Arrowe Park Blades U-11’s Blue won away at Higher Beb Rangers, stretching our winning run to 8 games since the start of 2016. The weather was poor and the pitch was heavy, making playing conditions difficult for both teams. It was Blades who started the better of the teams getting off the mark first with a penalty converted by away MOM Brendan. 10 minutes later, Ethan took a pot shot from the edge of the area which took a slight deflection and must have put the keeper off as he somehow fumbled the ball into the net. Blades went close several times during the rest of the first half, as did Rangers, who had a shot brilliantly saved by Finlay when it looked like going into the top corner. The first half finished 2 – 0 to Blades.
The second half started really well for Blades, who soon went 4 up. First a great effort from Corey, who didn’t give up when the ball looked to be rolling out for a goal kick. But, with everyone else stood watching, Corey kept the ball in and finished from a tight angle after beating 2 defenders. A great effort. Then, a few minutes later, Brendan took a long range free kick which flew over the keeper from fully 30 yards with a great strike.
At 4 nil, Blades then took their foot off the gas and let Rangers back into the game with a combination of poor tackling in midfield and slack defending at the back. We had a mad 10 minutes where Rangers somehow managed to get 3 goals back making the game a lot closer than it should have been.
Thankfully, Blades got back in control of the game and came close a few times before Brendan put the game out of reach with a well taken solo run having been put clean through by Dean.
Apart from that 10 minute spell where Blades nearly caved in, the game always seemed in control, with our back line under no pressure. Home MOM award went to Owen, who was solid along with fellow defenders Max and Kyle. In midfield Harvey had control assisted well by Joel, Corey, Ethan and Dean.
A good result after a long layoff due to poor weather. Keep it going lads!
Arrowe Park Blades U-11’s Blue continued with their winning run, after a hard fought game with Shore Villa Pumas, who played their part in a good game. In difficult conditions and on a heavy pitch, Blades kept to our passing game but couldn’t find a way passed the excellent Pumas keeper, who was easily their MOM.
We had played Pumas a few weeks earlier and came away with a comfortable win, but this game was far more evenly matched. MOM home Max, made tackle after tackle and was outstanding in possession, and he was well backed up by the ever reliable Owen and tough tackling Kyle. MOM away Fin, was also in fine form, palming away a fierce shot that was flying into the top corner after a clever short corner. In the centre, Dean and Harvey had really good games, winning tackles and setting up attacks every few minutes. They were backed up brilliantly by Corey, Joel and the hard working Ethan who filled in at right back, left wing and centre midfield when other players were rested. Up front, Brendan did his best to hold the ball up and play in other players, as well as having several great efforts well saved by Pumas keeper.
It was a great finish from Corey with just 2 minutes left that secured the win for Blades. A fantastic ball over the back line from Harvey found Corey 10 yards out. He somehow managed to turn and volley in one movement to fire into the top corner with a fine finish. A great performance from the lads again in cold, heavy and wet conditions to do the club proud. Well done again lads, keep it going!
Blades U-11’s Blue came away with a fantastic away performance against a very good Heswall team, who always make it tough for us. It was a great start for Blades who went 1 up after 7 minutes with a nice finish following good play in midfield from Harvey, Dean and Kyle. 5 minutes later, Brendan was brought down in the area and was rightly awarded a penalty. He got up and took the spot kick without any fuss and gave Blades a 2 goal cushion.
This seemed to wake Colts up who then upped their game to come back at us with some great football. Never the less, Blades went in 2 up at half time, but felt we had got away with a few guilt edged misses from Colts.
The second half started as it had finished with Colts putting us under pressure with more good football and lots of pressure on our back line. The pressure told, and Blades soon conceded a goal which was well set up and finished.
Soon after, Colts were rightly awarded a penalty for hand ball. Their striker took the spot kick well and the scores were level.
The game was nip and tuck from that point on with the next goal likely to be decisive. And with a show of great team spirit, it was Blades who got the all-important goal with 7 minutes left. This time it was Corey who lost his marker with some great skill and made no mistake from 10 yards. MOM away was awarded to Brendan, and MOM home was awarded to Corey. The team made it 6 wins in a row, so well done to everyone in the squad who have all done their part in turning our season round following a difficult period before Xmas. Well done lads!
Arrowe Park U-11’s Blue progressed through to the cup final after a 3 nil victory over Eastham Rangers Jets who we’d played the week earlier in the league. With our home pitch unfit for play, the match was played at the 3G facility Woodchurch.
