Under 15s Match Reports, Season 2008-2009

 

07/09/08
Guiseley White ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2
14/09/08
Kirk Deighton Rangers ... 2, Whinmoor Juniors ... 1
21/09/08
Leeds Maccabi ... 2, Whinmoor Juniors ... 9
28/09/08
Boroughbridge ... 7, Whinmoor Juniors ... 0
12/10/08
Whinmoor Juniors ... 5, Otley Town ... 2
9/11/08
Bardsey Juniors ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 8
16/11/08
Whinmoor Juniors ... 7, Beeston 'B' ... 2
23/11/08
Cookridge Albion ... 4, Whinmoor Juniors ... 8
11/1/09
Whinmoor Juniors ... 7, Cookridge Albion ... 2
18/1/09
Whinmoor Juniors ... 1, Chapeltown FYDC ... 6
8/3/09
Whinmoor Juniors ... 3, Guiseley White... 4
22/3/09
Otley Town ...4, Whinmoor Juniors...1
29/3/09
Whinmoor Juniors...4, Wigton Moor Athletic...7
5/4/09
Pannal Sports Panthers...1, Whinmoor Juniors...5
11/4/09
Nidd United ...1, Whinmoor Juniors...7
15/4/09
Whinmoor Juniors...1, Kirk Deighton Rangers...2
17/4/09
Whinmoor Juniors...1, Nidd United...0
19/4/09
Whinmoor Juniors...11, Bardsey Juniors...2
23/4/09
Whinmoor Juniors...3, Leeds Maccabi...4
26/4/09
Whinmoor Juniors...6, Pannal Sports Panthers...5
26/4/09
Wigton Moor Athletic 4, Whinmoor Juniors...2

 

7th September 2008 Guiseley White
1
Whinmoor Juniors
2
League Noon
Squires (2)

A goal in each half from Danny Squires helped a make-shift Whinmoor side beat a strong Guiseley line-up in the season opener. After 10 minutes, some superb approach play from Mulavdic and Uttley sent Danny Squires clear, and he finished confidently to give Whinmoor the lead against the run of play. Guiseley kept pushing forward, and ten minutes before the break, the ref ignored the offside flag to allow Noon's equaliser to stand. Half-time, and the score was 1-1.

In the second half, Whinmoor had more of the play, but Guiseley still looked dangerous pushing forward. Whinmoor regained the lead when Danny Squires, latching onto a Bozzo free-kick, beat the offside trap and rolled the ball into the net. Guiseley tried to fight their way back into the game, but Whinmoor always looked more the more likely side to score again. Uttley, Mulavdic and Bozzo all had chances, Uttley being denied an apparently good goal by the offside flag. Whinmoor ran out winners in the end, having probably edged the play. Man of the match was awarded to debutant Nathan Bradd in goal, but a number of players ran him very close. (Posted - 7/9/08 JMc)

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14th September 2008 Kirk Deighton Rangers
2
Whinmoor Juniors
1
League O'Donaghue (2)
Mulavdic

A scrappy game ended in defeat for Whinmoor, as Kirk Deighton again pinched the points in a fixture switched because of the swamp-like conditions at Skelton Woods. In the long grass, and missing the tried and trusted strike force of Squires and Uttley, Whinmoor struggled to find cohesion up front, as Kirk Deighton used their aggression to gain the upper hand during the first half. Josh Whiteman, making his first start for the team, looked assured in goal, but he was powerless to stop Kirk Deighton taking the lead midway through the first half as the ball was wastefully given away from a Whinmoor throw in, and the defence was caught on the wrong foot, allowing O'Donaghue to score. Whinmoor started to get more of the ball, but they were being knocked off the ball with alarming regularity. Half time arrived with the score at 1-0, and two of the back four limping off due to the 'win at all costs' attitude of Kirk Deighton.

Douglas and Bradd started the second half like they meant it, and this spread through the whole team. Bozzo, Duree and Bradd all had chances, but 10 minutes into the second half, a superbly lofted corner from Duree led to a scramble, from which Damir Mulavdic kept his head and squeezed the ball over the line to equalise. Ten minutes later, from a free kick wide on the left, Bozzo put an inch perfect cross to the back post, where Douglas headed agonisingly over the bar. With all this pressure, a breakaway was always likely, and after keeping the defensive line well through most of the second half, a lapse in concentration 5 minutes from time left O'Donaghue with time to lob Whiteman from 18 yards. Whinmoor pushed everyone forward, and keeper Whiteman was inches away from getting onto the end of a corner, but Whinmoor ran out of time. Tom Bligh took the man of the match award for a typically solid performance at the back, but special mention should go to the hard work put in by Douglas (on his league debut) and Bradd in the second half, and the industrious Mulavdic all the way through the game. (Posted - 15/9/08 JMc)

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21st September 2008 Leeds Maccabi
2
Whinmoor Juniors
9
League  
Uttley(4), Quinn(2), Cairns, Bradd, Whiteman

A much improved Whinmoor side overwhelmed their hosts on a warm, sunny morning at Roundhay Park. Harry Uttley opened the scoring on 6 minutes, and doubled the lead five minutes later, converting Bradds cross. Whiteman made a superb save from a Maccabi free-kick, but Whinmoor were mostly comfortable in defence, until a push was spotted, and the Leeds Maccabi player put his penalty straight up the middle. Eight minutes before the break, a superb Duree corner was met by Joe Cairns, ghosting in on the back stick, who nodded in Whinmoors third.

