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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports 7th November 2021

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 7th November 2021


St Albans City Youth Under 15 Dragons

Following last week’s heavy defeat at Chorleywood, the St Albans City Youth Under 15 Dragons returned to winning ways with a 3 -0 victory at home to Harpenden Colts U15 Leopards. This sees last season’s Div 5 Champions continue their great start to the season and remain at the top of Div 4 with 7 wins and 2 defeats from their opening 9 games. Goals from Mikey Napier (2) and Olly Reed saw the young saint’s home and it could have been more comprehensive, but for the opposition goalkeeper. MOM was Vinnie Ogden for an all-action display after returning from injury, but special mention to Dan Minihan for deputising in central defence and Austin Kennedy returning in goal, although not having a great deal to do, gave the defence the reassurance to keep the Colts at bay.


St Albans City Youth Under 14 Victoria

This morning we played AFC Finchley at home (Nicholas Breakspear) in the WFL U14 Blue Division, after an untidy start and falling behind we equalised with a quality team goal finished by Aaron Holsborough, and looked the likely winners as the game went on. Sadly we conceded a breakaway goal late on to lose 1-2 despite a strong team performance in the second half which probably deserved to take the points.

MOTM Thomas Hope performed superbly with tenacity in the tackle and some good composure getting forwards. Back at home next week in County Cup action.


Everett Rovers Blue U13 (1) 2 v St Albans City Youth Under 13 Victoria (0) 3

The home side have made a habit of scoring at least 7 goals in all of their previous league fixtures, so this was always going to be a tough fixture for Victoria.  Patrick Collins and Dylan Eccles at the centre of defence epitomised the spirit of the St Albans Victoria side to hold the deficit to 1-0 to Rovers at half time.

After the break Nabil Berhili bagged a trademark goal to level for Victoria and the players started to believe an upset was possible.  Dylan Wong put St Albans ahead and Nabil Berhili grabbed a second to make it a remarkable 3-1 to Victoria.

Relentless Rovers pressure resulted in a goal bringing the score line back to 2-3. In a cliff hanger finale, the Victoria team repelled multiple waves of attack and performed at their highest level to hold out for a memorable victory.

Against the odds free scoring Everett Rovers 100% record came to an end at the hands of St Albans Victoria in an epic encounter. 


Match Report Sunday 7th November  2021 – St Albans City Youth Under 13s East

KO 2.00pm Highfield Park

SACY U13 East v Maccabi London Blues U13 (League game)

Result 4-1 loss for SACY U13 East  


Callum Brandon

David Spears

Gabriel Odunlami

Harvey Norton

Jim Gleeson

Leo Hooper-Walter

Matthew Ellis

Nikhil Jagota

Oliver Cox

Ricardo Roberts

Ronan Brandon

Seth Coetzee

Zack Magnus

A challenging match for the East team against a team who played aggressively and dominated for most of the game. The East team were caught off guard by two early goals.

The second goal unfortunately deflected off Seth Coetzee's hand into the goal and he almost saved a third goal in the 17th minute, but it was chipped in by a player before he could secure it.

With support from Oliver Cox and Jim Gleeson helping to get the ball to him, Leo Hooper-Walter made numerous runs towards the goal but was brought down every time. One free kick was awarded but unfortunately missed. However, a penalty awarded to Maccabi went wide and a free kick at the goal was solidly deflected by our defensive wall which included David Spears and Ricardo Roberts, taking one for the team!

Shortly before half-time, Leo Hooper-Walter took advantage of the opponent's keeper coming out and missing the ball with a chip in which achieved the first and only goal for the East.

In the second half, Ronan Brandon and Zack Magnus, fought hard to close down players on the attack and defend their goal. Matthew Ellis made a great clearance in front of the goal when the East keeper was down. David Spears also made his usual great clearances in defence.

Despite all this and Harvey Norton making great runs up the wing in an attempt to get the ball forward, Maccabi managed to score a fourth goal after a run by one player who passed it to another at the last minute, enabling him to chip it in and fool the keeper.

Man of the match was awarded to Leo Hooper-Walter for his valiant attempts to continually lead the offensive even though he was missing his wing man.


U13 Watford Friendly League - Red Division

London Colney Colts U13 Blue 5-2 St Albans City Youth Under 13 West 

A tough encounter against a very big, strong and fast Colts team saw West deliver one of their performances of the season so far.  West started slowly, gifting the opposition two early goals - the initial, from a burst on Colt's right wing with the cross met by a fine shot that was saved well by Harvey, but the rebound slotted in.  Their second came from a strong run and two missed tackles, firing a shot that saw West 2-0 down within ten minutes.   

