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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 31st March 2019
EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE
The 14's EJA were simply awesome today as they moved joint top after they beat Stotfold 5-0 away as they dominated the game with crisp, incisive passing, hard work and discipline. The goal of the game came from Ben Freestone with a smart sharp finish that ended a 6-man one touch passing move. the other goalscorers were Perez Waterberg with two whilst the dynamic Sam Evans also hit a fine brace of goals.
WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE
The 18 North were away to Harpenden Colts Whitecaps and after a match which the Saints dominated saw them eventually win 6-1 which now means they are the League Champions of Division 2 of the WHYL, well done the lads, champions, champions. Scoring the goals for the North were Jack Hughes with 3 tremendous goals which should have on ''match of the day'', Rob Devine, Cameron Clark and George Piekarczyk. The man of the match of course went to Jack Hughes for his well taken goals.
Also playing away were the 18 West and they were at Harpenden Colts Hawks and the West ran in seven goals to run-out 7-3 winners with Adam Johnson scoring three goals whilst there was a brace from Mazen Medhat plus one goal apiece from Tarek Bryan and William Skinner.
The 16 West played a double header against Park Street Village which saw them lose the first game 2-1 with Joe Fletcher scoring a goal for the West whilst Ethan Hayes was named man of the match. In the second game they lost 1-0 with Sam Doidge being named man of the match for this game.
Away to Hemel Youth White saw the 16 Orient win 5-2 with both Josh Haworth and Harry Turner scoring two goals each whilst the final goal of their tally was an own goal.
At home to the Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers saw the 16 North keep them firmly caged as they finally won 3-1 with Gowthaman Selvarajah hitting two of the goals for the North whilst Max Robertson scored just a single.
The 14 West lost 6-1 away at Berkhamsted Raiders Yellow in division 4 of the WHYL with Finn Geoghegan scoring the consolation goal for the West with Chester Reynolds was named man of the match.
The 13 Victoria lost 1-0 to a late goal in the Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Kings Langley Red with the hard-working Zak Davies being named man of the match.
There were better fortunes on Wednesday evening when they entertained Everett Rovers Red at home (Tezza was there) and 13 Victoria took the lead when a long range shot from Victor Nicholas took a wicked bounce in front of the keeper and spun into the back of the net to make it 1-0. Kings Langley quickly struck back when they won a penalty which was duly driven home by Jack Reid to make it 1-1. Towards the end of the first half saw the Saints score two quick goals when following a flowing team move saw Ashton Latter inside the box fire the ball low into the bottom right corner. Soon it was 3-1 when a corner kick floated in by Archie Hobbs saw Zak Davies head the ball into the back of the net at the near post. In the second half saw Everett come back more into the game with Raff De Souza working very hard up front with Shae Thompson doing the same in midfield and he was well supported by in the middle by Emmanuel Edema. The goalkeeper for Everett Frankie Beckles pulled off some vital saves to stop the 13 Victoria from increasing their lead. In the final minutes of play Ashton Latter made a good run into the box from the left wing whereupon he saw his wicked shot take a deflection and go past Beckles to make the final score 4-1. The man of the match for Victoria went to Gabriel Urhoma whilst for Everett it was given to Shae Thompson who worked really hard in the midfield. Tezza says a big thank you to the Everett Rovers parents who shared their biscuits with him, this kept him going for the rest of the day.
The 13 Orient lost 5-1 away to Berkhamsted Raiders Green with Archie Bentley scoring the only goal for Orient whilst Harley Jack was named man of the match.
Meanwhile the 13 Central came back from being two goals down to draw 3-3 away at Kinsbourne Youth with a goal apiece from Davide Iacobucci, Charl Mason and Angus Twidell.
The 13 West were at home to Hemel Youth White in the semi-final of the Intermediate League Cup and what a match it was and I saw all of the second half but alas I have lost my notes(something you do when you are my age, they will turn up they always do). Just before the break Charlie Clark pounced on a loose ball after the Hemel keeper had pushed out a stinging shot from Lewis Bullock for the West to go in at half time. In the second half saw both sides attack and Hemel equalised when Alfie Cooke also pounced on a loose ball in the box after a cracking free kick was pushed out by keeper Ollie Philpot and Cooke tucked it away to make the score now 1-1. The match seemed to be heading to extra time but the west won a free kick just outside the box which LEWIS BULLOCK took and he sent the ball over the top of the wall and into the back of the net to make the final score 2-1 to the West and a place in the final. The man of the match for the 13 West was centre back Leonard Brandon whilst for Hemel Youth White their man of the match went to their centre half Harry Walker. If any names are wrong for the Hemel team, please accept my apologises.