The second half started with Maccabi having a real go at it, but early on, a long ball through saw Nathan Bradd bearing down on goal, and he drew the keeper cleverly before finishing to make the score 4-1. Maccabi didn't lay down though, and kept pushing forward, and a clever ball over the back four saw their captain clear, and he put the ball past the advancing keeper from distance. Almost straight away, though, some great play from Bozzo and Mulavdic saw Uttley scramble the ball towards the line before a Maccabi full back smashed the ball into the back of the net. Uttley claimed the goal, but it will have to go to a video replay! Two minutes later, there was no doubt, as Uttley finished off an excellent Bozzo corner. With ten minutes remaining, Josh Whiteman, who had swapped the keepers jersey with Bradd, hit a speculative shot from 20yds out which the home keeper failed to deal with to score his first goal for the club. Andy Quinn finished the rout by scoring two carbon copy goals in the last five minutes, both times scoring when coming in late on the back post.

This was a dramatic improvement over the last couple of games, and Joe Cairns took the man-of-the-match , but the Mars bar (which the manager had forgotten!)could have easily gone to any one of about eight players.

(Posted - 21/9/08 JMc)

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28th September 2008 Boroughbridge
7
Whinmoor Juniors
0
League Cup  
 

Despite missing 5 first team players, Whinmoor started the stronger of the two sides. After about eight minutes, the referee ignored the offside flag to allow Boroughbridge to take the lead with a trademark long-ball goal. Whinmoor had played the better football in the first half without carving out any clear cut chances, despite hard work from Uttley, Bradd and Moran.Douglas and Bligh in the centre of defence played superbly. A corner led to a 'bridge defender heading the ball against his own bar just before the break, and Whinmoor finished the first half feeling hard done by that they weren't level. The game was lost in the first ten minutes of the second half. Boroughbridge changed their tactics from the long ball over the top to the shorter ball played through the defence, and this brought three very quick goals. After that, some of the Whinmoor lads seemed to run out of energy, and the game fizzled out somewhat, Boroughbridge getting through thrice more to score almost carbon-copy goals.

Whinmoor struggled to cope without the missing players, but Tom Douglas and Connor Whitehead shared the man-of-the-match, for committed and hard working performances, and Josh Whiteman, despite the unrepresentative scoreline, had a strong game in goal, and couldn't be faulted for any of the goals. All of the Whinmoor players put in a good shift on the field today, and deserved far more than they got.

(Posted - 28/9/08 JMc)

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12th October 2008 Whinmoor Juniors
5
Otley Town
2
League Quinn, Walker, Uttley (2), Cairns
 

Whinmoor continued their up and down season with a fine win against fellow title contenders Otley Town. The first half started very tightly, with neither team able to dominate. Whinmoor gradually started to get on top, however, and after 25 minutes it took something special to break the deadlock, as Andy Quinn put a beautifully flighted volley into the far corner from 25yds out. This shook the visitors into life, and 3 minutes later, a free kick five yards inside the Whinmoor half was put into the six yard box and somehow found its way into the net. The result was decided in 7 minutes at the end of the first half. First, Tom Walker kept his head to force the ball home after a corner. Two minutes from the break, Harry Uttley scored his first of the afternoon, knocking the ball over the keeper and rolling it into an empty net, and right on half time, Joe Cairns put the hosts 4-1 up after some poor defensive play by Otley.

Otley started the second half strongly, but it was Whinmoor who extended their lead, with Harry Uttley squeezing the ball past the keeper from long range.Otley pushed forwards, and had a number of chances to get them into the game, but poor finishing and good defending kept them at bay. Half-way through the second half, however, Otley pulled a deserved goal back when they took advantage of indecision in the Whinmoor defence. Althouth the visitors kept pushing for another, Whinmoor were equal to it, with the spine of the team of Duree, Walker and Uttley all dominating their area of the field. The Otley keeper had a fine second half, pulling off three fine saves. The whistle went with no further score, and Whinmoor won 5-2. William Duree deservedly received the man-of-the-match, but mention has to go to Nathan Bradd in goal, Tom Walker and Harry Uttley, who all stood out in a strong team performance. (Posted - 12/10/08 JMc)

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9th November 2008 Bardsey Juniors
1
Whinmoor Juniors
8
League  
Bradd (3), Cairns, Squires, Uttley (2), Goodwin

After a slow start, Whinmoor overwhelmed their hosts. It took 20 minutes of huffing and puffing, but then Whinmoor were 3-0 up within 5 minutes. First, Nathan Bradd scrambled in the opener, and then a superb header from Duree was brilliantly saved by the Bardsey keeper, but Joe Cairns was in the right place to finish. A minute later, Bradd doubled his tally after latching onto a through ball. Bardsey got themselves back into the game after a disputed penalty was awarded and converted, but right on half-time, Danny Squires found himself on the by-line to squeeze the ball in at the near post.

