed bar in the cricket pavilion whilst there will be food in the marquee (thanks to Ian Woods). During the break for lunch presentations will be made for the man of the match awards for the morning games. After the afternoon matches have finished the overall trophy will be presented to the Club who as the most points from the games which have taken place during the day.

 Here is a list of the managers names for both Clubs, St Albans City Youth: Ian Woods, Alan Godden, Jack Clarke, Mike Day, Jeff Lawrence, Peter Bennett, Ian Nicholson and Dave Atkinson.   Hullbridge Youth: Alec Banyard, Robin Ogilvie, John Surgett, Barry Upson, Dave Shorter, Mike Harrington and Dennis White.

Hope that everybody enjoys themselves today and have a safe journey home and see you all next year.

We start off with the Under 9's who won 5-1 with Matthew PHILLIPS scoring a tremendous hat-trick whilst Matthew TIMBERLAKE and Andrew WRAY both scored one apiece with Scott Baker scoring for Hullbridge from the penalty spot. Squad: Matthew Phillips, Lee Baker, Neil Brown, James Butcher, David Hames, David Hull, Daniel Jameson, Gareth Morgan, Ian Morgan, Chris Scorer, Matthew Timberlake, Andrew Wray, Mathew Stiff.

Next we see the Under 10's win 5-0 with two goals from Tommy LAWRENCE plus one each from Andre BALADI, Nick FIELD and Benjamin HALLMAN whilst the Hullbridge keeper Damien Stabielli had a good game in which saw him keep the scoreline down by pulling off some fine save saves. Squad: Tommy Lawrence, Andre Baladi, Jeremy Constable, Simon Dean, Matthew Gentry, Jonathan Gisborne, James Garrett, Nick Field, Benjamin Hallman, Kim Mead, Graham Milner, Simon Morris, Robert McManus, Kevin Parkin.

The Under 11's also scored five goals as they beat Hullbridge 11's 5-1 with Daniel BOWMAN scoring two goals whilst the young Robert DAY popped up with one goal along with Stephen FLITTON and Mark WARRINER as well. Squad: Lee Thompson, Matt Lawrence, Martin chard, Leigh Godden, Michael Edwards, Christopher Maynard, Robert Day, Liam O'Sullivan, Daniel Bowman, Stephen Flitton, Ross Elliott, Simon Sankey, Mark Warriner, William Denholm, Andrew Dayton, Antony Powell

The next match to be played was the game between two St Albans City Youth sides and they were the Under 12's and the Under 13's and the younger side were not going to allow themselves to be disgraced playing against an older team as the match finished in a 3-3 draw following a real to end game. Scoring the goals for the Under 12's was the prolific goalscorer Ashaf CHOUDHURY who netted his usual three goals in a match. Scoring for the Under 13's was Ian STAPLETON who also scored all his team's three goals.

Under 12's Squad: James Varley, David Morley, Simon Bradley, Andrew Thompson, Tim Carter, Jonathan Rice, Stuart Wright, Stephen Blackburn, Ashaf Choudhury, Laurence Edwards, Nick Shaw, Ben Smith, Phil Franklin, Chris Field, Nick Christy.

Under 13's Squad: Andrew Rooley, Philip Dayton, James Weir, Adam Bolding, Stuart Tucker, Darren Dudley, Ian Stapleton, Timothy Roskilly, Philip Day, Ronnie Woolf, Robert Harwood, Sean Bradbury.

In the next game saw the other Under 13's side for St Albans City Youth lose 6-3 to Hullbridge Youth 13's and scoring the goals for the young Saints were Paul LINDSAY, Paul TAYLOR and Paul CLARK whilst scoring for the visitors were James Cook 2, Neil Gemmell 2, Keith Scourfield and Neil Hughes.  Squad: Mark Hamer, Stewart Lawrence, Simon Jones, Chris Yeo, Paul Lindsay, Stephan Chapman, Simon Gammon, Richard Tamsitt, Paul Taylor, Stuart Chard, Stephen Smith, Stephen Harrison, Paul Clark.

