SCORES ON THE DOORS
Match report Vs Eagle (3g pitch)
A thrilling game between two well matched teams, with James taking sole charge of Linnets for the day while Ben was at Selhurst Park on a scouting mission.
Being without Rio, Rhys was picked to start in goal and was a natural between the sticks, showing great handling to catch a high cross and pulling off some great saves, the pick of the bunch coming from a powerful free kick.
Linnets got a goal after good battling by Luca on the edge of the box, with the ball breaking free to Anthony who made no mistake in poking the ball into the net.
Shortly after, another good passage of play saw Luca shooting from outside the area and Anthony showing great awareness to follow the shot in to tuck home the rebound for his second.
Louis made a fantastic blocking tackle to stop a certain goal and was accurate with his passes down the line to set up a number of attacks.
Oliver showed great tackling ability inside the area to bravely block a shot and played a beauty of a pass to set up a good counter attack.
Logan deservedly got his name on the scoresheet after taking the ball down on the edge of the area and chipping it into the roof of the net. A fantastic goal to end the first half. Harry who had marshalled the defence brilliantly, took the goalie gloves for the second half and put in an inspired performance, pulling off an array of amazing saves to keep the ball out. Rhys played outfield second half and displayed great long range passing and tackling. He was unlucky not to score when narrowly missing the top corner from a free kick. It wasn’t long until Linnets had their next free kick, and this time Luca found the net via a slight deflection on to the post and in. Oscar put in a captains performance and battled brilliantly throughout, showing great use of his pace to get Linnets out of some sticky situations by carrying the ball forward. Linnets were awarded a penalty midway through the 2nd half, with the Eagle goalkeeper pulling off a good save to tip on to the bar, but Luca was not to be denied and followed in to sweep the ball home.
It was a nervy end to the game with Eagle finishing strongly and both teams played their part in a fantastic match.
Joint Man of the Match was awarded to Harry & Oscar for their outstanding displays and vital contribution during both halves.
Saturday saw the semi-final of the HDJFL Autumn cup take place between Linnets u8 Greens and Linnets u8 Yellows.
The Greens made a quick start and took the lead when Robbie danced his way down the right hand side and picked out Adam at the back post who took one touch to control the ball and his second touch found the far bottom corner with a powerful half volley. The match restarted and as quick as the greens scored their first they ,and Adam had their second when he nipped the ball away from a defender and ran towards goal before managing to squeeze the ball past the keeper!
The Greens kept their fast momentum going and were soon awarded a penalty when again Robbie was causing problems with his trickery was fouled by inside the area and he picked himself up and put the penalty away in the bottom corner.
The Yellows pulled a goal back with a good burst forward and a cool finish, just to remind the Greens there was still plenty of football to be played and all was not over yet, although after the restart the Greens were awarded a second penalty after a handball was spotted by the ref and Bobby smashed it home high into the corner and out of reach of the goalkeeper. The Yellows pushed forward to try and find another goal but was stopped in their tracks wen Noah cleared the oncoming danger and the ball fell to Matt on the half way line who with his first touch nipped past the defender and ran through on goal and finished neatly in the bottom corner. The Yellows were not to be out done and again pushed forward searching for another goal which come just on the stroke of half time.
The second half got underway and the Greens started just like they did the in the first half, quick passing football and Adam finding the back of the net for his hat trick! Jack was pushed into midfield and he too found himself on the score sheet after reacting quickest to a loose ball in the middle of the park and bursting forward to finish hard and low past the goal keeper. The Yellows never gave up and kept pushing forward but where running into what seemed like a brick wall with Harrison in defence and Mackenzie in goal who both kept them at bay and allowed the Greens to advance forward with Robbie again causing problems out on the right hand size square the ball to Adam who calmly finished for his 4th. The final 10 minutes saw some great football from Charlie and Bobby who have developed a good understanding between them with Bobby teeing Charlie up to slot home from the edge of the box, followed by his compulsory dab celebration, and then Matt rounding up the goals with a powerful finish late on.
Adam was awarded Man Of The Match for his effort and vision (although I’m sure scoring 4 helped his case) but this was really about a great team performance, strong at the back and deadly going forward and is up there as one of the best performances they have produced.
Credit to the Yellows who never let the score line get their heads down and kept going till the end.
RUNCORN Linnets' under 12s Sunday Blue team extended their lead at the top of group B in the Chester and District Junior Football League Cup with a sensational 6-0 win at Victoria Cross Dynamos.
The Blues put in their best performance of the season to dominate proceedings from start to finish. No one had beaten Victoria Cross by more than two goals before Sunday's one-sided encounter. But Linnets created a hat full of chances and had it not been for an impressive goalkeeping performance from the Dynamos' number one they would have hit double figures. The Blues took an early lead when new signing Jake Schwarze put speedster Josh Senior through on goal and the mini Michael Owen found the bottom corner with a low drive. Josh wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard again as his angled drive proved too hot to handle for the home side's keeper. Jake Schwarze put the finishing touches to classy forward play from Jake Hill to put Linnets 3-0 ahead, firing the ball into an empty net after his fellow debutant had rounded the keeper and struck the post. Jake Hill set up another goal at the start of the second half, splitting Victoria Cross' defence with a perfectly weighted through ball for Callum Turrell to find the roof of the net with a thumping finish. Josh then completed his hat-trick, rounding off a livewire display with another fine strike low to the keeper's left. Jake Hill poached the sixth and final goal, pouncing on to the loose ball after the keeper had spilled Alfie Hayes' toe-poked effort from the edge of the box that was destined for the bottom corner. The Blues played some breathtaking football and looked a complete 'team' with their new signings slotting into the side seamlessly. All 11 players ran their blood to water for the cause and should be proud of their efforts and of the fact that the Blues are faring so well in the top division of the Chester league in what is their debut season.