Under 16s Match Reports, Season 2009-2010

 

06/09/09
Whinmoor Juniors ... 5, Guiseley White ... 4
13/09/09
Bardsey Juniors ... 2, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2
20/09/09
Whinmoor Juniors ... 12, Nidd Utd ... 1
27/09/09
Whinmoor Juniors ... 2, Pannal Sports Panthers ... 0
18/10/09
Pannal Sports ... 5, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2
15/11/09
Rothwell Town ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 0
13/12/09
Nidd United ... 0, Whinmoor Juniors ... 3
07/02/10
Whinmoor Juniors ... 3, Bardsey Juniors ... 2
14/03/10
Whinmoor Juniors ... 3, Leeds Maccabi ... 0
21/03/10
Cookridge Albion ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 5
28/03/10
Pannal Sports Panthers ... 0, Whinmoor Juniors ... 4
18/04/10
Leeds Maccabi ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 8
25/04/10
Whinmoor Juniors ... 6, Pannal Sports ... 2
02/05/10
Guiseley White ... 3, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2
09/05/10
Whinmoor Juniors ... 7, Cookridge Albion ... 1

 

6th September 2009 Whinmoor Juniors
5
Guiseley White
4
League Allen (2), Uttley (2), Bozzo.
 

The 10 men of Whinmoor started brightly up the hill against their visitors, and after only 3 minutes, a superb through ball from Allen saw Uttley in space, but the Guiseley keeper came out well to foil the Whinmoor striker, injuring himself in the process. After 13 minutes, Guiseleys first meaningful attack resulted in a corner, which was scrambled home to give the visitors the lead. 3 minutes later, the lead doubled, a superb ball through found the visiting striker clear, and he slid it past the advancing keeper. After 20 minutes, with the visitors surging forward down the slope, Guiseley extended their lead even further. A free kick from 25 yards out bamboozled the stand-in keeper, and the ball fell tamely into the net. Whinmoor battled their way back into the game, however, and just before the break, a ball from Bozzo found debutant Jamie Allen in the area, and he made no mistake from 8 yards.

The second half began with Whinmoor dominating posession, and Guiseley playing the fast break game. After only two minutes, Quinn played in Harry Uttley, who easily went past a defender and crashed the ball home to open his account for the season. Whinmoor continued to press, and after 55 minutes, a pin-point Bozzo corner was forced in by Jamie Allen to double his tally and bring the teams level. The game ebbed and flowed from this point with both sides making headway, Whinmoor probably just edging it. On 31 minutes, a Whinmoor attack was broken down, but the ball found it's way to Emilio Bozzo who lobbed the ball into the far corner from 20 yards. Now behind, Guiseley redoubled their efforts, and their dangerous long throws caused problems in the Whinmoor defence, part-time 'keeper Goodwin making a superb double save in a crowd of players.Then,10 minutes from the end, a great run by Uttley, took him past three defenders, the keeper fumbled the shot, diving on it as it rolled towards the goal. Despite the protests of the Guiseley players and supporters, the referee adjudged the ball to have crossed the line, giving Harry Uttley his second goal of the game. Whinmoor kept pressing, with Mulavdic and Allen both going close, and Duree storming down the middle, but at the other end, a succession of Guiseley corners saw one shot bounce off the crossbar, and another foiled by a last ditch McMahon tackle. Right on full time, Guiseley scrambled a goal in from a corner, but at the end they felt hard done by. This was a gutsy performance by Whinmoor today, and every player on the park contributed. Special mention goes to man-of-the-match Will Duree, who continues where he left off last season, the returning Emilio Bozzo, and debutantes Eddie Robinson, and two-goal Jamie Allen. (Posted - 6/9/09 JMc)

13th September 2009 Bardsey Juniors
2
Whinmoor Juniors
2
League  
Uttley (pen), Duree

Despite the return of Cairns, Whinmoor were still undermanned as they visited a much improved Bardsey side. On a perfect pitch, however, the visitors dominated the opening exchanges, and after some great play down the right, Mulavdic was unceremoniously hauled to the ground. Harry Uttley stepped up and struck the penalty cleanly past the keeper. Whinmoor continued to play good football, restricting Bardsey to route-one football and shots from distance. Mulavdic, Uttley and Allen were carving out openings, whilst the makeshift back four, with Bozzo covering for the injured Clarke at right back, were equal to anything thrown at them. Their job was made harder when Duree had to leave the pitch with a hand injury half way through the half, so for 15 minutes, Whinmoor were down to 9 men, but the team pulled together well and managed to keep Bardsey out, even making a few chances themselves. Indeed, it took half-an-hour for Bardsey to force their first corner. This was cleared but led to another corner, from which the home sides superior numbers told and they squeezed the ball in at the far post. This spurred the home side on, and they had the better of the play for the rest of the first half, but it finished 1-1.

