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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 25th February 2018
St Albans City Youth - Boys
Away to Belstone FC saw the 18 South take part in a high scoring game with nine goals being scored which resulted in the Saints finally losing 5-4 but not after the lead had exchanged a few times. Scoring the goals for the South were Harrison Arnold, Ross Weaver, Fin Banks and one for man of the match midfielder Scott Gentle.
The 18 East played in the quarter-final of the WFL Challenge CUP away to AEK Black and after going down to nine players by the second half saw them eventually lose 5-2. Scoring the goals for the East were Ilias Bakhti and Dan Miles whilst the man of the match went to Charlie Tilbrook.
Away to Enfield Town White saw the 16 East trailing at the break 1-0 and then early in the second half Ben Adshead scored an equaliser with a long range free kick. Enfield though scored two more goals before Jack Latter pulled another one back but it was not to be as the 16 East finally lost 3-2. The man of the match went to Asher Stevens.
Playing Berkhamsted Raiders Black at home saw the 16 West lose 7-2 with central defender Adam Johnson scoring both West’s goals which both came from set pieces.
The real Beast from the East the 15 East beat Harpenden Colts Magpies at home 6-2 with despite having some key players missing. Scoring the goals for the East(Beast) were Nasir Zaman 2, Louis Postema 2 and two for Anton Nicolas Sahota.
The 15 North who were at home to Watford Youth Sports Black won 3-2 after a very close game in which Oliver Ring scored a brace with Dan Ludwig picking up the third goal.
ST ALBANS CITY 15 EJA 6 v 3 COCKFOSTERS 15 EJA HT 1-3.
Well what a match this turned out to be as the young Saints went in at half time trailing 3-1 but after a tough half time chat they came out all guns firing in the second period to go on and win 6-3, yes 6-3. The league leaders had a couple chances early on but then found themselves 1-0 down when Aiden BRAZIL sent a long range shot over Billy Thomson to give Cockfosters the lead.
Soon it was 2-0 when Jubril HASSAN sprinted clear down the right side and as Thomson came off his line he saw the ball flash low past him like the speed of lightning and into the back of the net.
Now we come to the hard bit as Tezza's missed the next two goals as I was asked to pop into the clubhouse to get some ice for one of how injured players.
After some good work from Josh Forster saw him setup BRADLEY YOUNG to score from ten yards and pull a goal back for the 15 EJA but the joy was short lived as Maxim SALAMANT went past two defenders and fired home to give Cockfosters a 3-1 lead at the break.
In the second half it was a completely different Saints side as they had seemed to have woken up and attacked from the off with firstly Bradley Young having a low drive saved and then Joe Vance cutting in from the right saw the Cockfosters keeper block his shot at the near post with his legs. Mind you it nearly became 4-1 when the visitors broke away and Billy Thomson pulled off a great save by blocking Jubril Hassan low strike.
Both Bradley Young and Benny Stacey both had shots pushed around the post by the Cockfosters custodian and then the comeback began. The Saints won a free kick which was took by Joe Vance and the ball was into the box and BRADLEY YOUNG racing in swept the ball into the back of the net to make the scoreline 3-2. Then it became 3-3 when following a neat Sean Walsh pass found BENNY STACEY who made no mistake from ten yards and now the game was on.
The young Saints went for it and after good work by Bradley Young saw him square the ball across for BENNY STACEY to drive home to give the 15 EJA a 4-3 lead and it was also Stacey's second goal of the day.
Now Cockfosters were in shock and they fell even further behind when after Jack McShane made a surging run down the right wing he played the ball to Joe Vance who cracking shot was blocked by the keeper and as the ball rebounded back out to BRADLEY YOUNG who made no mistake from close in to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-3. Soon it became 6-3 when Josh Forster played the ball over to BRADLEY YOUNG out on the left-hand side of the box where he was completed unmarked and he instantly drilled the ball low into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the match.
So, the Saints increase their lead at the top of the league and the man of the match went to Jude Evans who midway through the second half was taken to hospital with a broken nose after a high boot into the face which was a complete accident.
