Under 14s Match Reports, Season 2007-2008

 

09/09/07
Whinmoor Juniors ... 6, Killinghall Nomads ... 0
16/09/07
Kirk Deighton ... 0, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2
23/09/07
Whinmoor Juniors ... 1, Pannal Sports Panthers ... 1
7/10/07
Whinmoor Juniors ... 4, Collegians ... 2
14/10/07
Wigton Moor Athletic ... 3, Whinmoor Juniors ... 3
28/10/07
Knaresborough Celtic ... 5, Whinmoor Juniors ... 6 (aet)
4/11/07
Whinmoor Juniors ... 0, Boroughbridge ... 2
18/11/07
Killinghall Nomads ... 0, Whinmoor Juniors ... 3
25/11/07
Wigton Moor United ... 2, Whinmoor Juniors ... 1
10/02/08
Whinmoor Juniors ... 9, Wetherby Athletic ... 2
24/02/08
Whinmoor Juniors ... 1, Kirk Deighton ... 2
9/03/08
Boroughbridge ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 0
6/04/08
Whinmoor Juniors ... 2, Bouroughbridge ... 3
13/04/08
Wetherby Athletic...4, Whinmoor Juniors...3
27/04/08
Whinmoor Juniors...4, Wigton Moor Athletic...1
1/05/08
Pannal Sports Panthers...4, Whinmoor Juniors...3

 

9th September 2007 Whinmoor Juniors
6
Killinghall Nomads
0
League Uttley (2),og., Henderson, Kershaw,Johnson
 

Whinmoor welcomed Killinghall to Skelton Woods looking to avenge the two defeats handed to them by the Nomads last season. The teams were well matched in a tight opening few minutes, with the lightning quick Purkiss running at the home defence. After 7 minutes, Henderson played in Squires, whose shot was parried to Harry Uttley, who made no mistake opening his account for the season. The Whinmoor back four remained solid, restricting the Nomads chances, but whenever they did get through, Ling was there to clean up. The Nomads keeper excelled at the other end, foiling Kershaw and Uttley, and making a number of superb saves. Cairns went close for Whinmoor with a wickedly curling shot which just flashed by the post. Half time arrived, and Whinmoor had a slim 1-0 advantage.

With only one substitute, Killinghall started the second half with only ten fit players. Whinmoor started to assert their dominance as Henderson down the right and Clarke on the left started finding more space. A through ball saw Uttley round the keeper, but he crashed his shot against the bar. Fifteen minutes in, as the Nomads tried to get back in the game, a long kick from Ling saw Harry Uttley latch onto it beautifully to float the ball into the net. A few seconds later, Cairns put a header narrowly over from a corner, but Whinmoor only had a few seconds to wait when a Henderson cross was deflected past his own keeper by an unfortunate Killinghall defender to make the score 3-0. With 15 minutes left, a short corner led to Uttley crashing the ball against the post, but a minute later, a superb cross by Kershaw was met on the volley by Callan Henderson, giving the keeper no chance. Within a minute, good play from Uttley saw Cameron Kershaw squeeze the ball in at the near post to make it five. With ten minutes left, Cairns and Grayson combined to give Oliver Johnson a sight of goal, and he finished with style to complete the scoring at 6-0.

Killinghall were hurt by their lack of numbers in the second half, but Purkiss always looked dangerous, and keeper Gotting had a fine game to keep his side in it in the first half. For Whinmoor, Henderson and Uttley worked hard up front, and in defence Walker and McMahon both had fine games.

(JMc - Posted 9/9/07)

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16th September 2007 Kirk Deighton
0
Whinmoor Juniors
2
League  
Kershaw, Jowett

A wide open pitch on a bright, windy day was the setting for this first ever meeting between these two teams.

The chances were limited to long shots for most of the first half hour, with Uttley and Kershaw up front for Whinmoor, whilst Chris Ling made a good save from a rare close range effort. Kirk Deighton's primary weapon was aggression, with came to the fore when Mulavdic was hurt just outside the area - the referee giving one of a number of bewildering decisions by awarding 'Deighton a free kick. Whinmoor started to show that they had more flair by getting the ball down and stroking it around, and Kershaw started to find space down the middle. After half an hour, a huge clearance from Ling bounced over the defence and Cameron Kershaw was on hand to slot home his second of the season. A minute later, Cairns almost made it two, but his volley was saved. A lovely nod through by Kershaw left Uttley in the clear, but an questionable offside flag stopped him in his tracks. The game went from end-to-end, as Lings huge clearances became through-balls. Duree and Kershaw provided Uttley with a chance, but the home keeper scrambled it away. The half finished with Whinmoor on top, Clarke going close, whilst Kirk Deighton could barely muster a clear chance.