An early Blades goal put any nerves at rest, and it must have helped as Blades soon went 2 up within the first 15 minutes. The first goal was well taken by Brendan who was set up with some good wok from Corey and Harvey.
The second goal was this time assisted by Brendan for Corey who beat the last defender before slotting home from 10 yards. Blades were never really under any pressure from Jets, but with just a 2 goal lead, the game was always on a knife edge.
The second half was a much closer affair, with Jets causing us some real problems by committing extra players forward with nothing to lose. The back line of Max, Owen and Ethan performed brilliantly as a unit, with great support from Fin in goal. In fact it was Fin who was awarded the MOM home, and Owen was given the MOM away reflecting the good work done by our defensive unit.
As the game drew close to full time, Blades caught Jets on the counter attack, with Brendan being put clean through on goal by Dean who worked really hard for the team. Brendan then showed great composure to lob the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 3 nil.
With no subs to call on as Kyle was away, the lads did brilliantly to keep going and put us into the cup final. Well done lads. Great performance.
Arrowe Park Blades U-11’s Blue recorded a fourth straight win away at Eastham Rangers jets. On a cold and windy morning, the lads did brilliantly well to ignore the terrible conditions and manage to play some great football. It was Blades who took the lead within the first 2 minutes with Ethan getting himself on the score sheet following some poor defending by Jets. After a couple of scuffed clearances, Ethan was in the right spot to tap home from close range, showing a great knack for poaching goals.
Soon afterwards, with Blades in command, it was Jets who burst into life with a quick counter attack catching Blades cold and going through on goal before netting from 10 yards with a fine effort. 5 minutes later Jets were awarded a controversial penalty after Owen was judged to have handled the ball. It was pretty harsh as the ball hit a divot and bounced up and hit his hand accidentally. The spot kick was well taken, and Blades found themselves 2-1 down.
Shortly after that, it was Blades who were awarded a penalty, but this time there was no argument with Brendan going past the last defender and then being brought down from behind. He got up and slotted the spot kick into the top corner. Blades went in at half time level at 2-2
In the second half, Blades got a firm grip of the game for the first 15 minutes putting 3 goals and clear distance between the 2 sides. First with Corey getting on the scores sheet for his first goal, then quickly getting in on the goals a few minutes later to put Blades 4 -2 up. It was left to Brendan to put a gloss on it with the final goal of the game after good work from our hard working midfield.
Credit to Kyle for a great display and being rewarded with the away managers MOM nomination. The home MOM award went to Corey for a superb display on the right wing. Scoring and assisting with some fine play.
The lads all did their part and ran out comfortable winners in the end.
Well done lads, keep it up!
Arrowe Park Blades U-11’s Blue progressed to the next round of the cup after a comfortable win against West Kirby Wasps. The game was played at their ground in heavy but playable conditions.
It was Blades who went in front following a corner from Brendan, who whipped in a fierce cross which was knocked in from close range by Dean who was first to react. 5 minutes later, Brendan went through on goal after beating 2 defenders, but the last man brought him down in the area for a stone wall penalty. Brendan got up and took the spot kick well, placing his shot into the corner of the net.
West Kirby then pulled one back before half time, with a scrappy goal that should have been cleared, but for some poor defending by Blades. It was the only slip up of the game to be fair to the lads at the back, who didn’t put a foot wrong for the majority of the match.
In the second half, Blades were in control and when Corey made a run down the right and into the box, he cleverly slotted the ball past the keeper at his near post to give us a 2 goal lead. Shortly after that, Blades made it 4 after Wasps’ keeper had made a good save, but only managed to push the ball in the path of Kyle, who struck a volley into the net from 8 yards with a well taken effort.
The match finished with Blades winning 4 – 1 and booking their place in the next round. MOM was awarded to Brendan (home) and MOM away was awarded to Owen.
Arrowe Park U-11’s Blue won at home for the second week running since returning to Lille division with a good performance against Shore Villa Pumas. Blades were without our rock at the back Owen, but still, a new back line up of Max, Kyle and Ethan, did a great job against some big forward players.
It was Blades who struck first after 5 minutes, with a long range shot from Harvey which was diverted goal wards by Corey who was quickest to react to the ball. Soon afterwards, a great run down the left by Dean, saw him go past 2 defenders, showing great strength and power before slotting the ball home past the onrushing keeper with a cool finish.
Blades were in a good rhythm and creating chances every few minutes, but Villas keeper (who was their MOM) pulled off a series of fine saves, particularly, from the very unlucky Brendan, who on another day could have had a hat trick but for hitting the woodwork on 3 separate occasions. Max too was unlucky in the first half not to get on the score sheet after seeing a long range shot come off the bar from 30 yards.
