Under 17s Match Reports, Season 2010-2011


Whinmoor Juniors ... 1, Wetherby Athletic ... 2
Whinmoor Juniors ... 2, Wigton Moor United ... 5
Kirk Deighton Rangers ... 4, Whinmoor Juniors ... 3
Colton U18s ... 9, Whinmoor Juniors ... 0
Pannal Sports ... 4, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2
Whinmoor Juniors ... 1, Pannal Sports ... 3
Ilkley AFC ... 6, Whinmoor Juniors ... 0
Wigton Moor Utd ... 5, Whinmoor Juniors ... 1
Whinmoor Juniors ... 5, Kirk Deighton Rangers ... 5
Pannal Sports Panthers ... 5, Whinmoor Juniors ... 1
Whinmoor Juniors ... 1, Ilkley AFC ... 3
Wetherby Athletic ... 1, Whinmoor Juniors ... 2


12th September 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
Wetherby Athletic
League Goodwin
Parr, Neal

Back on their own pitch for the first time in 18 months, Whinmoor started hesitantly against their local rivals, with the visitors striking the post in the first minute. Wetherby dominated the opening exchanges, as Whinnoor came to grips with the larger pitch and the heat, and almost fell two behind before a well time tackle from McMahon snuffed the attack out. Whinmoor gradually worked their way into the game, and scored from their first real attempt at goal. Squires wriggled free and placed a shot beyond the Wetherby keeper, only to see the ball come off the post. Thankfully for Whinmoor, Josh Goodwin was waiting for it and finished well past the flailing goalkeeper. As the game settled down, chances were few and far between, but Whiteman was on hand to brilliantly save, and Clarke cleared a wind-assisted cross off the line, whilst at the other end Squires blazed a shot narrowly over after good approach work by Mulavdic.

In the second half, the game had almost totally evened out, with Whinmoor providing more of a goal threat, so it was slightly against the run of play when Wetherby equalised on 54 minutes. A well placed corner was met by a towering header and the score was all square. Bozzo and Uttley were starting to have the better of play in the midfield, and the re-modelled back four were looking more and more solid as the game progressed. Mulavdic skipped past a defender or two before crossing from the byline, where Goodwin was a hairs breadth from putting Whinmoor back in front, but with 10 minutes left, Wetherby scored what turned out to be the winner. Whinmoor were slow to set themselves for a corner, and it was met by the Wetherby forward running towards his far post, his glancing header evading Whiteman. As the game came to a close, Wetherby looked more likely to add to their lead, as first a cross bounced off the top of the bar, and then they hit the post again after another fine Whiteman save.

Discounting the sluggish first period of the game, this was an encouraging performance from Whinmoor in the top flight, even though the manner of conceding the second goal was a little disappointing.. The new back four gelled well together, and with Whiteman behind them, will frustrate a lot of teams this year. Uttley, Quinn, Bozzo and Mulavdic ran their blood to water on this warm day, and Squires and Goodwin were thorns in the Wetherby side all afternoon. Whiteman got the award, but all the players performed pretty well on the day.

(Posted - 12/9/10 JMc)

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26th September 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
Wigton Moor Athletic
League Kay, Squires
Blair (2), Marsden, Stainthorpe

Whinmoor started off optimistically, when Johnston forced the keeper into a save with a blistering shot, but within a minute, the visitors were ahead. A quick break down their left hand side, saw a superb shot rifled in. Whinmoor were then put under pressure, with Whiteman coming to the rescue, making a fine save to tip a shot around the post. On 18 minutes, the visitors doubled their lead, when a half-cleared corner was whipped back in with interest. Whinmoor were having more of the play now, and a Bozzo run and shot gave a cause for hope. At the other end, a Wigton Moor corner evaded everyone, and the ball came back off the post. 10 minutes before the break, another lightening quick breakway from Wigton Moor saw the ball shoot through the middle, and Whinmoor were 3 goals down at the break.