The second half started with Whinmoor against the wind. The home side came into the game much more, Clarke making a superb tackle in the area. At the other end, Mulavdic played an inch-perfect ball through the Kershaw, who narrowly ran out of pitch. As 'Deighton tried to get back into the game, both Walker and Jowett made telling tackles in the area, before a scramble in the Whinmoor area led to the ball going narrowly over Lings crossbar. Duree found space to let a 30-yarder whistle narrowly wide, whilst confusion in the Whinmoor defence led to Chris Ling making a good save after Kirk Deighton played the ball into the area. A Jowett through ball was met by Kershaw, who chased the ball down and nodded over the keeper, only to see it roll agonisingly wide. A clumsy challenge just outside the centre circle 5 minutes from time gave Whinmoor a free-kick. Ed Jowett stepped up to rocket the ball home from fully 35 yards. The goalkeeper very sensibly got out of the way, as the ball was still rising when it hit the back of the net! At 2-0, the score was a truer representation of the game, and with the ineffective officiating, the game broke down with several incidents of retaliation.

Damir Mulavdic capped his fine debut performance by deservedly being named man of the match, but William Duree also stood out in a game spoiled slightly by the windy conditions and inconsistent refereeing.

(JMc - Posted 16/9/07)

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23rd September 2007 Whinmoor Juniors
1
Pannal Sports Panthers
1
League Johnson
Gregory

Whinmoor started by far the stronger team, and carved out a number of chances, with Kershaw, Uttley and Duree all having a go. The Panthers only chance of the first half hour came after a huge clearance caused confusion in the Whinmoor defence but Chris Ling showed good hands to hold on to the ball. Whinmoor continued to waste chances as the half wore on, with Henderson working hard down the right, Clarke down the left. A cross from Uttley was missed by everyone at one end, whilst the Panthers put a cross in that rolled almost along the goal line before being cleared. On the half hour, very much against the run of play, Pannal took the lead. A through ball found the speedy Gregory in space, and he took the ball wide and put in a shot that Ling only just failed to keep out. Five minutes later, Whinmoor were level. A huge clearance by Ling found Kershaw, who played in Oliver Johnson, who made no mistake from twelve yards.Three minues later, OJ almost made it 2-1 when good work from Henderson gave him a chance on the edge of the area, but his curling shot bounced off the outside of the post. The Panthers were more in the game as the half ended, with Gregory again forcing a good save from Ling.

Panthers started the second half with a mission, and forced their hosts on to the back foot. Walker and makeshift centre-half Kershaw were called on to make crucial tackles at the back, whilst Duree dominated the left hand side. Nip and Gregory both went close for the visitors, for whom Cooper at centre half was dictating the game. It was 20 minutes before Whinmoor had a chance, with Kershaw forcing the keeper to save after an Uttley cross was half cleared. As time ran out, Whinmoor started to dominate as they had in the first half. Walker and Uttley combined for Grayson, who put his header narrowly over, whilst Henderson forced a stunning save from the Pannal keeper after a corner. The game ended with Whinmoor putting Pannal under pressure, but Pannal deserved their point after dominating the second half.

(JMc - Posted 23/9/07)

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7th October 2007 Whinmoor Juniors
4
Collegians
2
League Uttley (3), Jowett
Hall, Martin

Collegians arrived from Huddersfield on a beautiful day and were knocked out of the county cup after a thrilling game which was in doubt until the last few moments. The visitors started brightly, contesting every ball, but they were prevented from having a clear shot until the 10th minute. Whinmoor came into it more, with Uttley having an influence. Kershaw and Johnson both went close before a Collegians break led to a defence-splitting through-ball to Hall, who ran into the area and slotted past Ling to give the visitors the lead after 25 minutes. This spurred Whinmoor into action, and 5 minutes later a great run by Uttley led to a cross, which evaded everyone in the 6 yard box. Henderson was blatantly pushed over by the defender and Harry Uttley made no mistake from the spot, blasting the ball past the keeper. Within a minute, Whinmoor had turned the game around. A stunning through ball from Squires found Harry Uttley in space, and he rounded the keeper to put Whinmoor 2-1 up at the break.

