The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone’s under 19s Football team are starting their season on winning form.
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1st Oct. 2017 – Bilston Youth Football League – Fixture 4
Great Barr United 3 vs. 4 The Way Youth Zone FC – Red House Park, Birmingham.
The Way left it late to clinch a victory against Great Barr United in a nail biting encounter which finished 4-3 to the boys in yellow.
Looking to bounce back from last week disappointing result against Netherton Crown there was no room complacency in the team, however it was Great Barr who drew first blood striking in the 20th minute to make it 1-0. Things get worse for The Way as Great Barr doubled their lead on 37 minutes after a defensive mix up. For the second week running The Way had a mountain to climb after half time.
The first half was lacking in creativity in the midfield and the introduction of Duval Donaldson at half time and a reshuffle in shape to a more familiar formation, The Way were prepared to fight their way back into a game which had shown little hope during the first 45 minutes.
The second half got underway and after just 20 seconds The Way conceded a 3rd goal and questions were being asked for the team’s ability to come back from a 3 goal deficit.
However, the second half wakeup call did little but kick the lads into gear and the chances were beginning to come. The Way started to find their rhythm and were threatening the opposition goal with Csaba Horvath and Augustin Kadar both going close, but it wasn’t until the 57th minute when substitute Duval Donaldson broke free on the left and accurately directed the ball past the keeper into the far corner from a tight angle hitting the post on the way in.
The Way were on the front foot but the comeback seemed a million miles away and with less than half an hour to play time was ticking. That was until Connor Marson leapt like a salmon to meet with a Keanan Harvey cross and direct it into the goal. At 3-2 the almost impossible seemed even more likely.
The Ways sustained pressure sometimes left then susceptible to the counter attack and if it wasn’t for man of the match Andrei Todorean in goal the game would have been well and truly out of reach with a number of stunning reaction saves to keep Great Barr at bay.
The equalising goal fell to super sub Duval Donaldson who struck from outside the box which was just too powerful for the keeper to reach. The boys weren’t satisfied with a draw and based on the second half performance they had no reason to be. However, they were aware that they had forced a way back into the game and were careful not to let that slip with some fantastic headed clearances from Keanan Harvey who took responsibility of the captain’s armband and turned in a performance that did himself no harm at all in captaining the team again.
With just 5 minutes left to play Kingsly Omoregie took his chance and lashed a shot towards the goal which made its way through a sea of players and creeped into the bottom corner. The Way had done the unthinkable and the boys were deservedly ecstatic.
All was not done and in the dying minutes Augustin Kadar’s quick thinking helped save the 3 points with a fantastic goal line clearance which he was duly congratulated for by his goalkeeper.
The Way held on for the 3 points and now look to their next game at home on 7TH October against Atherstone Town in Birmingham FA County Cup
Final Score Great Barr United 3 – 4 The Way Youth Zone
Line up: Andrei, Augustin, Desmond, Mulue, Keanan, Danai, Csaba, Kirin, Kingsly, Kirin
Subs: Connor, Duval
Goal scorers: Duval Donaldson, Connor Marson, Kingsly Omoregie.
25th Sept. 2017 – Bilston Youth Football League – Fixture 3
The Way Youth Zone FC 2 vs. 4 Netherton Crown – Wolverhampton College, Bilston.
The Way suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 4-2 to Netherton Crown.
The Way were unlucky to be trailing 1-0 after just 2 minutes from what some spectators (the manager) thought should have been flagged for offside. But due to the video refereeing technology not being switched on in time the goal stood. Certainly one for the dubious goals committee.
Things got worse for The Way as they found themselves trailing 2-0 within the first 5 minutes, conceding from a tap in from inside the box. (video referee not required)
The Way now had a mountain to climb in order to get back into the game but wasted no time in finding a reply with Keanan Harvey converting a Csaba Horvath cross from the right on the 11 minute mark.
Netherton sat deep for the duration of the first half and soaked up the pressure as the way attempted to penetrate the defence. They limited the way to few clear cut chances. Save for an acrobatic effort from Augustin Kadar and Connor Marsons blocked shot the way looked to be going into the break at 2-1 until Netherton broke out and scored a well worked goal 2 minutes before half time.
After the break The Way reshuffled and adjusted their shape in an attempt to break down the wall of red shirts in front of them. Connor Marson and Tyrell McCalla both going close in the second half as The Way looked for a way back into the game. Augustin again went close with a cross-come-shot from the left that whistled just wide of the back post.
For all their efforts the goal never did materialized and on 82 minutes The Way were hit on the break and conceded a forth. Tyrell McCalla grabbed a consolation goal from a tight angle 2 minutes from time but it wasn’t enough on what was a disappointing afternoon for the team.
