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U13s vs Chadlington Whites (Ron Smith Youth Cup)

posted 29 Sept 2014, 01:42 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 29 Sept 2014, 01:42 by Graham Keeble ]
The Ron Smith Youth Cup is the County Cup competition for U13s, run by the Oxfordshire FA. These County Cup competitions run all the way up to senior level, of which the current holders are Oxford United.

Having prematurely predicted the end of the summer at last week's match, shorts and t-shirts were given another day out today as this very warm and dry September showed it still had one or two tricks left up its sleeve. This home game was played at Chesterton, and therefore a few fans were allegedly spotted in the Red Cow prior to kick-off.

Our cup visitors today were Chadlington (just south of Chipping Norton), who visited us from the 'C' League.

Zac started between the sticks, due to a leg injury, and so Sam played outfield. Making his first start for the Blues in a competitive game was Luke Munday.

The game started fairly scrappily, with both teams simply trying to get the ball forward as quickly as possible. The question was which side could get their foot on the ball and play some football?

The answer was given in the 5th minute. Lucas and Lochlan had worked well together on the right wing, with a very quick series of passing interchanges, which suddenly resulted in Lucas getting behind the Chadlington defence. Lucas crossed from the touch line, past the keeper, and the ball ran to Joe who slotted home well. One nil.

The score was doubled only 4 minutes later when Aiden drove in from the right of the penalty area and lobbed the oncoming keeper. Two nil.

On the 23rd minute Aiden again drove into the penalty box. The keeper got a hand to it, but he was unable to stop the ball from rolling over the line. Three nil.

On the 27th minute Calum played a lovely through ball which set Aiden up perfectly, and he didn't hesitate to slip the ball past the keeper. Four nil.

Just three minutes later and the Blues had scored again. After some good work, Luke turned and shot at close range. The keeper saved and the rebound fell to Lucas who finished very confidently to make it five nil at half time.

Shortly after the restart, great work from Lucas and Lochlan saw the ball travel up the right wing. A throw from Lochlan fell to Luke who crossed for Joe to rifle in. Six nil.

On the 43rd minute an attack from Chadlington looked sure to result in an opening goal for them, but Oscar made a fantastic interception block at the last moment to concede a corner.

Seven minutes later and after some lovely footwork to go past several players, Calum tried a shot from quite a distance. The keeper managed to parry the shot but couldn't hold the ball, which fell to Joe who finished past the keeper to get his hat-trick.

Chadlington kept battling despite the score line, but by now Bure Park were firmly into their passing and moving game and it was proving very difficult for the Whites to stem the tide. William and Tommy Mansley were now passing comfortably out of defence on the left, and Oscar and Lochlan were doing the same on the right.

By now Zac and Sam had swapped back, and after some battling work from Ethan in mid-field, Zac finished a move to score well on the 52nd minute to make it eight.

Luke was also creating lots of chances. He passed a lovely ball to Aiden who passed into the goal to make it nine.

Calum then rifled in a long-range shot which was saved and rebounded as far as Luke, who crossed for Aiden to pass in to make it ten nil and five for Aiden on the day.

Zac finished off the match with three further goals in the last five minutes. He won a penalty which he converted himself, five minutes later he shot low into the net again under the keeper, and then finished off with a back heeler to complete the scoring. Thirteen nil.

Credit to Chadlington who kept trying their best throughout, and played in a good spirit. Cup competitions often throw up results like these, which is somewhat unfortunate, but best of luck to Chadlington for the rest of their season.

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