Bardsey started the second half strongly, but a long ball from Harry Uttley was misjudged by the under-pressure keeper, and the ball rolled into the empty net. A minute later, Nathan Bradd completed his first hat-trick when he beat the keeper again. Whinmoor then sat back a bit, and Bardsey fought to get back into the game. Clarke and Squires played very well for Whinmoor at the back. With 10 minutes left, a ball from Uttley found Whiteman in space, and when his shot was parried by the keeper, Josh Goodwin was on hand to finish from a tight angle for his first goal for the club. The scoring was completed four minutes from time when a Duree free kick found Harry Uttley in space, and he nodded it over the keeper.

Nathan Bradd was deservedly awarded man of the match, but this was a good team performance, in which every man contributed to the victory. (Posted - 9/11/08 JMc)

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16th November 2008 Whinmoor Juniors
7
Beeston 'B'
2
Black Prince Trophy Squires, Mulavdic, Walker, Cairns, Clarke, Whitehead, Duree
 

Whinmoor started quickly on a heavy pitch and Danny Squires capitalised on space down the left hand side to slot the ball home. After 14 minutes, Damir Mulavdic's perseverence paid off as he doubled the lead, and three minutes later, Joe Cairns stretched the lead further. Beeston were left slightly shell shocked by this, but started to come more into the game, and some good approach play led to their number 6 pulling a goal back on 21 minutes. Before half time, the Beeston keeper made three stupendous saves before the ball fell to Tom Walker, who slotted it past a despairing dive to make the half time score 4-1.

Beeston started the second half very well, and a penalty was awarded when the keeper impeded a Beeston striker in the box, but the kick was blasted over the bar. Straight away, Whinmoor went down the other end, and Josh Clarke exploited a hole in the defence to score Whinmoors fifth. The pitch was breaking up badly, mostly preventing any flowing football, as the ball slithered from end to end. A Whinmoor corner half-way through the second half led to Connor Whitehead delicately heading the ball over the keeper to make it 6-1. The game deteriorated as the visitors seemed to give up the ghost, but they did rally enough to score a fine header into the corner to make it 6-2. 3 minutes from the end, a free kick from 25 yards out was hit towards goal by Will Duree, but the keeper misjudged the flight and the ball trickled over the line.

The Beeston keeper has a superb game in muddy conditions, whilst Will Duree took the man of the match plaudits for Whinmoor, with special mention going to Damir Mulavdic, but the whole team effort was emphasised by the fact that Whinmoor's seven goals were scored by seven different scorers. (Posted - 16/11/08 JMc)

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23rd November 2008 Cookridge Albion
4
Whinmoor Juniors
8
League  
Duree (3), Uttley (3), Squires, Goodwin

A below-par performance in a weird game saw Whinmoor go back to the top of the league - just! Whinmoor started the brighter, and after 10 minutes a half-cleared Whinmoor corner saw the ball fall to Will Duree 6 yards out and he made no mistake. On 14 minutes, Whinmoor had the opportunity to double the lead when Walker was felled in the area. He got up to take the kick himself, but the Albion keeper made a fine save, diving low to his right. Whinmoor dominated the game completely, but found it difficult to force clear cut chances against the hard-working Cookridge side. On 25 minutes, Whinmoor were awarded another penalty when Walker was fouled again - this time Harry Uttley made no mistake to put Whinmoor 2-0 up. Whinmoor then seemed to relax and allow the Cookridge side to come back into the game. After half an hour, hesitation in the Whinmoor defence saw their number 14 hit a speculative shot from distance, which the Whinmoor keeper saved, then inexplicably dropped over the line. 5 minutes from the break, Whitehead seemed. to have headed a perfectly good goal, but it was disallowed, and the game restarted with a dropped ball.

3 miutes into the second half, with the slope now against Whinmoor, Danny Squires went on a maze up which saw him go past several defenders and slam the ball high into the net. Then came the strangest 10 minutes of football all season, which produced 5 goals. First, the Cookridge 10 spotted the keeper off his line, and lobbed him from 25 yards out. Then, another mix up in the Whinmoor defence saw the tall Cookridge number 2 roll the ball into an empty net. Harry Uttley then tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and slammed in a beauty from 25 yards out, before a clearance at the other end ricocheted off the Cookridge striker and the ball found the back of the net again. To round the mad period, Tom Walker was felled in the area again, this time as he rounded the keeper. Somehow, the keeper stayed on the pitch, but Harry Uttley completed his hat-trick from the spot. The last 15 minutes saw Whinmoor finally make the game safe. On 66 minutes, Will Duree went on a run from nidfield, and found himself with only the keeper to beat, which he did to make the score 6-4 to the visitors. 6 minutes from the end, an Uttley corner was floated in, and Will Duree got the last touch to complete his hat-trick. To round the scoring off, Josh Goodwin got on the end of a clearance to squeeze the ball past the keeper. This means Whinmoor have scored 28 goals in their last four games.

