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 28/08/2012 18:30  Melton Foxes (Friendly)  Away  W 4-1 
 02/09/2012 10:30  Wigston United  Home  W 3-2 
 09/09/2012 10:30 Aylestone Park  Away  D  0-0
16/09/2012 10:30 Royce Rangers Away  W 5-1 
30/09/2012 10:30  Hinckley United  Home  W 3-2
07/10/2012 10:30  Westfield Wanderers (County Cup -2)  Away  W 4-0 
14/10/2012 10:30  Groby Juniors (11v11 Friendly) Away  W 4-0
14/10/20012 10:30  Groby Juniors  (11v11 Friendly) Away W 4-0
04/11/2012 10:30 Hinckley United Colts (County Cup-3) Away W 8-0
11/11/2012 14:00 Aylestone Park "94" Away W 4-3
18/11/2012 10:30 Blaby & Whetstone Home W 9-2
26/11/2012 18:00 Leicester City Development Away D 3-3
09/12/2012 10:30 Hinckley United (County Cup -4) Away L 1-2
10/12/2012 18:00 Nottingham Forest Development Away W 2-1
06/01/2013 10:30 Loughborough Dynamo Away W 6-1
03/02/2013 10.30 Loughborough Dynamo Home W 3-1
10/02/2013 10:30 Aylestone Park "94" Home W 7-3
17/02/2013 10:30 Blaby & Whetstone Away W 3-0
24/02/2013 10:30 Woodgate 80 (League Cup) Home W 4-1
02/03/2013 10:30 Heather St John (Friendly) Judgemeadow D  2-2
04/03/2013 19:45 Northampton Town Academy Away W 10-1
10/03/2013 12:30 Humberstone Rangers (League Cup) Away W 8-0
17/03/2013 10:30 Woodgate 80 Away W 2-0
18/03/2013 18:00 Aylestone Park (LCFC Development) Judgemeadow L  1-4
03/04/2013 18:00 Harborough Town (League Cup Q/F) Home W (Pens) 2-2
07/04/2013 10:30 Aylestone Park Home W 5-1
10/04/2013 18:00 Woodgate 80 Home W 5-4
14/04/2013 10:30 Hinckley United Away D 2-2
17/04/2013 18:00 Wigston United Away W 3-1
21/04/2013 14:00 Wigston United (League Cup Semi Final) Home L 0-3

Oadby Owls Juniors - A League Season Review 2012/13

Unbeaten Champions - How The Title was Won 

Oadby Owls Juniors became champions of division one at the first attempt after making the switch from mini soccer and in doing so remained unbeaten in what was to prove a very competitive league.

Despite being one of the most consistent mini soccer sides over the four years that were played, a very poor 9v9 pre season had not left the coaching staff and parents with a great deal of optimism.

Wigston Utd were first up and what happened ultimately shaped the season. Trailing 2-0 at half time the boys dug in and goals from Jaipal and Jaga 2 turned the game on its head for a stunning comeback. It would prove not to be the last one of its kind. A hard fought draw away at Aylestone Park followed with keeper George largely to thank following a superb performance. Wins before christmas against Hinckley, Blaby & Whetstone, and Aylestone Park mixed in with some decent freindly and cup results and some horrendous weather saw the league table with Aylestone Park and Oadby racing clear, with Woodgate lurking someway behind with a 100% record from a handful of games.

The new year saw the Owls push on. Two comfortable wins against Loughborough and a destruction of Aylestone Park 94 led the side to start believing they had a chance of honours. A league cup win over Woodgate gave the boys little to fear in the upcoming league fixture which, although played in a blizzard was again comfortably won by the Owls.

Sunday 7th April was to be the start of a week that defined and finished the whole season. A match against Aylestone Park was 1st v 2nd and all was to play for. The Owls simply blew Aylestone away with a magnificent Jaga treble. Woodgate followed on the Wednesday and another good perfomance would do the trick. However, Woodgate came out all guns blazing and raced into a 3-0 early lead. Oadby simply had to dig in as Woodgate would be a serious threat with their games in hand. Dig in is exactly what they did coming back from both 3 down and 4-3 down with Quique scoring a stunning late winner. The amazing comeback set the destiny of the title firmly in the hands of the Owls. A point from our final two games would see the boys across the line. Hinckley Utd were the opponents for the third game of an amazing week and it would take yet another gallant comeback to secure the point needed. With the title in the bag, Wigston Utd became the only side that could stop the Owls complete the season unbeaten and on a cold windy Wednesday evening a 3-1 win saw the Owls unbeaten.

A superb season for the boys in a very competitive division which fully vindicated the decision to go 9v9. With the exception of Blaby & Whetstone who struggled a bit at this level, all the sides were capable of giving each other a stern test. unlike the 11v11 format that became a farce with two sides so dominant. Non though were able to beat the Champions. One pleasing aspect also to come from this seasons success is the fact that with the exception of late arrival Quique from Spain the whole squad have been with Oadby Owls their entire careers and have developed together. Also the management policy of giving every player at least half a game in every game proves this was a complete squad success story.

1 George Rawlings (keeper) Another season of improvement for George, his kicking has improved immensely and he almost single handidly won us the point away at Aylestone Park which proved crucial in the title race. Superb shot stopper throughout the season.

2 Alex Holden (Defender). Alex stepped up from the Tawnys during the summer and despite being a bit in awe of the standard at the start of the season has developed into an integral part of the meanest defence in the league. Quick and strong, Alex capped his massive improvement with  mom performance to see the Owls unbeaten in the final game.

3 Matthew Potts. (Midfield) Matt, skipper since the first league win at under 7s continues to lead by example. His strength and engine in the middle of the pitch continues to show the rest of the boys how to do it. During the really big games against the likes of Aylestone Park and Woodgate his strength and ability to win the ball was vital.

4 Isaac Andrews (Midfield) Quick as a whippet and a fine striker of the ball, Isaac terrorised full backs all season. Into double figures for goals this season proved why he was an able assistant for the strikers. Throughout the season he also proved to be very efficient with a dead ball causing havoc especially with corners and free kicks.

5 Lewis Noble (Midfield) Lewis is another player to come through the system from the Tawnys. A confidence player who improved as the season wore on. Like Isaac a dead ball specialist with a beautiful shot on him. Lewis scored a few crucial goals during the run in including strikes in the two big games during the defining week.

6 Alfie Bexon (Defence) Mr consistency during the season, Alfie was dropped deeper into a defensive position by Simon and Matt and this proved a master stroke. Alfies reading of the game throughout the season has been immense. Drifting into positions that enabled him to make last last ditch tackles and covering clearances  As well chipping in with a few goals from defence he has an ever growing collection of goal line clearances.

7 Jaga Singh (Forward) Forty plus goals says it all about Jaga. As well as his goals tally Jaga has developed his game this season, his link up play with the midfield has been immense. His powerful frame and his ability to score from anywhere has had defences in trouble all season. A superb hat trick in the big Aylestone Park clash summed up all that has to be said about this boys season. 

8 Harry Washington (Midfield) Harry, much like Matt has led the team by example this season. although not the biggest lad his strength and will to win has been outstanding. he has put his body on the line time again for his team mates. This season has also seen him improve his technical skills and passing to compliment his all action style.

9 Adam Bruce (Defence) Adam is one of the original Snowys and again this term has shown his worth to the side. Unflappable at the back he has done things how he has always done things. Strong in the tackle, good in the air and his ball retention has improved hugely. Very brave and a valued member of the this seasons squad.

10 Hussein Mehesseb (Midfield/Forward) Hussein remains a bit of an enigma. On his day he is almost unplayable. His skill on the ball is second to none within the squad. Chipping in with 13 goals this term he has played a vital role in securing the title. It is however his workrate and defensive play that he has improved the most this season often covering back to aid his full backs.

11 Jeva Singh (Defence) Jeva has had a fantastic season at left back. despite being a defender his brother hasn't got all the family goals. Jeva has scored an amazing 11 goals from left back. his defending though is where he has shone. Not the quickest but impossible to get past as he uses his strength and positioning to great effect. 

12 Jaipal Gawera(Midfield) Jaipal was the third of the Tawnys to come into the side and hit the ground running. Scoring the goal that started the Wigston comeback on the opening day. His ability to link the play between the midfield and attack was fantastic and he always was a constant goal threat.another player who finished the season in double figures.

13 Quique Leys (Midfield/Forward) A new addition to the squad all the way from Spain to add a bit of flair. Quique settled into the squad nicely after moving to another country. His quality on the ball was instantly noticeable. The new arrival will always though be remembered for his stunning winner in the great Woodgate comeback.

Oadby Owls Juniors 0 Wigston Utd 3 - 21st April 2013 (League Cup Semi Final)

Cup Exit As Owls Struggle To Find League Form

Oadby Owls Juniors were knocked out of the League at the semi final stage ending their hopes of a League and Cup double.

After beating Wigston comfortably in the league only four days ago to end the season unbeaten, they were unable to carry the league form into the cup. 

Oadby started the brighter of the two sides on a bone hard pitch, in a slight breeze. Wigston were being pushed back and chances were being created. Forty plus goal of the season merchant Jaga for once  had left his shooting boots at home as first he failed to conect properly when clean through and was crowded out when well placed. Isaac was next to miss a guilt edged chance as the ball bobbled to him with the goal at his mercy, his right foot effort ballooning up and agonisingly dropping the wrong side of the post. Quique was next to have a chance after good work from Jaga. he did everything right side footing into the corner only for the wrong footed keeper to stick out a foot and save well. Surley a goal would come and it did. Unfortunately at the wrong end. The Wigston striker broke through and was half blocked as he tried to round the out rushing George. The resulting free kick was rifled into the top corner for a great goal albeit Wigstons first attempt on goal. This gave Wigston some impetus and something to hold on to and the game became more even. One goal soon became two after a mix up let the Wigston striker nip in for number two. The Owls had been in this position before, but today was not to be one our super comebacks. Things were starting to go wrong. Skipper Matt was forced off with an ankle injury and all the good fortune we had enjoyed in our long unbeaten League run was deserting us when we needed it most. The half ended even worse as Wigston extended their lead to three, Again a good finish following a defensive mix up.