Whinmoor started the 2nd half strongly. Jowett and Squires both went close and Uttley hit the post. Collegians got cracking on 50 minutes, when a free kick from Martin was headed onto the bar by Bligh. From the corner, Collegians had a glorious chance to equalise, but Ling made a fabulous save with his legs from point-blank range. At the other end, a long shot from Kershaw was spilled by the keeper, and Johnson narrowly failed to squeeze it inside the post. Whinmoor now had all the possession, and it was no surprise when a perfect Mulavdic corner was headed in by Ed Jowett, who rose above everyone to nod the ball home.

Whinmoor were now limiting Collegians to long shots, and Mulavdic spotted the visiting keeper off the line and was narrowly wide from all of 35 yards, Squires was denied by a good save. With two minutes left on the clock, a free-kick was awarded to Collegians on the edge of the area, and Martin placed it beautifully in the top corner to give the Huddersfield side hope at 3-2. Hall had the chance to equalise as Collegians threw everything at Whinmoor, but Ling saved well. Chris Ling had a hand in the goal that finally killed off the game, as another massive kick downfield beat the defence and, for once, the bounce favoured Whinmoor, letting Harry Uttley in to crown his man-of-the-match performance with a hat-trick. Collegians played very well, and put Whinmoor under pressure for a lot of the game, but great performances all round, especially from Uttley, Mulavdic and Squires, saw Whinmoor through to the second round.

(JMc - Posted 7/10/07)

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14th October 2007 Wigton Moor Athletic
3
Whinmoor Juniors
3
League  
Uttley (2), Clarke

Whinmoor made a number of changes to last weeks team, and started very sluggishly. After 10 minutes, a free kick was poorly defended by Whinmoor and the hosts squeezed it over the line. Although Mulavdic and Uttley went close, Whinmoor were allowing themselves to be intimidated by Wigton Moors aggressive tactics. Good work from Henderson saw the ball to Squires, who crossed it for Harry Uttley to tap in the equaliser on 15. Henderson and Bligh were making headway down the flanks, but were foiled by a poor final ball and a catalogue of hilarious decisions. Henderson and Kershaw both went close after good play from Bligh and Uttley. At the other end, Ling missed a clearance when out of his area, but Walker managed to scramble the ball away. The half finished with Whinmoor on top, but the score still at 1-1.

Right at the start of the second half, a poor Whinmoor clearance was lobbed back over the keeper into the net to give Wigton Moor the lead. 5 minutes later, a scramble in the home area was followed by Josh Clarke keeping a cool head to equalise with a well placed shot. Mulavdic then put a shot narrowly wide, but a breakaway from the hosts saw a speculative shot spilled by the keeper, and Wigton Moor mopped up to retake the lead. There was now a delay as the Whinmoor keeper received treatment after getting an arm injury in the scramble. The referee was allowing robust defending from Wigton Moor, but penalising Whinmoor when they tried to match these tactics. Mulavdic and Uttley both went close as Whinmoor pushed forward for a deserved equaliser. As the game moved towards injury time, a pass back to the Wigton Moor keeper was chased by Harry Uttley, and he was rewarded when the keepers clearance rebounded off the Whinmoor striker into the back of the net. Despite a number of stoppages, the referee then blew the final whistle immediately, after playing a total of 15 seconds of stoppage time. The game finished 3-3, but this was a game that Whinmoor should really have won comfortably. Tom Bligh was awarded man-of-the-match after a characteristically bombastic performance, but both Damir Mulavdic (against his former club) and the consistently strong William Duree deserve a mention.

(JMc - Posted 14/10/07)

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28th October 2007 Knaresborough Celtic
5
Whinmoor Juniors
6
League Cup, 3rd round. Emmet J (2), Emmett A, Greszko, o.g.
Uttley (4), Jowett, Kershaw

A thrilling goal-fest in Knaresborough ended with Whinmoor scoring the odd goal in eleven to win a superb game. The hosts started quickly. A huge long ball to the speedy J. Emmet saw him squeeze the ball in after 5 minutes. Almost immediately, another long ball found the little striker again and before Whinmoor knew it they were 2-0 down. Two minutes later, they were back in the game. A quick Henderson throw found Harry Uttley on the corner of the area, and he curled a superb shot beyond the 'keeper. The game went from end-to-end, on the wide open pitch. After 20mins, a Celtic corner fell to A. Emmett on the edge of the area, and he rifled in to make it 3-1 to Knaresborough. Almost immediately, a Whinmoor corner saw Kershaws clever flick hit the post, but the rebound fell to Ed Jowett, who lashed the ball in. Whinmoor now started to create chances, and Kershaw went close after good work by Henderson and Squires. Two minutes before the half, a lobbed pass from Uttley found Cameron Kershaw, who delicately lobbed the keeper to equalise. The breathless first half ended 3-3.

