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Match Report:

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.10

Saturday 23rd January 2016

 Brandon FC 6 – 6 Washington AFC

 

After yet another prolonged break from any football, thanks to Christmas and yet more bad weather, the boys were once again able to get another game under their belts. This time the boys were playing the return fixture against Brandon who had a point to prove having been put to the sword by Washy earlier in the season. Brandon had to be complimented on the condition of the pitch when viewed before the game and there could be no excuses from both teams for the surface conditions.

The Washy squad for the game was back to its full 15 players with all the boys looking forward to get back into the action. With such a squad being available, it was anticipated that all of the boys would get an equal run-out so that they could get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break and lack of games. The boys lined up with Josh in goal, with a defensive back four of Kyle, Lewis A, Lewis Mc and Alex. In midfield were Louie, Joe, Lewis G, Liam and Callum with Kieran up front. Jack, Carl, Adam and Harvey all took their place on the touch line for the first few minutes of the game.

Once again, as has been the case in the last few games, the boys got off to a sluggish start with Brandon dominating the midfield area and winning every header, tackle and second ball that was on offer which put the defence under tremendous pressure. The defence and Josh somehow held firm in the face on the on-slaught with only a few attacking moves being created by Washy. From one of those attacking moves, Washy gained a corner kick. The kick was delightfully swung in by Louie to the back post where it was headed into the net once again by the arriving Joe for his umpteenth goal this season from a corner (0-1). For the sake of repeating myself again from previous reports, one would think that this would have given the boys the gee up that they needed but as has been the norm recently, the proverbial wheels fell off for the remainder of the half!!!!

Brandon immediately came back at Washy after conceding the goal and equalised after a mistake by Josh allowed the forward to tap the ball into an empty net (1-1). Things were to get worse for Washy when immediately from the re-start the boys conceded yet again with Brandon scoring after poor defending from a throw-in allowed their forward to strike a high shot past Josh at the near post (2-1). Josh was injured during the goal but he managed to play on after some treatment. Just as you thought that things couldn’t get any worse, yes you guessed it, they did when the boys conceded a third in the space of 5 minutes!!! Yet again poor defence and midfield play allowed the Brandon midfielder to shoot home past Josh from the edge of the area without any pressure being applied (3-1). Personnel changes were immediately made in light of the poor performance with all the Washy support expecting improvement. However, yet again another defensive error immediately after the substitutions cost Washy dear yet again with the Brandon forward once again tapping into an empty net (4-1). Everyone couldn’t believe what they were watching, never mind me as manager/coach!!! At this point, the original plan to give everyone a ‘fair crack of the whip’ had gone out of the window – being 4-1 down after 25 minutes had made sure of that!!! Kieran, having just come off, was summoned back on to play in the centre of defence with Louie moving into the strikers’ role.

The final ten minutes of the half saw a dramatic improvement in the way the boys played. More aggression could be seen and the boys started to gain control in the midfield areas and Louie was causing problems up front with his running and dribbling skills. It was from a mazy Louie run that Washy managed to claw back a goal some two minutes before half time. Louie managed to find space after cutting in from the right hand side and he unleashed a curling left foot effort that the keeper was at full stretch to keep out. However, the keeper was unable to hold onto the shot and it was Joe, superbly following in, who managed to beat the keeper to the rebound to put the ball into the back of the net (4-2). This goal seemed to rejuvenate the boys and their heads were up. With the first half in injury time Washy gained a corner which Louie once again curled into the danger area. A mad scramble occurred which saw the ball ping-pong in the penalty box before finally landing at Harvey’s feet. He managed to re-adjust himself before firing in a right foot shot which just managed to evade the keepers outstretched leg before going over the line (4-3).

 

Half – time:    Brandon FC 4 – 3 Washington AFC.

 

The half-time team talk was an interesting one!!! Talk about a Jekyll & Hyde performance – absolutely atrocious defending and poor all round team play for the first 25 minutes but then the boys showed loads of determination and character in the final ten minutes to somehow drag themselves back into the game to be only a goal behind at the break!!!

Immediately from the re-start it was Brandon’s turn to be on the back foot with Washy in the ascendency. With virtually the first attack of the half, Washy managed to string together a flowing one touch passing move which went the entire length of the pitch and finished with Alex firing home a right foot shot (4-4). The goal showed just the standard of football that the boys can produce when they put their minds to it and even brought comments from the referee as to the standard of the goal that the boys had scored. With the boys confidence now being fully restored it wasn’t long before Washy struck again to take the lead. Alex, who was now playing in a left hand side midfield role for the second half with Louie up front, benefitted from a kind bounce in the penalty box to steer home a right foot shot just inside the post (4-5). Brandon, although having conceded the lead, didn’t give up and the midfield/ defence and Josh in goal had to be on their toes to deal with a number of attacks as the half progressed. With Brandon pushing forwards at all opportunities, Washy were looking at counter-attacking at any opportunity and Kyle went extremely close to extending the lead with the keeper pulling off a fine near post save to deny him from scoring. However, another goal was out of the boys reach and the boys paid the price for this in unfortunate circumstances. A Brandon corner was half cleared before it was put back into the six yard box where Alex was positioned on the goal line to clear. Although making good contact with the ball, Alex’s clearance cannoned into Kyle who was positioned close by and back into the net, yet again tying the game up like a hockey score (5-5). Although disappointed, the boys yet again raised their game and looked to go on the offensive when they could. Chances were still being created at both ends as the game entered the dying minutes and it was Washy who struck what they thought would be the winning goal with Alex once again popping up in the box to squeeze the ball into the corner of the net to complete his first ever competitive hat-trick (5-6). At this stage, all the boys could do was try to hold onto the lead for the remaining minutes as they knew that Brandon would throw bodies forward to try and make the scores level. Unfortunately for Washy with three minutes left, some errant marking allowed a number of Brandon players to converge on goal from midfield and when the ball arrived on the edge of the box the Washy defence was totally exposed. Josh came out to try and close down the attack but the forward managed to side step around him and fire the ball into the net past the covering defender on the goal-line (6-6).

Despite both sides trying to go for the winner in the closing minutes neither defences could be breached and so the game finished in a high scoring entertaining draw. The two games between the sides this season had produced 28 goals which speaks a lot for the standard of defending, let alone the forward play!!! Alan Hanson or the Match of the Day pundits would have had a field day!!!

