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It was a very busy weekend at Formby Junior Sports Club. Franks report here…

It was a very busy weekend at Formby Junior Sports Club.  The Under 10 Whites reached the Craven Minor League Under 10 Trophy Cup Final after a very good team performance.  FJSC Under 9 Reds narrowly lost their semi-final whilst FJSC Under 13 Blacks Sunday team maintained their top spot in the league after another good win.  These were just a few of the Representative team highlights on another impressive weekend of results.  Although it was the coldest Inter Club Saturday to date the attendance of the young footballers was the best of the season and italso saw a successful start to the Year 5/6 Inter Club Competition with the Year 3 and Year 4 tournaments due to commence next Saturday.




FJSC Under 10 Whites played in the semi-final of the Craven Minor League Shield against Southport & Ainsdale Amateurs.  In aclosely fought first half both teams struggled to settle down and neither team created many chances. FJSC could count themselves fortunate to take the lead just before half time when Oscar Buch-Platt scored with a deflected shot.


The second half saw a big improvement from FJSC and fine goals from both Archie Weir and Oscar Buch-Platt extended the lead.  S &A reduced the deficit before Jacob Davies restored a three goal lead. S & A scored right on full time to bring the score back to 4-2 but FJSC’s excellent second half performance secured a place in the final.   Congratulations to the FJSC Under 10 boys who will now play the winners of the semi-final still to be played between Redgate Rovers Yellows and Southport Athletic Blacks.


FJSC Under 9 Reds were also in semi-final action against Southport Athletic Blacks.  The Reds gave everything but just lost 2-1 on the day.


FJSC Under 13 Blacks Sunday team were in league action against Southport and Ainsdale Amateurs.   Archie Ogden opened the scoring after two minutes. Dominic Maxwell scored twice including a twenty yard free kick and there was also one goal each for Isaac Loxham-Keenan, Max Hall and Berat Ulusoyin the 5 nil victory for the league leaders.  Man of the match was Callum Gray.


FJSC Under 13’s Saturday team battled to a 3 nil win over Northern Blacks in a crucial match to hopefully avoid relegation from the Premier League.  Much will depend on other results as FJSC have played one more game than the other teams.  Man of the match Berat Ulusoy scored twice and a headed goal from Freddie Garvey which was assist by Charlie Garvey made sure of the three points.  


FJSC Under 12 Blacks played away at Crosby Stuart and continued their fine run of form with another win. Formby started the match looking very composed as they passed the ball around and kept possession well. The first goal came as Evan Hughes spotted the run of Henry Renton and played a long ball forward, which Henry controlled well and then scored with his left foot. Henry Renton added a second when he closed down the Crosby defence, took possession and dribbled into the box before shooting into the net. Aaron Pickard then added a third when he pounced on a goal kick to score past the Crosby keeper. Just before half time the Blacks scored again. This time the chance was created by Riley Higgs who played a long pass out from goal to Patrick Fleming who ran beyond the defence to make it 4 nil.  


The second half continued in the same way as FJSC created several chances but it was Crosby who pulled one back from a corner to make it 4-1. The Blacks quickly restored their advantage when Henry Renton completed his hat-trick with a low drive from the edge of the area making it 5-1.  The final goal came from an excellent move involving Abe Rice and Josh Kearney.  After a one-two involving the two boys Abe Rice scored to make the final score 6-1. It was another strong team performance but man of the match was awarded to Henry Renton after his hat trick and excellent overall play.


FJSC Under 11 Whites were involved in a rollercoaster of a match with Ormskirk West End.  Formby started brightly but couldn’t find a way through the Ormskirk defence. Two breaks following big kicks from the Ormskirk goalkeeper resulted in FJSC going 2-0 down. The boys kept their heads though and pulled one back through a determined finish from Ben Harris to make it 2-1 at half time. TheFJSC team had been in this position before against the same opposition and the team knew they could turn it around.


FJSC started the second half playing really well and equalised through a Lucas Lewis penalty before Ben Harris scored another two goals for FJSC which appeared to have given them a comfortable two goal lead. The standard dropped a little and probably only having one substitute meant the FJSC boys having to do more running than they were used to as some seemed to tire.  Credit to Ormskirk for coming back into the match and scoring two more goals of their own making it all square after a total of eight goals had been scored. There were a couple of scares at the back for FJSC and plenty of chances to win it as well but there were no further goals scored. Ben Harris was man of the match after adominate midfield display.


FJSC Under 8 Whites played very well in their fixture against Redgate Rovers Blacks.   On the score sheet for the Whites were Henry Williamson, Jack Haggart, Seb Hodgson, Jack Hansen and James Smith.


FJSC Under 8 Blacks had an exciting encounter with Southport Athletic with honours even after a great tussle.  Ethan Catleugh and Isaac Daniels were scorers for FJSC.  The goalkeeping duties were shared by Ollie Stinson, Joseph Kerrigan and Ashley Jones. It was another pleasing performance from the team.




It was a bitterly cold Saturday morning  but did not deter the boys at all.  Warmed up with lively and excellent fun coaching sessions the young footballers were all chomping at the bit when it was time for their eagerly awaited Inter Club matches .


The Year 5/6 section which has grown in number all through the season started their Mini Inter Club Tournament.  The boys were divided into four teams and each was given a team name taken from the popular team names of the early days of Inter Club football of the 1960’s.  Two of the teams Royal Albion and Park United quickly adapted from the start intheir respective matches and by half time had comfortable leads.  The other two teams Sandune Rovers and Pinewood Athletic discovered by the interval that they needed to defend as well as go on the attack.  A lesson learned the hard way but a vitally important one.  It was encouraging to see that Sandune and Pinewood both played so much better in the second period of each match.  


After the first round Royal Albion and Park United have three points each after winning their matches and will play against each other next Saturday.  Sandune Rovers and Pinewood Athletic have one point each and are paired against each in Round Two.


Last Saturday’s scorers in the different age groups were – Archie Parrish, Theo Kelly, Cormac Nice, Joshua Gillespie, Charlie Ormesher, Harry Hughes, Will Gledhill, Walter Ramsdale, Evan Meehan, Archie Weir, William Madutlela, Noah Tyler-Holland, Noah Wolfswinkel,  Luca Mihai, Lucas Lewis, Josh Kearney and Aaron Pickard.


On Saturday it will be the start of the Year Three Tournament and also the Year Four Competition following the usual coaching sessions.




The next session is on Saturday 4th March at Deansgate Lane Playing Fields.




Goalkeeper Coaching  is from 9.00am - 9.30am.  


Any budding young goalkeeper is welcome to come along and join in.


Years 5/6.           9.30 am - 10.45 am

Years 7/8.           9.45 am - 11.00 am

Four year olds  10.45 am - 11.45am

Years 1/2.          10.45 am -11.45 am

Years 3/4 .         11.15 am - 12.15pm


Each session has coaching and a friendly match as well.









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