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|Under 12 Yellow Success-London Cup Semi-Final (posted Sun 9th Feb 2014)
Foots Cray Lions Under 12's Yellow Reach the London FA Cup Final !
London FA Cup Semi-Final (U12’s) – 9th February 2014
HF Sports Paulista Cobras 1-2 Foots Cray Lions Yellow
Foots Cray Lions Under 12’s Yellow reached the final of the London FA Cup after a pulsating semi-final against HF Sports Paulista Cobras. Due to the dreadful recent weather, the semi-final was played on a heavy pitch in cold blustery conditions. Nevertheless, both teams played some excellent football in a great spirit that extended to both sets of supporters.
Foots Cray kicked off with just 11 players and a stand-in goalkeeper, after regular ‘keeper, Ellis Glover, fractured a knuckle on Friday. This added to the loss of sweeper, Danny McPherson, who twisted his knee in the previous game, and new signing, Josiah Jones, who was ineligible for the London Cup. In this context, the performance and victory were even more impressive against a Cobra’s team that had previously lost just once all season.
Cobras started the match impressively and it was clear to see why they had such a good record. But despite Cobras having plenty of early possession, Foots Cray maintained their discipline and restricted the opposition to long range shots at stand-in goalkeeper, Stephen Bull, who’s handling was faultless. Gradually, Lucas Baker and Toby Cogswell started to gain control of the midfield and with the tireless running of Micky Ferrara up-front, Foots Cray started to create chances. After 20 minutes we took the lead through Jack Calvert, whose influence on the game had been steadily growing. After a good move through the midfield the ball found its way to Jack on the left side of the penalty area and his cross shot nestled into the far corner. Foots Cray forced a number of corners as half time approached, but were also grateful to goalkeeper, Stephen Bull, who raced out at the feet of an on-rushing Cobras striker to thwart their only clear-cut chance of the first half. The danger was finally cleared by a combination of defenders and Foots Cray Lions led 1-0 at half time.
The half time team talk was all about concentration and discipline as the 2nd half we would be playing in to the wind. Once again, Cobras started the 2nd half very lively and tried to attack down the wings. However, Foots Cray’s tireless wide midfielders, Ben James and Harry Bolger supported the impeccable full-backs Noah Briggs and Daniel Thompson so that Cobras were generally restricted to long range efforts. During their best period Cobras hit a fierce shot against the under-side of the bar but anything through the middle was covered by fearless Jack Potter, who attacked every ball, and Alfie Beazley, who’s pace and positioning cut our every through ball. And once again, as the half wore on, Foots Cray took more and more control of the game, creating chances of their own and pushing Cobras further back into their own half. With 8 minutes to go Foots Cray extended their lead. Another good move saw the Cobras ‘keeper parry Toby’s fierce shot from the edge of the box but Jack Calvert was alert to the chance and swiftly struck a firm follow-up shot. Astonishingly, the Cobra’s ‘keeper was up quickly and saved again(!) but the ball again rebounded to Jack and this time he made no mistake - 2-0 to Foots Cray Lions!!
As the final whistle approached, the Cobras ‘keeper once again made further saves as Foots Cray continued to press forward and we moved into 2 minutes of injury time. Time was almost up when Cobra’s got a deserved consolation goal as another long range effort was deflected into the far corner of the net. This was, however, harsh on Man of the Match Stephen, who had an outstanding game after bravely volunteering to take the gloves the day before the game. But it was too late for Cobras and immediately the game re-started the referee blew for full-time and we could celebrate the outstanding achievement of reaching the London FA Cup Final!
After the whistle a clearly disappointed Cobras team sportingly congratulated us on our victory, including a group of parents who walked all the way across the pitch to wish us luck in the final. This was a really classy reaction from a team not used to losing. To beat a team as strong as Cobras EVERY player has to play well. And that’s exactly what they did. This really was a fantastic team performance and they players fully deserved their victory.
So after 5 matches and 20 goals we can look forward to a great day out on 16th March and a London FA Cup Final ay Mile End Stadium against Bromley FC – all supporters welcome! Looking back to our first match, we were a penalty kick away from going out in the penalty shoot-out. But Ellis saved the penalty and the rest is history!
|FCL White V Kent Football White (posted Sun 8th Dec 2013)
Martin and Jim had nearly a full squad available to pick from for this League Cup match against the same opponents as last week. Before the game Martin brought the boys together handed out Black arm bands and explained that there would be a one minute clapping in memory of Aiden Goodwin. Aiden who played for the under 14 yellow team had been battling Cancer for two years and had recently passed away. Our thoughts are for Aiden and his family at this sad time.