Full – time:   Brandon FC 6 – 6 Washington AFC

 

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                              Goals scored to date (incl Cup):

  1.  Joshua McQuade                                                                               0

  2.  Kyle McQuade                                                                                    1        

  3.  Lewis McVenea                                                                                  0

  4.  Callum Harland                                                                                  7

  5.  Alex Walton  - 3 goals                                                                        4

  6.  Joseph Brookes – 2 goals                                                                 11

  7.  Kieran Ellis                                                                                          16

  8.  Jack McIntosh                                                                                       0

  9.  Harvey Too-Chung – 1 goal                                                               7

  10.  Louie Moore                                                                                        7

  11.  Liam Potts                                                                                            1      

  12.  Lewis Alderson                                                                                    0

  13.  Adam Green                                                                                        0

  14.  Carl Whitaker                                                                                       0

  15.  Lewis Gilby                                                                                            0

 

Match Overview

After another topsy-turvy performance when the manager aged another 10 years, it was disappointing not to win especially after leading 6-5 with only minutes remaining. Whether the boys deserved the win at that stage would have been open to discussion especially after taking into account the defensive performance in the first half but one cannot doubt the spirit and character the boys showed, especially in the second half. A couple of individual performances need to be mentioned – namely Alex and Louie. Alex showed great character throughout the game and when thrust into an unusual left midfield position got his head down for the team and produced a fantastic second half display which nearly earned three points. Louie, as Alex, was asked to play in an unfamiliar role for the team as to his normal position and he showed plenty of guile and skill, matched with 100% effort throughout, to give us further options in that position for the remainder of the season.

With us now half way through the league games (10 more to go!!) we/the team need to be aware that all the other sides in the division have now had time to improve as the season has progressed and games that were one sided earlier in the season will now be more difficult. We need to be looking at making the same sort of improvements as the season progresses as well.

Losing only 2 of our first 10 games shows that we’re a hard team to beat but we have to be more determined going forward in order to finish the season in a high league position.

Next League game:  Saturday 30th January 2016 v Tyneside Pumas La Coruna (Home).

 

Match Report:

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.9

Saturday 19th December 2015

 Easington CW 3 – 3 Washington AFC

 

After another eternity of time without a league game (another month to be exact since the league game at Shildon!!!) thanks to the weather, the boys were once again able to play again. This time the boys were playing the return fixture against Easington and had a point to prove having put in the worst performance of the season against them in the home fixture in October when they suffered a 5-0 demolition.

Since the last league fixture the squad had been bolstered by the arrival of Carl Whitaker and Lewis Gilby, both players arriving from RF Sunday League sides. Carl is predominantly a right sided defender and Lewis a strong, combative box to box midfield player. Both are welcome additions to the squad and have trained well with the others over the past few weeks.

The Washy squad for this game was somewhat depleted due to a mixture of player unavailability and injury which meant that we had to go into the game without the services of Jack, Adam and Liam but the remaining 12 available players were eager to make amends for the previous poor showing. The boys lined up with Josh in goal, with a defensive back four of Carl, Lewis A, Lewis Mc and Kyle. In midfield were Louie, Joe, Lewis G, Harvey and Callum with Kieran up front. Alex took his place on the touch line for the first few minutes of the game.

Although the surrounding grass areas were extremely wet the pitch was in surprisingly good condition to play on and no excuses could be made by either team.

From the kick off both teams tried to gain the advantage with both sides pressing forwards at every opportunity. There was a good midfield battle going on throughout the half with both sets of players giving 100% commitment but Washy were creating the more clearcut chances with Kierans pace once again causing problems. On two occasions he was thwarted by the Easington goalie when put through by the midfield but he continued to harry the defenders at all times and this proved their undoing when the Easington defender lost control of the ball under pressure and fell over leaving Kieran to firmly plant his right foot shot past the goalie to put Washy ahead (0-1). The game had now turned in the boys’s favour and the midfield five were now dictating play and controlling the game. Backed up by solid performances from the back four, Washy were keeping Easington at bay. It was therefore to no-one’s surprise when Washy extended the lead towards the closing stages of the half. Kieran launched one of this ‘Rory Delap’ style throw ins into the box which sailed over all the defenders at the near post and found its way through to Callum at the far post who knew what to expect and had positioned himself accordingly. Despite valiant attempts from the back tracking Easington defenders, Callum managed to steer the ball past the keeper from close range to extend the lead going into half time (0-2).   

 

Half – time:    Easington CW 0 – 2 Washington AFC.

 

Although the boys had played very well in the first half, we knew that Easington would come out fighting and we had to expect a strong response from them. Added to the fact, yet again, that the boys hadn’t played for a while we were expecting a very hard second half with Easington having the advantage of the wind that was blowing.

It was Easington’s turn to be in the ascendency when the second half started and Washy were put under immediate pressure. The Washy midfield and defence battled bravely to keep the score as it was but the rear-guard action was finally breached when Easington created space on the right hand side which allowed their forward to go through on goal to beat Josh (1-2). Washy were finding it difficult to get into the rhythm that they had in the first half for their passing game and further chances were in short supply as Easington kept control of the ball for long periods. However, as is usually the case in any football, Washy extended their lead against the run of play!!! Having not learnt their lesson from the first half, Kieran launched another throw-in over the top of the standing Easington defence at the near post which was met perfectly by the on-rushing Louie at the back stick. His right foot shot hit the back of the net despite a valiant attempt by the goalie to keep it out (1-3).

The efforts that the boys had put in during the game, and the lack of match fitness, soon took its toll with the team visibly tiring as the game progressed. Easington keep pushing forward and started to find more and more room which caused untold problems  It was therefore to no-one’s surprise that they pulled a goal back to leave the game in the balance yet again (2-3). Despite valiant efforts from all the boys, it was not to be and a further prolonged spell of Easington pressure some 5 minutes from the end of the match ended in them equalising (3-3). It was now backs to the wall for the remaining minutes to get something from the game but the boys showed great character yet again and nearly snatched victory with the last attack of the game when a low cross-shot from Louie on the left somehow evaded the back of the net as well as the on-rushing Kieran!!

The final whistle was blown on another entertaining game for everyone who watched it. The points were shared and upon reflection it was probably a fair result.