The 15 West were at home to EB Lions who roared to a 3-1 victory over the Saints with Myles Donkin scoring the West's goal whilst the man of the match for them went to Samuel Pollard.
The 14 East Blue remain at the top of the WFL Green division after winning 4-3 away at Enfield Rangers with Brandon Trainis scoring a hat-trick for the second week running whilst Jack Jacobs scored the fourth goal.
In the West Herts Youth League Challenge Cup semi-final saw the 14 Boreal play Harpenden Colts Hawks at home and following a very tight game saw Boreal just edge it for a place in the final with a 3-2 win. Scoring for Boreal was George Sippetts, Ben Wick plus an own goal whilst the man of the match went to goalkeeper Ralf Murray who was outstanding between the sticks.
Chester Reynolds scored two of the goals in the 13 West's 4-1 home victory over Kings Langley Eagles whilst both Christy Shaw and Alfie Gauthier both scored one apiece. The man of the match went to Shay Murphy.
At home to Harvesters North were the 13 North and despite the young Saints battling throughout the match eventually they lost 1-0 to a late second half goal. All the 13 North squad were voted man of the match.
In the spring plate group B saw the 13 East away to Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes and at the final whistle the Foxes had shouted themselves tally-o and went on to win 3-0. The man of the match for the East was the hard-tackling midfielder Matthew Evans.
Away to unbeaten Berkhamsted Raiders Red were the 12 Victoria and Kayan Joseph scored the 1st goal to keep is goal a game record going whilst Zak Davies bagged the 2nd to take his tally to 5 in the last three matches and at the final whistle the Vics had won 2-0 to see them setting at the top of table of division one. There were heroic performances all over the pitch with the man of the match Archie Hobbs at the centre of everything. Next week they have a local derby against Harpenden Colts Hurricanes.
At home to Harpenden Colts Jets were the 12 Boreals and they won 5-0 with goals from Charlie Gunthardt, Toma Tashev, Matthew Hurst plus two from man of the match Jackson McArthur.
The 12 Central won 4-1 at home against Cassiobury Rangers with the man of the match Matthew Penfold hitting a glorious hat-trick of which two were scored in the first half whilst the other goal was scored by Davide Iacobucci.
In the Red Divisional Cup quarter-final saw the 11 Arrows play Chars Youth Yellow away after the match was switched due to a frozen pitch and despite going twice behind with Callum Howells scoring the first equaliser and then Leon Negus-Roman netted the second equaliser later on whilst also being in the right place as he cleared a Chars Yellow effort off the line. The 11 Arrows then scored a third goal late in the game to win the match 3-2 and a place in the semi-finals when Thomas Maher put over a great cross for Cathal Gleeson to score from a very tight angle. Both defenders Luke Collins and Max Whelan had excellent games in the back line.
Scoring his 100th goal for the team was Will Antcliffe for the 11 East in their match with Hertford Town Harts and there were further goals from Will Antcliffe 2, Asa Stewart-Harris and man of the match Sean Gallagher.
Dean Blandon scored a fine hat-trick for the 11 Orient and in doing so he also picked up man of the match as well in their friendly match against Harpenden Colts Pumas. Also having a good game was keeper Harry Gaines whilst defender Josh Topp was also in fine form.
The man of the match goalkeeper Ben Soll saved a penalty for the 11 South's in their home match with Berkhamsted Raiders Green and although the South had plenty of chances they just could not convert them.
Playing Ware Rangers at home saw the 11 Dragons give time for the pitch to thaw out so the match could take place and after a few minutes stand-in keeper Vinnie Ogden had to come off, so the Dragons went down to 8 players and in the previous match between the two clubs the Dragons dropped down to make the numbers even but Ware for this game would not. Late in the game Vinnie Ogden came back on to make the number back-up to 9 and Mickey Napier coolly netting a goal for the Dragons after going around the keeper a slotting the ball home. There was a joint man of the match and it went to Scott Coll and Harry Barnes who were both exceptional in defence.
