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9th Nov 2023

Bloomsbury Football Academy U9 gold boys 4 vs 2 Soccerscool

An exciting fixture coming back from half term. I knew it would be a test for the boys after going 2-0 down from a lapse of concentration and not taking our chances. The boys brought it back showing real talent and leadership to win the game 4-2. Goals from Louis Vara, Charlie Berry and Rocco Becci (2). My favourite moment was at half time. The reason for this was I hardly got a word out. The leadership in the squad showed all giving info to each other on how to better perform and taking the W in the game.

My player of the match is Louis Vara. His effort going forward creating so many chances and to lift his teammates up was fantastic. Showing that determination and energy wins you games. As there was no training it was hard for the boys however, when they have come back they’ve been fantastic in terms of wanting to improve! Focusing more on our positions and how to play through the thirds will take this team to the next level.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U9 black boys 2 vs 2 unknown opposition

A hard game where you could see that we had been on a break. The boys fought hard for a 2-2 result with two brilliant goals from Paulo. My favourite moment was when Henry had a 1v1 and won his battle driving it up the field to create a chance. My player of the match would be Henry. His fantastic leadership and defensive skills dominated the game. Stopping every chance that came towards him.

As there was no training it was hard for the boys, however since coming back to training, we’ve looked engaged and ready to learn! Focusing more on our positions and how to play through the thirds will take us to the next level.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U10 gold boys 4 vs 1 London Soccer School

Toughest game of the season. LSS played very well but we were saved many times by man of the match Tommy in goal. However, our counter attacks were deadly as we scored all 4 goals from that style of play. Learning how to win from tough opposition and low possession is important. Goal scorers were: Kingsley (2), Teo and Pax. My favourite moment was Tommy’s acrobatic save from a fierce strike. Cat like Tommy jumped from an unbalanced position to make an unreal stop.

This week in training we tried to to be more direct and attack the goal as much as possible. It clearly worked. Next week we need to work on our decision making. Under pressure we need to make the right choices.

Bloomsbury Football foundation U11 boys 2 vs 0 Camden Town Youth

A fantastic game from all that played, the intensity of the press gave the opposition very little time to think in what could have been a 6-0 win. Communication was good and the team worked very hard for each other, extremely solid defensively and creative in the attack. My favourite moment of the game came in the first half, as the opposition attempted to get out of their own half.  Relentless pressing from Samir, Damian, Ayden and Harvey kept them pinned down near their goal for at least a couple of minutes, frustrating the opposition and causing them to start making mistakes.

Harvey was our player of the match. By using his speed to keep the opposition under pressure, Harvey forced many mistakes out of the other team. He won the ball on numerous occasions, including in the build up to the opening goal of the game which he finished in a composed fashion.

We have been working on our counter-attacking, which was on display by how high up the pitch we kept winning the ball, and making quick attacks out of a possession turnover. We need to work on taking our chances going forward, as we found ourselves in the space to finish many times, but were unable to capitalise.

Bloomsbury Football foundation U11 gold boys 1 vs 4 APB Wingate Rockets

We started this game strong creating lots of chances early on – but again we weren’t able to take our chances. After conceding a goal first we then lost our way and forgot our core principles of passing the ball and using the space. When we then started to play our passes we started using the width more and caused them some more issues. Marlei was then fouled in the box and Edgar coolly scored his penalty, my moment of the match.

After putting them under more pressure we then conceded two goals from the counter attack making the score 1-3. During the second half we huffed and puffed and again missed crucial one on one chances at important times. We then conceded another goal and the team then lost their composure and belief to get back into the game. A disappointing game, but one to take lots of lessons from.

Andi Krasniqi was our player of the match. Andi didn’t stop working for the team and was constantly going for tackles and putting in hard work for the team. He never gave up. We need to be better at watching the runners and communicating with each other much better.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U11 gold boys 7 vs 0 Hackney Borough Yellows

Back to winning ways. Really important win for this team to get their confidence back after a difficult couple of weeks. As has been the pattern before, we created lots of chances early on but these were either saved, blocked or put over the bar. However, things were being kept really solid at the back by Jacob, Alex and Andi in particular. Through an excellent counter attack we got our first goal through Joao. He then scored again after some excellent pressing from Deniro and then got his first half hattrick through another excellent finish.