Full – time:   Easington CW 3 – 3 Washington AFC 

 

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                              Goals scored to date (incl Cup):

  1.  Joshua McQuade                                                                                  0

  2.  Kyle McQuade                                                                                       1        

  3.  Lewis McVenea                                                                                     0

  4.  Callum Harland – 1 goal                                                                      7

  5.  Alex Walton                                                                                           1

  6.  Joseph Brookes                                                                                     9 

  7.  Kieran Ellis – 1 goal                                                                              16

  8.  Jack McIntosh - Absent                                                                        0

  9.  Harvey Too-Chung                                                                               6

  10.  Louie Moore – 1 goal                                                                           7

  11.  Liam Potts  - Injured                                                                            1       

  12.  Lewis Alderson                                                                                     0

  13.  Adam Green - Absent                                                                          0

  14.  Carl Whitaker                                                                                        0

  15.  Lewis Gilby                                                                                            0

 

Match Overview

Although it was disappointing not to win especially after leading 3-1, the boys can take heart from their overall performance. Although dropping more points to the leading teams above us we’re proving that we’re a hard team to beat and are a match for any team in this division on our day. Special praise for newcomers Lewis G and Carl who both turned in excellent performances despite tiring in the second half. Great dogged performances from the back four and keeper also deserve praise and the same goes for the midfield players and forward players as well. Easington are a decent team and will be high up in the division at the end of the season so well done. This performance goes some way to atoning for the dismal performance that we put up against them earlier this season but we must look at being more consistent in the way we play as a team going forward through the remainder of the season. Xmas break now for everyone so hopefully we might get some more games early next year if the weather gets any better – some chance!!!

 

Next League game: To be confirmed due to on-going weather.

 

Match Report:

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.7

Saturday 31st October 2015

 Washington AFC 0 – 5 Easington CW

 

Today’s game saw another top of the table clash so another hard match was anticipated. Prolonged heavy rain throughout the week had taken its toll on the home pitches and inspections were needed through the week and also on the morning of the game. The pitch was barely playable with standing water visible in some areas of the pitch but not too much to cause a postponement. The conditions were guaranteed to cause problems for both teams but, as the saying goes, it was the same for both teams. Dry and sunny conditions (for a change!!)  greeted both teams at the start of the game.

Adam Green was a welcome new addition to the Washy squad which meant that Washy were able to pick from a full 13 player squad for the game which everyone knew would be another tough  test having played Langley Park the week before. The boys lined up with Josh in goal, with a defensive back four of Kyle, Lewis A, Lewis Mc and Alex. In midfield were Louie, Joe, Liam, Harvey and Callum with Kieran up front. Jack Mc and Adam took their places on the touch line for the opening stages of the game.

Immediately from the kick off, Washy came under pressure with Easington playing some good possession football and knocking the ball around, despite the very difficult conditions. The Washy boys could not find any rhythm at all during the opening stages and were coming under continuous pressure with only last ditch tackles and saves from Josh keeping the scores level. Easington were growing in confidence throughout the half and it was no surprise when they took the lead. Yet again, as has happened in previous weeks, the Washy goal was breached from a dead ball situation with a corner kick finding an un-marked attacker to nod the ball past Josh (0-1). You would have thought that conceding a goal would prove the proverbial kick up the backside the boys needed to raise their game but this seemed to have the reverse effect with the boys’ performance steadily getting worse by the minute. Several player positional swaps and substitutions did not have any effect with the boys struggling to come to terms with the conditions however it had to be said that Easington were adapting to the conditions better than us and seemed more determined in every area of the pitch. A poor first half showing was consolidated by conceding another goal not long before the interval, yet again to another dead ball situation!! A free kick was conceded on the left hand edge of the box and from there, the Easington player struck the ball over the wall and over the reaching Josh in goal. Although the ball went in centrally there was nothing Josh could do to keep it out (0-2).

Washy were struggling to make any in-roads into the Easington defence. With the midfield being totally off the pace, Kieran didn’t see much of the ball up front and the one opportunity he had in the half was superbly saved by the Easington keeper to maintain Easington’s deserved advantage at half time. 

 

Half – time:    Washington AFC 0 – 2 Easington CW.

 

Although not playing at all well in the first half, Washy were still in the game and the boys were reminded of this at half time so a better performance was expected by everyone.

How further from the truth this statement could have been!! The boys followed up the poor first half showing with an abject second half display. Although continuing to struggle, the boys were still in the game until the last 10-15 minutes when suddenly they lost all discipline and defensive shape to concede another three goals to make the final score 0-5 in Easington’s favour. Take nothing away from Easington who were worthy winners on the day but it’s hard to comprehend how the boys could play so badly especially when considering how well they played the week before against better opposition. The joys of management!! There were few plus points to take from the game but one was that Adam showed he would be a good addition to the squad with a controlled performance at right full back once he’d entered the game. As for everyone else, let’s just say it was a bad day at the office!!!

Full – time:   Washington AFC 0 – 5 Easington CW

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                                      Goals scored to date:

  1.  Joshua McQuade                                                                                    0

  2.  Kyle McQuade                                                                                         1        

  3.  Lewis McVenea                                                                                       0

  4.  Callum Harland                                                                                       6

  5.  Alex Walton                                                                                             1

  6.  Joseph Brookes                                                                                      8 

  7.  Kieran Ellis                                                                                              13

  8.  Jack McIntosh                                                                                          0

  9.  Harvey Too-Chung                                                                                 6

  10.  Louie Moore                                                                                            4

  11.  Liam Potts                                                                                                1        

  12.  Lewis Alderson                                                                                        0

  13.  Adam Green                                                                                             0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report:

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.8

Saturday 28th November 2015

 Shildon 4 – 3 Washington AFC

 

After an eternity of time without a game (a month to be exact!!!) the boys were able to play again against a Shildon team who were now near the top of the league after a string of good results so yet another competitive game was anticipated. The boys were bound to be ring-rusty but the game would do them good anyway to try and get over the fiasco of the last league game against Easington.

The Washy 13 man squad was available once again with all players eager to play which meant that regular substitutions could be made to give the boys a rest. However an injury to Callum meant that he was sidelined to start with only a small chance of participating in the game.

Immediately from the kick off Washy, as has been the case in the last few games, came under pressure with Shildon playing some good football and their midfield and forward players causing problems. Having said that, Washy themselves were causing Shildon concern with Kieran, Kyle and Louie attacking at every opportunity. Despite being on the back foot for the early stages it was Washy who went ahead when a fine run forward from midfield by Louie ended with Kieran firing a right foot shot across the keeper into the corner having received a perfect through ball from Louie to run onto (0-1). Undeterred, Shildon responded immediately and some poor defending from another free-kick led to a Shildon equaliser with Josh unable to keep out the strike (1-1). The goal took the wind out of Washy’s sails and it was a backs-to –the-wall effort for the remainder of the half. However, as half-time approached the boys once again switched off and didn’t close down the opposition on the edge of the box to allow the Shildon midfield player to shoot beyond Josh, even though there was 4 defenders standing within 5 yards of him!!! (2-1).