In the divisional Maroon cup quarter-finals saw the 11 Saxons play Frontiers Youth Jaguars away and after a tight first half saw the host team show their claws to run-out 6-2 winners. Scoring both Saxons goals was Jasper Button with some tireless industry with some speedy feet.
The 10 North in the quarter-final of Purple Divisional Cup saw them win 3-2 over Cheshunt Youth Ambers with the man of the match Charlie Yeo scoring two fine goals whilst Matthew Baker scored the other goal.
In a Purple division league fixture saw the 10 Orient play the 10 East with the versatile man of the match for the East Samuel Philpot scoring a goal for them. Scoring goals for the Orient were Alfie Long, Brody Unitt, Theo Hancock and Nikolai Cherniaev.
Two early goals from Max Ramsey with one of the them being scored in the first minute helped to set the 9 Romans on the way to a 5-0 victory over Risden Wood Youth in the quarter-final of the Blue Divisional Cup. A Hari Boodhun penalty and then super second half strikes from Alex Matchett and Harry Bishop Camba saw them secure a semi-final place. The man of the match went to Ross Hayden.
The 9 North away to Hoddesdon Town White saw a great start from the boys following a superb passing move started by Henry Tse in defence to Joshua Cassidy then to Eddie Johnson which was followed by a neat finish from Olic Fan for a great team goal. This was followed by a amazing through ball from Joshua Hirst to Josh Cassidy who slid the ball past the Hoddesdon keeper for the North's second goal. There was some heroic defending from Zac Iman and goalkeeper Ted Stebbens. The whole team can be proud of their performance, well done boys.
Playing against a very strong Ware side for the second week running were the 8 South and scoring two great goals for them were Finlay Seabrook and Ashton Balding.
On a freezing Saturday morning saw the 8 North play away to Sumners Youth and scoring two goals for the North was Sam McCree whilst Will Anfield got one. The man of the match went to Henry Schmidt who worked tirelessly throughout the whole of the match. This was yet another great team display in the top division.
The 16 Girls South played Hemel Hempstead Town Girls away in the Herts Girls Partnership Shield quarter-final and they flew out of the blocks and were soon leading 1-0 with a very nice shot from Alice Benson. Just before half time Claudia Scrimgeour scored from close range making it 2-0 to the Lady Saints at half time. In the second period Emily Sibley was shoulder to shoulder with the last defender and her low drive flew past the keeper into the left-hand corner of the net making 3-0. Alice Benson scored her second of the day with another well taken shot which flash past the outstretched hands of the Hemel keeper to make the final score 4-0 to City. The player of the match was Olivia Chrisp for a solid midfield performance.
The 14 Girls South were away to Harvesters and after conceding a goal in each half following a tight match saw the Lady Saints eventually lose 2-0. The player of the match went to the hard-working midfielder Zoe Cowan.
Away to Bury Rangers were the 12 Girls South and at half time the score was 0-0 but by the final whistle Bury had just sneaked it 1-0. The player of the match went Mia Simmonds.
The 11 Girls North took part in a Herts Girls Cup Tournament and the first four matches were in a group which saw the 11 Girls North finished on top with three wins and draw. They had a 3-0 win over Knebworth, 0-0 draw against Berkhamsted, 1-0 win against Risden Wood and a 2-0 win over Bury Rangers. Scoring the goals were Hannah Pope 4, Cora Baylis, Scarlett Mills and Taila Joseph. In the quarter final they beat Harvesters 1-0 with a goal from Hannah Pope whilst in the semi-final saw them win 2-0 on penalties against Bedwell after the game had finished all square at 0-0. Hannah Pope and Scarlett Mills scored the spot kicks and they now meet Hitchin in the final on May 12th.
Away to Evergreen Eagles were the 10 Girls North and they scored goals through Esme Dickson 2, Gabby Bradley, Scarlett Robb plus one for Alessia Cipolla which was her 1st for the team. The player of the match went to goalkeeper Vanessa Cipolla who had a brilliant game between the sticks.