Bardsey continued to have the slightly better of the play as the second half started, and after only 4 minutes forced another corner, which ended in an almighty scramble at the end of which Bardsey managed to force the ball in. Whinmoor then shook themselves awake, and 'keeper Goodwin was virtually a spectator for the rest of the game. Uttley, Mulavdic, the returning Duree and Allen all had half-chances, joined by Bozzo and Cairns, whilst McMahon and Robinson remained solid at the back. Whinmoor almost went 3-1 down when a breakway left 2 on 1, but a superb tackle from McMahon killed the attack stone dead, as Whinmoor pushed forward for the equaliser. It came half way through the second half. A throw in from Robinson on the right was picked up by Will Duree just inside the Bardsey half. He took the ball forwards a couple of strides before unleashing an absolute screamer which went over the 'keeper into the roof of the net from 30 yards. Whinmoor still had the better of the play, and always looked more likely to take the spoils than Bardsey, but a good display by the Bardsey keeper, and the very quick surface meant that the game ended 2-2. The defence today were superb, and veteran full back Danny McMahon, filling in at centre-half, took the Mars bar, but plaudits should go to every member of the team, for a brave and assured performance, which promises much for when players start to return. (Posted - 13/9/09 JMc)

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20th September 2009 Whinmoor Juniors
12
Nidd Utd
1
League Duree (2), Uttley (2), Quinn, Allen (2), own goal, McMahon, Bozzo (2), Mulavdic
 

Nidd United were put to the sword on a warm, sunny day as Whinmoor hit top gear. The early exchanges were fairly tight, with neither 'keeper unduly troubled, but after 8 minutes, the ball fell to Will Duree 20 yards out, and he arrowed a drive into the bottom corner for the opener. Nidd tried to get back into the game as it remained tight, but after 16 minutes, great work by Mulavdic and Allen down the right, put Harry Uttley in and his shot went inside the near post off the 'keeper. Whinmoor now started to take control, and after 25 minutes, a deep corner from Allen was superbly headed in by Andy Quinn from 8 yards. There was only one team in the game now, and Allen, Uttley, Duree and Mulavdic all had chances before the break.

The second half started as tightly as the first, but after 10 minutes, Cairns and Quinn combined well to send Jamie Allen through, and he drove home. 5 mins later, a Duree free kick was horribly deflected over his keeper by a Nidd defender. And just a minute after that, a Bozzo corner fell to Danny McMahon, who took a touch on his knee and crashed his volley in from 10 yards. A real collectors item, that one! Nidd pulled one back when a huge clearance caught the home defence napping for their striker to skilfully place his shot wide of Goodwin in goal, but this was only a consolation. First, Emilio Bozzo scored when the keeper could only parry Uttleys fine shot. Then, Will Duree scored his second after some wonderful interplay down the left, then Emilio Bozzo made it 3 in 3 minutes when he skipped past a gaggle of defenders and slipped the ball between the 'keeper and the near post to make it 9-1. There was still time for a superb Cairns cross to be nodded in by Harry Uttley, then for Damir Mulavdic to finish well after a Bozzo corner was only half cleared, and then finally, Jamie Allen strolled through an exhausted defence to complete the scoring.

Emilio Bozzo got the man-of-the-match Mars bar after a wonderful performance down the left, but every one of the Whinmoor players were at the top of their game today, and Nidd just didn't have an answer. (Posted - 20/9/09 JMc)

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27th September 2009 Whinmoor Juniors
2
Pannal Sports Panthers
0
League Cup Allen, Duree
 

A competitive cup match between two fully committed teams deservedly went the way of Whinmoor. Playing up the slope in the first half, Whinmoor made most of the headway, but both defences were on top. Cairns, filling in between the sticks for a half, had very little to do as the Whinmoor back four kept him well protected, whilst at the other end Uttley, Allen, Duree and Quinn all found a bit of space without taking advantage. The best chance fell to Bozzo ten minutes before the break when his shot grazed the top of the crossbar.

In the second half, the Panthers started to make more of an impact on the Whinmoor defence. The dangerous Gregory was buzzing around every ball, with Goundry competing well, and Cooper's dead ball play always looking threatening, whilst Duree was starting to find room down the middle. 9 minutes into the second half, Duree and Quinn dug the ball out in midfield, and the ball went through to Jamie Allen, who finished very well from 12 yards. The game was by no means over, and Mulavdic, who was having his turn as custodian, did well to hold onto a fine Panthers free kick, but as they pushed forwards looking for the equaliser, a Whinmoor break saw the ball fall to the busy Will Duree, who took the ball into the area and put the game beyond the Panthers with five minutes left. Both teams then seemed to let the warm conditions take over them as the game fizzled out.

