AFC Liverpool

AFC Youth Match Reports - 11th September 2011

AFC Liverpool Youth teams were in action this week. Here are the match reports

Under 7’s

Another good result today for the lads, with a 4-0 win over Memphis. The goals were scored by Paul Kyffin, Steve Bennett and two goals from Finley Riley. Furthermore it was also a great defensive performance as we kept our first clean sheet of the season, with some great tackles being made by Lleyton Riley and Cayden Donovan and great saves from John Hayes. Man of the Match went to Paul Kyffin.

Match next week 10:45 kick-off against Eldonians

Steve Smith


Under 9’s

AFC Liverpool 0 Westpool 4 Venue. Mossley hill .

Date 10/9/11.

AFC u9’s were caught out on the break today, that cost us dearly. Hats off to Beck and Ben each shared the goalie gloves today and did us proud. The score didn’t reflect on the game, we had more possession and more shots on goal. We just got caught out by West Pools number 10, top match and don’t let the defeat get u down.

Man of the match. today went to Alex, well done you ran your socks off and didn’t give up.

(Remember boys it’s a new season and we have had to make a lot of changes due to players leaving, but we will get stronger and better each game) well done to all the team on their first game.

Under 13’s

Knowsley Celtic 0-5 AFC Liverpool

Today we had a tough opening game to start the season and the lads were superb with some great football being played. We got off to a really good start and penned knowsley in their own half for most of the 1st half and went in 2-0 at Half time with 2 good goals from Nathan Carlisle.

Into the 2nd half we carried on playing some great passing as a team and Nathan Carlisle completed his hatrick with another excellent goal. The other 2 goals came from Sam Price with two superbly taken goals to mark a fine debut for our team.

Overall it was a fantastic team performance which gives AFC a great start on retaining the Rainhill & st Helens league. Mom went to Nathan Carlisle who was outstanding today.

Next up is Albright at home next sat 12.30 ko at King George v playing fields Huyton

Joe Wright


Under 14’s Craven Minor League

Wed 07/09/11 (18:15hrs)

· AFC Liverpool 0 - 2 Birkdale United

· Sandy Lane, Lydiate L31 4DW

A very unfortunate first game loss for AFC to last year’s league winners Birkdale United during yesterday evenings monsoon like weather. The under 14 AFC players dominated the majority of the game and played some excellent football from front to back, with every player looking very comfortable on the ball in every part of the pitch - given the atrocious weather conditions, and with a little more composure in front of goal, the game could have and should have been very much in AFC’s favour.

Birkdale scored via two AFC errors caused by the conditions, leading to a long range effect and another from just inside the penalty box, but Birkdale didn’t have any other attempts on goal of any merit throughout the rest of the match. Ross Bailey was very unfortunate not to score for AFC after latching onto a fine through ball from Ryan Patterson, but saw his shot strike the post in the first half and Josh Wilkinson saw a couple of shots flash just wide. Liverpool had some great play down both wings and produced some crosses of real quality that blazed across the face of goal.

Overall a very disappointing result for the under 14 lads given their effort in controlling the vast amount of possession and producing the number chances throughout the game without reaping the rewards they deserved.

Daniel Blair


Under 14’s (Walton & Kirkdale)

11th Sept 2011

AFC Liverpool 2 Magna boys 4

Despite going ahead twice, AFC went down 4-2 to Magna, Callum Lang opened the scoring, and Magna levelled when a long punt by their keeper was tucked past Jake Young.

James Ackers put us ahead with a thumping header from a corner, we didn’t seem to be in any danger but conceded two quick goals, and the second one to make it 3-2 was a cruel deflection which looped over Jake Young.

AFC continued to press in the second half, with Callum Lang going close and James Ackers hitting the post, and it was unfortunate that from a free kick for us, that Magna broke to get a 4th.

Goals-Callum Lang 1 James Ackers 1

MOM-James Ackers

Joe Hazard


Under 14’s (Craven Minor League)

Sunday 11/09/11 (14:00hrs)

· Maghull Youth 0 - 3 AFC Liverpool

· Sandy Lane, Lydiate (L31 4DW)

A great result and performance from the AFC Liverpool under 14’s against a good Maghull Youth side at Sandy Lane, Lydiate, in some very blustery conditions.

AFC started the game under the cosh in the opening stages because of the windy conditions, and saw Maghull hit the post from a long range shot. After this opening salvo, AFC then started to take control of the game and play some flowing football especially down the left, that produced the first goal thanks to Patrick Blair and Matty Davies, with excellent interchange passing and movement throughout the AFC team, backed by tenacious and purposeful play in every position, producing a performance that dominated a very robust opposition.

Goals from Danny Dooley, Matty Davies and Luke Banks finished off some top quality movement that cut through the opposition, this sort of play also fashioned numerous other chances where Dave White, Patrick Blair and Josh Wilkinson were very unlucky not to score thanks to some good saves from the opposition’s keeper.

