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St Albans City Youth Match Reports w/e 17th May 2015
St Albans City Youth – Girls
Girls 15 North win the Shield
In the final of the Girls Football Partnership Shield the Under 15 Girls North played Garston Girls. After only five minutes (or 4 mins 30 secs according to Greg Gosling) Alice Tello put the Saints 1 – 0 up with a low shot into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box. Twelve minutes later it was 2 – 0 and again it was Alice Tello who scored with a delightful lob from the edge of the area. It was nearly 3 – 0 when Emily Schofield burst clear but her shot went just wide of the far post. Early in the second half Garston pulled a goal back to make it 2 – 1 and then player of the match Alice Tello was injured with damaged ligaments and so the Saints were down to ten players. Very sportingly the Garston manager took off one of his players so they also played the remainder of the game with ten players.
After this Danielle Tyler went very close to restoring the North’s two goal lead but her effort rebounded back into play off the foot of the far post. Finally after some good attacking play the North made it 3 – 1, Shauna Smith made a dazzling run down the right wing and sent over a sweeping low cross into the box where Danielle Tyler saw her first shot blocked by the keeper but she pounced again to tuck the ball into the net.
The North suffered another setback when Abbi Minot took a knock but she carried on. Late in the game Garston made it 3 – 2 but it was not enough as the North held on to complete a good season by adding the Shield to their League Runners Up .
Playing their last league game of the season were the Under 15 West and they won 1 – 0 at home to Sandridge Rovers but they had to rely on keeper Tom Kerr, who came out of goal to play on the pitch and it was Tom who scored the only goal of the game.
On the next pitch the Under 14 East completed their season with a 3 – 0 win over Everett Rovers with goals from Stefano Finco, Owen Field and a penalty in the last minute from Kai Quait. The man of the match went to midfielder Elliot Osborn.
The Under 12 Central played a friendly at home to Sawbridgebury and after a superb hat trick from Daniel Williams the Central won the game 4 – 1. The other goal was scored by Joe Cussans. The man of the match went to Alex Sommerbauer.
The Under 9 Victoria played a friendly at home to Sandridge and won 2 – 0 with a goal from Cameron Wilson in the first period and a cracking strike from Freddie Row in the second half. The score line could have been more if not for the Sandridge keeper Jack Barnett who had a brilliant game between the sticks.
Four City Youth Under 9 teams took part in the Hatters Cup which was played on the pitch at Luton Town FC. The Under 9 North won the trophy with the Under 9 South just missing out on reaching the final and making it an all Saints affair. The other two teams East and Victoria missed out on qualifying from the Groups on Goal Difference.
9 Orient win Blue Division Cup
Despite only having been together for 6 months or so, and having only played in the league since January, St Albans City Youth Under 9 Orient added to an unbeaten league record by winning the ORC U9 Blue Division Cup on Saturday. The lads beat Bury Rangers U9 Tigers 2-0 with first half goals from Antonio Penetra and Jack MacDonald. While the Tigers came close on a couple of occasions after the break, Orient could have added to their total and were worthy winners at Barnet FC's very impressive Hive venue. Many congratulations to all the players, and to coaches Trevor Merriden and John MacDonald, and everyone in the squad is already looking to pick up where they've left off again next season.
Highfield Cup (from last weekend)
For the second year running the current U9 age group organised and run their own round robin tournament to celebrate another fantastic year. The "Highfield Cup" took place again over the George Walker weekend of the 9th May. The five original teams of North, South, East, West and Victoria were joined this year by the new Central and Orient teams. The 70+ boys had a fantastic day with the U9 North coming out on top for the second year.
The City Youth Deaf Team played two games:
Church of England 3 v 7 St Albans City DEAF Youth FC
SCORERS for City Youth
B Kelly 4
R Mcdonald 1
S. Haldane 1
S. Norman 1
Man of match went to Andrew Haldane
The St Albans City Youth Deaf team triumphed in Harpenden with fine win over their opponents C of E from Luton in a friendly with Ben Kelly netting 4 goals with Sam Norman, Sam Haldane & Reece McDonalds netting one each.
Peterborough Deaf 2-3 St Albans City DEAF Youth FC
City Youth Deaf made the long trip to Peterborough in this friendly against newly formed deaf team Peterborough and came home with a fine win after going 1-0 down at half time and then 2-1 down before pulling off a 3 - 2 victory. The goals for the Saints were scored by Ben Kelly with a late penalty after two equalising goals from Kelly and Tommy Hobson. The man of the match went to Ben Kelly.