U15 News and Information

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    Manager - Peter Mulligan
    Tarik Nashnush - Assistant
    Email : Tarik@wingatefinchley.com
    Richard Randles - Coach

    Training : Tuesday and Thursday evenings (call for venue)
    League : Eastern Junior Alliance Herfordshire Division

  • Wingate & Finchley 3 - 0 TFA Totteridge

    Middlesex Under 15 County Cup Semi Final

    In conditions more akin to the Yorkshire moors, with the mist rolling in and the cold biting, the Blues Under15s sealed their place in the Middlesex County Cup Final. The visitors ,TFA Totteridge, brought with them an impressive track record and were, like Wingate, chasing silverware on four fronts. The omens for a good game were there and for the 50 or so supporters who braved the weather they weren't to be disappointed.

    The game began well for Wingate and they quickly settled in to a composed passing game but were unable to fashion the opportunity that would test the visiting keeper. As the game progressed, however, it was TFA who began to look the more dangerous side. They began to feed their quick and skilful forwards and for the rest of the half they pressed and probed for a way through the stubborn Blues rearguard action.

    It wasn't to be though and their inability to convert pressure into goals was punished just two minutes into the second half. Oates, introduced at half time, provided the spark with a ball in between the visitors centre back pairing which Willoughby met and dispatched past the TFA keeper. Five minutes later the game was all but finished when the keeper couldn't hold a Willoughby strike and Mulligan was quickest to react.

    The hosts had the ball in the net twice more but both were adjudged to be offside before Willoughby completed the scoring turning his man and striking confidently into the bottom corner. All that was left was to see whether Wingate could complete their route to the final without conceding and when, in the final minute, Holden tipped a free kick onto the bar their task was complete.

    Credit must go to TFA who for long spells showed why they have been so successful this year. Another resilient display from the under 15s and particular credit must go the backline of Ola, Symeou, Agamerz, Morgan and Holden who were the rock from which this victory was won.

    Team: Holden, Ola, Morgan, Domfe, Symeou, Brown, Mulligan, N'Silu, Willoughby, Quilley, Ngomabie, Nightingale, Oates, Almeida, Bongay, Agamerz

    Scorers: Willoughby (2) , Mulligan

  • Wingate & Finchley 2-0 Norseman

    EJA League

    Our under 15's returned from their Christmas break to play Norseman for the first league meeting having previously beaten them 8-0 in the AFA Cup. Norseman are a much changed team from that first meeting but they were quickly put under pressure as Wingate broke directly from the kick off, forcing a foul on the edge of the penalty area. Mulligan managed to get the resulting free kick over the wall and beyond a stranded keeper to put the Blues ahead in only the first minute. That, however, was as good as it got for Wingate in the first half with Norseman defending stoutly and showing more composure and quicker thought in midfield. The centre back pairing of Symeou and Ola had to be at their best to deter the powerful breaks from the visitors and it was Holden in the Wingate goal who was much the busier of the two keepers. The defence did hold strong but a one goal lead flattered the home team at half time.

    The second half started in similar fashion, however, Wingate slowly began to look more like themselves and carve out chances. After 65 minutes they finally managed to put the result beyond doubt when a run and cross from Willoughby created confusion in the Norseman box and when the ball fell to Quilley he finished emphatically.

    This was far from a classic display but the Blues showed resilience, kept another clean sheet and the victory now lifts them to second in the division.

    Team: Holden, Ola, Domfe, Nashnush, Symeou, Brown, Fernandes, Botti, Mulligan, Rama, N`Silu, Willoughby, Quilley, Ngomabie.

    Scorers: Mulligan, Quilley

  • Ware Town 3-4 Wingate & Finchley

    Friendly

    With our under 15s again without a game due to opposition cup commitments they travelled to Herts EJA side Ware on Sunday to play a hastily arranged friendly. With both sides having made a good start in their respective leagues a close game was expected and so it turned out to be.

    It was our hosts who settled the quicker and, on their 3G surface, put the Blues under pressure with a quick pass and move approach. They fashioned the first goal midway through the half when a cross from the left found a Ware striker in space who neatly finished the chance. It was certainly not one way traffic though and the visitors had crafted a couple of opportunities of their own before conceding. The deficit didn't last long and when a free kick on the edge of the box from Mulligan struck the post it was Nashnush who was quickest to react to slot home the rebound. By this time both sides were making full use of the slick surface with clear chances being hard to come by but both did manage to add to their tally before the half was over. Wingate's goal was again created by Mulligan, this time with a clever ball between the centre halves and it was Rama who held his nerve to give the visitors the lead before Ware equalised on the stroke of half time. Holden made a fine reaction save from close range but this time it was our hosts turn to react quickest.

