19th JanuarySunday Roundup
A frozen pitch wouldn’t stop the Unders 7s White today. Once they warmed up and got the pitch playable they were superb! We lacked a little defensively at times which we felt the repercussions of but to be fair it was like playing on an a school ground, concrete pitch! We soon found our rhythm having conceded a couple of early goals but the boys got stuck in and found their way back. Two hatrick hero’s today from Anand and Joey who took their goals amazingly well with finishes any number 9 would be proud of. Well done to the boys on another great week.
After turning our season around towards the end of last year with great performances, competing with teams that previously overan us, we hit a bump in the road last week.
This week, we talked about cutting out mistakes and playing risk-free football and the boys responded with very few mistakes, if any, today. A great performance from all the boys. Superb Individual performances from Eli (his best game of the season), Daniel (6 goals), defending and teamwork masterclasses from Jackson, Toby, Noah, kobi , coops.
U8 whites performed superbly today against a good HGS team. Playing with total freedom they moved the ball superbly to create overloads and to constantly find themselves in 3 on 2 and 2 on 1 situations. What was more pleasing was that each player played for the team and created goal after goal for each other. MOM was yoni with a superb performance and some great goals. special mention to rafi who scored a half volley into the top corner
U8 blue showed real desire to fight their way back into the game this morning. They couldn’t get going in the first half and saw themselves the wrong side of luck and posts and crossbars. Eventually their persistence paid off and they came home happy! Goals from Eddie (2) and Brandon and man of the match display from Jonah
The style of football the team plays improves each game and today was further progress. The boys continue with a lot of short sharp passes and just need to have a bit more patience before trying to unlock oppositions. At the same time, the boys are competing physically. It was definitely a strong team performance but could do with being more ruthless in front of goal. Goals from theo and a penalty from Oli Cohen.
U9 Whites failed to live up to their normal standards and never got going, especially in the first half. Defending and tackling were way below what we expect and the team only got going in the final quarter of the game. Jesse got on the scoresheet with a good finish and Joshua was outstanding in goal with some amazing saves. Plenty to work on in training this week.
A frozen solid pitch suited us better in first half with two goals from Aariyan and one from Ethan, a totally dominant display. The second half their team were bigger and got more into the game. A very impressive display all round from our boys!
A delightful display from our u10s whites. We put what we learned in training and the work rate straight into a game. We worked on our defensive area of the game and it was perfect man to man. A high tempo, high press and touch tight Marking was Excellent. David our man of the match was having a fantastic afternoon after a penalty miss, which his head never dropped after. A surging run from his own half powering through players like they wasn't there to drill a hard low effort into the far corner. Half time and it was plain and simple instructions, play as you are and see the game out. Some challenges in the second half to stop your heart but the boys marched on for David and Toby to get on the scoresheet again. Overall a thoroughly hard fought battle which helped from well organised drills in training, commitment and most importantly TEAMWORK! Well done whites!
Really bright and positive start from the u10 Blues today. They began at a good tempo and continue to grow in confidence week on week with their pressing, passing and ball retention. At times they were fantastic in moving the ball around and taking up good positions when on the attack. Both Noam, Seth and Prince again driving the attacks forward with penetrative runs. However were sometimes guilty of not releasing the ball quick enough to put Joshy in on goal or advance the attack. Despite this they continued to pressure the opposition with more success and won a well deserved penalty. Finishing the first half on a high. The focus today was on winning the ball and limiting the time, space and options we gave the opposition. Everyone stuck to their tasks predominantly despite some lapses. But as the second half wore on fatigue set in and our work rate and concentration levels began to slip. At times losing our shape and affording the opposition too much time without engaging. To be fair without subs the team valiantly dug in. Finley though was being called upon more frequently and standing up to everything thrown at him. Earning himself a thoroughly deserved man of the match performance. Overall very encouraging and positive performance with more work to do on our defensive responsibilities.
U11 whites continue to improve each week taking something new into their game. Decision making and weight of pass were spot on and ball retention and desire to win the ball back was second to none. Goals from Itai , Reuben , Olly and Mohamed and a clean sheet from Zac. Just got to keep playing at our pace
A great performance on grass (hooray!)
Goals from Nathan & Leo 2. A willingness to buy into positional changes & a half-time discussion shows increased maturity & team ethic. Well done every single player!
Up against a large and well drilled East London Soccer School team in the Quarter Finals of the County Cup at Barnet Lane, Wingate took an early 2 goal lead with goals from Marlon and Khion.
The team lost concentration and the opposition pulled a goal back following a quick break. Wingate restored its 2 goal advantage when Felix, the shortest player on the pitch, got his head on a cross to make it 3-1. Again, a lack in concentration resulted in a soft goal for the opposition, 3-2 at half time.
Early in the second Felix was cut in half by their goalkeeper, no penalty !!! Although both teams had chances in the second half it looked like Wingate would hold on, but with 4 minutes to go the opposition were awarded a questionable penalty which they converted.
Full time 3-3 straight to penalties.
Wingate finally triumphed, converting all its 5 penalties with East London missing 1.
A hard fought victory by all 16 squad members.
Onto Semi Finals against Lewisham Borough on February 9th.