The Under-9s were back at AC Finchley this morning to take on AC Finchley’s stronger team and extended their winning run to six in a row with a 1-0 win to be extremely proud of. Edgware got off to an excellent start and had squandered three or four clear chances before Sahil Mehta (back from warm weather training in Florida and, as always, in the right place and the right time) finally broke the deadlock shortly before half time. The defence was barely troubled in the first half as the Edgware midfield dominated the game, carving out good chances but failing to press home their advantage. The half time instructions were simply to carry on doing what the boys had been doing in the first half. Their commitment and all-round play had been exemplary and the challenge was to keep it going for the full 50 minutes. Fears that Edgware might have spent all of their energy in the first half were never realised as a determined and disciplined second had performance ensured that stopper, Rafi Kaye, was not often troubled. When he was, as ever, he was more than up to the challenge. The ‘Wares kept their shape brilliantly – only being caught out when, pressing to put the game out of reach, their attacks broke down and AC Finchley countered with pace. On those occasions, the commanding central defensive partnership of Zack Gelbart and Raees Bhatti closed down the space, held their positions and invariably came away with the ball. They were rocks at the back and saw Edgware home to a very impressive and well-deserved win in a truly enjoyable encounter. An injury to Dean Novick, who had looked comfortable at the back before being carried off with a knee problem, was the only fly in the ointment but Edgware are hoping he will be fit again soon and wish him well. Well played to one and all, including Tom Cadwallader, Zach Bayfield, Filip Moczarny and Nathan Segal who played their socks off and, with a little luck, would have each come away with goals to add to their manager’s praise for their hard work, skill and tireless running. It was the under 9s most resolute and disciplined performance and one which their adoring fans thoroughly enjoyed. The one-nil scoreline does not give an altogether fair impression. The ‘Wares dominated vast periods of the game and should have won handsomely, but we will be focusing on the wonderful defensive performance and our first clean sheet of the season.
Under 10s had a thoroughly deserved 6-0 victory over Omonia Youth in an intergroup friendly. After opening the scoring in the 1st minute with a beautiful sweeping move, we failed to add to the scoreline during the rest of the 1st half. Our opponents were totally outclassed but were kept in the match through a combination of physicality (much of it against the law), some poor decision-making from us and some outstanding goalkeeping by an “under 10” that honestly was the size of Costel Pantilimon. During the 2nd half our passing was much more crisp and fluent which allowed us to create several chances and scored some impressive goals. After expert finishes from James Keegan (2), and good team goals finished off with aplomb by Zac Green, Alfie Mattiucci and Kyle Larkin, the last effort on the stroke of full time by Josh Diamond was a candidate for goal of the season. After being flattened in a professional foul by the giant goalkeeper who came sprinting out of his box, in what would’ve been a straight red card in all forms of the game (apart from the WFL), Josh Diamond dusted himself off and smashed a 25 yard screamer into the top left hand corner of the net from the resultant free kick. A proud manager (and dad) and good day out for the under 10s.
U12’s through to the next round of the challenge cup with a 5-1 win over Maccabi. Quality unselfish play by our wingers and forwards created some lovely chances around the box which won us the game.
Aldenham u14’s played N 11 a side cup game with only 9 players, and no goalkeeper. We lost 8-2 but the boys had a blast. i’ll forward a video clip of our token 2nd goal. This is what happens when you allow them to play with freedom.
Under 16’s Tigers: Postponed
Tigers U16’s game off as Brady Maccabi unable to get a team out, probably all gone to the north London derby! Shame, nice morning for football.
Under 16’s Panthers
AFC Panthers U16s 9-0 loss to Northwood FC White.
7 players missing – 1 had to leave at half time with 2 walking wounded showing huge guts just to make it to the game and one who should not have had to stay on the pitch had it not been for the lack of subs – well done to Mihir Shah, Josh Lazarus and Alex Ani (man of the match) for doing their best to play for the team. Really unpleasant opposition and an awful lazy referee (the worst I have seen for a long time) who had no control at all of the game.
Just hope on the return leg I can put out my best team and give them the beating I know we are more than capable of giving them. Best part of the day the lovely sunshine.