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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 10th September 2017
St Albans City Youth - Boys
A battling performance from the 18 East in the WFL who started the game with 11 players available but had to play most of the game with 9 fit outfield players lost 2-0 away to Maccabi London Lions White. The East conceded a penalty just before halftime and then another goal late on as they pushed for an equaliser with the man of the match going to left-back Luke Gibbins.
The 18 EJA who were playing away to Buckhurst Hill eventually lost 5-0 after very close first half with the score being at the break 2-0.
The 18 South who were at home to Northwood in the White Division of the WFL went into a 2-0 lead at the break and by the final whistle, they had won 3-1. Scoring the goals for the South were with Ross Weaver 2 and Ernesto Rodriguez with one.
Away to fellow club mates 18 Central saw the 18 East WHYL win 5-1 in a Division 3 league match with a hat-trick from M.O.M. Zach Quinn plus singles from Matt Nash and Ross Andrews. Scoring the goal for Central was Sam Abington.
Meanwhile, the 16 EJA was at home to Hemel Town at Sandridge Rovers FC and they went in at halftime leading 1-0 with a goal from Billy Owen with a fantastic overhead volley following a cross from Jamie Armstrong. M.O.M. Sam Golatis had an excellent game in goal on his debut and he pulled a number of excellent saves throughout the match. Hemel though scored a late equaliser for the match to end all square at 1-1.
The 16 West won their first league match of the season away to Abbots Youth in the WHYL Division 2 with goals from Ollie Harris and Scott Redshaw.
The 16 Orient against Hemel Aces Hornets lost 5-0 with Orient's man of the match going to Nick Curtis.
At home to Harvesters South were the 16 East and they could only field ten players due to injuries and they kept them at bay for 60 minutes with the score remaining at 0-0 until two late goals saw them eventually lose 2-0. All the team put in an incredible performance (huge effort from all) and the man of the match was Jack Latter for his overall industry.
The 15 Central at home to Hemel Town Youth Reds lost 2-1 after a very frustrating game where they didn't really pass the ball well and also didn't take their chances they created. Conceded a dubious penalty on 28 minutes and then conceded another goal just before the break. The Central came strong in the second half with Daniel Onochie-Williams pulling a goal back for them and they had the chance to steal a draw in the final seconds of the match but the ball just didn't run for them. The man of the match went Daniel Onochie- Williams whose work rate was first class.
The 15 EJA travelled up the A1 to play Hitchin in their first league match of the season and after a short while they took the lead when a Benny Stacey cracking low shot rebounded off the foot of the near post but there was Josh Forster racing in to drill the ball into the far corner of the net.
Jack Kelly then went very close after a dazzling run down the left wing but later Hitchin hit back to score an equaliser. Joe Vance then went close with a free kick whilst Josh Forster and Benny Stacey both had efforts saved.
Early in the second half Harry Turner went very close for the Saints when his curling corner kick rebounded back off the crossbar.
Although the young Saints had most of the play in the second period with the wind in their favour they just could not get that second goal. Josh Forster, Harry Brady, Benny Stacey and Kyle Rahoo all went very close. These misses were to prove costly as Hitchin popped up with a second goal late on to win the match 2-1.
Trailing 1-0 at home to Park Street Village where the 15 Orient but they hit back with a goal from Ollie Smith and one from the man of the match Tom Cox to go on and win the match 2-1.
Losing 3-2 at home to Bushey & Oxhey Tigers were the 15 East but it was only to a late goal that the Saints finally lost all three points. The man of the match went to James (Jimbob) Barwick whilst scoring the goals for the East were Josh Killick and Anton Nicolas-Sahota.
The 15 West played Watford Youth sports away and won 3-2 after a very close match and scoring the goals were Beau Birnie, Myles Donkin plus one from the man of the match Millan Sanderson.
At home to Whetstone Wanderers Leopards in a Green League fixture of the WFL saw the 14 East Blue win 8-1 after they had led 4-0 at halftime after some fine attacking play (I know because the roving reporter was there on the spot, that's me). Scoring all the goals were Nico Mohan with two, his first was a real cracker, breakaway, Dan Gant 2, Finlay Killner, Jack Raffo, Joe Stone and Brandon Trainis.
The 14 Boreal beat Sarrett Rebels away 3-1 in division 1 of the WHYL with goals from Tom Randall, Oscar Evans and Sudjad Hussain with the M.O.M. going Sam Tillin.
Away to Highgate & Muswell Hill saw the 14 North drop three points in a 3-0 defeat in a Green Division League fixture which saw them struggle to keep 11 players on the pitch due to injuries and they also missed their new striker.
