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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 18th February 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
In the WFL quarter-final of the League Cup saw the 18 East beat Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 5-0 with two goals from Cain Joseph and one each from Gio Basile and Joe Vance whilst man of the match Ollie Hann also popped up with goal as well.
The 18 Orient were away to Aston Clinton Cobras in round one of the Junior League Cup in the WHYL and after extra time the score remained at 3-3 and so onto the dreaded penalty shootout which saw the Saints bow out 4-2. Scoring the goals for Orient were Zach Quinn, Kwame Youri and Harrison Bean whilst scoring the penalty spot were Matt Nash and Kai Takahashi whilst defender Matt Turner was named man of the match.
The 18 South were away to Whetstone Wanderers Panthers and despite putting in a battling performance they gradually went down 7-2 to three late goals. Scoring the goals for the South were Harrison Arnold and Jack Fletcher whilst Fin Banks who worked hard up front was named man of the match.
Away in division two of the WHYL saw the 18 North come from being a goal down to win 3-2 against Hemel Town Red with goals from Jack Hughes with two plus one from man of the match Matt Breeze.
The 16's EJA drew at home against Hitchin Town in the league and the Saints kicked up the hill in the first half that was evenly contested. following a swift move down the right wing saw Hitchin find their number 9 in the box with his back to the goal who instantly rolled the Saints defender before slotting home into the bottom corner to give them a 1-0 lead. The Saints worked hard on a difficult surface, but they couldn't find that equaliser and went in at the break 1-0 down. In the second half the Saints 16 EJA upped the tempo and were unlucky not to draw level with the Hitchin keeper pulling off a excellent diving save from a Tom Carmichael header. Finally, the Saints pressure told when Dan Banerjee hit the post and the man of the match Thomas Geller raced in to pounce on the loose ball to score the equalising goal. Although the Saints pushed forward for the winner Hitchin were still dangerous on the break however at the final whistle the game ended at 1-1.
The 16 Orient playing at home to Kings Langley Kestrels after a close match finally went down 4-2 to a couple of late goals. Scoring both of Orient's goals was man of the match Joshua Daniel whilst Ousama Moutiq had a good game in the heart of the defence.
At half time the 15 Central led 2-0 away to Hemel Town Red with goals from Matty Bleakley and Matt Roome in a half which they failed to more of their chances. In the second half it was a different story as the Central switched their tactics to high press and it worked with Central scoring five more goals to win 7-0. Scoring the first was Jack Percy whilst Ollie Gilmour got the next one with a neat finish and then came a cracker from Daniel Onochie-Williams. The sixth goal of the match was scored by left back John McVeigh with a super headed goal whilst the final goal of the match was struck by Jonathan Hargreaves who saw the Hemel keeper well off his line and struck a 35-yard sizzler over his head to wrap the scoreline up. The man of the match went Matty Bleakley for his work rate and tenacity domination in the central of midfield.
The 15 North picked up three points at home with a 3-1 victory over Gadeside Rangers Tigers with goals being scored for the North by Arthur Corke who was also man of the match and one from Freddie Radavanovic and one from L Loughlin.
In division two of the WHYL saw the 15 West play Evergreen away and by the final whistle the scoreline was 5-2 to Evergreen. Scoring for the West were Beau Birnie and David Joyner whilst Benjy Newland was named man of the match.
It was the clash of the giants or in other words the top teams in the 14's Green Division of the WHYL and it was between the 14 North and the 14 East Blue with the North missing a couple key players and they also started with ten players and they were soon down to nine but they made the eleven players of the East Blue work very hard to take a 2-0 lead into the break. Dan Gant and Tom Merritt scored these goals whilst Dan Curran for the North saw his well struck curling free kick saved. In the second period a fine pass from Joe Stone to Dan Gant saw him make it 3-0 whilst Dan Curran for the North cutting in from the right shot just over the bar. For the East Blue saw Lucas Osborne hit the foot of the post only to watch the ball rebound out into the arms of a grateful North goalkeeper. As the match entered the last ten minutes with the North players gradually tiring saw the East Blue steam ahead as Brandon Trainis hit a glorious hat-trick for them to win 6-0. There was no individual man of the match as both teams gave it to all the members of their individual squads. The game was played in good spirits so well done to both teams says Tezza as he was there on the spot.
In a highly competitive encounter saw the 14 South runout winners by three goals to nil at home to Hemel Town Red with Tyler Channer scoring a brace of goals whilst Sam Hicks scored one and the man of the match went to Samuel Baker-Madec who was excellent in defence.