The Under 14's for St Albans City Youth played against the 1st of the Under 15's side from Hullbridge and the Saints just about could only field eleven players against the older team but that was enough as after a tight game they eventually emerged victorious by winning 1-0 following a superb strike from Alan LONG. Squad: Mark(Sparky)Andrews, Nick Bennett, Craig Attfield, Paul Burgess, Richard Thomas, David Aslett, Jamie Duke, Russell Cannon, Andrew Burke, Andrew Williams, Alan Long.

The Under 15's St Albans City Youth won by a convincing scoreline of fourteen (14) goals to two against the second Under 15 side of Hullbridge Youth with nine different goalscorers, wow! Here they are, Adrian O'CONNOR 3, David YEO 2, Gary SAUNDERS 2, James TAYLOR 2, Daniel MOORE, Petro RUSSO, Robert MANN, Stephen SMITH< David KIDNEY with the rest of the Squad being Stewart Burlington, John Collins, Adrian Pinner.  Scoring for Hullbridge was Mark Peters and Andrew Holder.

For the final match of the day say the Under 17's of St Albans City Youth beat the Hullbridge Youth Under 17's 2-1 with Stuart HEATHER scoring both of the goals for the Saints whilst Richard Smith scored the goal for Hullbridge.  Squad: Tim Hobbs (went on to become a reporter for the St Albans Observer), Mark Wray, Michael Vickers, Stuart Brewster, Stuart Day, Steve Sorey, Tony Gauthier, Jorge Pedre, Allan Anderson, Adam Moloney, Martin Atkinson, Darren Shea, Stuart Heather, David Halbert, Jason Wesley.

Well St Albans City Youth picked up the Trophy for the second season running having won 6 out of the 7 matches played and in doing so saw them score 35 goals with 11 against whilst there was another six goals scored in the match between both of the St Albans City Youth Teams. One thing we must mention is that they weather was fantastic and so everybody from both Clubs really enjoyed themselves, what more could you want than fine weather, football, food and drink. Those were the days.



St Albans City Youth Match Reports - The first day of the 2013/14 season Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found some from almost 7 years ago, there are some players names that many of us old managers remember. Well done Terry Edwards.


The new season starts here, and it is the West who stats the ball rolling with a very convincing 4-1 home victory over Potters Bar Utd in a Yellow division league fixture.  Playing some nice neat football saw there was never any doubt who was going to pick up all the three points. Scoring the goals for the West were man of the match Shay EMERTON with two whilst Matt CROSS and Kieran IRONS both popped up with one apiece.

At home to Hinton & Finchley Revolutions in the league cup were the 16 Warriors and by the final whistle saw them lose by the odd goal in five. It was an exciting match with end to end action throughout the whole of the game. Man, of the match for the Warriors was goalkeeper Matt Denton who frustrated the visitor’s numerous attacks by making some excellent saves. The warrior’s goals were scored by Ed ANDERS and Joe WEAVER.

Playing St Margaretsbury saw the 14 East storm to a 11-3 victory with the pick of the goals being a spectacular overhead kick from Joe VANCE. Scoring the other goals were Dan MILES 3, Harvey HOLMES 3, Cain JOSEPH 3 and Jake PENNY whilst Gio Basile and Ollie Barnett both shared the joint man of the match award.

In the county cup were the 14 South and after a very close match saw the South eventually bow out 4-3 against Whitehorn Wanderers. Man, of the match Ronan Marie MOUTOU scored two goals whilst another new signing Omar BOUNYAFE netted the other.

The 14 West had a county cup tie against Barmond Utd which saw them win 4-0 with two goals from man of the match Tom KERR and singles from Matty GALLAGHER and Khaled UDDIN.

Next up it was the 13 South in the county cup and they were at home to Fairlands(Stevenage) and by half time despite some fine passing football they had only Joe NEWTON's (now at Coventry City FC) goal to show for their efforts. In the second half it was a different story as they rattled in 6 more goals to go on and 7-0. The other goalscorers were Adam PRINGLE, Ross WEAVER, Harrison ARNOLD, Callum FURNESS. Fin BANKS plus another from Joe NEWTON. Central midfielder Tom Kellard was named man of the match and he also had a spell in the back four late in the game.

