Tuesday night saw the newly-formed Priory Celtic Ladies venture into competitive matches for the first time at the Nottingham City of Football tournament.
Priory fielded two strong teams and started well, winning 1-0 with a great goal from Siobhan Dell.
Both teams battled through the group stages. Priory One made it through to the semi-final which was a tight game which ended 0-0, so penalties decided it.
After Diane Szeniawski saved the first, Carley Dainty finished well and Szeniawski saved Beeston’s next penalty to profess to the final.
Priory battled well in the final with Caitlin Dickinson holding the back line and Lindsey James causing problems. Reel Bak took first blood but Priory battled and with the final kick of the game equalised only for it to be ruled out as the whistle had gone so the ladies went home proud of achieving runners-up.
In the junior section, Priory Celtic U9 Saturday faced Lowdham Colts on what manager Wayne Walker described as ‘probably the worst pitch we’ve played on all season.’
It was never going to be a game of flowing attractive football on a pitch more suited to rugby but it didn’t stop Priory dominating the game with keeper Charlie Walker not having a save to make.
It wasn’t until midway through the second-half when parents’ MOTM Brooklyn Reed was unstoppable down the right, scoring a fantastic solo goal. and with manager’s MOTM Mat Rose having a great game in the middle alongside Dylan Castledine the result was never in threat as Priory ran out 1-0 winners.
The U9 Whites hosted Broxtowe United in a cup fixture. Broxtowe threatened, making captain Charlie Reed produce some fine saves, then up stepped Joel Williams, running on to a through ball from Dylan Thornley, to tuck it nicely into the corner.
It all came together in the second-half with Jeevan Mann steering the ball into the corner with a deft side foot volley following Jacob Brewster’s long range free kick.
Dylan Thornley then pounced onto Brooklyn Reed’s effort that came back off the post and tucked it in.
Mann added a second after a great through ball from Reed and Thomas Coulter scored a fifth after battling through a couple of challenges and tucking it in the corner.
Reed finished the game off with a solo goal after beating two defenders then slotting the ball home for 6-0.
Cory Morley, Aaron Walker and Charlie Reed were solid at the back as were Coulter and Brewster in the first-half, while Harry Ginn had a solid midfield performance and was unlucky not to score himself.
MOTM went to Aaron Walker for a mature solid defensive performance.
Priory’s U9 Green squad returned to winning ways on Sunday against a very strong Team DNF side with a 3-2 win.
Priory went ahead with a spectacular strike from Mat Rose. Lots of great football and pressure from DNF forced some great defending and lots of great saves from Charlie Walker who stepped in for the absent Kian, earning himself manager’s MOTM.
Team DNF found themselves two goals to take the lead midway but Rose found the net again from the edge of the area.
With not long to go, great battling forced a loose ball in the DNF box and Sam Poxon slotted the ball into the net.
Rose got parents’ MOTM for the second week running.
Moorgreen Colts round-up
The U7 Whites were away to a very good Bingham side and were beaten 5-3 despite Jaydon Lawrence’s first-half hat-trick.
MOTM went to Koby Connor and Dawson Longdon.
The U8 Blues made it back-to-back away wins with victory at Bingham.
A solid defensive performance from Kyran Thompson, Ryan Garratt and Mitchell Garratt mitigated Bingham’s attack and reduced the home side to a small number of long range shots.
The Colts continued to pressure in the second-half, Liam White, Charlie Stevenson and Ryan Garratt linking well to trouble the Bingham defence.
The hard work was rewarded with a White penalty converted after a Bingham defender handled the ball in the area.
This was the spark the Colts needed and White added a second with a well-taken drive and Mitchell Garratt coolly took advantage of a well-placed White pass to add a third goal for Moorgreen.
Moorgreen keeper Jamie Poole also made a number of key saves to earn a clean sheet.
The U8 Whites fell 6-3 against Long Eaton, goals coming from Sebastian Staley, Reuben Clowes and Daniel Utley and Owen Weightman earning MOTM.
The U9 Blues faced higher division opposition at Quarrydale in the cup and produced a fine display. Goals came from MOTM James Hemstock, Charlie Pickworth, Dylan Smith and Joe Hodgman.
The U11s lost 3-0 at Gedling, MOTM being Reece Prokopiuk and Dominic Price saving a penalty.
The U12s were away to Bulwell Forest and won 4-1. Goals came from Caolan Dobney (2) and Marshall Smith. MOTM went to Dan Eardley.
The U14s fell 4-3 to West Bridgford Chilli Peppers. Moorgreen were without their goalkeeper for the game but at half-time were 2-0 up with Harry Holmes scoring both.
Moorgreen had dominated the half and should have got more and they were made to pay in the second-half as West Bridgford scored four goals, all of which were from mistakes by Moorgreen players.
Connor Deakin scored a screamer to get Moorgreen back into it late on but they couldn’t get the equaliser.
MOTM went to Joe Reeve and Connor Deakin
The U15s drew 2-2 at Keyworth United Black thanks to goals from MOTM Christopher Neilson and Alexander Wright.