This attacking fluency was backed by some very determined defending from the likes of Liam Werth, Ross Bailey, James Tyrer and a special mention about Marcus McGinn and Joe Mitchell who showed great versatility by playing in unaccustomed positions, showing confidence and quality that helped us score three and keep a clean sheet.

Overall a very good result and performance from the AFC Liverpool under 14’s lads, who reaped the rewards given their effort and thoroughly deserved the win and three points.

Daniel Blair


Under 15’s

AFC Liverpool 1 Ellesmere Port 1

Plymyard 3 Bridle Road Bromborough 9th September 2011 6.00 ko

Even with home advantage, our second game of the season against last year’s A League runner’s up was never going to be an easy fixture, so AFC weren’t surprised to encounter some fierce opposition.

The starting line up was the same as that for the previous match, with our favoured 4-4-2 formation. Ben Jaffrate was again in fine form, spraying intelligent passes from midfield for our centre forwards to run on to, so the earliest chances fell to the home side.

However, Ellesmere’s right back used his electrifying pace to counter the threat from Alexander Northover. Some fine overlapping play from Ben Dunn on the right resulted in some efforts on goal, but the physical presence of Ellesmere held firm. Quick on the counter, the visitors were also able to recover with nicely linked counter attacks, which did trouble our midfield, although the resulting long range shots rarely tested Jimmy Rainford, as the defence held their own.

Realising that Jimmy was more than a match for the howitzer efforts on goal, a nicely weighted Ellesmere ball found their centre forward unmarked at the far post, but with Jimmy wrong footed and the goal at his mercy, the shot was spooned way over the open goal. Mindful of this lucky escape and just shortly before half time, a through ball from midfield found Alexander Northover in space on the left, but his shot was pushed wide by the opposing keeper and bobbled agonisingly along the front of the open goal.

Half time arrived goalless and with the introduction of the tireless Aaron Cross to midfield, AFC set about looking for the opener, but it wasn’t to be as, with only five minutes on the board of the second half, Ellesmere Port beat the offside trap superbly with a great ball that found their centre forward deep in AFC’s half. He latched on to it, headed straight for the goal and, with only Jimmy to beat, but with our pursuing defence fearful of bringing him down for an inevitable red card, sent a chipped shot just over the despairing lone figure of Jimmy and under the bar…1-0

Hardly had the high fives subsided when a further effort from AFC was put behind by Ellesmere Port. Ben Jafrate stepped up to take the resulting corner and sent a wonderfully flighted ball in to the six yard box, which was met magnificently by Connor Branscombe who almost flew in to the area to fire a bulleted header past the helpless keeper, who hardly had time to react.

It is no exaggeration to say that it was a truly exceptional headed goal; so much so, that it was applauded by both the home and away fans and couldn’t have come at a more opportune moment…1-1.

Both teams now realised that the game was back on and tried to push for the winner, Callum Morrison fell victim to a stern challenge and had to leave the field of play. Once again, our versatile utility man: Aaron Cross moved up front for AFC and helped to press for the elusive winner. As the tempo of the game increased other changes in defence were made, which saw fine displays from Paddy Jones coming on as substitute. However, with further sterling performances from both defences, it ended honours even, and AFC Liverpool claiming a well earned point from the title contenders, which pushed AFC to the top of the league.

Howard Northover


Under 16’s

AFC Liverpool 3 Croxteth Park 3

The under 16s started their season with a 3-3 draw Against Croxteth Park at Jericho Lane on Sunday morning.

AFC started the game really brightly and had two excellent chances in the first 5 minutes. Firstly John Edgerton rounded the keeper only to see his shot come back off the post and was scrambled to safety, then Rhys Jones went passed 3 players before squaring the ball to Ben Dillon, but his shot flew just inches wide of the goal.

But it was Croxteth Park who took the lead on 15 minutes when their centre forward bent a brilliant free-kick into the top corner of the net from 25 yards out. The goal seemed to dent our boys confidence as we stopped playing the football we usually do and 5 minutes later Croxteth doubled their lead as a long ball over the top caught our defence flat footed as their forward ran onto it to make it 2-0.

AFC got back into the game when Ray Maxwell put in a magnificent cross from the left hand side and Rhys Jones got ahead of his marker and volleyed in from 10 yards. The goal really gave the lads a lift and it wasn’t long before we were level, another cross in from Maxwell seen Adam Campbell challenge with the keeper and the ball dropped to Jones on the edge of the area for him to lob it over a ruck of players for his 2nd of the game.

2 minutes later we took the lead when Campbell played a through ball for Edgerton to round the keeper again but this time the winger put it into the net to put us 3-2 up going into half time. Half time came at the wrong time for us as we’d just started dominating the game and scored 3 goals in 10 minutes.

