Category Archives: Match Reports – Youth U14

Christchurch v Boscombe Albion Sunday 12th October 2014





The word fantastic is beginning to be used a little too much to describe your games. There are though no other words suitable to describe the performance today. A true team event. Determination, effort, support and hard work combined with excellent passing, movement and skill produced a truly wonderful display.
The teamwork and the camaraderie you all show really makes the difference. All I hear is positive comments from all of you which is a credit to you. You are a true team.
It was really great to also witness Christchurch’s first headed goal!!
Well done to you all. Enjoy your week and see you at training on Saturday.

Redhill Rangers v Christchurch Sunday 5th October 2014





It is getting a little predictable but yet again another fantastic team effort from all the boys. After three games unbeaten we faced our biggest challenge so far this season playing Redhill Rangers in the Bournemouth Cup. Redhill Rangers who play in the league above us welcomed us to Muscliff Park for our Bournemouth Cup encounter.
We hassled from the start and really put Redhill off their game.
You would not have been able to tell which team was in the league above.
Christchurch took the lead in the first half with a supurb free kick from Leon. A truly unstoppable header from Redhill just before half time saw the teams level at half time.
The winning goal came just 5 minutes from the end of the game and just did not give us enough time to get back…..although they almost did!
Redhill were very complementary of the team and the way they played the game today. They certainly knew we were there.

Well done to Christchurch Youth U14.

Christchurch v Greenfields Tuesday 2nd April 2013




So the season ended for Christchurch as it had started all those months ago, only this time we had a level playing field in that it was 11 v 11 unlike the previous encounters.

The importance of this game was apparent to all who were there and it may well prove to be the game that decides who wins the league.

For Christchurch it was our final game having remained unbeaten in the league since that opening day defeat at the hands of Greenfields and Greenfields have a similar record having lost only one game themselves but still with 6 games to play following successful runs in both cups.

The match itself was a great advert for youth football with good football played by both sides. Christchurch had the first chance with Ruben latching on to a through ball and but for some brave goalkeeping he would have scored.

The first goal was always going to be important and Greenfields scored following some good approach play. The linesman did flag the goal offside but he was over ruled by the referee and opinion was divided as to who was right, never the less the goal stood.

Christchurch responded well and after some great hold up play by Ruben he then played in Jack who curled a shot into the far corner against his old team which he clearly enjoyed.

Greenfields then scored a second when a cross into the box bounced just out of reach of Ollie H and Ben Cooper met the cross and headed into the roof of the net. No sooner had the game restarted and Ruben equalised after some good pressuring by the front 3 leading to a charged down clearance and a tap in.

The teams turned around all square which was a fair result at this point. The team talk was all about keeping things solid and doing our jobs well.

The second half was as tight as the first and Christchurch had a gilt edged chance to take the lead for the first time only for the shot to go over the bar. We then rode our luck with some crucial saves from Jem and some timely clearances before they scored a third through Adam. This was the third time we had been behind and I honestly thought that we might not come back for a third occasion only to see the boys prove me wrong. The goal to equalise was worthy of the occasion with Olly B volleying home from 30 yards.

This proved to be the final score and honours were even. Greenfields now have it in their own hands and have 6 games to make up the goal difference of 45. If they achieve this then they deserve to win the league. We have done all we can and I couldn’t be more proud of the whole squad and the season we have had following the opening game and the taunts that were levelled at us as a club, remarks which were later removed but not before they had made their mark.

Special thanks to all the parents from Phil and myself for all your support this year and a special thanks to the two Sams who I was unable to introduce this evening as I honestly couldn’t see how I could change things without effecting our momentum.

A great season regardless of where we now finish well done to all.

Christchurch v Corfe Mullen Juniors Sunday 3rd February 2013




First competitive game in a couple of weeks and against one of the better teams in our league.

Another big ask for the boys but if we are to keep the momentum going we know we need to keep winning.

The game got off to a flyer and within the first couple of minutes some good link up play between Ollie B and Ruben saw Ruben power his way towards goal and following some bravery by him he managed to smash his shot into the top corner of the goal before it flew back out off the stanchion. Unfortunately for us the ref didn’t see it and the linesman claimed not to see it which was made all the more incredible when their coaching staff admitted to seeing it from the same side of the pitch. Fortunately for us in the same passage of play the ball came back to Ruben and he managed to put it in the bottom of the net this time which everyone saw.

It stayed one nil until about 20 minutes in when we scored a goal as good as I have seen in Junior football. The move started in the left back position and there was great inter play between Max, Ethan and Jack. The move advanced down the pitch and some more slick passing in the final third freed Ruben on the left flank who cut in and pulled the ball back along the 6 yard box. Phillip controlled it dummied the defender and slotted home.

2 – 0 at half time and as we predicted we knew that it was going to be a sterner test second half with the wind and slope against us. Corfe mixed it up well with some slick passing in midfield and some clipped balls over the top. It was one of these balls that caused confusion in the defence and the ball was rolled in to an empty net. That left us with 20 minutes to see out.

Chances came and went at both ends and we held on for a hard earned victory against a strong and committed Corfe side.

Some notable performances today from Brandon in the middle of the park and Ruben up front who put in a powerhouse performance which probably accounts for but doesn’t excuse the inappropriate comments from some of the opposition parents, but I don’t want that to undermine the achievement.

Quick mention also for the subs today who were very patient in waiting for their chance. Remember it is the squad who will determine where we finish in this league not just the eleven on the pitch.

Christchurch v Poole Town Sunday 13th January 2013




Another Sunday and another difficult fixture to deal with.

Poole Town have always been competitive in this age group and their current crop are no different.

No Bubba this week so we started with Sam T as an emergency right back with Jack on that side with him. Other than that the team was the same that started the week before with Phillip and Sam R as subs.

The game was really open with both teams having a lot of chances and but for some good goalkeeping and poor finishing it could have finished 8 all!

The first half saw us score three unanswered goals 2 of which came from corners which was pleasing from Phil and my point of view because we worked on that at the last training session (Ferguson eat your heart out). The first one from Rubens head and one from Ethan both sandwiched in between a goal from Jack. As I said to the boys at half time 3 nil flattered us and if Poole had taken the 2 clear cut opportunities they created it would have been a different team talk that followed.

The second half saw Poole Town score the first goal of the half but just as they thought they were getting back in it Ollie B caused some confusion between the defender and goalie and toe poked home from close range. There after we looked to play the game out and used our substitutes for the final 10 minutes. Poole Town did manage another goal but I never felt we were going to be beaten and we saw the game out.

This was in contrast to last week a competent but not all encompassing performance but the boys are entitled to let their guard down occasionally as long as we still get the result.

Four games to go I believe and all to play for who’d have thought it after that first game of the season when everyone was proclaiming our crown had slipped.

Quick mention for George in the Poole Town defence today a good accomplished display against Ollie and Ruben going backwards and some good touches and distribution going forward.

Well done boys stay focussed and who knows we might just retain the league title with hard work endeavour and belief.