23rd FebruarySunday Roundup
U16 side reach Cup Final
After 2 previous attempts to get the game played, Wingate & Finchley U16’s finally played their London FA County Cup semi final versus Lewisham Borough FC at Barnet Lane. As current holders of the cup, there was pressure on the team to reach the final again. The boys were in a confident mood before kick off and it was not long before we took the lead through Marlon with a simple tap in. Lewisham scored a few minutes later after a lack in concentration in defence. 1-1.
Having been in total control of the game the shock equaliser spurred the boys on. Within the space of 10 minutes Marlon scored 2 more goals. 3-1 Just before half time Charlie P rifled in a shot from just outside the box to make it 4-1 at half time. Playing with the wind in the second half the intensity dropped a bit, but midway through the half, substitute Alex put through on goal scored our fifth. Lewisham again scored, 5-1, before Luke, chipped their keeper to make the final score 6-1.
We now go forward to play Buckhurst Hill in the final on the 8th March!
A strong performance from the boys on a windy Sunday! Not much in the way of good looking passing football early on however that soon changed and we later found some rhythm. Harry setting up Anand on a few occasions for some of his 4 goals! The favour then returning with Harry netting a hatrick. Other goals from Max, Joey and Blake. Well done to the boys and looking forward to next week.
After a few weeks off due to the weather, the boys were raring to go. The boys started the game well passing nicely among themselves. This is something that has really improved as the season has gone on....pass, and move. They boys were taking intelligent corners and one from Theo paid off, nice and low finding Oli who put us in the lead. Our midfield (Theo, Jake B and Rory) and Jake glass in defence kept breaking down the oppositions advances. Special mention should go to Rory who kept very well for half the match in very windy conditions. In the second half, a quick goal kick by Jake set Issac off. Issac managed to hold off the opposition defenders and took the ball all the way home. The opposition pulled one back which could have led to a nervy few last minutes with only one goal in it. However, Jake and Rory combined to release Issac and bang - goal! Even when a player made a mistake, the words of support from the rest of the team made me even prouder of these boys.
The team showed great character to bounce back and produce an outstanding display. Despite missing Luke and Isaac again through injury the team pulled together and produced some great attacking play. The passing was outstanding at times and every player played their part with a strong work ethic and tracking back when they didn’t have the ball. Taylor scored two impressive goals while Raphael and Fran also got on the scoresheet. Jayden M was the standout player and capped a fine display with two goals - one of which was an unstoppable free-kick from the halfway line.
Very good performances all round this week, the team did very well! The boys came back into the game with goals from Aariyan and Rupert from being a couple of goals down and with more time, would have scored at least another. Special mention to Samuel for getting up and down the pitch and giving their defence no rest! Thanks to the parents for handling the half time changes in a supportive manner.
A slow start but the boys played the ball around from the back and opened opportunities within the field of play when trying to find a pass. The team were encouraged to open the gaps and switch the play in order for them to play forward and open the gates into the opposition half and defence. With an early goal and quick decision making, the boys took advantage of goal scoring opportunities, including an inch perfect free kick from Alessandro! With a tricky start to the second half, the boys were physically and mentally tested. The boys recovered well as a team and started again to play as one. With a flurry of possession and playing as a team the opportunity came for David to step up this time to lash home a long range freekick into the top corner which was worthy of a round applause from everyone. A great overall team effort, well done!!
The team produced a much welcomed performance against a fast-paced attacking opposition. Playing out from the back and playing the ball out wide created numerous opportunities across the 50 minutes.There was a marked improvement in our defensive qualities with a very confident display by all. Goals followed from Joshy and Cruz which carried the team's momentum to the very end. Man of the match went to Seth who confidently kept possession and at every opportunity looked to spread play.
We always look to take positives from all our games and it was good to see a number of the boys listening . A very slow start, maybe due to the early morning and we never really got into our stride. However goals did come from Jake, Josh and Ruffi with only one reply . We continue to work really hard in training and hope that what is being taught is consistently used on match days. Its great to see that the whole team continue to set their standards high and want to carry on improving.
The unbeaten run stretches to seven now with a battling backs to the wall game of attrition, a real rest of character! We used our pace where needed and even a first goal for captain for the day Khoi, who got the final touch to a couple of rebounds off post and keeper. The boys showed great ability for match management rather than trying to stretch the lead as man-of-the-match Jamie and fellow back three members Dylan and James held firm towards the end. Rafi was heroic in goal, with a growing ability in reading when to advance on the 'trigger'. He's a real 'sweeper-keeper' and we need that because we do play a high line and press the opposition and play into the other half as much as possible. With Liad tucking away a winner, with a move on break from back to front and just a minute on the clock, our boys were elated!
This was a hugely impressive performance from the team today against a top team. We lost our keeper in the warm up but the boys dealt with that well, playing from the first whistle with intelligence and energy. It was 0-0 at half time but we felt as if we edged it, then goals from Josh and Ben sandwiched an equaliser from Enfield, all in the second half. We had to win that game today to keep alive our chance of winning the league - the boys responded brilliantly to that challenge.
A really gutsy performance by the boys today against an unbeaten St Albans team. After conceding early, against the run of play, we dug in and continued to give a good account of ourselves. St Albans doubled their lead after half an hour to go in 2-0 up at the break. A couple of fresh bodies on for the second half gave the boys a new lease of life. We started to dominate possession and pulled a goal back through Yann with a tidy finish into the bottom corner. We created several other chances but could not find the equaliser. The boys did not deserve to lose today and all 15 of them worked their socks off. Great effort!