The Cookridge keeper had a superb game, making a number of excellent saves, and the Cookridge defence worked very hard all the way through the game. For Whinmoor, this was a scrappy and disjointed performance, and Will Duree deserved the man of the match, but a number of players put in a hard shift on a difficult playing surface. (Posted - 23/11/08 JMc)

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11th January 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
7
Cookridge Albion
2
League Uttley (2), Bradd (2), Clarke (2), o.g.
 

After their weather-enforced winter break, Whinmoor consolidated their place on top of the division by completing the double over Cookridge. Whinmoor took a while to get started in the strong winds, but were always comfortable against the visitors from 'round the Ring Road - in fact, more than ten minutes had gone before Whiteman in the Whinmoor goal had his hands on the ball. After an endless succession of corners, some good play from McMahon and Mulavdic put Harry Uttley through to open the scoring after 18 pressured minutes. Almost immediately, he doubled the lead, this time with a screaming drive from 20 yards out. Cookridge were working hard, but were bogged down in their own half, although they did have a chance on the half-hour which Whiteman dealt with comfortably. Half time came with Whinmoor 2-0 up

The second half began with Whinmoor straight onto the attack, and after only two minutes, Nathan Bradd had found a yard 12 yards out and slid the ball past the keeper. As the heavy pitch cut up, Cookridge were finding a little more space and deserved to pull one back after 50 minutes. Their joy was short lived, as a through ball was chased by Nathan Bradd, who took advantage of some defensive hesitancy to float the ball over the keeper, and saw it trickle over the line. Both sides tried to play some passing football on the heavy pitch, but it was Josh Clarke who extended Whinmoors lead, after 65 minutes, finishing well from the left hand side. Sub Goodwin caused havoc in the Cookridge defence at a corner, and pressured the full back into heading the ball into his own net. Goodwin later admitted that he didn't touch the ball, although there was a campaign to award him the goal! With three minutes left, after Cookridge had been denied a second goal by an offside decision, and with tired legs all round, Josh Clarke made it 7-1, running straight through the defence. Cookridge raised themselves though, and right on full time, scored a second consolation with a good finish.

This was a solid performance by Whinmoor in difficult conditions. Harry Uttley was awarded the coveted Mars bar for man-of-the-match, but there were a number of good performances all over the pitch, and it helped prepare the home side for the cup game against Chapeltown next week. (Posted - 11/1/09 JMc)

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18th January 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
1
Chapeltown FYDC
6
Black Prince Trophy Goodwin
 

Whinmoors interest in the Black Prince Trophy was ended in a game of two halves at Temple Newsam. Playing in windy conditions on an uneven pitch, Whinmoor were against the slope in the first half, but coped admirably. Bligh & Duree were outstanding in the centre, and given able support by a rotating cast of full-backs. From the off, Whinmoor had a chance when Cairns, Clarke and Uttley combined, but for most of the first half they had to cope under pressure from Chapeltown, whose physical, in-yer-face tactics saw them win a lot of possession. Whiteman command his area well, and with Uttley and Walker coming back to help out, Whinmoor looked as though they may reach half-time still level. However,five minutes before half-time, the deadlock was broken and the visitors took the lead. A corner was only half cleared, and when it was knocked back in to the danger area, it was volleyed in from 8 yards. That was the last significant action of the first half.

Whinmoor were confident they could turn the game round playing with the slope, but early in the second half, a quick breakaway from Chapeltown saw them left with a one-on-one with the keeper, which was placed beyond his reach.Within 4 minutes, Whinmoor were back in the game. A corner from the left fell to Josh Goodwin 6 yards out, and he crashed the ball home to make the score 1-2. Then came the period which decided the game. Two minutes after pulling the score back to 1-2, Whinmoor conceded another, when a long ball saw the pacey Chapeltown forward line race clear to score. By the time the hour was up, the score was 1-5, with Chapeltown out-pacing a tiring Whinmoor defence. 15 minutes from time, The visitors completed the scoring after another through ball beat the back four. Whinmoor played for pride in the last spell of the game and made a number of chances, with Uttley, Duree and Goodwin all going close, but Chapeltown ran out deserved winners in the end, although the scoreline didn't reflect Whinmoors efforts.

Tom Bligh won the man-of-the-match Mars bar, but it was a close run thing with four or five players deserving a mention for the efforts in difficult conditions. Ah well, as they say, we can concentrate on the league now! (Posted - 18/1/09 JMc)

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8th March 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
3
Guiseley White
4
League Squires, Bradd (2)
 

Whinmoor took to the field for the first time in seven weeks, and, in difficult conditions started slowly against a determined Guiseley side. After 9 minutes, the visitors quick throw in took advantage of a lapse in Whinmoors defence to open the scoring. For most of the first half, Guiseley had the upper hand, even though they had two men who started the game with injuries. Whinmoor gradually asserted themselves, and after a couple of chances had gone wide, Danny Squires poked the ball home after a mis-hit shot was deflected into his path. At this point, the Guiseley keeper went off after aggravating his back injury trying to keep the ball out. Whinmoor continued to have most of the play, and Bradd had a 'goal' disallowed for offside after following up a Goodwin shot. Just before the interval, Guiseley broke quickly and regained the lead after some good work down their right flank.

