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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 9th December 2018
EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE
The 14 EJA played Panshanger Panthers away in the 3rd round of the County Cup and in a scrappy and windy conditions saw the young Saints progress to the next round with a 4-1 victory. Scoring the goals for the 14 EJA were BEN FREESTONE with two whilst both PEREZ WATERBERG and JAKE BERRY scored one apiece.
Also away in the County Cup were the 16 EJA and they were at Sawbridgeworth Town Juniors who are in 2nd spot of the Premier Division in the Mid Herts Rural Minors League and very early on in the match saw Jack McShane whip the ball across from the left wing whereupon Joe Vance on the far side of the box saw his firm strike blocked by the Sawbridgeworth Town keeper Finn MacMillan.
The Saints after a couple of more attacks opened the scoring when Joe Vance hit a free kick into the box which saw Jack McShane's fine low strike pushed out by MacMillan only to the feet of BRADLEY YOUNG who instantly smashed the ball into the top left-hand corner to make it 1-0.
Bradley Young nearly made it 2-0 when his low shot on the turn from the edge of the box saw the ball just creep past the far upright by an inch or two. Next Jack McShane unleashed a rising drive from 20 yards out which just sailed over the top of the crossbar. It then became 2-0 when Ben Kirby swept the ball over from right wing which saw Young touch the ball into the path of BENNY STACEY who instantly buried the ball into the bottom left corner.
Next up was the Jack McShane road show as first he had a low shot blocked and then from a Vance corner kick saw his firm header go just over the crossbar. Next up McShane had cracking strike saved low down by a good stop from Finn MacMillan.
Early into the second half Louie Hollington for the hosts crashed a shot into the side netting and he had another firm effort block by Harry Brady. Despite with the very strong wing in their favour in the second period the 16 EJA did not really get the breakthrough they thought they would but then a long kick forward from Ollie Seeby saw JACK McSHANE outpace his marker and as MacMillan came after off his line saw McSHANE drill the ball low past him and into the far left corner to make the final score 3-0. Finn MacMillan then pulled off a tremendous save when he tipped around the far post a sizzling low strike from Jack McShane to stop it becoming 4-0.
Making a clean sweep of the weekend were the 18 EJA when they won 4-2 away to Grays Athletic EJA in a league match. The Saints started brightly with both teams looking to play good football on the perfect 4G pitch. The 18 EJA went close with Billy Owen putting through James Lawrence who just failed to lift the ball over the Grays advancing keeper. The Saints took the lead from a corner which was taken by Ryan Orde who was assisted by Dan Banerjee who quickly found BILLY OWEN in the box who calmly slotted the ball home into the bottom corner. Grays equalised on 35 minutes following a good move down the right which saw the ball pulled back from the bye line and a quality first time finish.
Just before half time the Saints won a free kick on the left just inside the Grays half which saw the delivery find James Lawrence with his back to the goal who instantly laid the ball off to TOM CARMICHAEL who shifted the ball onto his right foot and smashed an unstoppable effort into the bottom left corner. The Saints continued to look good in the second half moving the ball quickly and soon it became 3-1 when Tom Carmichael setup BILLY OWEN who got his second of the day with another good finish. The 18 EJA then went further ahead following a good move from the back found James Lawrence who played a through ball inside the Grays centre half to JONNY BROWN for a 1 on 1 with the keeper and he slotted home into the bottom corner to make the score 4-1. As both sides began to tire spaces began to appear and Grays pulled a goal when their striker found himself free down the right whereupon he struck a cracking shot into the top corner to make the final score 4-2 to the Saints.
There was joint man of the match and it was shared between Finn Murphy for an excellent display in a holding midfield position and Dan Bannerjee who was outstanding in defence. It was a tough decision as the whole team were superb.
Next week the 18 EJA are away to Croxley Green in the County Cup.
HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
In the Green division of the H.B.D.L. saw the 8 Lions roar into action against Bengeo Bengals and after a few shots that hit the woodwork the Lions finally found the back of the net with goals from Harry Turnbull, Tristian Mistry, Matthew Denning and Benji Mellors. The man of the match went to Finley Maguire with some superb defending in this closely fought game.
The 8 Gladiators played Wheathampstead Wanderers Cougars at home and they also had four different goalscorers in another closely fought match and scoring these goals were Toby Ross, Josh Rowe, Kian Matthews and Ollie Allen.
Playing top division from the 11 H.B.D.L in a friendly were the 10 West against the 11 Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers and the match finished in a 3-3 draw. Scoring the goals for the 10 West were Will Stone and Michael Glowaki with 2 whilst William Denning made a excellent debut in goal for the West.