Half Time 0-3

The second half needed a good start and that is what the home side set out to do. Hussein nearly got the Owls a lifeline but his free kick drifted over the bar. With something to hold onto though Wigston were not going to let this game slip through their grasp. Defending in numbers and crowding the midfield as well as playing some neat football, the Owls struggled to get back into the game and the second period passed without any major incidents. Harry was also forced from the field alongside his skipper as his ankle fell foul of the pitch.

Full Time 0-3.

A disappointing end to the season for the boys who have been superb all season. If one of the many chances had gone in while the scores were level who knows what might have happened, but credit to Wigston. They finished their chances well and then closed the game out where others have failed to do so this season. Good luck to them in the final.

Player of the Day: Quique

Goals Scorers: N/A

Wigston United 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 3 - 17th April 2013 (League)

Champions to Invincibles

Oadby Owls Juniors completed their league fixtures not only as champions but invincible's as they remained unbeaten for the entire campaign, winning twelve and drawing two of their games. A tough final trip to upcoming league cup semi opponents Wigston United was last up and the boys secured a convincing win despite the best efforts of the home ref.

Yet again the Owls would have to play in windy conditions, this time blowing across the pitch. From the start Oadby were on the attack putting the home side under pressure, especially as they like to play the ball around at the back. After five minutes the visitors thought they had taken the lead as an in swinging corner was clearly way over the line as it was cleared to Matt. He returned it goalwards only for Hussein to clear his own skippers shot off the line. Oadby were getting closer and it was Hussein again that was in the thick of things. Sprinting clear only to drag his shot wide when he should have scored. Oadbys' defence of Alfie, Adam and Alex were largely untroubled with Alex in particular looking strong against Wigstons tricky winger. It was Alex himself who turned the game in Oadbys' favour, releasing Isaac with a quickly taken throw. Isaac holding of a challenge to steer the ball home. Oadby were fortunate to remain level though as George missed a clearance leaving the Wigston forward to to hit the side netting. Hussein was next to come close as his long range effort thumped the base of the post.

Half Time 0-1

The second half began with the Owls bringing on Harry, Jaga and Jeva added to the side and the rewards were instant as Harry released Jaga to score his 40th goal of the season. At two nil the Owls looked comfortable although George was forced into a fine save diving to his right to push a well struck drive away. Only a couple of ropey looking offside flags stopped Jaga adding to his tally and when Isaac broke through the keeper was quickly off his line. Wigston pulled a goal back in controversial circumstances. A smart turn by the forward left him a great chance, but for some reason he left the ball to a team mate who was standing yards offside to sweep into the net. Despite the flag the goal was given. With time running out though Jaga settled matters, rounding the keeper to make it 3-1.

Full Time 3-1

A fantastic season for the boys to go unbeaten although this final game was not a classic. A cold windy day once more on a poor bobbley surface. It was however the result that the magnificent Owls were looking for to keep their unbeaten season til the end. 

Player of the Day: Alex Holden

Goals Scorers: Isaac, Jaga 2

Hinckley United 2 Oadby Owls Juniors 2 - 14th April 2013 (League)

The Champions Are Crowned After Another Comeback

After two excellent results the previous week Oadby Owls Juniors started the day six points clear of nearest rivals Aylestone Park knowing a draw would be enough to secure the Division One title. However they also knew they would have a difficult game ahead of them as they traveled to the Greene king Stadium to play Hinckley Utd, the only side this season to defeat them in a competitive game.

Finally Spring had arrived with a warm sun although a very strong wind was running the length of the pitch. As always the squad was rotated with the owls starting lineup consisting of George in goal, a back three of Alfie, Adam and Jeva, midfield of Lewis Hussein Harry and Jaipal, leaving Jaga to weave his magic upfront and continue his personal hot streak.The boys seemed confident as they took to pitch knowing what they had to do. A clean sheet and the title would be theirs.

The referee blew his whistle to begin the match and it appeared the boys were more nervous than had previously appeared. With the wind in their backs the boys were struggling to settle down and keep possession of the ball. Despite have the majority of the territory it was the home side that hadn't read the script. From a corner Adam was adjudged to have pushed a Hinckley forward and a penalty was clinically dispatched.The boys were behind again !!!. The lackluster performance continued as the half wore on, with few chances being created by either side. Hussein headed over before Jaipal had to leave the fray after a nasty clash of heads left him with a swollen face. Despite the effort and generally being camped in the Hinckley half the boys were struggling to create any clear cut chances to level things although when Jaga burst through the ball broke to Hussein whose shot was cleared of the line. With frustration growing the home side moved the ball through midfield to their striker who planted the ball into the bottom corner. 2-0. Hinckley were now buoyed by this and nearly made it three as the forward slipped the ball under George only to be ruled offside. This let off seemed to galvanise the boys and from a succession of corners, Lewis delivered a perfect ball for Jaga to head home. This really fired the boys up and they were level within a minute. Quique threaded a superb ball through to Jaga who committed the keeper with a dummy and slotted home. A class finish from a boy bang in form. Another stunning comeback was on. The half time whistle went and the boys were reminded of their undoubted abilities that they have to go with their grit and determination.

Half Time 2-2

With the wind in their faces a few changes were made to freshen things up with Matt, Isaac and Alex added to the mix. As so often this season the boys have played some of their best football against the wind and fashioned a chance for Quique within seconds of the restart. Hinckley were now struggling to control the ball as Oadby did with the wind behind them. Lots of balls running through to George or away for a goal kick. The match was delicately poised now with Harry and Matt winning the majority of 50/50's and Isaac looking dangerous down the left on the break.One run resulting in him just failing to find Jaga with his final ball. The game was now nip and tuck with Hinckley beginning to cause some nervous moments among the visitors players and supporters alike. Following a series of corners the Owls defence stood strong with notable clearances from Jeva, Matt and Harry. The tension was building as the minutes ticked by and George was forced into an excellent save to keep out a late shot, the ball eventually being cleared by Alfie after an initial clearance had struck Jeva.This was to be the last of the action as the referee blew for full time. The boys had done enough and the point was all they needed to be CHAMPIONS !!!!!!!!!!.

Full Time 2-2 ( Oadby Owls Juniors, Division One Champions)

Whilst it was a very tense game and the boys have played much better on other occasions, Their spirit, togetherness, hard work and determination to go with their undoubted talents has taken them to a well deserved title. A massive well done to the whole squad for their attitude and performances throughout the campaign and many thanks to the parents and supporters who have helped throughout the whole season. The boys couldn't have done it without your help.

With one match to go against Wigston and the title safely tucked away, it would be fitting that one last effort would see the boys remain unbeaten for the entire league season.

Player of the Day: Jaga

Goals Scorers: Jaga 2

Oadby Owls Juniors 5 Woodgate "80" 4 - 10th April 2013 (League)

Owls On Brink Of Title After Amazing Comeback Stuns Woodgate

Oadby Owls Juniors closed in on the Division one title after an amazing comeback that ended Woodgates faint hopes. A point is needed from the last two matches unless Aylestone Park can overturn a six point and 7 goal difference gap between the top two.

As the match got underway the hosts were stunned by a goal after only twenty seconds. The Woodgate left winger left unmarked as he first struck a post and followed up to score. Oadby were shell shocked and Woodgate continued to press. They were looking sharper stronger and quicker to the ball. George had to come off his line to stop the winger scoring his second as he found himself running through unmarked again. Oadby began to get into the game more as the first period  reached the halfway stage and had a guilt edged chance. From a rebound the normally deadly Jaga somehow miscued wide with the goal at his mercy. Things were to get worse soon after as the visitors doubled their lead. A break through midfield producing a fine finish. Oadby were rocking now and heads seemed to be dropping as the boys had not found themselves in this position this season. The visitors sensed this and went for the jugular. The ever dangerous winger again getting behind the defence to score from an acute angle. At three nil down the League leaders looked on their way to their first defeat of the season until, with a minute on the clock Jaga produced a thunderous drive into the top corner from distance. Could the seemingly impossible be on.

Half Time 1-3

The second half saw a much more positive start from the hosts as they pushed Woodgate back in search of getting back into the match. Hussein was getting into the game more down the right flank and it was from his run that led to the Owls second goal. As he dribbled through and released a pass he was pulled back for a penalty which was hammered home by Lewis. Oadby tails were up now and the visitors were begining to panic. Jaga then drew the game level with another superb long range drive that nearly ripped the net off. Coombe Park was rocking and it looked as though there would be only one winner from now. How wrong. Wooodgate defied the odds and went back in front, sending the visiting parents and supporters wild with glee. Did the Owls have the bottle to come back from this second hammer blow. You bet they did and with seven minutes to go they were level for the second time. The unfortunate Woodgate centre half turning the ball past his own keeper under immense pressure from Isaac. If Coombe Park had a roof it would surely have come off with five minutes to go. Quique picked the ball up thirty yards from goal dropped his shoulder and went past the midfield, looked and planted a drive into the bottom corner leaving the keeper helpless. A goal made in Spain and scored in Oadby. It still wasn't over though as Woodgate gave it one last effort to get back into the game. They also had one last chance but George raced from his line to block the oncoming forward with the rebound drifting harmlessly out for a goal kick. 

