Match Report 25/11/18
Great performance from the U9s today, winning 5-1 in a tough away fixture at Enfield Town. We only had seven players so no subs and minimal rotation and the boys rose to the occasion with their effort, determination, shape, passing and outrageous tekkers. It was a joy to watch and was totally unrecognisable from the mess of last week.
Louie P and Josh W excelled in goal (and outfield as Striker and Central Defender). Our defensive shape was really solid and Charlie F and Harry B were getting forward well on the flanks. Aron H worked hard up front. Harry W was immense in a roving midfield role and Jayden O sat deeper and picked out some lovely passes. The goals were well worked and well taken and the boys were buzzing at the end of it. Very proud of all of them today.
Edgware U10 Red
ETFC under 10s Red lost 7-0 to a strong Maccabi Lions White side. A case of a game of two halves today as we held one of the best sides in the league to a single goal in the first half playing up a slope into a strong wind. We had some chances to score and defended brilliantly in a well-fought tight first half. It was a totally different game after the break where they cut through us time and again to score 6 more goals. We made some changes at half time to rotate the team and this seemed to disrupt our flow and heads went down at 2-0. A real disappointment as we’ve generally held our own against all the better teams in the league. Man of the match was Ethan Sugars, usually a defender but we played him up front today to add some weight and to try and change things. He did well playing out of position.
Edgware U11 Blue
ETFC u11 Blues cruised to a 9-1 away day victory against Enfield Rangers Black.
Some lovely goals on a difficult surface, to keep the momentum going before we join the top division next week.
Much bigger challenges to follow in the coming weeks.
Edgware U11 Reds
ETFC U11 Reds drew 2 – 2 against Oakhill Tigers Raiders at Queen’s School. It was disappointing to come away with a draw when the Wares were the better side, but there were reasons to be encouraged nonetheless.
The Wares started the better of the two sides. There were occasional glimpses of the improved passing game seen in recent weeks, and one neat move saw James O’Callaghan very nearly score on 10 minutes, when he shot into the side netting from a tight angle.
The Raiders took the lead on 12 minutes, against the run of play it must be said. The Wares didn’t allow heads to drop and the talismanic Zack Gelbart equalised directly from a free kick on 15 minutes. Gelbart was having another good game in defence, but his dead ball skills are a real threat going forward. The free kick was around 20 yards out and although the Raiders’ keeper got his fingertips to the shot, the power and accuracy were such that he simply couldn’t keep the ball out.
Parity lasted a mere 8 minutes when the Raiders seized on a mix up in the Wares’ defence and a chance was buried clinically. The Wares finished the first half in the ascendancy and it felt a little unfair on the Wares to be behind at the break. The sense amongst the Wares’ supporters was that this was not a game the boys in green should have been losing.
The opening exchanges of the second half were scrappy. The Wares had the ball in the net on 33 minutes, but the “goal” was rightly disallowed after a foul on the keeper. The Wares can be rightly proud of producing fair minded and unbiased referees.
The second equaliser came on 39 minutes. Will Gordon embarked on a mazy run, which culminated in a shot which crept over the line just as a defender sought to hack the ball clear. Goal line technology has yet to reach the Watford Friendly League, but the referee was once again decisive and the goal stood.
The last 20 minutes of the game saw both sides generate presentable chances, but the better of those chances fell to the Wares. Some of the build-up play from the Wares was crisp and attractive, but the composure and cutting edge in front of goal simply wasn’t there on this occasion. When the final whistle came, the Wares were left ruing a missed opportunity to register a win in an increasingly tough league. Next up is a challenging fixture against Norsemen; having lost the last encounter against that strong opposition, next week will be an interesting yardstick of how much progress the Wares have made in the intervening two months. At the very least, one can but hope that the game isn’t played in the same monsoon like conditions as the last time.
Man of the Match: Will Gordon. The arrival of Gordon has done much to stiffen the midfield this season and the second equaliser was a fitting reward for a typically committed performance.
Pleasing performance in a 5-2 victory for ETFC u12s away vs Woody Wanderers Vapors. After inexplicably finding ourselves a goal down after just 15 seconds, the boys knuckled down and put in a solid performance. Despite missing a couple of key players we were solid, kept our shape and moved the ball around with much more accuracy than last week. We didn’t make the most of our chances in the 1st half which ended 2-2. We were dominant in the 2nd half and full value for the 3 unanswered goals. Sam Mallett and Alfie Mattiucci were dangerous by exploiting the space on the flanks, Oli Bregman was lively through the middle, James Keegan was solid in a CDM role, and the back 3 of Josh Diamond, Jadon Lee and Aaron Clark kept things very tight at the back. Goalscorers were Sam Mallett (2), Alfie Mattiucci, Zac Green & Aaron Levenson. MOTM was Alfie Mattiucci who was a constant threat on the right hand side, scored an excellent goal and a couple of good assists.
Great Game at SJP Today… all you would expect from a Cup Clash between 2 Top sides in the EJA … Near misses.. Great tackles … superb Football … End to End at times … Great effort from both Teams a Fantastic advert for EJA Football … with EDGWARE TOWN FC coming out 3 -1 WINNERS… WELL DONE TO ALL.