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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports 21st November 2021

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 21st November 2021

St Albans City Youth FC Under 14 Victoria 1 v 1 Colney Heath Magpies

This afternoon U14 Victoria played a league game away at Colney Heath Magpies. Final score was 1-1 with our goal scored by Aaron Holsborough and MOTM Ollie Mead who had a commanding performance at centre back.

Cheshunt FC Blue 3 v 3 St Albans City Youth FC Under 13 West

In place of the scheduled cup fixture (we got a bye to round 3), an interleague friendly against Cheshunt Blues who are mid-table in the MHRL prem. Playing a year up, their reputation as a fast, technical pressing team held up.

West started very well, scoring early from Eddie W’s superb corner which found Matty’s outstretch foot 1-0. But Cheshunt showed they would be a difficult opponent as a little later they hit our post with a shot that likely should’ve found the net.

The game was end to end, on West’s attack, Jacko had an excellent run but was unlucky to nudge the ball a little too far ahead of him to result in any danger to Cheshunt.

Cheshunt managed to cross a ball invitingly across our goal, again West lucky that there wasn’t anyone lurking to equalise with a tap in. They also managed a shot that went slightly over and another cross across goal that could’ve found the net. West rode their luck.

Luckily, West were more accurate on their attack as Rowan won the ball, finding Lennon’s run. Lennon shot only for the keeper to get there but he slotted home the rebound 2-0.

Back at the other end and Harvey Ryan had a great save to stop Cheshunt clawing one back. But then, after a ‘hit & hope’ looping ball into the box that West didn’t deal with, Cheshunt pounced as the ball rebounded off one of the West defenders for an easy tap in for 2-1.

2-1 Half time. It was bitterly cold so we all enjoyed the coach’s extended half time team talk…..

The second half saw Cheshunt on the ascendancy, with a lot of the game in our half bur West played well stringing a few passes together and playing football. The first goal of the half went our way, as Rowan broke away, again finding Lennon who beat the keeper to tap in for 3-1.

Later, a Cheshunt corner some some chaotic scenes in the West box as the ball pinballed around, the clearance falling to an attacking player who scored well for 3-2. Then a little later Cheshunt’s passing undid West, the first ball through the middle past 4-5 West players, before Cheshunt passed back, ahead of the second killer ball which cut through the defence and left their striker 1-1 with our keeper and the equaliser for 3-3.

Full time 3-3 against a fast technical side. Not West’s best day but spells of good football. Lots to work on before the return to the league next week and the rematch vs Harvesters.

Player of the Match: Rory

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

Goalscorers: Lennon (2), Matthew 

St Albans City Youth FC Under 13 East 2 v 3 Global Football Academy U13

Squad:  Callum Brandon, David Spears, Gabriel Odunlami, Harry Murphy, Jim Gleeson, Leo Hooper-Walter, Matthew Ellis, Oliver Cox, Ricardo Roberts, Ronan Brandon, Seth Coetzee, Zack Magnus .

A disappointing result for the East team when they thoroughly deserved a win or at very least a draw. Rough play by the opponents and some dubious decisions by the referee thwarted the team throughout the game.

Leo Hooper-Walter made a great start with a shot at goal in the first minutes, but unfortunately it hit the post. He tried again shortly afterwards but there was no one to assist.

Harry Murphy also attempted to score from early on in the game and was finally rewarded with a goal in the 17th minute. Leo Hooper-Walter followed three minutes later with the East's second goal.

The opponents were then awarded a questionable penalty which luckily was saved by a skilful dive from Seth Coetzee.

The opponents responded with their first goal three minutes later which slipped between Leo and Seth both trying to defend it.

Oliver Cox took a great shot at goal which Harry then tried to head in but couldn't quite get to. 

Callum Brandon and Matthew Ellis both worked hard defending and getting the ball back to the forwards and Gabriel Odunlami worked determinedly to try and get an advantage for the team. 

In the second half, the opponents started to exert more pressure and achieved a second goal which rebounded off one of their players.

Ricardo Roberts came on and provided several assists to the forwards but they were blocked at every turn.

Ronan Brandon and David Spears worked as a great duo defending the goal in the second half.  Jim Gleeson and Oliver Cox work furiously in midfield to get back possession of the ball for the team.

The game ceased for a few minutes with three players brought down with injuries in a game which was quite ferocious throughout.

Harry Murphy continued to take shots at goal but to no avail.