At half time we made some tactical changes to cope with their long ball and these were performed really effectively by the team – needing no reminders of this throughout the game. The team then started to play some brilliant one touch pass and move football – seemingly enjoying getting an assist for other players. Deniro x2, Edgar and Yasser all scored goals which were made by the team followed by some excellent finishes. A big confidence boost for this team – onto Sunday

My favourite moment was Edgar’s goal which came from a brilliant team goal of passing and moving up the pitch with a cool finish at the end. Joao Richard De Souza Suchocki was our player of the match. Joao scored a brilliant first half hat trick but also contributed in the second half with some great runs on both ends.

We have worked on how we play out of the back this week in training. Rex our goalkeeper was much more forward thinking and him alongside our defenders were able to make a real difference to our play in possession. In the first half we should have scored more goals – again important to be effective and clinical when chances present themselves.

Bloomsbury Football foundation U11 black boys 3 vs 0 PFA

The Black started this game really strong with the high pressing energy showing throughout the game. The boys created early chances with the opposition keeper having to make some smart saves. Without a specific goalkeeper we had to have four different keepers throughout the game and I was really proud of how the team overcame this challenge. Marlei then broke the deadlock, cutting in from the right wing to score a goal in the bottom corner. Another chance came with Lachlan chipping the GK only for it to bounce off the bar. After again making some more changes and rotating positions we pressed the opposition from the goal kick. Following this, Fallon was able to tap in to score the second.

The key message at half time was to continue with how we were playing and to not let the standard in quality drop. This was clear to see with some great football being played with Ilyas and Flavio especially keeping things solid at the back. With Santi having every shot blocked Marlei was able to get on the rebound and tap home the third. Very proud of this team and the work they are putting in. Still unbeaten this season. My highlight was how well we were passing and moving the ball up the pitch and playing with confidence throughout the whole game.

Marlei Charles was our player of the match. He took his two goals really well and was even able to play in defence for a bit and controlled the game really presume. We worked hard on how we were playing out from the back and how we wanted to progress up the pitch – we did this really well especially Amir and Moaz. We need to make sure we are more clinical in front of goal and score our goals when we are dominating the games.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U12 girls 1 vs 4 LFS

A very good technical game where we played through the thirds well but lost it towards the end due to lack of fitness and one substitute. Miya scored our only goal at 25 mins. My highlight of the game was when Bloomsbury had an attack, hitting the post twice and shots being  blocked three times. So unlucky. It was like a a comedy sketch. Miya was our player of the match due to her smart goal and her high work-rate up and down the pitch.

This week in training we played a lot of games with an emphasis on shooting. This allowed us to be more confident to shoot in different positions. Tracking back will be key for us in the future. Our high press meant that there was space behind so we need to work on positioning to track back as efficiently as possible.

Bloomsbury Football foundation U12 boys 5 vs 1 Global Football academy

The U12’s put in a dominant performance in which we defended resiliently and looked creative every time we went forward. Three under 11s got the call up for the game and didn’t look a step out of place. Goal scorers were Ethan (2), with Damian Jamal and Teddy chipping in with one a piece as well. Joe Woods’ calm and composed display in defence during the whole second half was my highlight of the match. That’s how good it was!

Jamal was our player of the match. He sat in front of the defence winning every ball they tried to play over the top. He kept his play simple and got the ball wide. We understood the right areas to take lots of touches and dribble at players, as well as when to keep it down to two touches and move the ball quickly. To improve we need to communicate and mark effectively.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U12 Gold boys 1 vs 1 St johns Wood

Picture the scene: Market Road, under the lights, St Johns Wood expecting an easy 3 points against one of the division’s strugglers. Wrong! With Coach Milo’s football utopia of both Zinedine and Yillinho manning the midfield, an inspired Bloomsbury performance saw us be the first team to take points off a high-flying St Johns Wood, who’s previous scalps include Camden Elite and LFS.

Hyperbolic intros aside, I am so utterly proud of the performance delivered. I gave the boys the challenge of raising their levels to match an incredibly strong St Johns Wood, and we did just that and more. To a man we were fantastic. Whether that be Kristiano or Maxi’s shifts in goal. Zinedine working up and down the pitch till I thought he might collapse. Elijah’s bravery leading the counter attack. Archie and Kieran tirelessly dealing with St Johns Wood’s Stoke 09′ tactics. Ollie’s willingness to counter-press and force dangerous turnovers in their final third.  Or Yillinho being Yillinho and making everything tick. I am so unbelievably proud.