Martin set the team up positively to take the game to Kent. Dan in goal, Tom, Wilton, and Ryan at the back (left to right). In the Middle, Martel, Tyler and George. Up front Markel and Omar. On the bench, Fred, Alex, Mert and Jamie.
Foots Cray started the game playing down hill with the early part of the game being played almost totally in the Kent's half. It was battling from the start with both teams struggling to put two passes together. Foots Cray pressure brought a tentative up and under shot from outside the area. It was saved by the goalie but it was good to see an end product. On 18 mins Martin made a tactical change, on came Fred and Jamie, off went George and Omar. Foots Cray started getting their passing game going and this opened up the Kent defence. At one point Foots Cray forced three corners in a row but was unable to convert into a goal. After 25 minutes Kent had their first real pressure on the Foot Cray goal, this was dealt with and Dan in goal was brought into action. At 26 mins Martin made another change Mert on for Martel. With one of the few Kent attacks breaking down a long shot by Kent dropped just under the bar and above Dans outstretched hand. First goal Kent against the run of play. The referee brought the half to a close.
The second half started again with pressure from Foots Cray, Mert hits the post from 18 yards, then a corner floated over, Kent fails to clear and Jamie shoots and scores. Foots Cray are now putting more passes together and dominating the game. Mert shoots again, just wide. Kent's goalie makes a brave and magnificent save to deny Foot Cray.
Alex and George come on for Fred and Tyler and a few minutes later Markel comes on for Omar. More pressure from Foots Cray ending in a shot by Alex which hits the cross bar. The game ends with Kent attacking but without converting any of the half chances.
Extra time starts as most of the game had gone with Foots Cray making all the headway. A shot by Jamie just wide and a corner saved by the goalie as the game seems all one way traffic. This early pressure is then rewarded by an award of a penalty which is scored by Markel. Just as the game was drifting away from Kent they equalise that brought the half to a close.
Second half started with Fred replacing Omar. Kent had early pressure but some good interchange passing by Tyler and Mert up the left wing won a corner. The ball is cleared and after a bit of a tussle arrives at Fred's feet. Fred sees the opportunity and takes a long shot. The game becomes scrappy but neither team gives an inch and battle all the way. Just as the whistle is about to blow one of Kent's players strike the ball from the left which rises just over the cross bar then the whistle blows, it's penalties.
Both teams score their first penalties but Kent prevail winning 4-2.
Man off the match was awarded to Mert for his outstanding contribution.
|Aiden Goodwin (posted Sun 1st Dec 2013)
We are sad to report that one of our young play-ers, Aiden Goodwin passed away last Thursday (28th) aged just 13. Aiden had been battling bravely against cancer for nearly 2 years but always remained very close to his Under 14 Yellow team and will be sorely missed by all his team mates, their parents and all those that knew him. Our deepest condolences go out to Aiden’s Family at this sad time.
Aiden's funeral will taking place Thursday 12th December and we will be making a donation to the Cancer Research Charity as well as sending a floral tribute on behalf of the Club for a very brave young man, who loved his football and who loved being a Foots Cray Lions player.
|Under 10 Yellows pay tribute to Aiden Goodwin (posted Sun 1st Dec 2013)
A moving moment when the boys from both teams-Beacons and FCL under 10 yellow paid tribute with a one minute silence to remember Aiden Goodwin.
|Under 12 Whites V Bromley London Cup (posted Sun 24th Nov 2013)
Sunday was cold and overcast with little wind in the air. The game was at the Sidcup Youth Centre ground in Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup.
Martin and Jim have a full squad to choose from and put a strong team to start. As the ref calls the captains over the team talks are still ongoing with the managers getting their last messages to the teams. Foots Cray win the toss and choose to switch ends.
The game starts and it is evident from the start the this Bromley side deserve their position at the top of the A league. Pressure is relentless towards the Foots Cray goal. After just a few minutes the first goal is scored by Bromley. A second follows shortly after before Foots Cray have their first meaningful attack, a shot by Martel saved by the Bromley goalkeeper.
Great play with through passes and good skills keep the Foots Cray players chasing around in circles. More pressure through the half sees goal after goal go in and the half ending with the score being 9-0.
