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 01/09/13  10:30  Woodgate Lions  Home Lost 0-5
 08/09/13  14:00   Aylestone park 94  Away Won 8-1
 15/09/13  10:30  Leicester Nirvana  Home  Lost 2-3
 22/09/13  10:30  Hinckley United  Away Won 3-1
 29/09/13  14:00  Harborough Town'94' (League Cup)  Away Won 8-1
 06/10/13  10:30  Quorn 2006 (County Cup)  Away Drew 3-3 lost on pens
 13/10/13  10:30  Harborough Town  Home Drew 4-4
 20/10/13  10:30  Aylestone Park Youth  Away Postponed
 27/10/13  10:30  Allexton New Parks  Home Lost 2-3
 10/11/13   10:30  Groby Spartans  Away Lost 1-2
 17/11/13  10:30  Aylestone Park '94'  Home Won 3-0
 24/11/13  10:30  Allexton New Parks  Away Drew 2-2
 30/11/13  10:30 Crumlin Utd (Irish touring side) 11v11  Judgemeadow Won 3-1
 01/12/13  10:30  Groby Juniors  Home Won 3-1
 15/12/13  10:30  Melton Foxes  Away Won 2-1
 22/12/13  10:30  Leicester Nirvana  Away Postponed
 02/02/13  10:30  Melton Foxes  Home Postponed
 09/02/14  10:30  Leicester Nirvana  Away Postponed
 18/02/14  18:00  Corby Town (Friendly)  Away Drew 2-2
 23/02/14  10:30  Ratby Sports (League Cup)  Away Won 3-2
 02/03/14  10:30  Harborough Town  Away Won 4-3
 09/03/14  10:30  Aylestone Park Youth  Away Lost 0-1
 16/03/14  10:30  Hinckley Utd (League Cup)  Home Lost 4-5
 22/03/14  10:30 Crumlin Utd (Friendly) Judgemeadow Cancelled
 23/03/14  10:30  Melton Foxes  Home Won 4-0
 30/03/14  10:30  Woodgate Lions  Away  
 02/04/14  18:00  Aylestone Park Youth  Home  
 13/04/14  10:30  Hinckley Utd  Home  
 27/04/14  10:30  Leicester Nirvana  Away  

Oadby Owls Juniors 4 Melton Foxes 0 - 23rd March 2014 (League)

Wasteful Owls In Comfortable Win

Oadby Owls Juniors squandered a host of chances as they beat Melton four nil to end their poor run of results.

On a day of mixed weather of sun, rain, wind and hale and on a pitch that resembled a cheese grater it was the Owls that exerted the early pressure. Hussein guilty of missing two early one on ones. Credit to the keeper though for saving both efforts.It was however Hussein who broke the deadlock , clipping the ball past the keeper on his third visit beyond the visitors defence. A catalogue of rushed shots off target, saves by the gallant keeper and downright poor finishing kept the score down until Quique tapped home after another keeper save. Oadbys wastefulness nearly came back to haunt them as a terrible bounce decieved George only for Alfie to head off the line.

Half Time 2-0

The second half was much of the same with the Owls continuing to dominate proceedings. It wasnt pretty, partly down to the pitch but it was affective and chances were being carved out. Quique close to doubleing his tally as he reached to prod home a Hussein cross. Jeva curled an effort wide of the far post and Jaga had a couple of efforts saved. Two  goals from the twins in quick succession killed the game. First a Jeva header from a corner was deflected in on the line and then Jaga blasted a high shot over the keeper from the edge of the box. Credit to Melton though with the game lost they provided a late rally and were close to a consolation goal, however the mainly redundent George produced a fine save tipping a dipping shot onto the bar.

Full Time 4-0

Nice to see the boys back to winning ways. The pitch didnt help either side as bobbles and bumps stemmed the ability for either side to control and pass the football. With four tricky games to close the season out, the boys will have to be far more clinical in front of goal if they are to finish the season with a flourish.

Player of the Day: Jeva

Goals Scorers: Hussein, Quique, Jeva,Jaga

Oadby Owls Juniors 4 Hinckley Utd 5 -16th March 2014 (League Cup)

Owls Suffer Cup Exit In Goal Spree

Oadby Owls Juniors were knocked out of the League cup in a topsy turvey game at Coombe Park.

On a sunny but blustery day, the Owls played at home for the first time this year. The pitch now drying out and becoming horrendously bobbly.

Like the previous week the boys started slowly and it was the visitors who shot into a two goal lead thanks to two gifts. Firstly George dropped a cross leaving the forward to tap into the empty net and secondly a corner was headed in by a completly unmarked Hinckley play. Oadby were struggling to get into the game with the bobbly pitch not helping matters. The visitors nearly made it three with the forwards drive coming back off the post. Oadby however did get back into the game just before half time as Jaga slammed home the Owls first real attempt on goal.

Half Time 1-2

The goal just before the break seemed to galvanise the boys and the game was turned on its head within minutes of the restart. Lewis drilled home a penalty and Hussein turned neatly to put the Owls ahead. Back came Hinckley and restored parity as the forward rounded George and slotted home. Quique put the home side back in front after Hussein had cut in from the right wing providing the spaniard with a simple tap in. More poor defending allowed the visitors to level again as the Hinckley player again found himself umnarked from a floated free kick. Hinckley won the game with minutes to go. A thirty yard free kick catching George out as it floated on the wind and went in off the underside of the bar. In the last seconds of the game Oadby had a corner which was headed goalwards by Jaga only for the Hinckley goalie to produce a stunning tip over. As the ball dropped behind the goal the whistle went to end the game and with it Oadbys cup chances for another season.