We left the pitch frustrated to have not won. Having started slightly under the cosh against a devilish St Johns Wood press. We weathered the storm and started forming some attacks of our own through decisive counter-attacks. Led by no other than Oli DB, the belief within the unit started to grow. Full-backs Archie and Maxi showed admirable bravery to manipulate their press and play through as our build-up began to improve. Despite creating the better of the chances, the matter of inches saw us go 1-0 behind just before the break (we hit the inside of the post, they hit the inside of the post and it went in).

The second half followed a similar pattern, but we once again showed admirable bravery to match their level and threaten on the break. A deserved equaliser ensued, before a bizarre incident in which a goal-bound header from big-lad-at-the-back, Kieran O’Brien, was handled off the line and was only given a yellow card. The referee tried to explain the ruling to me about 5 times, each with increasingly less interest. Our poor fortunes from the penalty spot continued and some more high-quality chances were squandered. The points were shared, but an incredible effort from Blooms showcasing their quality. Now, the challenge is to climb up the table to where we deserve to be. Immensely proud and invigorated to continue driving this team forward!

Hard to pick a single moment, but I loved seeing the willingness of Elijah to work up and down the pitch to support Oli during our counters. Terrific performance debuting at RB. Maxi was our player of the match. Blooms’ unsung hero. Always at training, always smiling. Showed terrific confidence beating the press as LB, fended off CBs twice his size as a ST and did a greatly appreciated shift in goal – keeping a clean sheet. Did his job for the team and more.

Recently, we’ve been working on supporting the progressive options when playing through the thirds. This was evident against an aggressive St Johns Wood press, enabling us to break through and launch numerous high-quality attacks. Counter-attacking was as good as it’s ever been. Well done, boys. More confidence building up from the back – more resilience – will see us improve. Being a ball-orientated, brave team in possession is a core principle of this team. I want us to show decisiveness and assuredness when building. But if it’s got to go, it’s got to go.

Bloomsbury Football foundation U13 Boys 7 vs 3 Tetherdown FC Blue

Fireworks on Bonfire Night. U13 Development get their first win with a bang! An explosive second half netted us 6 goals, after trailing 2-1 at half time. The sparkling performances included Jack Peters, who blasted in a hat-trick, a Danny Nichols double, and Benny Hamilton and Mason Morgan both scored rockets. We skyrocket into the next game with plenty to still build upon. My favourite moment was Jack and Danny celebrating together for their goals.

Our player of the match was Toby Cream, who had fire within him. Toby prevented attack after attack, and endlessly launched attacks of our own. Areas for improvement will be maintaining positional discipline when out of possession, and taking opportunities to play forward when it is on.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U13 Gold Boys 10 vs 1 Whetstone Wanderers

The boys went into this game in great form, playing great football and with a lot of positive momentum. This however, didn’t show in the first 10 minutes. We scored an early goal but our performance was awful. Giving the ball away too regularly, forcing the ball forward when it wasn’t on, and not playing to the standard we should be playing at. The opposition took advantage of this with a long ball in behind. Miscommunication between the keeper and the defenders led to the equaliser. 15 minutes in the substitutes came on and with his first touch, Paul Mertesacker hit a precise shot that finds the bottom corner. 2-1 Bloomsbury. A couple minutes later, Paul gets involved again and sets up Tristan to slot away the third goal of the game and give us some breathing room. We began to play better football as we settled into the game, and Tristan showed some great strength and composure to score a first half hat trick, putting Bloomsbury 4-1 up.

The second half started much better and we dominated from start to finish without the opposition having any opportunities due to our defence being as solid as ever. Freddie Littner won a penalty after some great 1v1 play and stepped up to slot it away. The boys were ruthless. A great goal on his birthday from Zeid Mehareb, another two from Tristan, another one from Freddie and to round off the scoring, our non stop attacking left back Rabah stepped up in the box to finish with his weaker foot and make it 10-1. A thoroughly deserved victory that keeps the great form going. 6 wins in a row, 43 goals scored and 6 conceded in this great period for the U13s.

Paul Mertesacker getting his first goal for the team and everyone celebrating with him was my moment of the match. Tristan Turner was our player of the match. He dominated the game from start to finish. 5 goals and 2 assists. A perfect game.