The Second half starts with a few subs Fred for George and Alex for Lase. With the game following the same pattern as the first a quick goal is scored. After a few minutes this is followed by a penalty decision which could have gone either way however with Foots Cray luck the decision was against then and was scored.
At 11-0 many teams would just collapse but not these players. All of a sudden the team start taking the game to Bromley and passing improves which helps with attacks into the Bromley half. Hard tackles and better movement by defence and midfield give Bromley something to think about. However the difference in standard between the two teams prevail and Bromley manage three more goals before the end.
This was a hard fought game and a real test for Foots Cray and although 14 goals were conceded never gave in and kept going to the end. With all players giving their all Martin and Jim decided to give man of the match to every player
|Meridian Valley Park v Foots Cray Lions White-17th Nov 2013 (posted Sun 17th Nov 2013)
On a cold overcast morning at the old COOP ground in New Eltham the boys started their warm up for this top of the table clash. Martin and Jim took them through the routines and contemplated the games tactics. As the kick off drew nearer it started to dawn on everyone present that for the most important game of the season there would only be the bare nine players to play. The pre match talk roused the team and fired all of them up to take the game to Valley Park. It was noticeable that as the players took up there positions the pitch was smaller than usual.
The game started with both sides making attacks the first shot from Jamie ending a good run down the right. Then a breakaway by Valley Park ended with a great save by Dan in goal. This was followed by a sustained period of pressure by Valley Park. Valley Park use the long ball both over the top and through the midfield but Dan in goal was on top form making saves and clearances of the highest quality.
The game continues with Foots Cray themselves putting pressure on the Valley Park defence. Martel making a great run down the right forcing a throw in ends with a shot from Alex hitting the post. Foots Cray are now using the long ball to their advantage and again Martel goes on a run which needed a great tackle to clear the danger. With Tyler in the defence and pushing into the middle of the park battling for every ball and setting up chances for Jamie and Martel. The game is end to end with both teams demonstrating why they are at the top of the table. One long ball was cut out by Tyler who passed the ball to Alex who in turn crosses the ball to Jamie, he shoots and scores 1 - 0.
Valley Park kick off and pile on the pressure but Ryan, Fred, Tyler and Tom hold fast and anything that gets through is ably dealt with by Dan. On the breakaway Omar shoots from what seemed only a bra zillion would try brings off a great save by the Valley Park goalie. It continues with end to end attacks with both sides giving their all. Then as the half was drawing to a close Valley Park score 1-1. There is however still time and Martel and Jamie putting a great passing move together and with Jamie running on and shoots brings out another great save. The half ends all square.
The Second half starts and with no subs the boys rejoin the game. The first attack is by Foots Cray and ends in a corner which was easily cleared. Valley Park keep the pressure on by even more use of the long ball onto their fast attackers. Tyler and Ryan keep up a high standard of tackling in defence to keep the opposition at bay. Valley Park keep the pressure up and are rewarded with a penalty which, was converted. More attacks and ever more heroic defending ensures that Foots Cray stay in with a chance get back on even terms. Valley Park don't have it all their own way and a great shot by Fred bring a good save by the goalie. As the game enters the last 15 minutes with no substitutes available the 9 players of Foots Cray visibly tire.
Valley Park continue with the long ball and are rewarded with a third goal and this was followed by another two quick goals. Although the game as a contest was all but over the Foots Cray boys picked themselves up and took the game to the Valley Park with attacks by Martel after great passing through the middle. As the game draws to an end Ryan and Tom are called on to make vital defensive tackles and with Dan as ever making great saves. The game ends and both teams get a standing ovation.
The boys come off the pitch beaten by a better team on the day however they were all heroes. Battling to the end never giving in and when the team could have collapsed stood tall and kept up the fight.
Man of the match Dan
|Under 12 White V Danson Sport (posted Sun 3rd Nov 2013)
At Baugh Road, a sunny appearance belied the cold and windy conditions endured by both players and crowd alike. The wind was blowing across the pitch and this made ball control difficult. Danson Sports won the toss and chose to play uphill.
Footscray Lions kicked off and made the early running, however Danson Sports had a few breakaways before a foul half-way into the Danson half gave Fred the opportunity to take a free kick. He placed the ball and struck a grubber along the floor which was defended before any advantage was had. This started a good period for the Lions, winning a corner taken by Ryan and a shot by Markel which needed a good one-handed save by the goalie diving to his left. Alex took a corner into the wind and managed to get it into the danger area but again was cleared and Markel had a breakaway but was cruelly knocked off the ball before a shot could be unleashed. This was the pattern of the game with the Lions taking advantage of the slope.