The 13 North played Ware Lions at home and at the break saw them leading 8-0 with the far post playing a big hand in the match with shots either hitting it and going in or the ball ending up running along the line which left the North players with a simple tap in. In the second half saw the North hit another 10 goals to go on and win finally 18-0 but credit must go to the visitors who kept pressing forward in search of a goal right up to the final whistle. Scoring all the goals for the 13 North were Matthew BREEZE with 7, Jack HUGHES 4, Harry SMITH 3, Dominic DEE 2, Rob McKee and Cameron SMITH which was his first goal for the team. The man of the match went Adam Roberts who had a brilliant 1st half performance in the midfield.

For the 13 Orient saw Finbar KING score four goals in their 5-1 away win at Sun Postal with Louie COLLIER hitting the fifth goal for the young Saints.

The 12 West got their season off to a winning start with an emphatic 5-2 away victory over Cuffley Youth in the preliminary round of the county cup. From the start the West knocked the ball around swiftly and they played some impressive football and they were rewarded with some well worked goals. Adam JOHNSON scored a great hat-trick whilst Will SKINNER notched the other two. There was some impressive wing play from Kishan Dhivar, but this was impressive display from the whole of the team, so they were all rightly named Man of the match.

At home to Bushey &Oxhey Panthers were the 11 Orient and after a very close game saw the visitors snatch a last-minute goal to win the match 4-3 in this county cup game. Scoring for the Orient were Ollie GILMOUR with two excellent strikes plus one for Jamie FOUNTAIN during this battling display from the whole team.

The 10 East Yellow in their match against Welwyn Pegasus dominated the play and were rewarded with three fine goals which were scored by Alessandro Di TROLIO, Charlie BATTLE and Jamie HILTON to record a 3-1 victory.

The 10 East Blue came back from trailing 2-1 down against Elite Feet by scoring two fabulous goals with some fine passing play to finally win the match 3-2. Scoring the 10 East Blue's goals were Jack JACOBS, Daniel GANT, and Nico MOHAN

Away to Ware Youth Clarets saw the 9 South win 4-2 with two goals from Nicholas BERMAN with the other goals coming from Mack GIBSON and Bayley BACON who was also named man of the match.

The Under 8's had three teams playing on this day and scoring goals for the 8 North in their friendly against Wheathampstead were James EVANS and Cadima-Mukasa LUSIOLA.   The 8 East played Panshanger Lions with Jensen DEAN scoring a goal for them whilst Charlie Brunt was named man of the match.   The final third Under 8 team were Victoria and their new signing Oscar Bell had a excellent match down the right wing.

GIRLS:  9-9-2013.

The 14 Girls South, who were away to Harvesters, fought back from being 2-0 down after ten minutes play to make it 3-3 with goals from Amber SMITH 2 and Shamica POWELL. Late in the game though saw the South run out of steam and Harvesters who are a very good side went onto win 7-3. The player of the match for the 14 South went to Ellie Jenkins.

Away to current county champions Hitchin Belles were the 13 Girls South and they turned in a good display by scoring 4 goals only to lose eventually 8-4 despite a stirring performance from the 13 Girls South. Scoring for the South Girls were Katie HENNESSY 2, Jade PARKER plus a penalty from Kira CLOSE.

The 12 Girls who were away to Hampstead had a good 5-2 win in their first game of the season and player of the match Katie HOLDER scored a fine hat-trick whilst Mariona (Maz) HORNE-BATET struck a brace.

Another Girls team the Under 11's had a excellent 3-0 win at Royston with Charlotte GURNEY in fine form by scoring all three goals with some excellent finishing in front of goal.


St Albans City Youth Match Reports - The first Girls team match reports Tezzas Days gone bye


Tezza is looking back through his old City Youth reports and found some from almost 20 years ago, there are some players names that many of us old managers remember. Well done Terry Edwards.


The Under 11 Girls were away to Queens Park Rangers Ladies in the league and they got their first win of the season with a fine 1-0 victory. TIFFANY HARBRON scored the only goal of the match with a brilliant solo effort after she had made a dazzling run from the half way line whereupon saw her beat 4 Q.P.R. players before drilling the ball low into the back of the net to give the Saints a 1-0 win and three points. Well done Girls.


