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Chelmsford City WF
Mini Tournament February
Tue 26 Feb 10:00 - Friendly Kickoff 10:00

Tuesday 26th February 2019 – Friendly Tournament.

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Tuesday 26th February 2019 – Friendly Tournament.

Tuesday 26th February 2019 – Friendly Tournament.

Teams participating:

CCWFC – BLUES
CCWGC – CLARETS
CCWFC – YELLOWS
LITTLE OAKLEY
LEYTON ORIENT
BLACKMORE

Match Reports.

Game 1 – CCWFC BLUES v CCWFC YELLOWS

The Blues started well, with sharp passing and distribution, and clearly had the upper hand from kick off. It was not long before Steve George in the Yellows goal was forced into action, stopping a good shot at his left hand post. Conceding a corner after 3 minutes, the Yellows defended well with another good save from Steve in goal. The pressure was all one way and Man of The Match Colin HAYDEN narrowly missing with a fiercely struck shot, across the Keeper and only narrowly missing the right hand post.
GOAL, With only 5 minutes gone the ball was played out to George Keogh who finished with a well struck shot to the keeper’s right, giving him no chance.
Substitutions were made at ‘half time’ with Lance Gooch being replaced by Terry Buck and Billy HARVEY coming on for Brian Thomas.
It took 10 minutes play before the Yellows were finally able to have their first shot at goad, with a drive by Terry Owers being saved by Chris Jullings in the Blues goal at his right hand post.
Yellows maintained their superiority with a shot by Billy HARVEY saved by the keeper at his left hand post. Thirteen minutes and yet another great move with a shot by George Keogh well saved by the Yellow’s keeper, but with the relentless pressure from the blues it was inevitable that another goad would not be long coming.
GOAL, Colin HAYDEN always a constant threat down the right latched on to the ball and struck it sweetly into the right side of the goal, giving the Yellows keeper no chance.
GOAL Two minutes before the end of the game after good approach work, the ball was laid off to George Keogh who 20 yards from goal with no hesitation slammed the ball into the back of the Yellow’s net for a well-deserved second goal and the Blues third.
It was only in the last seconds that Dave ROAST was able to strike the Yellow’s second shot at goal, which was saved comfortably dealt with by Chris in the Blue’s goal.
An impressive performance by the whole team, especially Colin HAYDEN who ran the midfield and carried out many penetrating runs down the right hand touchline. An equally impressive performance from George Keogh who scored two great goals.

Match Reports.

Game 2 – CCWFC BLUES (0) v (2) CCWFC CLARETS

Blues were slow out of the gates in this game and it was clear that this was going to be more of an uphill task. They were facing what was effectively the 60+ first team who so convincingly won the league last season. Blues seemed to be on the back foot with the Clarets dominating the play with snappy possession.
With 7 minutes gone Blues finally woke up and with some good interplay opened up the Clarets defence but the final shot was wide of the goal.
Half time saw Terry Buck and Billy HARVEY make way for Brian Thomas and Lance Gooch.
The game resumed in the same vein, with Blues being pressured, The Blues again broke through with a good shot from Colin HAYDEN forcing a save from Gillie DONALDSON to his right hand side.
Chris Jullings was forced into another great save low to his right from Paul Hunt,
GOAL Paul Hunt gave Chris Jullings no chance with a very well struck shot after 13 minutes.
Thereafter some frantic defensive work by the Blues but following a mix up in the Blues defence, Mark Elnaugh stepped up and struck the ball only slightly wide of the Blues goal.
It was all now one-way with Chris Jullings making another great save to a fierce drive from Bill Sedgwick.
And so it finished with the Clarets winning. No disgrace to the old fellows, A strong display against the league winning Clarets.

Match Reports.

Game 3 – CCWFC BLUES (1) v (0) LEYTON ORIENT

Blues were again under pressure from the start from a strong, organised Leyton Orient Side.
Three minutes gone and the Blues attack was stopped by a foul on Brian Thomas and from the resulting free-kick the ball was struck well by Terry Buck but unfortunately slightly wide of the goal.
Terry Buck then made an ‘unfortunate’ but cynical tackle on a Leyton Orient forward and was fortunate not to receive more than a ‘ticking off’ from the referee.
From the free kick. Chris Jullings made a brilliant save high to his right catching and holding the very well-struck shot.
GOAL. After 14 minutes the ball was fed into the path of Terry Buck who struck a great shot beyond the ‘Os’ Keeper.
Chris Jullings again to the rescue. Unsighted, he brilliantly parried a low drive that passed through the legs of a defender, past his right hand post.
With the bit back between their teeth Blues again pressed hard. Another good shot from Colin HAYDEN but Blues were unable to extend the lead.
After 16 minutes Billy HARVEY found himself out numbered three to one by Leyton Orient forwards. Holding the centre he coolly intercepted a pass that had it eluded him would almost certainly resulted in a goal,
Yet another great performance from the Blues and a string of great saves by Chris Jullings in goal.

Man of The Match Chris Jullings

Match Reports.

Game 4 – CCWFC BLUES (0) v (0) LITTLE OAKLEY

The game started slowly with no obvious advantage to either team. Little Oakley were attacking dangerously down the centre and Chris Jullings was soon called into action making a great save low down with a one on one with a Little Oakley forward. Time and again Chris Jullings came to the Blues aid with another fine save at his left hand post.
Blues survived a lucky escape after the ball broke loose to the opposition. Fortunately the ball was struck marginally wide with Chris Jullings beaten at his left hand post.
Half time with Colin HAYDEN being replaced by Terry Buck for a well earned breather and George Keogh and Billy HARVEY swapping around.
Chris Jullings again in action, saving well from a deflected shot at his right hand post, followed up after going to ground and saving the following shot while still on the floor.
Tragedy struck Blues now with Lance Gooch suffering a hamstring injury and being forced to retire.
Another crunching tackle from Terry Buck this time saw him ‘blue carded’ and sent off for two minutes. On his return unfortunately narrowly missing the goal with a cheeky trademark back flick.
One man short and thankfully Blues held on to keep a clean sheet.
Another convincing performance from the Blues, keeping their heads and another immaculate goalkeeping display from Chris Jullings in goal.

Match Reports.

Game 5 – CCWFC BLUES (1) v (1) BLACKMORE

A tough well contested game. Blues v BLACKMORE the eventual winners of the tournament.
Blues started well.
GOAL. After only 3 minutes Blues struck with a well-taken goal from Colin HAYDEN.
GOAL, Blues lead was short lived. Within a minute Blackmore responded after some uncharacteristically slack defensive work by the Blues to draw level.
Only 5 minutes gone with the game evenly balanced the unsighted Chris Jullings saves again this time with his feet from a fierce low shot
After 8 minutes Terry Buck joins the game as a substitute.
So it was for the remainder of the match, neither side gaining an advantage.
The final action saw yet another great save from Chris Jullings.
Final score honours even 1:1

All in all an impressive start to the coming season. The ‘Pensioners’ more than holding their own and boding well for 2019 – 2020. Good performances from all although one or two guilty of wandering and being caught out of position.
Steady performances from Jim , George, Lance and Billy in defence with, with solid performances from Brian and Terry.
Outstanding performance from Colin HAYDEN and Chris Jullings.

For what it is worth Blues Man of the Tournament – Chris Jullings.

Out of practice with this match reporting lark and couldn’t read my own handwriting at times.

Geoff.

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