U18 News and Information

  • Wingate & Finchley 5-3 (AET) Buckingham Athletic

    FA Youth Cup 1st Preliminary Round

    Wingate & Finchley Under-18's played host to Buckingham Athletic for their FA Youth Cup tie, in a back-and-forth spectacle which culminated in thrilling fashion.

    The visitors edged the opening minutes. Rory Busby fired over from outside the box, Ben Acquaye skimmed his angled volley wide from just 12-yards, before Sam Brazier was finally tested. Nathan Tshikuna broke through the centre looking for the inside of the near-post only to see the 'keeper in inspired form palming his shot away. Wingate took the lead inside nine minutes, Anthony Stavrou finishing off a delectable passing move from Jeremie Aghoolar's cross and Alex Hadjithemistou's lay-off before handing his team the lead.

    Buckingham wouldn't be behind for much longer, as Brazier denied Geraint Minney's header only to find Busby smash in the rebound from close after 24 minutes. Nicholas Kouroushi's cross evaded Stavrou and opposition 'keeper Woodgate, with James Meehan caught up in the confusion denying his opportunity to pounce. Christian Artimadis' first-time shot forced an excellent save from Woodgate with the young Blues unable to tuck home the rebound.

    Just three minutes after the restart, substitute Jordan Tavener raced through on goal and slotted under Brazier as the travelling team upped their momentum. Minney came close to extending the lead to a two-goal advantage, only to drag his shot just wide of the post. Andrew Kouroushi's side fought back with chances galore of their own. Nicholas Koroushi's volley smashed Woodgate from six-yards out, Hadjithemistou's low free-kick somehow evaded everyone as Wingate began to show signs of their dominance. Tavener found himself through on goal at the other end only to find his lob go over the bar.

    The equaliser arrived after 62 minutes, Cameron Lyttle rolled the ball for Artimadis to slot inside the near-post past a flat-footed Woodgate. Acquaye's audacious drive from all but 35-yards came back off the underside of the crossbar before bouncing clear. Sam Morris was brought on to make an impact and he almost did just that, though was unable to turn the ball into the net after Hadjithemistou's initial header was kept out. Tavener came close to putting Buckingham ahead again only to find Brazier come off his line to deny him, as both Meehan and Morris were left frustrated by Woodgate from inside the area.

    Meehan gave the hosts what looked to be the winner on 89 minutes, after winning possession high up before racing through on goal and calmly finding the corner of the net. However, Robbie Carter had other ideas, as he headed home a well-taken free-kick to send the tie into extra-time.

    Busby's piledriver was kept out by Brazier; Morris, Meehan and Petrit Krasniqi all had shots of their own denied in quick succession, as the game continued in an end-to-end fashion. Meehan's angled shot saw Woodgate make another save, before he could do nothing about Artimadis rising high to meet Hadjithemistou's free-kick from inside left for 4-3 with 104 minutes played.

    Meehan made sure of victory for his second of the night tapping home Ollie Begueria's squared ball for 5-3 in the 110th minute. Ore Soetan saw red for the visitors just a minute later, as Artimadis came close for his hat-trick though dragged his effort wide from outside the area.

    Team: Sam Brazier, Vass Mandeville, Jeremie Aghoolar (Ollie Begueria 40 mins), Alex Hadjithemistou, Romario Cazoubon, Tyler Forbes, Nicholas Kouroushi (Sam Morris 70 mins), Christian Artimadis, James Meehan, Cameron Lyttle (c), Anthony Stavrou (Petrit Krusniqi 57 mins) Subs : Ollie Begueria, Sam Morris, Petrit Krusniqi, Joseph Toscani, Louie Keane

    Scorers: James Meehan 2, Christian Artimadis 2, Anthony Stavrou 1

    MOM: Alex Hadjithemistou

  • St.Albans City 2-4 Wingate & Finchley

    EJA League

    The U18s travelled to Clarence Park, home of Conference South St.Albans City to play the U18s this morning. The historic stadium, set in amongst the tree lined stands, is one of the most iconic in non-league football, with its Old Wooden stand set in the beautiful Clarence park.

    The Under 18s started very well, and forced St.Albans on the back foot for the early exchanges. We had lined up with Sam Brazier in goal, Vass, Louie, Romario, and Jeremie across the back line,Christian & Alex anchored the midfield with Ben and Cameron out wide, and Anthony playing just behind James up front.

    Whilst we had most of the play, and it seems to be a trait at present, that any little mistake we make through the club gets punished. As we cleared tried to clear our lines out of the box, a ricochet off one of our own players, falls straight to a St.Albans player 6 yards out, and he clots the ball home. 1-0 to St.Albans.

    St.Albans buoyed by the goal, now are on top and we go further behind, when a shot from the edge of the penalty area goes unchallenged and whilst Sam makes a great save, again it falls at the feet of the opposition and its 2-0 to St.Albans.

    This team however has some strong characters, and from a nice move, Cameron Lyttle's shot goes just wide, and whilst we are reduced to long range efforts, Sam Morris dances passed two players, but sees his shot go agonisingly wide.

    Half time 2-0 to St.Albans

    Some re-organisation at half time and all four subs now on. Wingate came out with a determination. Their instructions win the second half 3-0 and the points would be ours.

    We started very brightly, Joseph Toscani made an immediate impact on the right, sending in some great crosses, their keeper at full stretch to flick them away from Wingate heads. We then had Sam Morris hit the post for it to rebound to Luca Quattromini to stab home only for it to be cleared off the line.

    Finally our pressure saw us get a goal back, when Sam Morris slammed the ball home from 6 yards out. 2-1 and we were in the ascendancy. We continued to pressurise the St.Albans back line but had to be careful for their quick fire breaks, and we were to equalise, from one of their rare second half attacks.

    St.Albans had won a corner, which we cleared to the edge of our box, a ball out of defence saw Sam Morris and the St.Albans keeper racing for the ball, Sam won the race and side footed home from 30 yards out for 2-2. Great character shown by the boys. With minutes remaining we won a corner . Alex swung the ball in, and Romario Cazaubon rose at the back post to head home for 3-2 to Wingate. The comeback was complete.

    Sometimes you have to trust your players, and when you have a squad, who as a unit are one, you can go very far. The character shown at half time, no screaming matches, determination to put the first half right, and a pride wearing their shirts.

    There were leaders all over this pitch from back to front today. Romario and Vass at the back, Christian in midfield, James and Sam up front. However todays man of the match goes to Jeremie, great performance.

    Team: Brazier, Manderville, Aghoolar, Hadjithemistou, Keane, Cazaubon, Artimides, Mehan, Reynolds, Lyttle (Capt), Stavrou, Toscani, Morris, Begueria, Quattromini

    MOM: Jeremie Aghoolar

    Scorers: Morris 2, Cazaubon 1