    The talk at half time between parents of both sides was how well both sides had played and whether they would be able to keep both the quality and intensity at such high levels for the second half. They needn't have worried and it was Wingate that showed their quality first when Mulligan was able to find space and then curl a shot beyond the home keeper. That only served to inspire the home team who then dominated the next twenty minutes of play. The Wingate back line held strong and answered all the questions asked of them but eventually, with ten minutes remaining, their defences were breached and the sensible money was on Ware going on to win the game. This game still had plenty of twists and turns to come though and, with the introduction of Nightingale, the hosts were harried into uncharacteristic mistakes. The pressure began to mount and it was only two excellent saves from consecutive corners that prevented Wingate retaking the lead. The third corner, however, eventually brought what turned out to be the winner when a Brown header crept over the line. Still the action wasnt finished and, with almost the final kick of the game, Holden had to be at full stretch to tip a thunderous strike from the edge of the area over the bar.

    A game that was a credit to all involved and showed the quality across the regional leagues of the EJA.

    Team: Holden, Ola, Nashnush, Symeou, Brown, Fernandes, Winston, Mulligan, Rama, Agamerz, N`Silu, Bongay, Nashnush, Nightingale.

    Scorers: Mulligan, Rama, Nashnush, Brown.

  • CLA Youth 2-6 Wingate & Finchley

    AFA Cup Q-Final

    For their AFA Cup quarter final our Under 15s headed to East 17 in conditions more akin to the moors of Lancashire than East London. Our opposition, CLA Youth, started the brighter in the gloom and mist and were constantly probing the Blues back line for an opening. One didn't come and it was Wingate who were soon asking questions of the home keeper. He was equal to some speculative efforts and holding a high line was able to thwart a couple of dangerous breaks but when Mulligan spotted his advanced position he impudently lobbed him from the edge of the area to give the visitors the lead.

    CLA reacted well to the setback and lofted pass, turning the Wingate defence, was met with a cool finish to level the game. CLA looked to build on their equaliser and thought they had earned a penalty when the ball hit a Wingate arm from a deep corner. Having originally given the penalty the referee decided that it was not intentional and the chance was gone. This spurred the visitors to play some of their best football of the game using the slick surface to create good chances. They took the lead when a corner was met by Willoughby at the far post and Wingate, for the second week running, struck on the stroke of half time. Emboldened by his earlier lob Mulligan decided to try the same strategy but this time from fully 35 yards out. As the keeper back peddled he was able to get a hand to the ball but only enough to push it into the roof of the netting.

    CLA were certainly better than the 3-1 half time score suggested and they were soon on the front foot again looking to get back into the game. Wingate held firm, breaking quickly with purpose and it was one of these breaks that led to Rama grabbing Wingate's fourth. Still CLA fought and the game opened up as both sides pushed for further goals. The hosts managed to reduce the deficit when they converted a penalty awarded for a push in the area and they then laid siege looking for a way to take the game into extra time. It wasn't to be however and as the game reached it's conclusion it was Wingate looking the stronger team. Mulligan thought he had completed a well deserved hat trick finishing a cross pulled back from the by-line but it was controversially disallowed. The scoring, however, wasn't finished and Rama tapped in his second from short distance whilst Mulligan finally managed to grab his third. Another good test overcome by the Under 15s and they now move into the semi final stage of the competition.

    Team:Holden, Ola, Nashnush, Willoughby, Symeou, Brown, Winston, Morgan, Mulligan, Rama, Ngomabie, Fernandes, Quilley, Domfe

    Scorers:Mulligan 3, Rama 2, Willoughby

  • Buckhurst Hill 2-7 Wingate & Finchley

    EJA League

    It was three weeks since our Under 15s last played and they certainly looked rusty in the opening 10 minutes with their hosts making all the running. It was no surprise then when Buckhurst took the lead when a ball between Wingate's back line was met with a sweet strike from nine yards out. The Blues didn't panic though and slowly their neat, crisp passing game began to return. Eventually, an incisive move found Willoughby in space and he levelled with a strike under the keeper. Rama made it two shortly after with a sublime lob and, on the stroke of half time, a glorious move starting back with Wingate's keeper was finished by Willoughby claiming his second goal of the game.

    The Blues started the second half with the same positive mindset and the game was soon beyond the hosts when Willoughby was on the end of a cross to complete his hat-trick. Buckhurst continued to play their part in a thoroughly entertaining game and could have levelled when having broken the offside trap their striker was adjudged to have been clipped by the Wingate keeper as he attempted to round him. However,the resulting penalty struck the bar and they were soon to pay when Rama grabbed his second goal of the game shortly after. The hosts did manage to reduce the deficit to three when a cross from the right found an unmarked striker but, whilst the game was end to end, Wingate always looked stronger going forward and more resilient at the back. Holden in the Wingate goal was called on to make four good saves, including pushing a second penalty on to the post, whilst Willoughby and Bongay added a sixth and seventh for the Blues.

    Team: Holden, Ola, Nashnush, Willoughby, Bongay, Symeou, Morgan, Mulligan, Rama, Ngomabie, Nightingale, N'Silu, Fernandes, Quilley, Agamerz, Almeida.

    Scorers: Willoughby 4, Rama 2, Bongay.

  • Wingate & Finchley 1-2 Ryan

    EJA Cup

    It was certainly a case of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' for the Under 15s who, having scored 20 goals the previous weekend, could only find the net once despite creating a plethora of chances in this EJA cup first round game.