Full Time 5-4

What an amazing comeback against a side who were on top of their game. At three nil it looked like the boys were dead and buried, Spurred on by Harry Washbo in midfield, all of the boys responded and showed character beyond their years. If the boys go on to clinch the title then this comeback will go a long way towards it. SUPERB

Player of the Day: Harry Washington

Goals Scorers: Jaga 2, Lewis, Quique, OG

Oadby Owls Juniors 5 Aylestone Park 1- 7th April 2013 (League)

Five Star Owls "Move Like Jaga" Into Top Spot

Jaga Singh fired a superb hatrick as a rampant Owls side outfought and outplayed top side Aylestone Park to leap frog them into top spot.

Decent weather for a change greeted both sides in this top of the table crunch game at Coombe Park. First versus second was was always going to be a tense affair and so it turned out. The visitors were first out of the blocks pushing the home side back. Alfie and Alex both making last ditch tackles as the pressure was mounting due to a barrage of long balls and long throws. With five minutes gone though it was Oadby who nearly got the breakthrough as Jaga burst through only to be denied by a dubious looking offside flag. The disapointment was to be short lived though as Lewis burst through a tackle, received the loose ball back from Harry and drilled the ball home. This spurred the home side on with the midfield quartet of Isaac Harry, Matt and Lewis beginning to take control, snapping into tackles and giving the visitors very little time on the ball. Alex, Alfie and Jeva were coping well with the direct approach that Aylestone were adopting. It was a shock to the boys however that the visitors were next on the scoresheet as  a corner was not properly cleared and the ball was turned into the net off the underside of the bar. Game On. Aylestones Joy was to be brief as Jaga restored the lead within minutes, holding off a challenge before calmly slotting into the far post. Seconds later he nearly doubled his tally with a belter. Bringing down a poor goal kick and firing an unstoppable volley which shuddered the base of the post. With half time approaching George had to be alert from a couple of long balls, but it was the Owls with the final say. Jaga again finding the net with a cool finish.

Half Time 3-1

In such a tense game, the next goal would be important and it was the Owls who got it almost straight after the restart. Hussein, on at right midfield clipping in a shot which was blocked by a Park arm. Probably a little harsh but handball non the less. Hussein himself slotting from the spot.  With Aylestone Park clearly rattled the Owls went for the kill and four became five. Matt held off  an Aylestone Park attacker, turned him and set off up the pitch. The ball was quickly knocked out to Quique who chipped the ball over for Jaga to chip the keeper for his hatrick. That was to be the final goal although Jaga nearly added a fourth to his tally as a looping header that came back of the inside of the post which was scrambled away for a corner. The visitors were not coming back from this and George in the home goal was left a virtual spectator as the hosts saw out the remaining ten minutes, Adam at the back and Jaipal in the midfield also seamlessly slipping into the groove from the bench. With the full time whistle looming it was Quique who nearly had the final word, shooting over from the edge of the box.

Another fantastic performance from the boys today who really picked up their form after a below par midweek performance. They looked hungry and despite a rough opening, bossed the match from the second they took the lead to the final whistle. Although nothing is over yet this result could have a major bearing on the league title. hopefully the balance has been tipped in our favour.

Player of the Day: Another big game. Another big squad effort

Goals Scorers: Lewis, Jaga 3, Hussein

Oadby Owls Juniors 2 Harborough Town 2 (Oadby win 5-4 on penalties) - 3rd April 2013 (League Cup Q/F)

Shootout Win Sees Under Par Owls Into Semis

Oadby Owls Juniors reached the semi finals of the League Cup despite a below par performance, although it took a penalty shootout to decide the winners.

On a freezing cold evening with very strong winds running the length of  a horrid bobbly pitch, a classic wasn't expected. Matt won the toss and opted to play with the wind in the first half. The thought being we could kill the game early on. This unfortunately didn't happen as the Owls began to play arguably their worst half of football this season. The passing and movement had vanished, balls were miscontrolled and with the exception of Matt the battling spirit was lacking. It was no surprise then, that the visitors took the lead with a well taken chip after the striker raced clear. Jaga though soon levelled things up with a neat finish after a trademark bustling run. The rest of the half was a scrappy affair with Adam and the visitors centre forward having a real heavyweight tussle which resulted in both having a stern talking to at the break by the ref.. Lewis provided the only piece of quality of the half as he blasted a free kick into the top corner to give the hosts a half time lead.

Half Time : 2-1

The second half was as scrappy as the first and was being broken up by a series of throw ins and goal kicks as both teams struggled to keep the ball on the pitch in the wind. Oadby began to play a little better and twice nearly extended the lead. Isaac was bundled to the ground in the box as he was about to strike and Lewis chose to shoot with team mates better placed. It was the visitors though who were next to score as they leveled through a fine finish off the underside of the bar. It was up for grabs now and in the closing stages both sides came close to snatching it. Harry struck the bar after a neat one two and George produced a fine save after a scramble from a long throw fell to a Town striker.

Full Time: 2-2

Ten minutes of an uneventful extra time period meant it would be penalties to decide the tie.

Harborough were first up and hit the bar. Consecutive finishes by Lewis, Quique and Isaac with with Towns second and third takers converting left the score 3-2. What happened next was a carbon copy of an Owls veterans game earlier in the season. Alfie had been reintroduced to the fray to take a penalty like his dad. Unfortunately, the same outcome as the little full back failed to convert. It was up for grabs now and with willing takers in short supply, keeper George decide he fancied replaying his tour heroics from last year. First he smashed his penalty home then followed up by saving the next. Skipper Matt was next up to send the Owls through.

So a place in the semi finals it is although the performance was as poor as they have played all season. Many factors could have had an influence. The weather, pitch and much debated cancelled tour on the date of the semi. Lets hope the boys can move on and finish what has been a fine season to date. 

Player of the Day: George Rawlings

Goals Scorers: Jaga and Lewis

Aylestone Park 4 Oadby Owls Juniors 1- 18th March 2013 (LCFC Development Friendly)

Owls Suffer Rare Loss After LCFC Development  Mix Up

Oadby Owls Juniors fell to a very rare defeat to league title rivals Aylestone Park in a mix up at the Leicester City Development. Despite a grueling win against fellow challengers Woodgate in horrendous weather the previous day, the management of the Owls were led to believe the boys had a chance to pit their talents against Leicester City. Upon arrival though their hopes were dashed as they found out they would be playing Aylestone with the City chaps overseeing the fixture. To add to the mix, Aylestone were using the fixture to oversee some trialists. Because of the situation boys appeared unmotivated for the clash.

On a ridiculously large pitch at Judgemeadow the Boys kicked off the first of 3 periods and were soon in front in rather fortunate circumstances. Lewis crossed for Jaga but the ball was missed by both the in-rushing striker and keeper and rolled in at the far post. The period became even after that although Oadby created the clearer chances Jaga had a "fresh air" when well placed, Isaac fired wide and Quique shot straight at the keeper. Aylestone looked the fresher as the period closed but without causing any real concern in the Owls area.

First Period  A.P 0    O.O 1

The second period was mainly controlled by Aylestone as the Owls looked very tired. Gone was the close pressing and energy from the previous days toils. The sheer size of the pitch though left most of the play in the central areas and it was from here that Park both leveled and then went ahead. Long balls into the cavernous space behind the Owls were seized upon and finished by the sharper Park strikers.

Second Period   A.P 2   O.O 1

As the final period started the Owls went in search of the leveler and were nearly rewarded as Quique was put through, but he hit the keeper when he really should have scored. straight from that close call though Aylestone sealed the win as George let a weak shot squirm through him. As Oadby searched to get back in the game it was another counter attack that rounded off the scoring. Hussein was in down the right but his pull back fell behind four team mates leaving the Owls short at the back. A shortage that Aylestone capitalised on to make it four with a shot from the edge of the area.

Final Score  A.P 4   O.O 1

Despite the defeat the boys were not down heartened as the previous days superb performance was fresh in the memory. The boys looked tired from that game and were clearly not motivated by the late change of opponents. Hopefully they will not take that much notice of this result as the next meeting between the two sides could determine the destination of the championship trophy. 

Goals Scorers: Lewis Noble

Woodgate "80" 0 Oadby Owls Juniors 2 - 17th March 2013 (League)

Snow Joke for Woodgate against Rampant Owls

Oadby Owls Juniors travelled to Woodgate for the second meeting within a few weeks, this time in an important league game at the top of the Division one table. After a late inspection by the referee the game was to be played although the weather, like the previous week was freezing cold with heavy rain and sleet.

Oadby started with George in Goal, a back three of Alfie, Adam and Jeva with Isaac, Harry, Jai and Hussein across the middle with Jaga alone up front. From the kick off the ball was given away sloppily and Woodgate threatened down the wing which resulted in a ball being flashed across the goal. If a wake up call was ever heeded it was now. From the resulting goalkick the ball was worked up the left side involving Isaac, Jai,Harry, leaving Jaga to race through and finish clinically with a drive into the far post. After such a frantic first minute the game settled into a pattern. Harry was winning most of the ball in central midfield, with Hussein and Isaac willing assistants down the flanks. Jaipal was breaking forward at will helping out the strength and determination of Jaga who was causing all sorts of problems for the home defence. It was from one of these breaks forward that Jai was unlucky not to earn a penalty. Hussein was thwarted by a good save one on one with the keeper only for Jai to latch onto the loose ball. As he looked certain to score he was bundled over but there was nothing doing said the ref. The home keeper was again in action soon after, brilliantly tipping a Hussein shot round the post. When the home side did mount any attacks Adam and Jeva looked their usual strong solid selves and when they were breached Alfies fine reading of the game led himself to make some crucial covering tackles. 