The Panthers played very well, and this was the tightest game between these two sides over the years. Goundry, and their keeper especially deserve a mention. For Whinmoor, who can now look forward to the next round, Jamie Allen took the Mars bar, but special mention has to be given to Joe Cairns and Damir Mulavdic, who bravely took the gloves and went in goal for a half each when their team needed them. A week off next time around, as the players start to become available again. (Posted - 27/9/09 JMc)

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18th October 2009 Pannal Sports
5
Whinmoor Juniors
2
League Cup  
Uttley (2)

On a fine day, Whinmoor played their first game for three weeks, and pushed top-flight league leaders Pannal Sports all the way. With Squires and Walker returning, Whinmoor had the luxury of subs for the first time this season, and started off under a bit of pressure, as the home team used the width of the pitch to force openings. As the game went on, however, Whinmoor started to make inroads, and the busy Squires went close after some good work down the left. Bozzo went close as well, just before Harry Uttley made himself a yard of space and put in a shot from the edge of the area which beat the keeper after 18 minutes. A deserved lead, but it only lasted for 3 minutes. A long ball through saw stand-in 'keeper Bligh come out to try and intercept, but the ball was crossed over him, and the Pannal striker headed into an empty net. This was the fashion of the rest of the first half, with Allen and Squires causing hovoc in the Pannal defence, whilst the back four of Duree, Clarke, Robinson and McMahon worked hard to keep the scores level. Half-time, and you couldn't put a cigarette paper between the teams.

The game was decided in the first three minutes of the second half. First, some lightning quick play down the right saw the ball in the back of the net after a good cross. Two minutes later, the same route saw the ball creep in at the far post. Whinmoor steeled themselves, and after the Pannal 'keeper had to be on his toes to save from Allen, Uttley and Duree. On the hour, Pannal had a breakway, and again attacking down their right, found a bit of space and the cross led to an unmissable chance. With the score now at 4-1, Whinmoor still kept fighting. An Uttley free kick went close, And Duree and Squires where still getting behind the full backs. With 7 minutes left, a great run from Duree saw a pin-point cross to Harry Uttley, who volleyed in to make it 4-2, but the game was over with 3 minutes left when a cross from the bye-line crept in at the near post.

Whinmoor played very well today, and had their regular 'keeper been available, the result may well have been different. The game was played in a great spirit, as games against Pannal Sports mostly are, and both teams should be praised for this. Danny Squires and Tom Walker both had an influence on the game on their return, and on another day, Danny could have had a hat-trick! Jamie Allen, Harry Uttley and Will Duree are also worthy of a mention, and at the back, Danny McMahon and especially man-of-the-match Eddie Robinson both impressed. (Posted - 18/10/09 JMc)

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15th November 2009 Rothwell Town
1
Whinmoor Juniors
0
L&D Cup  
 

Playing their first competitive game for 4 weeks, Whinmoor had the luxury of an almost full squad for the first time in yonks. Rothwell started well, and pushed Whinmoor back for the first few minutes. The visitors started to find the pace of the game, and a some good play in midfield saw Bozzo through on the keeper. The two lads collided and Bozzo had to be carried off. Without forcing Whiteman to make a save, the hosts had more of the possession, but Whinmoor looked more threatening, and after Squires had danced through the defence, he couldn't find the finish. Mulavdic and Robinson were causing problems down the right hand side, whilst Allen and Uttley worked hard down the middle. After a corner, Cairns had a chance, but the ball wouldn't sit down for him, and with the back four keeping Rothwell at a distance, the superb first half ended goal-less.

In the second half, with Cairns also having limped out of the game, Rothwell continued to press, whilst Whinmoor found breaking forward difficult. Some inconsistent refereeing was spoiling the game for both sides, and after getting clattered again, Mulavdic hopped off the pitch. Goodwin caused confusion in the Rothwell defence one or twice, but at the other end, a clear break by Rothwell saw a fine shot wonderfully kept out by Josh Whiteman, playing in his first game of the season. With four minutes left, a break from Rothwell led to the ball being crossed in for the Rothwell number 2 to slide the ball past Whiteman, despite him being clearly offside for the inital through ball. The game ended with Whinmoor trying to break down the Rothwell defence, with the home side hoofing the ball anywhere.