Full Time 4-5


Player of the Day: Lewis

Goals Scorers: Jaga,Lewis,Hussein and Quique

Aylestone Park Youth 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 0 - 9th March 2014 (League)

Owls Lose Tight Game As Defences Hold Firm 

Aylestone Park gained some kind of revenge against last seasons title rivals with a hard fought one nil victory.

On a lovely pitch with the summer appearing so show signs of appearing it was Aylestone who were quick out of the blocks. Playing some lovely passing football they had the visitors pinned back for long periods. On numerous occasions they threatend to break the deadlock. Two successive corners resulted in the far post being struck and a long ranger came back off the bar. George was neat and tidy between the sticks with Harry, Alfie and Jeva all making timely interceptions and clearences. As the half wore on the Owls got a little foothold of the game themselves. Hussein fireing into the side netting and Sahil being twarted by the keeper. Oadbys best chance fell just before the break as Quique crossed only for Jaipal to be crowded out.

Half Time 0-0

The second half was a much more even affair with both defences looking tighter and chances at a premium. Jaipal had the chance of the match though with the game still goaless but somehow failed to convert with the goal at his mercy after neat work by Jaga. The miss was to prove crucial however as Park broke a few minutes later. with a hint of handball the Park midfielder took the ball on the bounce a rifled an unstoppable volley over Georges head. A great finish that was worthy of winning any tight game. The Owls responded well and should have drew level but Hussein opted to shoot instead of passing to the unmarked Jaga, with the keeper saving.

Full Time 1-0

A well contested game won by a great strike. The standard that the game was played out showed what two good sides they both are with both sides probably being dissapointed at thier slow starts to the season after both having such good deasons last year. 

Player of the Day: Harry Washimgton

Harborough Town 3 Oadby Owls Juniors 4 - 2nd March 2014 (League)

Owls Nearly Blow A Dominant First Half As Harborough Fightback

Oadby Owls Juniors were nearly punished for a poor second half display despite being vastly dominant in the first period against a spirited Harborough Town.

The Owls kicked of with a strong wind in their backs in a confident mood despite missing key duo of Harry and Thomas through ilness and holiday. They were soon on the attack pushing the home side deep into their own half. Half chances came and went and the breakthrough soon happened albeit a little fortunately. Jaga shot from distance only for the unfortunate keeper to take his eye of the ball for a split second and let the ball squirm through his legs. A shame for the lad as on the whole he had a fine game producing a string of saves especially in the second half. Isaac soon doubled the lead latching on to a Sahil pass to fire into the roof of the net. Oadby were to get a shock though as Town pulled a goal back with their first real attack. Adam appeared to bring down the forward for a stone wall penalty which wasnt given, unfortunatley the Owls boys stopped and waited for the whistle only for another town player to slip the ball home at the second attempt after a good save from George. This woke the boys up and a quick fire double from Hussein restored the status quo. The enigmatic Egyption should however had claimed a five minute hatrick as he rolled the ball wide when clean through following another sweeping move.

Half Time : 1-4.

The second half kicked off with the Owls looking for more goals and a fine stop denied Quique as he walltzed therough the home defence. With the wind in thier favour now the home side were begining to assert themselves and put a bit of pressure on the visitors goal and were quickly back in it as a scramble was turned home. The game was a lot more even now and Harborough pulled another back as the wingers overhit cross drifted in at the far post. A real game was developing now. Both keepers pulled off good saves as the next goal would be key and it was the hosts who nearly grabbed it. Isaac heading superbly off the line with George beaten. A vallient effort from the Harborough boys after such a one sided first half but all in vain as the ref blew the final whistle to the relief of the the Oadby contingent.

Full Time : 3-4

Player of the Day: Sahil

Goals Scorers: Jaga, Isaac Hussein 2

Ratby Sports 2 Oadby Owls Juniors 3 - 23rd February 2014 (League Cup)

Owls Progress Despite Late Rally 

Oadby Owls Juniors progressed to the next round of the League Cup at the expense of Ratby Sports in a match that was ruined a tad by the conditions and the weather.

On a blustery day, the Owls kicked up the slope and against the wind and were constantly probing with through balls and balls over the top for the runners to latch onto. Hussein and Quique both broke clear but the long grass and wet pitch held up their runs as they over ran the ball. Harry had the first real chance when put through but the keeper saved well with his foot. Hussein thought he had scored after poking home a scramble, the keeper again saving well with the boys convinced it had crossed the line. Sahil was next to break clear and this time made no mistake calmly sitting the keeper down before slotting into the empty net. Unfortunately for the home side they were struggling with the wind behind them as most through balls and clearances were running through to the watching George in goal.

Half time 0-1

The second half saw the Owls hoping to use the wind and soon had the game settled with a Jaga double. First he turned and fired a shot into the top corner from distance leaving the keeper helpless. He got his second soon after. Alfie dummied a corner on the edge of the box for Thomas to rifle in a shot. A great save by the keeper was prodded home by the gleeful forward.The game now looked like it was a case of how many. Isaac struck a post and Alfie had a shot cleared off the line amongst other close calls. The home side to their credit never gave up and pulled a goal back against the run of play. No panic it seemed although they scored again with the last kick of the game with the full time whistle calling time on any remarkable comeback.