In a WHYL Division, 2 league fixture saw the 14 South make a lethargic poor start to the season losing 5-0 at Sun Sports whilst Ryan Solly was named the man of the match.
In division 4 of the WHYL saw the 13 South beat Aston Clinton Colts 9-1 in a match which the South dominated from start to finish. The goalscorers are as follows Mackenzie Gibson 3, Matthew Martin 3, Louis Warren, Tio Jayasinghe and on his debut Alfie Parkins.
The 13 East were at home to Boreham Wood Crusaders in the W.F.L. White Division and with the match seeming to end at 0-0 up popped James Nash with three minutes to go to score the winning goal for the East to win 1-0. The man of the match went to keeper Matt McCree who made a few great saves during the match to keep the scoreline at 0-0.
Playing Watford Youth Panthers saw the 13 West go down 7-1 with Finn Geoghegan scoring the goal for the West whilst Caleb Ezequiel won the man of the match title.
In a Red Division, league fixture saw the 13 North lose 1-0 at home to Omonia Gold and although the North had a superb first they just could not convert their chances.
The 12 Boreal had a great win when they beat Hemel Town Yellow away in a division 5 fixture in the WHYL with the scoreline being 11-0 for an outstanding day with the Boreal showing some very good football and being in total command of the match. Scorers for the young Saints Charlie Gunthardt 3, Matthew Hayhurst 3, Carlos Johnson 2, Harry Muir 2 and Alex La Placa with one. The M.O.M went Carlos Johnson for a superb performance as the advanced midfielder.
A good start for the season as the 12 West won 6-1 away at Harpenden Colts Harriers with goals from Charlie Clark, Cody Smith, Jensen Dean, Mayar Houjsman and 2 for Lewyn Bullock. The man of the match went Isaac Templeton.
The 12 Orient played Berkhamsted Raiders Yellow away and at full time they had rattled in seven goals to go on and win 7-0. Archie Bentley led the way with four goals whilst Callum Crowther netted two goals and Luke Hayden scored one. The man of the match went to Ollie Rattle.
Away to Brady Maccabi White saw the 12 South hit top form by winning by seven goals to nil. The goalscorers were George Dalton with a hat-trick and then a brace from Mason Leigertwood whilst both Jack Knibbs and Alex Duffy who was also the star player popped up with one goal apiece.
At home to Hemel Hempstead Youth Town were the 12 Victoria and they got their new season off to a positive start with a comfortable 2-0 victory. The Vics dominated the first half but failed to capitalise despite creating a dozen chances. Man of the match Kayan Joseph scored a brace in the second half to give the home side a valuable win.
At home to Bedmond Youth saw the 12 Central win by the only goal of the match and that was struck by Akere Ngu with Brandon Mitchell who had a great game at centre-half being named as man of the match.
At home to Chars Youth Yellow were the 11 Arrows and it was a very even game with goals for the Arrows coming from the man of the match Leon Negus-Roman, Cathal Gleeson, Alfie Wollington and James Dodd.
The 11 South played a friendly at home against Hemel Aces Lions and won 7-1 with Sam Estelle scoring a hat-trick, Owen Weaver 2, James Beasley and Freddie Yeo to wrap up the goals.
The 11 Saxons played at home to Bengeo Tigers Caspians and scoring goals for the young Saints were Jasper Button, Fin Murphy and Jacob Dear.
The 11 East boys played Harlow Town Hawks and scoring goals for the Saints were Sean Gallagher, Will Antcliffe and a penalty from Tom Jennings. The man of the match went to the hard working Jake Cottingham.
The 11 Spartans played Paringdon Youth Tigers and getting on the scoresheet for the Spartans were Dewayne Mitchell with two goals and Freddie Durbridge with one.
The 11 Dragons were playing away to wait for it, Pro-Direct Academy BXB and they scored a goal in the first whilst in the second period Joshua Francois scored two goals for the Dragons and Michael Napier scored one. Any of the outfield players had a case for man of the match but it went to Dylan Norman in what must have been his best game in a Saints shirt.
The 10 East played superbly as a team which saw them score a few goals against Hoddesdon Town Black with the goals coming from Arthur Rennie-Sivell 2, Anton Riddell 2, Samuel Philpot, Leon Rainey plus one from the man of the match Ben Wigmore.
Jacob Standing, Matthew Baker who also picked up the man of the match award, Ethan Evans and Charlie Yeo scored the goals for the 10 North in their match with Stevenage Blacks.
At home to Hoddesdon Town Reds saw the 10 Centurions score a goal from Noah West in the first half which flew into the corner of the net which finished off a well-worked move.
