Results March 19th & 20th

March 23, 2011 · Filed Under Club News 

Mini Soccer

Under 7’s lost 3-0 with Luke O Keefe Man of Match.

Under 8’s returned from a break to produce a glorious win. This was a hard game with the two sides very evenly matched. Everyone had to be at their best to gain the victiry. The first half produced some good footbal from both sides, and our lads had to be strong at the back to stop Blades from scoring. After starting slugishly they soon found their stride, and produced some good chances. Unfortunately the ball would not go in, and therefore left the score level at half time, with neither side breaking the deadlock. In the second half the lads started well, with some good passing moves, while the defence stayed solid. Alfie and Philip were stopping anything that came through. They took the lead through a speculative shot from Alex, which creeped through the keepers hands and into the net. Not long after , the lead was doubled, when a good through ball was picked up by Alex, who rounded the keeper to tap home. Some excellent corners by James were producing problems for the Blades defence, and one of these corners was met brilliantly by Reon, whose header flew into the net. However, the goal was chalked off, as Blades were making a substitution while the corner was being taken. The third goal however, did not take long to arrive, and was anexcellently taken goal by James, who prduced a great solo run through the Blades defence before giving the keeper no chance with his shot. More chances were produced by both teams before the end, but no goals were added to the scoreline. The lads once again had produced a good victory. Alex claimes the Man of Match award for his 2 goal show.

Upton Under 9’s looked to put the disappointment of last week aside in this league encounter against Wallasey Wanderers Hurricanes. Upton fielded a few positional changes following the loss last week and were hungry to put it to the back of their minds with a fantastic performance against strong opposition. It is said that “the League never lies” well on this occasion, at least, it appeared to disprove that cliché as Wallasey played some lovely football that contributed to a fantastic game to watch for the neutral, if not a little frustrating for us coaches. The reason being that Upton pressed Wallasey from the start and forced them to play on the counter. Some lovely stuff again from Jack Torpey down the right set up numerous chances for anybody who was fortunate enough to get into the box. Connor Jones, Reece Gannon and Torpey himself found a man mountain of a keeper in front of them and it looked like it was going to be another one of those days. The aforementioned Gannon was having a storming display in the centre of the park, playing some delightful passes to both wide men in Torpey and Lewis Heath who, in turn, fed an unlucky Connor Jones who did everything but score in a half that should make him very proud of his work rate indeed. Such is the understanding between skipper Owen Burns and his defensive partner Joshua Lynch, Burns ventured forward on numerous occasions, having a shot at goal that the keeper watched just over the bar. It is evident that this lad is going to be a very good player indeed as his reading of the game is second to none. He continues to defy logic and in his partnership with Lynch, who had another one of those amazing performances, it is only a matter of time before one of these two boys get the long awaited man of the match award. Upton continued the attacking style but the half finished 0-0. The second half began as the first half finished with Upton replacing Connor Jones with Reece Pirie. The big lad showed some great skill to carve openings for himself and was unlucky on a few occasions not to get Upton off the mark. Zak Hemsworth was thundering some fantastic goal kicks to the wide men, who were foiled on numerous occasions by the desperate defending of the opposition. Legs were now getting tired and Lewis Heath was replaced by Mark Lewis who is getting a little bit of a reputation as a “super sub”. Lewis worked hard out of position on the left to make sure the ball was being fed to Pirie, who went on to put in a man of the match performance with his game changing display. The two worked well together but Reece Gannon had run himself into the ground and was replaced by new boy Joe Farrell. Pirie dropped into the centre and Farrell played up front and, it has to be said, looked very dangerous, playing some lovely touch and run football that warranted more. It was with this that caused a mix up in defence. Torpey played in a ball that was missed by a Wallasey defender, the goalkeeper spilled the ball and, guess who, Mark Lewis toe poked in from one yard. 1-0 and that’s how it stayed. This was a patient, hard working performance from a team that put every effort into playing good football with a smile on their faces……and the result came…in the end
Under 10’s – No Report
The under 10s had no substitutes and were up against top of the table Manor. Both teams battled hard and Upton kept it to 0 -0 at half time.  In the second half, the lack of substitutes began to tell and Manor ran out 3 -0 winners. We were really proud of the girls today, with their team spirit and working hard right to the end of the game.  Player of the match was Anna Cull.
Under 12s played at home in a reverse fixture as Wirral Rangers’  Acre Lane pitch is still recovering. Our girls seem really comfortable at home and showed good composure on the ball, some good passing moves, and kept possession well. Today’s captain was Morgan Mayes who did her job really well, with lots of encouragement for her team mates . She must have ran a half marathon by helping out defending and adding options for the attack.