Full Time 2-3

A slightly more comfortable passage through than the scoreline suggests but fair play to Ratby for providing the late scare and never giving up. The weather and pitch made sure that it was never going to be a classic but at least they have finally played a proper game after such a long time out due to postponements etc.

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Player of the Day: Thomas

Goals Scorers: Sahil, Jaga 2

Corby Town 2 Oadby Owls Juniors 2 - 18th February 2014 (Friendly)

Owls Draw After Long Winter Break In Enjoyable Run Out

Oadby Owls Juniors finally got a game after a near two month abscence due to poor weather and were unlucky not to win after an entertaining friendly encounter away at Corby.

Playing four twenty minute periods against a mixture of u12s and u13s, it was a perfect opportunity for the boys to blow off a few cobwebs and regain a bit of sharpness after such a long time without competative football. The Owls started very strongly , as they always seem to do on a flat slick surface that 3g provides. Passing the ball slickly they had the hosts pinned back for long periods, Hussein looking extremely lively on the left flank causing allsorts of problems for his opposite number. Jaga came close with a shot that the keeper did well to save after being wrong footed. Lewis struck the crossbar and Isaac and Jaipal both missed good opportunites. Somehow though the period ended goaless.

The second period was a more even affair as the host rung the changes and brought on some very big under 13 players, but it was the Owls that were still on top. The breakthrough finally happened as Quique swept home a loose ball after the bar and post had again been struck. It was soon 2-0 with Jaga producing a fine finish when put through by Lewis.

The 3rd period was much again Oadby on top with Harry this time striking the bar from distance as the home goal led a charmed life. Alfie, Adam, Alex, Thomas and Jeva having little to but provide an outlet to the dominant midfield. Lack of sharpness in front of goal was to prove costly as Corby halved the deficit with thier first real attempt of the match, a cool finsh after Adam had left the ball to run out for a goalkick. It seemingly did go out but the home forward claimed otherwise and produced a telling pass which was converted.

Like the second period the hosts again plumped for the 13s which provided a tougher final test and the boys were unable to clinch the win as a deflected shot levelled matters near the end. Jaga had a final good chance in the dying seconds but srewed his shot wide when well placed.

Full Time 2-2

The result was irrelavent although the boys were dissapointed not to have won. The main reason for the game was to get the boys playing again before they return to the league and cup in the upcoming weeks. It was a good run out with the boys playing some neat passing football.

Player of the Day: Hussein

Goals Scorers: Quique, Jaga

Melton Foxes 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 2 - 15th December 2013 (League)

Owls Continue Improved Form Despite Late Scare  

Oadby Owls Juniors continued their improved form with a victory away at Melton Foxes, in a game played in a great spirit on a superb playing surface.

On a cold cold morning the Owls have been looking forward to this fixture due to the superb pitch at Melton and the way the hosts play thier football. A chance to express thier passing style without being clogged up in the mud at Coombe Park.

It was the visitors who controlled the majority of the opening exchanges keepeing the ball for long periods and creating an early chance for Jaga who hitting the side netting. Soon after hussein came closer as his angled drive hit the outside of the post. The occasional break by the hosts being mopped up by Thomas at centre back with Alfie and Jeva offering space an time as an outlet pass as the two full backs. It was a combination down the right of Alfie, Hussein linking with Harry and Jaga that was causing allsorts of problems for the home defence with space being carved out for Hussein time and time again. A combination between these four created the opener with Jaga drilling a shot across goal into the far top corner. Isaac nearly double the lead imediately cutting acros the box only to see his shot spilled by the keeper who recovered well to collect on the line. Oadby were guilty of overplaying to provide the hosts with thier only real attempt in the first half, George saving very well as the Foxes striker raced clear.

As the half time whistle approached the visitors doubled the lead. Harry smashing a long ranger against the underside of the bar with Jaga snaffling up the rebound for his second.

Half Time 0-2

With Simon and Matt ringing the changes with the sides renound rotation policy the second half proved a little more tricky for the visitors. A bit of the fluency had gone out the the sides passing as the home side came more into the game. George twice making good stops with the Foxes forward bearing down on him. The visitors were still looking dangerous though, Quique wasting a good chance after good work by Lewis and Sahil. Sahil was causing concern with his direct running although on a number of occasions wasted good crossing opprtunities either hitting the side netting or keeper. Jaga nearly completed his hatrick as Sahil found Alfie on the overlap with his pull back being flashed over the bar.

With the game coming to a close the hosts got a break as Oadby failed to the ball was bundled home despite Harrys acrobatic clearing attempt on the line. This gave the hosts a bit of impetus and they laid seige to the visiting goal for the last couple of minutes although there were no more major scares as the game ended with a 2-1 victory.

Full Time 1-2

Another win as the boys continue thier improved form. Dominant and playing some super stuff in the first half, the changes seemed to disrupt the game as a bit of continuity was lost. All part of improving the whole squad though and another victory was secured. If only the boys had a playing surface like this to play on every week.

Player of the Day: Jaga

Goals Scorers: Jaga 2

Oadby Owls Juniors 3 Groby Spartans 1 - 1st December 2013 (League)

Owls Too Good For Groby

Oadby Owls Juniors avenged their recent defeat to Groby with a comprehensive victory at a sunny but chilly Coombe Park.

