8th MarchSunday Roundup
Up against a really good side today, the team did really well to keep up with them most of the game. Passing is looking better but defensively not as good as past couple of weeks. Not at our best and lessons learned from both the boys and the coach! The lads are developing faster than ever this season, so very encouraging.
The team were a little rusty having not really played together for a few weeks, but they showed a lot of heart in fighting back into the game on several occasions. Great keeping performances from Brandon and Ilan summed up the determination of the team to dig out a really good outcome. The game was a real battle and the kids are learning that skill alone will not always be the decisive factor.
Despite a late kick off, the boys came out flying, even scoring with the 4th kick of the game. After just ten minutes the boys were comfortably winning. A degree of complacency seem to settle in and the boys started coming off second best. That said Theo was linking up well with Jake and breaking free on a few occasions. The pace of the game didn’t slow down in the second half, especially as the heavens opened. Logan and Rory ran their socks off whilst Jake made some strong saves in goal. Oli never stopped trying wherever he was playing on the pitch. The boys had some great shots that somehow were answered by some impressive goalkeeping. It was a good effort by the boys in pretty horrid occasions. If the boys learn one thing from the today’s game, that is no game is won until the final whistle is blown.
The team travelled to a strong opposition who are well drilled, organised and physical. This didn't put the boys off as they were instructed to play their own way which is very effective when done right. An okay performance from Wingate in the first half only to allow two shots on target which is always positive to look at but ultimately two shots two goals which is the difference in this league. Second half was like watching a different team. Wingate boys were asked to show more desire, win the one on one personal battles, follow all shots, be more aggressive in passing and giving their all in the second half which it was their game to lose. As the game played out some tired legs and effort was always on point second half. Cannot fault that second half performance and they go into next week a stronger team knowing they can get what they deserve next week. Well done boys and a great attitude by all in that second half!
The team played at home against a well disciplined team. Breaking down the opposition's defence through quick direct passing to the wings led to a number of opportunities that were unable to be converted into goals. The second half started stronger with improved defensive positioning and tackling. Goals from Henry and Joshy with Man of the Match going to goalkeeper Finlay
An amazing response to last week's challenges! The boys took the game to their opponents playing full and flowing football and not allowing them to get into the game . Passing, moving and positional play was all spot on and unfortunately due to a lack of concentration we did let a couple slip through the net. Goals today from Itai, Josh, Mohamed, Bailey and a special mention to Jake who's headed (top bins!) goal came from a move which most players were involved in, moving the ball from one side to the other culminating in a inch perfect cross and a fantastic finish. Keep working hard boys because the progress is really starting to show!
After 5 weeks without a game, the U15s played a Spring Cup game against London Maccabi Brady White. Any rustiness was blown away with a great warm up and the boys started the game very much on the front foot, creating a number of good chances . As has been the case however this season, a lapse in concentration saw us concede a needless penalty and we went one down. The boys did not let this setback affect them and played some great football especially from Adaiel which saw Will win a penalty which Josh confidently tucked away to even things up. Some more good team play saw Josh chase down a through ball from Sam to expertly round the keeper and slot home A good team talk at half term to ensure the team maintained focus , saw us continue where we left off in the 1st half and Will surged through their defence before crossing for Ben to slide home. Great defensive play all round from the boys saw us easily snuff out any threat Brady had and with a bit more composure in front of goal, we would have scored more goals but we run out deserved winners.
Wingate & Finchley U16’s have retained their London FA County Cup against Buckhurst Hill.
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The players all travelled together on the coach to the Fisher Athletic ground in south London for a 4 o’clock kick off. In front of a sizeable crowd, Wingate started the brightest, having a couple of early chances, hitting the post and putting Buckhurst Hill under pressure. It looked like it was going to be one of those days, plenty of possession but unable to score. After about 30 minutes Marlon went on one of his runs into the box and was brought down, penalty. Charlie R stepped up and blasted in down the middle. 1-0. Having scored the goal, the boys settled down and started to play the ball around a lot more. Half time came 1-0. Again, Wingate started the strongest and some of the play in the second half was a joy to watch. Halfway through the second half, Felix, who had just come on as a substitute, was put through and from what seemed an impossible angle, slid the ball into the far corner. 2-0. Playing with even more confidence Wingate piled on more pressure and with ten minutes to goal, Luca calmly made it 3-0, having gone round the keeper, then the last defender and tapping it home. With 5 minutes left Buckhurst Hill scored a consolation goal, which although we knew would not make a difference, kept the boys on their toes for the final few minutes. Final score 3-1. Congratulations to all the squad on a fine performance.
This game was a close encounter with both teams evenly matched. The Wingate boys had a slow start allowing Cheshunt to take the lead after 10 mins. They doubled their lead after 20 mins due to some sloppy defending at the back. The Wingate boys worked really hard to get back into the game and started to dominate possession. We created three clear cut chances, the best if these resulting in Sam hitting the post after a great move down the left. HT score 2-0 down. We started the second half strongly and pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, Sam coolly converting the spot kick. Wingate equalised through Antoine and at this point we were in control of the match. Unfortunately the boys got caught out at the back allowing Cheshunt to take the lead again. Wingate were still creating numerous chances but could not find the equaliser. In the last five minutes the boys threw caution to the wind trying to score and as a result were caught on the break to give Cheshunt their fourth. The scoreline was harsh on the boys as a draw would have been a fair result.