Under 9s

Under 9s Under 9s
So this morning it was 2nd (willington)v 3rd, (us)
Us with a 100% record and free scoring willington who are 2nd on goal difference having played a game more. Willington had scored over 50 goals in 5 games including a 24-0 win several weeks ago.
We knew it was going to be tough.
My partner in crime, luke, came up with a game plan, switch to 3 at the back, 2 in midfield and 1 up front.
It was a tense affair from the off with both sides playing well. Half way through the first half we sent a long ball over that parker gave chase to, never giving up his shot looped over the keeper into the far corner 1-0. Willington pressed and pressed so we replaced parker with elise to strengthen the midfield, letting willington have the ball at the back and then pressing them once they started to push forward. This worked a treat, elise was amazing with her constant running and closing down. Ht 1-0
Into the second half we popped parker back up front. They came and they came but couldnt get past our back 3. When they did, daniel kept them out.
Another fantastic ball over the top from zane saw parker challenging with their keeper, parker coming out on top, 2-0
Two goals from two counter attacks, fantastic finishing from parker. They came at us again and again and finally got a player free in the box, he took his chance well, 2-1
Although we were playing a defensive counter attacking game, we had some fantastic moments of play, with leo and bobby in the middle producing some lovely footwork and passing, those two in the middle doing the job of 3, controlling the game, eventually sent parker clear. With just the keeper to beat, our little pocket rocket slotted home neatly to make it 3-1. Hard to believe this boy is nearly two years younger than some of our other players. A cool head and calm finish.
With them throwing the kitchen sink at us we once again brought on elise to bolster the midfield and take off hat-trick scorer parker. Elise did a great job once again, her work rate absolutely top drawer.
We saw the game out, a fantastic game between two good evenly matched teams.
So proud of them all today
Fantastic well rounded performance from the u9s today, every single player performed. We started quickly, parker getting us off the mark. We played some lovely football in the first half, freddy and bobby linking up well with elise breaking up their play. Parker got free at the back post and made it 2-0 with a very well taken goal, found the hole in the near corner.
We then went 3-0 up with a cracking free kick from around 25 yds from camdyn. Washington were then awarded a penalty which was well taken to make it 3-1, before bobby made it 4-1. Parker then grabbed his hat-trick to make it 5-1 half time. We came out second half blazing, and within 3 mins of restart, freddy had scored a great 3 min hat-trick to make it 8-1. With an extra player on the pitch, washington started to pin us back and deservedly scored a second.
Parker finished the scoring with his 4th and our 9th. Both zane and camdyn were rocks at the back with some great last ditch tackles. Noticable improvement from olivia, and jasper and jokubus both did well in goal.
Washington athletic Lazio 2
Seaham Red Star 9
So we faced our nemesis this morning
Leam rangers
Played them 4 times in the last 6 months, never beat them. They had beaten us in each of our last 3 tournaments including the final last time out. But always a close game.
The kids knew what they needed to do and didnt let themselves down
By half time we were 5-1 up with goals from parker 2, bobby, freddy and camdyn. We were playing great.
Then the ref gave a penalty for a handball when it was a clear ball to hand, no way he could have got out of the way. This gave leam the impetus and we then conceded some sloppy goals that got them back into the game at 5-4. We were strong and saw the game out to get the win.
Parker ⚽️⚽️
Freddie ⚽️
Mom parker 🥇
Oppo mom zane 🥇
Team - daniel, zane, camdyn, alexander, leo, freddie, bobby, elise, jack, parker
Second league game today for the u9s. Really really happy with the team performance today against a strong doxford park side.
Just ten weeks or so ago they held us to a high scoring draw.
Our team performance today was great, worked so hard for each other, covering for each other, pressing, defensively fantastic and when they did break through daniel was in good form. Parker worked his socks off up front for us today, while he didnt get his goal, his running and delivery was superb.
Camdyn and zane at the back were a brick wall and the work rate of our midfield, leo, freddie, jack, jasper and alexander was exceptional.
Seaham red star 3
Doxford park 0
Freddie ⚽️
Camdyn ⚽️
Mom leo 🥇
Oppo mom camdyn 🥇
Team - daniel, zane, camdyn, jasper, alexander, leo, freddie, jack, parker
First league game of the season for the under 9s
We started quickly today and took control of the game which is something we have been trying to work on in recent games.
Leo opening the scoring. We were soon 3-0 up with goals from bobby and freddy before they pulled a goal back. Freddy then made it 4-1 before they got their second from a corner. Parker then got his goal to make it 5-2.
At times parker was left out on his own with no service and did well to keep alert and take his goal when the chance came.
Camdyn was outstanding at the back today, a rock and also made some good direct runs from the back and a few times was unlucky not to get on the score sheet, camdyn was our and the opposition man of match.
Seaham red star 5 washington united tigers 2
Leo ⚽️
Freddie ⚽️⚽️
Parker ⚽️
Camdyn 🥇🥇
Onto a tough away friendly against high level south sheilds foundation on tuesday
Parker, 27 goals so far during pre season and today
Saturday 17th September '22
Fantastic tournament for the u9s today.
Finishing top in our group, 4 games unbeaten, then though to semi final and then into the final.
The final was very close against a big physical side, settled by a deflected goal that gave our keeper no chance.
Final finished Leam Rangers 1 Seaham red star 0
Tournament goal scorers;
Parker ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Leo ⚽️⚽️
Camdyn ⚽️
Man of matches, leo, daniel, jack parker, camdyn, bobby
Player of tournament parker
Squad- daniel alexander camdyn jack bobby elise leo freddie jasper jokubus parker
5th pre season game tonight
Seaham red star 3 doxford park 2
Couldnt stop our run of slow starts and found ourselves 2-0 down.
However once again we grew into the game and took our chances
Bobby getting us going with some great direct runs and finished well for our first goal which gave the whole team a lift. then a good finish from parker with the impressive leo getting the winner.
Elise was unlucky not to get her first goal and jasper and jokubus had massive improvements.
Camdyn was an absolute rock at the back.
Jokubus given my man of match for a great improvement, he was solid in defence and great going forwards. Really my man of match could have gone to any one of jokubus, bobby or camdyn
Parker taking opposition man of match.
Bobby ⚽️
Parker ⚽️
Man of match jokubus🥇
Oppo man of match parker🥇
Team- Daniel, camdyn, jokubus, jasper, bobby, leo, parker elise
Pre Season Friendly
Seaham red star 5 hetton juniors lazio 5
Good workout for the u9 kids last night as preperation for next season continues.
Although the high score line, it didnt do both goalkeepers justice, both keepers producing fantastic displays. We started slow again and daniel pulled off 4 early saves in the first 5 mins before hetton got their breakthrough.
Once again we grew into the game, and a fantastic man of the match performance from parker saw us share the spoils. Better decision making late on could easily have seen us take the win.
Parker ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Man of match parker/daniel 🥇
Oppo man of match bobby🥇
Daniel,Jack, Camdyn, Bobby, Alexander, Leo, Parker, Jokubus, Jasper, Olivia