The first half started as a scrappy affair on a really heavy pitch with neither side really getting on top and it was the opening goal which was the first piece of quality on show. The Groby striker showing some nifty footwork to create space and rifle a shot into the top corner leaving George helpless. As Oadby battled to get back into the game they suffered a double injury blow as both isaac and Alfie both limped off. Hussein and Harry the replacements. It was Hussein who quickly levelled the scores finishing well with a sweetly stuck shot into the corner. The rest of the half was a pretty turgid affair as both sides struggled with the heavy mud. As half time approached though it was an unlikely source that gave the Owls the momentum for the second half. Adam, up for a corner rose high to head down into the bottom corner from a well flighted Lewis delivery.

Half Time 2-1

whatever the boys had at half time a the desired affect as the second half was played entirely in the Groby half, with the Owls defying the conditions to play some lovely one touch football. There were long periods where the visitors could not get a touch of the ball and when it was finally lost it was instantly won back. Three times in the space of around five minutes the visiting keeper produced spectacular saves to deny Hussein and Jaga twice. Quique hit the underside of the bar with a header in an almighty scramble as somehow the lead stayed at one. It was however a stroke of good fortune that brought the third goal. After a bit of trickery on the wing by Hussein his cross looped into the far corner of the net. With the game now looking over the hosts continued to dominate play with Adam, Jeva and Lewis tidying up any rare forreys into the Owls half. 

Full Time 3-1

A cracking second half performance by the boys secured victory for the second time this weekend. After playing so well against Crumlin on the Saturday, they started slowly but the second half was so dominant the score could easily have been doubled. credit to the visiting keeper who had a good day keeping his side in the match.

Player of the Day: Adam Bruce

Goals Scorers: Adam, Hussein 2

Allexton New Parks 2 Oadby Owls Juniors 2 - 24th November 2013 (League)

Honours Even In Greatly Contested Match Up

The Owls and the Parks served up a real treat for the parents on a bright but cold morning at the New College. 

The Owls were looking to avenge their recent last minute loss to the Parks and nearly scored right form the kick off. keeping the ball from the kick off and without an Allexton player touching the ball, Hussein fired narrowly wide. It wasnt all oadby though as immediately the very impressive big lad on the Allexton wing caused allsorts of bother with two crosses that were poorly converted in quick succession. Two minutes on the clock and there could if not should have been three goals scored. This set the tone for what was a very entertaining hard fought game. Allexton soon opened the scoring with the forward sweeping home first time from a through ball. Back came the Owls, with Sahil and Jaga both missing guilt edged chances.

Hussein levelled things up with a neat finish as he raced through the home back line to slot into the corner. There were no more goals in the first half although both keepers were tested, George especially brave to block as the Parks striker broke through.

Half Time 1-1

Simon rang the changes as usual to give the whole squad its turn and for the first fifteen minutes the changes were as masterstroke. The Owls were playing some lovely passing football leaving the home side chasing shadows. They were rewarded for this good spell as Quique crossed for Hussein to head home his second of the day. This spurred on the home team and the game became more even again. The home side looking very dangerous with long passes down the slope to the big strong lad who was having a big influence. Alex and Alfie would brought on at the break to help nullify his threat with Alfie in particular throwing himself into tackles and producing some crucial interceptions. It was the home side who got the leveller after a flick on was volleyed into the top corner for a fine finish. In the very last minute the owls had a chance to snatch the winner as Allexton had done two weeks earlier but after Jaga had had two bites at the cherry which were blocked, Thomas saw his snapshot drift agonisingly wide.

Full Time 2-2

A hard fought draw which was a credit to both sides and probably a fair result in the end. The spell after half time showed just how good the boys can play quick passing football with the home side rarely getting a touch in that period. when the home side to their credit, did get back into the game it was good to see an improvement in how they are digging in a bit. A game they could have won but not so long ago would probably have conspired to lose.

Player of the Day: Alfie Bexon

Goals Scorers: Hussein 2

Oadby Owls Juniors 3 Aylestone Park '94' 0 - 17th November 2013 (League)

Dominant Display Ends Poor Run

Oadby Owls Juniors ended their poorest ever run with a dominant victory over Aylestone Park '94' in a game that could have been more emphatic in the end.

A pleasant Sunday morning at Coombe Park the owls kicked off hoping to end a dreadful run and regain some of the confidence that had been lost since last season. Thomas Parsons returned to the fold after three years at Burton to add a little bit of pace and bite to the side and this seemed to galvanise the boys as they were quick out of the blocks, throwing themselves into tackles and taking the game to much improved Park side. Despite the dominance in possession it was the visitors who had the first good chance with George sharply off his line to block with Lewis mopping up the loose ball. As the half wore on Oadby had a few half chances, Quique and Hussein having shots saved and Sahil crowded out. As half time approached it looked though that it was going to be another frustrating half although George was again forced into a very smart stop. Qique had looked very lively on the right and with Alfie snuffing out the dangerous left winger and Lewis and Thomas mopping up the pieces and half time deficit would have been a little harsh.

