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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 14th November 2021
Berkhamsted Raiders U15 Greens v St.Albans City Youth U15 Dragons
In a match up of the top two sides from Division 4, The undefeated Raiders could'nt cope with the electric start made by the young saints as Captain for the day Mikey Napier hit a quick fire hat trick in 7th, 12th and 23rd minutes to leave home side shell shocked. Chance after chance went to the St Albans side,with a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing keeping the score to 0 - 3 at half time. Second half saw the Raiders change formation and after pulling a goal back, their belief returned. After getting a second, the home side were then awarded a penalty which they failed to convert and as the game drew to a close the pacey Olly Reed switching to the right flank received a ball from the midfield, cut inside the full back and fired home left footed into the top corner. MOM went to Austin Kennedy whose shot stopping and positional sense came to the rescue when the Raiders sensed a come back. Onto the second round where Saints will face division 3 side Abbotts Youth.
St Albans City Youth Under 14 Victoria v Letchworth Eagles - County Cup
The St Albans City Youth Under 14 Victoria had a tough home tie in the Herts County Cup R3 against Letchworth Eagles, who play in the EJA several levels above our team.
The difference in ability combined with a couple of key players missing through long term injuries told, as Letchworth won 7-0. Opposing coaches praised our team’s commitment and ongoing efforts with Sam Butterworth MOTM for his solid goalkeeping and also in coming out to play as forward in the latter stages.
Global FA U13 Santos 6-3 SACY U13 West -U13 Watford Friendly League - Red Division
A long trek and an early start for another away fixture for U13 West who took on Global Santos whose reputation preceded them as they tear up the league, winning 14-0 and 8-0 in their two prior games.
The game started with a bang, with Jacko going off following a clash. Santos were very strong with more than few of their players of academy standard.
Their first goal saw a cross into the box evade three West players before finding their No.99 who scored from a powerful volley for 1-0. West were in the game and had some possession, struggling for shots. Santos countered after one such spell and a missed tackle on #99, saw them in room for another shot and it was 2-0 to them.
A shuffle of personal quietened some of their more threatening attackers. The game was a lot more even then and despite chances for both sides, it remained 2-0 at half time.
The second half saw West start well but Santos pounced on a pass-back to the West keeper, stealing the ball for 3-0.
West kept at it. Following some really strong defending from Alex, the ball came back inside to Freddie. His measured ball upfield, just ahead of Lennon allowed him to run on to it, cut inside for a tight but excellent finish for West’s first of the day. 3-1.
Santos pushed as a team, putting pressure on a goal kick shortly after, unleashing another shot for 4-1. A few minutes after that #99 cropped up on the right, shrugged off a tackle to slot home another for 5-1. Santos scored their 6th from a corner, a header top corner for 6-1.
Despite the one-sided score, West were delivering a good performance. Matty’s looping cross (which he swore was a shot) looped enough to avoid the keeper for West’s second 6-2. West impressed for the 3rd goal as Kyri won a freekick in the middle of the park – the freekick found Glyn’s angled run as he took the ball forward and got to Freddie who fired a great cross across the goalmouth, finding player of the match Lennon’s outstretched foot for 6-3.
Full time 6-3 against a very good side.
Squad: Harvey Ryan, Alex Kerr, Eddie Cullum, Eddie Waxman, Freddie Nelson-Thorp, Glyn Howells, Rory Williams, Matthew Wiliams, Ollie Flack, Kyri Teer-Hutchins, Jack Drakos, Harvey McKessick, Lennon McKessick, Noah Brooks, Rowan How
Goalscorers: Lennon (2), Matthew
Player of the Match: Lennon
St Albans City Youth Under 13 East v Whetstone Tigers U13
Result 2-1 loss for SACY U13 East
Squad: Callum Brandon, ,David Spears, Gabriel Odunlami, Harry Murphy, Jim Gleeson, Leo Hooper-Walter, Nikhil Jagota, Oliver Cox, Ricardo Roberts, Ronan Brandon., Seth Coetzee
The East team put up a strong and valiant effort all the way through the game without subs when the opponents had four.
The game started with a hat rick of skilled saves by Seth Coetzee, as Whetstone attempted to get an early lead.
Callum Brandon made a great early shot at goal which was saved.
The East team continued with a good defence but Whetstone managed to get the first goal in the 18th minute.