 

Half – time:    Shildon 2 – 1 Washington AFC.

 

Although not playing particularly well in the first half, which in some way was to be expected following the long layoff between games, Washy were still in the game and the boys were reminded of this at half time so a better performance was expected by everyone.

Washy started the second half immediately on the front foot and gained an early corner. Even though it was probably one of the worst corners he had taken all season, the power and low trajectory of Kierans kick caused the Shildon defender on the near post to mis-cue his attempted clearance beyond his keeper to level the game up (2-2). Somewhat fortunate but they all count!!

The game then flowed from end to end with both sides looking to go forward at every opportunity. The game then turned in a matter of a minute following a Washington attack. Kieran was played through from midfield and was left one-on- one with the Shildon keeper, his right foot shot cannoning back off the underside of the bar and back out with the keeper beaten. From the subsequent Shildon foray forward, another free-kick was conceded on the edge of the area and when the cross was swung in, yet again we were unable to clear the ball which enabled the Shildon forward to turn and shoot into the net giving Josh no chance (3-2).

Un-deterred the boys kept pushing forward for the equaliser and they went close on a number of occasions.  However, with pushing forward we were always likely to run the chance of conceding again and this proved the case with the boys conceding a penalty. The decision couldn’t be argued with as our defence must have thought we’d changed sports and were playing basketball instead!! The Shildon penalty taker cooly dispatched the kick sending Josh the wrong way (4-2).

Once again, the boys showed character and rather than feel sorry for themselves they buckled down and applied the pressure to the Shildon defence. Louie went extremely close to scoring when he was put through by Kieran, his lob over the keeper being cleared on the line but the boys continued to play on the front foot and it was fair reward when the boys pulled a goal back just as we entered injury time. The ball broke kindly to Louie well outside the area, and he un-leashed an un-stoppable right foot shot high into the net giving the keeper no chance (4-3).

With the game now into injury time, Washy through everything but the kitchen sink at the Shildon defence and a couple of penalty shouts for handball not given didn’t enamour the referee to the boys!! A last gasp corner was awarded and it was all or nothing with Josh coming up into the box as well from his goalies position!!! Unfortunately the ball was cleared and the final whistle sounded on what was an entertaining game for everyone concerned.

Full – time:   Shildon 4 – 3 Washington AFC

 

 

 

 

 

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                                      Goals scored to date:

  1.  Joshua McQuade                                                                                   0

  2.  Kyle McQuade                                                                                        1        

  3.  Lewis McVenea                                                                                      0

  4.  Callum Harland                                                                                      6

  5.  Alex Walton                                                                                            1

  6.  Joseph Brookes                                                                                      8 

  7.  Kieran Ellis – 2 goals                                                                             15

  8.  Jack McIntosh                                                                                         0

  9.  Harvey Too-Chung                                                                                6

  10.  Louie Moore – 1 goal                                                                            5

  11.  Liam Potts                                                                                              1        

  12.  Lewis Alderson                                                                                      0

  13.  Adam Green                                                                                           0

 

Match Overview

Although it’s always disappointing to lose, the boys showed great character and were unfortunate to lose on this occasion. Having spent so long inactive due to the poor weather it was inevitable that we would have a slow start but once again we were the makers of our own downfall with the manner in which we conceded the goals. Everyone on the day gave it their all and decent performances were had by all the boys.

 

Next League game: To be confirmed due to on-going weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report:

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.5

Saturday 17th October 2015

 Washington AFC 8 – 1 Whitburn & Cleadon

 

Saturday saw a Washy home game against lowly Whitburn & Cleadon. Even though the opposition had had a slow start to the league season, Washy could not afford to rest on their laurels and would have to produce the same sort of team performance as had been displayed at Hebburn the week before to get anything from the game.

With both Liam and Harvey returning to action, a full strength squad was available for selection. It was only fitting that the 10 boys who gallantly played out a draw at Hebburn the previous week started todays match with Liam fitting into the team in midfield with Harvey taking his turn on the side lines for the opening exchanges. The team reverted back to its usual 4-5-1 formation with the back four of Kyle, Lewis A, Lewis Mc and Alex supplementing Louie, Joe, Liam, Jack and Callum across the midfield area with Kieran once again starting up front.

Prior to the game starting, both teams and spectators took part in a minute’s applause to celebrate the life of Rhya Storey, a local girl who lived for football who sadly passed away suddenly the weekend before at a very young age. RIP Rhya from everyone at Washington.

Many thanks to the Whitburn and Cleadon players and staff for taking part in the applause.

With that it was down to the game.

As has been the case with Washy games this season, the boys started on the front foot from the off. An early chance was created with Kieran going close following a through ball but he was unable to direct a shot on target. However, it wasn’t long before the deadlock was broken. From the first of many fantastic corner kick deliveries by Louie, the ball broke to Kieran on the edge of the area and he managed to adjust his feet to fire in a left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net through a ruck of players (1-0).

Even in these early stages, it was one way traffic with Washy camped in the position half, so it was only a matter of time before another goal came.  Once again the goal was created by another precise Louie corner and, has been the case throughout the early part of the season, it was Joe who was there in the box to get the final touch on the cross to put the ball into the back of the net (2-0).

With space being created all over the pitch, Washy kept up the forward momentum and a third goal was soon to follow.  From a wide position on the right hand side of midfield Callum drove forward and cut inside towards the goal and unleashed an unstoppable looping right foot shot into the top corner  (3-0).

It was then Callum’s turn to turn provider when making a surging run down the right hand side.  An accurate far post cross to the supporting Louie was dispatched past the keeper with his right foot (4-0).

Whitburn and Cleadon did not give in and as the half progressed, they pressured the Washy defence with a couple of long range efforts.  These were ably dealt with by Josh in goal, who showed great concentration, having been quiet for long spells of the match.  Even though the defence had been quieter than in previous weeks, they all concentrated and put in 100% effort, with most attacks starting from good breakdown play by them and the midfield.  From another precise Louie corner kick, Washy registered a fifth goal with Joe once again taking the goal scoring accolade, after a bit of six yard box pinball (5-0).

