Match Report 11/11/19

U11 blues lost 6-4, but it was a decent performance from the boys. We played some good football and matched them physically

Aldenham U18 lost 4-2 to Maccabi London Brady in the second round of the junior league cup. Having led 2-0 at the break, the boys allowed themselves to be bullied in the second half. Hopefully, they will learn from that.

U12 Blues lost 3-2 away to Belstone this morning. Having gone into the break leading 1-0 we conceded a few goals early in the second half to an organised and well drilled opposition. Having pulled it back to 2-2, there were chances missed by both sides, before an ex Edgware Town lad scored the winner with minutes to go, after we failed to clear our lines. A bitter pill to swallow. Hopefully we will get the right reaction next week.

ETFC u11 Reds drew 3-3 against London Lions who are usually one of the stronger teams in the league. It was a great game and we started brightly and should have been at least one up before we took the lead through Ethan Laughlin after 20 minutes. They came back strongly and scored just before the break to make it 1-1 at half time. We struggled to get a grip in the second half and we let in two goals, one of which should have been cleared by the defence. We were losing out in the middle of the pitch so we switched a few things around and started to look much better and stronger. With 5 minutes remaining we were still 3-1 down but scored a lovely breakaway goal through Luca Arnaldi. We pressed for the equaliser and Rylie McQueen scored a cracker with a minute left on the clock. It was a fantastic effort to come back from 3-1 with such little time left. Strong effort from all the boys but Joe Blackstein was outstanding and our player of the match.

Today’s “home” loss against Protec was a tough watch for the travelling Edgware fans. The manager will pick out some positives, namely the resilience and effort, but the MiniWares came off a deserved second-best.

The WFL game started slowly, possibly due to a late start and a switch to Protec’s ground (waterlogged pitch at Queens). This was a missed opportunity for ET, as they started the game with a numerical advantage. The failure to capitalise would be rued.

As the game developed some zip, both both keepers had chances to showcase their skills. However, the introduction of Protec’s ninth man made all the difference. A pass sliced through the Edgware defence two minutes later, leaving Kay one on one, and one nil down. Although Town didn’t concede again in the first half, it (almost) was all Protec. In particular, the inability to keep possession when playing out from the back meant Protec were able to keep knocking on the door. The second half continued in this vein, and the boys in green trudged off 0-4.

It wasn’t all bad news, Cadwallader and Mehta had good chances, which only a superb display between the sticks kept out. Also, the boys work rate and effort was consistent throughout the game. No one can doubt their desire. A touch of on-pitch moaning notwithstanding, the boys have a great team spirit and enjoy the game. A focus on discipline and possession will take them further up the table.

MotM – inevitably the defence had the better chance to shine today, and Novick stood out amongst the defenders. His grit and determination was on display throughout.