What a start to the weekend, on Friday we had two Under 7 Matches both Kicking of at 5:00pm. We had Manchester 62 FC take on Lincoln FC, even though Lincoln where a year older than our young Reds the team was able to hold a 1 -1 draw during the first half, thanks to a goal from Manchester youngster Christian Navas. As the second half started and got on it way, Lincoln started to show that extra year of experience and the game ended 9 – 1 to Lincoln. Manager Mustapha Bousellham said that he was proud of the team as the young reds fought for every ball to the last minute and made life difficult for there opponents, he was also glad that the team had put to practice all they had learned at training.
In the other Under 7 match Manchester 62 FC Red faced Collage Europa Black. The game started a bit shaky for the Reds as they went 2 – 0 down in the first 10 minutes of the game. Once the young Reds got control of the match things started to change in their favour, the team where able to level the score before a penalty was awarded in favour of Man62, brave Jeremy Perera stepped up to take the penalty and the score went to half time with the Young Reds lead 3 – 2. The second half saw a Man62 having to battle there way through the half, with great saves form Man62 goal keeper Diego Guzman and the team just playing with 8 players. The final score was Manchester 62 FC 3 – 2 Collage Europa Black.
Saturday midday saw Manchester 62 FC Red Under 11 face one of the best passing teams in the league Lincoln CK Transport. The first half was controlled well by Manchester 62 FC taking a defensive posture playing a 3-3 formation. In the dying minutes of the first half two wonderful strikes from outside the box by Lincoln resulted in Man62 going 2-0 down at half time, arguably an undeserved advantage. Second half, strategy was changed to a 2-4 formation and immediately Lincoln were forced into their box, Manchester 62 kept the pressure with constant shots at goal and keeping the Lincoln goal keeper busy until Taran Gupta, with a wonderful left foot strike from outside the box beat the keeper to go 2-1 down and narrowed the margin. Pressure continued from Manchester 62 and inevitably where going for gold, late in the second half, Lincoln found an opening at the back and managed to break through the defence but they were kept at bay by a brave Jamis Mifsud in goal who took a blow to the face forcing him to seek attention on the side line for a bleeding nose. Soon Lincoln, once again through an individual play, struck the ball from outside the box resulting in an unstoppable goal to go 3-1 up… with moral at an all game low, Lincoln sneaked a fourth goal with just a minute to go. The final score 4-1 although a good performance by Manchester 62 who did not deserve to lose by such a difference. Good luck next time boys.
Manchester 62 FC Under 7 Black took a heavy defeat against Lincoln, 0-7 , unfortunately the team only had 7 girls as some were ill and others had not been able to attend to match because of personal reasons, but the team was able to defend well through out the match, eventually the team started to feel the effects of having only 7 brave girls and tiredness started to kick in, the first half ended 5 -0 to Lincoln. In the second half Lincoln only managed to score two goals and Manchester 62 FC goalkeeper managed to keep the score 7 – 0 by saving a penalty.
Manchester 62 FC Under 9 Red thrashed Lions Music Corner by 14 – 2. The young Red where superior even though both teams are new in the Under 9 league. With Manchester 62 FC first goalkeeper still out both Evan Busto and Evan Penfold both covered the position with flying colours. The goals came from a number of different players Karl De Torres 5, Luca Howard 3, Jack Sherriff 2, Jamie Cortes 2, Noah Sene 1 and Liam Borge with a screamer free kick from outside the area. Overall superb performance from the entire team.
Saturday saw Manchester 62 FC Senior side beat Lynx Fc for a place in the Premier Cup Final against Lincoln FC