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Academy Match Reports


29th Mar 2022


Bloomsbury U8 Gold vs FC Marylebone U8

The U8’s Gold were back to their winning ways at Market Road, putting in a battling performance against FC Marylebone. Although the boys were 1-0 down at half-time, their performance didn’t reflect the score at the interval, with the opposition keeping out some fantastic efforts. Pax, Marcelo and Mathias marshalled the back line fantastically throughout, with Majid, Franco, Tommy and Marco providing the attacking firepower. Pax and Franco scored 2 fantastic solo efforts to pull the game level, before a long range left foot effort from Marco, after fantastic work from Majid in the build-up, sealed a deserved win in what was a very pleasing performance full of desire.

Bloomsbury U7 Black vs Pro Touch SA

The U7 Black team played really well this weekend. A performance to be proud of. Though it was a game in which, had they taken their chances they could have most definitely found some success in the fixture. Eleas was composed and patient on the ball, an attribute not often associated with U7’s, he did great! The game was a dribble fest, so many successful dribbles all over the pitch it was fantastic! Nabil and Henry in particular had a load of success and found themselves in attacking situations they could have scored! Ismael also had a lot of joy with his skills and could’ve scored too, a day of everything but a goal, but a game to be happy with and take forward!

Bloomsbury U7 Gold vs PFA United

Fantastic display encapsulating this week’s theme and topic perfectly. Bloomsbury’s goals where very clever in their own right. A well taken finish by Blaise after beating a player set the boys on the way. A very intelligent finish from Ayman, jumping on a goalkeeper error from the opposition. After being pegged back the boys grew stronger eventually ending up in Liam scoring what would be the winner with a fantastic finish with his left foot. A great display which showcased a good week of training.

Bloomsbury U9 Gold vs City of London U9

Every player carried this week’s learning and topic into this game effectively. The boys had many moments in the match where they counterattacked while running with the ball, which led to multiple goals. It was really impressive to see the teamwork on show. Alex Dearing’s communication was excellent, and he worked well together with Jacob Butragueno in the defence. George Thompson scored six goals showing his fantastic finishing ability. The entire team should be very proud of their performance.

 Bloomsbury U9 Black vs MGA

Bloomsbury entered their second game with energy, and hunger to win. Flávio joined the team and brought his calmness in possession with him, starting very strongly, making attacking moments happen on the left wing and getting success in his attacking 1v1’s. The boys were working very hard to stop the opposition attacking successfully but they were finding space. Andi was really confident in possession and is testament to his improvement over the course of the season. Going into half time, the score was 0-0 and the message was to continue to try and expose wide areas. However the players energy was running low, and they struggled to keep going and ended up conceding. Nevertheless, that didn’t dampen their efforts as all players continued fighting! Unfortunately the goal didn’t come but it was a performance to be proud of.

Bloomsbury U9 Black vs SL Benfica

The 9’s started strong and were ready for a tough physical game on Saturday. Beginning with a clear message, loads of dribbling and plenty of shots! They were trying their best but were struggling to convert. Eventually the boys grew into the game, beginning to string some passes together and have some very successful phases of play, resulting in a great run and goal from Lachlan, much deserved! In the second half, the decisions to be made on the travel of the ball, as opposed to when they receive were crucial. This worked well and resulted in Bloomsbury’s next goal, two vertical passes in the air, neatly finished by Amir. Yasser played in the centre of the back 3, keeping things secure and playing really confidently in possession. Bloomsbury saw the game out conceding late but getting the win. The boys were overjoyed at the result.

Bloomsbury U10 Gold vs The Vale U11

Morley, today’s man of the match, gave it his all on the pitch, constantly causing problems for the opposition, never giving them time on the ball and putting himself about in both attack and defence. Fantastic to see him back on the pitch again! A massive congratulations to Joao, playing two age groups up and still performing to the best of his ability and full of confidence, a great experience for him!

An extremely tough game against a strong opposition. In the circumstances they were in, having no subs and it being a very hot day against an U11 opposition, the boys played as best they could and had some brilliant plays where they looked very dangerous going forward. A little bit slow at times, but the players recognized this and pushed themselves to improve. During the half-time talk, players communicated that they were all taking a bit too much time on the ball, and would lose possession as a result, they then went back out and attempted to eliminate this problem, and as a result created some fantastic attacks. Sammy scored Bloomsbury’s only goal with a fantastic driven strike on his weaker foot from a long way out. Despite the harsh score-line, not much dwelling needs to be done over this result as there was many factors that favoured the opposition, and yet the boys still performed well. Keep your heads up and be ready for the next game!