Whinmoor felt as though they'd had their pocket picked, and it was a shame that such a fine game was decided by a poor refereeing decision. All of the Whinmoor team distinguished themselves in a game which on paper they should have been thrashed in, while Tom Bligh at centre half put some of the more tender bits of his body on the line for the team, and Tom Axe on debut also had a fine game. The Mars bar, however, went to 'keeper Josh Whiteman, who put in an excellent shift in goals. Ah well, we can concentrate on the league now! (Posted - 15/11/09 JMc)

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13th December 2009 Nidd United
0
Whinmoor Juniors
3
League  
Squires (2), Uttley

After again enduring another weather-enforced 4 week break, Whinmoor were understaffed for the early kick off at Nidd, with six squad members not making the trip. Nevertheless, Whinmoor started very well, pushing Nidd back into their own area for the first ten minutes, so it was against the run of play when Nidd had the first clear cut chance of the game. A long ball through to the blatantly offside striker was allowed to stand, and he lobbed the keeper, only for Cairns to hook the ball off the line. Whinmoor re-established control, and the lively Squires jinked down the right hand side before belting a shot narrowly over the bar from an acute angle. After half an hour, Squires again was through into the area, and was about to pull the trigger when he was uncompromisingly hacked down. Not only did the fussy referee not give a penalty, he gave the defending side the free kick for diving! Obviously the Christmas cracker jokes have started early this year! Nidd were then given a very soft free-kick 20 yards out, but after being a spectator so far, Whiteman made a good save to put the ball over the bar. Whinmoor kept making headway, with Clarke and Axe combining well down the left hand side, and the makeshift back-three comfortably keeping Nidd at bay. As the half wound down, another superb ball from Walker put Squires clear, but his shot from 15 yards went agonisingly wide. Right on half-time, though, Whinmoor got the lead they thoroughly deserved. Once again, Danny Squires picked the ball up wide on the right, took the ball past one defender to the by-line, and then beat two more on the line before crashing the ball in from a narrow angle, with keeper Wood only able to help the ball over the line.

The second half followed the same pattern, with Whinmoor pressing Nidd back into their last third. On 47, a superb pass through saw Goodwin through on goal against two defenders and the keeper, and only the ball sticking on the heavy pitch prevented Goodwin from finding the net. Axe and Quinn kept finding space in the channels, and excellent tackles from McMahon and Clarke twice snuffed out Nidd attacks. Quinn had a chance to extend the lead, but couldn't quite squeeze his opportunity over the line, and Uttley had a couple of shots pinged off for corners or forced Wood to make a save. An Uttley free kick was well saved by Wood, but it was only a matter of time before Whinmoor scored again. After a series of corners, a short one from Squires found Harry Uttley, and his shot from twelve yards squirmed under Woods' body and over the line - his only mistake of the game. Nidd stopped playing football then, and resorted to a long-ball game, which caused one or two hairy moments at the back, but again, the back three coped admirably. There was another penalty shout when Axe was sandwiched in the area, but again it was waved away. With only a couple of minutes left, as the defence broke down another aimless Nidd attack, Danny 'Ronaldo' Squires picked the ball up at the edge of the Whinmoor 'D', before taking the ball past virtually every Nidd player before slotting the ball home to give the score a more realistic look. There was still time for Squires and Goodwin to worry the Nidd defence before the end.

Given that Whinmoor only had 10 men, this was a superb performance. They totally dominated play, and only the ludicrous decision to turn down a penalty in the first half, and the frankly annoying Kieran Wood in the Nidd goal kept the scoreline down. Danny Squires looked dangerous all day, and Tom Walker looked back to his old self. Mention was given to the back three who all played very well, with Joe Cairns taking the Mars bar. (Posted - 13/12/09 JMc)

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7th February 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
3
Bardsey Juniors
2
League Squires (2), Uttley
 

Finally, Whinmoor & Bardsey were able to get back on the pitch for the first time in 8 weeks, and Whinmoor were able to pick from a full, healthy squad for the first time this season. Whinmoor started the game well, with Duree, Allen and Uttley all combining well. As Bardsey started to force their way back into the game, Danny Squires underhit a shot, but the 'keeper totally misjudged the roll of the ball to give Whinmoor the lead. Bardsey started to make headway, and Whiteman had to make a fine save to keep the visitors out. Half way through the first half, Harry Uttley found a yard of space and put his shot past the keeper for a two-nil lead. To their credit, Bardsey kept fighting, and some slack defending allowed them in to pull a goal back. The remainder of the first half saw Allen and Uttley go close, and McMahon even put a header narrowly over following a corner. Yeah, I know!

Whinmoor started the second half with the slope, and kept Bardsey pinned back early on, and the keeper made a couple of saves from Squires and Duree. Bardsey were breaking well, and a quick break saw Whiteman come out of his area, only for Bardsey to play the ball past him. The Bardsey striker pushed the ball towards goal, but Clarke was superbly positioned to keep the ball out. 16 minutes into the second half, Whinmoor extended the lead to two goals again, when Squires and Uttley combined to give Danny Squires the chance and his shot deflected past the keeper. Whinmoor then had the chance to put the game away, with Uttley heading straight at the keeper, and Squires hitting the post, and then shooting narrowly wide when he had men free in the area. With 7 minutes left, another quick break down their right caught Whinmoor napping at the back, and Bardsey finished well to make it 3-2. Both sides had chances towards the end, but Whinmoor managed to hang on for a victory.

