Youth and girls football match reports

PUBLISHED: 12:40 04 March 2011

Norfolk and Suffolk 
Youth League 
Harleston U14 2, 
Kirkley & Pakefield U14C 4

THERE was only a point between these two teams in the league, so a tight game was expected on this very muddy pitch. The first quarter of an hour was just backwards and forwards as both teams tested each other, which was to be expected. Then with the run of play K&P took a 1-0 lead, which they managed to hold onto till half time. The second half picked up a lot with some good football from both teams, then Harleston were awarded a penalty, and they brought the game level. K&P then dug in and after some good work took a 2-1 lead. Soon after Harleston were awarded another dubious penalty which they converted to make it 2-2. Kirkley were told to keep their heads up and play their football how they can. This perked them up and they kept pressuring the Harleston back four, resulting in another well worked goal. They kept up their football and just before the end of the game scored another goal. Finishing the game 4-2 with goals from Jesse, Harry, Kegan and Blake. It was a great result for K&P and a very hard fought game giving them victory.

Gunton Youth U15 3, Halesworth U15 2

THIS Gunton team reached the final of the Shield for the first time in their history thanks to a late winner against a Halesworth side that never gave up. A tense first-half was goalless but Gunton took the lead ten minutes after the restart when Logan was fouled in the penalty area. Although Richard’s spot-kick was saved, Reece followed up and crossed the ball back in for Richard to score. Jordan’s solo effort soon made it 2-0, but Halesworth quickly hit back twice to bring the scores level. With five minutes to go, Alex’s fierce drive was brilliantly tipped over by the Halesworth keeper. Fraser’s resulting corner took a slight deflection off a Halesworth defender to make the final score 3-2 to Gunton.

Waveney Youth U13A 1, Hempnall 1

WAVENEY U13A entertained Hempnall at a bright and breezy Denes High School on Sunday and had to settle for a share of the spoils from a match which was a classic game of two halves. Waveney dominated the opening period and took an early lead when Butler finished off French’s quality delivery from a left-wing corner after hesitant defending. The home team pressed constantly using the conditions to their advantage and chances fell to Anderson, Gallant, French and Woods but once again Waveney lacked that killer touch which would have put this game to bed. Some of Waveney’s passing movements down the left as Anderson and Woods combined from French and Walpole’s promptings were a joy to watch, but with the end product missing Waveney’s indifferent form continues. Hempnall pressed in a disjointed second-half and the longer the game progressed, it always looked like the visitors had an equaliser in them and so it proved when Waveney were caught sleeping down the right and Meades could do little to prevent the leveller. Hempnall then struck the post and Bush scrambled away although a winner for the visitors would have been an injustice. There was no lack of effort and purpose from Waveney on a very heavy pitch but goals win games and Waveney must work hard to turn their luck around and get their season back on track.

Kirkley & Pakefield U13C 2, Halesworth Town U13 2

K&P got off to a disastrous start when an unfortunate slip by keeper Rory allowed the visitors to open the scoring in the first minute. The home side showed great determination to get back into it, Sam was tormenting the Halesworth defence at will, and when Lewis was hauled back in the box Aaron stepped up to smash home the penalty. K&P then went into the lead when a crisp low shot into the corner from George B had the visiting keeper sprawling. After the break the home side were left to rue several missed opportunities when Halesworth equalised with a good individual goal for a share of the points. K&P MoM: Sam.

Waveney Youth U10B 4, 
Kirkley & Pakefield U10A 2

WAVENEY entered this second versus third tie in U10 Division One with great confidence after recent results. They started the game very strongly with Tom up front causing the K&P defence big problems. Waveney soon made the pressure pay as Aaron smashed in the first goal. K&P equalised soon after, but Waveney soon restored their lead when Tom crossed for Cameron to make it 2-1. The midfield of Kian, Aaron, Jamie and Cameron worked their socks off in the first half. Waveney continued to press after the break and made it 3-1 when Cameron drilled in his second and Waveney’s third. K&P were then given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty for handball and they made it 3-2. Cameron pulled off a couple of superb saves and Max and Alfie were superb in defence. However Waveney went straight up the other end and made it 4-2 as Aaron drilled in his second to make the final score 4-2. Josh and Hugo continued the great work by the midfielders. A superb performance by Waveney against last year’s champions. Learn with Go MoM: The whole team.