Whinmoor started the second half looking much more up for it, and managed to push Wigton Moor back towards their goal, but Whiteman had to be on his toes to make two excellent saves around the hour mark, before trademark Squires maze-up saw his shot ripple into the side netting. After 69 minutes, Whinmoor gave themselves hope. Mulavdic and Squires combined to create a chance, and Reece Kay managed to get onto the end of it to poke the ball home. This goal re-invigorated Whinmoor, and Kay and Bozzo both went close, before another quick break and confusion in the Whinmoor defence saw the ball rammed home for 4-1. Whinmoor were scrapping for every ball now, and 8 minutes from the end were caught with a sucker punch. A speculative shot from the Wigton Moor midfielder caught Whiteman off his line from 30 yards out, and the ball ended up in the net. If he meant it, it was an absolute belter.... I'm not entirely convinced, though! Whinmoor kepy fighting, and Kay, Uttley and Clarke all had chances before Danny Squires squeezed the ball home with 4 minutes left. Whinmoor still had chances - Bligh, Bozzo and Johnston all got some sort of shot in before the end, but the game ended 5-2 to the visitors.

Whinmoor started slowly, and Wigton Moor capitalised on their mistakes to take advantage. In truth, the scoreline probably flatters the visitors, and Whinmoor deserved more reward for their second half endeavours. Joe Cairns took the man of the match award, for his tireless performance at the back, but Josh Whiteman in goal, and stand in skipper Danny McMahon both put in noteworth performances. Debutants Reece Kay, who got one of the goals, and Alex Johnston both aquitted themselves well, and as the new players gel together, Whinmoor will get the consistency - and the results - that they deserve. (Posted - 26/9/10 JMc)

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10th October 2010 Kirk Deighton Rangers
Whinmoor Juniors
League Barton (2), Minshull, Thew
Bozzo (2), Cairns

An early start saw Whinmoor string some nice moves together, but it was the hosts who scrambled themselves into the lead after a 5th minute corner wasn't cleared properly. Within a minute, Whinmoor responded in the best possible way when a superb ball from Johnston saw Emilio Bozzo chest the ball past the last defender and force the ball beyond the keeper to level. Stand in 'keeper Goodwin made two fine saves to keep Kirk Deighton out, but Whinmoor were having more of the play, and Squires twice went close.In the 21st minute, Whinmoor took the lead when a huge clearance from Goodwin was deftly nodded on by Emilio Bozzo, who slammed the ball past the keeper. Goodwin was called upon again to punch the ball clear, whilst at the other end, some excellent play from Bozzo and Johnston put Cairns through, but his clever lob was tipped over the bar. There was still time for Goodwin to make another save and McMahon and Clarke to both put in timely tackles in the 6 yard box.

The second half started with Kirk Deighton galvanised, and pinning Whinmoor back in their own half, and so it was no surprise when a long throw was glanced in at the far post to equalise on 50 minutes. It took Whinmoor 9 minutes to mount an attack, but when they did, they made it count. A superb flick from Quinn put Bozzo clear down the left hand side, and his cross was met by Joe Cairns on the back stick, and he buried his chance to give Whinmoor the advantage. Whinmoor then settled, and for the most part played the better football, Johnston and Uttley both had shots, before Uttley and Quinn fashioned a chance for Squires, which he put narrowly over, and a Bozzo free kick stung the 'keepers fingers, but there was no-one there to mop up the loose ball. Then came two minutes which changed the game. A run by Bozzo saw him play the ball through to Squires just as he was clattered. Squires took the ball into the area where he was clearly brought down from behind, but the referee waved away the claims. Kirk Deighton then played some good football of their own to move the ball almost the length of the pitch, and a cross was nodded down to the striker who took his chance to equalise. 13 minutes left, and with the scores at 3-3, both teams showed signs of fatigue. Kirk Deighton missed an open goal, and then Clarke marauded upfield to have a shot which went just wide. A controversial free-kick saw regular 'keeper Whiteman make an excellent double save, and Whinmoor were given a warning a minute from time when holes in defence allowed Kirk Deighton a chance, which went narrowly wide. The warnings weren't heeded, as into injury time, an identical move saw the ball bounce agonisingly beyond Whiteman and into the net. There was just time for Squires to put the ball just wide, but Whinmoor's lapses of concentration had cost them any reward from this fine performance.

Emilio Bozzo got the man of the match, not only for his two goals and one assist, but his all around play was superb. Special mention has to go to Josh Goodwin, who was man enough to put his hand up and go in goal for the first half, and played superbly well. Whinmoor deserved something from this game, and it's to be hoped that they've learned a valuable lesson. (Posted - 10/10/10 JMc)

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17th October 2010 Colton Juniors U18
Whinmoor Juniors
Leeds& District Junior Cup  

Whinmoor started well against their older opponents, who were sitting proudly at the top of their league, whilst Whinmoor were still looking for their first win. After 9 minutes, the Whinmoor defence hesitated as a corner came in, and the hosts capitalised to take the lead. 6 minutes later, Colton doubled their lead with an almost identical goal, and two minutes later, it was 3-0 when the Colton player was given a yard of space and scored from 20 yards out. Whinmoor then rallied, but still struggled to get out of their own half, and before the break Colton had made it 5-0, with a deflected clearance and a lob over the keeper when 1 on 1.