Half Time 0-0

The customary changes were made at the break with the introduction of Isaac on the left, the twins and Adam at the back, with Thomas moving forward into the midfield. Oadby stepped up a gear and it wasnt long before the breakthough. Jaipal, Thomas and Isaac setting Jaga free, only for the keeper to save before Jai snaffled up the rebound. The whole team looked as though a weight had been lifted from their shoulders and for the rest of the half the Owls were rampant. Jaipal hit the bar from twenty five yards, Isaac had two good chances firing wide then at the keeper before Jaga double the lead with a tidy finish. before the third goal came though George was again to produce another fine save which surly would have brought back the nerves of previous weeks. Jaga soon settled matters though, heading home a Quique free kick. It was all the home side now with Thomas first clipping the bar when through and then firing into the side netting after some neat work by Jaipal. Jeva was next to hit the bar as he cut inside sending a curling effort that struck the angle of bar and post leaving Quique somehow to fire the rebound wide.

Full Time 3-0

A good performance by the boys right through the side. As the first goal went in the confidence seemed to ooze through the team as the results of the last month seemed to be forgotten. A number of players could have picked up the man of the match but Jaipal collected the prize as he broke the deadlock and produced a fine display supplying the forwards.

Player of the Day: Jaipal

Goals Scorers: Jaipal, Jaga 2

Groby Spartans 2 Oadby Owls Juniors 1- 10th November 2013 (League)

More last Minute Misery For The Owls

Oadby Owls Juniors suffered yet more last minute misery as they conceded again at the death for the fourth game on the trot. Last years unbeaten season seems a long time ago as the boys seem to have lost all last seasons belief that served them so well in tight games.

A bright Sunday morning in Groby, if not a little chilly was to provide a close well fought out battle between two sides who stood together as one for the minutes silence on remembrance Sunday.

The Owls had the slight slope slope in the first half and were soon keeping the ball from the hosts for long periods. The home side looking dangerous on the break from long clearances. An aspect that the Owls are finding hard to to defend at present. It wasn't long before the inevitable breakthrough was made. Jeva climbing high at the far post to power a header into the top corner. (no doubt helped by ex managers Alex,s lucky scoring boots as the scorer had left his at school).  Oadby continued to dominate and were unlucky not to double the lead. Hussein fired a free kick onto the underside of the bar, with the tap in rebound a forgone conclusion the ref blew for an encroachment of the ten yards. Husseins re-take ending up in the hedge. The visitors continued to press but were nearly undone again on the break. George saving well with his knee. The dangers wern't heeded though as from another long ball the ball was rolled across goal for a simple tap in at the far post. With half time approaching there was enough time for the Owls to squander two more chances, The keeper tipping a Jaga shot round the post and saving well from Hussein one on one. One all at the break which summed up the entire Owls season so far.

Half Time 1-1

Both sides made changes at half time and the game became more even. Groby providing the new rear guard of Alex, Lewis Jeva with a stern test from big kicks down the slope from the Groby keeper. Alfie moved into midfield to help Harry and try to create a more direct direct passing game with Jai and Sahil down the flanks to provide for Jaga. Although the visitors had more of the possession  it was the home side who had the clearer opportunities. George, twice saving well from close range and Jeva snuffing out danger from the lively Groby substitute. With the game looking like a hard fought draw the Oadby faithful had a funny feeling that history was about to repeat itself for the fourth week running and so it was when the tricky sub found space with a neat turn to fire into the corner leaving the shattered visitors no time for a comeback.

Full Time: 2-1

Another sorry end for the boys in another game they could if not should have won. Confidence seems low at the moment for a team who have not been used to losing for a year or two. The stubbornness not to lose seems to have gone for the moment but nothing a couple of wins wont put right. They keep being told they haven't turned into a poor side over the summer and they need a result to go with their passing football to get some belief back.

Player of the Day: Jeva (in his magic boots)

Goals Scorers: Jeva

Oadby Owls Juniors 2 Allexton New Parks 3 - 27th October 2013 (League)

Owls Undone In Last Minute For Third Match In A Row As Allexton Fightback  

Oadby Owls Juniors fell to a last minute goal for the third match on the trot as Allexton battled back from two down to take the points.

With the Owls sloping pitch back to its bobbly worst and a strong blustery gale blowing, expectations were not great for a classic encounter.

Playing against the wind though, the hosts started very brightly and pinned the visitors back in their own half. They were soon rewarded for their territorial dominance with the opening goal, Jaga on hand to finish after the keeper was unable to hold a Lewis shot.  Despite the game becoming scrappy Oadby continued to press and doubled the lead when Sahil flicked home a corner. As the half wore on both sides came close to scoring as first an Allexton attack saw a shot clip the top of the bar and at the other end good work by Sahil down the right flank saw his cross just elude Isaac at the far post.

Half Time 2-0

With the wind in their backs now it looked as though the Owls would press on and close the game out. The visitors had other ideas though and came out fighting. Two goals within a few minutes of the restart had completely changed the game. The Owls usual inability to smash the ball clear in scrambles was again exposed as the ball was forced home from close range for the first and a neat diving header after another failed clearance led to the equaliser.

The game was up for grabs now but neither side were creating any clear cut chances. Through balls were a concern for the home side but a couple of well timed tackles by Alex snuffed out any danger there. As the half wore on it was Oadby who looked the more likely. Lewis, Quique and Hussein all shooting over and the Allexton full back producing a great headed clearance as a shot headed towards the top corner. The visitors however had the last word late on as their forward raced clear down the right to finish past the helpless George for the winner.