This week we worked on a lot of attacking situations and finishing. The results speak for themselves. Going forward I’d like to see us maintain our concentration to keep clean sheets.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U13 girls 5-2 HMH

Bloomsbury started the game well with O’miya having a strong run up the pitch. 6 minutes, Ela scored a goal to put the score to 1-1. Bloomsbury continued to apply pressure to the opposition team with some well worked passes., coming close to securing another goal with Muzique hitting the bar 14 minutes in. 18 minutes in and O’miya picks the ball up near the halfway line and dribbles up the pitch past three of the oppositions players. Slotting the ball into the far corner for Bloomsbury ’s second goal, my moment of the match. An misplaced pass allowed the opposition to equalise the game 21 minutes in. Bloomsbury immediately responded with a goal after a quick throw in from O’miya allowed jet to poke home Bloomsbury’s third goal. 27 minutes in and Bloomsbury almost grab a fourth with Muzique hitting the post. Bloomsbury continue to play some good football in the middle of the pitch with a few good opportunities coming from this play. 36 minutes in and O’miya grabs her second goal of the game to make the score 4-2. 46’ minutes in and jet grabs her second after a brilliant solo run. Final score 5-2

Captains player of the match – Jet and Muzique. Coaches player – Eleanor for an incredible first half performance of solid defending

This week we worked on recycling the ball and it was evident that it worked as we were patient in creating chances. To improve we need to make sure we don’t crowd around certain areas of the pitch, using all the space available to us.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U14 Girls 1 vs 3 Regents Park

The stage was set, top of the table clash under the lights at market road. Bloomsbury v Regents Park. We started the best we have ever started a game, as we were all over them and they couldn’t handle it. 10 minutes in Regents showed why they too are unbeaten this season. After a few good attacks they found their goal. Bloomsbury responded as Kayla bundled the ball in before half time following some great build up play, my moment of the match. I could see how much it meant to everyone! 1-1 at the break. The team was nervous, but we had belief in our abilities. Unfortunately we only had one natural defender in our team at the moment but Muzique, O’Miya and Marwa stepped up. O’Miya in particular put in an excellent performance in defence, always in the right place to stop their attack and starting attacks of our own. Unfortunately we lacked that final pass and couldn’t find a winner.

Shola, awarded players player of the match, kept us in it with some incredible saves and Laura, coaches play of the match, did not stop running on the wing and was leading by example as captain. Kayla’s work rate was also brilliant and Janet managed to find her self in great space throughout the game. We just need to work on our passes going to feet so we can attack quicker. Unfortunately in the final seconds of the game Regents scored again just after we almost equalised with a mazy run from Tara on the left but her ball across found no one of the back post.

We have been working on counter attacking and certainly a few times we beautifully played the ball up the pitch after winning the ball back. This is the  U14s first loss this season and we will bounce back in the reverse fixture.  We will be prepared.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U14 Girls 4 vs 0 Hendon

Bloomsbury started the game positively on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Colindale. 3 minutes in and Kayla almost grabbed a goal to set the pace of the game. However, it was blocked by the opposition. A brilliant solo run from Marwa 8 minutes in was nearly topped off with an incredible goal but was blocked at the last second by an opposition defender. 13 minutes in and jet makes the breakthrough with an amazing goal into the bottom left corner from outside the box.

Bloomsbury started the second half strong with Tara capitalising on a poor opposition goal kick and scoring a fantastic first time finish. 41 minutes in and Bloomsbury are playing some good football outside the box that is topped off by an incredible goal from Kayla, scoring from a tight angle. 43 minutes in and Bloomsbury have a corner that is taken brilliantly by Jet and leads to Marwa slotting the ball home for Bloomsbury’s fourth goal. Bloomsbury continue to play some brilliant football and very nearly grab a fifth when Kayla plays a brilliant ball across the goal that is very narrowly put wide of the post by O’miya.

Watching the calmness of the defence to hold a beautiful line was my highlight of the match. Coaches player of the match and Players players was Remai. Her incredible defending and effort throughout the whole game was a pleasure to watch.

This week we worked on recycling the ball more and using passing patterns to progress up the pitch. Next week we need to work on spaces in attack as we all crowd one area around the box when we have the ball. We need to make space to play.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U14 Gold Boys 7 vs 2 Hinton and Finchley

We’ve had a tough start to the season, but this fixture showed that the boys are applying what we are trying to do in training. A constant willingness to work hard without the ball, always try to do the basics well and protect each other on the pitch. The resilience and confidence to overcome our tough start and put in a great performance is exactly what the team deserved. Every player put in a performance to be proud of as there were no passengers.

Jake Davies was our player of the match: a midfield machine. Jack covered every inch of pitch, won the majority of his tackles and started many attacks. He is the embodiment of hard work and it was infectious to his teammates. His ability to work hard and win duels influenced many other players to do the same. His focus and application was a key factor behind a much need confidence boost!

