Results Nov 6th & 7th

November 9, 2010 · Filed Under Club News 

Despite the bad weather we managed to get plenty of games on this week

Mini Soccer

Under 7’s to follow

Under 8’s to follow

Under 9’s – It was typical end to end stuff by two good footballing teams with both ‘keepers having to make some good saves. Spartans almost lead before half-time with a great strike that was instinctively pushed behind from Zach Hemsworth from a free kick that came through a crowd of players. Upton reacted admirably and never once retaliated as they endured some crunching high tackles and the reward came with two minutes of time remaining. Connor Jones went on another “mazy” run and passed to Reece Gannon just inside the Spartans box. A first time pass to Mark Lewis produced a left footed shot that the ‘keeper could only parry to Reece Gannon who had followed the play after his initial pass. Hit first time on his right foot, it flew past the right hand of the hapless Spartans ‘keeper. Cue celebrations and much fist pumping. All in all this was another amazing team performance, full of passion and pride and, again, maturity beyond their years. However, a mention must be made with regards to Josh Lynch who stepped up to the mark again today to produce an amazing performance in defence to add to what is already an impressive start to the season for him. Simple, effective and cool under pressure, he pushed the impressive Connor Jones for his man of the match award today but Connor just pipped him to the honour. Well done everyone.

Under 10’s to follow

Girls

Under 10s played top of the table Manor. In the first game of the season, Manor had been winning 6 – 0 when the game was abandoned. A sign of the team’s improvement is that at half time this was 0 – 0. Heads went down a bit after Manor scored, but the girls got back into it at 2 – 1 before a late barrage of goals made the score 7 – 1, which didn’t reflect the progress the team has made.  Scorer was Ellen McGowan, player of the match Yasmin Deplidge for some outstanding saves.
 
The Under 12s had the “advantage” of being the first team to play on the mud bath at Overchurch. Another battling performance with Player of the Match Emma Johnson levelling the scores after Heygarth Utd had taken the lead, before Shannon Navarro forced home the winner from close range for a 2 – 1 victory.  An unexpected defeat for Manor means the team is now equal on points with Manor, behind Rakers, making the fixture in two weeks time all the more tantalising!
 
Under 14s played on a big pitch with large goals, and very long grass, but ran out ready winners by 7 – 1 against Ridgewood Rangers. Scorers to follow but Emily Sullivan was awarded player of the match. Some great passing moves and stalwart defending, and good to see captain Aira Temporal back after injury.
 
Back at the (deteriorating) surface at Overchurch, Under 14 Rangers lost 4 – 3 to Manor in an excellent game. Manager Neil McNay was justifiably proud of the committed performance put in by the whole team against a Manor side who had beaten the other under 14 team 9 – 1 a fortnight ago. All the more impressive was the attitude shown in coming back from 4 – 1 down early in the second half and the team certainly deserved at least a point here. Isabel Nolan scored two and was player of the match, Leah McNay scored the other
 
The Under 16s had the worst of the conditions and top of the table opposition. Both teams did well to play an entertaining game on a wretched surface, and the 5 – 1 result to Wallasey Wanderers White does not reflect the tremendous effort put in by all the players. Louise O’Brien scored our only goal, and Jess Taylor was awarded yet another player of the match award for a committed and brave goalkeeping performance

Boys

The Under 11’s had a closely fought 4-3 victory against FC Blades with 2 goals from Ewan Nolan, 1 from Aidan Keogh and John Adediran grabbing the other and the Man of Match award.

The Under 12’s went down 7-3 to Beechwood Falcons again somewhat unluckily on the balance of play, Guy Stratton scored 2 and won Man of Match with Peter Doogan scoring the other goal.

The Under 13’s bounced back from their penalty shoot out defeat last week to beat high flying Birkenhead Youth 2-1 with goals from Joe Abraham and Ethan Doran with Mike King taking the Man of Match.

The Under 14’s game was called off

The Under 15’s – The U15’s good run came to an abrupt end as they came up against a very physically strong and technically good Glenavon team. Upton started strong, with Walker, slotting in at centre-back to cover absences, testing the home kepper with a long range free kick. Glenavon though started to come into the game, winning more 50-50s and their wingers began to get the ball on the deck and put the Upton defence on the back foot. Two well struck goals gave Glenavon a deserved lead but Upton started to find their feet again with some good counter attacking play and Scott looked particularly threatening against his old club, with Hoijord-Beard working the line very well. However the home side scored another before the break and must have gone in expecting to score a hatful in the second half.  Upton though weren’t prepared to lie down and came out fighting right from the start of the second half, playing better possession football and once Walker was restored to the centre forward role they started looking a real threat. Walker slipped Aspinall through for a deserved goal and Upton then had a period of sustained pressure, with the Glenavon replacement kepper pulling off several good saves, including a world class one from Casey.  Glenavon though showed their ability, scoring a fourth on the break before adding a further one just before full time. Full credit to the lads who played some exciting attacking football in the second half and looked a solid team unit throughout. This should encourage them that they have the talent to do well but that at the top levels fitness, tackling and strength are absolutely essential. Upton man of the match Aspinall.

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