The second half started very evenly balanced, with chances few and far between. A speculative shot after 55 minutes caught the Whinmoor 'keeper off his line, and Guiseley had opened a two goal lead. 5 minutes later, a pinpoint corner from the right was forcibly headed home by Nathan Bradd. Whinmoor at last started to play football, but the heavy pitch, along with the wind/rain/snow/hail made any flowing football difficult. with 16 minutes remaining, a through ball down the right hand side saw the Guiseley winger and the Whinmoor keeper collide, the ball falling to a Guiseley player who made no mistake from ten yards.With ten minutes left, Whinmoor pulled the gap back to a single goal with Nathan Bradd scoring his eighth goal of the season, and although Whinmoor pushed for an equaliser, it wasn't to come, and Guiseley took the points with a deserved win.

This was a rusty performance in difficult conditions, but Josh Clarke had a fine game, along with Duree, Uttley, Cairns and Bradd. (Posted - 8/3/09 JMc)

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22nd March 2009

Otley Town
4
Whinmoor Juniors
1
League  
Duree

Whinmoor headed north to Otley on a bright, blustery day, missing 4 players, and started the game against one of their closest rivals with only 10 men. Otley were looking for their first ever win against Whinmoor, but it was the visitors who took control of the early exchanges, keeping the home team pinned in their defensive third for the first 25 minutes, without creating any genuine clear cut chances. On 33 minutes, Otley broke upfield and, following the first defensive lapse of the day, took the lead. Moments later, they hit the post, but Whinmoor, with Uttley and Mulavdic making progress, fought their way back and were unlucky to be denied at least a free kick when Goodwin was felled on the edge of the area. Half time arrived with the hosts a goal to the good.

In the second half, Otley started the quicker, and managed to stretch the lead after a scramble. Duree was denied a goal when he was harshly adjudged to have been offside, and when Otley broke, 'keeper Whiteman and full-back McMahon worked valiantly against 4 attackers to keep the ball out, but Otley eventually squeezed the ball home for 3-0. Whinmoor were not to be denied, though, and great work by Uttley and Mulavdic saw centre-half Will Duree break through and force the ball in. Another questionable offside decision allowed Otley to break against a now exhausted defence and complete the scoring.

Considering they started off a man short, and by the end had two more men playing injured, this was an heroic effort by Whinmoor, and the scoreline in no way reflected the game. Harry Uttley took the man of the match creme egg, after covering almost every blade of grass, but mention has to be made of Josh Whiteman, Danny McMahon, William Duree, along with all of the other players who never gave up fighting for their team. Recognition also has to be given to the Otley side as well, who contributed to a fine game, which was played in an excellent spirit. (Posted - 22/3/09 JMc)

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29th March 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
4
Wigton Moor Athletic
7
League Bradd, Uttley (2), Goodwin
 

Whinmoor were blown away in a first half blitz from which they left themselves far too much to do. On a perfect day for football, a well drilled Wigton Moor had built a 5-0 lead in the first half-hour, with slick passing and well timed runs. A hastily re-organised Whinmoor side took too long to settle, and by the time they notched their first, a Nathan Bradd shot which was deflected past the keeper after 35 minutes, the game was virtually beyond them. Just before the break, Wigton Moor scored again. At half time, with the score at 6-1 to the visitors, Whinmoor were encouraged to find the spirit from last week, which had thus far eluded them.

Whinmoor re-started in a much more composed fashion, and dominated the game for the vast majority of the second half. The lively Mulavdic and the twin terrors of Goodwin and Bradd had already had chances before Harry Uttley unleashed a sweet shot from 28yards, which sailed over the keeper and into the net. Half way through the second half, a Bradd corner caused havoc in the area, and Josh Goodwin pounced to make the visitors start looking over their shoulder. With ten minutes left, Wigton Moor had a rare second half attack and managed to squeeze the ball in at the near post.With only 4 minutes left, a speculative shot from Harry Uttley, just inside the Wigton Moor half, found it's way past the keeper and into the net.