Whinmoor started the second half on a mission, and prevented Celtic from getting out of their own half. Kershaw, Uttley and Squires all went close, so it was against the run of play when Greszko lobbed the keeper from long range to regain the lead for Celtic. Chris Ling was on his toes to keep out J. Emmet after Celtic had hit the bar. This sustained pressure led to a corner, which was headed past his own keeper by a Whinmoor defender. 15 minutes left, and the score was 5-3 to Celtic. Uttley forced an excellent save from point-blank range, but with 10 minutes left, a superb Mulavdic through ball found Harry Uttley in space, and he took his time and rifled the ball home. a minute later, a great run by Squires caused chaos in the home defence, and the ball fell to Harry Uttley again, and he put the ball away to level at 5-5.

Extra Time was very cagey, neither side wanting to make a mistake.Uttley put the ball narrowly over, and Walker put in a number of excellent tackles at the back. As the start of the second period, a seemingly good Uttley goal was ruled out for offside, but Whinmoor seemed the side most likely to score. The game was almost decided as Uttley found space, but the Celtic 'keeper pulled off a miraculous save to deflect the ball over the bar. Duree and Jowett both had pops at goal, but as time ran out, a Kershaw pass caused panic in the Celtic defence, and Harry Uttley capitalised to shoot home. This was an excellent game, Knaresborough had superb performances from J. Emmett and Granger at the back, whilst Tom Walker was magnificent for Whinmoor, as was Harry Uttley, in an excellent all-round team performance, as they move on to the third round.

(JMc - Posted 28/10/07)

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28th October 2007 Whinmoor Juniors
0
Boroughbridge
2
WR Cup, Round 2  
Coles (2)

A tight game a Skelton Woods was marred by string of inconsistent decisions. Whinmoor started off playing the more composed football, with 'Bridge dangerous on the break with the first chance falling to Coles, who put his shot narrowly wide. Whinmoor, missing 3 regular first-teamers, kept the visitors under pressure without forcing the keeper into action. Chris Ling made a fantastic point-blank save following a corner. After 20 minutes, the game swung towards the visitors after the referee awarded a penalty following a scramble in the Whinmoor area, and Coles despatched the penalty. Duree went close to equalising with a neat flick following a corner, but up the other end Ling was called into action again, making another fine save from close range. Quinn went close just before the break with a superb shot from 25 yards, the keeper pushing it round the post.

'Bridge made it 2-0 four minutes into the 2nd half. Yet another questionable Boroughbridge free kick for pushing was knocked to the far post where Coles nodded his second. The game was very tight, as chances were rare, but Whinmoor continued to play the better football. Boroughbridge, however, were always dangerous on the break. The hosts became frustrated with the inconsistent refereeing, and were reduced to 10 men for the last 8 minutes, which ended the game as a contest. At the end of this well contested but even game, 14 free kicks had been awarded to Boroughbridge, whereas only 2 were awarded to Whinmoor.

Chris Ling had a superb game for Whinmoor, and both Andy Quinn and Tom Bligh deserve a special mention, but the whole team played well.

(JMc - Posted 4/11/07)

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18th November 2007 Killinghall Nomads
0
Whinmoor Juniors
3
League  
Jowett, Mulavdic, Uttley

It was a cold wet day as Whinmoor travelled to Killinghall who had recently seen off Wetherby who sit second in the league a point above Whinmoor. The pack had to be shuffled due to injury to Quinn and McMahon struck down by illness.
At the kick off, it was clear that Whinmoor settled the better with some slick passing which dissected the Killinghall midfield. The deadlock was broken on 4 minutes as Ed Jowett received the ball in the centre circle of his own half and struck it with both power and accuracy over the keeper into to the back of the Killinghall goal.
Killinghall began to settle but Whinmoor were playing some classy football with Mulavdic making the right hand side of the pitch his own. On 10 minutes the menacing Uttley agonisingly saw his a shot miss the left hand upright by inches. Whinmoor continued to press with Uttley running at the defence on the left hand side crossing an inch perfect cross to Damir Mulavdic to stroked the ball home with the inside of his right foot giving the Killinghall keeper no chance.
On 20 minutes Killinghall won a free kick on the edge of the Whinmoor penalty box, the ball was floated in only for the Killinghall forward to hit it wide. Whinmoor continued to battle and after 22 minutes Harry Uttley latched onto a throw in from the left and put it away perfectly with his left foot, 3 - 0. On the stroke of half time the Killinghall number 3 committed a potential leg breaking tackle on Jowett, to which Jowett reacted resulting in both players seeing red cards.
The second half kicked off but it was apparent that the game was now marred by the incident on half time. Whinmoor continued to edge the play with Kershaw filling in at centre back like he had played there for years. The final whistle was blown and Whinmoor were now back to winning ways, with Mulavdic opening his account for Whinmoor with a man of the match performance. A mention also to the defenders, Henderson, Kershaw, Walker, Duree who mopped up everything that Killingahll had to offer & Uttley who ran the Killinghall defence ragged for 70 minutes.
(WJ - Posted 18/11/07)