Both sides looked rusty, and match-fitness was obviously a problem, but Whinmoor were pleased with their win, even though it should have been a bit more comfortable. Jamie Allen, Joe Cairns and Danny McMahon all played well today, but the man-of-the-match award went to Harry Uttley, who covered almost every blade of grass. Just like he normally does! (Posted - 7/2/10 JMc)

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14th March 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
3
Leeds Maccabi
0
League Allen (3)
 

Whinmoor got their stop-start-stop season started again as they dominated Leeds Maccabi from start to finish. In the first minute, Squires dispossessed a Maccabi defender and played in Jamie Allen, who made no mistake from 8 yards. Whinmoor then proceeded to totally dominate the first half, with Allen, Goodwin, Uttley, Squires, Robinson and Duree all having chances to extend the lead, but the break came with the difference still only a single goal and Whiteman a spectator.

The second half pretty much followed the pattern of the first, with the home side dominating. After 53 minutes, Jamie Allen found himself a yard of space and rifled the ball home from 25 yards out, the keeper sensibly getting out of the way of the fiercely hit shot. After this, Walker had a header cleared off the line, and Uttley saw the ball come back off the post with the keeper stranded, as Whinmoor pushed to make the score reflect their dominance of the game. 3 minutes from time, Jamie Allen managed to complete his first hat-trick for the club. It was only after this that Maccabi forced their first and only corner, and following a scramble saw the ball cleared off the line in their only clear cut chance of the match.

Harry Uttley was named man of the match after his usual busy and assured performance, but the whole team put in decent performances today, with special mention going to Jamie Allen for his hat-trick. (Posted - 14/3/10 JMc)

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21st March 2010 Cookridge Albion
1
Whinmoor Juniors
5
League  
Allen (2), Uttley (3)

Whinmoor played on consecutive Sundays for the first time since September, and their form started to show through on a poor pitch. After the ref had re-started the game, remembering to employ some linesmen this time, he had a huge decision to make after only 3 minutes - and he got it massively wrong. Tom Walker headed the ball through into the area, and as he chased it, a ridiculously high foot caught him full in the face. The referee inexplicably waved play on, as Walker had to leave the field and go to hospital with blood pouring from his nose. After 14 minutes, Bozzo rose like a salmon to cut out a Cookridge goal-kick, and Jamie Allen continued his fine scoring run by lobbing the keeper from 20 yards to give Whinmoor a deserved lead. 3 minutes later, and there was another questionable decision as the Cookridge striker went down way too easily in the area under pressure from the keeper, and the ref pointed immediately to the spot. Justice prevailed, however, when the weak penalty rolled harmlessly wide. Whinmoor were totally bossing the game, without making the most of their chances. On the half-hour, a good run from Mulavdic was ended by a poor attempt at a tackle and this time the ref got a penalty decision right. Harry Uttley stepped up to blast the penalty high into the Cookridge net to make it 2-0. Whinmoor continued to dominate, with Squires, Duree, Uttley, Robinson, Mulavdic and McMahon(yeah, I know!) all breaking through the defence to make chances. Just before the break, Allen managed to wriggle free of the tight defending, and his shot across goal glanced against the post.

The second half began with Whinmoor stretching the lead in the first minute. A huge and accurate clearance by Whiteman wasn't dealt with by the Cookridge defence and Jamie Allen got onto the end of it and lashed the ball in from the edge of the area. Two minutes later, desperate Cookridge defending kept out Cairns and Allen, before a lapse of concentration at the other end allowed Cookridge to scramble the ball home after Whiteman had made two fine saves. At the other end, a superb shot from Uttley, from all of 40 yards, beat everybody only to come back off the post. After 55 minutes, a corner caused mayhem in the Cookridge defence, and Harry Uttley kept his head to grab his second and Whinmoors 4th. Half-way through the second half, the impressive Clarke hared up the field after breaking up a Cookridge attack, and his ball was perfect for Harry Uttley to complete his hat-trick, and the scoring for the day. Allen, Duree, Clarke and Bozzo all went close to adding icing to the cake, but 5-1 was the final score.