K&P U13 2, Mutford U13 4

THIS Shield semi final lived up to its pre-match billing with both teams vying for a place in the final. Kirkley & Pakefield started as the better team with Mutford on the back foot but as time went on they grew into the game and took an early lead with Ted scoring the Mutford opener. The game moved from end to end and K&P were soon level direct from a well taken free kick. As the half progressed Mutford lost their way and K&P began to grow in confidence and soon took the lead following up on a rebound from a shot that hit the post. After the interval Mutford began on the front foot and showed a greater desire to get themselves back into the game, with all the players giving their all. As the half progressed Mutford kept up the pressure on the K&P defence, but always had to be wary of counter attacking from the K&P speedy forwards. With the midfield now giving better support to the forwards Mutford drew level with a trademark shot from Luke. 2-2 and it was anyone’s game with the play moving from end to end and just as extra time looked likely Ted latched onto a through ball and scored low to the keepers left with cool left foot finish with only minutes left. K&P piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser with a string of nailbiting corners, but the Mutford defence stood solid backed up with some excellent handling from Kieran in goal. As K & P pushed forward Mutford scored the tension relieving fourth with a close range shot from Jorin following some great hold up play and a great cross from George.

Long Stratton 1, 
Blundeston Magpies U12 0

THE Magpies’ longest trip of the season ended with a narrow defeat after a very close fought match with a well-organised team. The first half was very much a midfield battle with few chances being created by either team, Sam had a couple of efforts saved and Jamie was unlucky to just put his shot over the bar after a good run. The second half saw more goal scoring chances created by both teams, James played Sam through but his shot was saved, Sam had two more half chances while Bexley saved several Long Stratton efforts. The Magpies’ best chance of the game came when Sam broke through the centre beating the keeper only to see his shot rebound off the post, he reached the ball first, this time hitting the bar, he was then unlucky to see his third effort clear the bar. Sam shot into the side netting and Matthew had two chances before the Long Stratton striker broke into the box to score the only goal of the game. Sam was again denied by the keeper saving at his feet, this proved to be the Magpies final chance of a point, Bexley being the busier of the two keepers in the dying minutes. Joint MoM: Bexley and Jamie.

Girls football
Sprowston U12 Girls 1 
Waveney U12 Girls 2

WAVENEY travelled to play a strong Sprowston team for this season’s return fixture. Both teams started with determination and chances appeared at either end. A Everson and M Lyon went close for Waveney with several low shots from distance, while the Waveney keeper J Green had to be at her best to keep a clean sheet. Gradually Waveney turned the screw and L Robbens scored from a shot inside the penalty area which gave the Sprowston keeper no chance. At half time, the score was 0-1 to Waveney. In the second half, the Sprowston front players caught Waveney’s defence out twice with their speed and on the third attempt were able to run through to score the equaliser. E Walker almost made it 1-2 when S Callighan’s cross went loose in the box. L Cathersides also had a great game with her best performance this season, and midway through the second half, her goal-bound shot deflected off a Sprowston defender. At the death, Sprowston could have equalised and should have scored, but G Tiffin stood up well to make a great save. In the end, Waveney won the match 1-2 and their willingness to work for each other and their great passing play gave them the edge. Eon and ICENI Marine PoM: The whole team.

Thorpe United U10 1,
Waveney Foxes U10 21

AFTER travelling to Thorpe to play Thorpe United, The Foxes pulled off one of their best games yet this season, with a resounding 21–1 win. J Goldspink started the scoring off after just one minute, with G Colby (captain) back heeling a pass to her inside the area, which she neatly slotted home.

More goals swiftly followed, and after just six minutes Thorpe United were 6–0 down. Thorpe United pulled one back on 15 minutes, but by this time they were 10–1 down. Two more goals from the Foxes, before the half time whistle blew, saw them going in to half time with a 12–1 lead, with J Goldspink getting a first half hat trick, E Barnes getting a first half double hat-trick, T Robson netting two goals, and L McLellan scoring one. The second half started slower for the Foxes, with it taking G Thrower four minutes to find the net, but then the floodgates opened again with G Thrower, T Robson and E Barnes all grabbing second half hat-tricks with no reply, taking the final score to 21–1.

The Foxes’ defence of L McLellan and C Forster had very little to do during the game, but when needed they put in some very strong challenges, and played some lovely football to the midfield and up front. J Johnson had a quiet game in goal, but when she was called upon was her usual brilliant self, throwing the ball out very accurately and setting up some of the Foxes attacks.

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