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25th November 2007 Wigton Moor United
2
Whinmoor Juniors
1
League Stainthorpe, Zervos
Uttley

Last seasons finalists Whinmoor bowed out of the League cup after this battling performance, playing higher league opposition for the fourth consecutive league cup tie. Playing with the slope, Whinmoor matched their opponents early on, with Squires having their first pop at goal after good work from Uttley. Wigton Moor went close after 11 minutes and then had a goal disallowed for offside. Within a minute, Wigton Moor capitalised on their pressure when an excellent run and cross gave Stainthorpe a simple tap-in to open the scoring. Whinmoor were beginning to match their opponents in crisp passing and physicality, and were rewarded with a penalty when Bozzo was felled in the box. Bozzo's kick was well saved by the keeper down to his right. This disappointment inspired Whinmoor, and some superb football from Mulavdic and Uttley led to Squires dispossessing the fullback and crossing to Harry Uttley, who made no mistake from six yards. Whinmoor now had the bulk of possession, with Mulavdic, Uttley and Duree all having an great influence on the game. Mulavdic and Bozzo both went close, before the break arrived with the score at 1-1.

Whinmoor started the second half well, and a superb passing move involving Uttley and Mulavdic ended with Squires putting the ball just wide. The offside flag again came to Whinmoors rescue to disallow a Wigton Moor breakaway goal. Half way through the second half, Wigton Moor had gained control of the match, and forced a succession of corners, the last of which ended with a scramble which Zervos forced over the line - the referee gave the goal, despite calls for a video replay! Chris Ling kept the visitors in with a shout with an excellent close-range save, and both Ling and Kershaw combined the keep the ball out just moments later. Whinmoor pulled out all the stops, but Wigton Moor were alert to Uttleys ability, and after a forty yard run, he ran into a wall of defenders, and Clarke wanted one touch too many to pull the visitors level. The last meaningful action of the game was when the patchy referee finally gave a free kick after a Whinmoor player was flattened 25 yards out. Uttley's blistering free kick went just wide, and Whinmoor were out of the cup. The Wigton Moor manager praised the Whinmoor side, and tipped them for promotion, and every Whinmoor player on the pitch did themselves proud against a very well organised and skilful side, but William Duree stood out after a typically thundering game in defence.
(JMc - Posted 26/11/07)

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10th February 2008 Whinmoor Juniors
9
Wetherby Athletic
2
League Squires(4), Uttley (3), Kershaw, Bozzo
 

After their 'winter break', Whinmoor under 14s came back with a bang as they demolished a weakened Wetherby side. After only three minutes, Uttley shot after receiving the ball from Mulavdic, and when the keeper spilled it, Danny Squires was in the right place the bury the rebound. The visitors came straight back, and some great play led to their number 8 being brought down in the area. The same player got up to take the kick, and although Ling got a hand to it, he couldn't prevent it going in. 5 minutes later, a great through ball from Squires gave Harry Uttley enough time to finish well to regain the lead. Half way through the first half, a superb Bozzo corner was met by Cairns, but his header was cleared off the line. A few minutes later, Wetherby failed to clear a Whinmoor corner, and Duree crossed for Cameron Kershaw to tap in. Just before the break, a long shot from Uttley was parried by the keeper, and Danny Squires followed in to double his tally. Half time, and Whinmoor held a 4-1 lead.