This was an improved performance from Whinmoor, and they managed to play some fine football on the heavy and uneven pitch. Jamie Allen was dangerous up front, and Danny Squires was in the face of the Cookridge defenders all day. Harry Uttley's hat-trick was well deserved, and the back four again looked comfortable and assured. The distribution from Josh Whiteman, though not the busiest 'keeper in the world, was top notch, but it was an almost unanimous decision that Josh Clarke be named man-of-the-match, after being involved for the full 80 minutes and looking more and more dangerous as the game wore on. Whinmoor now look forward to the trip to Pannal Panthers next week, anxiously waiting for news of Tom Walkers injury. (Posted - 21/3/10 JMc)

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28th March 2010 Pannal Sports Panthers
0
Whinmoor Juniors
4
League  
Allen (2), Axe, Uttley

Whinmoor arrived at Harrogate Grammar school on a bright and blustery day with four first teamers missing, including Tom Walker, who's season is sadly over after the horrendous injury he suffered last week. Winning the toss, Whinmoor chose to play with the wind and the slope in the first half, and it proved to be a good move. After only six minutes, Jamie Allen, filling in at centre midfield, struck a speculative shot towards goal from around 30 yards, and it snuck in by the post to give Whinmoor the lead. Whinmoor were playing exceptionally well, with Clarke giving the dangerous Gregory no opportunity to use his pace, and Allen keeping Goundry quiet through the middle. On 14 minutes, a long range shot from Uttley, was followed up by the electric Squires, only for his shot to go agonisingly wide. It took the Panthers 25 minutes to really test Whiteman, when a Pannal free-kick was only half cleared, and Whiteman got down quickly to his left to push the ball away. Whinmoor were mostly keeping their hosts in their own half, with Mulavdic and Quinn making headway down the flanks, and Uttley and Allen bossing midfield. It was this combination which help extend Whinmoors lead, when some great play from Uttley made room for Jamie Allen to score a superb second from 20 yards, his shot floating beautifully over the keeper into the roof of the net. Just before the break, a Panthers break threatened to bring them back into the game, but pressure from the Whinmoor defence forced the resulting shot wide.

The second half gave the Panthers the chance to have the wind and the slope, and they immediately used it to put Whinmoor under pressure. In the first ten minutes of the half, Whiteman was forced into two excellent saves, the first from a free kick, and the second from a long shot. Bozzo, filling in at right back, was playing superbly, and with Cairns and McMahon starting to forge a real partnership at centre-half, and Clarke carrying on where he left off last week, the defence never looked under any great pressure after that. After 50 minutes, Whinmoor effectively finished off the game, when some great play by Allen and Uttley played in Squires, and his shot from the edge of the area was beaten out by the keeper, but only to the feet of Tom Axe, who kept his head to slam the ball into the back of the net. Squires was working incredibly hard and getting results, and he dug himself some space just outside the area and forced the keeper to make a fine save, and on 56 minutes he again broke from his own half and played a superb ball through to Harry Uttley, who finished confidently to complete the scoring. The hosts then lost their cohesion, as Whinmoor started to enjoy themselves, with Goodwin, Uttley, Allen and Mulavdic all going close before the end.

This was arguably the finest performance of the season from Whinmoor, as they made a decent side look ordinary. Jamie Allen, playing out of position, deservedly took the Mars bar, but a case could have been made for any of the 12 players on duty to be man of the match. Whinmoor now only need four points to clinch the divisional title. (Posted - 28/3/10 JMc)

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18th April 2010 Leeds Maccabi
1
Whinmoor Juniors
8
League  
Quinn, Uttley (2), Squires, Goodwin, Bozzo, Allen (2)

A large, hard pitch greeted Whinmoor, and they started quickest with the slight slope, and after sustained pressure, Allen was denied an opening goal when his effort was chalked off after a very questionable offside decision. Whinmoor didn't have long to wait, though, as a precise Allen corner was only half cleared, and Andy Quinn walloped the ball into the net. Whinmoor kept up the pressure, but on a rare break, the Maccabi midfielder, ... erm, 'fell over' a Whinmoor defender, and the referee very generously opted to give a penalty, which was put away to equalise. Whinmoor dominated the game, with Squires and Allen worrying the defence down the middle, and Mulavdic and Quinn both making headway on the flanks. 6 minutes before the break, Squires took the ball down near the corner flag, and then went on a maze-up, skipping past a number of defenders, until one of them was a bit late with his attempted tackle. This time the referee had a much easier decision, and Harry Uttley put the spot kick away. Whinmoor still had time to have another goal mysteriously disallowed, when Duree was pulled back for what appeared to be a perfectly timed jump for the ball. Half time, and Whinmoor led 2-1.