As the 2nd half started the wind coming in from the Mersey seemed to really pick up speed and cause our boys some problems, as the opposition used the wind to full effect most notably when they took a free kick from the half way line which nearly went straight in, only for James Cope to tip the ball onto the cross bar and over for a corner.

We still managed to create chances in the 2nd half but it was Croxteth that scored the only goal of the half when another long ball into our penalty area caused us problems and it was scrambled into the net to make it 3-3.

Griff Jones


Under 15

Ashville 1 AFC Liverpool 3 - Valley Road, Bidston - 11th September
2011 2.30

Buoyed up by their victory on the Friday and grateful for all players reporting that they were fit to play, particularly Callum Morrison, who had limped off at home on Friday, AFC arrived on a blustery day for their first away trip of the season, to recently promoted Ashville at their new home pitch at Valley Road.

The fine surface was eminently suited to the flowing AFC style of football, so it came as no surprise to the visiting fans that a fine ball from Dion George on the left, found Callum Morrison just outside the area. Still with a lot to do, the tricky Morrison lost both of his markers before coolly rifling the ball under the goalkeeper…1-0 after only four minutes. The home team were shaken by the early goal and were testing AFC in the next five minutes, with some fairly robust challenges, before a lively run from Ben Dunn, cutting in from the right wing saw his shot hit the bar. The rebound wasn’t cleared at all and the vigilant Callum Morrison made no mistake from 3 yards out to head convincingly past the stranded ‘keeper; 20 minutes gone and it was 2-0 to AFC Liverpool.

The midfield engine of Aaron Cross and Thomas Breslin worked tirelessly for the rest of the half, which saw Alexander Northover, hit the post twice, as well some other efforts from Dion George going wide. A particularly strong challenge on the stalwart Shaun Creighton at centre half left the manager with no choice but to substitute him.

Paddy Jones came on in the centre of defence, to help Connor Branscomb continue to deal with the physical presence of the Ashville attacks, which saw a fierce dipping shot tipped magnificently over the bar by the commanding Jimmy Rainford, to maintain the lead.

Time and again the Ashville attack tried to penetrate the AFC area, only to see Lewis Galer at right back or, Man of the Match, Sam Casey at left, calmly break down the threat and start counter movements, which caused all sorts of problems for the Ashville back four. However, the referee was to blow for half time, with the AFC lead remaining at 2-0.

In to the second half and the midfield invention of Ben Jafrate, on in place of Aaron Cross, was once again evident, when after 22 minutes a looping ball from him was chested down by Alexander Northover and threaded through to Callum Morrison, who, in search of his hat trick, was going through on goal, only to be simultaneously challenged by an Ashville defender and their ‘keeper.

The first effort struck the keeper, but eluded his grasp; however, the endeavours of the industrious Morrison were to be rewarded when, with his back to the keeper and the goal, he was able to flick the loose ball in to the back of the net for an imperious third goal…3-0

With the match ball safely claimed by Callum Morrison and having given a fine example to our hosts of the goal poachers art, he was to be replaced by Liam Hall in midfield, as we opted for a lone striker and five in midfield to defend our sizeable advantage against an increasingly frustrated Ashville.

With the visitors now in a commanding lead, they literally took their eye off the ball, with only eight minutes remaining which allowed a rocket of a shot from distance to catch Jimmy Rainford unaware, as it carved clean thorough our defence…3-1.With Aaron Cross back on for Thomas Breslin, who had run himself ragged in the centre of the park, we saw our lead preserved at 3-1 to come out as worthy winners and retain the top slot:

AFC Liverpool 3 Ashville 1

Howard Northover


Under 17



A good start to the 2011/12 season although it was a defeat the new lads settled straight in .The first half started poorly with some dubious refereeing decisions and some poor defending but as the half went on we looked much more like a team the half finished at 3.0 to North Liverpool .With a couple of changes for the second half things where looking up with a couple of missed opportunities then with an inspired double from Marley Hamilton we where back in the game with hope of clinching a point or even the win however with not long to go North Liverpool made it 4.2 .It was well fought game from both sides so well done lads and well done Dave and lads from North Liverpool.

Ron Royston


Under 17



Second game of the season and what a game ! Should have been 4.0 in first 20 minutes but we just couldn’t finish.

As the half went on we kept trying to no avail, then Marley Hamilton struck to make it 1.0 after a couple more missed opportunities and against the run of play Ashley travel scored to make it 1.1 .

Second half started as the first with a couple more missed chances then with a couple of goals from Matty Tyrer and Jack Wilding to make it 3.1 we settled down and played much better then with not long to go a long range strike from Warren Dahl hit both posts before crossing the line to make it 4.1 .

Well done lads and well done to Ashley Travel in their first season .

Ron Royston


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