Half Time 0-1

Changes at the break saw Matt come into the midfield for Jaipal to solidify the centre with with his strength and engine. Lewis dropped in at right back to cover for the shivering Alfie and Quique came on for Isaac on the left flank. All three fitted in smoothly as Oadby started to dominate the second half. Lewis was keeping the dangerous Woodgate winger out of the game, Matt was his usual bullish self in assisting Harry to control the midfield and Quique was looking particularly dangerous when linking with Jaga. Surley a second goal would come, but a mixture of good goalkeeping, deteriorating weather and pitch conditions and some questionable offside decisions kept the scoreline on a knife edge. After a couple of close calls though it was Jaga who pounced to get his and the Owls second, finishing from close range. With a two nil lead, the game looked beyond Woodgate although Adam and Jeva both had to make late tackles and George was tidy with his handling from a couple of corners and through balls. It was the visitors who were the more likely to add to the scoring though. Jaga was denied a treble when a rocket shot crashed off the underside of the bar onto the keeper and away. He also had a number of scrambles blocked, as did Quique, Harry, Matt and Jeva. More chances came and went as scrambles were developing as the homeside struggled to clear in the now soaking conditions.

Full Time 0-2.

Another superb performance by the whole team in another big league game. With games running out, whether that was a fatal blow to Woodgates chances remains to be seen but on this form the Owls will take a lot of stopping. The team spirit and togetherness of the side is immense at the moment with everyone playing for each other.     

Player of the Day: The whole team, a close bunch of lads giving their all for each other. 

Goals Scorers: Jaga 2

Humberstone Rangers 0 Oadby Owls Juniors 8 - 10th March 2013 (League Cup)

Oadby Owls Freeze Humberstone Out Of The Cup

Oadby Owls Juniors continued their good form with a comfortable win against second division Humberstone Rangers to secure a quarter final slot in the League Cup.

On a bitterly cold morning the Owls opted to play against the freezing cold snow filled wind in the first half. Despite playing some wonderful passing football the home side were showing a spirited determination to make things difficult. Wave after wave of attacks were missing a cutting edge or a final killer ball. Quique was looking extremely dangerous on the left of midfield skipping past the full back at will. As time passed and the goal didnt come the home sides spirit was growing stronger as they snapped into tackles and blocked shots time after time. Just as half time approached though it was Quique who final broke the deadlock. Jaga drove into the box and fed the Spaniard who calmly took a touch and slotted into the corner.

Half Time 0-1

The second period was a completely different story. With the home side against the driving snow, they were struggling to clear the ball and the entire half was played in the Rangers half. A quick strike from Lewis soon doubled the lead and a third was soon to follow, Lewis again direct from a free kick. With their excellent spirit now broken Humberstone were hanging on for damage limitation. Further goals from Jaipal (2), Harry, Hussein and Jaga made up the eight although the woodwork was struck five more times which would have proved a very harsh scoreline for the hosts.

Full Time 0-8

So its quarter finals for the Owls and and a possible chance to even the score against Hinckley who still remain the only side to beat us in any format of the game this season. Well done today to all the boys who did a professional job against a very spirited home side despite probably the most miserably cold conditions you could possibly imagine.

Player of the Day: Quique

Goals Scorers: Quique, Lewis 2, Jaipal 2, Jaga, Harry, Hussein

Northampton Town (Dev) Academy 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 10 - 4th March 2013 (Friendly)

Rampant Owls Passing Masterclass, Too Strong For Northampton

Oadby Owls Juniors made the hour long trip to Northampton to play a friendly against the league sides Development Academy. The hour of football that they produced simply blew the hosts away.

Like many friendlies that we have played the game was to be split into three periods giving both sides ample opportunity to make changes and try new  things. For the first of the periods it was Oadby who were piling pressure on the hosts. The ball was being passed around with speed and accuracy giving Northampton very little sight of the ball at all. Three goals soon followed all of the good work. Jaga blasted home the first and third goals with new signing Quique, opening his account as he continues to settle into not only a new club but a new country. Only heroics from the home keeper kept the score down to three at the break.

Period 1    0-3

Despite numerous changes the visitors continued to dominate proceedings, fizzing the ball around at will with superb movement and confidence on the ball and with each other. Tap ins for Isaac and Jaipall, followed by a rocket from Hussein doubled the advantage to six as the home side looked shell shocked and ragged. When the hosts did finally get hold of the ball the defensive mix of Adam, Jeva, Alfie, Alex and Matt left poor old George in goal a very lonely and cold spectator as they continually won back the ball and kept it, supplying the midfield of Washbo, Lewis, Isaac, Quique and Jaipal with the perfect foundation to produce another pass filled attack.

Period 2     0-6

The third period again saw changes in personel  but again no let up in the way the owls were playing. A further two goals for Jaga, a second for Quique and one for Jeva rounded the scoring off for Oadby with the hosts pulling a goal back late on after a mix up between George and Alfie saw the diminutive full back knock the ball past his own keeper. Harsh on the boy, as himself as well as his team mates had not put a foot wrong both as individuals or  a team all evening.

Final Score  1-10

Another enjoyable night out for the boys at another professional sides Development Academy. watching some of their passing, movement and ball retention was a pleasure to watch as the hosts chased shadows for much of the evening. Only a superb display by the home keeper kept the score down to just the ten.

Player of the Day: Another fantastic squad effort

Goals Scorers: Jaga 4, Quique 2, Jaipal, Hussein, Isaac and Jeva

Oadby Owls Juniors 2 Heather St John 2 - 2nd March 2013 (Friendly)

Owls Get Reality Check In Draw With Heather St John

Oadby Owls Juniors were given a reality check by a very good Heather St John side from the Tamworth Saturday League. A winning run of fine performances was ended as a late Lewis strike secured a draw that Oadby really didn't deserve. 

From the off Heather were quicker to the ball and played some lovely passing football as last weekends intensity had gone from the Owls players. friendly or not the boys have now learned that they have no divine right to win games without the required effort. Despite being under pressure it was the Owls that had the first clear cut chance. The ball was worked to new Spanish signing Quique who shot straight at the keeper when well placed. Heather took the lead straight after though as the Oadby defence failed to deal with a long ball. The striker having his initial shot saved only for the follow up to be stroked into the net.The home side responded well and were back in the game as the first period drew to a close. Alfie looked to seize on a mistake and was brought down on the edge of the box. Lewis strode up and planted a firm free kick against the bar only for Jeva to ram home the ensuing scramble.

First period 1-1

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with Heather the crisper passers. A few chances went a begging for the visitors as the owls gradually got a foothold into the game and started to exert a bit of pressure themselves. Heather came close to retaking the lead  as the forward was released down the centre, Alfie making a last ditch block which looped onto the bar. The lessons wern't learnt though as Heather did go in front soon after. A long ball released the striker again and this time he finished with a nice lob over the advancing George.

Second period 1-2

The third period was more of an even affair although the visitors had a great chance to settle matters from the spot as Alfie clipped the Heather striker in the box. The resulting spot kick was put wide by the unfortunate taker. As the game drew to a conclusion though it was the hosts that had the final say. A corner was cleared to the edge of the area only for Lewis to send a dipping drive into the top corner.

Final score 2-2

So the winning run was brought to an end as the boys were second best on the day. Not too bad though as they battled for a draw against a very capable side. Nice for Quique to get some game time on his debut since moving from Spain and a good lesson to be learnt that they dont just win by turning up and playing. The levels of commitment have to be there too. An enjoyable game non the less played in sunshine in a great spirit. 

Goals Scorers: Jeva and Lewis

Oadby Owls Juniors 4 Woodgate '80' 1 - 24th February 2013 (League Cup)

Owls Throw Down Championship Marker After Cup Showdown With Woodgate

Oadby Owls Juniors progressed to the next round of the League Cup with a commanding victory against fellow division one title challengers Woodgate. In doing so sent out a message that they are in no means going to give up top spot lightly.

On a cold snowy morning at Coombe Park the home side took the game to the visitors from the first whistle to the final whistle. Winning all their personal battles all over the pitch. The visitors struggled to cope with the pressing in defence and the passing and movement of the home sides attacks. The first ten minutes were spent encamped in the Woodgate half with shots being blocked and rash clearances being made under pressure. A tidy performance by the visitors keeper was keeping the eager Owls at bay. It is known though, that while you are on top you need to score and Oadby did just that. A long Matt Potts throw was flicked on for Isaac to arrive near post and slot calmly into the bottom corner. Oadby continued to take the game to the visitors but were often given warnings of the Woodgate threat, as quick runners through midfield caused some concern. With half time approaching Woodgate showed they posed a threat from set pieces. A wicked corner was superbly headed out from under the bar by Matt and a free kick had the home defence worried for a second. As half time approached though it was such a set piece that provided a lifeline for the visitors. After his initial save, George was unable to deal with another whipped in corner with the loose ball being poked into the net. An equaliser totally against the run of play was harsh on the boys who had won nearly all the 50/50 balls right across the pitch. Matt, Adam and Jeva had been largely untroubled at the back whilst Harry Jaipal Hussein and Isaac had controlled the midfield and Jaga had proved to be a real handful up top with his strength and ability to hold the ball.

Half Time 1-1

The second half saw Alfie and Alex come into defence with Matt moving up to midfield. the changes seemed seamless as first Alfie crunched into a tackle and Alex was first to the ball every time it went anywhere near the Woodgate striker. With Harry and Matt in the centre of the midfield now the visitors were seeing very little of the ball and it wasn't long before the home side were back in front. An alert clearance from George started  a smart move involving Harry Jai and Jaga which saw Hussein casually side foot past the helpless keeper. The visitors were clearly rattled and the lead was doubled soon after. As Jaga was bundling his way into the box the ball again broke to Hussein who sidestepped his man to produce a fine finish. The goal of the game wrapped things up with ten minutes to go. After a quick throw in and a one two with his brother Jeva danced between two defenders showing quick feet to dispatch a low drive into the corner. The game was played out from then on in with the home side looking for more to make the scoreline more emphatic. Harry came close with a cross shot which agonisingley rolled across the line and Jaga fired over when well placed just missing out the the goal that his performance deserved. On the rare occasions that that the visitors managed to run through the midfield the communication and covering of the back three of Jeva, Alfie and Alex proved one or two obstacles too many.