Villa hit back with a good goal, playing the ball through midfield and onto their quick striker who went through and finished well. This didn’t stop Blades pushing forward, and soon afterwards, Joel got among the goals with a shot that hit a couple of Villa defenders before crossing the line. Blades went in at half time 3 – 1 up and looked comfortable.
The second half continued like the first. It didn’t take long for Harvey and Corey to split the Villa defence with a great 1 – 2, and with Corey going through on goal, he duly obliged with his second, and Blades forth goal. Coolly placing his shot past the keeper into the far corner with a fine effort. Blades could have gone on and finished with more, but for some great saves and guilt edged misses. Overall, a good performance and Blades never really looked under pressure. Home MOM was Harvey and away MOM was Dean. Next up is a cup tie with West Kirby Wasps, so keep it going lads. Well done!!
Arrowe Park Blades got back to winning ways after being put back in our original division. Following disappointing results in a higher division, Blades faced a more evenly matched team in Higher Bebington Rangers with whom we’ve had a few close games over the last few seasons. It was Blades who got off to the best start, with Brendan scoring after 5 minutes after good assist play from Dean who went past 2 defenders and pulled the ball back from the touchline leaving Brendan 1 v 1 with the keeper. He calmly rounded the keeper and slotted home into an empty net.
Blades were 2 up almost straight away, after Brendan again went close, forcing a good save from the keeper, but Joel was in the right place to strike a first time volley into the far corner of the net with a fine finish. Momentum was with Blades now, and after a long clearance from Owen bounced over Rangers line of defence, Dean was first to react and bravely headed over the onrushing keeper in a 50 / 50 challenge. At 3 nil, Blades took their foot off the gas and let Rangers back into the game with a couple of late goals. It may have ended level if it wasn’t for a great save from Finlay pushing a looping volley on to the bar.
The second half got under way and Rangers soon had us on the back foot. Within 10 minutes, Rangers had not only pulled themselves level, but they actually took the lead. Credit to the lads, with Max, Owen and Kyle in defence having to dig deep, and the midfield of Corey, Harvey, Dean and Joel also finding a second wind, along with a fine effort from Brendan who reported sick before the game. All the lads managed to pull things back and start to get back on top. It was a great goal from Corey which put us back on level terms following a neat 1 – 2 with Brendan and going clean through on the keeper and calmly slotting into the far corner. Then a few minutes later, Brendan took the ball 40 yards from goal and smashed a shot which flew over the keepers head. What a goal!
Finally, MOM Joel struck with a poachers goal from 3 yards following a corner which wasn’t cleared properly. Blades ended up 6 – 4 winners in a game which could have gone either way. A good start to 2016.
It was a good effort considering we had no substitutes available as Ethan was missing from the squad and all the lads had to really push themselves. Well done lads!!
Arrowe Park Blades U11’s Blue, suffered an 8 nil thrashing in a one sided game. On a day where nothing went for us, Blades just couldn’t get going. To make things worse, Owen left the field after just 3 minutes with a twisted ankle, leaving Blades very weak at the back. Not much more to add, bad day all round and one to forget.
Arrowe Park U-11’s Blue went down 5 – 1 away at Princess Villa on a freezing cold morning in Ellesmere Port. Having started the game well, Blades conceded a soft goal after 10 minutes when a cross from the left wing drifted over the keepers head and gifted a Villa striker with a 2 yard tap in. Blades struck back a few minutes later when great work from Brendan put Ethan through on goal. His initial shot was well stopped by the keeper, but like any good striker should, Ethan kept his run going and was on hand to slot home the rebound unchallenged.
A few minutes later, Blades were on the attack and when a cross came in from our right wing, a Villa defender handled the ball and a penalty was awarded to Blades. Brendan placed the ball down and fired against a post. The rebound fell to Ethan who saw his shot narrowly miss the near post. The first half ended with both sides level at 1 – 1
The second half started slowly with both teams giving possession away. After 5 minutes it was Villa who took the lead with a goal that was at least 2 yards off side, but with the ref 30 yards away from play he missed it and we went a goal down. Unfortunately, heads dropped and we conceded a couple of really sloppy goals in quick succession. One chance included a poor clearance which was pounced upon by a Villa striker who did well to burst past 2 players and smash the ball in from 8 yards. The other was a pot shot from 25 yards which seemed to drift on the breeze as it fell through the keepers hands.
