Match Report 06/01/19
Edgware Town U9
Very tough day for the U9s losing 9-1 to a very good Wingate & Finchley team. Owing to the Powerplay we had 9 players on the pitch for most of the second half but still came off second best. There were some good individual moments in 1v1s and a few better passing movements in the second half but overall we were just totally outplayed in all aspects: passing, movement, finishing, decision making, communication.
Edgware Town Blues U10
U10 Blues won 4-1 against global football academy. A good performance but the other team only had 6 players. We didn’t use the space particularly well throughout the game, but the goals came from great moves with slick passing.
Edgware Town Red U10
ETFC under 10s Reds won 1-0 away against a strong Whetstone Wanderers Panthers team. Very good all round display from the team to chalk up their 8th win of the season. Without Tommy Canter our usual keeper Joe Blackstein played especially well with some excellent saves. Dexter Statt scored the winner and Levi Samson was player of the match for his brilliant tackling and outstanding reading of the game from the back.
Edgware Town Blues U11
Difference in class showed today as u11 Blues lost 9-2 at home to Northwood Reds.
Having taken an early lead we kept our noses in front for the first quarter with some last ditch defending.
Our opposition, who have tasted defeat only once in the last two and half years, then turned on the style, moved the ball effortlessly, dominated possession and scored some great goals.
To our credit, we battled hard and were only 5-2 down with 10 mins remaining, at which point fitness levels began to tell and they picked us off with ease.
A hard first few weeks in the top division, but the boys are learning quickly that at this level retaining possession is key.
Edgware Town Red U11
A weakened ETFC under 11 Red team showed what they are capable of with a superb 5-0 win away at Oakland Tigers Raiders.
With a squad of only 10 players and facing a team which the Mini-Wares failed to beat in a disappointing 2-2 draw only a month or so ago, the question posed of the boys before the game was how much they wanted a win. The question was answered emphatically in the end with each and every player putting in a real shift and contributing to one of the best performances of the season to date.
The boys started slowly but took control of the first half after a wholly unremarkable first 10 minutes. The Raiders ‘keeper was in good form and thwarted efforts from Sahil Mehta, Nathan Segal and Zach Bayfield. At the other end of the pitch, Rafi Kaye was untroubled in the Edgware goal, touching the ball only twice in the first half. Dean Novick was composure personified in the heart of defence, drawing confidence from the excellent performances of his wing-men, Zack Gelbart and Jack Rosenberg.
At HT the boys were applauded on their showing in the first half and implored to carry on playing the way they were because the goals were bound to come.
And come they did. Nathan Segal had an excellent second half, closing down the Oakland defenders and forcing mistakes; and it was Segal who broke the deadlock minutes after the restart. His first was quickly followed by Zach Bayfield’s first (of three well taken goals) and Segal himself scored an excellent second – a strike which we see so often on the training ground and which, with confidence high, Segal is now bringing to matches with increasing regularity.
Whilst Segal and Bayfield shared the 5 goals between them, the match was won in midfield. James O’Callaghan had an immaculate and authoritative game – breaking up play and turning defence into attack. Will Gordon outfought his counterparts all over the pitch and Nima Parsa and Sahil Mehta played out of their skins, battling hard, releasing pressure and supporting Segal in attack.
It was an excellent second half display, building on the solid foundations of the first, and the boys were richly rewarded by a scoreline to be proud of.
MotM: There were candidates all over the pitch but O’Callaghan’s Kanté-like performance in the heart of the pitch cannot be overlooked. He screened his defence expertly, made numerous important challenges and controlled the match. A true maestro. Well done James. Sensational.
Edgware Town U12
Frustratingly (bordering on embarrassingly) poor performance from ETFC u12s today away against London Colney Colts, who hadn’t won a league game this season in their previous 4. After we found a way back into the game at 1-1 a few mins into the 2nd half, a complete lack of effort, composure and desire thereafter resulted in a 7-1 defeat. At 3-1 down, our heads completely dropped.
Edgware Town U13
U13 lost 7-3 to the team 2nd in the league. The boys started slowly , not totally unexpected as they have not played for almost 4 weeks. Missing our designated goalkeeper made a difference today too, and we gave away 2 soft goals early on. We then started to play and had the game back to 3-3 just after half time and were on top for a good 10 minutes after that. The play from the middle out to the wings, with dangerous balls across the box was how we managed to penetrate their back line. This is something we will continue to work on.
Unfortunately we lost our shape and gave away another goal and were overrun towards the end with Harrow scoring some late goals which did not necessarily reflect our work rate and performance which was good for the majority of the game. Loads to work in but lots of positive today.