Whinmoor started the second half on fire, and the game was as good as over only six minutes in. First of all, a superb pass from Allen released Danny Squires down the right hand side, and he outpaced the defence to finish superbly. 3 minutes later, another through ball, this time from Duree, sent Squires away again. This time a defender managed to get a tackle in inside the area, but the loose ball rolled nicely for Harry Uttley who finished the job off. And only two minutes later, an excellent Allen corner looped over to the back stick, where Josh Goodwin snuck in and nodded his first of the season to make the score 5-1. Whinmoor then looked comfortable, and the team was shuffled about to rest players on a humid day. Allen had a number of chances, and he went very close a number of times, but couldn't find the net. After 70 minutes, Axe played an excellent ball through to Emilio Bozzo, who lobbed the goalkeeper. The last touch before it went in was from a defender, but Bozzo claimed it was going in anyway.... not so sure myself! Whinmoor were in complete control of the game, and after a rest on the sidelines, Jamie Allen finally found the net, lobbing the keeper from the left hand side after good play between himself and Bozzo. In added time, Jamie Allen completed the scoring for the day, when he picked up a pass just inside the opposition half, and made a barnstorming run into the area, past a number of defenders and the keeper, before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.

But for some inconsistent refereeing, and a lack of luck in front of goal, Whinmoor could have run up a cricket score. As it was, they made do with just the eight. Danny Squires was a nuisance all day, and was deservedly awarded the (slightly soggy) Mars bar for his hard work over the whole 80 minutes. On another day, Jamie Allen would have had six or more, but he had a very fine game, scoring two and assisting for three others. This result put Whinmoor within a point of the title, after Bardsey could only draw away at Nidd, and the division could be decided in a weeks time at home to Pannal Panthers. (Posted - 18/4/10 JMc)

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25th April 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
6
Pannal Sports Panthers
2
League Allen, Uttley, o.g., Squires, Duree, Axe
 

Needing a single point to clinch their first ever divisional title, Whinmoor started off in a real hurry, and when a shot came back off the post from the tenacious Squires, and Jamie Allen put the ball in the net, only 12 seconds had elapsed! Only two minutes later, Harry Uttley made some room for himself in the centre of the pitch, and rifled the ball beyond the reach of the 'keeper and to make it 2-0, and after 9 minutes it was 3-0, when pressure from Squires and Allen caused confusion in the Panthers defence and the full back planted a header past the onrushing keeper and the ball trickled over the line. Pannal looked a beaten side at this point, but dragged themselves up off the floor and started to make some territorial headway. Ironically, it was from one of these attacks after 20 minutes, that Danny Squires took it upon himself to run 70 yards, take the ball past all of the Pannal defence (some of them more than once), before slipping the ball past the despairing keeper. Whinmoor were then a little guilty of taking their foot off the gas, and Pannal started to make themselves a few chances. Pannal pulled a goal back, whilst the Whinmoor defence waited for a whistle that didn't come. Just before the break, however, the four goal margin was restored when Will Duree bundled an Allen corner over the line to notch a goal on his birthday. Aaaah, bless.

In the second half, as Whinmoor started off uphill, the heat began to take it's toll. After 3 minutes, wideman Tom Axe kept his head to score Whinmoors sixth and his second of the season. Two minutes later, however, a quick Pannal attack resulted in the ball being expertly finished off - by a Whinmoor defender. No names, no pack drill, but we all know who it was! And that was the end of the scoring. Josh Whiteman in goal didn't really have a serious save to make, although Pannal did have a few periods of intense pressure in the second half, Whinmoor were never unduly troubled, with Squires, Axe and Goodwin winning the ball time and again, and Allen, Uttley and Duree all having a crack from distance. The game finished much more quietly than it started, with second half honours even.

This result meant that Whinmoor couldn't be caught at the top of the division, and had won their first title in this teams 9th season. Pannal gave themselves far too much to do after their calamitous start, but aquitted themselves quite well after that, and should take heart from keeping the second half score at 1-1. The were also very sporting in congratulating Whinmoor, and are a credit to their club. For Whinmoor, Danny Squires and Jamie Allen never stopped running, and both Tom Axe and Josh Goodwin had good games from the bench. This was a generally good performance on a bumpy pitch and in warm, humid conditions, and the Mars bar went to, well, it went to everyone, more as a reflection on the season than this particular game. (Posted - 25/4/10 JMc)

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2nd May 2010 Guiseley Juniors
3
Whinmoor Juniors
2
League  
Allen, Uttley

On a bumpy, sloping pitch, and missing five players, Whinmoor laboured to keep Guiseley out during the first half, whilst attacking on the break. Guiseley, loudly encouraged by the vociferous support, employed a physical approach, and weren't averse to dishing out a few ugly tackles, but when Whinmoor used the same tactics, those same Guiseley supporters were up in arms! Uttley was in the right place to clear the ball off the Whinmoor line, whilst at the other end, Squires forced a fine save from the Guiseley keeper. After 16 minutes, a Guiseley corner found Whinmoor slow to organise and left the striker with a free header into the net. Whinmoor then started to have more of the meaningful attacks, with Squires shooting narrowly over after a superb Uttley through ball, and the keeper making saves from Axe and Allen, but right before half-time, the keeper made his only mistake of the match when he misjudged the bounce on a speculative Jamie Allen shot and it went over him and into the net.