Wetherby started the second half very impressively, and dominated the first 15 minutes. A free kick from their right hand side was knocked in high, and the Wetherby number 5 glanced his header in off the post. The visitors continued to claw their was back into the game, and Chris Ling was called upon several times to bring off good saves, and a Wetherby free-kick came back off the bar. After Ling had made another superb save down to his right, a McMahon clearance found its way to Harry Uttley on the edge of the area, and he took it past a defender to slot home to make it 5-2. A minute later, a huge Ling clearance was latched onto by Squires, and he pulled it back for Emilio Bozzo to crash the ball in. Almost immediately, Harry Uttley found himself in space on the corner of the area, and he managed to squeeze the ball in at the near post for his hat-trick. Wetherby were struggling to keep pace on a heavy pitch, and it ws no surprise when Danny Squires completed his own hat-trick with a good finish after some great passing between Bligh and Uttley. Whinmoor save the best until last however, when just before the end, some superb football led to Quinn finding Duree in the area, and his deft flick put Danny Squires in to finish the scoring with a superb volley. The scoreline didn't do justice to the effort that Wetherby had put in, but Whinmoor will be pleased with the way they played. Squires, Walker and Bozzo all made good contrbutions, and Chris Ling was named man-of-the-match. (JMc - Posted 10/02/08)

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23rd February 2008 Whinmoor Juniors
1
Kirk Deighton
2
League Mulavdic
 

Whinmoor welcomed Kirk Deighton to Skelton Woods hoping to complete the double. The game started scrappily, with no side gaining an advantage. Whinmoor did apply a little pressure, with Cairns and Mulavdic working hard in midfield, but Kirk Deighton comfortably dealt with anything thrown at them. The visitors played the neater, more organised football, and after 19 minutes they beat the offside trap for the no. 9 to finish past Chris Ling. Whinmoor tried to get back into the game, but the heavy pitch and an excellent performance by the Kirk Deighton 'keeper kept them at bay - in fact, it was just before half-time when Mulavdic had Whinmoors first shot on target..

The second half began brighter for Whinmoor, with Uttley starting to make inroads. A lovely bit of play from Squires found Kershaw in a great position, but the keeper was there again to push his flick onto the post. Duree and Kershaw were starting to link well down the left, but Kirk Deightons well organised defence kept shots to a mininum - in fact, they went closest to extending their lead on more than one occasion, as first Walker, and then Ling managed to keep them out. After 50 minutes, a smartly taken free kick found Damir Mulavdic in space, and he finished well to equalise. Whinmoor then started to put the 'Deighton defence under a bit more pressure, with Duree, Cairns and Quinn all going close, whilst the visitors always looked dangerous on the break. And so it was, 5 minutes from time, when following a Whinmoor corner, the ball was lumped upfield and it was three against one, before an unselfish pass allowed the Kirk Deighton striker to score, to hand Whinmoor their first league defeat of the season.

Kirk Deighton deserved their victory for a well organised and very hard-working display. Whinmoor had a bit of an off-day, but Chris Ling, Harry Uttley, Damir Mulavdic and man-of -the-match Joseph Cairns can be proud of their efforts.

. (JMc - Posted 23/02/08)

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9th March 2008

Boroughbridge
1
Whinmoor Juniors
0
League  
 

Boroughbridge only needed a draw to take the title on a bright, windy day in North Yorkshire. Both teams started well, and defences were well on top. The makeshift Whinmoor back four, missing 2 regulars, coped superbly with the well organised 'bridge forwards, and chances were at a premium. Mulavdic, Uttley and Quinn all ran tirelessly down the slope, as the game went first one way and then the other. At the other end, Bligh was getting in amongst the 'bridge forwards, Kershaw kept the dangerous Coles quiet, and McMahon and Henderson were both solid, in clearances and tackles, and on the rare occasions 'bridge managed to get past them, Chris Ling was as reliable as ever. With Cairns and Bozzo working very hard in midfield, and half-time arrived with no clear-cut chances for either side.

The second half followed the same pattern, but with the slope, 'bridge were applying a little more pressure. Bozzo and Clarke were winning the ball in midfield, and Quinn and Uttley were beginning to link well down the left - indeed, this combination led to a superb cross from Uttley which was just beyond Mulavdic. As the second half wore on, there were one or two more chances, and Bozzo and Uttley both went close for Whinmoor, whilst at the other end, Ling frustrated the 'Bridge forwards and there were good tackles time and again from all in the back four. As time ran out, the gaps became a little larger, Clarke fashioned a chance for Mulavdic, which went narrowly wide, before a Boroughbridge midfielder found a yard of space for the first time all day, and struck a magnificent shot into the roof of the net from 22 yards out, which no goalkeeper on earth would have got near. This proved to be almost the last kick of the game, and the hosts had clinched the title.

Whinmoor were desperately unlucky to come away with nothing, as the whole team worked their socks off (an order has gone in for some new ones), especially the back four of (man-of-the-match) Tom Bligh, Danny McMahon, Cameron Kershaw, and Callan Henderson. This performance bodes well for the rest of the season, as Whinmoor push on for promotion. (JMc - Posted 9/03/08)

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6th April 2008

Whinmoor Juniors
2
Boroughbridge
3
League Uttley, Clarke
Coles (2), Coombes

League leaders Boroughbridge made it a 100% record for the season, but Whinmoor pushed them all the way in a near-repeat of their last fixture.