Full Time 2-3

Player of the Day: Sahil

Goals Scorers: Jaga, Sahil

Oadby Owls Juniors 4 Harborough Town 4 - 13th October 2013 (League) 

Owls And Town Share The Spoils In See Saw Battle 

Oadby Owls and Harborough town shared the points at a wind and rain swept Coombe Park in an entertaining match that swung one way and another.

On a surprisingly good playing surface despite the slope Harborough kicked off with the wind in their backs. the game was a contrast in styles with Oadby creating a number of chances using their passing style. Isaac in a couple of times down the left only to see shots drift wide or gathered by the keeper. Sahil came close but his mishit shot drifted wide. It wasn't all Oadby by any means, Harborough proving there are more ways to skin a cat. Using the wind and some pacey attackers the Owls defence were never comfortable. It was this route that Town opened the scoring with a long goal kick skidding through to be coolly slotted home. Chances again went begging which seems to the Owls current theme this season although they were given an almighty let off when a cross came back off the post to visiting striker. His initial shot fantastically blocked by George only to see his second effort lashed over from close in. Oadby were back in it soon after, Sahil being tripped for a penalty that was dispatched by Lewis. Isaac again found himself free on the left hand side of the box this time he put the Owls ahead with a low drive. Harborough did square things up before the break after a cross was turned home  by the striker after some very poor defending.

Half Time 2-2

Harborough went back in front almost straight away as Alfie slipped leaving the striker to race clear and roll the ball home. The Owls were again playing catch up and pushed Alfie into midfield looking to atone for his error. A number of corners were starting to build up as Harry, Alfie and Quique were beginning to thread balls through to Isaac Jaga and Sahil and from one of these Jeva headed the equaliser. It was anyone's game now and the Owls thought they had won it with five minutes left as Alfie found space to poke the ball home off a post. Harborough though to their credit didn't give in and nearly leveled with a corner of their own. A great header being well saved by George. George again rescued the Owls with a one on one stop after the striker had raced clear. As time ticked by there was to be a final twist as the Owls failed to clear properly and a speculative shot took a wicked deflection which wrong footed the helpless George.

Full Time 4-4

For the second time in a week the Owls had fallen to a last minute goal as all of last seasons good fortune has clearly disappeared. In an entertaining game with a contrast of styles both sides could have won although the lion share of chances came the Owls way one or two of the clearer ones fell to the visitors.

Player of The Day: George Rawlings

Goals Scorers: Lewis, Isaac, Jeva, Alfie

Quorn 2006 3 Oadby Owls Juniors 3 (3-1 pens) - 6th October 2013 (County Cup)

Cup Exit On Penalties Hard To Take After Dominating Proceedings

Oadby Owls Juniors crashed out of the County Cup at the first hurdle despite dominating a battling Quorn side with possession, territory and attempts on goal. For the second week running they found a keeper in fantastic form as time and time again he thwarted the visitors with a mixture of acrobatic saves and blocks due to poor finishing.

The game, played in bright sunshine with Oadby having the lions share of possession. Almost the entire first fifteen minutes being played in the Quorn half. Despite some missed chances and some last ditch tackles the score remained goalless. The visitors were given a golden chance to take the lead as Hussein was tripped in the box for a spot kick, but Quiques weak penalty was comfortably saved by the keeper. A sign of things to come as the keeper was becoming busier by the minute, one notable double save from Jaga although the first opportunity should really have been taken. Despite being well on top there seemed to be a major lack of urgency in the play and the boys were punished with what was Quorns first serious attack with the striker finishing well after racing through the middle. This seemed to perk up the hosts who had a much better last ten minutes to see the half out.

Half Time 1-0

The second half began with a shock for the Owls as Quorn went two ahead following a looping long shot which dipped over Georges head. The Owls now had to raise the tempo and they did that forcing the keeper into three stunning saves in quick succession. The game was quickly turned on its head though with three goals in as many minutes. Firstly Isaac fired a volley into the top corner that even the immaculate home keeper couldn't get near. Hussein was next to prod home after the keeper had saved well and then Lewis fired home a penalty after Sahil had been fouled. Now ahead the Owls looked as though they would comfortably see out the remainder of the game and maybe add to the score but the keeper and central defender had other ideas, making some fine saves and great last ditch tackles. Despite this the it looked as though the game would end 3-2 until a mistake at the back let the striker through on goal, with Alfies last ditch tackle giving away a penalty. The penalty being the last kick of the match sending the match into extra time.

Full Time 3-3

With the home side bouyed by their late escape it was them who had the first chance with Alfie atoning by producing a overhead clearance from under his own bar. The rest of the extra time seemed to race by with both keepers pulling off one on one saves, and the visitors getting increasingly frustrated when being adjudged offside.

Penalties it was to be and the form the home keeper was in was going to be a tough ask. George saved Quorns first kick but that joy was to be short lived as Quique, Hussein and Adam all missed and despite Lewis smashing home his second penalty of the day the hosts finished 3-1 winners.

Disappointing for the boys today as they played some superb passing football and had probably 80% of the play and the majority of the chances only to come up against a goalkeeper that was on top of his game so hats off to him. Who knows what might have happened had the early penalty been taken but it shouldnt have taken until the second goal for the boys to add a bit of urgency to their fine football. A frustrating day all round as the end result took the gloss off what was a good game of football.

