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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 5th December 2021
HMH Wolves U14 v St Albans City Youth FC Under 14 Victoria
A later kickoff this afternoon but an enormously improved performance and hugely pleasing 2-0 victory away at HMH Wolves in WFL U14 Blue Division for U14 Victoria.
Goals from Aidan Keigher and George Betteley, who each provided the assist for the other too with one in each half.
As a coaching group we couldn’t pick out an individual today and awarded the entire team MOTM (we only had 12 available for the full game!).
Whetstone Tigers U13 v St Albans City Youth FC Under 13 East
Result 5-1 loss for SACY U13 East
Squad: Callum Brandon, David Spears, Harry Murphy, Jim Gleeson, Leo Hooper-Walter, Matthew Ellis, Nikhil Jagota , Oliver Cox, Ricardo Roberts, Ronan Brandon, Seth Coetzee, Zack Magnus, Subs: Gabriel Odunlami and Harvey Norton.
The East team were redirected to an alternative venue for this match at the last minute, which caused some chaos and put them on a back foot from the start. It took the first half for them to collect themselves and knit together as a team, which resulted in the opponents scoring five goals.
After the half-time break and a restructure by the coaches to best deal with the challenge they faced, the team came back and started putting more pressure on the opponents.
Seth Coetzee also ensured that the Whetstone score didn't increase any more, with some great saves.
Oliver Cox upped his game throughout, to make a strong threesome of attackers with Leo Hooper-Walter and Harry Murphy. He twice assisted Harry. The first time the goal shot was cleared by an opposing player, the second time, Oliver ran the ball up the wing, passed to Harry Murphy who took his time and pocketed the ball into the far corner, claiming the East team's only goal.
Leo Hooper-Walter made one good attempt, running the ball up and down the opponents defensive wall to get clearance for a shot, but then kicked it into the keeper's hands.
A special mention to Callum Brandon who worked extremely hard to get the ball up to the strikers and also defend the East team's goal.
Man of the Match was Oliver Cox for his determined effort to support and be part of the offensive team,
St Albans City Youth FC Under 13 West 4 v 2 Berkhamsted Raiders U13 Red
Back at home after last week’s win and news that with Global Santos removal from the league, a win would see U13 West leapfrog today’s visitors in the league. All to play for.
Raiders started the stronger side, keeping the ball for long stretches of the first half which saw them playing downhill. They were really busy, with lots of passing and moving – West struggled to get a foothold. Harvey was called on for two big saves to keep the game at 0-0 before a breakaway goal saw Ollie’s neat pass find Jacko, who executed a beautiful chip over the keeper for 1-0.
Shortly after another lovely ball to Jacko but this time the angle much tighter. Raiders still needed a goal-line clearance.
Then they hit back, finding space through the middle, great passing and a brilliant goal for 1-1.
The game was a lot closer after 1-1, again Raiders doing a good job of keeping the ball. The one other chance of the half saw Ollie find Harvey M with a nice pass but the shot just wide.
West started the second half well. A pass to Rowan whose shot was cleared to Noah some way back, but his looping lob went beyond the Raiders keeper – many thought over the bar, but no! It found the net: 2-1.
West had sustained pressure and Matty’s ball to Jacko saw him run at the Raiders goal and chip the keeper again. 3-1
Raiders won a freekick on the edge of the box and a great shot, found the net for 3-2.
West continued to attack and after Matty and Jacko’s shots weren’t dealt with, the ball bobbled from the keeper’s grasp and Harvey M was first on scene for a great poacher’s goal: 4-2
Despite Raiders getting two further freekicks, one requiring a great save from Harvey one over, the score remained 4-2 and West win a second of 2, moving up a place in the league with two more home games before the Xmas break.
Full time 4-2
Player of the Match: Jack Dracos
Squad: Eddie Waxman, Freddie Nelson-Thorp, Glyn Howells, Harvey McKessick, Harvey Ryan, Jack Dracos, Lennon McKessick, Matthew Williams, Noah Brooks, Ollie Flack, Otis Lau-Johnston, Rory Williams, Rowan How
Goalscorers: Jack Dracos (2), Noah Brooks, Harvey McKessick
St Albans City Youth FC Under 13 Victoria 3 v 3 Wheathampstead Pumas U13
A competitive game saw the Pumas go up 2- 0, but a goal just before half time by Dan Smith narrowed the deficit to 2-1. Playing downhill in the second half meant the pendulum swung in favour of Victoria. The pace of Nabil Berhili brought the sides level before Wheathampstead edged in front again. Relentless pressure in the final 10 minutes of the game finally saw Jake Emett put the ball away for Victoria and earn a well-deserved point.