Blades had a couple of good chances too, missing when clean through on goal with one chance and somehow throwing a goal away when 2 players went clean through but somehow managed to get caught off side when squaring the ball passed the stranded goal keeper. Better concentration would have put us right back in the game, but with time running out and committing extra players forward, we got caught short at the back and conceded a late goal to give the score line a one sided look that didn’t really reflect the game accurately.
A difficult day with some harsh lessons to take from it, but some positives too. Firstly, MOM away award to Brendan for a tireless display, and never let his head drop following the missed penalty. Secondly, MOM home awarded to Ethan for some good work up front including a good strikers finish. Overall, the lads did really well with the ball, but could have done more when without possession. We need to learn to move forward AND backwards as a team, and not rely on the defence and keeper to do all the work at the back. Good effort though from the team, as we have moved up a level and that should be taken into consideration. Next up, a home game v Victoria Colts, so we’ll all be up for that one. Let’s bounce back lads and get back to winning ways.
Arrowe Park Blades Blue secured their highest scoring win of the season so far with a resounding 8 nil away at Eastham Rangers. Blades started slowly, coming under pressure for the first 10 minutes defending numerous corners and surviving a close range shot which bounced off a post, and getting a bit of luck with a possible handball decision. Having weathered the storm, Blades got into their stride and Ethan opened the scoring with a brilliant lob over the advancing keeper following good build up play and a fine through ball from Brendan. That was the moment the floodgates opened and the game then became a procession for Blades forward players all creating and taking chances throughout the match.
Eastham’s keeper to his credit, made save after save throughout the match but couldn’t stop the continuous barrage of shots coming in from Blades who looked really up for it and determined to get a result. Further goals from Corey, Joel, another from Ethan and 4 goals from Brendan made the score line look as one sided as the game was. Great to see Joel getting off the mark with a classic poachers goal, pouncing on a fumble from the keeper following a powerful shot from Corey. MOM away was awarded to Dean for a solid display in the centre of midfield breaking down Eastham’s attacks and getting Blades back on the front foot. MOM home was awarded to Corey for a great display on the right causing all sorts of problems for Eastham and also getting back to do his share of defending too. He capped his display off with a fine finish for his goal too.
Special mention for Fin, Owen and Max at the back for keeping a clean sheet for the second time this season. Great to see them working as a solid unit. Well done lads for a great team performance, hopefully we can build on a good start to the season and continue to get results.
Arrowe Park Blades Blue got back to winning ways with a good 3- 2 win vs Young Lions 1st team. We played Lions a few weeks ago at their place and came away with a draw after dominating the game, so to take all 3 points this time round was just reward. Blades goal scorers were firstly COREY, who played a neat 1 – 2 with Brendan at the edge of the area before beating the last defender and slotting his shot confidently passed the onrushing keeper. This was mid-way through the first half, and as the rest of the half went by it was Blades applying the pressure getting behind the Lions back line and putting the ball across the goal line on 3 separate occasions without the final touch being added. Lions had a few chances of their own but didn’t really trouble us throughout the first half. We went in 1 nil up at the break.
Within 5 minutes of the restart, Blades made it 2 nil with a great finish from KYLE. With the ball bouncing round midfield, kyle found himself 20 yards out on the left wing and lashed in a powerful shot which flew into the far corner giving the keeper no chance. Blades were now in full control, but we shot ourselves in the foot by backing off and letting a Lions midfielder walk passed 3 tackles and hit a rocket from 25 yards. The ball flew over Fins head and into the net. Following a few harsh words from the management about getting complacent when getting in front, the lads knuckled down and got back on the front foot. More chances came and went with several near misses. Then with 10 minutes left, great work from the back, through to midfield and finally on to the front men who at that time were Ethan and Dean, they played a great 1 – 2 to get past the last line of defence and ETHAN put the ball away calmly to get us 2 up again. A great team goal involving 5 different players, brilliant.
Then with 5 minutes left, Lions had thrown caution to the wind and pushed extra players forward. This gave us a few problems, and when a Lions player was up-ended in the area, a goal kick was initially awarded, but in the interest of fair play, we all agreed that a penalty should be awarded and the decision was rightly changed. The spot kick was well taken giving Fin no chance. MOM home was award to Brendan for great energy and brilliant link up play. MOM away was awarded to Owen for a dominant display at the back taking several heavy knocks while putting himself in the firing line for the team. Outstanding!
A good performance from the lads and gets us back to winning ways. Next up is an away game at Eastham Rangers Jets, so fingers crossed we can get a good result. Well done lads!