The 12 West played a double header against the Harpenden Colts Tigers and the young Saints won both matches 3-0 with Jasper Button, Josh Ladyman and Charlie Rose scoring the goals in the away leg. In the next game Jasper Button scored all three goals with a well taken hat-trick whilst Rory Graham was named man of the match for that game.
The 12 Arrows certainly found the target when they scored three goals to win 3-0 away Everett Rovers Blue and scoring for the Arrows were James Dodd, Leon Negus-Roman and Alfie Wollington whilst Joe Dunton was named man of the match.
The 12 Central were away to the 12 Dragons which was a close game, but the Central team just edged it 4-1 with two goals from Stephen Tchoudi and one each from Dean Bladon and Harry Pearce with keeper Jake Lee being named as man of the match. For the Dragons saw Michael Napier score their goal whilst the hard-working Josh Francois was named their man of the match.
On Tuesday evening at Highfield Park the 12 Central played the 12 Dragons in the return fixture and what an exciting game this was and especially to hear coach Mark Clark shouting instructions to his team Central throughout the match and his warm-ups have not changed a bit since he was doing the older boys and girls when they were 18 years old. Anyway, back to the game Central took the lead when Stephen Tchoudi headed them in front following a corner kick from captain Frankie Fitzgerald. and then Josh Francois for the Dragons saw his fine shot tipped over the bar by a good save from Jake Lee. For the Central team Elinge Mosima had good shot on goal well saved by Mattie Verdier the Dragons keeper and then the Central went 2-0 up when Stephen Tchoudi with a great finish into the top corner from inside the box following a cross from the right by Ollie Porter. Early into the second half Stephen Tchoudi hit the outside of the near post after he cut into the box from the left and then the Dragons pulled one back when Joshua Francois crossed the ball over from the left and Joshua Nash swept the ball home to make it 2-1. Dean Bladon then crashed a effort into the side netting before the 12 Central restored their two goal lead when the wizard of corner kicks Frankie Fitzgerald curled one to the back post where STEPHEN TCHOUDI tuck the ball with ease to complete his hat-trick. On no there was more to come as the Dragons were not out of the match yet as a free kick into the box from Dylan Norman was beautifully controlled by Michael Napier who promptly drilled it low past Jake Lee to make the final score 3-2 to the 12 Central. There was still action as Stephen Tchoudi had a cracking strike pushed around the post by keeper Alfie Brown whilst at the other end saw the Dragons nearly snatch an equaliser when a cracking strike from Michael Napier was somehow tipped over the crossbar at the last moment by a fantastic save from Jake Lee. The match was well refereed by that veteran of St Albans City Youth John Seeby. For the visitors the Dragons they had a joint man of the match and it was awarded to Dylan Norman and Viney Ogden whilst for the Central I was told it was given to George Parker at right back.
WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE
On Sunday saw a cracking win for the 18 Central when they won 4-2 over Belstone FC at home in the WFL League Cup semi-final but they got off to a poor start when they conceded a goal early on. They quickly scored an equaliser when Joshua Daniel Cross headed home a free kick and just before the break, they went 2-1 up via an own goal. In the second half Asher Stevens scored following a corner kick and then the Central conceded a own goal themselves to make it 3-2 before Jack Latter made the game safe with a great counter attacking goal to make the final score 4-2 to the 18 Central. The man of the match was given to Jack Latter and now a League Cup final awaits the boys.
Another team making a cup final were the 16 South and they won 2-0 away to Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars in the semi-final of the WFL Spring Cup with two goals from Louis Baker-Madec whilst Jamie Filipe-Gama was named man of the match.
In the Blue division of the WFL saw the 15 North play the 15 East in the Mother’s Day derby and the North's goalkeeper was taken ill so Jamie Kerr donned the gloves. The North immediately started to dominate, and Daniel Curran drove down the right wing and put over a perfect cross to the feet of midfielder Andrew Gentle who promptly struck it into the back of the net. Within a minute a half chance from distance from Brandon Trainis made it 1-1 and then Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy then exploded into the box and was taken down which resulted in a penalty for the North which Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy converted to make it 2-1 but once again the East quickly equalised to make it 2-2. The 15 North continue to dominate and were rewarded with a free kick on the left which Daniel Curran curled in and there was Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy to help it home to make it 3-2 at half time. In the second half Fin Thomas scored for the East to make it 3-3 but the North hit back to retake the lead when Cadiou-McCarthy played the ball out wide on the right to Daniel Curran who flicked it over a defender with his right foot and then struck a beautiful left footed shot into the far corner of the net for the North to go 4-3 up. Another goal from Tyler Cadiou-McCarthy with 12 minutes to go which completed his hat-trick increased the North's lead to 5-3 but still the East were not finished as they hit back with another goal from Brandon Trainis which also completed his hat-trick and for the final score to become 5-4 to the North who played some brilliant football during the match. The North's man of the match went to Daniel Curran.
