Happy birthday today to Fiodor, Josh Ahmad and Daniel Andrews!
All training tonight is on as per the schedule followed by Butlins final briefing (7.15pm) and Project Sub-Committee meeting (7.30pm)
Cup final squad announced for Thursday
Thomas Moon, Liam Byford, Byron Price, Martin Henry, Terry Perk, Ryan Ford, Connor Gower, Reece Hagger, Jordan Griffin, Matt Wedge, Levii Loyza, Ashley Webster, Richard Floyd, Harry Mansfield, Cameron Lumsden, Josh Twyman
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Under 15s complete EKYL season with a 2-2 draw against Margate
Our last game of the season and we hosted title contenders Margate FC. We knew we had finished fourth but Margate could still win the title so they were well up for it.
Unfortunately, due to a couple of no shows, we had to hastily re-arrange the squad positions with Ryan starting at center back and Alex P up front leaving us with a single sub.The game kicked off and within 10 mins we were down to 10 players with both Reece and Max having to go off injured with a twisted knee and busted mouth respectively. We had started very brightly pressuring their goal with Cam unlucky not to have scored with a shot cannoning off their crossbar. However, Margate took the lead through a well worked goal but we came back strongly and Kuba won us a penalty when he was bundled off the ball. Reece made no mistake with the spot kick: 1-1. It was an end to end first half which I think we just edged even with 10 men for a good 25 mins.
The second half started and we continued to play excellent football against a much stronger opposition and we duly took the lead through Kuba’s shot inside their penalty area. Margate came back strongly knowing they had to win and drew level with 15 mins to go. After that it was again end to end with us playing the best football I had seen all season combined with some resolute defending in the face of a Margate onslaught in the final 5 mins. The game finished 2-2, a fair score, but I think we were a little unlucky to lose. Our football was excellent and we created more chances than Margate but lacked the finish. This was probably the best football I have seen us play. The Margate coach said we played the best football he had seen this season and I heard him tell his squad we had given them a footballing lesson today. Margate were strong in every position with a much more physical team than us but by playing it around we held our own. I heard one of their best players (a very speedy and powerful winger) ask his coach for help as he was being run ragged by Louis (constantly tracking back) and Jack P (tough tackling). Plenty of outstanding performances today. Ryan had a great game at centre back and it’s no coincidence that we have had our best results when he plays in that position. Reece was dominant in the centre of the park and we shall really miss him next season. Man of the match though goes to Alex P who had a great game up front. He caused them all sorts of problems with his pace and power but it was some of his excellent cross field passes in the first half that had the Margate bench applauding.
I do hope you boys will stick together next season. I have heard that Margate, Trinity and Park Farm have all applied for the Kent League. If this is the case then you will never have a better chance of winning silverware. Even if these 3 teams were to remain in the League (unlikely) you would still give them all a run for their money. I would like to thank todays squad (Olly, Jack H, Angus, Alex P, Jack P, Ryan, Max, Louis, kuba, Lewis, Cam and Reece) for a great performance from each of you. Well done.
Match one Charlton Deaf was always going to be a tough first game and it showed by the end. They dominated in nearly every aspect of the game and went on to win 3-0.
Our second game was against Sheppy which we seemed far more awake for with Keiron slotting two away and Toby coming out from the back to put one away too. They did score one when it was 2-0 to make it 2-1 but the defence stood firm to see the game out.
Next came Maidstone, they gave us a tough game going 1-0 up halfway through the game. However we kept plucking and eventually, Toby got his head down and once again stormed through and scored another. A fair result at 1-1.
Next came Sheppy again, however, we couldn’t repeat the result from earlier. We went 1-0 up but we crumbled the rest of the game and let two silly goals in; we couldn’t come back and lost 2-1.
The penultimate game came Maidstone for the second time. This time the boys worked so hard to keep them in their own half, any shot they had was dealt with by the defence or Owen in goal. Toby added another two to his days tally and Keiron one more to finish the game 3-0.
The last game was against Charton Deaf, we really seemed to want a bit of payback for the game earlier and went one up quite early on through Keiron. We looked the far better team again boxing them in their own half. However right at the end of the game with one of the last touched of the game they put one away to finish the game a draw 1-1.
All in all a tough week; but we can put it behind us now and look forward to the Peoples Cup Finals in Birmingham. Man of the tournament goes to Toby this week for some resolute defending and his real desire to plough on and get some goals too. Well done boys.
Many Thanks Aaron Maul
Hi dave just sending my match report for the under 13 for this morning tournament played 4 won 2 lost 2 match 1 we lost 5.2 game 2 we won 2.1 played very well game 3 we lost 3.1 game 4 we won 3.2 great game end to end football man of the match went to Daniel for going in goal for a few games and scoring some good goals from pip castle