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Date:- 17 December 2007

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 Craven Minor JFL - Last Update for 2007

Under 11 - Formby A 1 Town Green 4

Potentially, this game promised a match of Premiership proportions and in almost sub zero temperatures, the players didn’t fail to deliver.

Town Green started brightly and appeared the stronger side. A great ball played over from the ever-improving Connor Stockwell resulted in a brilliantly taken goal from midfield maestro Kieron Turner. This was just the start Town Green needed to give them confidence in this unexpected away fixture.

A second goal soon followed for Town Green. A long ball from the outstanding Danny Puch in defence played on by the tireless Connor Tierney, found Jack McGregor who finished superbly and confidently to make the half time score 2-0.

The second half followed much the same pattern, with Town Green dominating much of the play.

Formby came back time and time again but were denied by some awesome and brave defending from George Newell, Danny Pugh, Theo Chrisokhou and Jake Beesley. Anthony Caunce had a brilliant game in goal. He read the game well and played with confidence and composure, which was understandable given the support and protection he was afforded by his back four.

However, Formby's pressure eventually paid off when they scored a well taken consolation goal.

Josh Donson worked hard in midfield to deliver some perfectly timed passes up front and Formby's keeper had a busy time of it, pulling some tremendous saves out of the bag. Callum Birchall, as ever, caused problems for the opposing defenders and Johnathan Campbell had a good game in his new midfield role.

An inspired substitution saw defender JJ McNicholas take to the pitch after half time. His contribution to the game was immense not only in defence, but by sliding in 2 goals at the far post to make the final score Formby 1 - Town Green 4.

Town Green's passing game was beyond compare today and no-one could deny they played some breathtakingly watchable and entertaining football. Even more astonishing was the fact that they achieved all this knowing that they were facing an unbeaten Formby side at Formby's home ground.

The Christmas bells are ringing for Town Green today and they got a much deserved early Christmas present by ending Formby's unbeaten run.

Town Green's Man of the Match was George Newell. He was outstanding in his unfamiliar defensive position, he didn’t miss a tackle, was quick, strong and brave. Well done to George and to the whole team.

Southport Trinity 5 Redgate Yellows 0

The Yellows were left scratching their heads wondering how they came away from this game with nothing. Throughout the game they played with great determination and skill passing the ball about, although nothing should be taken away from Trinity who managed to frustrate the Yellows attacks and when they could, broke away with great purpose.

The Yellows started off the better controlling most of the play in the first half, generally through the centre midfield players, Sam Holcroft, tenacious as ever, and George Colebourne who linked well with Craig Lowe who in turn used the ball intelligently upfront.

Despite the Yellows having most of the play it was Trinity who opened the scoring with a well taken goal from one of their rare forays into the Yellows goal area.

Trinity increased their lead within minutes of the restart catching the Yellows sleeping. It was always going to be difficult for the Yellows to come back from this, nevertheless they threw everything at Trinity. This left the defence stretched with Ciaran McCarthy (man of the match) and Bailey Williams performing superbly to thwart Trinity's break away attacks, as did Ben Heap in goal for the yellows who made a superb save at one point when confronted in a one to one situation.

The Yellows continued to push for a goal but were always going to be susceptible to the counter attack, Trinity capitalised on this scoring a further three goals to make the final score 5 to 0.

This was an exciting game of football played to a great standard that both teams especially the Yellows should build on.

Birkdale J 2 Southport FC Juniors 3

The last league fixture of the year brought together two teams with strength in depth, the weather was crisp and conditions perfect for football. Southport set about Birkdale in the early stages and penned them into their own half bur Birkdale responded with some outstanding defending the main threat coming down the right hand side for Southport with Sam Johnson and Owen Drummond combining to set up chances for Ryan Pytel, Dan Thompson and James Smith but the chances were well saved by the Birkdale keeper. Half way through the half Birkdale caught Southport napping at the when a ball over the top let in Birkdale who's striker beat the oncoming Callum Jones to slide the ball into the empty net. Southport stunned by this hit back immediately with Anthony Brown and Tom Rogers taking control of the midfield, it was Rogers who darted into the box and was just about to shoot when he was upended and a penalty kick awarded to Southport. Sam Johnson stepped up to place his kick to the right of the keeper who got a hand to the ball but could not stop it hitting the back of the net as half time was called.