Whinmoor had a bit more belief in the scond half, and both Kay and Goodwin got a sight of goal, but another deflection saw Colton extend their lead. Two minutes from the end, a harshly awarded penalty was converted to make the final score 9-0.

Although Colton were by far the superior side, the scoreline didn't fully reflect the match. Johnston, Uttley, Rowlands and McMahon worked hard down the middle, but Whinmoor came into this game hesitant and this was exploited by a good side. (Posted - 18/10/10 JMc)

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24th October 2010 Pannal Sports
Whinmoor Juniors
League Cup  
Goodwin, Uttley

An extraordinary match in Harrogate saw Whinmoor frighten their hosts to death. Starting with only 9 players after a glut of injuries, Whinmoor started poorly, and were in confusion when after 2 minutes a corner was tapped over the line after hitting the bar, even though the ball was played in before the referee blew his whistle. Whinmoor tried to get into the game, but a fast break down the Pannal left saw a quick cross met by a clever flick to make the score two-nil. Whinmoor started to fight at this point, and playing an unusual 3-4-1 formation, started to get more of the ball. Pannal were struggling to get past the defensive line of Rowlands, Brannigan and McMahon, whilst Johnston and Uttley were winning the battles in midfield. Just before the half hour Harry Uttley took the ball from a defender on the half-way line and powered his way clear into the area to place the ball brilliantly in the net from a tight angle. Whinmoor were back in it. The good work was slightly undone when a goalkeeping error saw a harmless cross end up in the back of the net, but right on half time great determination from Josh Goodwin saw him dispossess a defender on the left touchline. He ran in with the ball, brushing off any attempts to tackle, and slipped the ball past the keeper to make the score 3-2 at the interval.

Whinmoor started the second half with more confidence and were containing Pannal quite comfortably. Uttley was receiving some close attention from the Pannal players, and one of these challenges led to a free kick 22 yards out. Mulavdic put it into the mixer, and it caused havoc in the area with Pannal hastily clearing the ball from the line. This spurred Pannal into life, and they went close with a deep cross. Whiteman made up for his earlier error by making a superb save low to his left. Mid-way through the half Pannal extended their lead when a quick break caught the tiring Whinmoor defence out and the ball was squeezed past Whiteman to make it 4-2. Pannal now had all the pressure, being able to bring on fresh troops throughout the second half, and Uttley cleared the ball off the line in-between a string of superb Whiteman saves, including one which he appeared to block with his face! The last ten minutes saw Pannal camped around the Whinmoor area, but the lads from Leeds resisted any further attempts to score, limiting Pannal to hopeful crosses and shots from distance.

This was a battling performance from the 9 men of Whinmoor. Whiteman, despite his uncharacteristic error in the first half, made a string of excellent saves. The 3 man defence of Rowlands, Brannigan and McMahon challenged for every ball and tackled ferociously, with Quinn and Mulavdic running their blood to water on the flanks. Johnston and Uttley managed to control midfield for large chunks of the game, and Goodwin, the lone ranger up front, never stopped running and challenging. The Pannal manager commented after the game that he was glad Whinmoor only had 9, as the result would've been very different had a full Whinmoor side fought like that. Proud of you, lads! (Posted - 26/10/10 JMc)

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7th November 2010 Whinmoor Juniors
Pannal Sports
League Clarke Goodson (2), Myers

After their last brave outing, Whinmoor fancied their chances against Pannal Sports - expecially seeing as they had an almost full squad. However, a slow start led to the visitors taking the lead from a goalmouth scramble before the game was two minutes old. Whinmoor started to work their way into the game, and a Squires break saw Mulavdic in the area, but he wasn't able to find a way past the keeper. Pannal Sports took a deserved two-nil lead on 12 minutes, with some fine approach play. Whinmoor were still giving their opponents too much space, but were making headway. Goodwin and Mulavidc combined well to put Squires trhough, but his shot was wide, and Squires went even closer a few minutes later when he met a Mulavdic cross with a bicycle kick which the keeper did well to stop. Whinmoor were getting closer, and after a superb Bozzo lob from 25 yards went narrowly wide, a penalty was awarded after Bozzo was adjudged to have been elbowed. However, Uttleys spot-kick was superbly saved by the Pannal Sports 'keeper. Whinmoor finally got the goal they deserved after half an hour, when a superb chip from Bozzo put Josh Clarke in the clear, and the left-back put the ball into the far corner of the net with an excellent finish. Rowlands was having a fine game at the back, but despite their efforts, Whinmoor couldn't get on level terms before the break.