This was very much a game of two halves, with Wigton Moor moving the ball quickly and closing down the opponents very effectively in the first half, with their lightning quick version of the long ball game exploiting the gaps in midfield and defence, and Whinmoor using their blood-and-thunder style of football in the second half to control the game. Indeed, after such a traumatic first half, it was heartening that Whinmoor won the second half 3-1. Damir Mulavdic received the man-of-the-match for a tireless performance, but Harry Uttley had a fine game, but the whole team deserves credit for the way they improved in the second half. (Posted - 29/3/09 JMc)

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5th April 2009

Pannal Sports Panthers
1
Whinmoor Juniors
5
League  
Squires, Walker (2), Goodwin (2)

A sunny day in Harrogate saw Whinmoor return to form with a resounding win. Playing with the slope in the first half, Whinmoor played some superb football, with the ball being pinged wide at every opportunity. After only 9 minutes, some excellent play down the left hand side between Walker, Quinn and Uttley carved out a chance for Danny Squires, who placed the ball past the keeper to give the visitors the lead. Whinmoor dominated the game, playing clever football, whilst Pannals reliance on the long ball was not providing them with any real chances, mostly due to the formidable defensive partnership of Bligh and Duree. Whinmoor kept pushing their hosts back and forced a succession of corners. After one of these, on the half hour, the ball bounced around in the area, and Tom Walker kept his head to squeeze the ball home. Pannal struggled to make an impression, and the half ended with Whinmoor building yet another attack.

In the second half, Pannal started to have more influence on the game, and after only 6 minutes a cross was mis-hit which deceived the keeper and crept in to put Pannal back into it. Whinmoor took some time to regain their composure, but 6 minutes later, when Roberts' fine shot was parried, Tom Walker was on hand to bag his second. Whinmoor then started to show the domination they had held in the first half, with Pannal again relying on the breakaway. An inspired change by the manager (yes, he made me put that in) saw Josh Goodwin come on, and within two minutes, he had latched onto a mis-hit Duree shot to make the score 4-1. Pannal then threw everyone forward, and their long ball tactics started to create genuine chances, but, on the break, a superb ball from Uttley played Josh Goodwin through, and he finished decisively to complete the scoring with 7 minutes left.

This was a vastly improved performance from Whinmoor, and if they had converted their domination into goals, they would have comfortably doubled the margin of victory. Josh Goodwin took the Mars bar for the impact he made when he came on, but Mulavdic, Duree, Bligh and Clarke all caught the eye, and every Whinmoor player made an important contribution. (Posted - 5/4/09 JMc)

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11th April 2009

Nidd United
1
Whinmoor Juniors
7
League  
Cairns, Mulavdic, Uttley, Squires, Duree (3)

After a long journey into the countryside, Whinmoor started the game very confidently. Playing tight, quick football, early chances fell to Squires and Bradd, before a Bradd corner was poked into the net by Joseph Cairns after 10 minutes. Whinmoor kept pushing, without giving Nidd a chance to break, and after Bradd went close, a clearance fell to Damir Mulavdic after 18 minutes, and his shot found its way through a crowded defence and past the keeper for 2-0. Whinmoor then started getting more extravagant, and some superb approach play by almost everyone in the midfield saw Harry Uttley through on goal, and he slid the ball past the keeper for a three goal half-time lead.

At the start of the second half, Nidd started to assert themselves a little more, and went close, but Whiteman in goal held on to the ball. From the clearance, the ball fell to Danny Squires just inside the Nidd half. He then went on a classic maze-up past four defenders before placing the ball past the keeper for the goal of the game. A lapse in concentration at the back saw Nidds quick break turn into a goal to make the score 4-1. Whinmoor tried to take control of the game again, and another lapse saw Josh Clarke make several blocks from the same attack before incredibly clearing the ball off the line. Half-way through the second half, Bradd played an excellent ball through to Uttley, whose shot was parried by the keeper into the path of Will Duree who made no mistake. 3 minutes later, Bradd again was involved as Will Duree again found space to score his second. Whinmoor kept pressing, and a clever free kick from Walker was superbly saved by the Nidd 'keeper, before Will Duree once again found himself on the end of an Uttley cross, and although the Nidd 'keeper went bravely down at his feet, Duree managed to squeeze the ball over the line to complete both his hat-trick and the scoring for the day. Whinmoor still had a couple of chances before the end, but coudn't add to the 7-1 scoreline.

The game as a whole was played in an excellent spirit, with both teams being a credit to their clubs and themselves. The Nidd 'keeper had a superb game, and prevented a much more one sided scoreline. This was a very organised performance from Whinmoor, with all team members making contributions, but Will Duree just edged out Josh Clarke for the star of the week award. (Posted - 11/4/09 JMc)

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15th April 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
1
Kirk Deighton Rangers
2
League Mulavdic
 

Whinmoor's assault on their fixture backlog continued with this tight arm-wrestle against league leaders Kirk Deighton. The home team started slowly, with Kirk Deighton fashioning the first chance, but Whiteman in the home goal was equal to anything thrown at him. As the first half drew on, Whinmoor played their way into the game, producing the better football against the physicality and long ball tactics of the visiting side. Time and again the Kirk Deighton centre-half rescued them as Whinmoor threatened to get through, with Bradd, Walker and Squires all making headway. With both defences on top, the tense first half ended goal-less.

