Fine first halves lead to big wins

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - CELEBRITY WELLBEING -

SIX goals ahead by half-time, Ash­bourne Aztecs Un­der-14s ran out 7-2 win­ners at home to Rep­ton Ca­su­als.

They were on the front foot from the start and Lo­gan Cuth­bert put them ahead with a neat fin­ish after a clever build-up.

Winger Fred­die Mur­phy scored four goals in the first half, along with one for the re­turn­ing Luke Ford.

Aztecs rested a few play­ers in the sec­ond half and gave oth­ers the chance to try dif­fer­ent po­si­tions. Cal­lum Lemon scored their only goal of the half with a tidy lob and Rep­ton man­aged to pull two back.

UN­DER-14S: F Cooper, D Pat­tin­son, W Ger­rard, N Rodgers, D Bur­ton, W Heron, A Tabony, T Carolan, F Mur­phy, C Lemon, L Cuth­bert. Subs: L Ford, Z Bai­ley, O Smith and M Mor­ri­son.

AZTECS Ju­niors un­der-13s romped to a 7-0 half-time lead be­fore pol­ish­ing off Gad Khalsa 10-1.

Keep­ing their shape and show­ing good aware­ness of space was key for the Ash­bourne team as Theo Allen opened the scor­ing early in the game, quickly fol­lowed by a sec­ond from Os­car Robin­son.

Allen soon com­pleted his hat-trick, then added a fourth goal and there were goals for Kieran Clarke and Josh Wright be­fore the break.

To their credit, Khalsa came out fight­ing after the break and gave the Aztecs’ de­fence some work to do but they were equal to the task and Clarke, Wright and Fred Gar­rett added fur­ther goals.

Khalsa, whose goal­keeper was out­stand­ing un­der re­lent­less pres­sure, scored a con­so­la­tion with a neat lob over Aztecs keeper Oliver Col­bourne.

Louis De’sousa was named man of the match for his ex­cel­lent po­si­tion­ing and mop­ping up the ball when Khalsa at­tacked.

UN­DER-13S: Louis De’sousa, Theo Allen, James Law­ton, Kieran Clarke, Macken­zie James, Al­fred Scott, Henry Mor­ton, Fred Gar­rett, Os­car Robin­son, Josh Wright, Oliver Coul­bourne, Char­lie Tay­lor.

AZTECS Un­der-12 Cougars were an­other team to dom­i­nate in the first half, as they raced to an 8-0 lead away to Spon­don Dy­namo Prims, De­jvid Sid­ders scor­ing three, man-of-the­match Josh Me­naj two and fur­ther goals com­ing from Lu­cas Shirt­cliffe, De­clan Wal­wyn and Joe Stelfox.

Oliver Love scored the only goal of the sec­ond half as Aztecs re­laxed and changed po­si­tions.

AZTECS Pu­mas un­der-10s en­joyed an even non-com­pet­i­tive game away to Allestree Ju­niors Va­len­cia.

Goal­keeper Luca Mont­gomery had a par­tic­u­larly good game and, gen­er­ally, the boys are get­ting stronger with each game, tak­ing their train­ing on to the pitch. Fin­ley Wood scored for them.

UN­DER-10S: Luca Mont­gomery, Ai­dan Brown, Harry Lo­vatt, Ben Stubbs, Jack Tinker, Fin­ley Wood, Orion Joseph-gabriel, Joseph Reeks, Rylee Hayes, Frazer Else.

Josh Me­naj was the un­der­12s’ man of the match.

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