Harry Murphy made a powerful shot at goal but it was saved by an equally skilful goalkeeper on the other team.
Ricardo Roberts, Gabriel Odunlami and Oliver Cox worked tirelessly to get the ball to Leo Hooper-Walter and Harry Murphy but to no avail as their shots were saved.
Harry made several more attempts to score but they were all stopped.
Ricardo Roberts fired a great shot from the corner and made focused passes to the forwards.
Jim Gleeson worked his socks off in mid-field moving the ball from end to end and defending.
Oliver Cox's shot assisted by David Spears was also stopped.
In the second half, Whetstone put on more pressure making several shots at goal which were fortunately off target or cleared by David Spears and Ronan Brandon.
Leo Hooper-Walter made a great clearance on the goal line and quickly replied with a beautiful goal into the far corner, assisted by Oliver Cox.
Despite some furious defence work and Seth Coetzee making saves in every direction, Whetstone managed to score a second goal shortly before the end of the match.
The East team were strong opponents even with only 11 players and deserved at least a draw. With a full squad, this could have been a win for them.
Man of the Match was Seth Coetzee for his unfailing stunning and skilful saves.
Harpenden Colts Panthers U13 (1) 1 v St Albans Victoria U13 (1) 3 - Challenge Cup
An evenly balanced encounter saw Victoria go ahead through Max Sheehy against the higher league opposition Harpenden Colts. The Panthers equalised to make it level at half time.
A goal from Nail Behili put Victoria in front and the lead was further extended though a penalty confidently despatched by Dylan Eccles.
St Albans City U12 Girls Central 1-0 Ruislip Rangers
An epic encounter today at home to top of the table Ruislip Rangers. A great watch with high intensity throughout. With both teams very strong defensively, opportunities were limited to occasional scrambled half chances. Physical battles all over the pitch didn’t limit some excellent skills and combination play from both teams.
Charlotte Luckhurst’s goal line bravery earned her a fat lip, and her incredible reaction save onto the bar earned her one of two POM awards for the day.
Fitting that the winner came from a pattern of play they have worked incredibly hard on in recent weeks, and persisted with throughout a game that gave players little time on the ball. Confident and well executed playing out , fantastic 1-2 combinations with midfield, and a lovely weighted ball to play Izzy Roberts in for well taken winner. A well deserved shared POM for Izzy , a giant performance full of determination and tenacity - which epitomised the entire team today.
Well played girls 👏👏👏👏🟡🔵
St Albans City YouthUnder 12 Orient V Ashton Clinton Colts
Wonderful team performance from U12 Orient today, drawing 1-1 with Aston Clinton Colts U12. The goal came from Austin Sheppard. Alex Hooper put in a fantastic display.
St Albans City South U11 v Wodson Park United U11
St Albans City South U11s played some wonderful football against Wodson Park United despite the muddy conditions. In fact, Tom Greatorex thrived in the mud - battling hard, making tackles and playing passes, and was our Player of the Match. Hugo Perez Landrove and Elijah Bailey were close contenders for their hard work in midfield. Hugo chipped in with a great goal and a lovely assist for Toby Thompson’s first goal. Zac Johnson, who was superb in goal, claimed the assist for Toby’s second goal. Evan Love and Toby Sumner were also on the scoresheet with well taken finishes. Another great performance from the South.
St Albans City Youth Under 10 West
A tough game for the young saints against a strong Wheathampstead side. Falling behind to an early goal from kick off, Saints were the better side in the first half.
St Albans City Youth Under 10 Orient Girls
A great match today - our first result of the season! Came back from 2-0 down, and then again from 3-2 down, with some valiant defending and goalkeeping at the end as well as some dangerous forays forward! Could have gone either way. Pleasingly there was some good passing combinations and great spirit and resilience. Two goals for Caitlin Emett and one for Ellie Sheed-Allen.
St Albans City Youth Under 9 East v Wheathamstead Sharks
It was a titanic tussle between St Albans City East Boys Under 9s and Wheathamstead Sharks today at Highfield. The game was end to end throughout and saw some great skills and tough tackling. Louis Burt scored with a fine run and drilled finish into the bottom corner while Harry Brewer's goal was a richly deserved long-distance effort. Man of the match was Jake Davenport with a highly composed and intelligent display where he showed his great range of passing from the back (and some excellent shot-stopping when in goal).