09:00AM, Friday 28 May 2021
Maidenhead United Juniors u12s Stripes rounded off their South Bucks Mini-Soccer Conference season with an exciting friendly victory against divisional rivals Marlow as the two sides enjoyed a rare taste of 11-a-side football. The match was played at York Road and was an apt way in which to round off the 150th season of football at the famous old ground, the first ever soccer match played there having been between Maidenhead and Marlow on 16th February 1871.
The Stripes had the advantage of the slope in their favour as they dominated the first half.
The fleet-footed Barney had already seen an effort saved by the feet of Blues ‘keeper Callum before referee Daniel Smith – who controlled this exciting encounter superbly – awarded a penalty kick after Callum had upended Barney when he was through on goal. Barney picked himself up to score from the spot, but Marlow could have been level before the break when Max’s effort came back off the post.
In the second half, Stripes had to withhold plenty of pressure.
Isaac drew a fine low save from Nishaan to keep the lead intact before the Blues front man steered a good opportunity wide. Maidenhead were always lively on the break with debutant substitutes Malakai and Oli giving the Stripes an outlet on the counter.
On a break forward, a superb piece of skill by Arhaan saw him felled in the box by the otherwise impressive Ashton at the heart of the Marlow defence. Arhaan himself slotted the penalty home.
A talented Marlow side would not lay down however and reduced the arrears with fifteen minutes left when Isaac got a goal which his endeavours deserved, scoring with an effort which took a double deflection into the net.
Nishaan thenpulled off a miraculous save to push a well struck shot from the unfortunate Max onto the cross bar.
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