Rangers’ defence was well organised and despite lots of possession we took 10 minutes getting the first goal, which was converted by the ‘in form’ Jess Farrell – always seems to be in the right place to connect with loose balls. Soon after  she also hammered home a well placed cross from Emma to make it 4 goals in 4 appearances.  Emma and Jess then played a lovely one-two on the left, and when the ball returned to the edge of the box, Emma placed a low shot into the bottom right of the goal to make it 3-0 Upton.

Jasmine Pugh had one of her best performances of the season with some great runs into the box, and she came close to scoring herself when she hit a terrific shot, only to to see it rebound off the upright.

In the second half Becs came out of goal and was replaced by Jess Farrell, who pulled off a fantastic one handed diving save to deny Rangers a consolation goal, showing her all round ability and justifying her second player of the match award.. Becs went on a trademark run down the right wing and fired in a cross/shot, Charlotte McNay had intelligently tracked the run and was well positioned to finish for her 2nd goal of the season as the ball was spinning beyond the reach of the Rangers keeper, 4-0 Upton.

The goals can only come from the support play provided by the mid field. Shannon Navarro and Libby Boulger put in a tireless shift today to support the attack. Today’s wingers providing the ammunition were Elizabeth Sullivan and Olivia Radford.

Due to other commitments, the under 14s were unable to field enough players to fulfil their fixture this weekend.

Under 14 Rangers took on Birkenhead Youth, who had won the reverse fixture 6-4 at the Delph early in the season. In another very close encounter, both teams had their chances in the first half, but defences were generally on top. However, a high dipping shot just beat Sarah to give Birkenhead a 1 – 0 lead at half time. Parity was restored early in the second half when Jodie headed home from another Brittany corner. Now we have learned how easy it is to score headed goals at corners this is becoming a useful weapon. The game then became end to end, and Birkenhead piled on the pressure. In truth, it seemed that they may get the winner, but a great block by Sarah denied their best shot in a sustained period of pressure and the defence held out. Then Jodie crashed a shot against the bar and, as the ball bounced away to the left of the goal, Brittany crashed it back into the net from a difficult angle. The boost to the team was evident, and quick goals form Leah, Isabel and Jodie put the game beyond doubt, and certainly gave a result that did not reflect the equal nature of the contest for most of the game. All  9 players were player of the match today.

Under 16s played Wallasey Wanderers Red, who were only able to field 6 players because other players were involved in a handball tournament.  However, they were disciplined and worked tirelessly, and Upton never quite managed to make the extra player count. There was plenty of effort on the Upton side, and Jess D and Vicky put in great shifts at the back. Jess T made some brave stops despite injuring a finger in the warm up, and Abbie, Freya, Lucy, Holly and Louise worked hard throughout. Wanderers showed clinical finishing to go 4-0 up before Katie got a late consolation goal for 4-1. Player of the match was Vicky Robinson.


Under 11’s – No Game

Under 12’s went down 6-4 to Peninsula Stars in an entertaining game with goals from Guy Stratton, Joe Gilbert, Peter Doogan and Man of Match Michael Cooper.

Under 13’s continued their good form with a 7-1 win over Peninsula Stars with Man of Match Tyler Smith scoring 4 and other goals from Christian Rule, Harry Ashcroft, Joe Abraham

Under 14’s came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Wallasey Wanderers with goals from Alex Pitt & Man of Match Joe Murray

Upton U15 made a strong start against Manor taking a well deserved lead after having the better of the opening exchanges. Playing with an unfamiliar 4-5-1 formation Upton contained a fluent Manor side on a pitch that allowed both sides to play attractive football. With the formation giving Apsinall more freedom to pull the strings and Hoijord-Beard working hard in the lone striker role to hold the ball up Upton took the lead through Casey and looked comfortable as they found their passing rhythm. However after failing to be awarded a free kick Upton lost their concentration at the back and Manor scored to bring the sides level shortly before half-time. Both sides had chances at the start of the second half, with Walker putting in some excellent corners, but it was Manor who were more clinical in front of goal and they grabbed two quick goals. Upton pushed forward to try and get the goals they deserved and moved to 4-4-2, which led them to produce some slick passing moves but Manor were able to get another breakaway goal and ran out winners with a flattering 4-1 scoreline. Aspinall was outstanding in midfield, showing energy and drive to win whilst Casey showed great composure down the left flank. Perryman was voted MoM by the opposition


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