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St Albans City Youth Match Reports w/e 10th May 2015
St Albans City Youth – Girls
15 Girls North finish as Runners up in League
The Under 15 Girls North could only field ten players in their away match with Watford Wasps, who were at full strength in this title decider. Although the North gave 100% it was not to be as they lost the game with a 5 – 3 score line and so finished runners up in the league. Scoring the goals for the North were Emily Schofield with two and Dani Tyler with one. The player of the match went to winger Shauna Smith.
Goals from Aimee Smith, Ellie Jenkins, Rosie McGahan and Abbie Smith gave the Under 15 Girls South a 4 – 0 victory over Hormead Hares which sees them finish fourth in the table, well done Girls. The excellent Aimee Smith was given the player of the match award for her determination around the pitch.
Also winning 4 – 0 were the Under 14 South Girls in their last league match of the season against Bengeo Tigers. The goals for the South were scored by Ellie Holder, Alice Benson, Chloe Dearman and one from keeper Emily Sibley with a spectacular long range effort.
Under 12 Girls Runners Up in County Cup
The St Albans City Youth Under 12 Girls played in the County Cup Final at the County Ground, Letchworth against Stevenage Borough Girls (Stevenage are in the first division and City youth are in division two). The game was a very even contest with both sides have some great chances. However the match finished 0-0 after extra time and the destination of the trophy was decided on penalty kicks with Stevenage taking the trophy. Well done City Youth this was one of the best Girls Final seen at the County Ground in recent years.
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Away to Bedwell Rangers saw the Under 11 Girls North win 2 – 1 with Charlotte Gurney scoring both of the Saints goals.
Playing at home to Knebworth were the Under 11 Girls South and after a close and tight game they eventually went down by two goals to one. Scoring the South’s goal was Zoe Cowan, whilst defender Katie Hamm was named player of the match.
Playing away in a fun game at Denham Girls were the Under 10 Girls, there were goals from Keria Ward and Ruby Tickner. Midfielder Olivia Pickersgill was named player of the match.
Evie Cussans was in good form for the Under 8 Girls as she scored four goals in their fun game with Bedwell Rangers. Ebba Taylor-Pugh was named player of the match.
The Under 16 South played a double header at home against London Maccabi Lions, in the first game they won 2- 1 with goals from Ollie Astley and Ryan Flanagan who was also named joint man of the match alongside Alfie Martin. In the second game the South went on to win 3 – 0 with a goal in each half from Dennie Williams plus one from Ryan Flanagan late on. The man of the match went to Emilio Rodriquez.
Under 16 North win Spring Cup on Penalties
In final of the Under 16 Spring Cup it was an all City Youth affair, North vs West. Overall not a great game of football to watch but very competitive as it is a rivalry. In the first half, it was a fast start, North having the better of the play they hit the post and crossbar and the West keeper kept them in it with a good double save going in at half time 0-0. Then into the second half, again a fast start and constant end to end play, both teams still no better off , into extra time, after extra time still 0-0 so pens to decide. The Penalty takers: Morgan trotman, Charlie Bennett, Chris Ryan, and Lorenzo Federici who scored the decider after two misses from west players. Result: 4-2 to City Youth Under 16 North on pens. The Man of the match was a joint selection, Ben Merritt and Shiloh Wallace after both having strong performances throughout the whole game.
15 East win the Spring Cup
In the Spring Cup Final the Under 15 East played London Colney Colts and after only a few minutes play a fine strike from Cain Joseph put the East 1 – 0 up. The Ewan Brand made it 2 – 0 with a header whilst another goal from Cain Joseph gave the East a 3 – 0 lead at half time. The East then went further in front with a close range header from Cain Joseph which completed his hat trick. James Nicolson made it 5 – 0 and then Ollie Pawlaczek with the goal of the match after he cut from the left wing and unleashed a cracking low shot that flew into the back of the net to make the final score 6 – 0 and the Spring Cup was theirs. Well done 15 East.
The Under 15 Orient had a tough match against the Under 15 West and early in the first half they found themselves 1 – 0 down when Khaled Uddin put the West in front. A goal from Adam Perkis saw the Orient draw level and then a very late goal from Adam Russell saw the Orient snatch a 2 – 1 win.
15 North win the League Cup
The Under 15 North beat Belstone in the League Cup Final with Alfie Booth scoring two goals and then singles from Euan McDonald and Will Sharp who was also man of the match.
Playing away to Harpenden Jaguars were the Under 14 West and after a close first half the West went on and hit Six goals to give them a 6 – 1 victory. Kwame Youri scored two goals whilst there were singles from Ross Andrews, Tom Keating, Joe Parkin plus one from man of the match Matthew Nash.
13 North edge out in the Final
On a fine spring Morning at Ashlyns School Berkhamsted, St Albans City Youth Under 13 North met their closest rivals Hemel Athletic Blue in the Premier League Cup Final. After going through the formalities the match kicked off at 09:45, Hemel started the brightest kicking down hill and forced an early corner, which went deep to the far post and was met with a great header, 1-0 Hemel. Both teams then settled down and were evenly matched with some good passing football on display, the first half ended with Hemel just in front. St Albans started the second half on the front foot pressing Hemel back, who remained dangerous on the break, after a good interchange in midfield Chris Rowe picked the ball up just outside the box and fired an unstoppable shot into right hand corner of the goal game on! Following the goal Hemel applied some more pressure with St Albans defending resolutely and after a quick breakaway from defence found Billy Owen on the right hand side of the box, Billy spun the Hemel Centre Half and finished with a strong left foot shot 2-1 St Albans. Hemel were not about to give in, a good piece of skill in midfield found space and a great through ball to their forward 2-2, which is how it remained at full time. Hemel started extra time the stronger, a high shot from the left looped towards the far corner and in spite of a valiant effort Will Kerslake was unable to keep the ball out. After a quick pep talk from the coaches St Albans looked hungry for the equaliser and nearly scored but were thwarted by an excellent save by their goalkeeper from a Joe Williams shot that was destined for the top corner, as St Albans continued to press Hemel again looked dangerous and would have extended their lead but for some last ditch defending and excellent goalkeeping. Unfortunately St Albans could not find the equaliser, Hemel lifting the cup with a 3-2 victory.
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Playing at home in a friendly were the Under 11 South who played Sun Postal. The South went on to win the game 5 – 3, scoring for the South were Jack O’Rahilly 2, Sam Hicks, Cian Cribbin and Alex Lawlor. Although the prolific goal scorer George Sippetts did not get on the score sheet himself, he did setup two of the goals with some neat passing.
Playing away to Lemsford Tigers in a friendly fun game were the Under 8 Arrows. Oliver Ray scored five goals there were also goals from Callum Howells 4, Oscar Noble and Ben Browning.
The Under 8 North orient played Markyate at home in a fun game and scoring the goals were Dean Bladon 3, Bertie Postema 2, Harry Gaines 2, Alex Hails and Josh Topp.