Also playing a friendly were the 11 North and they played away to Arsenal Ladies Academy and scoring goals for the North are Jacob Standing, Eddie Disprose and Kaden Rajkumar.
WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE
In the county cup 3rd round saw the 18 Orient have a tough task away playing WFL Red Division opponents Maccabi Lions and the Orient played well in the 1st half for it to end all square at 1-1 with a goal from Finley Lufbery. In the second the Lions got on top to win 5-1 but the Saints battled well throughout whilst the man of the match went to goalkeeper Ben Atkin.
In round one of the Intermediate Cup saw the 18 West have 3-2 away win over Abbots Youth Yellow with goals from Kishan Dhivar, Gideon Rowland and William Skinner.
It was a great game between two evenly matched sides with the 16 Central holding a slender 1-0 lead at half time over Aston Clinton Colts. Myles Donkin scored the first goal which was a scrappy effort and then Matt Roome scored number two with a close range shot after being setup by a good ball from Daniel Onochie-Williams. Aston pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 and then Jonathan Hargreaves won a free kick which saw Daniel Onochie-Williams took and he scored with a stunning shot into the top corner to make the score 3-1. Some sloppy defending by the Saints saw Aston make it 3-2 but despite a tense finish the 16 Central hung on to take all three points for a well-deserved win. The man of the match went to Jonathan Hargreaves who helped to setup two of the goals.
The 16 Orient away to EB Lions drew 2-2 in division 2 of the WHYL with goals from Samuel Beasley and Josh Haworth.
At home to Hemel Youth White saw the 16-west storm to a 5-0 victory with man of the match Millan Sanderson leading the scorers with a great hat-trick. The other two goals were scored by Alfie Bigg and David Joyner.
The 16 East away to Watford Youth Sports White played a new 3-5-2 formation with Freddie Collins slotting in as a left sided centre back. The 16 East pushed them all the way, but their superior finishing and touches of class were just to good for the beast from the East and Watford eventually went on to win 4-0. There were outstanding performances from Freddie Collins and Connor Robinson and so both of them shared the man of the match award.
Playing Tring Tornadoes Eagles at home saw the 14 South soar up high with a 3-1 victory with the attacking midfielder Oliver Wynne scoring one of the goals whilst N Sivakumar scored a excellent brace. The man of the match went to Oliver Wynne.
In the county cup saw the 13 Victoria take on Everett Rovers and despite the Vics playing very well they found themselves 2-0 down but them Reece Lia made it 2-1 after a jinking run into the box. At half time it became 4-1 but then Ashton Latter took a chance to make it 4-2 but then Everett Rovers broke away again to restore there three goal lead. Next Archie Hobbs scored a brilliant individual goal to make it now 5-3 and now we were on top with ten minutes to go with first Calvin Wyatt having a shot saved and then minutes later he had a goal disallowed, if only could have been! It was a superb team display despite losing 5-3 and there were excellent performances from Victor Nicolas, Calvin Wyatt and Archie Hobbs in midfield and also Reece Lia and Zak Davies.
Away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers were the 13 West and they won 4-0 with goals from Dylan Doyle, Ben Mitchell, Theo Robertson and Isaac Templeton whilst the man of the match went Connor Helou after his silky performance in midfield.
The 13 Orient won 5-2 away at Hemel Aces Tigers and scoring the goals for Orient were Jensen Dean with two and scoring a brace was Oliver Rattle whilst Arthur Merriden scored the fifth goal whilst wing back Harley Jack was named man of the match.
In the second round of the Challenge Cup saw the 13 Boreals lose 9-0 to Chorleywood Griffins with H. Yendapally picking up the man of the match for the Boreals.
The 12 South saw man of the match Freddie Yeo destroy Harpenden Colts on own when he scored four goals all with his left foot with some master class finishing but of course he was not on his own as he had the rest of the 12 South team supporting him in his four-star performance. Ryan Kennedy scored the fifth goal in the 12 South's 5-1 victory.
In a hard-fought game on a muddy slippery pitch saw the 12 Arrows draw 1-1 away to Harpenden Colts Leopards and Luke Collins scored a fine equaliser following a well team move. The man of the match went to Alfie Wollington for his dominance in midfield.
The 12 Dragons lost 2-1 to Sun Sports Yellow with Dylan Hussain scoring the Dragons goal whilst picking up the man of the match title was Ayaan Hussain with a dynamic performance in midfield.
Also losing 2-1 were the 12 Central as they were playing away to Bovingdon Thunder Cobras and scoring the Central's goal was Stephen Tchoudi with Josh White being named man of the match.
