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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 7th April 2019
HERTS GIRLS PARTNERSHIP
Hertfordshire FA Inder 16 Girls Challenge Cup Final
St Albans City Youth U16 Girls 1 – 1 Watford FC (2 -3 on Penalties)
A disappointing end to a fantastic game of football as City girls are defeated on penalties.
Watford broke the deadlock in the first half with a header into the bottom right corner, but the St Albans Girls fought back to level the score with a superb long range shot from Mia Pinkham.
In the second half the girls found themselves under pressure from a well organised Watford side but a strong defence and outstanding performance from the shot stopper Nicole Gair denied them a vital second goal.
As the game moved into extra time both teams created chances but failed to score that winning goal. The game was stopped when St Albans central defender Abbie Scalon went down and after receiving treatment on the field was stretchered off with a severe ankle sprain.
After 110 minutes of football the sides could not be separated and so the final went to a penalty shoot-out. Despite two saves from the goal keeper and two conversions from Maz Horne-Batet and Mia Pinkham victory went to Watford 3-2 on penalties.
Players of the match went to Anna Gifford and Kati Weaver.
Playing a very good Watford Ladies Hornets side away who will division 1 were the 13 Girls South and they were playing each other in the semi-final of the league cup and the Hornets had the real sting in their tail as they went on to win 6-0. The Lady Saints really played well against their strong opponents and the coaches for the 13 Girls South were proud of their performance and the player of the match went to Esme Bush.
The 12 Girls North were at home to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies in a double headed match and in both games, they found themselves 2-0 down at half time whilst in the first game saw them lose 4-0 whilst in the second match the final score was 7-0. The players of the match for each game was awarded to Emile Hicks and Kaela Laming respectively.
Away to Royston Town Youth Girls were the 12 Girls South and despite a fine goal from Florence Tatlock to make the score at 1-1 midway in the second half later in the match though the hosts scored another goal to win the match 2-1. The player of the match went Emily Martin.
Player of the match Rachel Kincaid scored two excellent goals for the 10 Girls North in there away match at Denham United Ladies.
Also playing an away match in the Pink Division were the 10 Girls Central and they were at Ware Youth Girls and scoring 4 goals for the Central team was Enya Brewster with some deadly finishing around the box. Also getting on the scoresheet was Emily Ball whilst Charlotte Black was named player of the match.
The 10 Girls Wildcats were at home to Bury Rangers Girls and after turning in their best pest performance of the season saw Emily Gray score two fine goals whilst Ottilie Haylett picked up the player of the match award.
Away to Watton Youth Girls saw the 9 Girls Wildcats spring the perfect goal ambush following some fantastic passing and solid defending with the girl of the match Evie Dullaghan-Stone scoring 6 yes six goals and in doing so she richly deserved the girl of the match title.
The 9 Girls took part in a competitive and even game which was their final home match of the season against Garston Ladies Pumas with plenty of chances falling for both teams with the goalkeepers from both sides making some great saves. Finally, Demi Hall found the back of the net for the 9 Girls after she was denied by the crossbar earlier on and then player of the match Sacha Davies was denied a decisive goal by the post in the closing moments of the game. Well done to both teams.
The 8 Girls had a home match against Hemel Hempstead Town Red Girls and during the second period saw Eden Boswell score a brilliant goal for the 8 Girls.
EASTERN JUNIOR ALLIANCE
The 16's EJA were away to Cheshunt FC EJA and after a close tense match saw the !6's EJA win 2-1 which now means they move closer to the top spot in the league table. Scoring the goals for the young Saints were Ben Weyman and the goal-scoring machine Bradley Young.
The 14's EJA played Saffron Walden EJA away on Sunday and after having a run of 8 consecutive league wins which had placed City joint top saw football play it cruel joke as we were unable to break down a resolute Walden defence and so the match ended in a 0-0 draw. '' Parking the bus '' was the order of the day for the home side and for once City could not break them down. To the credit of the City players they continued to play football and did not resort to long ball tactics. The closest we came was in the last ten minutes when a flurry of free kicks and corners resulted in the crossbar being struck twice by Sam Evans but alas, we couldn't convert the rebounds. They go last into the last two games knowing that they need to win both and rely on favours to win the league title.