St Albans City Youth FC Under 12 Orient 3 v 3 Echoes Youth
Fabulous team performance from U12 Orient today, fighting back from 3-0 down at half time to draw 3-3 against Echoes Youth U12. The goals came from Harry Taylor (2) and Louis Chen. Nathaniel Parsons put in a fantastic display.
Garston Played St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 Girls Romans
A difficult game against a strong Garston team saw us on the wrong side of the score line despite the hard work and effort shown by the girls today.
In the first half an attacking Garston side found it difficult to get past the resolute defending shown by the girls who, despite being under pressure. Garston did manage to carve out a few shots on target but were thwarted by the goalkeeping heroics of Phedra and Liriel. We did manage to carve out a few chances with Eliza and Izzy combining well down the left flank but unfortunately we could not make it count.
Never giving up, the girls continued to fight to the final whistle which is what we've all come to expect from this fine group. In the dying moments Izzy wriggled past the Garston defence only to be shoved off the ball in the box! I've seen them given.
Special mention goes to Liriel, Eden, and Jazz for their defensive performance. Player of the Match goes to Eliza today who battled throughout holding up the ball and, when the forward runs were made from the midfield, she linked play well and was involved in some of our best attacking moments.
St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 South played Hitchin Comets
St Albans City U11 South had to battle hard against Hitchin Comets U11s in a tight, low scoring game.
The muddy conditions made passing and playing good football a challenge, especially in midfield. At the back, Zac Johnson made a series of fine saves in goal, Hugo Landrove Perez put in some excellent tackles and intelligent passes and there was a dramatic goal line clearance from Tom Greatorex.
Evan Love, our Player of the Match, worked tirelessly and produced some wonderful moments of skill. It was Evan Love’s magical run down the wing, jinking past defenders that set up Toby Thompson’s goal, a wonderful strike in to the top corner and another goal to add to their impressive partnership up front.
St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 Lions played Watton Youth Dragons
A very good match today against Watton Youth Dragons, the u11 Lions boys using a very good pitch to great effect with some slick passing and combinations throughout the match. Tristan Mistry scored early on with a super strike before Matthew Denning added a second assisted by Levi Chiappe. The Dragons pulled one back but Tristan Mistry’s 2nd goal had the coaches in raptures - a quick ball down the line from Daniel Davenport through to Levi Chiappe who beat his man and played a lovely ball across for Tristan to finish off. The Dragons pulled another one back early in the 3rd quarter from a penalty and Tristan Mistry claimed his hattrick in the 4th quarter from a lovely ball from Stan Seymour. Two joint POTMs were awarded - Eddie Beard for an imperious display in centre defence and Tristan Mistry for his superb hattrick.
St Albans City Youth FC Under 9 Girls Orient played Hemel Aces
The Orients prevailed at the Nicky B Arena against a strong and dangerous Hemel Aces side who kept pushing to the end.
The game started out with an even balance until Hemel took the lead from a kick out of the goalie’s hands that bounced straight into the Orient goal catching Maddie out.
She took that as a spur to MAKE AMENDS and came out in the second quarter to score from distance and then a second where she beat two players and rifled it into the top corner. Phoebe then added another with a super finish from distance on the counter attack.
In the second half the Orient began to dominate with excellent defending and forward passing from Sophia and Alice and superb pressing and defensive midfield play from Chloe and Mia. Chloe was letting nothing last her today!
Then Orient Alice shaped a brilliant long ball down down the line that was expertly controlled by Grace who then squared it to Maddie who finished into the bottom corner off the post.
Special mention to Josie too who ran hard and showed her footballing intelligence throughout to preserve the Orient’s lead.
PoTM was Maddie for her fine hattrick and hard-tackling.
St Albans City Youth Under 9 East played Bengeo Tigers
St Albans City East Boys Under 9s returned to action against Bengeo Tigers Bengals in a great game where the quality of touch and passing shown belied the sticky conditions. St Albans started slowly in the first quarter but soon gathered themselves for the rest of the game. The team's strong tackling and passing game reached real heights as Thomas H scored twice and created another for Harry Brewer. Thomas was a deserved man of the match with a display of great strength, speed and finishing.