Match Report 04/11/18

Edgware U9’s

U9s beat Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars 2-1 away in what was the boys’ most complete performance yet.

Couldn’t be happier with the way they have all responded to Dan’s coaching and formation work on Saturdays and the messages Marc and I give them on match day.

They’ve improved so much since the start of the season and there are smiles all round on the pitch.

The first half saw our best goal of the season: played out from the back, defence splitting pass from Harry W in midfield to an onrushing Harry B on the right and we were one nil up. Lovely football. We also hit the bar and created numerous chances in the first half. Got in a bit of a muddle from a free kick and conceded an equaliser but the boys never panicked and kept playing.

Second half saw more of the same: well organised and solid at the back, playing it out through midfield, incisive passing through the middle and finding space in wide areas. Lots of great duels and individual skill. A well deserved Harry W goal put us 2-1 up and then we had lots more chances: Aron, Josh, Jayden, Oscar and Louie all went close. We could have had four or five. Whetstone had moments of pressure and we had to defend as a team to hold the lead. Delighted to see Charlie keep a confidence boosting clean sheet during his rotation as Keeper in 2nd half: he made numerous saves with his feet and literally didn’t touch the ball once with his hands all half!
The boys are on a two game run now for the first time and can’t wait for the next match.

Edgware U10’s Blues

U10 Blues drew 3-3 in the early kick off this morning. 930am away match! Really good game, some sensational individual play, and some brilliant team moves too. We also hit the woodwork three times, so could have romped it on another day. The kids enjoyed themselves, and another week of clear development. We’ve come such a long way since the beginning of the season.

Edgware U10’s Reds

ETFC under 10 Reds beat Harvesters Lions 1-0 in a really exciting, tense, quality game earlier. Our opponents are considered one of the strongest teams in our league so to beat them by a single goal with a clean sheet was excellent. Our defence was rock solid with joint players of the match Levi Samson and Rylie McQueen playing refusing to let anything past them. Fin Rose took his goal well after a slick move and we won a lot of 1-1 battles all over the pitch. I know results aren’t everything but that’s now 6 wins from 8 games so confidence is flowing through the whole team.

Edgware U11’s Blues

ETFC u11 blues kept up their great start to the season with a nail biting 7-5 victory at home to Omonia Gold.
Excusing the old cliche, but this really was a game of two halves.
In the first we could not get out of first gear, with misplaced passes and mistimed challenges aplenty, and after taking an early lead we headed into the break 3-1 down.
The second half was a different match altogether, and after clawing the score back to 3-3 with 15 mins left, we were definitely on the front foot. However, soon after we gave away two very soft goals in the space of a few minutes and the game looked up.
The troops rallied, showed unity and desire, and sensing goals we pushed on and exploited our pace down the flanks.
The boys pulled it back to 5-5 and with two minutes left on the clock we struck again amid wild celebrations.
With the opposition totally dejected there was just enough time to add a final blow in the last kick of the match.
Most exciting 30 mins of second half football witnessed by the Wares faithful, and one that will be talked about for generations (well maybe just days !) to come.

Edgware U11’s Reds

As any football player or fan will testify, there are few sensations more disappointing than conceding a last gasp goal, when three points become one, or a hard fought draw suddenly turns into a defeat. It was the latter scenario for ETFC U11 Reds today, as they lost 3 – 2 at home to APB Barnet.

APB Barnet was something of an unknown quantity, having never previously been in the same division as ETFC. The teams looked evenly matched for the first quarter of an hour. Much of the action took place in the midfield third of the pitch, with chances at a premium. The Wares took the lead on 15 minutes, when Zak Gelbart showed some much needed composure after a couple of shots had been scrambled away. The Wares nearly doubled their lead a few minutes later when a lung busting run up the right wing and shot from Tom Cadwallader saw the ball cannon of the outside of the post and away to safety.

APB Barnet forced their way back into the game in the last five minutes of the half. First it was their turn to see the ball cannon off the woodwork, when a speculative shot from distance thudded into the cross bar. The equaliser also came from distance a few minutes from half time.

The Wares seemed to lose their mojo in the third quarter of the game. Possession was surrendered too easily. All too often the ball was punted clear in the direction of no one in particular, with the inevitable result that the ball came straight back again. Another long range effort made it 1 – 2 to APB Barnet. There was an element of good fortune about both APB Barnet goals, but the Wares seemed too nervous to pick out a pass or use their technical superiority.

Cadwallader made the score 2 – 2 on 47 minutes, following up diligently after a trademark free kick from Zach Bayfield was parried by the goalkeeper. From then on, the Wares had more of the possession and created the better chances, but there was no clear cut opportunity that presented itself. Both teams went in search of the winner. To concede again with virtually the last kick of the game was cruel on the Wares, but this was a disappointing performance that lacked the fighting spirit and confidence seen earlier in the season.

Next up is a tough away fixture at Northwood Reds. It will certainly be a difficult test, but also an opportunity for the Wares to show how well they can play.

Man of the Match: It was pleasing to see Cadwallader get on the scoresheet, and it could easily have been two from the young man. It was a fitting personal reward for a player willing to play in any position and to give of his best whatever is asked of him.

Edgware U12’s

A fairly routine 15-1 victory for ETFC u12s in the WFL Challenge Cup 1st round v AC Finchley West. The gulf between the teams seemed larger than just the 1 division but we did play really well, with a strong focus on moving the ball quickly on a very narrow pitch. During the 2nd half, I gave all the boys a particular task like only having 2 touches or playing out of position and they all responded very well. Some of our attacking play was really top drawer with quick one touch passing, pass and move, switching direction etc. Goals were well spread around: Matthew Justin (3), Aaron Levenson (3), Zac Green (2), Sam Mallett (2), Noah Oakley (2), Alfie Mattiucci, James Keegan & Aaron Clark. MOTM was Aaron Levenson who was strong in both defence and attack at left back in the 1st half and CDM in the 2nd half.