The 14 East Yellow were playing Bovingdon Thunder at home and once again like the match previously on that pitch saw them start with eleven players, but they were soon down to ten and then in the second half they lost another player due to a injury. At half time the scoreline was 4-1 to Bovingdon who had to work hard to get those goals with the goal of the match being scored by Finlay Thomas (oh how Manchester City could have done with one of those) when he cut into the box from the right an unleashed a shot that flew into the far top corner of the net giving the Bovingdon keeper no chance to make a save. In the second period the visitors scored two more goals to win the match 6-1 but it could have been a few more but for the East Yellow keeper Yaman Alrahabi who made some great saves during the match including one with the very last kick of the match when somehow, he stopped a cracking shot as he tipped the ball over the bar. As he fell to the ground he picked up an injury and was taken to hospital afterwards where he was kept in and had an operation on his arm. Get Well Soon Yaman, my man of the match, he didn't know where the ball had gone and asked did they score and of course we said no!
The 13 West won 3-2 away to Harpenden Colts Typhoons with excellent goals from Dylan Bramall, Alfie Gauthier and James Liverside with defender Mason Kerr picking up the man of the match award.
The 13 South were at home to Harpenden Colts Tornadoes and twice during the first half they found themselves a goal down but each time they hit back to go in at the break drawing 2-2. Scoring the first half goals were Matthew Martin and George Beasley whilst late in the gate saw Fin Crumpton strike the winner from just inside the box for a good finish and for the South to win 3-2. During the match also saw Alfie Parkins hit the crossbar twice and being named man of the match was Matthew Martin who had a great game out on the right wing.
The quarter-final of the Watford Friendly League saw the 13 North play Watford Youth Sports at home and at half time saw the North trailing by two goals to nil. In the second half saw the home side step up a gear and despite the North pulling a goal back when Ben Freestone pounced on a poor back pass and fired the ball low past the advancing keeper to make it 2-1 they just could not get that vital equaliser. Working hard throughout the match was Jake Berry.
The 13 East found their opponents the Norseman living up to their name as they went onto win 5-0 as they gave no quarter as they surged through the East's backline. The man of the match was awarded to Alejandro Wood who kept battling throughout the match.
Well this match had everything, plenty of goals, hat-tricks for both sides and a very late winner as the 12 Boreals took on Sandridge Rovers Tigers at home in a division five league match in the WHYL. At half time saw Boreal lead 2-1 with both goals being scored by Carlos Johnson and in the second half Sandridge hit back for the score to be 3-3 with their goals being scored by two from Max Barnett and one from Finn Elsmark whilst Boreals third goal was scored by Carlos Johnson which completed a fine hat-trick. As the game switched from end to end who was going to score that winning goal as both teams were going for it, well with only two minutes to go Max Barnett for Sandridge sent in a high looping shot that sailed over the Boreals keeper to make the final score 4-3 to the visitors, but what a game to watch. That goal completed Max Barnett hat-trick and for Sandridge central midfielder Joe Field was named man of the match whilst for Boreal their man of the match went to Carlos Johnson.
At home to Chorleywood Dragons were the 12 Victoria and they return briefly to the top of division one after they swept aside the Dragons in the first half by scoring four goals to lead 4-0. Freddie Roe and man of the match Alex Strazza controlled the centre of the park with Zak Davies coming off the bench to score two goals before Oscar Bell and Alex Strazza netted the other two goals. In the second period Chorleywood pulled a goal back o make the final score 4-1. For the Vics in the weeks to come it will a tough test ahead but the Vics are hitting form as they approach the business end of the season.
The 12 Orient in division three of the West Herts Youth League were at home to Harpenden Colts Harriers and with neither side getting that breakthrough the match finally finished all square at 0-0. The man of the match for the Orient went to keeper Arthur Merriden who with some fines made sure he kept a clean sheet.
In the Intermediate League Cup quarter-finals saw the 12 West play Nascot Wood at home with the keepers from both teams producing some excellent saves between them. A goal from Cody Smith gave the West the lead only for them to be pegged back by a deflected free kick to make it 1-1. Charlie Clark scored the winner after he took the ball around the keeper and slotting the ball home to make the final score 2-1 whilst the man of the match went to Ollie Philpot.
This match was billed as El Classico by both teams which saw the 11 Orient play the 11 South away as players from both teams go to the same school. Scoring goals in this match were Sam Estell with two and Max Butterworth with one and the man of the match for the South went to their goalkeeper Ben Soll whilst for Orient it was central midfielder Oscar Noble picking up the award.
Well we now come to the Maroon division of the Mid Herts Rural Minors League where St Albans City Youth have four teams playing in and we start with the 11 Romans who were away to Wormley Grey and scoring the only goal for the Romans was Sonny Phillips. The man of the match went Alex Rothwell who gave a powerful performance in the back-line.
Next up was the 11 Saxons and they played Ware Rangers Flamengo at home and there was plenty of goals for both teams in this match and hitting the goals for the Saxons were Jasper Button with two and both Zac Black and Christian Harvey scored one apiece.
