Junior football round-up: Magpies make flying start to fledgling 2021/22 season

Maidenhead United Juniors older age-group teams have made a sterling start to the fledgling 2021/22 season.

U15 Blades played at home in the Berks and Bucks Cup to Calcot Royals, recording a 3-0 win, with goals from Evan and Charlie. There were numerous contenders for Player Of The Match, but Daniel playing at left back came away with the accolade.

Coach Jas is delighted with the U15 Girls. “Over the last 2 weeks these girls have shown a real resilience. This week they travelled to Tilehurst and started brightly, creating chance after chance, dominating the game yet were unable to hit the net. Tilehurst had 2 shots and scored 2 goals. The second half started in the same way, dominating possession, creating chances. We finally made the breakthrough, the goals then flowed. The girls finally finished the game 5-2 winners. This team have come so far, the football they played was fantastic to watch.”

There was a fantastic 8-1 win for the U16 Magpies against Burghfield. Ollie scoring three and Bobby grabbing two goals and the Player of the Match award. Shay, Ed and Ben F completed the goal-scoring.

Meanwhile, it was a successful outing in first round of the Cup against Berks County Cobras for the U17 Colts (pictured). Proud Coach Gaz summarised: “I am an immensely proud manager of such a talented group of lads who never give up and listen to the coaching points each week and in turn are rewarded with fine displays, clean sheets and lots of goals.”

Nine-man Maidenhead Panthers edged out Finchampstead Chargers in a 5-4 thriller in their League Cup match.

The Under 14s team have may been low on numbers but the same cannot be said for their fighting spirit as they coped with the numerical disadvantage and being pulled back from 4-2 up to 4-all to claim victory and progress into the next round.

Callum Neeson-Roberts marshalled his team exceptionally in defence and was awarded player of the match for two assists and countless tackles and interceptions.

Panthers manager Roland McGill said of the victory: “that was one of our best ever performances.”

Elsewhere, Golden Eagles led the way in the Thames Valley Development League with a 13-1 victory, as much success followed across the board at the weekend.

The Eagles coasted to victory in the U13 Berks and Bucks County Cup against AFC Newbury Colts. Player of the Match was awarded to goalkeeper Hassan Mohtaji for an excellent display on return from injury. Goals were scored by Gabriel Shekiluwa Cardoso (3), Jacob Moore (3), Rijad Krasniqi (2), Mmoloki Chiwiyu (2), Eva Mei Skekiluwa Cardoso, Haris Qureshi and Toby Mctaggart.

There were further victories in the U13s, as Harefield United Youth and RedKore won closely fought matches in Division One and Two.

In Under 12s Division 1 there were comprehensive wins for Burnham Junior Lynx and S4k Wolves. In Division 2 the Delaford Colts Whites maintained their 100% start to the season and Cookham Dean Dynamos were equally impressive with a 5-0 triumph.

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