Goals Scorers: Isaac, Hussein, Lewis

Player of the Day : Lewis

Harborough Town '94' 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 8 - 29th September 2013 (League Cup)

Owls Cruise Through In The Cup

Oadby Owls Juniors cruised through to the next round of the cup against second division Harborough Town '94' despite taking a while to make the breakthrough.

On a lovely flat pitch in bright sunshine the owls kicked off with a strong wind in their backs. the boys immediately took control of the match with some nice passing and pushed the home side back into their own half. Chances fell early to Jaga, Quique and Hussein but most notably to Isaac who's drive forced a wonderful save from the home keeper as he pushed the ball onto the bar. Despite their domination, it looked like it would be one of those games until a moment of individual magic from the mercurial Hussein. A neat drag back beat three defenders leaving space for him to drive the ball into the corner. Quique nearly instantly doubled the lead but managed to head over from under the bar when it seemed easier to score. Isaac though did just that a moment later as his vicious volley looked to have bought another fantastic save by the keeper only for the stopper to be unlucky as the ball cannoned in off the post. The boys were now looking comfortable and the inform home keeper was dealing with everything well. Towards the end of the half though the home side had a decent little spell of their own putting pressure on the back three of Oadby and keeper George in particular as the Owls tried to keep the ball and play from the back.

Half Time 0-2

Against the wind, the Owls stepped up the tempo and the passing improved to a quicker level. Isaac made it three soon after the whistle with a thumping long ranger (with his right he was quick to add) and completed his hatrick with a cross shot which dipped in at the far post. It was all Oadby now with the home side left to rare attacks which usually resulted with the wind taking through balls all the way to George. last seasons goal machine Jaga finally got off the mark for the season for the Owls fifth finishing an end to end sweeping move with a sweet volley. A move which included George, Jeva and  Isaac down the left who switched the ball to Quique who crossed from the right wing. Qiuque himself bundled the ball home for number six, which led to Harborough's consolation,a fine finish from the striker who ran clear after a moment of concentration loss by the visitors defence. Jaipal added number seven near the end as he strode through the middle and in the last minute Jaga scored number eight after a poor goal kick by the home keeper. A shame for the lad who despite being beaten a number of times had a really good game in the home goal.

Full Time 1-8

A comfortable passage through for the boys who despite playing a side from a division below put in professional performance and but for the home keeper could have run out bigger winners.

Player of the Day: Isaac

Goals Scorers: Isaac 3, Jaga 2, Hussein, Quique, Jaipal

Hinckley Utd 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 3 - 22nd September 2013 (League)

Second Half Show Stuns Hinckley

The Owls arrived at a sunny Greene King Stadium in Hinckley looking to put in a more determined performance than the previous week. The pitch was excellent and would suit passing football.

Alex set the tone of the first half with a fair but robust tackle on the Hinckley left winger before Harry made a fantastic sliding tackle when the centre forward looked to have got behind the Owls defence. In between, Jaga had a strong run into the Hinckley box after a good through ball by Sahil forcing a good save from the home keeper and Isaac came closest to breaking the deadlock forcing an excellent save from a dipping 20 yard free kick. Likewise, George looked assured in the Owls goal as Hinckley started to create a few chances themselves with Adam clearing up at the back.

Half time: 0-0

A number of changes were made at half time with Alfie, Lewis, Hussein and Jaipal replacing Adam, Jaga, Quique and Harry. Both teams looked more dangerous in the second half and the game was now end to end. Lewis made a great tackle to thwart a good Hinckley attack before the Owls took the lead. Isaac played in Sahil who in turn squared the ball to Hussein on the edge of the area to fire an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner of the net. The Owls were now well on top and immediately scored a second through Sahil after good work from Quique who had replaced Isaac. Quique then had a golden opportunity to extend the lead when he shot wide when both Sahil and Jaipal were unmarked for a tap in. Quique’s persistence almost paid dividends minutes later as he won the ball, rounded the keeper only to see his goal bound shot brilliantly cleared off the line by a last gasp Hinckley clearance. Sahil wrapped the game up in the closing minutes when he coolly slotted the ball past the home keeper.

The only disappointment was conceding a goal from the last kick of the game.

 Full Time 1-3

Overall, a much improved team performance in contrast to last week. Every player played their part in a well-deserved victory over a Hinckley team that will be near the top of the table at the end of the season. Still lots of things to work on but the boys will continue to develop if they maintain this level of determination throughout the season.

Player of the Day: Quique

Goals Scorers: Sahil 2, Hussein

Oadby Owls Juniors 2 Leicester Nirvana 3 - 15th September 2013 (League)

Title Defence Slipping Away As Owls Lose Again

Oadby Owls Juniors chances of retaining the division one crown look to be slipping away as they slumped to their second defeat of the season against a very committed Leicester Nirvana side. 

On a cold blustery morning at Coombe Park, it was the visitors who made all of the early running. After a good win the previous week the Owls looked nervous instead of confident and were second to almost every ball. Against a side containing a number of big powerful lads the boys seemed hesitant to put their bodies on the line and losing the majority of the physical battles. This lack of physicality was putting pressure on their passing causing panicky play and rushed decisions. It came as no surprise that it was the visitors who took the lead after a corner wasn't cleared and the ball being forced over the line after a scramble. Things got worse for the Owls as the visitors doubled their advantage soon after.George unfortunately falling awkwardly after a save with the ball trickling from his grasp over the line. The rest of the half was a scrappy affair with both sides failing to play any sort of passing football. However as half time approached the Owls stunned the visitors with two quickfire goals. Firstly Lewis crashed a 20 yard free kick over the keepers head and then Jaipal reacted quickest to a fine save by the keeper after Sahil had slipped Hussein through.