Danson had the odd attack but Dan in goal dealt with all shots with ease. In midfield both teams battled to dominate that area of the pitch. When the chance came about, the midfield would support the strikers. After a shot by Fred which brought a good save from the goalie, Danson came more into the game which led to a few corners being won and shots which Dan took in his stride.
Just as Danson thought they were getting the upper hand an attack by the Lions shot the Ball across the goal where Alex intuitively placed himself and stroked the ball into the back of the net = GOAL. This did not deter Danson and Ryans’ defensive skills were brought into play with a great interception a yard off the goal line to thwart the goal scoring chance.
On twenty minutes Martin made a tactical change, Martel on for Alex. Both teams tried their best with breakaways by both sides before Danson equalised. In the past heads might have dropped however the Lions have a different attitude these days and with the next attack Jamie broke free, made space for Martel who took advantage, shot and restored the lead just before half time.
The second half started with Danson kicking downhill and an increasing wind adding to the Lions task of winning the game. A second substitution was made with George brought on to replace Fred. Early attacks came from Danson but the Lions stood their ground, soaked up the pressure and again took the game to Danson. There were shots from both Martel and Jamie and corners putting the ball into the danger area without the end result of a goal.
Danson increasingly used the wind and the slope to their advantage with long balls and through balls putting pressure on the Lions defence. Dansons pressure won a few corners in quick succession which put the pressure on the Lions and once again Wilton, Ryan and Tom were tested to the full and defended all attacks.
There were attacks going both up and down the hill with both sides looking for the next goal. The midfield came into the game threading passes to the attackers. Danson had a long throw expert who was able to deliver a ball into the centre of the goal area. Martel made chances up the right using his speed and dribbling skills to cut into the area opening up the Danson defence.
As the game drew to a close Danson kicked a long ball over the Lions line of defence. There was a hint of offside however not picked up by the referee. The attack resulted in a ball kicked against Tyler hitting him on the forearm and the decision was for a penalty kick. The penalty was scored and the game was all square.
With the game drawing to a close a frenzy of attacks by both sides could have won the game. Jamie and Martel had shots and Danson had another breakaway which was brilliantly saved by Dan jumping high into the air to stop a chipped shot. The game ended just after the best run of the game by Tyler who took the ball from just outside his area passing five players before his shot was diverted for a corner.
The game ended a draw which was a good result for both teams. Dan was awarded the man of the match trophy for his outstanding performance.
|Thamesmead Gold V FCL White 27th Oct 2013 (posted Sun 27th Oct 2013)
The team arrived at Thamesmead in good time and buoyed up from a run of good results. With Mert still unavailable due to his broken wrist, Martin and Jim had nearly a full squad to pick from. The kick off was delayed because Thamesmead did not have enough players. The game eventually started with Thamesmead only fielding eight players.
The game started with Footscray Lions kicking into the wind but did not stop them from constantly pressurising the Thamesmead defence. The windy weather, long grass and bumpy pitch made conditions difficult for the players. After a clumsy tackle by a Thamesmead player, Ryan took the free kick about ten yards outside the box. This resulted in a save by the goalkeeper. The first half continued with more pressure from Footscray Lions leading to the first goal. A well worked move between Jamie and Markel opening the defence before Markel scored. When on the odd occasion Thamesmead got out of their half, Ryan and Wilton in defence stood firm and tackled hard to curtail the attacks.
After 20 minutes Dan the goalie was brought into the game when he needed to deal with a long back pass. As the ball came towards him it took a dodgy bobble. He managed to take contact with the ball but the ball landed at the foot of an attacking player. Quick as a flash Wilton reacted positively and made a great tackle to thwart any potential danger.
Martin was forced into a substitution when George twisted his foot on the bumpy surface. Omar came on as the replacement and got straight into the game. The game continued with a shot from Jamie bringing out a good save by the goalie. A second substitution by Martin meant that Markel was rested and Lase came on. After more steadfast tackling and good defending stopping more opportunities for the Lions the second goal was scored, after some good play by Jamie to make the space for Omar to score.
The first half was drawing to a close when a midfield battle ended in a booking for Tyler. This seemed a little harsh however this just brought even more determination out of Tyler to dominate the middle of the park. He also finds time to help out in attack and forces a brave save from the opposing goalie.
