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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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St Bees in seventh heaven after victory gives them title

MUCH was expected from this game as League runners up Whitehaven Amateurs U11s faced cup finalists Dearham.

The previous two fixtures had been beauties, with Dearham knocking Amateurs out of the semi-final of the cup 4-3, and the first league fixture at Amateurs ending 4-4.

Amateurs started the game with changes to side with Michael Dinsdale getting his first start since a lengthy absence through injury and Will Brannon back in the squad.

Dearham were trying hard to make the advantage of the wind count, but some of the kicks from the keeper got caught in the wind and went straight out for an Amateurs goal kick.

As they have tried all season, the Amateurs were keen to play along the ground, with Matthew Park making a good burst from defence and crossing for a William Starkey header to go wide. Harrison Bedford then also used the left flank to deliver a low cross which Dearham were able to snuff out.

At the other end a Mitchell Stephenson corner got caught in the wind, and Alex Macpherson managed to get a hand to it before Dinsdale cleared off the line. A goal mouth scramble soon followed with Leo Sanczuk throwing himself in front of a fierce shot for the Amateurs cause.

Stephenson went close again with a long range free kick, but the wind again was his undoing as the shot went over the bar. The Amateurs defensive trio of Dinsdale, Park and an outstanding Jamie Ousby kept the scores level at the break.

In the second half, with Ross Dawson and Will Brannon now on the pitch, Amateurs took advantage of the wind straight away.

Starkey collecting the ball and following a dribble shot past the Dearham keeper with his right foot.

Subsequently, Amateurs started to play with even more confidence with Jack Bunting changing from striker and linking up well with Park on the left flank. On the other wing, Jake Martin (mom) went on a dribble but was unable to get a shot away.

As the game neared the end Dearham broke and the ball was passed back to Stephenson whose cross went straight across the Amateurs goal and was crossed back again for Dearham’s David Ousby to slide in at the back post and level the score, 1–1.

U9s: St Bees v Bigrigg

ST Bees U9s finished off their fantastic and successful season with a convincing 7-0 win against Bigrigg.

Captain Callum Lightfoot made an impressive start for St Bees with a clearance away from goal and it was not long before Jacob Field opened the score sheet with a chip beyond the Bigrigg keeper.

Luke Hamand made it two with a great run down the wing and a low driven shot into the right hand corner of the Bigrigg goal.

Bigrigg fought back and continued to press the St Bees midfield and defence, however goalkeeper Harry Lamb continued to impress for the Bees making several vital saves.

Luke Williams, who has been consistent all season, made several impressive tackles and passed the ball well in the middle of the park. A super throw in from Joseph Alderson led to an impressive attempt at goal by Morgan Ackerley but Bigrigg number 8 cleared the ball away from goal.

Callum Lightfoot showed clever thinking and blocked yet another Bigrigg attempt. Shortly after, a first class corner from Luke Williams led to Morgan Ackerley’s impressive header which just clipped the post. This was immediately followed by a great throw in from Morgan Ackerley to Luke Williams who scored the third goal with a fantastic power drive to make it 3-0 at half time.

St Bees showed plenty of intelligent play in the second half and started with a goal from ever-improving and reliable Lewis Coates to take it to 4-0. Jacob Field scored again to make it 5-0.

Credit to the Bigrigg goalkeeper who also performed well for his side to deny the St Bees forwards on several occasions. Jack Dyer and Harry Wilson came on for the Bees in defence and protected their keeper well.

The sixth goal came from an impressive Jacob Field cross which Jay Connor despatched with confidence. St Bees stalwart Tom Walton threw himself into every tackle, as always, to deny a constant determined Bigrigg side.

The icing on the cake and final goal came from a long clearance by Harry Lamb which then enabled Jacob Field a further attempt at goal, which was deflected by Bigrigg goalkeeper, however followed up by Joe Dorgan who put it away for St Bees (7-0) and his first ever for the club.

Sam Thompson was unfortunately unavailable for this game, however deserves a mention for his dedication. All players and coaching staff from both sides should be congratulated for the spirit in which this final game was played.

U9s: St Bees v Cleator Moor Celtic

ST Bees needed only one win to take the league championship, but they didn’t get it from Celtic.

The green and whites arrived at the seaside in determined mood, and,were up against a formidable and strong opponent.

From the start St Bees had the better of the play but it was Celtic who put the better passing moves together.

Whilst Celtics prolific front line of Harry Watson, Robert Davidson and later Daniel Hood were restricted to few clear cut chances. The hoops got better as the game went on.

Ethan Kegg and Dylan Dunn kept control of things at the back, and Keeper Natty Dougan handled well.

Reece Radcliffe was strong as ever in the midfield and captain Taylor Richardson was virtually everywhere and virtually unplayable. St Bees having no answer to the irrepressible Taylor.

Sam King out wide mimicked his captain and never took a backward step.

With the scores level at the half, Celtic took full advantage of the wind and the slope in the second period. With the hard work done in the first half, it was plain sailing for Celtic after the break. A cool finish from the diminutive Harry Watson and then a terrific header from Daniel Hood put the match beyond any doubt at 0-2.

Celtic have been troubled more and their hardworking players took a deserved and easier than expected win.

Goals Harry Watson, Daniel Hood

MoM Sam King



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