Arrowe Park Blades Blue suffered a first defeat of the season at home to Heswall Juniors in a match that was full of incident. With Blades having started badly giving away a very sloppy goal within the first 2 minutes, it was a tough match for the lads. Each time we were looking comfortable, Blades shot themselves in the foot in an error strewn game which is something we don’t usually see from our lads. We responded well to going behind with a well taken goal from Ethan who was on fire in front of goal all day scoring all of Blades goals. We then went ahead very quickly with good work from our forward players linking up well and again giving Ethan a chance to score from close range, although it did look off side by a couple of yards. Heswall struck back at us and soon equalised via some poor defending and some quick thinking from their striker who saw our back line panicking to clear the ball, and he took full advantage and punished us. We got back in the lead just before half time, again Ethan taking the plaudits after going clean through after good work from our midfield. With the ball rolling slowly across the line, Brendan did well to follow the ball in shielding it from the Heswall defender chasing back, without touching it as he could have been waved off side, so clever and unselfish play on his part.
At half time things seemed pretty comfortable, but from the start of the second half, Blades imploded and were soon behind by 2 goals. Terrible tracking back from midfield left us exposed time and again, and with Heswall throwing extra players forward, our lads didn’t adjust to the pace and aggression in Heswalls forward play and things slipped badly from there on. With the management demanding more defensive help from our midfield, it seemed they had run out of steam and couldn’t respond. We did manage to get a goal back which at that time made it 6 – 4, but with time running out, Heswall caught us again with the final goal which was an absolute cracker fired in from long range and smashing in off the far post.
On reflection, we should have taken something from the game as we gave at least 3 goals away, but credit to Heswall for being clinical in front of goal. I’m sure we won’t see as many mistakes in one match again, so onwards and upwards lads. Let’s put this one down to experience and take a lesson from it.
Arrowe Park Blades Blue drew 2 – 2 away at Young Lions Team 1 in a good competitive match. Both teams played decent football with chances at both ends. The first goal came from a corner for Lions, with a good cross being headed towards goal. The header was well placed and beat the keeper but in an instinctive reaction, Kyle handled the ball and prevented the ball crossing the line. The referee had no option but to award a penalty kick which was despatched well into the top corner giving Fin no chance. The first half ended with Blades a goal down.
The second half started poorly for Blades with a freak goal coming from a long range effort which slipped through the keepers hands, and Blades were 2 nil down. After that it was all Blades pressure with chances coming every other minute. Finally, we got a goal back from Corey who was well set up by strike partner Brendan. Shortly after Brendan made it 2 each with a great effort from 25 yards out, taking the ball near the left hand touchline and beating his man, Brendan then let fly with a thunderbolt which nearly broke the net.
Blades came close to netting a winner, but luck wasn’t on our side and we had to settle for a draw. A decent result and kept our unbeaten start to the season going. Well done lads for great team spirit coming back from 2 goals down.
Arrowe Park Blades Blue U-11’s started the season with a 5 nil home win over West Kirby Panthers Red. We started with Fin in goal, Max and Owen at the back, Kyle, Dean and Harvey across the middle and Corey and Brendan up front. Joel and Ethan started on the bench, but were soon brought on with a continuous rotation of the squad, giving everyone 75% playing time. It was a difficult first half, as Blades created plenty of chances, but early season rustiness meant we missed some good chances. The new off side rule took a little getting used to also, as we wasted more opportunities to score by drifting beyond the last defender too frequently. Still, in poor weather, the lads played some good football without getting any success in front of goal. We went in level at nil nil at half time.
The second half team talk from Shaun made a great difference. The lads kept on side much better and the finishing improved too. We did better winning the 50 / 50 tackles too which gave us total control. Soon after the restart Blades made the breakthrough from a free kick, taken by COERY. He curled a cross in which beat everyone and with the keeper stranded, the ball went into the far corner. Corey continued to get the goals which were set up by some brilliant all round play from the rest of the squad. Assists by Brendan, Kyle, Harvey and Dean were all finished off with great composure and style. Great work at the back from Max and Owen kept our keeper very quiet, except for a few half chances. The only moment of concern came towards the end of the game when Blades, totally dominant by that time, had committed too many players forward and were caught with a long ball over the top. With a Panthers forward clean through and baring down on goal, Fin came off his line and smothered the ball bravely at the strikers feet to clear the danger with the help of Owen and Max who were rushing back to assist.
A great performance from the whole team, and a perfect start to the season. Keep up the good work lads.