Whinmoor started the brighter, and after 5 minutes, took a deserved lead. A superb tackle from Duree saw the full back bring the ball forward into space. He then put a sublime ball down the left to Harry Uttley, who played a fantastic first touch past the full back, before lashing the ball inside the far post. This spurred Boroughbridge into life, and speed merchant Stephen Coles had more joy today. A minute after going behind, 'Bridge scraped the woodwork. The game remained close, but was there were many more chances at both ends than their last fixture, and 'Bridge started bombard Whinmoor with their long-ball tactics. Half-way through the first half, one of these balls found Coles in space, and he squeezed it past Ling to equalise. The visitors now started to dominate the game, as Whinmoor struggled to get out of their own half. On the half-hour, a free kick wide right was lofted in and Coombes rose to nod the ball home to give 'Bridge the lead. They pressed home their advantage two minutes later when Chris Ling made a great block in a one-on-one, but the ball squirted out to Coles, who rolled the ball home to make the score 1-3. Just before the break, Uttley had a shot for Whinmoor which was beautifully placed towards the top corner, but the keeper got to it.

The second half saw a much better display from the home side. The weather had deteriorated, and Bligh and Cairns in midfield were winning the ball regularly. A scramble saw the ball bobble and bounce everywhere but the back of the net, and Duree hit a nasty bobble when he was just about the pull the trigger. At the other end, the classy Chris Ling pulled off no less than five one-on-one saves, from Coles, Coombes and Lambert. Whinmoor kept pushing forward, and a free kick from the right saw the ball in another scramble, but this time, Josh Clarke kept a cool head to knock the ball over the line with 8 minutes left. The ball kept flying from one end to another, and Duree almost rescued a point for Whinmoor when a speculative punt from the touchline, just inside the opposition half, came back off the post. Boroughbridge held on the win 3-2.

Whinmoor had a decent game today, and Chris Lings multiple one-on-one saves earned him the plaudits and the man of the match, but Tom Bligh, Will Duree and Tom Walker all played very well, whilst the whole team showed their fighting spirit for the second game running.

(JMc - Posted 6/04/08)

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13th April 2008

Wetherby Ath
4
Whinmoor Juniors
3
League  
Mulavdic, Uttley (2)

Whinmoor were severely depleted for this game against local rivals Wetherby, but held their own in a frenetic opening which saw the ball fly over both crossbars early on. After 12 minutes the hosts made the breakthrough from the spot after one of their busy strikers was judged to have been brought down. Whinmoor fought their way back into the game, and on 18, Damir Mulavdic put in a speculative free-kick, but the home keeper misjudged the ball altogether and it ended up in the back of the net. Wetherby tried to make their numerical advantage count, but the Whinmoor defence, especially Henderson, were working hard and keeping the chances to a minimum. At the other end, Clarke and Quinn both got on the end of chances, but a bobbly pitch and a packed defence managed to keep the scores level up until half time.

The second half started disastrously for Whinmoor. First, some crisp passing from Wetherby saw a superb final ball split the defence in two, leaving the striker with only the keeper to beat. It was 3-1 soon after, a superb cross from the left saw the defence in disarray, and one of the Whinmoor defenders unwittingly nutmegged his own keeper. The game seemed to be up after only 15 minutes of the second half when another swarming attack from Wetherby found Whinmoor short of numbers at the back, and ball was swept home to make it 4-1. Wetherby were denied a fifth when the ref spotted an infringement prior to ball being headed in from a corner.

The increasingly isolated Mulavdic was then switched to play a deeper role, and 10 minutes from the end, this played dividends. He picked the ball up on the half-way line, played a neat one-two with Quinn, and found himself past the full-back again; this time the full back was caught out, and brought the Whinmoor man down. Harry Uttley's penalty was despatched with aplomb. Whinmoor now saw a chance, and fought for all they were worth. A succession of throw ins down the right hand side saw the ball reach Harry Uttley again, and he placed an astonishing strike just inside the far post from an almost impossible angle. Whinmoor were looking the most likely side to pinch a point when they just ran out of time, and Wetherby held on for the win.

