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Formby Junior Sports Club - Franks report

It was a fantastic weekend for Formby Junior Sports Club’s Representative teams with a Magnificent Seven victories. FJSC’s Sunday Under 10’s teams reached the cup final for the second year in succession. FJSC Under 14 Whites won their first leg cup semi-final. FJSC Under 18 Boys have gone through to the semi-final stage after a wonderful quarter–final win. FJSC Under 10’s Saturday team won another cup match and march on. FJSC Under 15 and FJSC Under 12 teams gained impressive wins in their respective league games and finally FJSC Under 18 Girls won a prestigious friendly against previously undefeated opponents. In addition the club’s younger Representative teams also impressed with very good performances as well. FJSC Under18 Boys went into their second leg quarter-final cup-tie against Birkdale United SAC with a 4-2 lead from last week’s first leg encounter. It was a close first half between two good teams. FJSC took the lead in the ninth minute when the Birkdale keeper misjudged the flight of the ball in the windy conditions and Lewis Constable was able to score from close range. FJSC failed to capitalise with several chances before Birkdale equalised four minutes before half time. In the first minute of the second half, Birkdale stunned FJSC with a second goal to bring the aggregate score back to 5-4. Birkdale’s lead on the day was to last just six minutes until Callum Richmond’s excellent long-range strike on fifty-two minutes sailed past the Birkdale keeper. FJSC then took control of the match. Thomas Harrison scored from close range after being played in on goal by Lewis Constable on the sixty-second minute. Sean Lawler-Pilkington scored on seventy-five minutes after his free kick was initially blocked. An excellent strike from the edge of the box sailed past the Birkdale keeper. Joe McElhinney added a fifth goal on eighty-two minutes before George Tremble made it 6-2 completing the scoring in the last minute with a well taken penalty after Lewis Constable was brought down. FJSC progress to the semi-final with a 10-4 win on aggregate and will play Formby Athletic. Man of the match was Sean Lawler-Pilkington for an excellent display at centre back and with a goal also to his credit. FJSC Under 18 Girls, present league leaders of the West Lancs Under 18 Girls’ Division, hosted Chorley Under 18 Girls, who currently sit top of the Greater Manchester Women’s Under18 League, and are unbeaten in all competitions this season. The game was evenly matched until an assist from FJSC keeper Rachael Robinson lofted the ball up to striker Anna Rutherford, who pulled her marker out of position, brought the ball under control, and fired into the corner to open the scoring. Chorley equalised with a penalty. Anna Rutherford restored the lead soon after with a sublime left foot shot from distance into the opposite corner. The second half was a feisty affair, and FJSC’s determination and grit was rewarded when they received a penalty for handball, which Anna Rutherford calmly slotted home earning her hat trick. Special mention to Rachel Robinson, Ana Waite, Abby Hobbs and Aimee Hollis, who were outstanding and gave their all from the first whistle to the last. FJSC Under 15 Blacks made a pleasing return to winning ways after going out of the cup two weeks ago. The team played against Phoenix Aces who were FJSC’s opponents in the cup final last season and produced a very similar display and the same scoreline. With very windy conditions in the first half the Blacks struggled to take any advantage with the wind ending the half goalless but having most of the ball and all of the play. After the break FJSC continued to dominate although playing into the strong breeze but playing more on the floor. The first goal did not come straight away and on the sideline it was getting a bit frustrating for both the manager and the spectators. Twenty minutes into the second half FJSC made the break through with a goals scored by Rylie Read after a very good assist by Lucas Gornall. The second came shortly afterwards when Sam Cousens beat a few Phoenix players before setting up Luke Phillips to tap the ball home. The final goal came through some brilliant play by James Everett who initially had a shot well saved but was quick to score from the rebound. Jack Taylor, Callum Davidson, Jamie Duggan and Luke Phillips all played well. Gerard Broomfield in centre midfield put in his best performance of the season so far. FJSC Under 14 Whites played the first leg of their semi-final cup-tie at home against Southport Trinity. There were a number of chances for both teams but the Whites midfield started to take charge. Marc Whitelaw opened the scoring with a powerful and accurate strike to the bottom corner of the Trinity goal. Three further goals followed from Luke Honour, Henry Peck and Harry Graham. Trinity did pull one goal back but FJSC now go into the second leg next week 4-1 ahead with a three goal advantage. FJSC Under 14 Blacks gave a much better account of themselves against Ormskirk Galaxy than