Results March 26th & 27th

March 29, 2011 · Filed Under Club News 

Mini Soccer

Under 7’s – No Result

Under 8’s – No Result

Under 9’s suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Spartans Gold in the quarter-final of the Presidents Cup at Leasowe. It was difficult to fathom out how Upton actually lost this encounter as from the start they were the far better team. Upton pressured the Spartans goal from the start with some strong running from striker Connor Jones. To say he gave a marauding display on Saturday would be an understatement. Lewis Heath and Jack Torpey were forced to play a little differently as Upton’s usual wide game was being continually narrowed by the opposition who were playing on the counter quite effectively but in no way dangerously. Reece Gannon had an amazing performance in the centre of midfield, playing some lovely football to carve out space for the wide men and Jones. He seemed to be thriving in the thick of the action. Another Upton attack came to an end and the ball was “hoofed” forward by Spartans giant of a defender, because of the attacking move that came seconds before Upton’s two defenders were unfortunately squeezed apart and Spartans central midfielder was able to run at the Upton goal, look up, play a pass into the box and find his striker who, it has to be said, took the goal very well. 1-0 to Spartans against the run of play. Upton’s skipper Owen Burns was having a stormer of a game at the back. Pace, precision and dogged determination to not let anybody get past him meant that this was the only real chance that Spartans had all game. Everything that came into the Upton box was either cleared away or mopped up be Zack Hemsworth who was, really, a bystander for most of the game. Half time.

Jack Torpey gave way for Reece Pirie to enter the fray. Reece Gannon moved to the right and his namesake replaced him in the centre. He immediately gave Upton more urgency with a powerful display of strength and determination along with his booming throw ins. It looked inevitable that Upton would score. However, the goal line could not be breached. Upton mopped up any counter attacks with the brilliant defending of Burns and Josh Lynch and the former ventured forward to try and add a little momentum but to no avail. Gannon was replaced late on for the patient Joe Farrell who didn’t disappoint with a hustle, bustle display…putting out fires for the attacking momentum to continue. The final whistle blew and it was a mystery to everyone how Upton lost. A big “well done” to Reece Pirie as he was man of the match but, honestly, it could have gone to anyone as everyone put in the kind of performance that makes us coaches feel very proud...and that’s exactly how we felt!
Under 10’s faired better with a 2-0 win over New Brighton Saints Rovers in the Challenge Cup Semi Final and now have a great day out to look forward to in the final.
Girls
Both under 14s teams were not in action as Rangers had a walkover and Upton did not have a fixture arranged.
 
Under 10s played second in the league Rakers, who themselves had won against the previously unbeaten Manor the previous week. The girls put in another excellent performance, with two great goals from Anna Cull.  Unfortunately, they could not keep it up and went down 5 – 2. Sophie Wilson was player of the match.

Under 12s took another step closer to finishing 2nd in the league by overcoming a resurgent Irby at Overchurch. Upton started the brightest with some lovely interplay between the cool headed Rebecca Pritchard Howarth, Emma Johnson and Charlotte Carroll.   

Irby looked confident and defended well, but Upton were pressing for an early advantage and weren’t disappointed when Elizabeth Sullivan struck a hard low shot to record her 6th goal of the season, as the ball squeezed between the keeper and the post to put Upton ahead.  

A string of opportunities followed with shots being well saved by the strong Irby keeper, Irby broke out with a trademark counter attack which Upton defended well with Katie Murray doing a great job at left back. However, the resulting goal kick was intercepted and Irby took their chance well, firing across the keeper to level the score 1-1

Captain for the day, Olivia Radford came out of goal and started to shake things up by hassling the opposition and carrying the ball on some strong runs. Libby Boulger took over in defence and Charlotte McNay on the right mid, giving Upton options to stretch the Irby defence. Shots came in from Shannon Navarro and a good opportunity for Elizabeth was well saved. The team effort and runs off the ball created gaps allowing Emma Johnson to carry the ball from midfield and finish with a well struck left footed drive, restoring the Upton lead 2-1. Soon after, Emma nearly doubled her tally after she hit the post from a 30 yard pile driver.

The 2nd half saw a more cautious approach with Upton defending the lead. We soon realised that we were putting ourselves under pressure and defending too deep. Morgan Mayes took a more familiar role on the left wing, again giving width to the team and linking with Charlotte McNay and Libby Boulger, allowing Elizabeth to run the ball down the line away from our goal.  

Charlotte Carroll, who had put in a fantastic mid field performance, swapped places with Rebecca in defence and we finished strongly in a very well balanced and entertaining game. Well done to all the girls, from both teams. Emma Johnson was named Player of the Match.  

Under 16s played Delta Colts for the third time this season, having won the previous two fixtures. This was a preview of the cup semi final, and this time Delta took the honours, scoring the winner in the last minute – the final score was 8 – 7. Abbie Bateman and Lucy McKeown scored 3 each, and Freya Mumford the other goal. Jess Davies was player of the match. Many thanks to Peter McNay for coming in to manage the team.

Boys

Under 11’s & 12’s had no game this week.

Under 13’s lost a very tight game 1-0 to Glenavon and will hope to reverse the score in this weekends Knockout Cup Semi Final against the same team. 

Under 14’s had a hard fought 1-1 draw with Glenavon with Alex Pitt scoring and Mathew Doogan Man of Match. They to are in Knockout Cup Semi Final action this week.

Under 15’s took to the pitch on a beautiful sunny afternoon to play their first match of the season against a Beechwood team that has reached the final of the Cheshire Cup. Despite the obvious quality of their opponents it was Upton that started the better, with Walker and Crawford creating chances up front and the defensive line well marshalled by Perryman. The first half was an even affair, with Beechwood having more possession around the half way line but creating few opportunities and the Upton defence, with Smith having a strong game on his return at right back, limited them to 2 long range efforts. The teams went in 0-0 at half time. The start of the second half saw a change in formation from Beechwood as they moved to a 3-4-3 and as Upton adjusted to this Beechwood started to create more chances. However with Upton changing to a 4-4-1-1  in response the game started to even out again. Owens and Hoijord-Beard were now starting to work well up front, chasing down everything and beginning to keep the ball in the Beechwood half. As the game entered the last 10 minutes it was clear that one goal would win it and it was Beechwood who nicked it with a powerful header from a corner. Upton had a chance to equalise just before the end but Aspinall’s free kick was well saved by the Beechwood keeper. Oustanding team performance, with Aspinall selected by Beechwood as MoM

The Youth Team played their part in an amazing game as they took on Wallasey Sunday League Champions elect Oyster Catcher in the Cup and went in leading at half time before eventually bowing out 9-7 a tremendous performance from the lads.

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