Full Time 4-1

A superb performance by all the boys today which should be the catalyst for a good finish to the end of the season. Desire, team spirit and no little ability shone through today in a match that could quite easily been the final had the draw not been so unkind to both sides.

Player of the Day: A real team effort.  "Everyone"

Goals Scorers: Isaac, Hussein 2, Jeva

Blaby & Whetstone 0 Oadby Owls Juniors 3 - 17th February 2013 (League)

Enough Quality Sees Owls Home Despite An Off Day

Oadby Owls Juniors remained at the top of the league after beating Blaby & Whetstone, despite failing to match their usual standards.

Playing on a reasonable pitch with the sun on their backs for the first time in what seems like an eternity, the stage was set for the league leaders to continue their current good form against the leagues bottom side. A combination of the hosts determination and an out of sorts visitors made for a scrappy opening period. A couple of chances went begging with Lewis trying to round the keeper and Jaga shooting wide, before the latter broke the deadlock. Racing on to a Matt through ball he calmly rounded the keeper before slotting home. Within minutes Jaga nearly doubled the lead but his shot cannoned down off the underside of the bar. The boys didnt have to wait long though as a Jaga shot was well saved by the hosts keeper only for Alfie to pop up to snaffle the rebound. The rest of the half was pretty uneventful stuff. Oadby failing to find their usual crisp passing style. Things were solid at the back though with skipper Matt dealing with everything the hosts could throw at him.

Half Time 0-2

The second half was very similar to the first with Oadby being on top despite not being at their best. Chances came and went. Harry coming close with a dipping volley, Hussein shooting over from close range, Jaipal twice coming close with the goal at his mercy. Out of the blue a piece of quality passing football settled the day. A quickfire passing movement between Hussein, Harry, Matt and Jaga saw Hussein finish cooly from the edge of the area. The host nearly got a consolation goal near the end as George was beaten only for Alfie to race back and clear off the line.

Full Time 0-3

Not an epic by any stretch of the imagination. Whether the boys were complacent as this was top versus bottom or it was just one of the days remains to be seen. A general lethargy seemed to spread through the side today but a win is a win and they remain top. Skipper Matt picked up the MOM as he reduced the hosts to one scoring chance with a commanding presence at the heart of the back.

Player of the day: Matt Potts

Goals Scorers: Jaga, Alfie, Hussein

Oadby Owls Juniors 7 Aylestone Park "94" 3 - 10th February 2013 (League)

Owls Turn On The Style in The Mud To Remain Top And Unbeaten 

 On one of the wettest, muddiest pitches you could possibly find Oadby Owls Juniors turned in a fine performance against a dangerous Aylestone side, to keep themselves top of the league. This despite being pegged backed twice and going behind.

The game kicked off in the rain on a shocking pitch with both sets of players struggling to keep their feet. It was all Oadby in the opening exchanges, Lewis shooting wide, Isaac sending a volley wide, Jaga having shots blocked and saved and a corner rolling right across the line with no takers. With five minutes gone Jaga scored from close range to give the hosts a deserved lead. Five minutes of madness changed the game after that though as the visitors turned the game on its head. Two goals in as many minutes. Both cracking long range efforts set the home fans wondering how they were behind with the visitors only seemingly having crossed the halfway line twice. Two nearly became three as Oadby were rattled. George this time tipping the ball round the post, with a fine save. After the shock of the two goals had worn off, The Owls again began to dominate play in search of an equaliser. Matt, Harry and the twins looking strong in the central quagmire and Isaac and Lewis offering great outlets down the flanks. It was Lewis who got the all important leveller  just before half time as the ball was worked out to him on the right wing following a flowing move. He cut inside and clipped the ball into the far top corner.

Half Time 2-2

The second half followed much of the same pattern as the first, Oadby on top, with the visitors occasional forays  on the break being cleared up by the impressive back line of Alex, Alfie and Jeva, the latter looking so strong in the conditions. The home side soon went ahead with Jaga cashing in on a quickly taken free  kick. Oadby were rampant now and looking to extend their lead Hussein had a shot pushed onto the bar by the Parks keeper and Jaga somehow missed out on his hatrick as he missed a header from no more than a yard out. The missed chances though were to be rued as Aylestone Park levelled things up again. Again it was a superb long range effort that gave George no chance. This latest setback though only spured the boys  the boys on and and they were soon back in front. a Lewis cross volleyed in by Isaac at the far post. A minute later Isaac had doubled his tally and put daylight between the sides, turning a defender and shooting into the bottom corner. From this point on there was only going to be one winner. Jaga completed his hatrick and then added a fourth to his collection. Isaac came within a whisker of his hatrick as he somehow let a cross elude him right at the base of the far post. Alert goalkeeping, missed chances and the terrible conditions prevented the home side with a much bigger winning margin by the end as a dispirited visiting side looked to be hanging on.

Full Time 7-3

In shockingly poor conditions and weather, the boys dug deep despite some super goals from the visitors and produced some superb passing football to go with all their grit and determination. With the visitors being well in the game until the final quarter of the match it made for a good watch. The home side were though well on top throughout the match and ran out worthy winners.

Player of the Day: Lewis Noble

Goals Scorers: Jaga 4, Isaac 2, Lewis

Oadby Owls Juniors 3 Loughborough Dynamo 1 - 3rd February 2013 (League)

Owls Battle To Victory To Go Top Of The League

Oadby Owls Juniors won an hard fought battle against Loughborough Dynamo to reach the summit of the league for the first time this season.  Having not played for nearly a month due to poor weather, it was Dynamo who again proved our opposition. Despite a 6-1 win away they showed enough to suggest we would have a hard fought game on our hands.

On a very heavy pitch with the ball coating in mud the Owls nearly got of to the perfect start with Jaga dragging his shot wide with barely a minute on the clock. Both side were trying to play a passing game but were finding it difficult in the conditions. With Oadby pressing for the opener it was the visitors who nearly took the lead with the impressive ginger haired midfielder firing over with George looking on helplessly. The home side were starting to look edgy half way through the half but a fine finish from Jaga calmed the nerves. Turning on the edge of the box he calmly stroked the ball into the far corner. One soon became two as Jaga pounced again, this time finishing well after a good through ball by Jaipal. Dynamo were nearly back in it  before half time but George raced from his line to produce a fine one on  one stop. As the half played out Adam in particular was dealing with any attacks from the visitors, keeping possession as well as snuffing out any danger. With half time approaching it was Oadby who nearly extended the lead. First Isaac had a dipper just creep over and Alfie shot narrowly wide after bursting through down the right.

Half Time 2-0

The second half was very similar to the first. Both sides trying to play attacking passing football but playing against both opponents and the conditions. Isaac, Harry and Jaga all came close to adding to the scoreline before a goal from Alfie seemed to wrap things up. Isaac had a shot witch the keeper did well to save only for Alfie to pop up and smash the ball into the roof of the net. The match appeared to be won and the boys went on the hunt for more goals but great work from covering defenders and some smart goal keeping kept the score down. One particular moment was the keeper making a fine save only for the ball to appear to be squirming over the line. credit to the keeper though for his recovery skills as he dived back and grabbed it on the line. With time running out though the visitors pulled a goal back. A lofted ball back into the box from thirty odd yards deceived George in goal and dropped over the line. Although in the last minute of the match this bouyed  the visitors and only a super goaline line clearance from a combination of Alfie and Matt kept the two goal cushion which was enough to see the Owls finish the day top of the pile.

After a long lay off and very heavy conditions it was nice to see the boys continue to try and play their passing game. Another win sees them top of the league and although its by no means over by any stretch of the imagination its nice for the boys to see and gives them something to try and hang on to.

Player of the Day:  Adam Bruce

Goals Scorers: Jaga 2, Alfie

Loughborough Dynamo 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 6 - 6th January 2013 (League)

Happy New Year As Owls Hit Dynamo For Six

After a lengthy lay off for the boys over Christmas, Oadby Owls Juniors started the new year by putting six goal past Lougborough Dynamo to extend their unbeaten league run. Considering the rainfall over the last month,  the hosts provided a lovely pitch that suited the Owls passing football. Together with pleasant weather the scene was set for an intriguing match.

The owls were first out the blocks pushing the home side back with some lovely movement. Jeva and Lewis were both guilty of failing to score when well placed early on. A goal was needed whilst we were on top as Dynamo were also looking to get into the game, their two central midfielders in particular looking the part. Oadby did however take control after seven  minutes with a superb strike from Alfie. A corner was cleared only for Alfie to stroke the ball high into the net from twenty five yards. The lead was doubled almost instantly as Jeva scored another quality goal. Looking like he was crowded out, he spun and planted a firm finish into the bottom corner. This however spurred the home side into life and they nearly pulled a goal back twice. First a long range free kick struck a post and then under immense pressure from a well flighted free kick, Adam produced a superb clearing header. Despite looking lively though that was the only time the home side looked like scoring as Alex ,Alfie and especially Adam snuffed out and through balls or breaks. Oadby had a couple of half chances after the five minute storm had been weathered, notably jeva unlucky not to get his second as the goalie saved well with his foot. On the stroke of half time though, the Owls made the game safe as Hussein nodded home the third from a Lewis cross.

