Youth football roundup
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FC Bradwell u12 England beat Waveney Lions in very wet conditions to win the league with three games to spare. England controlled the game well and took the lead following an extended period of pressure. Liam cut in from the wing and drove into the box, his shot taking a slight deflection, wrong-footing the goalkeeper. Kieron, Asa and Kyle were comfortable at the back. Fenton and Harvey were strong in the centre of midfield, allowing Connor to push down the wing. England made it 2-0 before half-time. Joe’s kick made it through to Liam who latched on to the ball and burst into the box. His shot was saved, but Dan was on hand to tap in the loose ball.
Tucker showed his aggressive side along with Finlay, both getting stuck in and showing their strength. Noel showed his skills on the wing, chasing the ball down well. Kai showed his skill to beat players and did very well despite the battering from his marker. Dan made it 3-0, following up after the keeper spilt in the slippery conditions. An amazing result, and congratulations to all the lads for their hard work throughout the year. MoM to Kai, for his continued improvement and silky skills. Parents’ MoM to Asa, for his assured defensive display.
FC Bradwell Spain u8s played at home for the first time in weeks. In wet and windy conditions the young Reds started well and pushed forward from the off. With Olly and Luca standing firm at the back, Freddie and Jenson squeezed the opposition defence, not allowing them time to play. On three minutes a great ball from Olly set Jenson away but he just couldn’t pull his shot back across the keeper. Luke made a great save on seven minutes by pushing the ball out for a corner. Changes were made thick and fast to enable the boys to keep warm and with Lincoln, Dylan and Jayden taking to the field, they picked up where the other boys left off. An important interception by Lincoln stopped the opposition breaking away as he poked the ball back to Samuel. Samuel played the ball into Dylan who set off down the left wing. A great through-ball by him put Jayden through one-on-one with the keeper and he fired home into the bottom left-hand corner. In the second half Spain changed it around again. Some excellent football saw them move the ball from left to right and keep possession of the football. Two outstanding moves stood out in the second half and they produced a goal from each. The first, a two-time one-two between Freddie and Dylan, ended with Dylan curing it into the top left-hand corner and the second, a great tackle by Olly, left the ball dropping to Freddie who beat his man and played in Jenson. The defender pushed him out wide towards the corner flag. Jenson kept control of the ball and with a neat drag back lost the defender before playing it back to Luca who played it to Freddie. He beat his man and fired home into the bottom right-hand corner. As the opposition pushed back Olly stood strong at the back. An outstanding performance from all the mini Reds in terrible conditions. MoM awarded to Freddie for tremendous work rate up and down the field. Due to the Easter break, there is no game or training this coming weekend.
On a wet and windy afternoon Ormesby Lads u15s entertained Loddon Grasshoppers. There was little to choose between the teams for most of the first half, with the home defence of Ralph, Ben, Dylan and Sam Dyson limiting the visitors’ attempts on goal. In attack Shane tried hard to find openings and William made some purposeful runs out on the left. Loddon took the lead with a firm shot that Andrew superbly got a hand to at full stretch but couldn’t keep out. A second goal came soon after. In the second half Cain went up front and a great run almost brought him a goal. On the right there was some excellent one-touch play between Dylan, Jamie and Nathan with the latter’s touch just letting him down when through on goal. Daniel and Brady did well in midfield, Brady seeing plenty of the ball and using it well and Jordan played some good passes on the left. A well-placed shot from Jamie was inches wide as Ormesby pressed for a consolation goal with Ralph getting forward with purpose. But there was to be no reward for a battling second-half performance as Loddon made the game safe with three more goals. MoM was Brady for a determined effort in midfield. Great showing also from Cain in attack. Next game v Bradwell Spain at Station Road, kick-off is at 12 noon.
The Acle under 8s have been on a great cup run making it through to the semi-final of the under 8 Shield. In the semi-final the boys came up against Kirkley and Pakefield Cavaliers. On a very wet and windy afternoon the boys played really well in the conditions with lots of crisp passing between Finley, Charles and Jackson. Through the game Alfie in defence and Thomas in goal played with great determination and lots of skill. Tyler and Thomas also gave their all along with the rest of the team. In the end Kirkley proved just a little too strong and deserved to go through to the final. Coaches Paul, Mark and Chris could not ask for more from the boys who played in the game as well as Jake, Lucas, Samuel and Shayne who have also played through the season. They should all be very proud of their achievements.
FC Bradwell u12 Spain played a defensively strong St Benets Wasps side and early on it was pretty even. However, midway through the second half Fabian broke free, beat five St Benets players and was really unlucky as he hit the post. Soon after, Jack rifled in an unstoppable shot to make it 1-0. In the second half, FCB were still not at their best, but still on top and an in-form Chester scored with two great finishes. Dalton then picked the ball up straight from the kick-off and ran straight through the defence to score again. Jack then made a good run down the left before wisely and unselfishly putting in a lovely cross that cannoned off a defender to make it 5-0. MoM went to the hard-working and skilful Fabian with Harvey picking up CMoM for his work at both ends of the pitch. The whole team were solid though and and never really looked like conceding. Team: Hayden, Toby, Harvey, Camron, Jack, Chester, Marcus, Dalton, Curtis, Macey, Fabian, Max. The club’s thanks go to sponsors, Kingfisher Bar and Restaurant, Burgh Castle.
Gorleston Rangers Ospreys u12s were playing in another of their ‘must win’ games against a strong Long Stratton team. In the first half the away side, playing with the strong wind behind them, had two good early chances, but a last-ditch challenge from Fletcher, followed by a fingertip save from Alex, kept the score even. Ospreys, then, with some great build-up play, saw Max, Zak and Tayler link well, and the ball was spread to Bailey. His cross saw a melee in the penalty area only for the ball to be cleared for a corner. The resulting cross from Liam W was headed well from Tayler, but the goalkeeper saved well.
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In the second half, Ospreys probably had the better of the chances, with Cam and Zak coming close before great work from Tayler, Liam and Max, fed out wide to Cam, and Liam A finished well. Ospreys shut up shop afterwards and managed to come away with a fine 1-0 win. Well done, boys, also to those who dropped into different positions. Man of the match was Alex. Thanks to Aquazone, JLCN2 Services and JDK Developments for their continued support.