The second half started with Whinmoor laying siege to the Pannal Sports area, but they were unable to capitalise. Some superb football, involving Bozzo, Uttley and Clarke fashioned a chance for johston, but his shot went over the bar, and a superb through ball saw Goodwin in the clear, but he was adjudged narrowly offside. The game had levelled out, and a lot of work was being done in both midfields. An excellent run from Squires saw him run over a nasty bobble and the keeper cleaned up. The game was effectively over with 15 minutes left when Whinmoor were caught napping at a corner and the visitors restored their two goal lead with a totally unopposed header. Whinmoor still kept pushing, and a superb cross from Bozzo was met at full steam by Quinn, who's shot was bravely charged down, and Uttley put a shot wide before the end.

This was a deserved win by Pannal Sports, who were very well organised, and passed the ball around the home side, but Whinmoor had enough of the play to take more from the game, and lapses of concentration cost them dearly once again. Jake Rowlands and Harry Uttley both had fine games today, ably assisted by Mulavdic, Bozzo and Clarke, with 'Terminator' Brannigan made a great cameo at the back. (Posted - 11/7/10 JMc)

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16th January 2011 Ilkley AFC
Whinmoor Juniors
League Wood (3), Jenkinson, Kingsnorth, Webb  

After a break of over two months, Whinmoor went to Ilkley with some optimism, and after a slow start, they gradually played themselves into the game, and had the lions share of possession. However, it was the hosts who had the first real chance after 20 minutes, when Whiteman pushed a tricky shot onto the bar, before collecting the rebound. Almost immediately, some fantastic passing involving Johnston and Uttley put Bozzo in the clear, but the Ilkley keeper narrowed the angle well to smother the ball. As the break approached, Whinmoor were having most of the pressure, and both Goodwin and Bozzo had gone close, before Ilkley took the lead against the run of play. A cross slithered across the area to find the Ilkley striker on the back post, and his swept the ball home. Just before the break, Ilkley were denied by the crossbar again.

The game was effectively decided in the first 3 minutes of the second half. First of all, Rowlands was very harshly penalised after colliding with the precipitous Ilkley striker, and the penalty was struck home. With injury causing a rejig across the back four, Whinmoor took a while to get going. An incident two minutes later when an Ilkley player went down very easily in a challenge to earn a free-kick, which was taken quickly and the striker had a free header at the back post to make it 3-0. Whinmoor kept fighting, though, and Ilkley had to clear a scramble off the line during a series of corners, and Uttley's shot went straight at the apparently magnetic home 'keeper. Bozzo was making headway down the left, but as Whinmoor kept pouring forward, the inevitable happened, as Ilkley broke quickly upfield and extended their lead. Whinmoor then let their heads drop for a few minutes, and the clinical Ilkley forwards took advantage and scored twice more. Whinmoor then played for pride, and Bozzo, Rawson and Uttley all went close before the end.

This was a strange game, which was very even for huge sections of it, but Ilkley were very efficient and clinical in their attacking, and scored all of their goals in two spells of 5 minutes. The home keeper had an outstanding game, and had Whinmoor made their pressure in the first half tell, then it may have been a different story. Ashley 'Bean' Rawson made an impression on his debut, and Jake 'Lenord' Rowlands had a strong game, whilst Emilio 'no nickname' Bozzo was busy all day down the left. Lets hope that a little more luck comes our way next week! (Posted - 16/01/11 JMc)

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23rd January 2011 Wigton Moor Utd
Whinmoor Juniors
League Marsden (2), Blair, Kilroy, Stainthorpe Rawson