Bloomsbury U10 Black vs East End Lions U11

Some performances deserve a fairer result, and this U10 Black performance was one of them. Playing a team an age group above, the boys battled fantastically throughout, creating a host of chances that if taken would have resulted in an emphatic result. It wasn’t to be however, with a bare thin 7 being extremely unfortunate with the result. Yacine, Max & Mo took control of wide areas both when attacking and defending, with the latter 2 scoring 2 richly deserved goals to add to the own goal scored in the 1st half. In more central areas, the trio of Kieran, Adam and Otto won the physical battle, driving into the heart of the opposition once possession was regained. Seb made his return to the team too, also putting in an incredible performance up front, demonstrating some fantastic hold up play, combination play and getting some fantastic strikes at goal as he worked off the shoulder of the last opposition defender. Adam reduced the deficit to one in the 2nd half, but it wasn’t to be for an impressive U10 Black team.

Bloomsbury U11 Black 1-10 Benfica U12

Jacob Bell listened intently to instructions and executed them to perfection and deserved his goal. Unfortunately, a poor display that left the boys on the wrong end of a 10-1 loss. There were a few moments of quality which were created after a good section of passing but ultimately the want to win wasn’t there. Tough one to take but we move on to the next one.

Bloomsbury U11 Gold 4-6 Pro Sport Academy Black

Before the game had even started, much was against Bloomsbury. A depleted squad with no recognised goalkeeper and an away trip on the cards, the boys already anticipated it was going to be a tough game. However the team put in a solid performance and deserved more than what the score line ended as. The 1st quarter showed an even battle where either team could’ve taken the lead. The 2nd quarter ended 3-1 as the opposition got 3 quick goals at the beginning of the quarter. The 3rd quarter ended 4-2 as the players kept pushing for opportunities. The 4th quarter ended 6-4 as the boys were unsuccessful despite their efforts. The team had the right attitude and work rate to match what was expected on the pitch, extremely proud of the effort shown by players and parents alike. Greater appreciation to Luke Bahia, Everett Nerland, Sami Ayettey and Rabah Sayid for volunteering to go into goal and out the team first.

Bloomsbury U12 4-5 Oxford City U12

It was really impressive to see the confidence of players to keep the ball comfortably with and without pressure. Jack, Strahinja and Seb were great examples of this. The goal scorers were ruthless with getting efforts at goal and the opposition goalkeeper put in a man of the match display to stop these opportunities in the first 40 minutes especially.

A great opposition and a very aesthetic game of football with both teams showing structure when in and out of possession. Each individual played with confidence and were willing to fail in order to succeed. A great game for applying learning from this week with wide players carrying the ball well forward in the counterattack. Unfortunate game not to get more from, but the players showed such a high level of quality for moments.

Bloomsbury Girls U12 5-4 Highbury Wolves Cobras

Friday night’s final CIYFL league fixture of the season was a clash to remember! The last league fixture saw the Bloomsbury girls face the Highbury Wolves Cobras, additionally made up of some of their first team players … the game was going to be a tight one! This week’s theme of counter attacking, and topic of “running with the ball” proved inspiring. The girls went out strong, keeping possession and creating great combination play. In the 10th minute, Janet launched a long pass through the thirds, which was expertly controlled by Emily in the half-space behind the defenders and then carried 1v1 against the goalkeeper, and with a simple shift of the ball to the back post, was smashed in by Jet, who supported the play from the second third! Scoring early on caused the opponents to step up, and in the 15th minute, the girls became victim of their specialty, and conceded following a corner and an impressive header goal from a Highbury Wolf! However, within 1 minute, the girls were back on top, with an impressive goal from Abigail!

Throughout the game, coach Paula said that “it looked like Abigail’s feet were a magnet for the ball, at every rebound she was there to kick the ball back at the goal, and that’s exactly how she scored!” Janet kicked a very long ball up to the final third, which was intercepted by the goalkeeper, but Abigail was there to simply tap the ball in to make it 2-1. This goal didn’t just happen once, but a second time by the 22nd minute … a double back post goal for our joint player of the match winner Abigail! On top of the 3 goals, Janet’s long stint in goal impressed the team: she saved a lot of goals and created opportunities for the other team. She was brilliant and with a very positive attitude helping the girls get into position when they weren’t and sustained really good communication!