With substitutions having been made at regular intervals and a number of players finding themselves in unfamiliar positions, Washy struggled towards the end of the half but a Louie through ball found Harvey in space, who calmly knocked the ball past the advancing keeper into the net, to give Washy a convincing half time lead (6-0)

 

Half – time:   Washington AFC 6 – 0 Whitburn & Cleadon

 

The second half commenced with Washy still pushing forward but the boys were now coming up against a rejuvenated Whitburn and Cleadon team, who had gained a new lease of life following the half time break.  Although still dominating possession, Washy were finding the Whitburn and Cleadon defence hard to break down.  A number of last ditch tackles and blocks by the Washy defenders kept the score at 6-0 for a long period of time but Washy were also still creating chances, although not at regular intervals as in the first half.  Liam, pushing forward from midfield, hit the post with a right foot shot and came close to scoring on a number of other occasions.  It took until midway through the second half for Washy to extend the lead further.  Kieran, picking up the ball on the left hand side, cut inside and fired a right foot shot from outside the area, high into the net (7-0).

The game, and particularly the Washy passing, became extremely scrappy with the boys struggling to maintain possession, and losing shape at regular intervals.  Having said that, Washy were soon once again once the score sheet, with Harvey producing a fine right foot finish high into the net from an acute angle (8-0).

Give credit where it’s due, Whitburn and Cleadon put in a spirited second half display, and their efforts were rewarded near the end of the game, when they managed to fashion a 1 on 1 opportunity and were able to slot the ball past Josh in goal to spoil what would have been a deserved ‘clean sheet’ (8-1).

 

Full – time:  Washington AFC 8 – 1 Whitburn & Cleadon

 

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                                      Goals scored to date:

  •  Joshua McQuade                                                                                 0

  •  Kyle McQuade   (sub)                                                                          1         

  •  Lewis McVenea (sub)                                                                          0

  •  Callum Harland  (sub) - 1 goal                                                           6

  •  Alex Walton (sub)                                                                                1

  •  Joseph Brookes - 2 goals                                                                    8 

  •  Kieran Ellis (sub) – 2 goals                                                                12

  •  Jack McIntosh                                                                                       0

  •  Lewis Alderson                                                                                     0

  •  Louie Moore (CAPT) (sub) – 1 goal                                                    4

  •  Liam Potts                                                                                             1        

  •  Harvey Too-Chung – 2 goals                                                              6

     

Man of the Match

Although the performance was rather stop start in the second half, mainly due to the number of substitutions, one cannot really complain when you score 8 goals !! However, with a top of the league clash next week, a more consistent performance will be required.

With regards to today, the MOM award goes to Lewis McVenea for a solid performance throughout the game.

 

Next match: Saturday 24/10/2015 – Langley Park (Away)

 

 

Match Report:

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.6

Saturday 24th October 2015

 Langley Park 1 – 1 Washington AFC

 

Cold and breezy conditions greeted the boys ‘top of the table’ game away at Langley Park with both teams putting their unbeaten records on the line.

 

Washy were able to pick from a full 12 player squad for the game which everyone knew would be the toughest test so far this season as previous encounters had been close affairs. The boys lined up with Josh in goal, with a defensive back four of Kyle, Jack Mc, Lewis Mc and Alex. In midfield were Louie, Joe, Liam, Harvey and Callum with Kieran up front. Lewis A took his place on the touch line for the first few minutes of the game.

Heavy rain greeted the start of the game with Washy having to play against a very strong wind so a tough first half was in prospect. Immediately from the kick off, Washy came under pressure with Langley playing some good possession football and knocking the ball around. Washy were penned back for the early stages with Langley switching play to try and create an opening. The Washy defense were putting up a fine rearguard action with Langley being reduced to long range efforts. Having said that, Washy were indebted to Josh on more than one occasion with him pulling off a string of fine saves and tremendous handling in difficult conditions. One save in particular saw Josh go full stretch to push aside a long range effort that was heading for the top corner, a save which was appreciated by all the spectators. The Washy goal was coming under increasing pressure which was only relieved intermittently with Kieran causing some problems with his pace when Washy could get the ball past the half way line.

A number of Langley corners were repelled by the Washy rearguard but one corner proved too many and was Washy’s undoing. From an un-cleared corner, the ball was returned into the box where a Langley player powered in a goal bound header only for Josh to produce an instinctive save to keep the ball out. With the ball falling to Callum, his attempted clearance struck a Langley player in front of him and rebounded into the net. Harsh on Josh but probably a fair reflection on the balance of play (1-0).

All the Washy boys continued to battle the elements and give the game their maximum effort and it was fitting that they managed to see the game through to half time without any further mishaps.

 

Half – time:   Langley Park 1 – 0 Washington AFC.

 

Having played the first half into a strong head wind, Washy anticipated having the advantage of conditions in the second half only for the wing to totally disappear during the half time break!!!

Even without the wind, Washy started the second half re-energised with the boys pressing Langley high up the pitch from the re-start. This was causing Langley problems and Washy were now putting a number of passing moves together and showing more composure on the ball although they were unable to create any openings. Langley were still causing problems themselves when they attacked and once again Washy had Josh to thank for some good saves and handling. As the half progressed, the Washy boys got a foothold in midfield and started to dominate possession as well as winning the ball back from the opposition regularly. From breaking down a Langley attack the ball was played out to Joe who managed to lay the ball off infield to Harvey, just inside the Washy half. Harvey looked up immediately and split the defence with a perfect through ball to Kieran who had managed to evade the defenders. Running in on goal with only the keeper to beat, Kieran kept his composure and fired the ball high past the keepers left hand into the back of the net (1-1).

The equaliser breathed new life into tired Washy legs and the Langley response was thwarted by some heroic defending by all the boys. The game by this stage was flowing from end to end but Washy were indebted to the ‘eagle eyed’ referee when a Langley ‘goal’ was correctly chalked off for handball in the build up. The remaining minutes were spent with the Washy boys holding firm and counter attacking where possible but they were unable to create any clear openings and the match finished even with both sides remaining unbeaten in the league so far this season.

 

Full – time:  Langley Park 1 – 1 Washington AFC

 

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                                      Goals scored to date:

  •  Joshua McQuade                                                                               0

  •  Kyle McQuade                                                                                    1        

  •  Lewis McVenea                                                                                  0

  •  Callum Harland  (sub)                                                                       6

  •  Alex Walton                                                                                         1

  •  Joseph Brookes                                                                                  8 

  •  Kieran Ellis (CAPT) – 1 goal                                                             13

  •  Jack McIntosh                                                                                      0

  •  Harvey Too-Chung                                                                              6

  •  Louie Moore                                                                                        4

  •  Liam Potts (sub)                                                                                  1        

  •  Lewis Alderson                                                                                    0                                                            

     

Man of the Match

Once again all the boys proved that as a team, they’re as good as the other leading contenders for the league this season.