For the second game running, Whinmoor worked their socks off against top-drawer opposition and came away unrewarded. The game was moved to Whinmoor because of fixture congestion down the road, and Whinmoor were robbed of several squad members before kickoff. With just 11 available players, Whinmoor were mostly chasing shadows for the first 10 minutes. Robinson fashioned a chance for Johnston early on, but Whinmoor had Whiteman to thank for three great saves, before Whinmoor took the lead, against the run of play. A great exchange between Goodwin and Johnston saw Ashley Rawson in acres of space in the area, and he picked his spot to mark his first start with a goal. The game then settled into a pattern, with Wigton Moor trying to play through Whinmoor, who defended as though their lives depended on it, and then broke quickly to go close on a number of occasions. A great run from Johnston saw Goodwin turn on a sixpence to see his shot graze the top of the bar after half an hour. Just before the break, however, Whinmoors resistance finally broke, as Wigton Moor found a way through. First, it was two-on-one on the keeper, and the ball was trickled into the net. A minute later, a good ball over the top and a perfectly timed run saw the ball in the net again. Half time, and Wigton Moor led 2-1.

In the second half, Wigton Moor probably sealed the game when a shot from outside the area crept in at the far post. Whinmoor played with a bit more assertiveness, and seemed to have more of the game, McMahon going close after a corner, then Rawson putting the ball narrowly wide when through on the keeper. Meanwhile, at the other end, Whitemans heroics continued, but he was unable to prevent Wigton Moor stretching the score to 4-1 when he was unable to hold on to a free-kick and the rebound was put away. 3 minutes from the end, Robinson, on his return to the club, grazed the top of the bar again, before tired Whinmoor legs couldn't stop the final goal going in at the death.

Wigton Moor deserved their win, and are a very good side, whilst Whinmoor worked hard through the entire game, with no substitutes and three players carrying injuries at the start - and there were a few more by the end! Josh Whiteman gained the plaudits from both benches for a superb goalkeeping display, and Jake Rowlands and Alex Johnston worked tirelessly down the middle, but in the end, it wasn't enough. Finally, it needs to be said that both teams played with a great spirit of sportsmanship, and the referee, Mr. Hurlstone, was notable for his low key, common sense approach to the game. (Posted - 25/01/11 JMc)

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30th January 2011 Whinmoor Juniors
Kirk Deighton Rangers
League Mulavdic (2), Goodwin, Rawson, Bozzo Fisher (2), Barton, Button, O'Donoghue

Local rivals Kirk Deighton arrived at Skelton Woods short on numbers and up against an almost full strength Whinmoor, but it was the visitors who showed all the desire early on, and took the lead after 5 minutes when a free-kick was parried into the feet of an onrushing striker. Whinmoor were making hard work of getting back into the game, with Rawson troubling the woodwork after some good play from Mulavdic, but it was the visitors who extended their lead on the half-hour when Whiteman made a rare misjudgement. 3 minutes later, it was 3-0, after a clumsy tackle led to a penalty. Whinmoor finally broke into life two minutes before the break. Goodwin & Mulavdic combined to give Josh Goodwin the space to force the ball home from a tight angle. Right on the half-time whistle, a Bozzo cross was touched on by Rawson into the path of Damir Mulavdic, who made no mistake. Half time, and Whinmoor were fortunate to be only 1 goal behind.

Ten minutes into the second half, it got better. Whinmoor were dominating possession, whilst Kirk Deighton were breaking very quickly and still looking dangerous. A clever pass from Bozzo to Squires led to Ashley Rawson taking advantage to equalise. Whinmoor huffed and puffed, but couldn't blow Kirk Deighton's house down, and after 67 minutes an awkward looking cross was diverted into his own net by McMahon. Whinmoor were now frantically fighting to win the game. Great runs from Clarke and Brannigan eventually came to nought, whilst Mulavdic, Squires and Johnston (twice) all had good efforts on goal. With 20 minutes left, a magnificent cross from Johnston was met perfectly by Damir Mulavdic to level at 4-4. Surely Whinmoor would now go on to win the game, but Kirk Deighton came back, and a free header from a corner saw them take the lead again. 10 minutes from the end, Squires fed in Emilio Bozzo who clinically completed the scoring. There was still time for Robinson to clear the ball of the Whinmoor line, whilst Kirk Deighton also needed a man on the line to save a point.

