Youth round-up: Exciting clashes once again for Maidenhead United Juniors

MAIDENHEAD UNITED JUNIORS

Maidenhead United Juniors were once again involved in some exciting encounters last weekend, writes Neil Maskell.

U14 Whites faced Marlow with both teams going into the game unbeaten in the mini competition. Marlow started the better side, however Whites were the first to score. Lennon dispossessed a Marlow centre-back and slotted the ball past the keeper.

Marlow responded to make the half-time score 1-1. Whites played some great football in the second half but couldn’t quite find the goal. Marlow scored late in the second half and Whites went all out to attack and try to equalise. This left space at the back and Marlow managed to score another goal. Despite the loss, Whites played really well and the score line doesn’t tell the whole story. Player of the Match went to Lennon for a great overall performance.

U14 Blades looked to continue their excellent form, facing Downley Dynamos. With 4 wins out of 4 in their sights, Blades felt the pressure from Dynamos who were clearly fired up for the game and were strong on the ball. Blades settled down and led thanks to an excellently placed through ball from Archie on the wing for Charlie to latch onto and calmly slot home. Dynamos equalised in the second half and Blades fell into a spell of erratic play, lacking composure. Dynamos went ahead with a penalty kick but thereafter Blades dug deep and started to create chances. Two minutes from the end and Ollie travelled down the line and passed inside to Tommo who fired a looping shot from outside the box and into the back of the net. POTM went to Lincoln for a real determined and hard fought performance throughout.

U14 Blacks had a mixed game against AFC Whitchurch, where the Blacks good play deserved more than a 3-3 draw. Two goals from Freddie and a poke-in from Jude gave Blades the draw. Special mention for Evan, who was POTM along with Freddie, for his excellent crossing and battling. Blacks have improved over the last few games and will be hoping progress continues as they go into the last five Development games.

MAIDENHEAD BOYS & GIRLS FC

Maidenhead Boys & Girls FC u12s Girls bowed out of the League Cup this weekend after losing 9-4 at home to Tilehurst Panthers Reds.

Maggie White scored twice while Molly Cann netted from the penalty spot and Sophia Fernandes was also on target in a high-scoring tie.

There was also a heavy defeat for the u13s Panthers who lost 7-2 at home to Twyford Comets Blacks in EBFA Division 3, group 12.

Roland McGill’s side had beaten this team 11-2 back in October but were short of players on this occasion and were supplemented by a couple of Twyford loanees.

They took the lead through Senna Anagho and, after conceding twice, levelled matters through a Harry McGill penalty. However, a poor start to the second half saw them fall 4-2 behind with the visitors eventually running out 7-2 winners. Their next five matches are against potentially stronger opponents, so manager McGill has called on the squad to ‘step it up’.

In the older age groups, the u18s Santos lost their Division 3, group 6 game 3-1 at home to Sandhurst Town Royals while the u17s Boys were also beaten 5-3 away from home by AFC Whitchurch Anglers.

The u16s Cobras took a point from their goalless draw away to Twyford Comets in Division 3, group 7, and Declan Pinto scored as the u15s Colts were held 1-1 at home by Ashridge Park in Division 3, group 12. Owen Smyth was named player of the match.

The u14s Sharks lost 7-4 at home to Caversham AFC Rangers in Division 3, group 14 and the u13s Dolphins played out a 2-2 draw at Sandhurst Town Reds. There was better news for the u13s Foxes who were 4-3 away winners at Finchampstead Chargers in Division 3, group 11.

The u12s Dragons beat Wokingham & Emmbrook Rangers 3-1 in their Division 1 clash while the u12s Jaguars went down 3-1 against Goring Robins Blacks in Division 2.

There was a 3-2 win for the u13s Girls away to Wargrave Lions in the League Cup Group A but the u18s Girls lost 9-2 away to Chesham United in TVCWFL Division North.

THAMES VALLEY DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

A near complete set of matches was possible in the u12s section of the Thames Valley Development League on Sunday, with Harefield United Youth playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Burnham Junior Sabres Yellow in Division 1.

In Division 1 Berkshire Elite returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Thames Valley Youth.

There was also a goalless draw between Chalfont Saints United and FC Holyport Warriors which was much more entertaining than the scoreline suggests.

Both sides created good goalscoring opportunities, with each goalkeeper pulling off fine saves to preserve their clean sheet. Holyport were also awarded a penalty with just minutes to go but the spotkick was sent wide.

Frontline were 2-0 winners over Burnham Juniors Sabres White in Division 3, while FC Cippenham Leopards enjoyed a convincing 7-0 success away to Maidenhead United Cobras.

In the Wycombe and South Bucks Minor League the Golden Eagles u15s wrapped up top placing with a 6-0 victory over Berkhamsted. Sam Hopkins scored twice and Kiraj Banwait, Ibrahim Khan, Elson Haxhaj and Shalok Basra were also on target.

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