Half Time 2-2

The second half was a much tighter game although the play was still scrappy. As the half wore on it looked like one more goal would be enough to clinch a win for either side. Both sides came close. The visitors hitting the bar with a sweet strike and looking very dangerous breaking through with pace onto long balls. Alex Holden coming to the fore on more than one occasion to snuff out any danger. The Owls also had their moments with Lewis twice more testing the keeper with free kicks and a Hussein cross eluding everyone after a nice move involving Jeva and Isaac.

It was the visitors who had the final say with a late winner. george parried a free kick and in the scramble that ensued, the ball was forced home.

Full Time 2-3

Another defeat for the Owls. their lack of physical presence really showed up today against a strong but fair side. After last years success they have to learn that everyone wants to beat them and today, like the Woodgate game the visitors seemed to want it that little bit more. 

Player of the Day: Alex Holden

Goals Scorers: Lewis, Jaipal

Aylestone Park '94' 1 Oadby Owls Juniors 8 - 8th September 2013 (League)

Owls Hit 8 To Erase Opening Day Misery

Oadby Owls Juniors banished last weeks defeat with a convincing win away at Aylestone Park '94'. 

On a lovely pitch in nice bright weather the boys soon got their passing game together pushing the home side back and more pleasing was the will to win had returned with players all over the pitch crunching into tackles and flying into headers.

After a couple of early missed chances the very lively Hussein started the ball rolling with a superb individual strike, cutting in from the left to drive an unstoppable shot in off the angle of corner and post. Chances again came and went as the Owls were well on top with Jaipal and Jaga undoing some fine build up play to somehow miss with the goal begging. The Owls did though get a lucky escape as a free kick came back of Georges post during a rare Park attack. Hussein soon doubled his and the teams tally with a neat finish after Quique and Jaipal had carved open the home back line. Jeva headed home a corner for the third as the game looked to be won by half time. Only a mixture of good keeping by the hosts stopper and poor finishing kept the half time score down to three.

Half Time 0-3

The second half began like the first with Oadby missing a host of chances. Sahil causing the home defence all kinds of problems with his pace through the centre. It was though the home side who scored next on the break with their striker finishing well after sprinting through. This gave the home side a boost and for five or so minutes they were looking to get back into the game. Sahil, though had other ideas and killed the game with two quick goals. At five one the game was over but the Owls were now rampant, mixed between more misses and good saves, Hussein completed his hatrick and Jaipal was rewarded for his industry with a fine diving header after starting a sweeping move with a neat turn and mazy dribble. Sahil completed his treble as Lewis released Alfie down the right with a quickly taken free kick, giving the fullback time to pick out his striker for a simple finish.

Full Time 1-8

After last weeks defeat the boys needed to scrape out any kind of win today build the confidence back. Not only did they achieve that they did it in style with some lovely passing football and added steel. Only some slack finishing and an impressive home keeper prevented the margin of victory from being much greater.


Player of the Day: Hussein

Goals Scorers: Hussein 3, Sahil 3, Jeva, Jaipal

Oadby Owls Juniors 0 Woodgate Lions 5 - 1st September 2013 (League)

Champions Humbled In League Opener

Oadby Owls Juniors found out today, just how hard it would be to defend their status as Leicestershire League Champions. The boys were handed a tough opening fixture against one of last seasons challengers Woodgate and it was the visitors who showed the boys that they were now the team that everyone wanted to beat.

On an absolute shocker of a pitch which more resembled a farmers field than a football pitch it was the home side who carved open the first chance right from kick off. Lewis sent clear by Jaga, only to be muscled off the ball. This started to become a familiar theme as the half began to unfold. Woodgate players being quicker to the ball and stronger in the challenge and it was no surprise when the visitors took the lead. A long through ball slowing up in the long grass leaving the winger time to cross for an unmarked team mate to poke home. It was soon to be two as a quickly taken throw caught out the home defence leaving the Woodgate striker a simple finish. The Owls were getting into the game now, Jaga had a shot cleared off the line and a series of corners came to nothing. The visitors were still bossing the majority of the game though and a couple of smart saves by George kept the score at two, one in particular as he pushed a header onto the bar. Woodgate had the last word though as they scored just before the break as the home side failed to clear a long throw.

Half Time 0-3

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with the visitors winning the majority of the individual battles. the chances though seemed to dry up for both sides though, until late in the half. A great run and cross was turned in for the fourth and George was unlucky to land awkwardly, spilling the ball over the line after a fine save.

Full Time 0-5

A harsh lesson for the boys who seemed to miss the leadership and strength of long time skipper Matt, who has chosen the oval ball over the beautiful game and they will need to pick up strength, both mentally and physically if they want have a shot at a decent defence of their title. Hopefully the confidence and passion they showed last season will return and the boys will give it a real go in the coming weeks and hopefully someone will find the mower before our next home game.

Player of the Day: Harry Washington

Goals Scorers: N/A

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