After their efforts of the last couple of weeks, Whinmoor took a while to get going. This wasn't helped by Kirk Deighton, who ran their blood to water and deserved all of the fortune that they got. For Whinmoor, Damir Mulavdic, Alex Johnston and Jake Rowlands all maintained their form of recent weeks, as they finally got a point on the board. (Posted - 1/02/11 JMc)

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13th March 2011 Pannal Sports
Whinmoor Juniors
League Myers (3), O'Reilly, Donnelly Mulavdic (pen)

Whinmoor recovered from the shock of actually getting a game for the first time in 6 weeks by playing some fine football against the league leaders, and indeed had the better of a very even first half, but it was Pannal who had the first real chance, bringing a fine save from Whiteman down to his left, followed by Mulavdic clearing the ball off the line from the resulting corner. Uttley put the ball narrowly wide when put through, and Whinmoor were making ground, with Squires and Mulavdic finding space on the right, whilst Uttley and the impressive Quinn were causing problems down the left. Half-way through the first half, Pannal had a goal rightly disallowed for offside. As the half drew to a close, Pannal stepped up a gear and started to push Whinmoor further back, and initially the back four coped well with what was thrown at them. Three minutes from the break, Bozzo and Johnson both had shots blocked and from the loose ball Pannal broke quickly. Despite a brave effort from Rowlands and Whiteman, the home side scrambled the ball home. A wild tackle in midfield then resulted in a free kick right on the break, which was quickly takenm, catching the Whinmoor defence cold and the home side had the luxury of a 2 goal lead at the half.

The second half started in much the same vein, but nasty looking ankle injury to the industrious Bozzo required a reshuffle in midfield. Whinmoor again fought the good fight, and the wide players started to get behind the home defence more and more often, but the telling final ball was agonisingly missing. On 78 minutes, another Whinmoor attack was broken up, and a long ball over the top caught the Whinmoor defence too high. Whinmoor were a hugely undeserved 3 goals down. Two minutes later, Whinmoor were given hope after being awarded a generous penalty. Damir Mulavdic stepped up and put the penalty away with some panache. Whinmoor then pushed forward, trying to get something from the game, but 6 minutes from the end, the game was killed stone dead by the goal of the game. Some great play down the Pannal right saw a superb cross put in from deep, and a perfectly timed run from the striker saw him meet the ball with his head to make it 4-1. The scoreline was given a very unfair appearance a minute later when the crestfallen Whinmoor side failed to react when another lightening quick Pannal attack ended in a goal.

Yet again, Whinmoor paid a high price for momentary lapses, when four goals were conceded in two spells of a few minutes each. However, this was a good performance by Whinmoor, and had they taken one of the few chances on offer in the first half, the final score would have been very different. Man of the Match Jake Rowlands had another commanding perfomance at the back, with Emilio Bozzo, Andy Quinn and Damir Mulavdic all showing up well. (Posted - 14/03/11 JMc)

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27th March 2011 Whinmoor Juniors
Ilkley AFC
League Squires Driver, Jenkinson, Walker

This game summed up Whinmoor's season perfectly, and once again a fabulously hard-working performance has gone unrewarded. On an uneven pitch, Whinmoor started this game determined to do better than the away fixture, and they did. With a massively re-designed midfield, Whinmoor dominated possession for the first 20 minutes; Mulavdic and Rawson were winning every loose ball and Squires and Uttley looked very dangerous up front. Ilkley's long ball game was being coped with comfortably by McMahon and Rowlands at the back. Whiteman, playing despite receiving nasty injuries after an accident on the way to work on Saturday, look assured and confident. As the game went on, Ilkley started to play a bit more football, despite struggling to understand the offside rule, and forced good interceptions from Robinson and Mulavdic. Up front, Uttley, Squires and Goodwin, ably assisted by pocket dynamo Mulavdic, proved that the Ilkley goalkeeper is either very good or very lucky - I think we'll say it's somewhere inbetween! After 34 minutes, a throw in led to a speculative volley from 25 yards, which sailed over Whitemans head into the net. Ilkley looked as suprised as Whinmoor did! After undeservedly going behind, Whinmoor redoubled their efforts, and Mulavdic and Squires both went close.

