Results Jan 8th & 9th

January 10, 2011 · Filed Under Club News 

After 7 weeks without games we finally returned to action

Mini Soccer

The Under 7’s had a tough return losing to Greenleas with Luke O’Keefe scoring and voted Man of Match

Upton Under 8’s started off very slow on Saturday, and took their time to get back into their stride after the prolonged break. On a very muddy pitch they seemed to want to pass the ball through the middle, where all the mud was. Therefore it came as no surprise when they went 1 – 0 down after a goal mouth scramble. Nobody seemed to be gatting any tackles in. However, they picked up their game towards half time, and had a few chances to level the score, but the shots just went wide of the posts. After a half time talk about getting the ball wide, they started brightly. A couple of timely substitutions worked well, and the boys started playing the ball to the wings. They levelled the score early on with a goal mouth scramble that saw Philip Smith poke the ball home from close range. The boys were now playing well, in what was a pretty even game. They had a few chances to break, but just couldn’t find that telling pass. The, just before the final whistle, Luke Pitt won the ball on the halfway line, and poked a pass through to James Smith, who raced half the pitch before composing himself to smash the winner in the top corner. The line and coaches went crazy. It literally was the last kick of the game as the ref blew his whistle before Glenavon could restart. Another great win with a battling performance despite what the opposition felt about the result, Alex Clark was Man of Match. 


Upton Under 9’s came back from the enforced winter break at full speed with a magnificent win over Delta Rangers in the first round of the Challenge Cup. Upton fought from the start on a freezing cold day and put Delta’s keeper firmly under pressure from the start. It could have been a cricket score but for some tremendous shot stopping that from the Delta ‘keeper that only served to frustrate but not hinder Upton’s enthusiasm and it wasn’t too long before a cross from Jack Torpey was toe poked over the line by Lewis Heath. The deadlock broken it looked like the floodgates would open but some stubborn resistance kept the score at 1-0 at half-time. The second half opened as strongly as the first for Upton and it wasn’t long before some great running by Jack Torpey produced a cross and some lovely football by Reece Pirie saw Reece Gannon slot the ball past the Delta ‘keeper. At 2-0 Upton looked secure for the win and the third wasn’t long in following. Man of the match Torpey went on a mazy run, fed the ball through to Connor Jones who unleashed a venomous shot straight passed the hapless Delta keeper. It was now a rout. Another solo effort from Torpey saw him find his own space to shoot and what a shot it was. The keeper had no chance. 4-0. Lewis Heath joined in the act after a tireless performance, claiming his second with a great curled effort from halfway inside the box to make it 5-0 and Reece Pirie scored a trademark goal with a powerful strike that left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot. 6-0. All in all every player deserved the MOM performance today. Skipper Owen Burns and his defensive partner Joshua Lynch were tremendous stoppers today, ‘keeper Zack Hemsworth was amazing when called upon a few times, the providers Lewis Heath, Connor Jones, Reece Pirie and worked tirelessly as did Jack TorpeyReece Gannon who, himself, turned provider many times from his strikers role. The work ethic of this team is second to none and a pleasure to coach.

Under 10’s – No Report Yet


Under 10s only had the bare 7 available and on a large pitch, ended up losing 2-0 to Irby. Ellie Johns was player of the match 

The Under12’s v Manor, A really close game and your classic game of two halves. In the 1st Upton were the dominant team, and were deservedly rewarded with a goal which involved great control and coolness under pressure from Libby Boulger who fed the ball to Elizabeth Sullivan, showing great determination, she hit the net at the second attempt after the goalkeeper did well from the initial shot.

In the second half Elizabeth went close with a snap shot just inside the box. This was the best of a handful of chances for Upton to go 2-0 up however we didn’t convert them, and spent most of the 2nd half defending. Eventually we conceded from a really well struck shot 5 minutes from the end but held on for a draw which seems a fair result from these well matched teams. Rebecca Pritchard-Howarth was player of the match for an excellent all round performance.

The under 14 Rangers won 4 – 0 against Greenleas, for whom Rachel Hall provided a tough goalkeeper to beat. Leah McNay broke the deadlock late in the first half. Sarah Buckley tipped a shot onto the bar and over to keep the lead before two trademark quality strikes from jodie Williams either side of half time settled the game. Nifa Dutton, on her debut for the team, stole in at the back from a corner to finish well. Ceri Duff was deservedly awarded player of the match by the opposition combining strong defence with several surging runs forward.

The under14s won 8 – 1 against Wirral Hawks Girls.  Taking the lead in the first couple of minutes, the result never looked in doubt despite spirited opposition. Ellen Harding and Aira Temoporal scored 3 each, Molly Johns and Emily Sullivan one each, and Emily Sullivan was player of the match.

Under 16s lost 7-6 in a close match against Wallasey Wanderers Red at the Delph.  Some early errors, and several fine saves from the Reds’ keeper meant that Upton were unable to take anything from the game despite a good second half performance. Abbie Bateman scored 4, and Lucy McKeown 2. Jess Taylor was awarded player of the match


The Under 11’s beat Wallasey Wanderers 12-1 with EWan Nolan 4, Ryhs Jones 2, Aidan Keogh 2, Lewis Harrisson, Joshua Smith, Michael Lynch 2 and Man of Match the scorers.

The Under 12’s played league leader Wirral Rangers and despite leading 2-1 at half time eventually lost out 6-2 with goals from Alex Highton and Greg Saville with Thomas Wilson Man of Match.

The Under 13’s had a comfortable return to action with an 8-0 over Young Lions with hat tricks for Jordan Taylor & Connor Davies and other strikes from Adam Sunners and Ben Casey with Liam Siddorn Man of Match.

The Under 14’s had a very hard fought 2-0 win over Hoylake with second half goals from Callum Mernock & Joe Murray with Ben Stobbart Man Of Match.

After a long break through the cold spell the Under 15’s recorded a well deserved win against a new look Hoylake side. On a wet Newton Park pitch that the Hoylake manager had done well with the brush to make playable both sides struggled to create openings in a tight first half. With flashes of brilliance from Scott and Aspinall towards the interval Upton started to get on top, creating some long range opportunites. The sides went in scoreless at half-time. The second half opened at an increased pace and following poor tackling in defence Hoylake took the lead. This galvanised Upton to play some of their best football, with Evans having a strong game in the middle of the park and Casey biting into the challenges on the left. The loss of aspinall through injury was a blow but Crawford, playing his first league game of the season on return from injury started to play some controlled football and pull the strings in midfield. A deserved equaliser came from a powerful header by Scott from a corner. With Hoylake now restricted to trying to play on the counterattack Upton created a host of chances, with Hoijord-Beard hitting the post and Owens having one cleared off the line it looked like the match was going to end in a deserved point for each team. However with Parry surprisingly taking a corner in the last minute Casey latched on to the loose ball following a bit of a scramble and prodded the ball over the line to give Upton the vistory. Considering the pitch and the long break both teams played some very good football and it was a very enjoyable match to watch. Well done to both teams. Upton man of the match was Smith


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