Shropshire v West Mids - Monday 27th March 2017
Sponsored by Pughs of Shrewsbury
Shropshire's U14 boys next competitive fixture is away to West Mids. Full details of this fixture are as follows:
Date: Monday 27th March 2017
Venue: AFC Wulfrunians, WV3 8NA. 7pm KO
Travel/meet: The coach will be picking up from the village at 4.50pm and Thomas Telford at 5.15pm.
All players are asked to confirm their availability for this fixture by texting John Timmis, 07944 737858 on receipt of this letter. Failure to do so may jeopardise your place in the squad.
Charlton: Alfie JONES, Eden SEARS
Corbet: Roman ALLEN
Meole Brace: Jaden BEVAN
Priory: Lewis BLOOR
Telford Park: Jesse OPUKU
Thomas Telford: Lewis FRASER, Ethan O’TOOLE, Arjan RAIKHY, Tom PHILLIPS, Jack SWEENEY, Aman GILL, Zack ASHWORTH, Malachi NSIAH
William BROOKES: Kian GARBETT
Burton Borough: Jack EMMERSON
HLC: Jake SIMISTER
Thomas Telford: Joe YOUNG, Jack BROOME
* Dress code: Shirt and County tie
* As always full county kit will be provided – please bring pads, boots, shower gear and any fluids for the match.
* We advise you to check the SSCFA website prior to this fixture where full details and any changes made will be announced. Log onto www.sscfa.co.uk
* Next Fixture: TBC
Shropshire 1 v 0 Staffordshire
Wednesday 8th March
A late goal by Jesse Opuku secured the double for Shropshire over their neighbouring rivals.
Both teams created numerous chances but it was only the single goal that separated the two. Shropshire were denied by the woodwork and some fine saves in the first half and were unfortunate not to have the advantage at the interval.
Staffordshire’s change of tactics in the second half caused the home team some problems as they got more bodies forward. Shropshire introduced some fresh legs in Lewis Bloor, Alfie Jones and Roman Allen and all three made an immediate impact. Chances came relentlessly – both Bloor and Jones saw their efforts go just wide of the target or blocked by the resilient Staffordshire defence.
Relief – three minutes from time the pressure finally paid off. Shropshire got their well-deserved break. The ball fell kindly to Opuku who volleyed past the helpless keeper.
Thanks again for all who supported and we look forward to seeing you at our next MCF fixture away at West Midlands.
Shropshire 5 v 1 Staffordshire
Monday 23rd January
A well-executed second half performance saw Shropshire earn their first victory of the campaign.
It was Staffordshire who started the game brightly and on the 11th minute got their well-deserved opening goal. The game started to level out as both teams tried to retain possession of the ball. Shropshire got their equaliser within 7 minutes when Ethan O’Toole’s diagonal pass was superbly controlled and finished from outside the area by striker Lewis Bloor.
Shropshire found the net again just before half time as a delightful cross was side footed home by Jack Emmerson; however, to their disappointment he was caught offside.
Aman Gill and Alfie Jones were introduced for the second half and both made an immediate impact. Shropshire began pressing the ball in high areas and gained a lot of early possession. Following some tidy footwork from Kian Garbett on the edge of the box, his shot managed to find Jesse Opuku who smashed the ball past the helpless keeper. Shortly afterwards Ethan O’Toole’s long range effort was also too much for the goalkeeper to handle and that gave Shropshire a two goal advantage.
This seemed to be the boost that Shropshire needed and from this point onwards they were fully in control of the game. Staffordshire did, however, have one free kick which was exquisitely tipped onto the crossbar by the excellent Jaden Bevan.
Aman Gill was rewarded for his hard efforts with two late goals which were both volleyed in from Lewis Bloor’s corners. Shropshire responded very well to the feedback at half time and proved their calibre with a dominant second half performance.
Once again we would like to thank all who travelled and we look forward to the next fixture.
Shropshire 1 v 3 Merseyside
ESFA Inter County Trophy
It was an early exit for the valiant Shropshire side as they lost 3-1 to an organised Merseyside team.