in the previous week when the Blacks lost heavily to the same team. The Blacks led 3-2 at half time with two goals from Haydn Eccleston and one from Jacob Lewis. Unfortunately the Blacks could not hold on in the second period and eventually lost 6-3. There were many positives to take away from this Blacks’ display. FJSC Under 12 Blacks continued where they left off last week and in the match with Churchtown Tigers competed well and tried to play the ball around. There were several promising attacks down the flanks which saw Jude Williams and Joe Finnegan create several chances. Oscar Fletcher and Alex Burke played well in midfield, with Isaac Bird and Joe Wake in support. Bowie Mathers made a couple of fine saves and Finley Clarke was commanding at the back. It was a very even game which saw both teams having chances and both goalkeepers were called into action on several occasions. After a goalless first half Alfie Finney and James Foster entered the fray and caused no end of problems down the flanks, with James Foster in particular given his full back a torrid time. Dan Raw also came on and added to the defence’s solidity. James Foster made and excellent run down the left, going past a couple of defenders and from the cross Ollie Shaw made no mistake to score FJSC’s opening goal. Oscar Fletcher and Finley Clarke then exchanged a couple of one two’s and played the ball out to James Foster who crossed for Ollie Shaw to nip in front of the goalkeeper to make it 2 nil. Formby were playing lovely football and were pressing for a third. A corner in the last minute saw Churchtown grab a goal back, but FJSC saw the game out for a deserved win. Special mention to Ed Poole who is out for a few weeks after a setback with his ankle injury. Everyone wishes him a speedy recovery. FJSC Under 10’s Blacks Sunday team played Southport and Birkdale in the Craven Minor League semi-final. It was a very close match against the team that had defeated FJSC twice already this season. It was an end to end game with chances for both teams. It was third time lucky for FJSC as Dominic Maxwell scored the only goal of this tense game to send his team into the final. Man of the match was keeper Will Brown. In the cup final FJSC will play Southport Trinity Blue. It was the final league cup game for FJSC’s Saturday Under 10’s team in the Hightown League. The result of the match against Warbreck FC would determine the group winners. The Warbreck goalkeeper made a number of outstanding saves before Luca Massey gave FJSC the lead before half time with a top corner finish. Another Luca Massey goal and one goal from Charlie Garvey gave FJSC a 3 nil win and a place in the next cup round. Man of the match was James Cook. FJSC Under 9 Whites’ chance of retaining the Jim Rourke Trophy were finished after Redgate Rovers Yellow scored four first half goals without reply in the semi-final match. The Whites did not concede again in a much better second half display but could not convert chances into goals. FJSC Under 7’s and Crosby Stuart provided all the very enthusiastic spectators with a high quality game in which the two good teams were evenly matched. There were some great goals and the team are really developing their passing and positional play. Scoring for FJSC were Hughie MacLeod, George Hayes and Jacob Patterson-Stevenson. There was a man of the match performance from goalkeeper Matthew Crutchley. INTER CLUB SECTION There was another very good Inter Club session with all the children playing well despite the very blustery conditions. LAST SATURDAY’S SCORERS Max Byford, Sebastian Hodgson, Walter Ramsdale, Joshua Halpin, Joseph Kenyon, Ryan Lamb, Ted McAuley, Max McAuley, Finn McDerby, Rory Rankine, Mason Stringer, Niall Brennan, Peter Clark, Joel Gilbert and Adam Jackson, INTER CLUB ARRANGEMENTS FOR SAT. FEBRUARY 8TH All matches and coaching sessions at Deansgate Lane Playing Fields. Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Boys’ at 10am until 11am. Year 4, 5 and 6 Boys’ Coaching from 11am to 11.30am. Girls’ Coaching at 10.30am until 11am. Girls’ matches at 11am until 11.30am. Girls’ coaching and game - Years 9 and 10 from 11am until 12 noon. NEW MEMBERS IN ALL INTER CLUB AGE GROUPS ARE MOST WELCOME. CHILDREN WISHING TO START TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE INVITED TO COME ALONG TO SEE IF THEY ENJOY IT. FJSC INVITES FOUR YEAR OLDS FJSC invites children who will be going into Reception in September to come along to coaching sessions on Saturday mornings at 9.30am. After coaching the children will play in friendly games until 10.30am. GOOD NEWS Inter Club football will be on each Saturday of half term. NEW GOALS New goals and training equipment have been purchased due to the generosity of the penalty competition sponsors. A big thank you to the children who took part and to the parents for their support. CLUB NEWS Congratulations to FJSC Under 10’s Blacks on reaching the cup final for the second year in succession. Good luck to FJSC Under 14 Whites in their second leg cup semi-final match next Saturday.

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