U 17 u19 match reports
U19 Boys Prelims (Gloucester)
U17 Girls Prelims (Leeds)
The City of Manchester U 17 girls started their NAGs in great form.All the starting seven had played and qualified with the U19 the previous week.Now playing at their own age group they dominated all 4 games,scoring a total of 42 goals and conceding only 4.
The Games against Caledonia 12-0, Otter 13-0 ,Liverpool 9-1 were emphatic with the squad being rotated and everyone getting plenty of pool time.The final game against a very physical Rotherham team proved to be the hardest.It wasn't until the second half that superior fitness told and Manchester pulled away eventually winning 8-3.
Next week will see the U17 qualifiers in Liverpool.
U19 Boys 'B' Prelims (Grantham)
Our U19 B team were able to put in a very spirited performance under my the guidance of coach Dan Paddon despite only having 9 players and no goal keeper! Never once throughout the day did their heads drop, continuing to play technically very soundly and just being out muscled in front of net: this team, comprising wholly of 2000/01 boys must surely fare well next week in their own age group competition.
The first match v Croydon (with Joe Hanrahan making his debut in goal) was a well contested affair and the score line doesn't reflect how hard we made it for the opposition. In the end, we lost 10-3 with goals from Jack Phillips (2) and Kurtis Watson.
Next up was Lancaster with James Foley in net: we had only a short rest due to the revised schedule caused by the late withdrawal of Northampton but we played probably our best match. By half time we were trailing 5-1 with only a well-worked goal by Sam Darlington to show for our fine efforts. In the second half, Sam went in net and we had two good man-ups resulting in goals for Kurtis and Ben Daley. Final score 11-3.
In our third match, Bristol used their greater size and strength to good tactical advantage and our lack of subs told. Bristol ran out winners by 14-3: our goals scored by Michael Patterson, Joe Hanrahan, after quick thinking by Jos Winstanley set him up, and Sam Darlington from another good man-up ably supported by Aaron Murray.
The final match v Sheffield brought our last chance to qualify for the next round with neither team having won a game so far. The lads were tired but gave their all and at half time were only trailing 2-3: Ben Daley had given us an early lead consolidated by Michael Patterson. However, Sheffield came back strongly and, despite second half goals by Jack (2), Kurtis and Michael, we lost 6-9.
Thanks to Karen Winstanley