News and Results for Saturday 23rd March.

Tigers 4 – 1 Roach Dynamos Black.
MOTM Felim.
Lions beat curzan Ashton.
Down to 7 players today due to illness and boys away. The 7 boys played out of there skin. Pass and movement was top notch. Matthew, DJ and Daniel played up top and their pace and power from the off had us on the front foot all half. Matthew down the left was on fire creating chance after chance. First goal went to Daniel. 20 yards out on the right, dropped the shoulder and hit a top bins to give their keeper no chance. Unbelievable finish with very little back lift. Rocco then lobbed their keeper two minutes later from the edge of box after great work from Matthew and DJ, another great finish. The boys at the back were sweeping up with ease on the odd occasion  that they could get out of their half. We then scored 3 quick goals to put the game to bed before half time. Daniel grabbing two and DJ finding the back of the net with a good free-kick just outside the box. Second half we started just like the first. Creating chance after chance with Matthew scoring two quick goals both great goals. One was a great team goal that had 7/8 passes that ripped through their team from front to back. Great one touch football and a joy to watch. Sam only touched the ball twice in the second half which is a credit to the boys playing in front of him. On the only occasion they got passed him Owen was on hand to clear off the line with a great block even though he was falling over the other way. Daniel then grabbed his fourth on the full time whistle with a neat finish into the bottom corner giving their keeper no chance yet again.
Motm was an easy one, the whole team. They were on their game from start to finish and it was an absolute joy to watch. Can’t wait for the other 3 boys coming back next week as the lions are now playing some great football again.
Penine Black Beat Raiders
An enjoyable game played out by two committed teams. Physical for the most and some good football played by both sides. Raiders not quite on their game at the moment, responded well after conceding early with the impressive Kian drawing level midway through the first half, Penine hitting back almost immediately, before some dazzling footwork and finish by Izu squared it all up going into the break. Another strong performance from Asa kept things flowing throughout, Izu enjoying himself on the 4g surface, but a couple of quick strikes from Penine stunned the away side. A quick switch of Motm Josiah into the back line to sure things up, and the come back began. A great challenge from Josiah at the back started a classic Raiders break down the left, three passes and Harrison on the spot to ease in a third. Raiders kept on and almost grabbed the equaliser in the last moments, Ollie  firing just wide. A good game, and cakes at the end for birthday boy Tyler. Happy days
Chadderton Lions drew with Pumas
This one had it all. A cracking game for all involved. Chaddy started well, a number of top saves from the impressive Bobby keeping Pumas in it whilst Pumas got to grips with the class outfit. A switch to man mark the Lions dangerous no.9 was the key to this one, first James and then Motm Eesa taking turns to do an excellent job carrying out their instructions to the letter. Pumas now gaining more possession, defending strongly, hard in every challenge and breaking at pace, Dayne finding Rasan with an array of quality passes, and then combining with Alex to create some good chances. James, Joseph and Fraser relentless in their work rate. Pumas finished the first half strongly, Alex receiving a throw down the left from Dayne, a neat turn and run into the box and a top class outside of the boot drive across the keeper into the far corner, and a first half lead. Chaddy rattled but Pumas not phased, and an excellent second half saw chances at both ends, both keepers impressive and on hand to keep their respective teams in it. An unfortunate deflection saw a Chaddy drive loop over Bobby for the equaliser, but in fairness not undeserved. Both sides committed for the win saw a fractious final few minutes, the ref doing well to keep kids (and parents) cool. A very exciting game played out by two very committed sides. Pumas impressive again, great to see the friendships and playing partnerships growing every week. Very well done Pumas.
Walshaw 0 Sapphires 5 
A bright, sunny morning in Bury saw the Sapphires taking on Washaw again, with the girls looking to make a repeat of the win last time out in blizzard conditions.
Aimee was making her debut today, taking up her position on the right wing. The girls started really well, almost grabbing a goal in the opening couple of minutes. Walshaw came back at us, but the defence of Issy, Kinyemi and Sofia, with Nyleti sweeping up behind them in goal, was like a wall. Nothing was getting past them today – tenacious and strong in the tackle and calm and collected on the ball. Keira and Libby controlled the midfield expertly, playing some nice, quick passes between them to make the space to then be able to release Scarlet, Grace and Aimee up front. I honestly don’t think the Walshaw defence knew what hit them! Aimee was going past players for fun and putting some fantastic crosses in to the box from the right, which Grace & Scarlet were close to putting a finishing touch on a number of times. Their keeper made a couple of good saves to keep the score level.
That was until another great bit of work from Libby and Keira got the ball to Aimee wide on the right, who then sprinted down the line and beat her defender with ease before putting in a peach of a cross for Grace in the middle of the area. Grace controlled the ball well and smashed a volley into the top corner, giving the keeper absolutely no chance!
The Sapphires kept the ball well, and produced some good football for the rest of the half, with Keira and Scarlet playing some nice one-twos, and Libby always looking for that defence splitting pass after winning the ball back. Sofia was strong and broke up play very well in the centre of defence, and Issy and Kinyemi were brilliant covering and breaking forward too. The half ended one nil, with the parents being more troubled by low flying pigeons than Nyeleti was by the opposition’s forwards
The second half started in much the same vein, with the Sapphires putting the pressure on. Another quick move down the left saw Scarlet and Keira putting the ball across the box for Grace to get her second of the game. Soon Scarlet added a third, firing the ball past three defenders and the keeper at the near post after some good work on the ball. Alex and Little Izzy came on and played really, really well, and soon Libby played a through ball from midfield that Michael Carrick (sorry Rob!) would’ve been proud of, putting Grace clear through on goal after cutting the whole Walshaw midfield and defence with that single pass. Grace took the ball in her stride and smashed the ball into the bottom corner for her hat-trick, making the score 4-0. Aimee and Keira were close to adding to the score line, after tormenting the opposition. I think the player marking Aimee went off with twisted blood and dizziness!
Another great move saw the ball break to Grace on the left hand side of the penalty area. She sent the defender the wrong way before curling a shot into the far top corner of the goal to make it 5-0 and leave her dad holding his head in his hands, worried about how much today was going to cost him. 4 goals in one match can be quite steep
The ref blew for full time to bring an end to a match where the girls were in complete control and played fantastically well, another contender for best performance of the season. Every single one of them played tremendously well and contributed fully to the victory, but Aimee stood out on her debut, making light of the fact that this was the 1st time with the girls, aside from one training session on Wednesday, and came in to the team and played as though she’d been with the girls for years and deservedly took the Player of the Match award for this week . Well done girls, a well deserved win and a great performance.