The 14 East were at home to Northwood Red and they lost 4-1 with the man of the match Alejandro Wood scoring the East's goal from the penalty spot.
Away to Enfield Rangers White saw the 13 South score two goals through Mason Leigertwood and Cameron Choudhury but as the second half progressed the South conceded a few goals to eventually lose 5-2.
The 12 Orient in the White division of the WFL won 8-2 at home to the Harvesters South which was a great result for the 12 Orient and Oscar Noble was the leading goalscorer with three well taken goals. The other goals were scored by Ollie Jay with a brace whilst man of the match Alex Hails also hit two goals as well whilst Ed Purple popped up with one.
Away to London Colney Colts Blue were the 12 Spartans and despite a battling performance from the Spartans and yet another 3 cracking goals from man of the match Dewayne Mitchell which took his tally to 32 for the league and 46 for the season so far, the 12 Spartans eventually lost 8-3.
The 9 East were at home to St Albans Rangers in the Robin Hood league and scoring some superb goals were Bailey Fennel and Oliver Lee whilst defender Thomas Bridge was named man of the match.
HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
The 8 Lions were away to Bengeo Bengals Tigers, so it was a game between the two big cats, and it was a match that had everything including goals, goals, goals for both sides. The match swung first one way and then the other as the two big cats fought it out and scoring for the 8 Lions were man of the match Daniel Davenport with two, Harry Turnbull, Joshua Jury plus a scorcher from Edward Beard who rounded-up the scoring for those Lions to bring their total to 5 for the match.
In the White Division saw the 9 South play at home to Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas (more cats) and following a hard-working team performance saw Sofiane Bendaoud score a brilliant goal for the South.
Taking part in a high scoring match were the 9 Orient who were at home to Bedwell Rangers Barca and the Orient turned in a excellent team display and scored four goals through Harry Taylor, Sam Rathbone, Uros Skipic and William Wood.
The 10 East claimed an excellent 1-0 away win in a close match with their fellow club mates the 10 South which saw the 10 East keep pushing and they were rewarded in the 4th quarter with a goal from Thomas Leach who followed up after some great approach play to score the deciding goal from close range. Star player was Thomas Leach who kept running throughout and was rewarded with his goal by following up and supporting his team mates. Squad; David Spears, Leo Hooper-Walter, Harry Murphy, Gabriel Odunlami, Oliver Cox, Tom Luckhurst, Will John, Ethan Johnson and Thomas Leach.
At home to Knebworth Lynxes were the 10 Romans and they keep marching on in the Silver Division in that they scored two goals through Theo Turley and Matthew Elliot following an excellent team display.
The 11 East played Wheathampstead Wanderers Sharks (makes a change from cats) away and getting the man of the match award for the East was Xander McComb.
Getting points off Terry were the 11 Victoria as they drew 3-3 with their club mates 11 Centurions and scoring goals for Victoria were Aaron Holsborough with two goals whilst Oscar Sheehan netted one and the 11 Victoria man of the match went to Zach Evans.
Along with the other teams I mentioned there was no info from 8 South, 8 North, 8 Gladiators, 9 North, 10 Central, 10 Orient, 10 West, 11 Orient, 11 North, 11 South.
Now I know you were all down to play but if the matches were cancelled please let me know because next season, we will not chase up those who do not send Terry the information. You have been warned!
HERTS GIRLS PARTNERSHIP
The 17 Girls were playing the top of the table team Pro Direct Academy Herts Women at home and the City Girls played out of their skins with all the players for the 17 Girls playing some amazing football and although the Girls had plenty of shots in the first half the scoreline at the break remained at 0-0. The deadlock was broken with about 15 minutes left as the visitors using all their 5 subs whilst the City had none gradually worn them down and as the City girls were tiring, they eventually conceded 3 goals to lose 3-0. The whole team for the 17 Girls were voted player of the match so here we go Zoe Chick, Olivia Chrisp, Amy Cowan, Gracie Fletcher, Madeleine Merritt, Lottie Nicholls, Claudia Scrimgeour, Emily Sibley, Melissa Trulock, Lauren Walker and Ffion Williams, well done Girls.
