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Hall of Fame: Diamonds u13s claim well deserved victory over Camberley as the goals fly in for Maidenhead United Juniors

Neil Maskell

Another weekend of Goals Galore for Maidenhead United Juniors teams last weekend.

U7 Colts enjoyed a very even game against a very good Chalfont Saints team. Philippa was thrilled with her team: “The boys kept going and never gave up! It was the team’s hardest game to date but they dealt with it superbly.  Player of the match (POTM) goes to Jake who was great in defence. He kept the ball away from an ever pressing side. Great battle boys!”

U8 Blacks were involved in a topsy-turvy match against NPL Youth Rockets. There were goals from Jude and Ciara and the team fought well to the end. POTM this week went to Lachlan who worked hard all game and created problems for the opponents all morning.

U8 Braves enjoyed a successful match against Explorer Purples. Arian opened the scoring with a fantastic goal out of nothing. The Braves has a strong 2nd Quarter, scoring four goals and playing some lovely football. The Explorers had much of the Second half and did well to restrict the opposition. POTM went to Thomas who was the Hat-trick Hero with a special Mention to Arian for scoring a brace and William who was a real powerhouse again in midfield, also managing to pop up with a goal.

U8 Juniors delivered a fantastic performance against a very strong Delaford Colt Blues team. Manager Eduardo spoke afterwards: “The team showed an incredible resilience and hardwork throughout the game that was very open and played equally across both pitches. It is potentially our best match of the season so far. The POTM goes to Pablo who showed great skills to read very well the game and score also the opening goal. But special mention to the whole team as they deserved today a big ‘Bravo’. Thank you boys!”

U8 Whites continued their strong league form against Teddlothian Tigers. There was another strong defensive display from Dougie with good saves from Alfie and in the third quarter the team came out determined and did as the coach asked, to shoot on sight. A great goal from Joe and a shot from Finley from the halfway line that went in after a clever dummy from Joe put the seal on the game for the Whites. POTM went to Finley who scored his third hat-trick in a row and to Joe for a great performance, setting up two goals and scoring himself. Coach Byron was super-proud of the performance of all of the team.

U9 Diamonds meanwhile put in what Coach Tom described as “their strongest team performance of the season” against FC Bracknell Arrows. Tom continued: “All of the kids had a strong game, Jack returned from his injury last week to keep his first clean sheet since putting the gloves on for half of the games at the start of the season and the star player was Josh with a brilliant midfield performance which was topped off with a very clever volleyed flick to score a goal from a corner.”

A successful outcome for U11 Bullets Greens in a ‘derby’ fixture against Maidenhead Warriors. Manager Mike was very happy: “We have threatened to do this a couple of times this season and it all come together today in a stunning performance. Two goals each from Seth and Ellis, with further goals from George, James and POTM Mohsin. An outstanding performance all round.”

U11 Stripes welcomed Ickenham Youth to Summerleaze on Sunday morning. The squad worked very hard and created some lovely passages of play for large spells of the game. Ickenham did well, playing through the thirds and created overloads well from central midfield that ultimately proved the difference in score line. Stripes created more chances than in previous games and looked good counter-attacking at speed, forcing a number saves from open play and set pieces but they could not make the breakthrough they deserved. Arhaan was POTM, he covered every blade of grass in an energetic display, always looking to get on the ball and make things happen.

U11 Cobras enjoyed what Coach Karen described as “a fantastic game of footall” against Golden Eagle Flyers. Ben was the scorer of the long awaited goal and Karen was “extremely proud of how the boys are growing in confidence and how they are supporting each other on and off the pitch. The boys really enjoyed themselves and came away with smiles.”

U12 Jets celebrated their recent ‘promotion’ with their best performance of the season against Hughenden. There were goals from Stan, POTM Brodie, Angus a first goal for Sophie. Manager Matt summarised the performance: “We were well organised, creative, composed in possession and worked hard for each other - the full package.”

U12 Blacks enjoyed a successful Cup tie against Twyford Comets. Coach Craig told us: “It was a tough game in the first cold morning of the season and it took 15 minutes before the team settled into their rhythm. An excellent counter attack and assist from Gabriel set up in a battling cup tie. At Wednesday’s coaching session we had worked on our play in the final third – hold-up, combinations, bringing others into play - so our team challenge was to see this in a game situation. The coaching team were pleased to see three of our goals come from these situations. POTM went to Gabriel for his positive attacking play and special mention to Adam who worked hard all game for his goals.”