Zack Magnus stepped up his defensive work in the second half, but despite the hard work of the East team, GFA managed to score a third goal.

The behaviour of the other team and the referee's lack of vision definitely affected the moral of the East team, ultimately costing them the game.

Man of the Match was Jim Gleeson for his determined effort in midfield and for playing on even when injured.

Harpenden Colts Pumas U13 3 v  3 St Albans City Youth FC Under 13 Victoria

St Albans Victoria did not show up for the opening quarter and found themselves 3-0 after 8 minutes.  The lack lustre display continued for the remainder of the half.

After the break the team emerged with renewed passion and belief.  Dan Smith hit a belter to claw one back and added a second shortly after.  Nabil Berhili equalised to make it 3-3 which was to be the final result.

St Albans City Youth FC Under 12 Orient 4 v 3  Harpenden Colts Rhinos

Magnificent team performance from U12 Orient today, winning 4-3 against Harpenden Colts U12 Rhinos.  The goals came from Austin Sheppard, Louis Chen (2) and Luke Winterbottom.  Harry Dennis put in a fantastic display.  

Denham 0 v 11 St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 Girls Romans

After last week’s match, It was imperative that the girls came into the match with a focus attitude.

The rotating strike force of Izzy , Lucy and Eliza were combining with devastating effect creating chance after chance. Orla, Phedra, Annabel and Gabby were powerhouses in the midfield winning every battle. Helena marshalled the defence with power and pace.

 The Denham keeper was again in fine form demonstrating bravery and quick reflexes to keep the ball out and preventing a rugby scoreline.

It fell to Orla to open the flood gates. A lovely run and finish gave Romans a goal. In an interesting turn of event Denham went for their power play. However- with no subs apparently Chad had agreed we would take a player off. With Captain Annabel picking up a slight muscle strain, Romans decided to do the right thing allow Denham their extra player.

Down to 6 players, what happened next was a masterclass in perfect play. The girls had no interest in taking it easy and played with confidence and finesse. With Orla, Phedra & Gabby playing through ball after ball after ball. A Gabby chip and an exquisite edge of the box turn and rocket from Eliza the pick of the bunch!

By the end, Romans went down to 5 players. One of the best team performances was seen today and every player was world class in their touch, passing and decision making. PotM: Orla

St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 South 3 v 1 St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 Lions

St Albans City South U11 and St Albans City Lions U11 produced another enthralling game of football with both teams fully committed. There were some great goals in the game both Toby Thompson and Levi Chiappe scoring with excellent finishes when through on goal.
Evan Love had a tap in for his first goal after an excellent mazy run from Toby Thompson. Then Toby Thompson delivered a wonderful curling cross and Evan Love leapt and scored with a glancing header.

Both teams gave everything but there has to be a special mention to the superb Oscar Taylor in goal for the Lions and their Player of the Match, Oscar produced a series of fine saves. For the South Zac Johnson was also impressive in goal but Player of the Match went to Hugo Perez Landrove. Hugo was at his tenacious best typified by a flying goal line clearance.
A great performance from both the South and the Lions.

The St Albans City Youth Under 10 Orient Girls played at Stevenage Starlets. Some really good all-round play, some super build up play from the back and some great passing. Two goals for Sophia Williams and one for Flo Randall. 

Goffs Oak played St Albans City Youth FC Under 9 Girls Orient What an incredible performance and game from Orient against a physical and determined GO team.  The girls came out in the first quarter battling hard and superb midfield running from Rosie and Mia set the tone for the team and the game. Sophia’s superlative defensive display in the second quarter was a highlight and showed how far she has come in a short period of time since joining the squad. Alice also performed in a similar vein with deft touches and interventions to protect the Orient goal whenever GO threatened.

The breakthrough came with a driving run from Josie who slotted the ball home WITH APLOMB rewarding the Orient’s resilience and physicality to match the Goffs Oak girls.

Maddie almost doubled the lead with a free kick effort from halfway that glanced the post in Q2. However, we had to wait until Q4 for the second goal when a driving run and shot from Maddie squirmed its way through a FOREST OF LEGS and was deflected in.

Typically hard-running from Phoebe and Rosie rounded out this superb team display

We were unable to decide on a PoTM such was the strength of the overall team display.

I personally think it was Orient’s best team performance to date and we can all be immensely proud of the girls now establishing themselves as one of the strongest squads in the Pink division.

A lot to be pleased about in that game - well done girls!!!