On a beautiful, sunny autumn morning the under 9s put in a solid display at home to Alexandra Park to stretch their winning run to 7 games.
It was not the most fluent performance from Edgware. They showed glimpses of what they are capable of, using midfield triangles to move the ball up the pitch and into the danger areas, but those glimpses merely punctuated an otherwise tired performance which included far too many mistakes for their manager’s liking.
Too often, players were drifting out of position to try to get into the action, leaving gaping holes which better opponents would have exploited more readily.
The first half was the more disappointing but, despite seeing far more of the ball than Alexandra Park, it finished 2-1 to the ‘Wares. The opening goal was a beautifully placed penalty from Sahil Mehta following an unnecessary hand-ball. The second was a well-struck effort from Nathan Segal which the goalkeeper made a hash of. Alexandra Park got back in the game shortly before the break following a rare mistake from ETFC stopper, Rafi Kaye, who has been consistently brilliant all season. One mistake in ten games is a record he should be very proud of and this was the game to get that mistake out of the way.
Things improved in the second half which saw 5 further Edgware goals to Alexandra Park’s single effort.
Mehta added a second following great work down the right flank from Segal and also forced an own goal. In between, Tom Cadwallader slammed home from close range and a tight angle. Filip Moczarny and Zach Bayfield completed the rout, both scoring with aplomb.
So, despite not getting their heads up and releasing the ball early enough on occasions, Edgware marched on with a 7-2 win and maintained their 100% home record.
In the MotM stakes, Dean Novick had a great game in defence and Moczarny and Segal were always a threat in wide areas, but they were edged out by an all-action display from Zach Bayfield who tracked back, flew into numerous challenges and was creative but unselfish on the ball.
A fairly routine victory for the under 10s today away against Edmonton Rangers Dragons. We were dominant throughout against opposition that were outclassed and really struggled to cope with our excellent passing, which we managed to execute well despite the heavy surface. Some of our goals were a real joy, being the end product of passing moves of 5 or 6 passes that began with our goalkeeper. We ran out convincing 11-4 winners. The only fly in the ointment was the fact that we conceded 4 goals, some real gifts, through some indiscipline and poor decision making at the back. On the whole, another good day out. Goals were spread between Benji Lurie (4), James Keegan (3), Aaron Levenson (2), Aaron Clark and Kyle Larkin. Joint MOTM awarded to Benji Lurie for his 4 goals and Kyle Larkin for excellent distribution and decision-making.
Under 16 Panthers
AFC Panthers U16 lose 2-0 to Hoddesdon Town FC – Herts Cup game 2nd round.
A loss but hey it could have easily been a win. Funny how having all your players available and subs makes for a much better performance !
First 15 minutes we let them come at us and absorbed their pressure. Then we changed it up and the lovely sunshine brought out some nice passing football from us. Good touches and skills on the left from Josh Silver with one great shot on target.
A great debut game from our South American signing Juan Franco-Rios (man of the match) who put a lovely pass through to our solo striker Jack Crocker who had several scoring chances in this match and was unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet.
Good touches and quick running throughout the match from a very lively performance from Jimi Fafowora. Nice to have Joseph Shobeiry back in the team after a few weeks absence with some good touches and accurate passing.
A few chances we could have taken in the first half but we went in 0-0 at half time having defended very solidly with both Abdul Hamid defending strongly with some great tackling and Samuel Lakeland making a number of strong headers.
Then a header from a corner and 1-0 to them on the 58th minute.
A real pity because the teams had been very evenly matched and we had yet more chances we didn’t take including an open goal in which one of their defenders cleared the ball off the line. Our goalkeeper Alex Gates had to make one great save and had no chance with the second goal given away due to an individual defensive error 10 minutes from the end. We got a bit rugged at the end as we tried hard to get back into the game.
Under 16’s Tigers
AFC Tigers remain unbeaten after a well deserved 3-5 victory at Hinton & Finchley. We took the lead early and that gave us confidence to play good football. We were in control for most of the match but with 5 subs to rotate on we lost momentum in 2 short periods. Massive game next week v Hendon who are also unbeaten!