Sterling efforts from everyone throughout and although not every player was on the top of their game, they made up for it with hard work and endeavour which means a lot.

However, two stand out performances from the ‘McQuade Possee’ have to be recognised. Josh gave a faultless display of goal keeping and was on top form throughout and Kyle at full back gave a never ending display of energy, aggression and control to keep the Langley attacks at bay down the left flank.

 

This weeks MOM award therefore goes to Kyle who just edges his brother (don’t blame him blame me!!!)  but to be honest both deserved a MOM award!!

 

Another top of the table match awaits next week where we will again have to be ‘up for it’ so well played boys and let’s continue the hard work.

Next match: Saturday 31/10/2015 – Easington CW (Home)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report:

 

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.4

Saturday 10th October 2015

 

Hebburn Town Juniors Gold 3 – 3 Washington AFC

 

Another away game for the boys with a tough match expected against Hebburn who were one place below Washy in the league although having played a game more.

Due to the unavailability of a couple of the boys, we were forced to play with 10 players so a tough match suddenly became even tougher especially with our opponents having a full 16 man squad to call upon!!! With Kyle, Jack, Lewis Mc and Alex in defence supplemented by Callum, Joe, Lewis A and Louie in midfield with Kieran on his own up front, a tiring morning was anticipated!!!

The first half started in positive fashion with the Washy boys putting together a number of good flowing moves whilst maintaining possession as much as possible. With all the team putting in maximum effort they were holding their own and a couple of through balls to Kieran nearly paid dividends when one chance was cleared off the line by a retreating Hebburn defender and the keeper foiling another attempt. Midway through the first half Kieran, as in the previous game against Brandon, knocked in a perfect far post corner kick to where Joe was waiting to coolly slot the ball into the net from 5 yards out to put the Washy boys 1-0 up.

Unfortunately the lead was short lived with Hebburn equalising a few minutes later with an attack that started with a Washy corner!! Some poor tackling following a clearance allowed the Hebburn forward to avoid a number of players to calmly slot the ball past Josh (1-1). The boys were now up against it and with Hebburn now in the ascendance it wasn’t long before another goal was conceded. A through ball wasn’t cut out by the defence and the Hebburn forward showed good control to round Josh and put the ball into the net despite a valiant attempt by Kyle to block it on the line (2-1). The man shortage was now starting to show as half time approached with the boys finding it extremely hard to keep possession and create any chances. Somewhat inevitably, a third goal was conceded with a Hebburn forward once again managing to round Josh and put the ball into the empty net (3-1). Even though the boys confidence had taken a bit of a battering, they still managed to pull together and see out the remainder of the half without any further mishaps.

 

Half – time:  Hebburn Town Juniors Gold 3 – 1 Washington AFC

 

At half-time, positional changes were made to try and shore up the defence and midfield areas with Lewis A moving back into the centre of defence and Jack Mc taking up a holding midfield role in front of the back four.

The changes appeared to have an immediate impact at the start of the second half with the boys playing some good possession football whilst maintaining their shape and putting in maximum effort.

It was to the boys credit that they pulled a goal back early in the half with almost a carbon copy of the first goal!! Another Kieran corner kick was met by Joe on the edge of the 6 yard box and the ball evaded the defender on the line to go in the back of the net (3-2) – game on!!!

The boys suddenly found new reserves of energy following the goal. With Louie and Callum bursting forward, chances were being created with both Kieran and Callum going close to getting Washy back on level terms. Hebburn’s strikers were still causing problems and Washy were indebted to Josh for pulling off a number of fine saves to keep them in the game. The Washy defensive unit were also ‘putting in a shift’ and great work by Josh, Kyle, Lewis Mc, Lewis A, Alex and Jack Mc kept the Hebburn offence at bay.

The boys endeavour was rewarded when Callum, bursting forward from midfield, capitalised on a defensive mistake to go around the keeper and tuck the ball into the net (3-3).

The remainder of the half was an ‘end-to-end’ affair with both sides looking to try and get the winner. The closest chance however fell to Hebburn with what turned out to be the last kick of the game, Josh pulling off a fantastic one-on-one save to prevent an almost certain goal which would have been cruel on all the boys.

 

Full – time: Hebburn Town Juniors Gold 3 – 3 Washington AFC

 

Todays Team Line-Up:                                                                      Goals scored to date:

  • Joshua McQuade                                                                                0

  • Kyle McQuade                                                                                    1         

  • Lewis McVenea                                                                                   0

  • Callum Harland (CAPT)  - 1 goal                                                       5

  • Alex Walton                                                                                         1

  • Joseph Brookes - 2 goals                                                                   6 

  • Kieran Ellis                                                                                           10

  • Jack McIntosh                                                                                      0

  •  Lewis Alderson                                                                                   0

  •  Louie Moore                                                                                       3

     

Man of the Match

All 10 boys deserved an award for their efforts today and everyone watching, especially me, was proud of their performance. They showed great character to come back from 3-1 down with only 10 men to earn what could prove to be a vital point in the long run.

However, a MOM performance from Joe has to be recognised – another two goals and a fine all round performance takes this week’s accolade.

Overall, a fine battling effort with the boys working tirelessly for each other – a true ‘team’ performance.

 

Next match: Saturday 17/10/2015 – Whitburn & Cleadon (Home)

 

 

 

 

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.3

Saturday 26th September 2015

Washington AFC 11 – 5 Brandon FC

 

The boys entertained Brandon FC in their first home league game of the season. A tough match was anticipated with Brandon having started the season in good form so having a full strength squad to choose from was a bonus. Following the previous weeks’ emphatic away win it was only fair that the same eleven started the game with the returning Jack Mc slotting in as substitute for the opening stages of the match.

The first half started with Brandon kicking off and from their first attack some sloppy work by the boys allowed a right wing cross into the area to be guided into the net by an un-marked Brandon player arriving at the back post. Although looking yards off-side, the referee allowed the goal to stand (0-1).

This set back seemed to waken the boys from there Saturday morning ‘lie-in’ and they immediately went on the offensive. With Brandon’s defence looking to play a high off-side line at every opportunity, a string of chances were created with Kieran in particular, guilty of missing a number of chances with the Brandon goalkeeper keeping him at bay with all parts of his body. The boys kept going and it wasn’t long before their efforts were finally rewarded when Brandon’s off-side trap failed with Callum running onto a through ball from midfield to calmly place a right foot shot past the keeper (1-1).

With the Washy midfield of Louie, Liam, Joe, Harvey and Callum now dominating chances were being created with virtually every attack and it was only a matter of time before the boys went ahead with Kieran finally managing to find his shooting boots to put Washy into the lead (2-1).