But then we saw the West we know and suddenly they looked a threat going forward.  Noah's ball to Lennon resulted in a shot that ricocheted off the top & side post, with several West payers claiming it had crossed the line - sadly the lino and ref didn't think so.  A couple of minutes later, West's pressure won them a corner which fell to Ollie and there was no stopping his powerful shot.  2-1, game on!

Not long after, more West pressure saw Harvey McKessick pulled down unfairly in the box and a penalty awarded, but the shot missed wide and the wait went on for an equaliser.

West again, putting pressure on Colts in their box, the ball fell invitingly to a few players but they weren't able to find the net.  Colt's cleared and straight away, their counter looked dangerous, skipping two tackles for a tight, yet unstoppable shot that did find the back of the net.  Despite all that West pressure after our goal, Colts lead 3-1 at half time.   

The second half was a battle, with West playing some great football, passing, moving but ultimately not capitalising on the opportunities in the final third.  Clinical Colts bagged another goal on the break, to lead 4-1.  West didn't give up - speedy Otis getting luck down the wing and finding Ollie unmarked, who had his shooting bots on to deliver his second of the game for 4-2. 

Colts wrapped things up with a goal direct from a corner for 5-2 but West can be proud of a strong performance.

Squad: Harvey Ryan, Alex Kerr, Eddie Cullum, Freddie Nelson-Thorp, Glyn Howells, Rory Williams, Matthew Wiliams, Ollie Flack, Otis Lau-Johnston, Jack Drakos, Harvey McKessick, Lennon McKessick, Noah Brooks, Rowan How

Goalscorers: Ollie Flack (2)

Player of the Match:  Noah Brooks


St Albans City Youth U12 Orient v Harpenden Colts U12 Eagles

A superb team performance from U12 Orient today, fighting back from 2-0 down at half time to win 3-2 again Harpenden Colts U12 Eagles.  The goals came from Billy Stone, Luke Winterbottom and Austin Sheppard.  Zak Stamp put in a fantastic display.  


Wheathampstead Tigers v St Albans City Youth Under 11 South


Toby Thompson 4

Alfie Sangster 1

Evan Love 1

St Albans U11 South started at a blistering pace against Wheathampstead Tigers with Toby Thompson scoring a superb hatrick in the first quarter.

The pace slowed as the pitch became muddier with both teams battling hard, typified by Player of the Match, Rory Saunders who was excellent in defence. The South stepped up in the last quarter with further goals from Alfie Sangster, Evan Love and a fourth for Toby Thompson.


FC Comets Hitchin U11 Kaisers v St Albans City Youth Under 11 Lions

A closely fought game today between two teams that pass the ball well and know how to play great football.  An exceptional team goal in the first quarter saw the Lions take the lead through a Benji Mellors finish from a well worked move.  Finley Maguire slotted home a second not long afterwards to make it 2-0 to the Lions, showing great decision making and positioning in the process. A third goal came for the Lions shortly before the halfway point through a sweet strike from Mateo Sacota making his debut for the Lions. 

Goals proved much harder to come by in the second half but goalkeepers Oscar Taylor and Benji Mellors proved too difficult for the U11 Kaisers to beat.

Special mention to Mateo Sacota and Levi Chiappe for two very promising performances making their debuts for the Lions! 


St Albans City Youth U10 Romans

St Albans U10 Romans Boys scored three against Bedwell Corinthians. Andreas Veasey bagged 2 and Miller Topping another, with Zak Mahsoub providing all three assists. Mike McMahon, Harry Wilkinson and Fraser Wilkinson defended well to keep a clean sheet.


St Albans City Youth Under 10 West vs St Albans City Youth Under 10 East

Saints against Saints for this morning's tie.  A good competitive game fought out on a heavy pitch with goals for both sides, for the West the goals came from Seth Keaveny (3) Oisin Harrington (2) and Leo Robinson (1).

There was some lovely play from both sides; East never let their heads drop and hit back strongly in the second half; with less than 10 mins to go they had reduced the deficit.  However, West steadied the ship with two more clinical finishes to secure the victory; Seth Keaveny weaving down the wing to cross for Leo to score a goal of the season contender volley for the 5th before another run by Seth K to assist Oisin H for his second and the team's 6th.


St Albans City Youth East Under 9s Boys v Welwyn Pegasus Skys

St Albans City Youth East Under 9s Boys played some fantastic football on a heavy pitch in a tough away game at Welwyn Pegasus Skys. The pace and movement of the front three and solidity at the back in the first half was a joy to watch with every boy playing an important role. East inevitably tired a little in the second half but competed throughout and got a deserved goal through Louis Burt in the final quarter. Man of the match was Daniel Kennedy, his mazy runs and clever passing giving Skys so many problems throughout the game.