The 10 West had a good home match against Welwyn Pegasus with Freddie Stewart 3, Eddie Diprose 2, Evan Reid, Tim Crowther, Nick Evershed and Max Tunnicliffe all getting on the scoresheet.
Micah Onwuemena two goals and Thomas Denyer one were the goalscorers for the 10 South in their away match with Welwyn Garden City Tornadoes whilst Jake Allen picked up the man of the match award.
Oscar Roe, Will Stone and Ben Burt scored the goals for the 9 West in their home match against Wheathampstead Sharks.
The 9 North played their first match of the season in the M.H.R.M.L. Red Division away to Bury Rangers Red and getting on the scoresheet for the North were Olic Fan 3, Ted Stebbens(pen), Eddie Johnson, Dylan Eccles and Joshua Cassidy. The boys played some fine attacking football and they were all a real credit to the Club.
Away to Hertford Town Stags were the 9 East and scoring their only goal in the match was Leo Hooper-Walter in the second half.
Away to Hertford Town Harts were the 9 Central and in an end to end match, there were goals for the Central from Guy Kusman who hit a fine brace whilst Joshua Gibson struck one.
Away in the Purple Division of the M.H.R.M.L. were the 8 South and they got their first season underway with a battling performance against Welwyn Garden City Typhoons with Will Maiella giving an excellent display in the heart of the defence.
Another Saints team played wait for it, Pro-Direct Academy BXB White were the 8 West and scoring goals for the young Saints were Bertie Bachmann with 2 and he was also the star player with James Cox popping up with one.
The 8 Orient played their first ever match against Wodson Park United and so the Junior Saints are still trying to find their feet. The squad, Alex Hooper, Uros Skipic, Sam Rathbone, Louis Smith, Nathaniel Parsons, Harry Dennis, Zak Stamp and Billy Stone.
The first game of the season and it was between the 16 Girls South and Garston Ladies Panthers and it was a really exciting match to watch. Within ten minutes Garston had taken a 1-0 lead with a breakaway goal but 3 minutes later Lauren Walker had drilled a fantastic shot into the top corner to make 1-1. New signing Claudia Scrimgeour then made it 2-1 with a very nice finish after a fine flowing passing move. The Saints then made it 3-1 when they were awarded a penalty and Emily Sibley smashed the spot kick into the roof of the net and then Alice Benson made it 4-1 after she burst through and with just a one on one she whizzes past the keeper and calmly tucked the ball into the back of the net. In the second period, Claudia Scrimgeour then scored her second of the match with a nice strike whilst the visitors Garston fought back to make the score 5-2. Another player to score her second goal of the match was Alice Benson with a close-range effort to make the final score 6-2 to the Saints. The P.O.M. went to the versatile Amy Cowan who covered every blade of grass.
The 15 Girls were also at home and the played Kinja Youth Girls and they won 5-1 with the deadly Mia Pinkham scoring a sizzling hat-trick. The other goals were scored by Maz Horne-Batet and Mathilda Firnburgh whilst defender Katie Weaver was named P.O.M.
At home to Harvesters saw the 14 Girls go down 6-0 after they had been 4-0 down at the break whilst Nicole Foley in the back line battled hard to keep the scoreline down.
It was square at the break with the score being 2-2 in the home match between the 13 Girls South and Bengeo Tigers with Jamie Curtain and Rosie Littlechild scoring the first half goals for the Saints. In the second half, it was still a close affair but Bengeo Tigers just edged it to go on a win 4-3 whilst Faine Harper scored the South's third goal of the match.
The 12 Girls South played Chalfont Saints at home and at halftime, the visitors led 2-1 with Isobel Corrigan scoring the South's goal. In the second period, Chalfont hit another two goals to go on and win finally 4-1. The P.O.M. for the South was the hard working Beth Watson.
Losing only 2-0 at halftime were the 12 North in their match against Royston Town but at the final whistle, the scoreline was 7-1 to Royston. For the North Elsa Leech who won the P.O.M. after playing well in defence and up front scored a late consolation goal for the North. Also having a good game were Edda Scheving in goal and Thisbe Danford who put in some hard tackles after working the length of the pitch whilst Blaze Wilding lived up to her name by having some firm shots on goal.
A fantastic afternoon of Under 8's Girls football with nearly 40 girls from 3 clubs enjoying a mini pre-season tournament hosted by City Youth. All smiles for the Saints with 3 impressive games and looking very organised.
Lots of effort, determination and imaginative play saw the girls keep the ball well and create lots of opportunities. Goal scorers were Jasmine Mercer, Olivia Wood, Alexa Johnson and Sacha Davies. Some great goalkeeping too and also a good team effort. The opposition were Hitchin Belles Whites, Hitchin Belles Blues and Waltham Abbey.