A rushed minute-long half-time left the girls unprepared to return to the pitch, which resulted in a goal against in the first minute: one of their players dribbled through the middle of the pitch, and kicked a strong long shot, impossible for our goalkeeper to stop! It was now 3-2, and the girls stayed positive, keeping the lead as encouragement to keep going. In the 4th minute, Janet retrieved the ball in a counterattack, and as the topic of the week prescribed, ran with the ball. After successfully completing 2 assists, Janet trusted herself and dribbled all the way from the halfway line, beating a high defensive line one by one, and scored an amazing left corner goal … 4-2!! It was from then on, that tiredness, a lack of substitutes, and a disconnect amongst the players lead the girls to concede 2 goals in 2 minutes in the 5th and 6th minutes. They were caused by simple mistakes in midfield and players not coming back to support the defenders. The girls were now at a draw, 4-4. Despite their tireless efforts, not having a goalkeeper was noticeable and the girls let easy goals go in. The girls didn’t lose faith, and a goal came in the 7th minute from none other than LacaJet! Jet dribbled combined with Emily (our captain for the day) and smashed an amazing ball from the right side of the pitch. Jet crossed the ball perfectly from right to left making it impossible for the goalkeeper to stop. It all started from Nea who did a brilliant long pass to Janet who then switch the play to find Jet via Emily. It was now 5-4, the girls had broken the deadlock, with 5 goals in 7 minutes … unbelievable! The last 18 minutes of the game showed excellent defensive play from the back line, with close to no mistakes, and brilliant saves by Ilva even in the last minute, our youngster who played up to the U12s this week, an incredible effort! In nominating a player of the match, the unanimous players’ vote was in favour of Ilva, our joint player of the match winner! In addition to her game-saving saves, Ilva’s footwork and tenacity against a bigger and older opposition was impressive, wining all of her challenges in the attacking half.

Bloomsbury U13 3-5 Most Wanted Elite

It was a great start by Bloomsbury who looked comfortable on their home turf. The boys put the pressure on Most Wanted Elite and were creating countless opportunities but struggled to find the back of the net. They had one opportunity and managed to convert that into a goal. The boys quickly responded, and the game was level at half time. Bloomsbury struggled to find their rhythm in the third quarter letting Most Wanted back in the game. Lapses in concentration lead to them taking the lead. They then had a wonderful strike from outside the box which flew into the top corner. The players got two goals back in the final quarter trying to fight their way back. Ebe scored one with a well-placed finish, but time had run out. Bloomsbury were unfortunate not to have gotten a result but overall a fantastic performance.

Bloomsbury Girls U13 2-3 Lymore Gardens

A tough game, but a very competitive one. Ava- Marie Emma and Aila showed fantastic application of learning, by running with the ball, when there was time and space to do so even when failure occurred but were more than willing to continue trying as success did follow.

The team as a collective showed great fight to get back into the game, after taking the league and falling 2 goals behind after the opposition latched onto mistakes. The team stayed positive and enjoyed their football, and the effort shined through. The team found it difficult to support each other when in possession, by showing a lack of movement to support, but recognised in the debrief. A match where the game could have changed at any moment, but the girls were unfortunate not to get more. However, a great game to spectate.

Bloomsbury Girls U14 1-3 Kick Action

The girls showed great spirit as a collective, showing good moments when playing as a team and moving the ball well, even when failure occurred, they kept trying. Carla was fantastic at reading the game and winning the ball, by stopping passes and breaking up the play effectively. Tori showed great feet to take on players carrying the topic really well, controlling all of her duels in a 1v1. Theresa was a threat as a striker creating problems for the opposition, showing an effective press, and always finding areas on the pitch to shoot from, when on the ball.

The team as a whole showed great effort and kept going for the 50 minutes. Individual brilliance from the opposition was the separation, but a good game to watch and a great battle between 2 teams.

Bloomsbury U14 2-2 Essex Road Giants 14s

Prince Denzel-Kitaka and Victor De Morais did an excellent job at winning important duels in the midfield to launch effective counterattacks. This was extremely effective in the second half as the boys had many chances on goal and put a lot of pressure on their opponent’s backline. It was very impressive to see the teams mentality to come back from two goals down at half time to pick up a point. Jorge Brito said he “was pleased with the way we played in the second half. Now it is about playing at that level in both halves.”

Bloomsbury U15 4-1 EFA U15

Joe Frank had a really good performance against a good side. He stopped the opposition’s attacks several times and he attacked when he had the ball at his feet. He read the game well and made the right decisions all over the pitch. Unfortunately, Bloomsbury gave away an easy goal to the opponents which they managed to score first. After their goal the boys started playing their game and managed to score with a brilliant free kick from Dylan Summerhayes and then after a high press, they forced the opposition to create a mistake and Raphy Chester scored an open goal. After several missed chances, Raphy managed to score a third great solo goal. Bloomsbury managed to control and manage the game with confidence. Jack Osborn with a great strike outside the area finalised the score. Joe Frank said that “after not a good start we managed to turn the game around and we created a lot of chances.”