U14’s met AFC Ewell in the invitation cup 3rd round on Sunday, and made a quick start via Bruno who latched onto a great through ball and finessed his short to the top right hand corner of the goal. Despite being one nil up Merton could never get a grip on the game, and slowly let Ewell back in with an equalizer before half time. 2nd half was drab a lot of long balls played by either side before one eventually unlocked our defence. Despite late efforts from Dwayne and Chris Merton couldn’t get the 2nd & unfortunately got knocked out of the cup!
Our Under 14s held their 7th league game at ‘THE HOOD’ against Bedfont Eagles again after meeting them in 2nd Round of the Invitation Cup Away from Home knocking them out 4-1. Immediately from the start you could see the confidence flowing, with the U14s dominating possession straight away creating a host of chances in & around the opposition area. 10 minutes in Dwayne Clarke opened the scoreline with a tidy finish! great assist by Mattia Salardi cutting inside from the left & rolling it across the 6 yard box. Christopher Sindika Top goalscorer for the 14s was quick to score the second with a long range effort! The first half was a solid despite the opposition trying their best to retain possession but the 14s seemed to be superior displaying great passing ranges across the pitch and players quick to regain the ball when losing it. This followed right through the second half with the match ending 11-0. Probably 14s strongest display as a TEAM! The scorers were Mattia Salardi with (2), Dwayne Clarke (3), Alfie Waters (1), Boris Mijalcev (1), Chris Sindika (2), Jamal Semambo (1) & Marcus Scotland (1). Congratulations to Jamie Berry 2 clean sheets in a row, Merton U14s still sit top of the league with 19 points with 7 games played! A Great confidence boost for the next fixture in the 3rd round of the Invitation cup against AFC Ewell! (Away)
Our under 14s held their third game at home ‘THE HOOD’ with strong spirits after coming from 2 nil down to draw 3-3, kept up their strong spirits and pulled through a convincing 5-0 win against Rocks Lane. Right from the start of the whistle our U14’s kept possession despite Rocks Lane being well organised. But just a few minutes away from the end of the first half U14’s took the lead & that followed through into the second half with some quality goals & even a Free-kick outside the 18yard by our U14’S Captain Joe! Congrats to Mattia, Safwan & Bruno who even netted twice on the day but even a bigger congrats to Jamie for getting his first clean sheet.
Merton supporters gave their usual great support and held a great environment which was supported by the opposition in which ended in a well runned & enjoyable game.
Merton 4-4 Doverhouse
(Merton win 4-3 on penalties)
After what can only be described as a great game of football, that Merton eventually and deservedly won on penalties.
After the most shocking of starts ( 3-0 down in the first 9 minutes) – changes were made to attempt to rectify the situation. Our team must have made such an impact, the usual start strong; don’t concede quite obviously worked!
9 minutes in, our goalkeeper comes to collect a cross and gets challenged. Caught with the elbow of the striker – and ball ended up in the net.
First change and unfortunately Louis didn’t take any further part in the game.
Changes made 15 minutes in to try and fix the mess we found ourselves in, and boy did the players put a shift in!
We finally pulled one back, with Jake firing in from a well delivered Bradley cross.
After creating a lot of chances it was 3-1 at half time. A slight rollicking at half time to get them going for the second half. Carried on where we ended, lots of the ball and creating chances.
We got a deserved second goal from Jaime Esteban, who done a fine job in goal for the first half. Replaced by Tommy.
3rd goal – penalty by Marcin. Good work in midfield and coolly finished spot kick.
After our hard work we gift them a goal out of nothing, their only attack of the 2nd half. And it was 4-3 to doverhouse.
We kept battling and creating the chances we did in the first half.
Creating an equaliser from another Esteban goal. It stayed at 4-4 for the remainder of the normal time. We created enough chances to win the game but couldn’t take them.
Penalties – nerve rangling penalties that determined the result. Merton scoring all 3 with – Esteban saving 2 giving us the edge. Unfortunately we missed our 4th but cooly dispatched to win the penalty shoot out.
A deserved result from the game – but a tough test from doverhouse. Into three bridges in the next round!
Well done to all the boys – great courage.
Thanks to Marcus for running the line and Pippa for taking the photos. Claire for happily taking over pitch Marshall role – which is working well.
Carry on the hard work boys!