It was therefore totally against the run of play that Brandon drew level. A free kick was conceded on the right hand side of the area and from the resulting cross, another un-marked Brandon player came in at the far post to head beyond Josh (2-2).

With this goal Brandon’s confidence grew and the remainder of the first half proved end to end. Washy came close to regaining the lead when a superb long range effort from Kyle struck the post with Louie being unable to force home the rebound. Then, immediately before half-time, the boys once again fell to a sucker punch, falling behind to a well taken Brandon effort from outside the area. This goal was particularly harsh on keeper Josh who had pulled off a great double save only to see the ball end up in the net from the rebound (2-3).

 

Half – time: Washington AFC 2 – 3 Brandon FC

 

After what could only be loosely described as a half-time ‘pep talk’, the second half began with the boys wanting to make up for the poor showing. Heads were up and Washy were back on level terms within a minute of the re-start when once again Callum broke through from the midfield and calmly slotted home past the advancing keeper – a carbon copy of his first goal (3-3).

Once again the boys were in the ascendency and with Brandon still continuing to play for off-side at every opportunity, Kieran bagged his second of the game to put the boys back into the lead only a matter of minutes into the second half (4-3).

With their confidence now sky high, it was Joe’s turn to get into the act. Kieran swung in a corner kick deep to the back post where Joe was waiting to head home in fine style (5-3).

It was then Callum’s turn to reach a milestone as he scored his first ever hat-trick in competitive football when he once again raced through from midfield and finished beyond the keeper to extend the lead further (6-3).

However, give credit where’s it’s due, Brandon’s heads didn’t go down and straight from the resulting re-start they went up the field and scored to keep the match in the balance (6-4).

Several scary moments were averted by some fine goalkeeping by Josh and the boys were living on their nerves a bit until Kieran sprinted free again and converted once again to complete his own personal hat-trick for the day – if he’d had his shooting boots on it would/should have been 10 and he knew it!!! (7-4).

Once again, back came Brandon from the kick off and we conceded again to now make the scoreline something resembling a game of table football or air hockey!!! (7-5).

Breathing space was soon re-established when Louie dribbled past the Brandon defence in the inside left channel and dispatched an un-stoppable left foot shot past the keeper at his near post (8-5).

With this three goal cushion the boys now seemed to relax and further goals were there for the taking.

A great run from midfield by Joe ended up with the keeper bringing him down in the area. He dusted himself off to calmly put the penalty away into the bottom corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance (9-5).

It was then to everyone’s delight that Joe completed his own hat-trick with a magnificent header from a Liam corner kick, the header from 8 yards out going in off the underside of the bar (10-5).

With Brandon now somewhat deflated, Alex pushed forward from his usual defensive position to complete the scoring for the day when he curled in a superb right foot effort from the corner of the box after turning the defenders inside out (11-5).

The game was completed with the boys still on the front foot with Harvey going close on a number of occasions to extend the lead but another goal proved elusive.  

 

Full – time: Washington AFC 11-5 Brandon FC.

 

Team Line-Up:                                                                                    Goals scored to date:

  • Joshua McQuade                                                                               

  • Kyle McQuade                                                                                       1         

  • Lewis McVenea          

  • Callum Harland           - 3 goals                                                           4

  • Alex Walton (CAPT)     - 1 goal                                                              1

  • Joseph Brookes (sub)  - 3 goals                                                           4 

  • Kieran Ellis  (sub)        - 3 goals                                                          10

  • Liam Potts   (sub)                                                                                   1

  • Harvey Too-Chung                                                                                 4

  • Louie Moore (sub)      - 1 goal                                                              3

  • Lewis Alderson

  • Jack McIntosh            

 

Man of the Match

If there was ever a game of two halves then this was it!!! The boys rallied after a poor first half showing and came good in the end.

Man of the Match was a close run thing with Callum slightly edging this week’s accolade ahead of Joe. Both boys deserve a great deal of praise for their performances – it’s not very often that two midfield players get hat-tricks in the same game so well done to them both.

We also have to look beyond Callum and Joe and there was good back-up once again from all the team with Lewis A for one, doing a fine job in a number of different positions during the game.

After the ‘slack’ first half showing the defence of Kyle, Jack, Alex and Lewis Mc showed great fight and determination second half to stabilise things with only momentary lapses in concentration proving costly. Conceding five goals gives us something to work on going forward but I don’t mind scoring eleven every week!!!

A 100% record after three games leaves us in a lofty position in the league but we all know that things can change over the next 17 games so a lot of hard work still awaits. However, enjoy the victory while we can and we look forward to our next game.

 

Next match: Saturday 10/10/2015 – Hebburn (Away)

 

 

 

 

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report – No.2

Saturday 19th September 2015

North East Blues 2 – 9 Washington AFC

 

After having had a ‘bye’ week, it was back into action for the Washy boys with an away game against NE Blues which took place at Monkwearmouth Academy School in Sunderland. There was a single change to the starting line-up from the first match of the season with Lewis Alderson replacing the unavailable Jack McIntosh in defence.

 

The first half started with the boys once again on the front foot but pitch conditions were proving a handful for the boys to play the expansive football that they’re used to. Having said that, chances were created from all areas of the pitch with both wide midfielders Louie and Callum proving a real handful for the home team. Wave after wave of attacks continued but a mixture of good goalkeeping, desperate defending and poor finishing kept the score-line even. A shot from outside the area by Alex which hit the bar was probably the closest the boys came to scoring within the opening exchanges.

 

Home attacks were few and far between during the opening period with the defensive line-up of Kyle, Lewis A, Lewis Mc and Alex coping well with any attacks. Behind them, Josh was a virtual spectator but when called upon he admirably cleared things up with minimal fuss. It was to everyone’s surprise when NE Blues took the lead with what could only be described as a ‘worldy’ from well outside the area which gave Josh no chance (1-0).

 

This set back didn’t deter the boys and they kept piling the pressure on the home team and within minutes of falling behind, a cracking right foot shot by Harvey from the edge of the area arrowed into the top corner of the net (1-1). With confidence now fully restored, the second goal wasn’t long in coming. A superb run and cross from the right wing by Joe was controlled by Kieran in the area who in turn finished with a right foot shot low into the corner (1-2).

 

Half – time: North East Blues 1 – 2 Washington AFC

 

The second half began with the boys in rampant mood with NE Blues being hit by a barrage of Washy goals. With Joe, Liam and Harvey dominating the central midfield area, through balls to Kieran provided ample ammunition. Goals three and four were put away by Kieran when he outpaced the defence and slotted home when one on one with the keeper, to complete his hat-trick (1-3), (1-4).