U13 Whites are through to the Quarter Finals of the League Cup following a 3-0 win against Bracknell Town Robins on Saturday. In a scrappy game against a very physical team, the Whites did well and kept a clean sheet. Player of the Match was Ethan for a great all-round game as well as an excellent goal.

Manager Simon described himself “so proud” of his U13 Diamonds (Pictured). “Fielding a bare 11 with 5 boys away or injured we achieved a well-deserved victory against Camberley. Jayden opened the scoring with a chip just inside his own half, like Arsenal’s Anders Limpar against Liverpool 1992! There was a ‘strikers goal’ from Wiktor and a left-footed hat-trick from Freddie. I was chuffed for the boys to re-discover their belief and determination that has been absent the last couple of games. Being forced to play boys in unfamiliar positions has also opened up some interesting opportunities. The Players of the Match were Arun - amazing at central defensive-midfield, so improved this year – Jayden - like a finely tuned Aston Martin. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of his talent - and Harrison, pure class with his mazy runs with an end product and relentless energy, driving us forward when the tank was emptying.”

There was a fantastic 12-2 victory for the U14 Vipers against Haddenham Youth. Manager Nik was purring after the game: “The boys played some brilliant football and scored some superb goals, really going from strength to strength and that is now the fourth win on the bounce after a tepid start to the season. No POTM today as the team as a whole were awesome. 3 players got hat-tricks - Dan, Thomas and Charlie. Other goals came from a brace from Noah and Bobby scored the other”.

Gaz and his Mighty U15 Colts played their Third Round League Cup game against high flying Division Two table toppers Hampton & Richmond FC in foggy conditions at Cox Green. The Colts - unbeaten in the league - played a magnificent game but sadly and rather unfortunately lost out by a 4-3 score line. The game kicked off with both teams playing some attractive football; the Colts seemed nervy and a shot at the Colts goal was followed up by a Hampton player who rushed in to tuck the ball through goalkeeper Ryan’s legs. 1-0 down, the Colts continued to attack the Hampton defence with strikers Patrick and Henry unnerving the visiting defenders on more than one occasion) Twenty minutes into the game however the Colts somehow found themselves 3-0 down with the midfield being rather over-ran. The coach made some changes and the Colts came right back, as Gaz explained: “The one thing I am proud of with this team is that they never give up and don’t know when they are beaten. A superb exchange of passes in midfield saw a shot at the Hampton goal, the ‘keeper parried the stinging shot which was superbly smashed into the back of the Hampton net by Chiba and we began to believe in our ability to score goals. Some neat work on the left saw the ever effective Samee’s pace take him away from the Hampton defenders and he finished well under the Hampton keeper. Second half, the Hampton defence were under constant pressure and it was only a matter of time before their lines were broken by Samee; the score 3-3 and parents and players were jumping for joy! Against the run of play a Hampton free-kick saw a shot at goal and a kind rebound, making it 4-3 to Hampton. Our never-say-die positive football saw the shots continue to rain down on Hampton who struggled to get out of their half. A Colts shot from a quick corner agonisingly hit the post and out of play. It was not our day. It is not often that the opposition manager, coaches and parents pay homage to a rival team but what made today feel like a win is that the opposition said that this was the toughest team that they have faced, that we should have won and should be proud of a team that will go on and win silverware this season. Some high praise indeed. Proud is a word that I have used so many times this season, I am lost for words at the resilience and constant superb football of this great group of lads. Back to the League next week we go”.

U15 Panthers played home to Berkhamsted and had the better of the play through-out the first half but two unfortunate goals against the Panthers and a third with a little lapse of concentration allowed Berkhamsted a 3-0 advantage. Panthers came out second half fighting and challenged every ball in a physical encounter. With two quick goals the Panthers heads were up and they were awarded a penalty in the last 3 minutes to equalise but an unfortunate bounce of the ball in the dying seconds allowed Berkhamsted to score a winner. Manager David credited Captain Rhys and POTM Stanley, not only for his two great goals but also his desire to get forward.

The U16 Ravens had an uphill challenge playing with a player down due to unavailability, but the girls tried and gave all that they could.

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