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Under 12 Youth 2016/17 - match reports

Unless otherside stated, all match reports kindly supplies by team manager, Pete Gates.



Whyteleafe Youth 3 Junior Elite 1
Sunday 5 February 2017


This was the return league match between Whyteleafe U12 Youth & Junior Elite in the Tandridge A division.  The two teams had drawn 1-1 earlier in the season although Whyteleafe believed they had learned from the experience and subsequently improved their game.

Straight from the kick off Whyteleafe we out of the blocks and aggressively pressing the visitors high up the pitch as per the game plan forcing them to lose possession deep in their own half and very nearly scoring the opening goal.

Midway through the first half a ball down the right gave Alfie the opportunity to lob the keeper and he put Whyteleafe ahead 1-0.  A succession of other chances followed until Ellis passed to Ted to slot in a richly deserved second goal.

After the break and with a two goal lead, there was no need to press so hard and Leafe were to remain compact and play on the counter attack. Junior Elite would push forward in numbers and could leave themselves exposed to the pace and power of a Whyteleafe counter attack.

As it turned out Whyteleafe played out a defensive second half frustrating Junior Elite. But with five minutes remaining Louis passed a diagonal to Ted on the left wing who raced clear, crossing to Ellis to slot in at his first attempt in an excellent attack.

Junior Elite replied with a very late consolation goal but Whyteleafe we comfortable 3-1 winners.



FC Jean Te Le FC 0 Whyteleafe Youth 3
Sunday 29 January 2017


Whyteleafe U12 Youth made the journey down to Peckham on 29 January for the 12.45 KO in Peckham Rye Park against a Jean Te Le team that have enjoyed some reasonable results. Leafe needed to bounce back from the under-par performance against Carshalton Athletic two weeks earlier. Since then a new player has been added to the squad.

The pitch wasn't the best: muddy and bobbly, first touch was going to be important.

Jean Te Le kicked off and Whyteleafe were standing off as if having a look instead of pressing the ball and making things happen. However, with ten minutes gone, a free kick from the half way line found Ellis making an intelligent run into the penalty area who slotted home the opening goal.

Ethan switched into centre midfield with Louis and Whyteleafe began to win the ball and take control of the game. They found width to stretch the opponents and created plenty of opportunities scoring a deserved second goal from Ethan. So 2-0 to Whyteleafe at half time.

Whyteleafe kicked off the second half and despite Jean Te Le having some good individual players, they couldn't match the better team play of Whyteleafe on the day.

Leafe created chances with the ball striking the bar and a succession of near misses before Ellis played in Ted for the third goal and comfortable win with that important clean sheet.



Afewee Urban 3 Whyteleafe Youth 4
8 January 2017

Whyteleafe travelled to Camberwell in sout east London to take on Afewee at Ruskin Park the two teams having drawn 2-2 at Whyteleafe earlier in the season.

Afewee are a big physical team and within five minutes they had taken the lead, their big centre forward rolling the Whyteleafe centre back hitting a tame shot that slipped through the Whyteleafe keeper's fingers to roll over the line 1-0.

Belief and desire were needed and after the shakey start, Whyteleafe began to compete, beginning to ask questions of Afewee and leveling with a deserved equalizer. Ethan pounced on a weak Afewee clearance to shoot into the roof of the net.

Shortly afterwards a through ball from Tobey sent Ethan clear and he slot home to put Leafe in front.

The big Afewee centre forward was causing the Whyteleafe defence problems and right on the stroke of half time they equalised to go into the break at 2-2.

Whyteleafe kicked of the second half and were taking the game to Afewee. The host were on the back foot but some half-hearted Leafe defending saw them take the lead with a sloppy avoidable goal.

But Whyteleafe had the bit between their teeth, the pace of their attack was beginning open Afewee up and Alfie netted a superb move to draw the scores level once more.

With Afewee beginning to tire, a fresh Ted was came on to the left wing to add further pace to the Whyteleafe attack. From one of such move the ball found its way to Ted inside the penalty area and he netted from close range to make it 4-3. Leafe saw out the final two minutes of an exciting second half.



Sutton United U12s v Whyteleafe U12 Youth
Sunday 11 December

Whyteleafe Youth travelled to Cheam take on Sutton Utd from the Surrey Premier Elite Division in the Surrey County Cup 3rd Round.

Whyteleafe were down to 10 due to illness and kicked off on what a small pitch at Sutton cricket ground.

Sutton Utd were a short passing team Whyteleafe however were closing them down quickly putting decent pressure on the ball. There were no clear cut chances in the first half it was beginning to look like whoever scored first was likely to win. Alfie picked up an injury just before half time leaving Whyteleafe down to nine players.

Jay was moved to right back and Ellis who wasn't feeling 100% went on as centre forward. The first half ended 0-0.

Sutton Utd kicked of the second half and chances were still few and far between. However ten minutes into the second half Whyteleafe were awarded a penalty when Ellis's shirt was pulled in the box on a Whyteleafe corner.
Ellis calmly tucked the penalty away.

Despite shutting up shop and playing Sutton on the counterattack, Whyteleafe still had a good opportunity to double the advantage when a Louis free kick found Ellis unmarked in the Sutton Utd penalty area but he put his header just over the bar.