Also playing a Pro Direct Academy Herts team saw the 16 Girls take on their 16 Girls which was the City Girls last league match and they won 3-2 with Mia Pinkham scoring a great double whilst Maz Horne-Batet got one. The player of the match was awarded to Anna Gifford.
The 14 Girls North won 5-1 at home after they had led 4-0 at half time at home to Garston Ladies Panthers with them playing some really exciting football in both halves’. The goalscorers for the North Girls were Kiera Ward with two whilst Hope Hume, Ruby Tickner and Gracie Patrick all scored one each with Edith Shakespear being named player of the match following this great team performance.
This match proved to be a real exciting game as the 13 South played their local rivals the 13 North which proved to be a great derby match which the 13 South eventually won 3-2 after they had led 2-0 at the break. Scoring goals for the South were Maisie Humphreys with two whilst Jemima Avery popped up with one whilst keeper Beth Watson was voted player of the match. The goalscorers for the North were Abbie Bierman with a fine brace of goals.
The 12 Girls South progressed to the League Shield Final after they beat Royston Town Youth Girls 2-0 at home in the semi-finals with goals from Anna Cox and Deenah Khan with the hard-working midfielder Erin Mills being named player of the match.
The 11 Girls played in a Qualifying Tournament for Finals on May 11th and in their 1st group match saw them draw 0-0 against Hitchin Belles and then they beat Pro Direct Blacks 1-0 with a goal from Scarlett Robb. They next played Hoddesdon Owls and won 3-0 with two goals from Teagan Scarlett and one from Scarlett Robb whilst in their next match they beat Ware Youth 2-0 with Teagan Scarlett and Michelle Lam getting the goals. Next up was a 1-0 win over Welwyn Pegasus with Teagan Scarlett getting the goal and this was followed by a 2-0 victory over Evergreen Eagles with goals from Teagan Scarlett and Gabby Bradley whilst their last group match was a 0-0 draw with the STACY 11 Wildcats. So as group winners into the quarter-finals they go which saw them beat Watford Hornets 1-0 with a fine goal from Michelle Lam. Into the semi-final saw them lose their only game when they lost 1-0 to Watford Academy. The still progress to the final’s day though when they play Welwyn Pegasus in the Shield Final on Saturday 11th May. Congratulations.
FOOTNOTE: I see the 11 Girls Wildcats took part in this tournament but TEZZA as not received any info from them, why not he wants to know!
The 10 Girls North played Bedwell Rangers Girls Dragons at home and the player of the match for the 10 Girls North went to Sophie McMahon who gives 100% and always plays with a smile on her face.
Also, at home were the 10 Girls Central and they were playing Evergreen Youth Phoenix Girls and striking a cracking goal for the Central Girls was Grace Noorian whilst goalkeeper Emily Ball who had a brilliant game in goal was voted player of the match.
The 10 Girls Wildcats were away in the Lilac Division to BSC Youth Girls and the young City Girls played really well and it was a great game to watch in the Sun. Emily Ball scored a fine goal for the Wildcats as she ran through the other team and slotted the ball past the BSC keeper for a well taken finish. Player of the match was Zara Stanley who had a brilliant game in goal including a great save following a head high long-range shot. Special note to BSC and the match referee as both were fantastic and made it enjoyable game. Best we have experienced this season.
The 9 Girls certainly took their A-game to Bedwell Rangers Athletico and there were some great 1v1 examples and the Girls combined well in the final third to create scoring opportunities. Bravery and risk taking paid off with some lovely moves playing out from the back to build attacks. Demi Hall and Alexa Johnson both contributed a goal each and an assist each whilst Jess Reeve scored her first league goal playing in a new role for the first time. Siena Sahota also scored which saw her whipping over a deadly cross-cum-shot into the goalmouth that eventually found its way into the back of the net. Fantastic team effort, resulting performance.
The City Youth Futsal 9 Girls and the STACY Community Football Club Futsal 8 Boys played each other, and it was a real end to end match with plenty of non-stop action and some great skills from both teams. There were hat-tricks from both Alexa Johnson and Olivia Wood whilst there was some great work in goal from Jasmine Mercer. "lovefutsal, playfutsal"