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Frank Rourke's Report from Formby Junior Sports Club

Strong winds and very blustery weather conditions added to the excitement for Formby Junior Sports Club’s Representative teams at the weekend. There was spectacular wind assisted long range shots as well as swirling mid-air centres which caused havoc for defences. The highlights of the weekend included a thrilling finale to the FJSC Under 8 Reds match, a very successful friendly game involving the FJSC Under 9/10 boys and an excellent first Inter Club coaching session just for goalkeepers. A special mention also for FJSC Under 9 Whites who made such a valiant effort in their cup tie only to unluckily lose on penalties after extra time.


FJSC Under 8 Reds faced a familiar opponent in Southport Athletic White at Ferryside Lane. A cagey opening ten minutes saw Southport score first before a smartly taken goal by James Hannan brought the Reds level. Mason Todd played the first half in goal and made a couple of good saves and clearances. Joel Craven and James Hannan provided good defensive displays and managed to get forward and help the forward players. Into the second half, Southport started brightly and took the lead again early on. Much toing and froing ensued as the Reds battled valiantly for every ball. Jenson Gray did his best to get things going from defence with some direct play along with Mason Todd and Isaac Pepper. Joel Craven was the Reds goalkeeper in the second half and was on hand to keep the score at 2-1. With time running out for the Reds, James Hannan pounced on a loose ball to equalise. Some direct play from a throw- in saw Zac McHugh give his team the lead for the first time. Joel Wright then went on a near pitch length run before slotting the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to ensure FJSC Reds came away with a dramatic but much-deserved win.

FJSC Under 11 Whites played against a strong Forefield Rangers and unfortunately only had eight players available due to absences and Covid. The boys had to dig deep and play out of position but despite a close first half they were overwhelmed in the second as the boys tired and had no substitutes on this occasion. Thomas Szabo gave a superb performance in the unfamiliar centre of midfield to be awarded the man of the match trophy.

FJSC Under 11 Blacks travelled to Ormskirk to take on TQ Academy on Sunday in what turned out to be a closely contested game. TQ kicked off the match and had a lot of possession for the first ten minutes but the Blacks defended well and looked dangerous on the break when Abe Rice and Samuel Lewis had space to use their pace. TQ scored a well taken goal though and then went on to score again towards the end of the half to take a lead into half time. The second half saw the Blacks respond well and they pinned their hosts back in their own half as a succession of chances came and went, including a spell of five corners on the run which brought about a couple of goal line clearances and a shot that rebounded off the post. The Blacks were unlucky not to score on at least two occasions before TQ broke away with a long ball over the top which was converted well with the last kick of the game. Man of the match this week went to Josh Kearney for his composure on the ball and determination in the tackle.

FJSC Under 9 White travelled to Crosby Stuart for their cup-tie. FJSC started fast and took an early three goal advantage with two goals from Archie Weir and one from Isaac Jones. Crosby came back strongly and it was 3-3 at the break. An end to end second half saw Crosby Stuart take a deserved lead only for FJSC to equalise when Archie Weir scored with the last kick of the game! Extra time brought no additional goals and the tie was decided on a penalty shoot-out with FJSC just missing out. Team manager Colin Crutchley was very proud of the boys and their efforts against a good team. It was a brilliant match enjoyed by all.

FJSC U9/10’s took full advantage of a calm spell in the windy weekend to play out a competitive and high standard challenge match.

The squad was divided into Red and Maroon teams and it was end to end from the kick off. Late in the first quarter the Maroons started to build some pressure. Ben Harris was having a typically strong performance in central defence and played a nice through ball for Ralph Renton who finished in style. Dylan Hyslop, Finley Murphy and George Rowan proved hard to get past for the rest of the half and Harry Ball was very solid in goal. Nice attacking play from Max Brown and Lucas Lewis resulted in some confusion from the Maroon’s keeper rotation tactics. A penalty for the Reds was awarded for hand ball which Max Brown slotted neatly into the bottom corner. The score was 1-1 at half time.

Sylvan O’Hara helped the Maroons to push forward at the beginning of the second half. A kind bounce of the ball gave Ralph Renton the chance to lob the keeper and he put it away nicely. It was Noah Bates turn in goal and he had safe hands with Nathan Ryan and Zack Townsend sticking tight and tackling well. A flowing, one-touch passing move from the back built through Ben Harris and Ralph Renton before Sylvan O’Hara’s first-time finish put them 3-1 up.

The Reds pushed to get back into it and both teams had chances. The woodwork saved both teams at times but when Max Brown’s lovely cross-field pass found George Rowan, he hit the back of the net for 3-2. The final five minutes was played out in great spirits. It was very competitive with the two defences just about doing enough to prevent what would have been an all-important late goal.

The referee’s full-time whistle saw twelve tired but happy boys shake hands and give each other a guard of honour. Really well done to all the players who are showing they are ready for more matches when we can find opponents. There’s always room for a few more players too so get in touch with the club or just come along.

The match between FJSC Under 7 Whites and Southport Trinity was action packed with eleven goals being scored. FJSC raced into a 2 nil lead with a mesmerising solo effort from James Smith and a dangerous whipped in corner from Jack Haggart that was too hot to handle for the Southport defence and goalkeeper. James and Jack continued to be constant goal threat all game and both managed to score hat-tricks. The final goal from Harry O’Donnell was the icing on the cake with a vicious top corner drive that almost broke the goal. It was another very good team display.


Last Saturday five budding young goalkeepers had their first Goalkeeping Coaching Session. It was a great success as coaches Jordan and Tom helped the boys with goalkeeping techniques which they later put into practice in their Inter Club matches.

All the Inter Club coaching sessions went well with every club member being able to take part in a coaching session before playing a match.

There were many goals scored in the matches including goals from Sebastian Hodgson, Archie Weir, Ralph Renton, Noah Bate, Max Brown, Sylvan O’Hara, Dylan Hyslop, Patrick Fleming, Sam Uttley and Evan Hughes.


YEAR 4/5. 9.30 am

YEAR 6/7. 9.45 am

RECEPTION. 10.45 am

YEAR 1. 10.45 am

YEAR 2. 11.15 am

YEAR 3. 11.15 am


As always reported new members are always welcome to join Formby Junior Sports Club regardless of ability. The Inter Club Section is an ideal way to start football with great coaching and fun games for everyone. It is a safe place to make lots of new friends. This is also particularly ideal for new to Formby families with young children.

The subscription to the end of the season for new members is now half price. Reception £5, Year One £15 and Year Two and above £25. Inter Club Coaching is £2 each Saturday.

In the event of bad weather, if sessions are cancelled a message will be placed in the News Section on the Club Website, Twitter and Facebook. Parents can also tel. 01704 873238 to hear a message on the club telephone .


The second session just for goalkeepers will take place from 9am until 9.30am next Saturday 5th February at Deansgate Lane. This will be for goalkeepers in Years 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.


FJSC Under 12 Blacks will be moving from 9 aside to 11 aside football next season (September 2022) and are looking to increase their squad.

FJSC will also be aiming to form new teams in the next few weeks at the following age groups:-

FJSC Under 5 team

FJSC Under 6 team

FJSC Under 7 team

FJSC Under 9 team

FJSC Under 10 team

These teams will be open to present members. New boys who may be interested are encouraged to come along first to the Inter Club Section on Saturday mornings. See times above.

All enquiries to Frank Rourke at



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