Half Time 0-3

Oadby started the second half as they started the first, passing the ball about and making the opposition chase the game. the home side had changed their keeper at half time and the new lad was soon in the thick of the action. he produced a number of saves from both Jaga and Jeva as well as claiming numerous crosses. He was left helpless however as good link play between the twins saw Jaga smash the ball home off the underside of the bar. Four was soon to be five as a Harry through ball sent Jeva bursting through to finish in style. Credit to the hosts though, they never gave up and after moving more men forward began to stretch the game. They were rewarded for this positive move by pulling a goal back after a scramble along the owls goaline. George in the Owls goal was not to be called upon again as the owls finished the game on top. Isaac and Jeva both fired over with half chances and Harry wrapped things up with side footing home from close range following a Jaga cross.

Full Time 1-6

A good start to the year for the boys against a decent looking Loughborough side. They seem to be more clinical in front of goal than they were earlier in the season and are starting to keep the ball, move and trust in their team mates a lot more. Jeva won man of the match with his two goals although any number could stake claim. Adam and Harry in particular who both tackled and headed everything that came their way.

Player of the Day: Jeva

Goals Scorers: Alfie, Jeva 2, Hussein, Jaga, Harry

Nottingham Forest 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 2 - 10th December 2012 (Friendly)

Cup Defeat Forgotten As Owls Chop Down The Forest

Oadby Owls Juniors banished the memories of Sundays cup defeat with a worthy win against a Nottingham Forest side at a freezing forest training ground. 

The game was played with four quarters of twenty minutes and the visitors were quick out of the blocks giving the reds very little time to settle on the ball. The game started fairly even although Matt was bossing the midfield, showing what was missing the day before. this was rubbing of on his team mates as the boys were throwing themselves into tackles and being committed all over the pitch. Oadby came close to opening the scoring midway through the first period as Isaac saw his long ranger canon back off the bar. It was Forest though who went ahead although the strange decision to let the boys self referee the match had a big say in matters. the Forest strike finishing of a cross whilst looking well offside. The owls responded well and were on terms soon after, Jaga had a shot blocked only for Jeva to snaffle the rebound.

Period 1 1-1

Period two saw Oadby well on top although the scores remained the same. Adam, Alfie and Alex were relatively untroubled at the back as Hussein, Isaac, Matt, Jaipal and Jeva continued to provide Jaga plenty of balls to cause concern in the home defence. Any number of half chances were hit wide of the mark or collected by the home keeper. 

Period 2 1-1

The third period brought the Owls the winner, After Jaga had come close, a mistake from the resulting goalkick allowed Matt to head the ball to Jaga who made no mistake. From another mistake by the Forest keeper Jaga nearly made it three but a great save made amends for the stopper.

Period 1-2

The fourth period was a more even affair with very few chances although the home side came closest with a shot clipping the bar. 

Final score 1-2

A great response from the boys following the cup exit the day earlier. They played some super football as well as adding that bit of steel that is sometimes needed.

Player of the Day: A great night for the whole squad

Goals Scorers: Jaga and Jeva

Hinckley Utd 2 Oadby Owls Juniors 1 - 9th December 2012 (County Cup)

Owls Crash Out Of County Cup At Hinckley Utd

Oadby Owls Juniors crashed out of the County cup on very blustery day at the Greene King Stadium in Hinckley.

The Owls knew they were in for a tough game against a good Hinckley Utd side side and to make matters worse they were without Skipper Matt and talisman Harry.

The game kicked off with both sides playing some neat passing football but with the hosts winning most of the physical battles in the middle of the park it was looking like them most likely to break the deadlock. The Utd winger was looking particularly dangerous down the right flashing two or three dangerous centers across goal with no takers. Alex and Alfie were producing heroics at the back as the home side poured forward. Alfie in particular was reading the game well and producing some lovely covering play and last ditch tackling. As the half wore on they game was becoming more even with the wind being a telling factor in the game. George was being forced into some routine stops in goal. Isaac shot wide when well placed and Hussein had a free kick stopped by the Utd keeper. Just as it looked the half would end goalless the home side went ahead. A corner caused havoc in the Owls defence with the ball being lashed into the roof of the net.

Half Time 1-0

The second half was a much more even affair with both sides creating half chances as the game was beginning to get stretched. The Utd keeper produced a fine save from a Lewis drive with no one there for the rebound.  With Oadby searching for an equaliser it was the home side who doubled their lead. The visitors were caught playing the ball out from the back leaving a simple finish from the edge of the area. With Oadby up against it now, they were often caught on the break as they searched to get back in the game. Alfie though was having a fine game and time after time he was in the right place at the right time to snuff out any danger. His performance showing the rest of the boys what was missing with the absence of Harry and Matt. Oadby did however get a lifeline with a scrambled corner of their own. Jeva getting the final touch. With minutes to go Hussein looked like he had snatched an unlikely leveler but his free kick missed the top corner by inches.

Full Time 2-1

So the Owls lose for the first time this season. Without the physicality and drive of Matt and Harry there seemed to be a lack of leadership and strength, with only Alex and Alfie willing to put their bodies on the line. Disapointing but the boys have played superbly this season and dont become a bad side from one game. A good time to bounce back will be against a Nottingham Forest side on Monday evening. Chins up boys and keep it up. Well done to Hinckley who deserved to win on the day and good luck in the next round.

Player of the Day: Alfie Bexon

Goals Scorers: Jeva

Leicester City Development 3 Oadby Owls Juniors 3 - 26th November 2012 (Friendly)

Owls Still Unbeaten After City Test

Oadby Owls Juniors unbeaten run continued under lights against a Leicester City academy development side.

It was agreed that the boys would play the match over 3 sessions. As the first session started it was the City side that were quicker out of the blocks. George was forced to make a couple of routine stops from half chances as the Owls struggled to get a foothold in the game. As the session wore on the game was becoming more even with Oadby creating a few half chances of their own. Leicester came the closest to breaking the stalemate though when they struck the post and bar during a scramble.

1st Period   0-0

Oadby kicked off the second period in a much  more positive manor, pushing the hosts back and forcing their keeper into a couple of saves. Looking as ever dangerous from corners and set pieces as usual,  it seemed only time before we would go ahead but against the run of play the City side were the first to score. A neat finish putting an end to a quick break. The boys were straight back on the attack and were soon level as Harry whipped in a cross for Jaga to volley home. With heads and confidence now up the home goal was leading a charmed life. Both Isaac and Lewis struck the woodwork when well placed and the City keeper doing well to scramble away from the foot of the post as Jaipal  thought he had netted. Jaga did though make sure the second period ended with the boys leading by holding off a challenge to race clear and slot into the corner.

2nd period 1-2

With the Owls well and truly settled, the third period was looking comfortable. The boys were now playing their usual passing game with a few half chances being made by both sides. Mid way through the period though Oadby were victims of their own downfall. Two quickfire mistakes were punished to the full as the game was turned on its head. George left helpless in the sticks as the boys found themselves 3-2 down and facing defeat for the first time this season in any competition. The determination not to lose was evident though as they set out to rectify the mistakes. A good one touch move down the right by Alfie and Hussein left the enigmatic Eqyption one man to beat. He skipped passed him and rifled an unstoppable left footer into the roof  of the net. The game was up for grabs now and Hussein thought he had nicked it when he had a goal ruled out for hand ball as the ball flicked up and struck his arm as he ran through a tackle. City though did come close to snatching a winner themselves but a combination of Adam and Matt managed to block a promising opening.

Final Score 3-3

A nice evenings run out for the boys against a City side. Despite a slow start, for whatever reason the boys got into the game and began to impose their own style of football and create a good number of chances as well as the three goals. Good for practice and good for morale as its now three games against City's development sides without defeat. Also keeping up their unbeaten run for the season. A trip to Nottingham Forests Academy is penciled in for two weeks time along with some very tough looking cup and league fixtures, so its exciting times to be an Owl.

Player of the Day: An enjoyable night out for all the boys.

Goals Scorers: Jaga (2) and Hussein

Oadby Owls Juniors 9 Blaby & Whetstone 2 - 18th November 2012 (League) 

Owls Hit Nine to Shatter Blaby & Whetstone

Oadby Owls Juniors hit nine past Blaby & Whetstone to record their biggest league win of the campaign to date. Oadby looked to be at full strength for the first time in ages but were without top scorer Jaga after a late omission  through illness. Regardless of this the boys put in a solid, if not spectacular performance in very heavy conditions which didn't help our usual passing style.

From the kick off it was the home side were dominant in possession but were struggling to play their usual flowing football. They were however playing most of the game in the oppositions half.  After a few close calls  for the visitors  Hussein broke the deadlock latching on to a through ball to calmly stroke the ball home. Isaac was looking very menacing down the left and it was he who scored the next to goals in similar style. Bursting onto passes from Hussein and Matt respectively both finishes were hard and high above the keeper leaving him no chance. The hosts were now rampant and looking for more with the Blaby keeper making a few notable saves, one from a superb Adam header which he managed to turn onto the post leaving the Owls defender a rare goal opportunity lost.

Half Time 3-0

The second half started very brightly for the home side as Jaipal side footed home from a corner after no more than 20 seconds after coming on as half time sub. Two more goals followed quickly and both were great for two different reasons. Jeva first, scored from a move that started with with George in goal rolling the ball to him and consisted of almost all the side having a touch as the ball was worked from left to right and back to front with  himself rolling the ball past the keeper. The next was a piece of individual brilliance from Hussein as he stepped inside a challenge and curled a beauty into the far top corner from distance. At six nil, Oadby seemed to take their eye off the ball and were given a warning as it looked like the visitors had pulled one back but Harry somehow cleared from his own line with an overhead kick. The warning wasn't heeded though as Blaby pulled two goals back within a couple of minutes. Both smart finishes by the striker after he raced through. After a few choice words from the coaching staff the boys then finished the game as the had started with a three goal blast in the final five minutes. Isaac completed his hatrick, with Jeva and Jaipal helping themselves to another each with simple tap ins after saves from the visitors keeper were not cleared.