Desmond Kotoroka, todays man of the match, again showed enormous confidence and composure. His ability to play the ball out from the back ensures the way share much of the possession of the ball during the game. A deft flick over the head of an onrushing striker to clear the danger displayed what great potential he has.
The Way now look forward to their next game against Great Barr United on 1st October.
Final Score: The Way Youth Zone 2 v. 4 Netherton Crown
Line up: Andrei, Augustin, Wayne, Desmond, Mulue, Ty, Andiwan, Kirin, Csaba, Keanan, Connor
Subs: Atif, Danai, Duval
Goal scorers: Keanan Harvey, Tyrell McCalla
Match report by Sam Ward
17th Sept. 2017 – Bilston Youth Football League – Fixture 2
The Way Youth Zone FC 5 vs. 3 Bloxwich Rangers – Wolverhampton College, Bilston.
The Way made it two wins out of two in a thrilling clash against last season’s champions Bloxwich Rangers. The game got underway during a heavy down pour and the boys found themselves trailing 1-0 inside the first ten minutes after being hit by a swift counter by a dangerous looking Bloxwich side. However, it took less than 2 minutes for The Way to find a response with Kirin Modi converting a Keanan Harvey cross which just sneaked over the line.
The Way went into the lead just four minutes after from Connor Marson with a fierce shot driven low into the bottom corner of the goal. But on the Twenty-minute mark the score was level yet again with The Way conceding a headed goal from 10 yards out.
The first half flurry of goals showed no signs of slowing down with Connor Marson yet again on the scoresheet with an identical effort to the first cutting inside from the right wing and firing a low shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
The score was 3-2 to The Way at half time, in what was a tightly contested half where the defence shone just as much as the attacking players with some excellent interceptions and brave tackles notably Wayne Spalding who marshalled the back line excellently, and Emem Jones who’s ‘Kante-esque’ performance in holding midfield was one of the highlights of a fantastic first half of football.
The Way looked composed throughout and passed the ball excellently all game and on 68 minutes Connor Marson bagged his second hattrick in as many games to make the score 4-2 proving himself to be one of the most lethal finishers in the league.
As Bloxwich continued to press looking for a way back into the game they were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Michael Okoro Aman, however Michael found himself faced with another penalty just a minute later, which was converted this time to make the score 4-3 and set up a tense final 20 minutes.
Bloxwich continued to pile the pressure on, throwing men forward in pursuit of an equaliser. Michael Okoro Aman having to make several fine saves. This left gaps in their defence and The Way had opportunities to put the game to bed but failure to convert chances meant that Bloxwich were still very much still in it with 10 minutes remaining and The Way were very lucky to not rue their missed opportunities. That was until up stepped man of the match and captain Tyrell McCalla with a goal worth of winning any game from 30 yards out which hit the post on the way in.
The boys played excellently and deserved the 3 points in what may prove to be one of the most difficult games of the campaign, The Way now face Netherton Crown next Sunday at Wolverhampton College!
Final Score: The Way Youth Zone 5 v. 3 Bloxwich Rangers
Line up: Michael, Augustin, Wayne, Desmond, Mulue, Tyrell, Emem, Kameil, Kirin, Keanan, Connor
Subs: Atif, Kingsly, Csaba, Yohana, Duval
Goal scorers: Connor Marson (3), Kirin Modi, Tyrell McCalla
10 Sept. 2017 – Bilston Youth Football League – Fixture 1
Great Barr Harriers 1 vs. 7 The Way Youth Zone FC – The Pavilion, Birmingham.
The Way continued their rich preseason form into the opening game of the competitive season, thumping Great Barr Harriers 7-1 at The Pavilion in Birmingham.
Having only formed as a team 3 months ago this was to be the biggest test for The Way yet. All the hard work and preparation in training came down to this day, and the boys wasted little time in getting started with Connor Marson opening his account for the season with a cheeky little chip over the goalkeepers head after just four minutes. Connor doubled his goal scoring figures for the season just moments later with a great diving header converting a Kirin Modi cross.
As the first half progressed and the boys settled into their game, the confidence within the team grew and the goals continued to come with Tyrell McCalla bagged a brace of spectacular efforts from 25 yards out to make it 4-0.
And right on the stroke of half time Connor Marson landed a first half hat trick capitalising on a mistake from the goalkeeper for a simple tap in to make it 5-0. It could have been many more with Kirin Modi going close after weaving his way through 3 players and shooting wide inside the box.
At the other end of the pitch the back four defended resolutely leaving Andrei Todorean very little to do in goal for the first half. Especially Desmond Kotoroka who -having only trained with us for the first time last week- seemed to be present for every defensive interception and played the all out of the danger areas with the composure of an experience centre half.
