Match Report 30/10/2016

Under 9’s:

The mini-‘Wares chalked up their fifth win in a row against AC Finchley. In a rather low-key affair, the under-9s turned in a below par performance. The passing was less crisp than in recent games and the finishing less clinical.Nathan Segal broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal, calmly slotting past the Finchley goalkeeper when clean through. An OG made it 2-0 before HT but the floodgates stayed firmly shut. The second half was a drab affair and AC Finchley briefly threatened to spoil the under-9s’ winning streak as their skilful No. 7 was afforded the freedom of the Edgware box and as much time as he needed calmly to put the ball in the back of the net. The ‘Wares 2 goal cushion was restored from the spot with a cooly taken penalty from man-of-the-match Tom Cadwallader. Tom worked tirelessly throughout the game and was a constant source of creativity and energy in his finest performance for the Club. A late AC Finchley onslaught was snuffed out by goalie Rafi Kaye – an outstanding shot stopper who always plays with a smile on his face and who protects the Edgware goal as if his life depends on it. Credit also to Zack Gelbart who played with real composure and might well have made the difference between victory and defeat with his sterling work in, and in bringing the ball out from, defence. Not the greatest performance but another win and some very good individual performances which demonstrated real progression.


Under 10s:

A committed performance from the under 10s today against a very well-drilled, physical and organised Arsenal Ladies team. A very even 1st half ended goalless. They gave us very little time and space on the ball so we struggled to play our natural passing game. In the 2nd half, we pressed our opponents higher up the pitch which forced them into mistakes. Our 1st goal was scored by capitalising on a mistake at the back. After that we settled down, made far better use of the ball and scored 2 further goals, both of them created by excellent through-balls from Matthew Justin and Alfie Mattiucci respectively. Goals from Zac Green (2) and Alfie Mattiucci. Another pleasing aspect was that we kept our shape superbly throughout, allowing our opponents only 1 shot on target all game. Although we weren’t at our best today, we were tenacious all over the pitch which paid dividends on the end. Well done boys! MOTM was Matthew Justin who worked hard all over the pitch.


Under 12s:

ETFC u12’s knocked out Belstone in a cup game. We came back from a goal down to equalise in regulation time and with a winner in extra time. Tough game but our physicality and tempo in the last 10 mins to prevent a penalties paid off. Aldenham u14’s secured 3 points in a league game against Olympiacos. With a full team this week, the boys played with freedom and crushed the opposition 8-1.


Under 16’s panthers:

First point of the season for AFC Panthers U16 with a 1-1 draw against Edmondton Rangers Jaguars. We switched to a better pitch in the North side of Queens and finally we played some lovely passing football. A fantastic strike from a long way out catching their goalkeeper way off his line from Jack Croker. Unlucky to concede a penalty just after the break which allowed them to come back into the match. Some fantastic saves along the way from our Goalkeeper Babajide Potts-Johnson with a fingertip save a minute from the end keeping us in the match and earning the MOM award. What was really pleasing was seeing us play well as a team with every player contributing. We stood up to the physical challenge and passed and moved. Some great passing from Josh Silver and Ben Barres in midfield, great running in midfield by Jenson Harris and Alex Gates (our goalkeeper/striker) at centre back from Jimi Fafowora, to save lots of difficult situations. I also saw our defenders passing the ball nicely out of defence including from Samuel L and Brandon Starr.
I feel we have finally arrived in the Blue division (it’s taken a bit of time !) and we can push on from here on in.


under 16’s tigers:

AFC Tigers U16’s remain unbeaten winning 7 – 5, but should have won by 10 if chances had been taken more clinically. With 4 players n/a we had to shuffle the squad and were a bit rusty early on. But in the patches where we played football we scored and created chances. A few too many defensive errors allowed Oakhill to stay in the game. MOM Ethan Earle for a really good commanding game at left back.


under 18’s:

Edgware town reds under 18 won 8-2 in the county cup good all round team performance well done to all !!