Full Time  9-2

A comfortable win for the boys on our notoriously heavy and slopey pitch. Not the best passing football we have played but we now seem to be taking more of the numerous chances we are creating

Player of the Day: Isaac Andrews

Goals Scorers: Isaac 3, Hussein 2, Jeva 2 and Jaipal 2

Aylestone Park 94 3 Oadby Owls Juniors 4 - 11th November 2012 (League)

Too Close For Comfort As Owls Remain Unbeaten

Oadby Owls remain unbeaten in all competitions this season despite being pushed close by a spirited Aylestone Park on a sunny but cold afternoon.

The home side were first out of the blocks, pushing the owls back and dominating territory. The very dangerous duo of Aylestone forwards were being well contained by some great defensive play by Alex and Alfie in particular. It was against the run of play though when Oadby went ahead, the ball breaking to Lewis who made no mistake after Jaga had challenged the keeper. It was two relatively soon after, Isaac slotting past his school mate Ben in the home goal after another mix up in the home defence. The owls were now on top after the slow start but were given a scare when the home side headed onto the bar following a corner. Harry looked to put the game beyond the hosts as his wicked cross was fumbled into his net by the keeper to make it three nil. Just before the break Alfie made a great last ditch tackle to ensure the boys ended the half three goals to the good.

Half Time 0-3

After an even opening to the second half, the home side got back into the game with two quality finishes. The first after a lightning run outstripped the visitors defence and the second a great lob from distance leaving George no chance. With the game now in the balance, Jaga restored a two goal cushion with a firm header from a corner. Lewis  nearly wrapped things up with a drive that was destined for the top corner only to see Ben in the home goal  produce a super save, tipping the ball over. The visitors were given a scare near the end as the home side scored an opportunist strike after the ball broke from a throw in. A nervy last couple of minutes ensued but the three points were in the bag lifting the boys back into second spot after the morning games had seen them drop down to fourth.

Full Time 3-4

Despite not playing at their best today, the boys dug in and ensured the kept up their unbeaten start to the season. After playing a couple of reasonably easy cup games and a very dominant 11 aside friendly that were riddled with miss after missed chances, it was nice to show a more clinical side when needed. 

Player of the Day: Matt Potts

Goals Scorers: Lewis, Isaac, Harry and Jaga

Hinckley Utd Colts 0 Oadby Owls Juniors 8 - 4th November 2012 (County Cup)

Owls Through To Fourth Round Of The Cup With 8 Goal Blast

Oadby Owls Juniors cruised through to round four of the County Cup and a rain lashed cold day in Hinckley. Like the previous round we were pitted against a team from a lower division and despite a comfortable 8 nil win, the boys were guilty of missing an absolute glut of chances as they were all over the hosts from start to finish. 

With the twins away and Adam poorly, the Owls were left with the bare nine as they kicked off on a lovely pitch in driving rain, with a familiar pattern of shots going over, wide and straight at the keeper as the visitors created chance after chance. The first goal came direct from a corner as Hussein's inswinger deceived the keeper. Alfie was next to profit from a corner as volleyed home at the far post to make it two. Lewis made things more comfortable as he put the boys three ahead from a tight angle. It was all Oadby and Alex headed home the fourth after a bit of head tennis at the far post. Hussein got his second of the match lashing the the goal of the game into the top corner.  Stout defending, good keeping and poor finishing meant the half ended 5-0

Half Time 0-5

The second half was a much more frustrating affair for the visiting fans as the home side dug in and crowded their own box, as almost constant pressure resulted in more missed chanced. balls were flashing across the goal, final passes messed up and chances being spurned. Credit to the home defence and keeper as they fought to keep the score down. Further goals from Jaipa and Matt as well as a hatrick strike from Hussein were enough for the boys to run out comfortable winners.

Full Time 0-8

Not for the first time this season, the boys were guilty of not being ruthless enough in front of goal despite another solid display. They got what they came for which was a place in the hat for the next round.

Player of the Day: Hussein Mehasseb 

Goals Scorers: Hussein 3, Alfie, Alex, Lewis, Matt, Jaipal

Birmingham U12s Futsal @ National Futsal Arena Birmingham - 20th October 2012 

Oadby Owls continue Futsal success at u12s tournament at the national Futsal Center Birmingham

Following on from last years superb feat in reaching the National Futsal Finals, Oadby Owls Juniors under 11's returned to the National Futsal Arena in Birmingham to take part in an under 12's tournament. The hope being the boys will benefit from the  passing and movement that Futsal promotes and to see how the boys cope playing against bigger stronger boys.

With captain Matt, keeper George Lewis and Adam away for half term and with Isaac injured the remaining seven traveled to the second city in hope of enjoying the day and playing some stuff.

The boys were to play six matches in a round robin tournament with the top two sides contesting the final. After winning their first two matches 2-1 with some great Futsal movement and passing and some quality finishing, the boys came up against a real physical and intense battle to earn a one all draw. With half the fixtures played and other results going their way, a win in the fourth game would see them qualify for the final early. A one nil win was good enough. The fifth and sixth games were played with less intensity with perhaps one eye on the final. An harsh one all draw with an unlucky own goal and our only loss saw us finish top of the pile.

The final was played against Santigo Sting from Birmingham and despite a very nervous opening five minutes, goals from Hussein and jeva 2 saw the boys comfortable three nil winners.

Another superb performance from the boys who were all on the score sheet bar defensive rock Harry despite all taking turns in goal and playing in a tournament for boys a year older. The tournament was played in good spirit by all at the impressive Futsal Arena without the intense pressure like last seasons finals, which allowed the boys to express themselves and produce a great tournament win.

Goals Scorers: Alex, Alfie, Hussein, Jaga, Jeva, Jaipal

Player of the day: The magnificent 7 

Groby Juniors 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 14th October 2012 (11a-side Friendly)


Due to the late cancellation of our league game against GNG, Simon managed to arrange an 11 a-side friendly against 11 aside league leaders Groby Juniors. The step from our usual 9v9 format proved no obstacle for the ever improving Owls.

The game kicked off with Oadby well on top and keeping the ball for long periods. Chances were being made and like last week, missed. Final balls were just eluding well placed team mates. Groby were finding it very hard to get hold of the ball which must have come as a slight shock following some very big league wins. A fine performance by their little speedy center back helped keep the game level for as long as it did. Jaga, Jaipal, Lewis and Hussein all missed good chances to give the owls the lead with George in the sticks at the other end a virtual spectator. As the half wore on though the home side did get into the game and came close to taking the lead with a shot over. 

Half Time 0-0

The start of the second half was a slightly more scrappy affair, but once Jeva had opened the scoring with a fine curling shot the visitors were back in control and starting to pass the ball around well again. It wasn't long before Mat doubled the lead with a very similar strike to the first, planting the ball into the far corner. Oadby were now in full gear creating chances at will, Jaga providing a neat finish for the third. The fourth goal was the goal of the match though. Mat won the ball in the left back position and exchanged a series of one twos with Isaac, the ball was then played up to Jaga who instantly switched the play across to Jaipal, he took the ball on his chest and instantly fired into the top corner from the edge of the box. With the scoreline now looking more realistic, it could have been more emphatic with the home stopper making  a few good stops and a few more misses.

Full Time 0-4

Our first game at 11 a-side proved to be a great experience for the boys. Against good opposition the whole team adapted well and put in a strong performance. Any of the players could have picked up the champagne but it was Harry Washington who got the nod. For long periods in the game the team who top the league at 11 a-side were made to chase shadows which shows how much the boys are improving and trying to play decent passing football. All we need now is to be more clinical in front of goal to go with all the chances we are making.

Player of the Day: Harry Washington

Goals Scorers: Jeva, Mat, Jaga, Jaipal

Westfield Wanderers 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 7th October 2012 (County Cup)


Oadby Owls Juniors cruised through the County Cup 3rd round of the County Cup despite an absolute glut of missed chances and a heroic display by the home keeper.

On a Sunny morning and a lovely playing surface it was the Owls who were on top for the entire game against a gallant Wanderers side who play three leagues below. Right from the off Hussein had a snap shop which was turned round the post by a keeper who was about to have the game of his life. It didn't take long for the visitors to break the deadlock as Issac broke free down the left, his shot was well saved only for Alfie follow up with a customary Bexon 30 yarder from six inches. This looked like the floodgates would open but a mixture of very poor finishing and outstanding goal keepeing kept the score at one nil. Jaipal twice, Hussein and Isaac all missed one on ones and Jeva headed wide from a corner. 

Half Time 0-1

With Jaga one at half time to add a more direct cutting edge the Owls went in search of  more goals that will kill the tie off and were rewarded right from the off. After all the good play that had previously gone unrewarded it was a miss hit corner that caught the home side out, Jaga sweeping home. despite the constant pressure the home stopper was inspired. It wasn't until the final few minutes that the scoreline was made a little more realistic. Firstly Jaipal finished off a good run and cross by Hussein and Harry flicked home a left wing corner.

Full Time 0-4

So the Owls are in the hat for the next round but despite playing some very good passing football they will have to be far more clinical in front of goal as the rounds progress. A special mention must go out today though to the Wanderers keeper who produced so many saves, he will need a new pair of gloves for his next match. 

Player of the Day: Isaac Andrews 

Goals Scorers: Alfie Bexon, Jaga Singh, Jaipal Gawera, Harry Washington

Oadby Owls 3 Hinckley United 2 - 30th September 2012 (League)

Owls remain unbeaten in close encounter

Oadby Owls Juniors remain unbeaten this season after a very hard fought victory against another of our mini soccer rivals Hinckley Utd.