The second half starts with two more subs, Fred for Tyler and Alex for Martell, being brought into the game. With the wind behind them there was no stopping the Lions with wave after wave of attacks. A move down the left brought Alex one on one with a Thamesmead defender. A quick shimmy to the right initiated a foul in the area and a penalty for Footscray Lions. Alex stepped up and scored to make it 3 - 0. Fred plays a vital part in the middle of the park by tackling and passing the ball to enable the forwards to get into goal scoring positions.
The game continued with a brave performance by the Thamesmead players and Martin decided to make a tactical change. Jamie and Omar were replaced by George and Markel. With Wilton still winning the 60-40 tackles Thamesmead had a few attacks. Thamesmead had the best period of play and this brought the reward of a goal. However this was to be the only reward out of the game as the Lions took control in all areas of the field.
Pressurising down both wings as well as through the centre, Footscray Lions were dominant and it was only a matter of time before more goals came. A dazzling run by Markel on the right gave Alex the chance and he put the ball in the back of the net for his second and the Lions forth. Fred, George, Lase and Tom continued to make a telling contribution in the middle of the park. A further two goals by Markel ensured a well-deserved win by the Lions.
The man of the match was presented to Alex and trainer of the week went to Lase.
|Details being added shortly - watch this space!
|Foots Cray Lions require players for the following age groups for the 2013 / 2014 season-
Under 6's - Contact Mike Hanaway mobile 07773670319
Our Under 7 Black team are looking for a goalkeeper to complete their team. Please call Michael Blakesley on 07788 921127 or Steve Axam on 07947 461233 for more details.
Our Under 8 Yellow are looking for a couple of players to complete their squad. A lovely bunch of boys! Training on a Saturday and matches on a Sunday. Please phone Scott on 07584245374 or Neil on 07983574489 for more details.
Our Under 8 Blacks are looking for a couple of more players to strengthen their squad. A friendly group of kids eager to play the beautiful game! Please call Martin on 07554991743 or Greg on 07917006439 for more details.
Under 9 Blacks-Goalkeeper required. Are you in year 4 and a little bit mad? If you want to be a HERO come and join our training! Give Sue a call on 07455360980.
Under 12 Black-(9 a side) are looking for a few players to add to the squad of great lads. Training on a Saturday and games on a Sunday. For more info please call Nathan Hutchon 07826 862190 or Danny Stretch 07956 540180.
Under 12 White-(9 a side) require more players to strengthen their squad. A good bunch of lads. Please call Martin Glover 07795 693931 or Jim Rowe 07774044926 for more details.
Under 12's for 2013/14 season-we are looking for players for all positions for our 3 teams for this season. For more information contact Ian Cogswell on 07767477040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Under 13's for 2013/14 season looking for players in all positions except goalkeeper. A good bunch of lads! Please ring Barry May on 07793939548 for more info.
Under 14's Black 2013/14 season Selkent C League. We are looking for a Goalkeeper to complete the squad. Please ring Neil Smith on 07891447358 or email email@example.com for more details.
Foots Cray Lions Under 15 White requires an outfield player to add to squad playing in Selkent B-East div.
Training Friday evenings & matches on Sunday's.
Email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lee on 07956100278.
GIRLS WANTED - Foots Cray Lions JFC are looking for girls of any age and ability to strengthen their Girls football section. If you are interested in training and playing in a team environment please contact Lawrence ORTON on 07905 377665 or e mail email@example.com.
Training is by FA qualified coaches in a friendly, enjoyable and safe environment.
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|Sat 19th Apr 2014 - FCL Quiz Night
We are having our ever popular quiz night on Saturday 19th April at Foots Cray Social Club.
8pm Start. Teams of 8. For more details contact Jacqui Herridge 077129854029 or Denise Forde 07941218553.
|Fri 6th Jun 2014 - FCL Presenation Night
The first of our 3 presentation nights this season. This will be for the following age groups-
Under 10\'s, 11\'s, 12\'s, Under 11 Girls and Under 14 Girls. It will be at Alexander Suite Swanley 7pm-12. Tickets will be on sale nearer the event, under 18\'s free.
|Sun 8th Jun 2014 - FCL Presenation Afternoon
This will be our 2nd presentation event. It will be for the following ages-Under 6\'s, 7\'s, 8\'s and 9\'s. It will be at the Alexander Suite Swanley. 3pm -8pm. Tickets will be on sale nearer the event and Under 18\'s are free.