After a furious start, both teams settled and started to get a hold on the game. The hosts created the opening chances and managed to get their breakthrough goal when Joseph Ashley latched onto a short back pass to slide the ball past a helpless Zack Ashworth in the Shropshire goal.
Ashworth is considered a versatile player but few would have thought that he possessed the skills as a goalkeeper as well. With first choice keeper Bevan struck with illness, Ashworth donned the goalkeeper gloves and had a heroic performance between the sticks.
Shropshire responded well and started playing the one, two-touch football we are used to watching them play. Moments before half time Ethan O’Toole’s long range effort skidded up in front of the goalkeeper, who did well to push the ball to safety. From the resulting corner, the ball fell to Lewis Bloor who took on the defender with ease. He got to the by-line and squared his cross to find an open Jack Sweeney who calmly slotted Shropshire’s much deserved equaliser.
Half-time came at a bad time for Shropshire as they started to dominate at the end of the first half. The boys’ regrouped and Alfie Jones and Lewis Bloor were replaced by Malachi Nsiah and Aman Gill in an attempt to build on the first half.
Merseyside started the second half on top and were dominating the aerial battles. Consequently, a long ball over the top left Jack Sweeney in trouble as he eventually went on to pull his man down in the penalty area. Jake Rooney smashed his penalty straight down the middle of Ashworth’s goal to give Merseyside a 2-1 lead.
Shortly afterwards, Merseyside got their third goal, as Harry McGee headed home directly from a perfectly executed corner kick.
Shropshire were resilient and continued to create chances with Lewis Fraser and Ethan O’Toole driving forwards, but nothing seemed to fall for either Kian Garbett or Lewis Bloor who spearheaded Shropshire’s attack.
The Shropshire side cannot be faulted for their bravery and determination. Again, on behalf of the players and the management team we would like to thank all who came to support and we look forward to our next fixture.
Wednesday 19th October 2016
Worcestershire 2-2 Shropshire
Shropshire were unlucky not to get all three points against Worcestershire in their opening league fixture.
The talented Shropshire side opened the scoring when Lewis Bloor smashed home a delightful through ball by Jesse Opuku. The home side equalised ten minutes later. Within minutes Shropshire took the lead for a second time as Alfie Jones capitalised on a defensive mistake. Just before the break Worcestershire got their second goal as Shropshire struggled to clear their lines.
The second half saw Worcestershire start brightly, but the remainder of the half was dominated by a free flowing Shropshire side. The team created a handful of chances but were unlucky not to get their first victory. It was a great team performance and the management are extremely happy with the attitude and progress the lads are making.
On behalf of the players and the management team we would like to thank all who came to support and we look forward to our next fixture.
Wednesday 28th September
Shropshire1 v 2 Shrewsbury School
The first friendly of the campaign started with a narrow defeat against a physical Shrewsbury line up.
It was an uphill battle for the Shropshire squad as they conceded two early goals. Shropshire's Ethan O'Toole scored a superb long range effort to pull a goal back just before the break.
The Shropshire squad started to play some attractive football and were unlucky not to get an equaliser later on in the game.
Overall, it was a very positive run out for the players and we look forward to the next fixture. On behalf of the players and the management team we would like to thank all parents who came to support.
John Timmis, Carl Rogers
2015/2016 Midland Counties Schools Champions.
Pughs of Shrewsbury are the official sponsors of the U14 Boys County squad for the 2016/2017 season
Monday 27th March
U14's v W.Mids, 7pm KO
(AFC Wulfrunians, WV3 8NA)
Wednesday 29th March
U16's v Staffordshire, 7pm KO
(Shrewsbury Sports Village, SY1 4RQ)
Wednesday 5th April
U15's v Derbyshire, 7pm KO
(Shrewsbury Sports Village, SY1 4RQ)
Wednesday 5th April
U16's v Worcestershire, 7.30pm KO
(Thomas Telford School, TF3 4NW)