The second half didn’t get off to the greatest of starts with The Way conceding a penalty in the first two minutes to make it 5-1, but the boys never looked in danger of losing the game and as the fatigue set in for both teams The Way were happy to defend their lead and hit Great Barr on the break with Tyrell McCallas ability to play a pin point ball over 50 yards being a huge asset to the team and their ability to counter attack swiftly and clinically with Kirin Modi getting himself of the score sheet to make it 6-1 and Connor Marson with his 4th goal of the game with 10 minutes to play making it 7-1.
The boys displayed a fantastic attitude throughout the game and were congratulated by the referee and the opposition manager. The man of the match was Mulue Dirar who didn’t put a foot wrong at right back, he made countless interceptions, played simple but effective balls up the right hand channel and didn’t give the ball away all game, fantastic performance!
The Way now look forward to their next game against last season’s League and Cup champions Bloxwich Rangers.
Final Score Great Barr Harriers 1 – 7 The Way Youth Zone
Line up: Andrei, Emem, Keanan, Desmond, Mulue, Tyrell, Kameil, Duval, Kirin, Yohana, Connor
Goal scorers: Connor Marson (4), Tyrell McCalla (2), Kirin Modi.
Conyegre Youth vs. The Way Youth Zone FC, Conyegree Park ,Tipton
3 – 6
The Way continued their good preseason form with another convincing win over Conyegre Youth under 19s. In an early Sunday morning kick off The Way wasted no time in breaking the deadlock. Kirin Modi opening the scoring getting the ball under control from a Keanan Harvey cross and finishing from 10 yards with a power shot.
Conyegre hit back on 27 minutes to make it 1-1 but The Way were soon in front, with Kirin Modi the scorer. Yet again showing a fantastic first touch to create himself the space he needed to finish in the top corner of the goal leaving the goalkeeper little chance of reaching it.
Just before half time The Way went 3-1 up Kingsly Omoregie chipped the on rushing goalkeeper after he came to collect a bouncing ball.
After half time Conyegree looked to be pushing for a comeback making it 3-2, however The Way soon replied Kirin Modi with his hatrick.
The Ways defence defended resoltley with special mention to Wayne Spallding who marshalled the back four excellently and may feel he deserved a penalty after a mazy run into the back he was tripped but the penalty wasnt given. Conyegre pressed for goals and this left gaps at the back which allowed Kirin Modi to add a 4th goal to his tally and set up Duval Donaldson to make it 6-2.
Conyegre grabbed a goal a few minutes before the end but it wasn’t enough as the Way ran out 6-3 winners in what is proving to be a very fruitful preseason campaign for our forwards. With the competitive season 3 weeks away things are looking up for our boys.
MOTM: Kirin Modi
Report by Sam Ward
Wigan Youth Zone 0-9 The Way
Christopher Park, Wigan.
The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone under 19s got their preseason schedule under way in emphatic fashion. Comprehensively beating Wigan Youth Zone 9-0 at Christopher Park – Wigan Athletic Training Ground – in what was the first ever OnSide Youth Zone football match.
The visitors started brightly coming close with a number of chances, until Ty McCalla opened the scoring on the 13th minute. The second soon followed, a superb half volley from Keanan Harvey. The goals continued to come from Connor Marson, Duval Donaldson and Leonard Stoica making it 5-0 shortly before the half hour mark. The introduction of Mario da Souza shortly before half time allowed the way to continue to press swiftly and efficiently getting himself on the scoresheet minutes after coming onto the field The Way simply weren’t finished there in their pursuit for goals and Kingsly Omorgie reacted fastest to turn home a deflected Kameil McCalla free kick. At half time the The Way led 7-0.
The second half Wigan came out much more organised at the back and restricted The Way to very few opportunities on goal, until Yohan Joseph rose highest to head home from 6 yards out in the 54th minute. Wigan reshuffled and made a few substitutions again managing to keep the tirade of shots – they had experienced in the first half – at bay.
In the 69th minute Connor Marson was adjudged to have been felled in the box and up stepped Ty McCalla to convert the penalty with and audacious chip down the centre of the goal.
Michael Okoro Aman, who had a relatively quiet game in goal for The Way was called upon in the final few minutes as Wigan pressed for a consolation. Pulling off a fantastic save from a free kick 25 yards out to ensure a clean sheet was intact.
Mario da Souza picked up the man of the match award for his sensation display in the centre of midfield despite being the youngest player on the field by some years, his trickery and vision meant he was unplayable at times for the opposition. The game was played in high spirits by all and The Way would like to thanks Wigan Youth Zone for their hospitality. The Way now look forward to their next game on 13th August!
Report by Sam Ward