The game kicked off with Oadby starting brightly and knocking the ball around as well as they have done all season. The first goal soon came after a well struck Jaga shot was parried by the visiting keeper, only for Jaipal to prod the rebound into the empty net. This had Utd rattled and a free kick opportunity soon came with the chance of doubling our lead. As the free kick was cleared however it was the visitors who got back into the match. With the Oadby defence stretched as some had gone up for the free kick the Hinckley winger took full advantage of the space to race clear down the right and chip George with a fine finish. The home side were next to show and Lewis was denied by a fine save by the keeper who pushed his close range effort onto the post.

With half time approaching Jaga put the home side back in front. Matt slip a through ball down the inside right channel for Jaga, who held of a challenge and rifle an unstoppable shot over the head of the keeper. We all thought that was it for the first half, but there was to be one more piece of drama. Jeva was harshly adjudged to of handled in the box giving the visitors a lifeline. Not for the first time this season though George came to rescue, pushing the well taken spotkick away to safety.

Half time 2-1

The second half saw the visitors start to apply more pressure. Harry and Alfie came off the bench and both put strong last ditch tackles in as Hinckley started to press in search of an equaliser. The leveller soon came though as a fine solo run was rewarded as the ball broke to a Utd player to sweep home. The rest of the half was a cagey affair with both sides cancelling each other out and a draw looking likely, but it was another sub who got the winner. Isaac was played in down the left in acres of space and with a not to disimilar finish to Hinckley's first goal he expertly chipped the keeper to see the ball nestle in the net at the far post.

Full time 3-2

Another win against top opposition for the boys who seem to be getting better and better each week.

Player of the Day: Jaga

Goals Scorers: Jaipal, Jaga, Isaac

Royce Rangers 1 Oadby Owls 5 - 16th September 2012 (Friendly)

Owls cruise to comfortable friendly win in Oakham

With a bye in the County Cup, Oadby Owls travelled to Oakham for a friendly against a competitive Royce Rangers team. Just the sort of workout both teams needed after good starts to the season. The management from both sides agreed three periods of twenty minutes would be the order of the day. Oadby kicked of on a very blustery day with the wind behind their backs. The first period was all Oadby with a combination of poor finishing and super goalkeeping keeping the game goalless. Jaga, Jaipal, Lewis and Alex were all thwarted by the host keeper. on a rare breakaway though, it was Royce who took the lead. A fine cross was turned in at the far post for a simple finish.

Period 1     1-0

Against the wind in the second period, Oadby upped their game and were keeping the ball much better than in the first. They were soon level as Jaga crashed home a fine finish after a sweeping move. Jaipal then put the visitors ahead as they continued to press for more goals. The home side tried to get things going themselves but with the wind strongly behind the through balls were harmlessly rolling through to George or away for goal kicks. After a surging run from Jeva from left back he somehow found himself in the box to convert a scramble.

Period 2     1-3

After winning the toss for the final period, skipper Matt opted to stay with the wind against, as this helped the Oadby passing game. They were rewarded with two further goals from first Jaipal and secondly from Lewis, the latter being remembered for an outrageous flick by Hussein which set Lewis through.

A good win today to keep things ticking over, in a game played in a great spirit by both sides.

Player of the Day: Jaipal

Goals Scorers: Jaipal 2, Jaga, Jeva, Lewis

Aylestone Park 0 Oadby Owls 0 - 9th September 2012 (League)

Honours even between Aylestone and Oadby

Oadby Owls Juniors traveled to Aylestone Park hoping to build on their good start to the season. Expecting a tough game against a team that had beaten them well in a recent tournanent, the home side didn't disapoint.

The game started in sweltering conditions on a large flat pitch with the visitors on top early on. Lewis broke through down the right only to see his cross shot dragged wide of the far post. Hussein was unable to head home a corner with the goal at his mercy and Jaipal came up just short when bursting through with the home keeper picking up a knock for his bravery. Alfie, Adam and Alex at the back were largely untroubled for the first ten or fifteen minutes as the Oadby midfield were winning all their personal battles in the middle of the park. As the half went by the home side began to get a foothold in the game as the Oadby players tired. The Aylestone striker broke through only for George to make a great save with the follow up wasted. As half time approached, a real let off. Again George produced a great one on one save but as the follow appeared to be put into an empty net an Aylestone player had strayed offside getting the final touch with his back.

Half Time 0-0

The second period started in stark contrast to the first. The home side were very much on top with Oadby struggling to cope with the pressure. Three times in quick succession George pulled off more one on one saves. After the ten minutes of pressure were survived the game was beginning to become more even with both sides looking for the one goal that would more than likely win the game. The home side fired over from distance. Jaga and Isaac were both crowded out when half chances were there and Lewis was nearly rewarded for his super performance as he had a gilt edged chance at the far post. As the minutes ticked by George again produced some alert keeping to earn his clean sheet and deserved MoM and Jaga nearly won it as his shot from the edge of the box dipped just over.

Full Time 0-0

A good game and an o.k result for both sides as Oadby unbeaten start continued. the home side unlucky that they came across a keeper on top of his game with Oadby feeling they could have snatched a sneaky winner with some of their half chances.

Player of the Day: George Rawlings. Unbeatable on the day

Goals Scorers: N/A

Oadby Owls 3 Wigston United 2 - 2nd September 2012 (League)

Super comeback stuns Wigston in League opener

Oadby Owls started their 9v9 league campaign with a stunning comeback win against long time mini soccer rivals Wigston United. Bouyed from a good win against Melton in midweek and the return of Isaac, Hussein and Adam, the boys looked to get a good start in the league. only skipper Matt was missing for the visit of Wigston.

The game started with Wigston having their usual large amount of possession. The back line of Alfie, Alex and Jeva though were largely untroubled though as the midfield of Lewis, Isaac, Harry and Jaipal were working tirelessly to close down their opponents and Jaga running his socks off up front.It was the home side who nearly broke the deadlock as Jaipal broke clear only for what seemed like a nudge in the back halted him as he closed in on goal. It was however Wigston who did score first as a jinking run was coolly finished off by the United striker. Hard on the boys and George in particular as it was almost the first thing he had had to do. Things however went from bad to worse as Wigston doubled their lead soon after. another fine finish after a neat turn on the edge of the box. Oadby came close to pulling a goal back on the stroke of half time as Jaga had a shot blocked and as the ball broke to Jaipal his rocket smashed against the keeper to safety where any sort of lesser connection would have brought a goal.

Half Time 0-2

The second half started with Oadby very much on top and searching to get back into the game. The constant pressure the boys were putting on the visitors was beginning to tell and mistakes were starting to appear. from one of these mistakes Jaipal pulled a goal back, slotting the ball home following an interception. It was all Oadby now and they were looking dangerous from a succession of corners and it was from one of these that the boys drew level. Jeva powered in a header which was blocked on the line only for Jaga to fire the loose ball into the roof of the net. As oadby looked for a winner it was Wigston who next came close on a break. Adam producing a superb goal saving tackle. As the follow up looked goal bound Alfie popped up on the line to clear. Hussein then came close for the home side as his dipping free kick took a wicked bounce in front of the keeper, who was relieved to see his shoulder deflect the ball up onto the bar. The game looked to be heading for a draw, but there was to be a winner though. Jaga latched onto a clearance by George and thundered an twenty yard volley over the helpless keepers head to send his team mates into raptures. the turnaround was now complete.

Full Time 3-2

A great way to start the season and credit goes to all the boys who showed great character and commitment to come back from two down. Against a good Wigston side they had to do a lot of hard work to win back the ball and keep possession themselves. 

Player of the Day: Another all round team performance.

Goals Scorers: Jaipal, Jaga 2

Melton Foxes 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 4 - 28th August 2012 (Friendly)

Owls outfox the Foxes with impressive performance

Oadby Owls Juniors travelled to Melton for their final pre-season match and turned in, easily their best 9v9 performance to date. Against a competative Foxes side with a reputation of playing good Football, it was the Owls who dominated for long periods of the match.

The match kicked off with Oadby kicking towards a bright dipping sun and were nearly caught cold as the Foxes striker broke a borderline offside decision only for Alfie to make a last ditch covering takle as the trigger was about to be pulled. That woke the boys up and after a period of keeping the ball and great movement Jaipal broke the deadlock. A fine ball from Harry set Jaipal racing clear to cooly slot into the corner. 1-0. It was nearly two as Jaga cut in from the right with his cross come shot flicking the bar with Alex poised at the far post. Jaga was out of luck again as the Owls began to dominate, this time the home keeper pulling off a great save as two nil looked odds on. Harry and Jaipal were dominant in the centre of midfield with Lewis and Alex willing assistants on the flanks. The defensive trio of Jeva, Matt and Alfie were also begining to provide some decent outlets as the visitors kept the ball for long periods. On the stroke of half time the Owls doubled their advantage with Jaga heading home a wicked Lewis corner.

Half Time 0-2

At the Start of the second period the home side began to get back into the game as they were able to freshen things up at regular intervals. With Isaac, Hussein and Adam absent the Owls had to soldier on. The home side used this good little spell to pull a goal back. From a corner, the Owls failed three times, to clear a bouncing ball, which resulted in a fine finish into the top corner. 1-2. Unfortunatly for the home side this spurred the visitors on as they found their second wind. Jaga quickly restored the two goal cushion as he beat the offside flag and timed his run to latch onto a Lewis through ball to finish first time over the advancing keeper. 1-3. For the remainder of the half the visitors controlled the possesion and looked very dangerous from a number of corners and telling through balls. Jaga was rewarded for his efforts in the dying minutes as he completed his hatrick. Alfie this time the supplyer as he raced clear to smash the ball into the roof of the net after his initial shot was well saved.

A great allround performance by the Owls with some great movement and ball retention. They had to work hard for each other and showed a lot of desire which seemed to have been lacking in previous pre-season events as the boys seemed to have finally shaken off thier holiday mode.

Player of the day : Great team performance all round

Goals Scorers: Jaipal, Jaga 3

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