Southport came out for the second half with a point to prove and Gary Grier came on to make his debut on the left side of midfield, this had a positive reaction and Birkdale struggled to contain Southport who forced a series of corners. Sam Johnson hit one such corner deep into the box and was met by Oliver Cunningham who shot from close range only to see the keeper get a touch to the ball but could not stop it rolling over the line for Southport's second goal of the game . Birkdale came back at Southport again and a superb move saw the Birkdale striker with a one on one with Callum Jones the Southport keeper and he placed his shot inside the post from outside the box to get his second goal of the game and bring the scores level. The game was on a knife edge at this stage and both teams battled for the advantage Robson Baldwin sent a long ball forward only for a foul to be given on Arron Ken in the centre of the Birkdale half, from well over 25 yards out Sam Johnson placed his shot wide of the keeper and into the net to give Southport the lead. Further chances from Mat Peterson and Jorge Jones went begging, Rob Handsford kept it tight at the back for Southport as Birkdale pushed forward again but time ran out as the final whistle blew. The Man of the Match had to be Anthony Brown for his never say die attitude and battling for every ball that came his way.

Under 14 - Ainsdale 3 Skem Rangers 5

The match was played in bitterly cold conditions but the two teams provided enough entertainment to warm the crowd. Ainsdale took the initial lead which kicked Rangers into gear who replied with goals from Tom Barlow and James Edgar to bring the half time score to 1 to 2.

Second half Rangers pressed on and a further two goals from Callum Owen and Paul Bennett saw Rangers take control of the game before Ainsdale hit back with another goal. Paul Bennett hit his second of the game and before the Final whistle Ainsdale hit another goal for a full time score of 3 to 5 to Rangers.

Rangers Man of the Match:- Ryan Quine.
Ainsdale Man of the Match:- Rhys Crowther.

Craven Minor JFL - Results 16 December 2007

Under 9 – Leopards
Burscough FC Juniors J 2-2 Town Green
Formby JSC A 3-2 Ormskirk FC
Formby JSC B 2-3 Southport FC Juniors A
Redgate Rovers Yellow 6-0 Birkdale United

Under 9 – Panthers

Redgate Rovers Green 2-1 Tarleton Corinthians
Southport FC Juniors B 3-1 Ainsdale Juniors

Under 10 – Eagles

Birkdale United 3-1 Southport FC Juniors A

Under 12

Formby JSC B 4-1 Southport FC Juniors A
Birkdale United 3-2 Diesel Boys
Ainsdale Juniors 0-2 Town Green
Southport FC Juniors O 3-2 Formby JSC A
Hesketh Colts 1-0 Ormskirk West End
Southport Trinity 4-0 Redgate Rovers

Under 14

Redgate Rovers Yellow 2-2 Formby JSC
Billinge Juniors 4-1 Ormskirk West End
Ainsdale Juniors 3-5 Skem Rangers
Hesketh Colts 2-1 Southport FC Juniors
Southport Trinity 2-3 Town Green
Redgate Rovers Green 3-7 Birkdale United

Craven Minor JFL - Results 15 December 2007

Under 11
Town Green 4-1 Formby JSC A
Hesketh Colts Blue 1-3 Ainsdale Juniors B
Birkdale United J 2-3 Southport FC Juniors
Southport Trinity 5-0 Redgate Rovers
Hesketh Colts Red 1-5 Formby JSC B

Under 13

Town Green Aughton 2-6 Burscough
Southport FC Juniors 9-0 Kingsford
Southport Trinity 4-5 Ormskirk West End Maroon
Formby JSC 4-0 Redgate Rovers
Ormskirk West End Blue 0-2 Jaguars

Under 15

Fortune 3-0 Redgate Rovers
Southport Trinity 5-0 Porto
Ainsdale Juniors 4-2 Birkdale United
Crosby Keys 0-6 Town Green

Under 16

Woodland 2-4 Formby JSC
Ainsdale Juniors 3-4 Cross House
Town Green 5-1 Formby Dons
Southport FC Juniors 2-3 Burscough FC Juniors

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