Ilkley started the second half better, and Whiteman had to be on his toes on more than one occasion to keep the ball out. When Whinmoor finally got some possesion, it led to an extremely well earned equaliser. Cairns fed Uttley, and the captain went past a host of defenders before playing in Danny Squires, who finished superbly. Whinmoor were only back on level terms for two minutes, when a corner was nodded in to make the score 2-1 to the visitors. Whinmoor then dug deep to put Ilkley under pressure, with Ilkley breaking fast. Cairns and Mulavdic combined well to make a chance, and Robinson was getting forward, whilst at the back McMahon made two superb tackles, and Rowlands was in the right place time and again to clear. With a few minutes to go, Mulavdic megged two Ilkley defenders, but ran out of space (and possibly talent), and Cairns and Uttley again fashioned another chance for Squires, whose shot was charged down. The ball was cleared up the other end and was lobbed over Whiteman from distance to complete the scoring. Whinmoor still kept fighting for their just deserts, but Ilkley held firm for the last four minutes.

This was a fine game for the first 80 minutes, but as when we played them four years ago, Ilkley still haven't learned how to win graciously, as their whining at the referee in the closing stages - from on and off the pitch - was tiresome to say the least. As for Whinmoor, they deserved so much more from the game. Every deflection or bounce seemed to go the way of Ilkley, and given the work that was put in, they deserved a point at the very least. McMahon and Rowlands at the back and Mulavdic in midfield stood out today, but every Whinmoor player put everything into the game. (Posted - 27/03/11 JMc)

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10th April 2011 Wetherby Athletic
Whinmoor Juniors
League   Uttley (2)

Whinmoor brought the curtain down on a disappointing season, and for once were justly rewarded for the effort that they put in. On a hard, bumpy pitch, and with the sun beating down, the opening exchanges were cagey, but Whinmoor had the first real chance, when Uttley's free-kick grazed the top of the bar. Wetherby fought hard and eventually got the upper hand. A free-kick came back off the Whinmoor bar after 15 minutes; a few minutes later, a superb break from Whinmoor saw Squires' clever lob bounce narrowly wide. At the other end, an almighty panic led to the ball being scrambled off the Whinmoor line. As the first half drew to a close, Whinmoor were starting to gain more control, with Mulavdic and Johnson starting to boss the midfield, with Rawson a revelation in his unfamilar right-hand side slot. Before the break, Uttley went close again, but half time arrived with a fascinating game still scoreless.

Whinmoor started the second half with a purpose, and played themselves into the dominant position. Goodwin was starting to have more success down the right hand side, and the very solid back four of Cairns, McMahon, Rowlands and Robinson, filling in a left back, were coping with everything that Wetherby had. It was Wetherby, though, who had the first real chance of the second half, but their striker was a victim of the bumpy pitch as his shot trickled agonisingly wide after a very good break. The game remained tight, but on 68 minutes, Whinmoor took a deserved lead. Following a mazey run from Mulavdic, possession was disputed on the edge of the Wetherby area, but Goodwin shown his characteristic tenacity to win the ball back and feed it to Harry Uttley, who made no mistake. However, Whinmoor led for only four minutes - the hesitant defending which has blighted the whole season saw Wetherby make easy yards, and nobody closed down the scorer, who pushed it past Whiteman from 15 yards to equalise. Once again, huge amounts of hard work undone by a moments lack of concentration. Thankfully, that was it, and Whinmoor showed a belief in themselves which has been lacking for a lot of this season. A slight change in midfield saw Cairns pushing forward on the right hand side, and after an interchange with Uttley, was closed down by a mass of Wetherby defenders before he got his shot away. Squires and Goodwin were causing headaches for the Wetherby defenders, and all the play was taking place in the Wetherby end. Whinmoor once again looked as though they were going to be disappointed, as the heat was taking it's toll on both sides and the game slowed to almost walking pace. Four minutes from the end, thoguh, Whinmoor finally got the reward for all their hard work. A throw in on the left hand side gave Harry Uttley the ball 30 yards out, and he hit an absolute screamer into the far corner to take the points.

After so many near things this season, it was wonderful for the team to finally get the rewards; in fact, we've played better than this during the season and lost! It was fitting that all-time top scorer Harry Uttley got the two goals, and he and Danny Squires put in vintage performances up front, in difficult conditions. The midfield were superb for 90 minutes - Damir Mulavdic and Alex Johnston ran their blood to water through the whole game, and Ashley Rawson and Josh Goodwin fought for every ball - and won most of them! The back four of Robinson, Rowlands, Cairns & McMahon played with their usual solidity for the duration, and cameos from Josh Clarke and Brad Brannigan gave Whinmoor the impetus to get over the finish line.

(Posted - 12/04/11 JMc)

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