This was a brave performance from a depleted Whinmoor side; and special mention must go to Chris Ling, who had his usual superb game, despite playing for most of it with an injury; Callan Henderson, who worked very hard at the back, and upfront the tireless man-of-the-match Damir Mulavdic and Harry Uttley, neither of whom ever stopped running and were still bamboozling the Wetherby defence at the final whistle. (JMc - Posted 14/04/08)

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27th April 2008

Whinmoor Juniors
4
Wigton Moor Athletic
1
League OG, Uttley, OG, Mulavdic
 

Whinmoor managed their first win in 5 in the mud at Skelton Woods. Whinmoor dominated the opening exchanges, with Mulavdic and Uttley making inroads into the Wigton Moor defence. After 12 minutes, the pressure finally told when the Wigton keeper came out to clear the ball, but smashed it against a retreating defender, and the ball trickled over the line. Whinmoor continued to press, and after a number of goalmouth scrambles, Harry Uttley poked one in from about six inches to make it 2-0. Whinmoor sat back a bit at this point, and allowed Wigton to come at them. On 26 minutes, a neat ball through beat the offside trap, and Wigton managed to pull one back. The game then settled into a pattern for the rest of the first half, with Whinmoor pressing, but Wigton Moor breaking quickly, with Chris Ling making a stupendous save low to his left to keep Whinmoor in front.

The second half followed the same pattern, with Quinn, Mulavdic and Uttley all looking dangerous. Another brave Chris Ling save, when he was almost submerged in the mud, was followed by a neat bit of play involving Cairns and Quinn, with Quinn putting a superb shot across the keeper, when the ball hit the bar, the chance looked to be over, but another retreating defender stumbled into the ball and it rolled into an empty net. 3-1. The conditions had grown steadily worse and the rain became heavier, and tempers on both sides began to grow short. 5 minutes from the end, Clarke and Uttley combined well to send Damir Mulavdic away, and after a sliding tackle blocked his first shot, he found the net with his second.

Both teams deserve recognition for creating a decent game in appalling conditions, and the Wigton Moor 'keeper had an exceptional game, but Whinmoor were deserved winners, and had they taken the chances they created, they could have won by a much bigger margin. William Duree, who came off the pitch covered head-to-foot in mud, took the man of the match, but Damir Mulavdic, Emilio Bozzo and 'keeper extraordinaire Chris Ling all stood out. (JMc - Posted 27/04/08)

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1st May 2008

Pannal Sports Panthers
4
Whinmoor Juniors
3
League  
Uttley (3)

Jimmy Greaves once said "It's a funny old game" and no game was stranger than this one. Whinmoor totally dominated in terms of possession, shots on goal and territory, and yet came away with nothing. Panthers started brightly on a bumpy, sloping pitch, and used that slope to their advantage as the big hoof over the defence brought dividends after only 4 minutes. Whinmoor then started playing, with Uttley heading over after a Bozzo cross, and Mulavdic feeding Uttley again, only for the bar to deny Whinmoors top scorer. On 24 minutes, the Panthers charged down a goal kick, and the ball was lobbed back into an empty net for 2-0. Apart from the Panthers drawing an exceptional save from Chris Ling, the half finished with Whinmoor camped on the edge of the Pannal area, with Uttley and Mulavdic both working the home keeper and numerous half-chances going begging.

The second half started as the first had ended, with Whinmoor making all the chances and playing some good football, and only 2 minutes in, a corner led to a scramble which saw Walkers shot blocked on the line. Two minutes later, a disaster in the visiting defence led to Pannal scoring their third. A fine run by Uttley saw him sit the ball up for Quinns header, which went narrowly over.Whinmoor were starting to approach desperation, but good work by Quinn and a charged down shot saw the ball fall to Harry Uttley, who struck a fine shot and put the ball in off the post from 25yds out. Pannal started to look nervous, and half way through the second half, the visitors scored again. Duree played a fine ball through to Harry Uttley, who strode past the last defender to slip the ball home. Whinmoor were now going all out for the equaliser, but were caught by the sucker punch, as a huge clearance found them short handed at the back, and Pannal restored their two goal lead. Whinmoor came right back at them, and Bozzo, Quinn and Clarke all made inroads, but without the final product. The ref finally ran out of patience with Pannals flapping arms with 2 minutes left, and a clever free kick from Harry Uttley snuck into the near post. It was just too late, however, and the final whistle blew, curiously right on time, as Whinmoor were mounting yet another attack.

Whinmoor had at least 70% of the possession and created at least four times as many chances as their opponents, but all too often couldn't find the finishing touch. Uttley, Mulavdic and Clarke covered huge amounts of ground up front, and Bligh and Walker had superb games at the back. (JMc - Posted 1/05/08)

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