The second half began very evenly, with Whiteman making two superb saves and Cairns and Squires both having half-chances before Kirk Deighton took the lead after 50 minutes. They managed to get around the well organised Whinmoor defence, and squeezed the ball in. Kirk Deighton were unable to take control of the game, and a cynical foul on Cairns was very fortunate to avoid a caution. Whinmoor were playing the better football, with Uttley covering every blade of grass (as usual), and Mulavdic terrorising the Kirk Deighton back line. Whiteman was having an excellent game in goal, and couldn't be faulted for the goal that eventually decided the game. Half way through the second half, a throw in just inside the Whinmoor half was lost, and Kirk Deighton pushed forward to score, with Whiteman pushing the first shot onto the post, and then stopping the second before the ball was finally scrambled it in. Whinmoor redoubled their efforts, and after Bradd and Squires went close, Damir Mulavdic weaved his way around three defenders before superbly slotting the ball in with ten minutes left. Kirk Deighton were panicking by this point, and were hoofing the ball as far away from the field of play at every opportunity. Uttley put the ball agonisingly over from another free kick, and Squires and Cairns both went very close to levelling. Two minutes from time, the ball fell to Mulavdic again, but not realising the space he had, he went for the champagne moment, and his spectacular bicycle kick went narrowly wide. Time ran out with Whinmoor pressing for an equaliser - if there had been another five minutes, who knows....?

Whinmoor can hold their heads up after a disciplined team performance, refusing to be bullied out of the game. Josh Clarke was given the man of the match award for his solid work at the back, and Josh Whiteman had an excellent game in goal, with Damir Mulavdic and Harry Uttley both having influential games further up the pitch. (Posted - 16/4/09 JMc)

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17th April 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
1
Nidd United
0
League Bradd
 

After their exertions on Wednesday night, Whinmoor looked a little jaded for this game against a spirited Nidd side. Despite dominating the game, a bumpy pitch, some wayward shooting and another fantastic performance from Kieran Wood in the Nidd goal, Whinmoor only had a first half strike from Nathan Bradd to show for their efforts. With Mulavdic as busy as ever, and Duree and Bligh strong down the middle, Whinmoor kept knocking on the door, but despite a deluge of corners and Wood making two superb saves, one from Bradd, and one from Uttley, they couldn't add to their score. However, three points is three points!

Harry Uttley was awarded man of the match for a display combining industry and artistry, but Josh Clarke, Tom Bligh and Damir Mulavdic all showed up well. With a couple of players returning for Sundays game, Whinmoor should be able to share the work a little better against Bardsey. (Posted - 18/4/09 JMc)

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19th April 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
11
Bardsey Juniors
2
League Walker, Bradd (2), Uttley (2), Duree (3), Squires, Bligh, Clarke
 

Whinmoor rounded out a busy week with a comfortable victory over a depleted Bardsey side. On a hard pitch, in warm, sunny conditions, Whinmoor took a little time to settle, but after that they were regularly finding the net. Tom Walker opened the scoring on 5 minutes from 20 yards, catching the keeper out of his goal. On 18 minutes, Nathan Bradd slammed the ball home when played through. Two minutes later, Harry Uttley smacked a 20 yard shot into the top corner, and soon after Will Duree opened his account with a spectacular bicycle kick. Complacency at the back allowed Bardsey to break and score a fine goal on 28 minutes, but Nathan Bradd ran in and finished well to score his second and Whinmoors fifth two minutes later. William Duree scored when his shot from 15 yards out was deflected in off a defender, and right on half time, Danny Squires took the ball into the area, past a number of defenders before neatly chipping over the keeper to make the interval score 7-1.

Whinmoor changed things around a bit in the second half, and centre-half Tom Bligh scored his first of the season 5 minutes in, latching on to a fine through ball. Harry Uttley scored his second after 52 minutes from the edge of the area, but a quick Bardsey break saw them storm the Whinmoor area and pull another goal back. On 71 minutes, a corner from the left looped over everyone to find Josh Clarke sneaking in on the back post to knock the ball in, and Will Duree completed his third hat-trick of the season, and the scoring, with a run which ended with a 12 yard shot.

Bardsey deserve credit for never giving up, and they kept running right until the end. Josh Clarke took the man-of-the-match for Whinmoor with another fine performance, but all the team played well today, and there were some moments of superb football, especially in the first half. Whinmoor now have the luxury of a four day break before their next game! (Posted - 20/4/09 JMc)

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23rd April 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
3
Leeds Maccabi
4
League Uttley, Squires, Goodwin
 

A weird old game saw Whinmoor slip to a shock defeat. Starting with only 10 men, Whinmor nevertheless dominated the opening exchanges, but went a goal down after only 4 minutes after some hilarious defending. Four minutes later, Whinmoor were level when Harry Uttley placed a majestic shot into the roof of the net from fully 30 yards, this could have been the goal of the season at Skelton Woods! Whinmoor continued to press, but were let down by overcomplicating in front of Maccabi's massed defence. Five minutes before the break, they were caught by the sucker punch, when a long ball beat the offside trap and the visitors went into the break 2-1 up.