    It was our visitors who took the lead early on when a poor clearance was pounced upon and a cool finish despatched despite pressure from both keeper and defender. That early setback only served to drive the Blues on and they proceeded to dominate the half creating chance after chance but a lack of composure in front of goal meant that it took until the 30th minute for them to level.Once again it was Mulligan's left foot to thank with a stunning strike from fully thirty yards.

    The second half was a much more even affair with Ryan breaking with purpose but Wingate's back line holding strong. Their defences were finally breached from a free kick eluding strikers and defence alike to find the back of the net. The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser but it was not to be and whilst, once again, there are a lot of positives to be taken from the game, their run in the EJA cup has come to a premature end.

    Team: Holden, Ola, Nashnush, Brown, Willoughby, Winston, Morgan, Mulligan, Rama, Ngomabie, Nightingale, Domfe, Nashnush, Fernandes, Quilley, Oates.

    Scorers: Mulligan

  • Wingate & Finchley 9-1 Norsemen

    AFA Cup

    Since the formation of the Under 15s back in May there has been a feeling that, with the talent at the clubs disposal, if they clicked the team could produce something very special. Unfortunately for Norsemen that moment came on Saturday in the AFA Cup.

    Playing their first home game and with use of the wonderful new artificial pitch they produced their best display so far scoring nine goals with only one in reply. Against their fellow EJA side Norseman, a team that was never short of commitment, the Blues passing game created numerous chances but it was a scrambled finish from Rama that broke the deadlock.

    The second came not long after when a more route one approach left Willoughby to finish following a flick on from a long goalkick. A third goal from Brown, struck into the corner from outside the box, left Wingate looking comfortable but that was to change when the visitors struck in a goal mouth scramble on the stroke of half time.

    The constant pressure and long spells of Wingate possession began to tell in the second half and gaps in the protection of the Norsemen defence started to tell. Mulligan finshed well for the fourth and Willoughby completed another hat trick with a fifth and sixth goal. As often happens in situations like this, the side in the ascendency becomes ever more dominant and second goals from Brown and Rama together with a neat finish from Nashnush left no one in any doubt about the potential within this Under 15s squad.

    Team: Holden, Ola, Nashnush, Brown, Willoughby, Winston, Morgan, Mulligan, Rama, Ngomabie, Nightingale, Domfe, Nashnush, Agamerz, Fernandes, Quilley.

    Scorers: Mulligan, Willoughby 3, Rama 2, Mulligan 2, Nashnush

  • Cockfosters 3-3 Wingate & Finchley

    EJA League

    For their third league game our Under 15s travelled the short distance to Cockfosters to play last season's EJA age group champions. They were certainly not overawed by the prospect and a bright start was rewarded when Mulligan cut in from the right and clipped a lovely ball over the keeper to take the lead. As the half wore on the home side began to grow into the game and their pressure brought them goals from a well struck free kick and a cross that eluded everyone.

    Unfortunate to be behind at half time Wingate battled back into the game and it was Mulligan's left foot again that brought the sides level, this time with a curling free kick from outside the box. Wingate continued to press and, when the home side were reduced to ten men for something said to the referee, looked to be in the ascendency. They made the extra man count with Willoughby pouncing on hesitancy in the home defence to head Wingate into the lead once more. However, for the second week running, the Blues failed to hold the lead when another deep corner was met by a strong Cockfoster's header to leave honours even. The under 15s remain unbeaten and can be proud of their efforts against a strong andcommitted Cockfoster's side who will again be one of the strongest teams in the competition.

    Team: Holden, Massimo, Ola, Symeou, Nashnush, Brown, Willoughby, Morgan, Mulligan, Rama, Winston, Ngomabie, Elliot-Morris, Nightingale, Domfe, Bongay, Nashnush.

    Scorers: Mulligan 2, Willoughby

  • Redbridge 0-4 Wingate & Finchley

    EJA League

    Our Under 15s finally got their season underway with a convincing win away at Redbridge. In what was their first game in the EJA league early nerves were on show for Wingate as the home side imposed themselves on the game. Redbridge were unable to turn the possesion into chances and the game developed a pattern of Wingate soaking up ressure before counter attaking with pace and purpose. It was from one of these counter attacks that Willoughby powered through to give the visitors the lead. By this stage Redbridge had begun to force free kicks in dangerous areas but Wingate held strong and another Willoughby strike doubled the lead before half time. In the second half Redbridge`s resilience started to wane and Wingate took full control. Rama added the third with a sublime shot that curled away from a diving keeper before Willoughby completed his well deserved hat-trick. Wingate continued to press but were unable to add to their tally despite a string of chances and the final scoreline certainly didn`t flatter them. A great start to the campaign but sterner tests will follow.

    Team: Holden, Domfe, Symeou, Winston, Ngomabie, Fernandes, Nashnush, Brown, Rama, Willoughby, Almeida. Subs Mulligan, N'Silu, Morgan, Elliot-Morris, Agamerz

    Scorers: Willoughby 3, Rama 1