Confidence and resilience are two extremely important aspects we are working on, and the team showcases this every week. Tom improve we must be consistent. We need to look to put on another performance where we work hard for each other, make the simple decisions and earn a deserved result.

Bloomsbury Football foundation U15 Boys 3 vs 2 Highgate and Muswell Hill Youth Eagles

It was a good performance overall and a fantastic team performance. We were very solid from the back in the majority of the games. We have learnt a lot from previous games and kept things tight and organized. We were quite threatening from corners and on the counter attack. Daniel Afsharpour and Luca Della Nave were making really good runs beyond the defence. Luca got a brace and Olivier Bartula got a beautiful long range finish, my highlight of the match. Nathan Levy-Pipitone was our player of the match. He showed a really strong performance in defence, keeping things simple and was solid from the back.

We worked on shape and organization. That was on show on Sunday and helped us to keep us in the game. We can improve on our ball control and possession of the ball. These are the areas we need to improve on to do well this weekend.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U15 Gold Boys 2 vs 4 Fusion

It wasn’t to be this week at Market Road as a very well organised Fusion side came out on top in a game that showed great promise from a Bloomsbury perspective. Opening the scoring with a superb individual goal from Zac early on, the first 15 minutes were comfortable for Bloomsbury, threatening the Fusion goal with every attack. However, lapses in concentration defensively let Fusion back into the game and ultimately handed them a 3-1 half-time lead.
Playing in a 1-4-1 formation, the middle 3rd of the pitch was very compact and crowded as a result of the deployed Fusion structure. However, Bloomsbury remained patient and persistent, which paid off with an early second half goal from Mark to reduce the deficit. The rest of the second half was played in the Fusion half of the pitch apart from a goal on the counter to restore the 2 goal deficit. On another night, the numerous chances created by Bloomsbury thwarted by the opposition GK could’ve led to a different result. A great foundation to build on with slightly differing personnel on show too.

Player of the match was Zac Silverston. Zac opened the scoring with an emphatic individual effort and worked tirelessly throughout, providing an attacking threat with every touch of the ball.

Defensively, our concentration levels dropped at crucial times which led to cheap goals being conceded. With the pace at Market Road being faster due to the shorter game duration, smaller pitches and less players on the pitch, it’s key that concentration levels are maintained throughout by everyone.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U15 Gold Boys 5 vs 4 North West London Jets

4 goals from Aaron Connor led Bloomsbury to their first Watford Friendly League win of the season in a frantic win over North West London Jets. Trailing 3-0 within 20 minutes due to some poor defensive mistakes, Bloomsbury had a huge mountain to climb. However, pure grit, determination and quality in the final third led the boys to what turned out to be a well-deserved win. Constant threats in wide areas as a result of exquisitely weighted through balls from Rayane created opportunities time and time again, allowing us to get back into the game. Aaron took his chance with aplomb. Mark added to his tally for the season to bring the score back to 3-2. At the break, an inspired team talk further upped the anti in preparation for the second half.

Many teams would throw in the towel at 4-2 down, but not this Bloomsbury team who quickly responded to reduce the deficit once again. 2 almost identical finishes by Aaron finally got Bloomsbury over the line. Deserving of our player of the match. Some heroic defending from Goncalo, Jahmai, and Ebenzer secured  victory after a host of Jets corners. Although a far from perfect performance,  morale-boosting one that can really kick-start the season.

Bloomsbury Football Academy U18 black Boys 3 vs 0 Alexandra Park

Bloomsbury came into this match in good form and with spirits high amongst the team. Following on from our previous victory against Alexandra Park, our boys were confident of getting the job done again. Rarely getting out of second gear, top scorer this season Eliot Hyseni, scored 2 wonderful goals in the first half. Displaying wonderful touch, turn and vision to set himself up for both strikes which were equally good finishes. Leaving the keeper without a chance on both occasions!

We kicked on in the second half and pushed for the third goal to ultimately kill the game off.
We had some moments where Bloomsbury showed great intent with their passing and movement. The pressure finally told when captain, Tristan, stepped up to score his third goal in his last 2 matches, sealing all three points once again. Elliot’s finishes- were some of the best he has put away all season. Our player of the match. He dropped into midfield in the second half to help secure the victory despite chasing a hat trick after his first half brace. Real team player!

This week we worked on ‘up, back and through’ passing patterns which really helped us break lines more effectively. Focusing on and remembering our defensive shape, roles and responsibilities when out of possession are all areas of improvement for us.

it’s good to be back!