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Formby Junior Sports Club - Franks report

There was double cup success for Formby Junior Sports Club at last weekend’s Liverpool County Football Association Sefton Festival Tournament. On Saturday FJSC Under 8 Bobcats lifted their age group cup. This was quickly followed on Sunday when FJSC Under 10 Boys also became cup winners. It was a fantastic achievement by the two teams. The Under 8 Bobcats, FJSC’s youngest girls’ team, played some excellent football throughout the competition. The girls were on top form and played four matches. The Bobcats won all four games, scored a total of thirty-three goals. Every member of the squad scored and to complete brilliant statistics through great determination and spirit, the victorious Bobcats did not concede a single goal in any of the four games they played. FJSC Under 10 Boys produced some scintillating football the next day and reached the final after only letting in three goals in the matches played. The cup final against Netherley was goalless at full time. A nail-biting penalty shoot-out followed. All the FJSC spot kicks were scored whilst the unfortunate Netherley failed to score on just one occasion. Just like the girls the day before there was a great celebration for the FJSC Under 10 Boys. See photographs above of the two jubilant cup winning Formby Junior Sports Club teams. The only Craven Minor League fixture played over the weekend was by FJSC Under 9 Whites who played away at Crosby Stuart. The FJSC team was severely depleted and playing against a strong team. The match got off to a bad start for the Whites when Crosby Stuart scored early on. The Whites dug in and defended very well against a strong wind and did not concede again in the first half. After a confidence building half time team talk FJSC produced a wonderful effort after the interval. Harry Nelson scored a great goal and with the sterling efforts of man of the match Niall Brennan in defence and with Charlie Jameson’s dangerous corner kicks fortunes changed in favour of FJSC. It doesn’t appear to matter whatever the weather is like this season because the young FJSC Under 6 teams always seem to play on Sundays albeit on artificial playing surfaces. So far this season the three FJSC Under 6 teams have collectively played a staggering fifty-one matches even on days when there have been Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge! The enthusiasm of this group is nothing short of phenomenal. Of course the boys would have not played without the tremendous support and encouragement of the parents. The other Representative teams and the Inter Club groups on Saturdays, although having exceptional parental support as well, have not been so fortunate with many recent matches having to be cancelled due to grass surface pitches being severely waterlogged due to weeks of torrential rainfall. This is a situation, which we all hope will be soon behind us now we are officially in spring. Fingers crossed. Last Sunday at the Netherton Activity Centre there were three FJSC Under 6 matches played against teams from various Merseyside areas. The Blacks played Maghull, a team very similar in ability to FJSC. As a result it was a very exciting match in which twenty goals were evenly shared between the two teams. The progression of these players is fantastic and they are really starting to play some good football. A special mention for Noah Walker-Hall who scored one of his three goals by dispossessing a Maghull player near the FJSC goal and then running the full length of the pitch to score. Also deserving much praise is FJSC’s man of the match Ryan Lamb who did not stop running and ensured he was able to score five goals. Oliver Hall – Gleeson also scored twice and there were pleasing displays from Parker Kehoe and Wilf Davis- Jackson from Reception. In the second match FJSC Whites were in action against River U’s. It was a difficult match against a good team. Josh Tallon and Jude Massey scored. Man of the match was Reception’s Sebastian Hodgson. Ted McAuley and Joseph Kenyon also worked tirelessly for the team. The third match saw FJSC Under 6 Blues play very impressively for much of the match against Netherton Roma who came back strongly towards the end of the match. Both teams coped exceptionally well in the very breezy and difficult playing conditions. Diego Funes- Cervera and Mason Stringer in midfield and attack were full of running and scored some exceptionally well-taken goals for the team. If the opposition did get through Max McAuley and Harley Evans were solid enough to ensure that dangerous attacks were soon thwarted. With the help of Joshua Halpin and Rory Rankine who both added one goal each to the tally the defensive shape of the team was very good. All three FJSC Under 6 teams are gaining experience from the matches played, are developing their individual skills, are improving their team work and playing with determination and growing confidence. It is hoped that the weather will improve for next weekend when a full programme of FJSC Representative team matches is scheduled. Inter Club football is hoping for the go ahead as well. INTER CLUB ARRANGEMENTS FOR SATURDAY MARCH 7TH All matches and coaching sessions will be 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.


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