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Hall of Fame: Impressive performances on a busy weekend for Maidenhead United Juniors

Neil Maskell

Maidenhead United Juniors U11 Stripes


The Hall of Fame this week picks out the headline news and best performances from another busy weekend of matches for Maidenhead United Juniors. 

U7 Blacks are really starting to play together and look out for each other as a team according to manager Georgina. “Some fantastic goalkeeping and defending made for a very exciting and high energy game against the Windsor Kites. I think that was the team’s best performance so far”.

U7 Colts played away against Burnham Junior Minors Blues. It was a very evenly matched game with the coaches and parents really impressed with how the boys played, moving around the pitch into some great spaces and showing some fantastic team work. Player of the match (POTM) goes to Seb for some excellent pressing and winning the ball with some great movement, followed by a spectacular goal.

U8 Juniors had a very successful game against Chalfont Saint Cheetahs. Delighted Coach Eduardo told us: “It was really nice to see them playing more and more as a team, getting ready to use bigger pitches. There were a few combinations the boys came up with that delighted all of us. The efforts they put in every week is to be recognised, even more today as we had a few players not feeling fully themselves. The POTM goes to Hayden who worked really hard and supported the team massively with great attitude through out the game, very impressed! Also very special mention to Eduardo who took the lead in defence and made great transitions allowing more space for his team mates to play. A big ‘thank you’ to all the boys.”

U9 Colts played their part in a really close game at home to Harefield Utd Blacks. Both teams battled er from start to finish with chances being created at both ends. Harefield had the better of the first half with Colts star GK Niamh keeping them in it based on chances ceated. The players led the team talk at Half Time, changing their attitude as they wanted a more determined and energetic display. Colts couldn't quite convert the chances but looked more solid at the back. POTM was Captain Thomas for leading the team with the change in tempo and tremendous dribbling skills with a good finish for his goal. Overall an enjoyable game to watch and it was great to see the players identify areas in which they want to improve.

U9 Diamonds put in another strong team performance against Rotherfield United F.C. Lions. The team have now gone a whole 12 months in the league unbeaten. Typically, they made a slower start to the game before setting the tempo for the match and taking control in the second half. Leo B and Freddie showed great development in their forward partnership with 2 goals and 2 assists from Leo B and a fifth hat-trick in a row for prolific Freddie.

The Falcons played only their third Under 11 game. Manager Alan told us: “I dont think I have ever been more proud of the boys as they acclimatise to 9-a-side on the hoof. Today we played a Princes Risborough team who apparently hadn't lost this season and have always been leading by half time. We kept them level until the break and for long periods we played them off the park and passed around them to create chance after chance. Ultimately we didn't take our chances. The boys are so close. Now they have got used to it, their football is showing them to be the good passing team they are. No doubt in my mind they will get that win they need to just keep their spirits up through the transition. Players of the Match all over the pitch. Probably Ben leading the line and Alexander at the back proving physicality doesn’t overcome the mind were the picks of a solid bunch. Superb performance and the boys have really come on in 3 short weeks. Really proud of them.”

U11 Cobras came up against Langley. Manager Karen remarked that Cobras “have all that it takes to play a great game of football and enjoy it but have to believe in themselves and have the confidence to go for it on match days. Josh worked his socks of in defence; enthusiasm and determinatiom from start to finish earning POTM. Niall, it was great to get him back on the pitch after injury. The last 5 minutes were on point but too little too late. Home game next week, we hope it’s a good one”

U11 Magpies enjoyed a great game against a very good Burnham Juniors team. With the Magpies only having 9, the boys gave it their all. Manager Darren was proud of his team: “What an absolutely fantastic game. We found it hard to play as we had no subs. They all came off looking like they had nothing left to give. After being told by other managers that the Burnham team was good and have been prolific against other sides I think we did very well. Myself and James are proud of them all and the football you played today. Aden in goal was outstanding again. Sam, Leon and Max all had great games in defence; Leon and Max out on the right put in a very good performance. Brandon playing out of position on the left for half of the game was great out there, making a difference as the right back made it very hard for him. Oli D and Adam up front had excellent games, they gave it their all chasing every ball and gave us a chance to break. Oli D was unfortunate with his chance and Toby our tank at the back had an absolutely brilliant game and just made tackle after tackle”.

U11 Stripes (pictured) welcomed Downley FC. Stripes are starting to show their true potential as a team and as individuals and they are playing some lovely football. POTM Barney was devastating in his attacking play and very impressive throughout. He found pockets of space to collect and hold the ball up or release quick killer passes; a true no. 10 playmaking display. Barney earned himself a penalty and cooly dispatched it to get the Stripes first of the game. Special mention to hatrick hero Lewis; quick feet, awareness, speed and class. Lewis worked so hard off the ball and was clinical in the finish. A hat trick at any level is special - enjoy it and well done Lewis.

U12 Jets dominated Risborough from start to finish, with goals from five different players including hat tricks for POTM Stan Smith and Angus Blackburn. All this despite not having their regular goalkeeper or Katie, their midfield dynamo. After a tight opening phase Jets passing game and off the ball movement allowed them to play out from defence with some great cut-and-thrust counter attacks. Sophie continued her excellent form with two well taken goals; the first a clinical swivel and finish in the box, her second a poachers finish from a rebound off the post. Jets played excellent football that was a pleasure to watch.

U12 Blacks had an exciting game against Barton Rovers. Two cracking goals from George and two from Ben saw Blacks in the ascendancy before a spirited fight back from the opposition saw Blacks hanging on. Coach Craig remarked: “The challenge for the team is to try and defend as a team as we are conceding a lot of goals this season. Lots of work needed on the training pitch.”

There was another great display of character for the U13 Diamonds, fighting to the death to score a last minute equaliser against a strong Warfield side who had two very talented strikers. Warfield nicked a goal early on, meaning Diamonds were always chasing the game. Ultimately it was a game between two evenly matched sides both playing with big smiles on their faces. Manager Simon reflected: “It is games like this that make it all worthwhile. Hopefully it won’t rain next week and we will score first. Still just off the top, improving every week with lots of games to play.”

U13 Blades went down 1-0 against FC Cippenham. The boys were unlucky not to come out with at least a draw, enjoying some periods of lovely ‘pass and move’. However, the back of the net remained just out of reach for Blades whose POTM went to left back Lincoln who was effective in his role, playing with confidence and composure.

There was a 2-0 defeat for the U14 Vipers against a solid Chalfont Wasps side. Managed Nik summarised: “We didn't quite get going today although we were the better side for the majority of the game. Chalfont's ‘keeper was POTM by miles as he pulled off 7 or 8 amazing saves and we simply couldn't get it past him. Unfortunately we conceded a soft goal after an error and then gave away a harsh penalty to go 2 down. We dominated the remaining 25 minutes of the game after that but couldn't beat their keeper! That's football and we pick ourselves up and go again next week. POTM was Joel for a great battling display in the centre of the park.”

U15 Panthers were at home to Tring, a new team in their division. Panthers dominated the whole game with some amazing play through-out the pitch. First half, Panthers went in 5 goals up. Second half was more of the same for Diamonds. The game gave players more freedom to try new things on pitch which was great to see. Captain was Oliver with POTM going to Joe Ripley who showed wonderful footwork upfront and ability to get past players.


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