WEST HERTS YOUTH LEAGUE
The 16 Central had no competitive today, so they arranged a friendly with the 18 Orient as both teams are low on league fixtures and are waiting for their Cup Finals on Sunday May 12th. The 16-central got off to a quick start with Matt Roome after four minutes following a Calum Cornish pass. Two minutes later the ball was in the back of the net again when a back-pass bobbled over the Orient's goalkeepers’ foot to give Central a 2-0 lead. The game was then very tight until two minutes before half time when a fantastic switch of play from Matty Bleakley found Matt Roome in space to score his second goal of the game and Centrals third goal. The second half was played was played mostly in the Orient's half but with Orient defending well Central couldn't find a way through and the game ended 3-0. Man, of the match for Central was Matt Roome.
At home to Bushey & Oxhey Lions saw the 16 South eventually lose 3-0 with Ollie Merriden picking up the man of the match award for the South team who worked hard during the match.
The 16 East lost 6-0 at home to Kings Langley Red in division 2 of the W.H.Y.L. and although it was a disappointing result the East still gave a solid performance against a very strong side with the East man of the match going to Seb Pound.
Away to Bovingdon Storm saw the 15 Boreal blow the strongest with a 3-2 victory with goals from Jack Carmichael, George Hall and George Sippetts with Jack Clarke winning the man of the match title.
At home to Watford Youth Sports White saw the 14 South go down 7-1 with the consolation goal for the South coming from N. Sivakumar.
In a double header fixture saw the 14 West play Berkhamsted Raiders White and in the 1st match saw them lose 1-0 after a very close game but in the second game they went down 3-0. The man of the match for each game went to Christy Shaw for the 1st game and Mason Kerr for the 2nd match (I hope I got that the right way around).
The 13 West were at home in division 2 of the W.H.Y.L. to FC Hemel and they took a 1-0 lead at half time through a well taken goal from Charlie Clark but in the second period FC Hemel won a penalty but thankfully they blazed the resulting spot kick over the crossbar. FC Hemel did though snatch a late equalising goal to make the final score 1-1 and for the 13 West the man of the match went to the right winger Theo Robinson.
Playing a double header away at Sun Sports Yellow were the 12 West and they continue to score goals with first a 5-0 victory and this was followed by a 2-1 win. Scoring the goals in the 1st match was Jasper Button with two plus one apiece from man of the match Josh Ladyman and Kye Stevens and Casey Fletcher. In the second it was Jasper Button who scored both goals and this now takes the West up to second spot in division 4 after a brilliant run of 10 wins and one draw in their last 11 matches leaving them on 44 points with 5 games to go. The 12 West have 3 games in hand over their club rivals 12 Central.
One place behind the West in division 4 also on 44 points are the 12 Central who drew 4-4 at home to Croxley Green Emerald after they twice came from behind to take a 3-2 lead only for Croxley Green to go back in front again at 4-3 but the Central team never gave up and scored a dramatic last minute equaliser through that player who always works hard Stephen Tchoudi. The other scorers were Dean Bladon with two and Elinge Mosima whilst centre back Josh White was named man of the match.
Playing a midweek match away at Harpenden Colts Hurricanes saw the 13 Victoria take the lead early on when Archie Hobbs picked up a loose ball in the box saw him instantly drive the ball into the roof of the net to make it 1-0. Archie Hobbs and then Ashton Latter both had efforts cleared off the line before Calvin Wyatt made it 2-0 with a fine hook shot from close range. In the second period it was Harpenden who made all the running and they pulled a goal back when George Dalton swept the ball across from the right for Tom Attenborough to tuck away inside the six-yard box to make it 2-1. Although Ashton Latter made a lot of good runs forward, he just could get the space to get a shot but the one he did saw the ball whistle just past the near post with the keeper well beaten. Down the left wing for Harpenden saw Elliot Lowe create lots of problems for the Victoria defence and when they did break through, they found Noor Dajani in the Victoria goal having a great game by making some sound saves. The man of the match for Victoria went to Gabriel Urhoma whilst for Harpenden saw it go to George Dalton. The final score was 2-1 to Victoria.
WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE
The 18 South drew 1-1 away at Bushey Rangers in the White division of the WFL with a cracking equalising goal from Ross Weaver.
The 13 South won 4-3 at home to Harvesters South (yippee) with two goals from Freddie Reeves and then one apiece from Joe Varney and Mason Leigertwood.
Another one of the STACY teams playing a double header over the weekend were the 12 Orient and their opponents were Maccabi London Lions Blue and after the first match saw the Orient win 3-1 with two goals from Oscar Noble and one from Antonio Desiderio. The man of the match went to Sean Gallagher who was outstanding in defence. The second match finished at 3-3 with a fantastic goal from man of the match Tomer Cohen which got the 12 Orient off to a great start and he also provided a brilliant cross for Ollie Jay to score to make it 2-0. Maccabi London Lions Blue then produced a great come back to take a 3-2 lead but Orient hit back themselves when Vicente Luciani got the equaliser from a Bertie Postema free kick to make the final score 3-3.
The Under 7's had two matches over the weekend and the first saw them play Harvesters Jaguars away and scoring goals for the 7's in this match were Oscar Howlett with two and then these three players all scored one each and they were Isaac Stirrat, Seth Keaveny and Eddie Bailey.
In their next match the 7's played Belstone FC Red at home and a cracking free kick from Oscar Howlett gave them a 1-0 lead which saw it increase to 2-0 in the first quarter when Oscar Howlett swept home Baxter Collingridge low cross. In the 2nd quarter it became the Eddie Bailey roadshow when he scored four goals one of which was a fine left footed shot whilst another found the bottom right hand corner. Also, in that quarter saw a Baxter Collingridge shot crash down off the underside of the bar and out. Eddie Bailey then scored his fourth goal of the match whilst Baxter Collingridge also found the back of the net for a goal, he richly deserved for the hard work he was doing during the game. Then the woodwork itself came into the game with both sides hitting on numerous occasions before Joel Jaffe scored a goal for Belstone FC Red. Late in the game saw Oscar Howlett add another goal to his tally to it to 4 for the match with yet another fine free kick. Isaac Stirrat hit the post for the young Saints whilst for Belstone saw Bobby Leggett hit the post and Kai Bowen hit the bar for the visitors in that mad spell during the game. Max Deskuba and Ethan Pymms both had good games for Belstone whilst their star player must be Kai Bowen when after his spell in goal for them saw him produce quite a few brilliant saves.
HERTS BOYS DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
In their last HDL match of the season saw the 8 Lions roar into action at home to Bury Rangers Whites with Joshua Jury scoring in the first quarter whilst Edward Beard added another two goals in the 2nd period whilst Tristan Mistry scored a goal late on to make the final score 4-4.
The 8 Gladiators stood their ground away to Welwyn Pegasus Cobalts and scored six goals with Toby Russ scoring a hat-trick whilst Harry Denyer hit a brace and then Ollie Allen popped up with the final goal for the Gladiators. The man of the match went to Harry Denyer.
The 9 South were excellent in a 3-3 draw away at Wheathampstead Wanderers Tigers with goals from Finlay Seabrook, Nathaniel Faldo and Julian Jordan who all supported a strong team performance.
A wonderful team performance there was from the 9 Orient as they played Knebworth Youth Jaguars Silver at home with two goals from Austin Sheppard.
In the White division of the HDL saw the 10 North play away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Pumas and scoring for the North was Joshua Cassidy with a penalty to get the North off to a strong start whilst there was a sublime finish from Ted Stebbens to roundup the scoring for the North.
The 10 Orient played Lemsford Youth Tigers at home and the deadlock was broken with a scrambled goal from Tom Banks. Then there were further goals from Ethan Parsons and Freddie Day whilst keeper Alex Estell made sure he kept Orient's first clean sheet of the season.
The 11 Orient and the 11 East played each in the Green division of the HDL and scoring goals for the Orient was Theo Hancock, Michael Wadsworth and Brodie Unitt whilst for the East saw Danny Quinn named as their man of the match.
The 11 Victoria were away to Wheathampstead Wanderers Cougars and scoring three goals in this match for the 11 Victoria were Luca Ward with an excellent brace and then Aaron Holsborough scored the third goal.