Explorers U12s crowned league champions
WEST Drayton Explorers U12s were crowned Thames Valley Development League Division Three Champions this week.
The Explorers got their hands on the title after beating Chalfont Saints Dynamos 5-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Armari Adams, one each from Jayden Blackwood and David Grover, with Joe Harker putting in a man of the match display.
Daniel Mickale was also in fine form for the U7s Blues as they were beaten 2-0. However, the U10s Blues beat BJ Leopards Yellows 4-2, goals coming from Elliot Tackley (two), Bertie Rodreguez-Owens and Ayman Hassane.
The U9s Purples beat BJ Leopard Whites 3-2, with Jay Fitzgerald, Finn Murphy, Natal Ermais and man of the match Samuel Tekle doing the damage.
Matthew Keane, Khalil Orange, Joe Rossiter, Charlie Penil, Tristan Villacrusis, Ethan Cupido and Harry Todd fired the U9s Reds to a 7-1 triumph over KS Gryf.
Jake Pickett banged in four as the U10s beat FC Cippenham 6-0, Godwin Usifo and Steely Howell Burton also notching.
There was also goals galore for the U11s Reds in a 9-0 win over Slough Town. Aiden Edwards (two), Thomas Hickey (two), Rayyan Murray, Joseph Davies, Josh Odell, Samuel Spasov and Kian Edwards were all on the scoresheet.
The U11s Blues beat Sandgate 6-2, with George Rowlands (four), Mo Bah and Adam Saeed hitting the target.
Meanwhile, the Explorers are looking for new coaches for their teams. Qualifications are not necessary as all successful applicants will be given training and will be have to complete a DBS check. Anyone interested should email explorerssecretary@ gmail.com
CUP glory still beckons for Denham Ladies U14s thanks to Courtney Woolley’s late winner against Tottenham on Sunday.
Woolley got the last touch to a goalmouth scramble with just two minutes left to book Denham’s place in the last eight of the Middlesex Cup, the winner coming only moments after their North London opponents had drawn level.
This was quite a scalp for boss Leigh Barlow’s young side against a Tottenham team who play a year higher in the Essex League.
Denham dominated the first half, playing quick passing football to stretch their opponents, but despite this the game was goalless at the break.
It was Naomi Hickey who provided the inspiration soon after the restart, her driving run down the left ending with a low shot into the corner to break the deadlock and give Denham the lead.
A composed performance at the back from Amy Holdcroft, coupled with several outstanding saves from player of the match, goalkeeper Chloe Dawson, helped preserve the slender lead until, with just four minutes remaining, Tottenham drew level.
Extra time appeared to beckon, but skipper Holly Symons rallied the troops for one last attack and when the ball came into the box Woolley grabbed her moment to be a hero by poking the ball home to cue the celebrations.
Meanwhile, in league action, Tara Jhawer’s second-half double clinched a 2-0 win for Denham’s U12s against Enfield.
Sandgate Youth U7 4-2 C S Rangers Youth U7
Elsewhere, a brace from Harry Ward and goals from Ollie Hunt and Aaron Jones gave Sandgate Youth U7s a 4-2 victory over CS Rangers Youth.
Sandgate Youth U9s Colts drew 2-2 with London Tigers U9s while the Gate’s U14s settled for a 1-1 draw with Raynes Park Vale.
n CHAMPS: West Drayton Explorers U12s