Cup Fever – Under 16’s Reach Final

The big game of the day was the Under 16 League Cup semi final, which saw Matt’s Sheen Lion Pride secure their place in the U16 League Cup Final with a fantastic 2-0 victory over Sandgate. A draw against Sandgate a few weeks ago meant it would be a close game but Sandgate started as favourites based on a much higher Premier Elite position. However, two goals from Jesse W from two assists by Fredrik W late in the game were enough to book their place in the final against Farnborough or Kingston Juniors on the evening of Tuesday 1st May. A date for your diaries!

U16 Pride
League Cup Finalists 2012

It was a much better week today with nine victories versus six defeats. The Under 12’s led the way with two victories. Mel’s U12 Lions had a very important 2-1 win against local rivals Barnes Eagles Colts whilst Bernie’s U12 Pride were the big hotshots of the day with an impressive 12- 0 victory over Whitton, with both Gerald N and Jack N getting 5 goals a piece. Jon and Alastair ‘s U11 Lions had one of the best results of the day and gained revenge on Ewell Saxons with an excellent 2-1 victory.

It was mixed results for the Under 14’s, Under 15’s, Under 13’s with one win apiece. Trevor’s U14 Lions have gone clear at the top of their league with a 6-0 win against Tooting and Mitcham whilst Rick’s U14 Pride lost at Corinthian Casuals. Terry’s Under 13 Lions made sure Corinthian Casuals did not have it all their own way with an important 7-3 win against the same club. Joe R represented the outstanding individual performance of the day. Having had a tragic personal loss this week , he turned out for his U13 Lions team and scored a magnificent hat-trick as well as earning the Man of the Match award from his team mates. Everyone in the club sends their condolences to Joe and his family.

Russell and Matthew U13 Pride had the burden of last weeks ‘team of the week’ title to face and lost 2-0 against local rivals Barnes Eagles. However, last weeks joint team of the week, Dean and Sam’s U 15 Pride made amends and continued their run of good form with a 4-2 win at Kingstonian. Michael and Mark’s U15 Lions lost 3-0 at Kingswood Falcons.

It was a disappointing day for the Under 10’s with Michael and Martin’s high flying U10 Lions losing a really close encounter with Links 2-1. The U10 Pride similarly lost this time at Kew Association. The most exciting game of the day was undoubtably Richard and Nidal’s U9 Lions who won 4-3 in an important game v SCR Colts and kept up their chances for a place in the top two of their league but Gavin and Nick’s U9 Pride lost 3-1 to KPR. Finally, the Under 18’s had a very good 3-1 win over Manorcroft Utd.

TEAM OF THE DAY have to be Matt’s Under 16 Pride. The League Cup is a tough competition with 22 Premier Elite and Premier sides across five rounds, so having Sheen Lions in the final is brilliant news. WELL DONE to Matt, Clive, Henrik and all the boys – we look forward to 1st May 2012 at the Molesey Jnrs ground.

As the end of the season starts to illuminate over the horizon, the battle for honours really begins. The U15 Lions and U18 Lions play in important Quarter Finals of the Surrey County Cup next week. The Under 14’s have their invitation cup semi final in two weeks to see if they can match the success of the Under 16 Pride. In the leagues there is all to play for with 9 teams – the U9 Lions, Under 10 Lions, U11 Pride, Under 12 Lions and Pride, Under 13 Lions, Under 14 Lions, Under 16 Lions and Under 18’s all in contention for league medals this season. Alongside, these teams ALL age group teams have much to play for to ensure we complete this outstanding season with much pride.