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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports 12th December 2021

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St Albans City Youth FC - Match Reports w/e 12th December 2021

St Albans City Youth FC Under 14 Victoria 1 – 4 Oakhill Tigers

The Under 14 Victoria had a home fixture (WFL Blue Division) against Oakhill Tigers. Whilst struggling with some illness and a couple of players unavailable we also welcomed a new player to the team as Yahya Zaman made his debut, performing well and settling int o contribute at left back. With 2 deputies in goal it was a tough day, Oakhill winning 4-1 with our goal scored by Aidan Keigher and George Betteley MOTM having played the second half in goal after his first half duties in midfield.

Harpenden 1 v 2 St Albans City Youth Under 13 Girls North

The U13 North continued their recent good form with an away win at their close rivals Harpenden who have moved their home fixtures to Flamstead. A good pass wide to the right wing from midfielder Maisie Taylor saw a powerful right footed shot from Shea Fagan hit the opposition bar their goalkeeper not able to react to powerful follow up shot from Rachel Kincaid for the team’s first goal after 15 minutes. Harpenden struck back before half time with a long high ball through the centre of the pitch that resulted in a one on one between the North keeper Lobina and in their forward who just got their first to toe poke the ball home for their equaliser near the end of the first half. It was the North who continued to dominate the second half with attack after attack and it was only a matter of time before the excellent midfield tackling and running from Lola Purvey and Ava Cowie gave another chance, a long throw in landing at Shea Fagan’s feet where a super quick low shot at goal towards the bottom left of the goal. The Harpenden keeper who had had made good saves throughout the match couldn’t quite react quickly enough and the ball crept in to give the North the well-deserved three points a result that keeps them in the top half of Division 2. Player of the match - Lola Purvey.

St Albans City Youth Under 13 Girls North 1 v 1 Broxbourne 1

The corresponding away fixture for the North was a defeat earlier in the season so the team were keen to turn in a good performance and they certainly did. In a very fast first half Broxbourne had few chances with the North dominating midfield with consistent tackling and accurate passing. It was a good interception, run and long pass from Mikayla Blessing that put Shea Fagan through for her run-on goal, the opposition playing a high line that resulted in a composed finish from the edge of the area, the shot enabling the team to go one up ahead of the break.

Conditions deteriorated in the second half with driving wind and rain affecting both teams. Broxbourne continued to create chances with keeper Sophie McMahon making a number of great saves from their forwards. However, it was another excellent through ball to Rachel Kincaid from Mikayla Blessing that gave the North the chance to go two up but a reactionary save from Broxbourne keeper pushed the 15 yard shot onto the bar and over. A penalty saved from a Shea Fagan spot kick meant the chance for the North to seal the win had gone. And in the last few minutes Broxbourne clinched the equaliser to make it a score draw.  Player of the match Sophie McMahon outstanding saves as keeper.

St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 Lions played Wodson Park

A tough day at the office for the u11 Lions - with several players away the Lions struggled to match the energy and commitment seen from Wodson Park.  Paolo Iacobucci opened the scoring for the Lions after latching onto a great long ball from Zach Weaver. Stan Seymour pulled one back for the Lions from Zach Weaver’s corner set the game up for a big finish. Player of the Match was Daniel Davenport for good distribution and a respectable performance in goal plus some good work on the right side of defence and midfield. Special mention also to Zach Weaver for two great assists.

Harpenden Colts played St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 Romans Girls

Romans showed their quality and skill against a plucky and spirited Colts side. It was a superb team performance but with some notable individual highlights:

Orla’s EXQUISITE individual goal where a drag back left two midfielders in her wake and she danced through 3 defenders with deft footwork to finish calmly past the excellent Colts keeper - evoking John Barnes in the Maracanã (we hope she makes a swift recovery from a nasty knee bang).
Lucy Carter’s superb run and driven left foot shot from a tight angle into the bottom corner that almost took the net off. Eden’s superb marshalling of the defence and calm distribution.

Annabel’s box-to-box display and intelligent passing and tackling.

The Player of the Match though was Izzy with a general menace and energy level that was outstanding. The other girls all played superbly as well in what was a top-notch team effort. A good response to a tough game last week!

St Albans City Youth FC Under 11 South played Wheathampstead Sharks

St Albans City U11 South had to battle hard in the mud against Wheathampstead Sharks. The conditions made playing good football a challenge but grateful to get the game played.
The South were without regular keeper Zac Johnson, but stand-in keepers Toby Sumner and Rory Saunders did an excellent job, and Toby earned Player of the Match for a series of fine saves.
Evan Love scored the only goal for the South when he lifted the ball over the keepers head from outside the box. We are looking forward to the 4G in Welwyn next week!

Wheathampstead Sharks played St Albans City Youth FC Under 9 East

The Under 9 Boys East team travelled to Butterfield Road and played a fantastic, free-flowing game of football on an excellent playing surface which defied the conditions. Playing some of the best football they have ever played, East moved the ball around the pitch with ease and scored great goals through Louis Burt and Joshua Smith. The latter was created by the tireless Kian Guigonnet after a fantastic turn, burst of speed and cross from the right wing. Player of the match was Harry Brewer whose excellent footwork and sharp shooting should have been rewarded with goals.