Away to Watford Town were the 12 West and they had a sound 5-1 victory with Jasper Button leading the goalscorers with two goals whilst Josh Ladyman, Casey Fletcher and Luca Turone all scoring one apiece.
HERTS GIRLS PARTNERSHIP
The 18 Girls were trailing 1-0 at home at half time to Flitwick Eagles but the visitors reckon without the player of the match for the STACY Girls Eleanor Keating who was rewarded with all her running throughout the match with a brilliant equalising goal and she also picked up the player of the match title.
Playing Bedwell Rangers Girls at home were the 17 Girls and the visitors started well but the STACY defence was very strong and kept them out with no clear shots on goal. During the next 30 minutes saw goal machine Alice Benson hit 3 one-on-one with the Bedwell keeper whereupon Benson guided her shots skilfully into the corner of the Bedwell net to make it 3-0 at half time to STACY. In a tighter second half Alice Benson scored her 4th goal of the game and it was a cracker which was started with a passing move on the right which saw Alice Benson finish it off when she sent a wonderful lob over the keeper to make the final score 4-0. The player of the match was awarded to Olivia Chrisp who gave a solid midfield performance. Meanwhile Alice Benson moves onto the top of league's goalscorers which sees her take her total to 16 in 5 matches which includes 4 hat-tricks.
At half time saw the 15 Girls North trail 2-1 at the break at home to Bury Rangers Youth Girls but although the North Girls pulled it back to 2-2 but Bury scored a late winner to take all three points with a 3-2 victory. Scoring the Goals for the North were Sophie Harrison and Anna-Maria Spears whilst the lynch pin of their defence Francesca Bradley who is also a strong tackler was voted player of the match.
In the County Cup saw the 13 Girls South play Watford FC Girls at home and despite scoring a goal in each half the STACY Girls eventually lost 6-2. Scoring for the 13 Girls South were Maisie Humphreys and Jemima Avery with the right midfielder Isabel Corrigan being named man of the match.
Also, in the County Cup saw the 13 Girls North take on the Herts Girls Black away and the STACY Girls played well throughout the whole of the match but despite this they eventually went down 2-0. Playing well for the North were Viktoria Bogdanova, Blaze Wilding and Emma Lacey.
At home in the Pink division of the H.G.P.L. saw the 10 Girls play at home to Watford FC Girls and scoring a goal for the young Lady Saints was Lauren Viney with the tricky winger Alicia Gibson being named player of the match.
Away to Watford Girls were the 9 Girls and they turned in a excellent performance against their opponents and it also gave a rare opportunity for longer game time with so many players missing. There were great stints in goal from firstly Jasmine Mercer and then Charlotte Luckhurst whilst Jessica Reeve was excellent in defence along with Olivia Wood who had a great game up front challenging the Watford back line. Alexa Johnson used her pace to great effect which resulted in a sweet left foot finish whilst Sacha Davies completed the scoring with 2 excellent goals in a impressive team performance.
WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE
Away to Harvesters South were the 18 South and they made it a 6th straight victory with an 8-2 which now takes the South to the top of the White Division with Harrison Arnold scoring a hat-trick. Scoring the other goals were Ross Weaver 2, Alex Banathy 2 and one from Lucas King. The man of the match was awarded to the hard-working Alex Banathy.
At home in the Blue Division saw the 18 Central defeat Edmonton Rangers Jaguars 4-3 after a very close game with Harry Peter netting a fine brace. The scorers of the other goals were Jack Latter and Joao Carvalho with Asher Stevens being named man of the match after becoming a makeshift striker in that he setup two of the goals.
Keeping top of the Blue Division were the 15 East at they beat Norseman at home 5-2 with both Nico Mohan and Brandon scoring two goals apiece with Finn Thomas scoring one.
The 14 East lost 3-0 at home to Maccabi London Lions Blue with Matt McCree picking up the man of the match title.
The 12 Vikings were away to Brady Maccabi Whites and despite scoring two goals one each for Sean Magee and Ailbe Tidd the Vikings still lost 4-2.
The 9 East were playing Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers and they were quite a few goals in this match with Ollie Lee scoring two and Bailey Fennel also scored two goals and he was denied a hat-trick by that nasty old crossbar when his fine shot rebounded back off and was hacked clear. Alfie Sangster scored a hat-trick whilst Carter Davies was named man of the match.
Last week the 9 East played Edmonton and scoring a goal each were Ollie Lee and Lawrence Theobald whilst the man of the match after a outstanding performance was awarded to birthday boy Bailey Fennel. Happy birthday Bailey.
The babes of STACY the under 7's played Global Football Academy Santos and scoring goals for the 7's were Eddie Bailey 2, Archie Brown 2 and Oscar Howlett with one.