The third team was the 11 Spartans and they were at home to Watton Youth and Dewayne Mitchell was in form with a sizzling hat-trick of goals whilst scoring a goal each was Freddie Durbridge and Zevik Cowell
The final team in the Maroon division were the 11 Dragons and they were away to Frontiers Youth Jaguars and after a tough game on a very heavy pitch saw Ayaan Hussain pick up the man of the match for a fine performance for the young Saints.
The 11 Arrows were once again on target in their match with Elite Feet Southgate Pumas with the match referee even saying how well they played. Scoring the goals for the Arrows were Zain Zamen and Thomas Maher with one apiece whilst the man of the match Alfie Wollington scored two crackers. Leon Negus-Roman did well at the back even clearing one effort off the line whilst Luke Collins and Max Whelan also did some great defending as well.
The 11 East in the Emerald division of the MHRM League took on Letchworth City Eagles Black away and the man of the match for the East was awarded to Ollie Denyer for his tenacious tackles during the whole of the match.
Away to Little Gaddesden were the 11 West and scoring a goal for them was Charlie Rose whilst the man of the match went to goalkeeper Josh(Woody) Woodley.
A well struck free kick from Lucas Scott was the first goal for the 9 Romans in their home match with Risden Wood Youth and this was quickly followed by a cool finish by Hari Boodhun for goal number two and the man of the match went to Elliot Campbell.
James Cox scored two fine goals for the 9 Central as they played Codicote Youth Blue away and late in the game Will Lacey hit a third goal for Central
The 9 South were at home to Elite Feet Southgate Lions and scoring a few goals for the young Saints were Daniel Tiffen with 2 and then came Ronnie Wilton with one and also getting in amongst the goals was man of the match Charlie Morris who also put in some great tackles as well.
At home to Potters Bar Crusaders saw Will Stone score an excellent hat-trick for the 9 West whilst Jack Burke popped up with a single.
Away to Welwyn Pegasus Skys saw the 9 North give an all-round performance in the sun with the North's captain Zac Iman covering every blade of the Astro turf and scoring the first goal for them when he latched onto a rebound of the post and firing the ball home. The backflip goal celebration was even better!!!! After a superb passing move and a exquisite killer pass from Olic Fan saw Joshua Cassidy finish delightfully for the North's second. A superb pass from Hugo Smith to Eddie Johnson who crossed the ball low for Oliver Ajaegbu to score from close range for the Saints third goal of the match. Henry Tse and Dylan Eccles both gave outstanding displays and moved the ball well out of defence.
In the Red division of the Mid Herts Rural Minors League saw the 9 East play Elite Feet Southgate Pumas at home and scoring the first goal for the East was Ricardo Roberts whilst Lee Hooper-Walter scored a second. The man of the match Tom Luckhurst added a third with a superb solo effort when he saw the keeper off his line and from the halfway line he sent a shot sailing over his head for a fine finish.
Playing London Maccabi Lions at home were the 8 East in the Rory Tiger division of the WFL and scoring all five of the East's goals was Junior Mitchell whilst the player of the match went to who Ollie Lee supplied all the final passes for all five goals.
The 8 North were promoted from the Orange division of the MHRML to the Emerald division which saw them play Ware at home and during the match saw Sam McCree score 4 goals with Henry Paget and Hektor Redel both scoring one each. The man of the match went to Noah Fox who sparked the team forward in search of goals.
Also playing a Ware team were the 8 South and there game was also at home and during the match saw Fin Seabrook score a hat-trick whilst Julian Jordan scored one with both Harry Mayhew and Will Maiella being strong in the midfield.
The 10 player Saints 16 Girls South squad were up against a Bedwell team away and after only five minute they found themselves 1-0 down. In the second half Lauren Walker scored to make it 1-1 and now it was anyone's game with both teams having plenty of chances. Bedwell scored near the end and then added a third from the penalty spot to make the final score 3-1. Player of the match went to Zoe Chick for her amazing defending performance.
Losing 1-0 at half time at home to Potters Bar Crusader Raiders were the 12 Girls South and at the visitors added a second to go on and win 2-0 with Ava Rose picking up the player of the match award for the 12 Girls South.
Losing 1-0 at home to Bedwell Rangers Lionesses after a very close game were the 11 Girls South and being named player of the match for the young Lady Saints was Violet Shepherd.
The 10 Girls North were at home to the Pro Direct Academy and scoring for the lady saints were Teagan Scarlett 2, Rebecca Smith and Scarlett Robb whilst goalkeeper Vanessa Cipolla was named player of the match after a brilliant game between the sticks.
Also, at home were the 9 Girls North in the Pink Division and they played Bedwell Rangers Phoenix and hitting a couple of goals for the North was player of the match Shea Fagan whilst Maisie Bierman scored one as well.
It was a high scoring home match between the 8 Girls and Harpenden Colts Panthers and Olivia Wood scored four well taken goals whilst Jasmine Mercer struck a hat-trick with Matilda Flynn and player of the match Demi Hall both scoring one apiece.