Whinmoor started the second half with the slope and the breeze and dominated the game. After yet another late and overly physical challenge in midfield, Harry Uttley smashed a superb free-kick into the roof of the net from 25 yards. Whinmoor were dominating by this point, and were unlucky not to go further ahead when Squires was adjudged offside when he put the ball in after the 'keeper spilled an Uttley shot. The Guiseley keeper was coming to their rescue time and again, making fine saves from Squires, Goodwin and Cairns, whilst Allen and Uttley both went close. With all this pressure, however, Whinmoor were caught with the sucker punch when an attack broke down, allowing Guiseley to surge through the middle as Whinmoor failed to clear despite a number of chances, and the ball was poked home for a scrappy equaliser. Half-way through the second half, another quick break led to the Guiseley winger going clear down their left, and he skilfully lobbed Whiteman from an acute angle to restore Guiseley's lead. Whinmoor kept fighting for a way back in, but the Guiseley 'keeper was outstanding, and the energy levels started to drop.

The scoreline didn't represent the game, and the Guiseley goalkeeper may have given Whinmoor one goal, but made at least six saves which kept his side in the match. This wasn't a poor performance from Whinmoor - far from it - but it was a little disjointed with the missing players, and after the heroics of the last few games, it was a little deflating. Final game of the season is next Sunday, at home to Cookridge, and we would encourage as many people to turn up as possible. (Posted - 3/5/10 JMc)

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9th May 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
7
Cookridge Albion
1
League Allen (2), Uttley, Whiteman, Clarke, Cairns, Robinson.
 

Whinmoor were determined to round off their most successful season in style, but a hugely improved Cookridge side meant that the first half was kept very tight. The match was contained mostly in midfield, apart from the Cookridge 'keepers huge kicks which more often than not ran straight through to Whiteman in the Whinmoor goal. After 10 minutes, the home side nudged ahead when Squires played Jamie Allen in to open the scoring. Both sides had chances as the first half turned into a bit of an arm wrestle. On the half-hour, a Squires shot was parried into the path of Harry Uttley, who doubled Whinmoors lead. Cookridge fought back five minutes later, when they took advantage of confusion in the home defence to drive the ball home. Right on half time, Cookridge pressure almost brought an equaliser, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

The game was taken out of Cookridge's reach within 10 seconds of the restart. Squires dispossessed a Cookridge defender from the kick off, and played the ball through to first half keeper Josh Whiteman, who finished superbly. Whinmoor started to take a grip on the game, and some lovely interplay through the midfield saw Whinmoor creating chance after chance, although Cookridge defended stoutly. Whinmoor broke through again half-way through the second half when Uttley and Whiteman combined to play the ball in for Josh Clarke, who forced the ball (and a Cookridge defender) over the line. Cookridge's spirit was finally broken 10 minutes from time, when a superb Allen cross was finished off by Joe Cairns to make the score 5-1. Two minutes later, a scramble in the Cookridge area saw Eddie Robinson maintain his composure to strike the ball home. The cherry on the cake was supplied when Jamie Allen picked up the ball wide on the right, and ran straight at the goal, almost along the byline, before slamming the ball into the roof of the net with a minute to go.

This was a fine example of the way Whinmoor have played this season - they were tested for the first hour of the game, but their fitness and some excellent play saw them run away with the match in the second half. Once again, Harry Uttley and Jamie Allen were dominant in the midfield, while Josh Clarke always threatened down the flanks, and Danny Squires was, as usual, always in the face of the Cookridge defence. Welcome returnee Tom Walker was unlucky not to find the net, and Tom Bligh deserves some sort of bravery award after playing for half an hour after completing the Leeds half marathon earlier in the day! Andy Quinn and Damir Mulavdic were involved in a lot of the fine interplay, and the back four once again kept drama to a minimum, with Eddie Robinson, Tom Axe, Joe Cairns and Danny McMahon as reliable as ever. Man of the match and goalkeeper Josh Whiteman swapped places with Josh Goodwin at half time, and both were effective in both positions. Cookridge manager Dave Jowsey was kind enough to present Whinmoor with their champions trophies after the game, and paid tribute to his opponents today, saying that the only down side of playing Whinmoor was that we always beat them! Whinmoor celebrated the triumph in style, giving manager Gary Cairns a great send-off for his final game, but we are now looking forward to our tenth season in September! (Posted - 9/5/10 JMc)

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