At home to a strong Leyton Orient side saw the Under 11 Girls go down 2-0 with Claire Brown being outstanding in goal whilst both Rebecca Dolphin and Bryony Jones completed in a gruelling County Cross Country Run prior to the match( if only Clarky and Tezza had been there). It must be added though the young Ladies played much better than the scoreline suggests.


A brilliant all-round display from the St Albans Under 11's Girls saw them beat a high-quality Stevenage Ladies Team by two goals to nil. The scoring opened in the first half when Jessica Hoare hit a excellent through ball to TIFFANY HARBRON who scored from the edge of the penalty area with a well struck shot. Good defensive work in the second half kept the opposition at bay until the last minute of the game when Katie Ladd made a strong run from the half way line and although her low drive beat the Stevenage keeper she saw the ball strike the foot of the near post but once again TIFFANY HARBRON was in the right place to tuck the loose ball into the back of the net to complete the 2-0 win.


Playing away to Belmont United were the Under 11 Girls and they fought out a battling 1-1 draw with some good defensive work from Jessica Hoare and Rebecca Dolphin that kept a strong Belmont side to only one goal during the first half. Good running from in midfield from Sofia Munoz, Bryony Jones and Jane (JJ) Jardine put constant pressure on the Belmont back line and they rewarded with a late goal. With only a few minutes to go the young ''Lady'' Saints were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and up stepped REBECCA DOLPHIN who scored with a fine curling shot that sailed into the top left hand corner of the net for a well-deserved equaliser to make the final score 1-1.

GIRLS WIN AGAIN.  10-3-2002.

The Under 11 Girls were at home to Barking ''B'' Girls and following a great long-range shot from KATIE LADD gave them a 1-0 lead at half time. Early in the second half saw the visitors draw level but then a fine pass from Bryony Jones sent TIFFANY HARBRON clear whereupon she promptly drove the ball home to give the young Lady Saints a 2-1. Goalkeeper Bethany Healy and defenders Rebecca Dolphin and Jessica Hoare all had excellent games for the young Lady Saints with Jessica Hoare being named player of the match.

Q.P.R. DOUBLE FOR THE GIRLS.  17-3-2002.

The Under 11 Girls completed the double over Queens Park Rangers Ladies with a excellent 3-0 victory at home and for the second week running great defensive work from Jessica Hoare and Rebecca Dolphin nullified the opponents attack.  TIFFANY HARBRON scored the first goal after a fine solo run to give them a 1-0 lead whilst in the second period following good work between Katie Ladd and Claire Brown saw them setup BRYONY JONES to hit the back of the net with a superb shot. Good teamwork resulting in significant pressure was rounded off by a second goal for TIFFANY HARBRON to make the final score 3-0 to the Under 11 Girls.


Playing away to Harvesters 11 Girls in friendly saw the St Albans City Youth Under 11 Girls win 3-1 following a excellent team performance from all of the Girls with two well taken goals from AMY MYALL the second of which was a sizzling shot from the edge of the box. Scoring the third goal for the young Saints was the rangy attacker ALEX WILLIAMS.


Claire Brown, Emma Craddock, Rebecca Dolphin, Tiffany Harbron, Bethany Healy, Jessica Hoare, Jane Jardine, Briony Jones, Katie Ladd, Laura Margott, Sofia Munoz, Alex Williams.   Footnote, Six of the girls Claire Brown, Rebecca Dolphin, Bethany Healy, Jessica Hoare, Katie Ladd and Sofia Munoz were still with the Team when they finished at Under 18's plus 3 of them stayed with Tezza to help form the St Albans City Ladies FC and they were Claire Brown, Katie Ladd and Sofia Munoz.



The Club also formed a Boys Under 8's Team and playing for them was HAYLEY LADD and here is a few words from one her matches; For the Under 8's Boys saw HAYLEY LADD have an outstanding game in goal for them in the first half and then in the second half saw her come out onto the pitch to score two brilliant goals in the Under 8's 5-0 victory over Garston Boys. The other Saints goalscorers were Sam ROGAN, Frazer HARPER and Alex GOLDSTONE.

HAYLEY LADD of course went on to play for a few Ladies Teams and now she plays for Manchester United Ladies FC plus she has over 50 caps for the Wales so it just proves if you want to go higher in football you can if you work at it.