News and results for Saturday 12th January.

Middleton Lads and girls black 1 – 2 Tigers
Lions beat cwfc
First game back and what a  performance from all the boys today. Started the game with pace and power running at the other team from the off. 1 up after a few minutes as dj Jamie and Matthew pressed from the front. Matthew getting in on their keeper to tap home from 5 yards. We went again and again creating chance after chance their keeper making save after save. Then Rocco found space on the edge of the box and squeezed it through a small gap to find the bottom right hand corner for 2-0. Sam in net didn’t have much to do for the first 15 minutes as the boys were working so hard. Then the third came as Daniel played a pass back to Owen at left back who hit a shot that there keeper couldn’t hold and Jamie was on hand to tap home. They then got one back just before half-time to make it 3-1. Second half and we stared the same making chance after chance and missing one or two easy one’s. Their keeper and defenders were stopping every shot we had but we never stopped and dj got the goal he deserved as Matthew had a great shot that their keeper couldn’t hold and dj was on hand to dink it over him. They only had one or two chances second half and Sam was on to them in a flash. He made a save on the edge of his box and got up and ran at the next player and blocked the next shot with his knees as he slid at the player great double save as he didn’t have much else to do all half. Motm was an easy one. The whole team from the first whistle to the last. They didn’t stop once and everyone put a shift in.
Great performance boys well done.
Dynamos beat  Chadderton Dragons
WHAT A GAME!!!!!. Dynamos squad were 2 men down this morning due to illness but the five that were fit to play did not disappoint. The Dynamos started well with some txt book passing  exactly what we’ve practiced in training and as a result found ourselves 2-0 up with 2 great goals from Neeko. Chadderton continued to be a tough opposition and at the end of the second period it was neck and neck 2-2. Both teams playing really well and such a close Match. Chadderton making it 2-3 only for the Dynamos to equalise then again Chadderton made it 3-4 and yet again Dynamos dug deep find the equaliser now at 4-4. The third period and the Dynamos switched off and seemed to lose their concentration maybe  also tired not having any subs to give them a breather. Chadderton took advantage of this and scored twice in the third period. Going into the fourth and final period and the Dynamos were 4-6 down heads were down and all looked tired. Luca, solid at the back put in a good strong tackle moved the ball Forward with a perfect through ball to Michael who not only found the back of the net but nearly put the ball straight through it now at 5-6. The boys got their confidence back and heads were now held high. Again the attack started from Luca at the back feeding the ball through the Chadderton midfield to Elijah then a top pass finding Michael and Michael firing home the equaliser 6-6. Twenty seconds to go and it was end to end play, the ball found its way to Neeko on the left wing who cut inside the Chadderton defence to get it on his right foot and as the ref put the whistle to his lips Neeko hit the ball and it in it went for the 7-6 win. What a game, what a performance. One very proud coach. If I had 5 motm trophy’s they all would of got one. But motm went to Neeko for his outstanding finishing but more importantly if ever improving passing.
E&W Coolcats lost to Raiders
Back to full strength for first time since end October, and business as usual for Raiders. Asa and Tyler looking like they’ve never been apart at the back, and the rest of the boys eager to get going in the League after the Christmas break.  Plenty of first half possession but unable to find a finish, it was Coolcats who took the advantage into half time with a very nice solo run and finish. Raiders quickly out of the blocks for the second period and not long before Izu put through one on one with the keeper and a cool finish levelled things up. More nice work followed, this time Luca down the left squaring for Harrison to take the lead. Debate continues over motm Ethans 3rd, a top bins strike from a wide right position – was it a cross, was it a shot? Either way it flew in. And with the game won, Tu’San with another cool finish to continue his great form. Strong in all positions today against a physical Coolcats, great on the break, especially in the second half, and a well deserved win. Well done boys.
Littleborough Yellows lost to Pumas
Good opposition today, a good passing side with a very capable no.7 making things tough for Pumas, especially on the break. And it was this, and a lack of final third quality from Pumas, that saw Yellows take a two goal lead before Rasan finally managed to squeeze one in at the near post for 2-1 at half time. Second period continued in the same vein, Pumas looking the more likely to score but Yellows finding the net twice in quick succession and a 4-1 advantage. Dayne then began to take control of the no.7, and James in full flow closing out the pacey attacks. Alex and Rasan asserting more pressure on the Yellows back line, Isaac a real handful. The quality improved, balls through the channels and pressure mounting, more chances and with 10 to play, Alex sneaked one back.  Well deserved. Eesa on into the middle allowing Alex to press a little higher, and he popped up again 3-4. Tails up. Pumas in full flow. More pressure. A few more chances, was there going to be enough time? Clock ticking, Dayne blasted over from distance before Alex found himself with the ball at his feet in the box again to complete a tremendous 9 minute hat trick to level at 4 each…..and a well deserved draw for most. But not these boys, seconds left, high press from the kick off forced a corner. Whipped in by Rasan and met with a thumping header by Alex for his fourth in ten minutes and jubilation – a fantastic win for Pumas. Great stuff from all the boys today, and motm shared between Bobby for his brave and sharp goalkeeping and Alex for game changing performance.
Kestrels beat Droylsden Pumas (Cup Round 1)
Kestrels produced an outstanding second half come back to beat newly promoted Pumas in a game that had everything.
Dan opened the scoring after winning and then converting a cracking free kick 15 yards out.
Pumas soon found another gear, equalising minutes later.
Both teams were made to work hard at the back: Ali, Haris, Keane and Nathan put in characteristically gritty performances, with Callum behind.
Joe B hit the post and bar late on in the second half as some good Pumas defending denied Kestrels a half time lead.
Pumas came out fighting and took the lead ten minutes after the interval.
This seemed to boost the boys and led to the some of the game’s best football: Kestrels exerted more control in the middle and were more dangerous coming in from the wings.
Dan’s second followed a precise ball from the right which he headed in at the far post.
With the score level, Pumas looked to play for penalties as all the play was outside their box. They could do nothing, though, to prevent centre back Ali who, following a lose ball, thundered in the winner from close range.
Hawks lost to Juno FC
Great effort by all on a cold and windy early start in Oldham – first match back after long Christmas break
Started off strong against an attacking team
Good team work as the boys tried to thwart the relentless pushing up field by opponents
Disappointing result which didn’t truly reflect effort and capability of the Hawks
Lessons learnt for tactics against same side next week – opportunity to turn the tables
Man of the Match – Carter