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City News

18th February 2018

The City rep teams had two home matches and one away a week last Saturday. The U15s played Coventry at Highfields, but unfortunately had just ten players and went 1-0 down in the first five minutes to a penalty. They then conceded a further three goals to trail 4-0 at half time though they were able to threaten the visitors’ goal with occasional breaks. It says a lot for the determination of the players however that the final score was 4-1 and could have been even closer with a number of chances missed. Good defending and some good stops by keeper Zain Khan led to a feeling of a job well done despite the score. The second half goal was scored by Losif Lorin with a fierce cross shot from the right.

The other home game was the U13s playing Harrogate in a repeat of the match a month previously which was a very close affair when Nottingham won 2-1. Saturday’s match was also very close. Half time came with the score 0-0 with Nottingham perhaps edging it in a mostly even first half with no clear cut chances for either side. The second period began in the same way but Harrogate gradually got the upper hand. The home defence however looked strong but the game became stretched and lost possession in midfield cost Nottingham as a through ball to the Harrogate striker was converted. The City team pushed for an equaliser which never came and nearly went further behind but were saved by goalkeeper Osbourne who produced a good stop but it still remained 1-0 to Harrogate at full time.

The away game was the U12s who travelled to Birmingham to play Aston Erdington and Saltley. Like most of the weekend’s football the match was played in wet and muddy conditions and the home team were restricted to few chances in the first period due to good defending from the visitors. Nottingham went ahead from a penalty scored with confidence by Rio Charles. This was cancelled out in an even second period by an impressive effort from the edge of the area by Aston’s striker. In the final period a great effort from the Nottingham boys showed how much they have improved in their approach to the physical side of the game and was rewarded when Jacob Geary notched a well taken effort. The team’s determination helped them to hang on to their lead to give a satisfying 2-1 victory in their best display of the season.

February is not the most pleasantest month for playing football but the girls of four City secondary schools showed commendable hardiness to play in the U13 Girls’ 5-a-side tournament at the Powerleague Centre on Tuesday evening. Emmanuel, Fernwood, Farnborough and Hollygirt all played each other twice in a league format. Despite the cold and at least to begin with, wet conditions, the games were played in a good spirit and Emmanuel just pipped Fernwood on goal difference to win the Trophy.

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