St Albans City Youth Under 13s Wildcats 1 v 1 Goffs Oak Girls

A fantastic performance from each and every girl today against a physical side.

We played great football, looking to pass through the lines and release our attacking players which worked a treat.

We scored a great goal from our players passing calmly and then releasing Chloe to hit the back of the net.

POM: Ruby our goalie for great shot stopping and distribution out of hands.


St Albans City Under 11 Romans Girls v Chorleywood Common

Romans were ruthless and devastating with a style of play not seen since the Dutch during the Cruyff era. This was TOTAL FOOTBALL. It would be fair to say that the Chorleywood keeper ensured that the scoreline wasn’t high double figures.

Throwing caution to the wind, Young Armoogum & Macey went with the reckless and downright kamikaze 1 - 3 - 2 formation. As the girls lined up, you could feel the excitement yep trepidation from the crowd. Within seconds, this forward thinking became a masterclass in fluid football with EVERY girl producing what can only described as pure artistry throughout the match. Each change and tweak brought fresh attacking ideas and more importantly, goals. EVERY PLAYER brought INTENSITY, POWER & DISCIPLINE.
Leading by example, Lucy Leonard received PotM for a typically swashbuckling performance underlined by her skill and great awareness of the game around her.

Goals from:
Lucy L x3
Izzy x3
Lucy C


St Albans City Youth Under 10 Girls v Bury Rangers

We had a full squad today (Jessica Kutcher, Lola Mackintosh, Isabella Habbouchi, Bella Batchellor-Skinner, Tegan Broadhurst, Evie Rosenheim, Jasmine Noorian,  Karina Riddell, Nadeen Kelifa-Young, Sila Catley, Laila Hurley and Francesca Avila). Played at home to Bury Rangers Youth Lions U10s. Goals from Laila, Nadeen (her first for Central!) and Jessica. Player of the match was Jasmine.


St Albans City Youth Under 10 Orient Girls v Knebworth Leopardesses

U10 Orient girls played Knebworth Leopardesses in a very close game that is not reflected by the score line. Some fine margins could have led to a win, but just not to be today.


Berkhamsted played St Albans City Youth Under 9 Orient Girls

After a close game resulting in a draw last week against Berkhamsted Away, the Orients were in full force fighting for a win today at home!

We took the lead early with a great play by Alice at the back to Maddie in midfield, sent beautifully to Phoebe with a perfect finish. Jon’s coaching mastery embedded in their instinctive play! Rosie followed this up with one of her classic displays of skill to put us ahead before the quarter was done.

In the second half Rosie and Phoebe very politely took turns scoring, with one goal after another all increasingly impressive. Phoebe tucked away another two and Rosie was on fire sending three more into the net.

We saw great goalkeeping from Sophia who saved us multiple times from a very impressive Berko striker early in the game. Her calmness under pressure in midfield also noted, cleverly shielding at the touchline and seeking the right opportunities to play the ball forward.

The committed tackles we saw from Maddie’s defending in the second half were outstanding, as were her midfield goal assists.

Clever combos by Grace and Mia in the second half created numerous opportunities and very nearly delivered an extended lead!

Intelligent positioning from Josie in both defence and midfield stopped the oppo in their tracks at vital moments, and Alice’s astounding speed kept the pressure on Berko all over the pitch!

Rosie is this week’s POTM and it was a fantastic show of skill and teamwork from everyone!

Well done girls!


St Albans City Youth Under 9 Girls Wildcats played London Lions

POM - Amelie Motyka


Berkie Jaguars v St Albans City Youth Under 9 Girls  

A tough game away today against a hardy and skilled Berkie team.

They were plenty of half terms COBWEBS it seemed in the first couple of quarters as the girls struggled to find the intensity needed to match a spritely Berkie side.

The girls sprang into life late in the second quarter thanks to an excellent finish by Alice WITCH was the result of her super pressing of the Berkie defence and drew the Orient level after an earlier Jaguars goal.

The girls took a deserved lead in the second half with a poachers finish by Phoebe but they couldn’t hold the lead to the end of the game as they were pegged back by an excellent long distance strike from the Berkie stand-put performer.

 Notable performances:

*indefatigable running from Alice and Mia
*Superb defending from Evie
*Superb close control and vision from Phoebe to set up an excellent chance
*very strong midfield play from Sophia who showed once again her growing confidence and excellent decision making

PotM went to Chloe though for her performance in defence. After an uncertain start, she grew brilliantly into the role and showed superb defensive instincts to shut down several dangerous attacks and made insightful covering runs to shut Berkie out.