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Hall of Fame: Goals galore as Maidenhead United Juniors return to action

There were goals galore as Maidenhead United Juniors’ sides returned to action this weekend.

U7s Blacks had an enjoyable match at a very frosty but sunny Eversley & Californian. The Blacks played their socks off and were in the ascendancy before half time, after which Eversley staged a comeback.  Manager Georgina was proud of the team though: “the boys were tested as they tried to hang on making some great saves and defensive tackles. It was a very exciting and hard fought match - well done boys!”

U7s Colts played away against Delaford Colts Blues. This was the team’s first experience of a match in the freezing cold and they dealt with it well. Colts excelled in the final quarter which was the boys best spell of the match, scoring most their goals thanks to some great effort.  Player Of The Match (POTM) was Fin who time and again made great runs up the pitch and worked well for the team.

U8s Juniors had an interesting test against S4K Marvels. Juniors agreed to play 6 a side for the first time for the boys this season. Manager Eduardo explained: “It was really interesting to see  how this change surprised them at the beginning due to the lack of space. The boys however started bringing up the intensity and passing more and more in the second and  third quarters. It was then that they played very nice football, moving the ball and opening the flanks. The other team pressured us a lot in the last quarter however the boys defended well. The POTM goes to all the boys as they adapted really well to a 6 aside game and showed great team spirit throughout the match. Well done!”

U8s Whites meanwhile (pictured) enjoyed their afternoon as match mascots for Maidenhead United’s Vanarama National League match with Barrow. 

Coach Byron was delighted with the experience: “The boys had such a great time and were very grateful.  It is an honour to be part of Maidenhead United.”

They say a week is a long time in football and this week proved it for the Falcons. Against Aylesbury Town chances were missed, however Elliot in goal, James and George had good games. 

U11s Bullet Greens were away at Burnham.  From start to finish the whole match-day was player-led and the team responded brilliantly - from the warm up, through the team selection, team talk and POTM choice. A very good performance with only 9 players, the Bullet Greens acquitted themselves very well throughout. There were goals from Nikhil and POTM as voted for the players was shared by Pablo and Tom.

U11s Stripes welcomed Wendover FC for their first game of their league competition. Stripes gifted Wendover early opportunities but to their credit they all reacted and collectively stepped up their performance, noticeably moving the ball quicker and with purpose, taking care of possession and passes.  Wendover struggled with the Stripes pressure in winning the ball back.  POTM Murphy battled hard with a steely determination to win every ball. He showed a delightful range of passes and capped a solid performance with a well taken goal from outside the area.

Manager Karen described U11s Cobras ‘fantastic team effort’ in a successful derby match against Maidenhead Warriors. 

“100 per cent was given by everyone,” she said.

“I want to congratulate Will C, Captain Josh and Niall and Cyrus for communication in supporting Will F in goal, who made some amazing close range saves.  Dexter had a superb game and was trying so hard for the hat-trick.  He received my new incentive - a book for the POTM to receive and fill in with their own match day magic moments and a little treat.  Johan scored the first perfect strike on goal, Ben had so many magic moments midfield along with Huw.  Adam and Joseph got invoved in all the action.  I have to mention and recognise every single player as I am immensely proud of our TEAM.  Also I want to mention my partner in crime Alastair for such a huge support in managing our team.”

U12s Jets had their toughest test of the season, digging deep at Hughenden in freezing conditions.  After a goalless first half, the team started to play with more patience and were able to control the middle of the park. Two great passes from that area led to goals from Stan and Sam, who finished with the left foot as per his challenge! POTM Sophie barely put a foot wrong all game, a constant threat with her clever runs and skills to beat players. A  great team effort from the Jets.

U13s Blades struggled against Stokenchurch in a game where a couple of simple errors led to Blades going behind despite starting off on the front foot. A half time re-focus saw a better second half, during which it was great to see the ball being played out from the back and possession maintained. Asher (LB) played a key part in this and deservedly was awarded POTM.

U13s Whites had a cracking game against a very well drilled, physical and direct Windsor side.  Whites were 2 nil down after 15 minutes through a mixture of sloppiness and being unable to handle the lightning quick, powerful Windsor No.9.  The Whites didn't stop working and created lots of chances before Ethan scored after a quick counter attack. Whites controlled the 2nd half and got a deserved equaliser through Dan after sone excellent play from Connor and Oscar.  A 2-2 draw, and Whites will face Windsor again when the sides meet in 2 weeks time in the Berks & Bucks Cup.  POTM was Alfie who broke up play, won his battles and showed great energy and desire to keep Whites on the front foot.

 

U13 Diamonds has a late switch to Astro on Friday night and found it a difficult experience on the surface.  POTM was Freddie ‘Safe Hands’ in goal who made some quality saves, with distribution much improved.

U14 Vipers returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Windsor Youth. Vipers dominated the first half but couldn't put the ball in the net. Windsor improved in the second half and were awarded a penalty which clipped the crossbar. With 5 minutes to go the game appeared to be heading for a draw when Patrick intercepted the ball, passing to Ben F who played a great one two with Nishaan before firing into the bottom corner. Special mention to GK Alfie for pulling off some great saves to help Vipers to a great win.

U15s Colts defeated Reading City 6-1 to make it eight wins from eight games.  The Colts were missing some key players through Illness but the depth of the squad showed their class on a slightly frozen Astro turf pitch   Lining up as a 4-4-2, the Colts began strongly holding possession, playing through and across the lines working their way time and again toward the Reading City goal only to be frustrated by the keeper.  Following a neat exchange of passes in midfield by man of the match Josh, the ball fell to Chiba who tucked the ball under the Reading keeper, 1-0 to the Colts which quickly became 2 with Chiba lofting a ball from 20 yards toward the Reading goal, Captain Patrick reacting first with his head to double the lead before half time. Another break away saw Chiba race through and tuck the ball under the advancing keeper.  Reading pulled one back but a quick ball whipped in by Nick found Patrick nicely who slotted home for 4-1.  This quickly became 5-1 with a well deserved goal from left winger Nick before a super finish from Patrick who once again had scored a hat-trick. Manager Gaz was thrilled once again: “Yet again I can’t believe the maturity and confidence of this footballing team of lads, a true pleasure to manage and watch each week.”

U15s Panthers were at home to a Stokenchurch side who started out well with some great passing play but could not continue to hold Panthers back from scoring first which then led to an influx of well-worked goals to go in 5-0 at halftime. Second half was more of the same with great play all over the pitch. Stokenchurch got a goal back but it was too late for a come-back with Panthers winning 9-1. Captain was Edwin and POTM was Nick, a player who – according to manager David – “can be trusted to do the right thing on and off the ball in every match.”

U16s Ravens had a much improved performance.  The girls conceded a penalty for a hand-ball in their box during the first half that the opposition penalty taker put wide but the half went on to finish with a strike from the opposition striker, making good use of space to get a good shot away to beat the Ravens keeper. The second half Ravens conceded another goal fairly early on but came back strong playing with purpose and creating a good few opportunities themselves with a great lob attempt from Martha narrowly going wide and another great shot from Maddie returned from a goal kick with great technique and venom testing the keeper.  Manager Ben was pleased with his team: “The girls showed great character and work ethic as well as great individual and team display both attacking and defending that could have got them a totally different result on another day.”

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