Whinmoor started the second half again pressing their visitors, and after 50 minutes a needless push by the Maccabi 'keeper saw the ref award a penalty, but he then made amends with an excellent save to his right to beat the spot-kick away. Another penalty claim for a cynical trip on Squires was turned down, but then Danny Squires danced around the defence and put the ball in to level the scores at two each. Whinmoor kept pressing, and Mulavdic, Uttley and Duree all went close, but it was another Squires run which led to a Josh Goodwin's deflected shot creeping over the line to give Whinmoor the lead. Whinmoor could then be accused of putting the cue on the rack, as two long balls bounced high on the hard pitch and both were buried in the last two minutes to turn the score around totally to give Leeds Maccabi an unlikely 4-3 win.

Whinmoor were prevented from playing by the vistors aggressive tactics and gamesmanship, but still managed to obtain a lead, which lapsing concentration cost them. Danny Squires was given the man of the match for a dangerous performance, but Damir Mulavdic also deserves special praise for his hard work.

(Posted - 26/4/09 JMc)

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26th April 2009

Whinmoor Juniors
6
Pannal Sports Panthers
5
League Uttley (2), Squires (2), Goodwin, Walker
 

Another strange game saw 11 goals, 5 of them in a ridiculous last 13 minutes to give Whinmoor an astonishing win! Whinmoor were caught out early when a Pannal corner wasn't cleared and the ball was headed in after only 5 minutes. On 22 minutes, a Duree free kick was fumbled by the 'keeper, and Harry Uttley nodded it over the line to make sure. An indirect free-kick in the Pannal area after a pass-back was scrambled off the line. Just before half time, a Pannal cross caught the keeper out of position, and the defence couldn't keep the ball out. 2-1 down at half time, even though Whinmoor had held 70% of the possession, and had 3 times as many shots on goal!

Whinmoor started the second half in the same manner, pushing the visitors back, but the hard working Pannal side broke very quickly, and twice beat the Whinmoor defence in the first 15 minutes of the second half, despite the Whinmoor not taking advantage of a large number of chances they were creating. When the Whinmoor 'keeper picked up a back-pass, and the free-kick was put away, Whinmoor had amazingly slipped to 5-1 down, despite dominating the play. With 15 minutes left, however, the comeback began. First, Danny Squires crashed the ball home from the edge of the area after one of Whinmoor's many corners had only been half-cleared. Then, a stunning cross to the back post was slotted home by Josh Goodwin. Now, Whinmoor started to believe they could get something from this game. After some deft play between Walker, Cairns and Squires, Harry Uttley made some room for himself and put the ball into the roof of the net from 20 yards out. With only a few minutes left, Pannal were on the ropes, and desperately defending their goal, but when Tom Walker put across his cross-cum-shot, it was helped into the net by a retreating defender. Pannal were now on the canvas, and there was an inevitability about the run and shot that saw Danny Squires slip the ball past the 'keeper for the winner. Walker even had time to have another chance deflected wide for a corner.

Tom Bligh was awarded the man-of-the-match, but every Whinmoor player played his part today, in an astonishing comeback of a win that was in doubt right up to the final whistle. (Posted - 26/4/09 JMc)

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30th April 2009

Wigton Moor Athletic
4
Whinmoor Juniors
2
League  
Bradd, Mulavdic

Once again, Whinmoor had a game of two halves. On a sloping pitch, the hosts took control of the early exchanges, and took the lead when a through ball caught the defence on the hop and their striker finished after six minutes. Whinmoor played their weay into the game, with Squires finding space down the left and creating a couple of openings. After 18 minutes, a huge clearance from the Wigton Moor defence bounced very high and was finished off by the Wigton Moor player, despite more than a hint of offside about the goal. 3 minutes later, a mis-hit cross was caught in the wind and drifted over the line. Whinmoor kept pushing, with Walker and Bradd finding space, and after the home side were saved by the woodwork, a massive clearance by the keeper caught everyone out, and after the chasing Wigton player collided with Whiteman in the Whinmoor goal, the ball trickled over the line untouched. Half-time, and Wigton had a wholly unrepresentative 4-0 lead.

Whinmoor had the slope in the second half, and although they had no more possession than in the first half, they looked far more dangerous. The Wigton Keeper, and their skipper and right back were having inspired games, as Squires, Uttley and Goodwin were all denied, and Walker and Duree both had chances from distance which went agonisingly close. After 55 minutes, a superb through ball saw Nathan Bradd 15 yards out down the right, and he rifled the ball into the bottom corner with a cracking finish. Whinmoor kept going, with Goodwin again going close, and once again the woodwork came to the help of the defence. The inconsistent referee was beginning to lose control of the game, despite both teams playing in a fairly good spirit, but two minutes from time, Damir Mulavdic took the ball from midfield himself, and beat three men before a neat finish wide of the keeper to make the final score 4-2.

Damir Mulavdic and Josh Clarke both had fine games today, and Whinmoor had the chances to get much more from this game, but were unable to take advantage of it - which sort of sums up the whole season! (Posted - 30/4/09 JMc)

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