Whyteleafe saw out the remaining 20 minutes without Sutton Utd getting a worthwhile shot on target, following up the win over Chipstead Youth in the last round to progress into the last 16 of the competition.

Final Score
Sutton Utd 0 Whyteleafe Youth 1



Balham Blazers Colts 1 Whyteleafe Youth 2
20 November 2016


Sunday 20th November saw Whyteleafe Under 12 Youth travel to a wet and windswept Wimbledon to take on Balham Blazers Colts in  a Tandridge A division match. It had been raining heavily the night before.

Whyteleafe kicked off and despite attacking into the strong head wind they controlled the first half possession. The best chances included a fine shot from Ted which hit the crossbar.  However it was Balham who opened the scoring. A loss of concentration on the Whyteleafe left let in the oppositions when a throw in to a Balham player to get in a shot from which they opened the scoring against the flow of the game.

Despite Whyteleafe creating the majority chances and enjoying the lion's share of possession they struggled to find the Balham net.

Whyteleafe needed a good reaction and again began to dominate the second half. When it looked as though a goal would never come, 15 minutes into the half a corner from Jay ricocheted in the Balham penalty box and found its way into the Balham goal for a timely own goal.

With six minutes remaining Louis released Tobey down the left with a penetrating pass to race clear and  finish clinically for Whyteleafe to get what they deserved for all all the pressure, territory and chances they had had during the game.

Whyteleafe saw out the remaining five minutes reasonably comfortably to extend their unbeaten run in league and cups to six matches.




Whyteleafe Youth 2 Chipstead Youth 2 (Whyteleafe win 4-2 on penalties)
Sunday 13 November 2016


Whyteleafe Youth squared up to Chipstead Youth from the Surrey Youth Premier Division at Church Road in the 2nd round of the Surrey County Cup

Both teams finished unbeaten and joint winners in last season's Epsom & Ewell Premier League and drew 2-2 at Chipstead as under 11s.
It looked on paper to be another highly competitive and evenly matched game.

Whyteleafe had to make do with an injury affected team of nine players with no subs, but were quickly out of the blocks and on the front foot Ellis opening the scoring from a corner.

Whyteleafe took control of the game when Ted added a second and looked likely to add more. However some sloppiness in the centre of midfield five minutes before half time allowed a Chipstead long shot to deflect over Lewis head into the Whyteleafe net gave Chipstead a new lease of life.

This goal changed the shape and pattern of the game with Whyteleafe only having nine players to face a Chipstead with a full squad compliment now 2-1 up instead of 2-0 up for a second half of 30 minutes.

Whyteleafe defended doggedly and resiliently however with fifteen minutes to go shot themselves in the foot with the softest of goals. A Chipstead striker was played miles onside to pass the ball to another Chipstead player running through to shoot home.

There followed a succession of Chipstead attacks corners and balls cleared off the line against a fatigued Whyteleafe side however Chipstead couldn't make it count. Ellis had a couple of good chances to score a winner against the run of play but couldn't convert.

The match went to penalties, Alfie, Tobey, Ellis and Ted for Whyteleafe tucking all their penalties away neatly and Lewis making two top quality saves for Whyteleafe to win in the pressure of the penalty shoot out.



Junior Elite U12s v Junior Elite  U12s
Sunday 16 October 2016

October 16 Whyteleafe Youth u12 made the short journey to West Wickham to play Junior Elite.

Whyteleafe U12 Youth made the short journey to West Wickham to play Junior Elite a team known to play from the back however Whyteleafe were set up.to counter this.

Leafe were pressing high up the pitch and although Junior Elite were having a good deal of posession this was mainly in their own half.  Whyteleafe were pinching the ball, creating more of the chances and it was they who opened the scoring courtesy of Ted.

The team created some further very good opportunities from which Ted and Ellis might have done better. So it was 1-0 to Whyteleafe at half time but it could easily have been 3 or 4 on another day.

Junior Elite kicked off second half pressing higher up the pitch although Whyteleafe looked reasonably comfortable. However the Junior Elite striker rolled the Whyteleafe centre back to slot in an equaliser.

No further goals were scored despite a pulsating end to end final 10 minutes.

Final Score Junior Elite 1 Whyteleafe Youth 1



Whyteleafe U12 Youth v Bromley
Saturday 2 October 2016


Whyteleafe travelled to Bromley for their third Tandridge A match of the season.

The team set up in a 3-1-3-1 formation with a few small tactical adjustments in certain areas were put in place that had been worked on in the previous weeks practice sessions. One of these was to press the opponents with more pace, aggression, awareness, anticipation and intensity when they played out from the back.

Within five minutes of the start Whyteleafe were 3-0 up eith Ellis getting his name on the scoresheet twice in two minutes. Leafe continued to dominate and by half time were 6-0 up and the game effectively won. Goals from Ethan and Ellis (back after missing last week) completing a first half hat-trick.

The second half continued to see Whyteleafe on fire adding a seventh before a reply from Bromley to make it 7-1. Two more Whyteleafe goals one from Ted followed as they ran out convincing 9-1 winners.

Having suffered the two narrow early defeats, the Under 12 Youth look as though they may be getting to grips with this division.

Final Score
Bromley 1 Whyteleafe Youth 9
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