Results Feb 19th & 20th

February 21, 2011 · Filed Under Club News 

The weather again saw a number of games off but there were some great results from the girls teams this week

The Under 10’s game was postponed

Under 12s had a tough second round draw against league leaders Rakers, who had a 100% winning season going into the game. Upton got off to a really good start, and were unlucky not to score in the first 10 minutes, bringing a handful of good saves from the Rakers’ keeper. We kept the pressure on and dominated the first half. Late in the first half, against the run of play, we conceded from Rakers’ only shot on target, a close range shot to go in at ½ time 1-0 behind.Our girls were really pleased with the way they were playing and couldn’t wait for the second half. 5 minutes in they were rewarded when Elizabeth Sullivan delivered a beautifully flighted corner which was put away at the second attempt by the outstanding Jessica Farrell to make it 1-1. The game was less ordered after that, with a massive midfield battle and solid defending from Upton. At full time the scores were level and the game went into extra time. Rebecca Pritchard-Howarth came out of goal to help Emma Johnson with defensive duties, Charlotte McNay bravely took on the keeper’s role, allowing Charlotte Carroll to play further up the pitch. This turned out to be the key in winning this tie, as Charlotte smashed the ball from 20 yards, hitting the underside of the bar before bulging the net to take us through to the semi final of the Knockout Cup. 2-1 Upton. Jessica Farrell capped a tremendous first game for the club with the player of the match award, but credit goes to each and every player for working tirelessly for each other to win against what is undoubtedly the best team in the division. It must be remembered that most Upton players are year 6, and were playing against a team that is all year 7. Many thanks to Mike, the Rakers’ manager, for his words of praise to the team after the game, and his wishes for their future success in the competition.

Under 14 Rangers were also involved in the second round of the cup,and took on Irby again after two draws in the league. Irby were only able to field 6 players, but our performance today was excellent. Some of the passing and movement, on a sticky pitch, was brilliant to watch, and the supporters were treated to some excellent goals. Irby ,to their credit, worked hard throughout the game, but Brittany and Nifa at the back kept their chances to a minimum. Isabel Nolan was at her best up front, scoring 6, with Poppy Buckley (2) and Leah McNay completed the scoring. Any of a number of players deserved player of the match, and Irby chose Leah McNay.

Under 14s were in league action against our old friends at Ridgewood Rangers. This was the first game since keeper Charlotte decided to hang up her boots, and to their credit, the girls took turns in goal, Despite the long grass, the team played some great football and ran out 10 – 1 winners – Aira Temporal and Emily Sullivan scored 3 each; Ellen Harding 2; Georgia McGeough and Hannah Smith 1 apiece. Emily Sullivan was player of the match.

The Under 16’s game was postponed.

Boys

The Under 11’s had no game

The Under 12’s put up a brave fight with only 9 men for large parts before going down 4-0 to current leaders Wirral Scorpions. Joe Gilbert was Man of Match.

The Under 13’s was postponed.

The Under 14’s staged a great comeback from 2-0 at half time to score the winner with 2 minutes to go 3-2 against Wallasey Wanderers. George Thomson, Alex Pitt and Mitchell Duggan also Man of Match got the goals.

The Under 15’s seem to have an injury curse at the moment and went down 7-0 to Glenavon in the cup

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