With the boys now creating chances at will, Kieran continued with his rich goal scoring form with a further two goals to take his tally for the day to five. Although a fantastic individual effort from himself, Kieran would be the first to acknowledge the fact that the chances were created by the vision and passing of other team mates. (1-5), (1-6).

 

With the result not in doubt, it was Harvey’s turn to lead from the front with Kieran moving back into midfield. From a Kieran through ball, Harvey had a great run and shot saved by the keeper but the ball fell to Louie who finished confidently with his ‘weaker’ right foot past the retreating defenders (1-7).

 

Not to be out done, Harvey continued with his all-round good form with a well taken goal when put through on goal, calmly placing the ball past the on-rushing keeper (1-8).

 

Chances were still being created and Harvey was agonisingly close to his hat-trick when he saw his shot come off the post and bounce away to safety but it was left to Callum to finally get on the scoresheet when he drove into the area from the right hand side and fired a right foot shot high into the net, a fitting reward for his efforts during the game (1-9).

 

During all the time that the second half was being played, the defensive line up of Kyle, Lewis A, Lewis Mc and Alex, along with goalie Josh, were heavily involved with the offensive onslaught, with several passing moves and through balls stemming from them.  It was therefore rather unfortunate, especially for Josh, to concede a second goal with virtually the last kick of the game, when the boys lost their defensive shape and were caught out by a breakaway.  Despite a valiant attempt by Josh and the defenders, the NE Blues forward managed to steer the ball into the net (2-9).

 

Full – time: North East Blues 2-9 Washington AFC.

 

 

Team Line-Up:                                                                                    Goals scored to date:

  • Joshua McQuade                                                                               

  • Kyle McQuade                                                                                     1         

  • Lewis McVenea          

  • Callum Harland - 1 goal                                                                     1

  • Alex Walton

  • Joseph Brookes                                                                                   1 

  • Kieran Ellis - 5 goals                                                                           7

  • Liam Potts                                                                                            1

  • Harvey Too-Chung - 2 goals                                                             4

  • Louie Moore - 1 goal                                                                          2

  • Lewis Alderson          

 

 

 

Man of the Match

 

As if to repeat myself from game number 1 this was a very good all-round team performance with everyone from No.’s 1 to 11 making a significant contribution.  The boys showed great character after falling behind and kept going until the end. 

Despite illness Kyle was part of an invaluable team performance and can be highly praised, along with Lewis A, who was playing in a unfamiliar defensive role.  Added to this Liam and (captain for the day) Joe, provided a solid platform in midfield which allowed others to shine.

 

Yet again tougher opposition may well follow in weeks to come but you can only play what’s in front of you on the pitch!!!

Good performance lads, let’s have another next week.

 

 

Next match: Saturday 26/09/2015 – Brandon (Home)

 

Durham County Under 14’s Saturday League – Division 1.

Match day report

Saturday 5th September 2015

Tyneside Pumas La Coruna 0 – 8 Washington AFC

 

Having had a fragmented lead-in to the start of the new 11 a side season due to school holidays, the league began with an away game at Tyneside Pumas.

 

The match started with WAFC on the front foot straight from the kick off with the boys playing some neat, expansive football creating a number of opportunities without being able to put the ball in the back of the net. Solid defending from Kyle, Jack, Lewis and Alex kept the hosts chances to a minimum and when the defence was breached goalkeeper Josh was on his toes to snuff out the danger.

 

As the half progressed the new midfield combination of Louie, Liam, Harvey, Joe and Callum, along with the running of Kieran up front finally paid dividends when debutant Liam coolly finished from outside the box following a poor clearance (0-1). This first goal gave the boys further confidence and goals two, three and four were forthcoming in a short period of time.

 

Goal number two followed with a left foot shot into the bottom corner beyond the keeper from Kieran (0-2). Before having time to re-group, Tyneside were hit by goal number three which came from a precise in-swinging corner from Louie, flicked on by Jack at the near post and slotted away by our other debutant Harvey from close range (0-3).

 

The final action of the first half saw Louie finally get on the scoresheet. Having hit the post earlier in the half, Louie managed to evade a number of tackles in the box before calmly finishing left footed past the keeper from close range – a superb individual effort!! (0-4)

 

 

Half – time: Tyneside Pumas La Coruna 0 – 4 Washington AFC

 

 

The 2nd half started in identical fashion with the boys continuing the combination team play which led to further chances being created.

 

Goal number five was not long in coming with Kieran finishing high into the net from outside the area having been afforded space to run into by the movement of the midfield players around him (0-5). With the boys well on top, the WAFC defensive line up and goalie maintained concentration throughout to achieve the elusive ‘clean sheet’ whilst still pushing forward to assist whenever they could.

 

With the team working well together from front to back further goals were inevitable.

 

Goal number six followed good team interplay with Kieran having a long range strike hit the underside of the bar. Joe, continuing his support run from midfield, calmly slotted the ball into the net before the defence could react (0-6). With Tyneside now tiring, goals seven and eight were not long in arriving.

 

Goal number seven saw Harvey make it a double for the day with a right foot finish into the bottom corner, once again after some superb team play had created the opportunity for him (0-7).

 

Goal number eight brought the loudest cheer of the day from the supporting parents when Kyle, pushing up from full-back, dispatched a right foot cross cum shot into the top corner of the net from the edge of the box giving the keeper no chance. Meant or not – they all count!! (0-8)

 

Further chances still came and went before the final whistle was blown but no-one could dispute the result and performance that the boys put on, especially with it being their first competitive game together.

 

Full – time: Tyneside Pumas La Coruna 0 – 8 Washington AFC.

 

 

Team Line-Up:

  • Joshua McQuade

  • Kyle McQuade            - 1 goal

  • Lewis McVenea

  • Jack McIntosh

  • Alex Walton

  • Joseph Brookes          - 1 goal

  • Kieran Ellis                  - 2 goals

  • Liam Potts                   - 1 goal

  • Harvey Too-Chung    - 2 goals

  • Callum Harland

  • Louie Moore               - 1 goal

 

Man of the Match

No individual stood out, this was a very good all-round team performance with everyone from No.’s 1 to 11 making a significant contribution.

 

Tougher opposition may well follow in weeks to come but you can only play what’s in front of you on the pitch!!!

Well done boys, let’s keep it going.

 

Next match: Saturday 19/09/2015 – North East Blues (Away)

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