U13A League Villa 1 – 5 Southend
After last week’s disappointment in the cup we went to Villa knowing a win would keep us on top of the league with two games left. We dominated possession from the start and carved out a lot of opportunities without converting. Villa broke once in the half and should’ve scored only for good work from Matt Barrett, Adam Hearne and a post which kept the score level until the stroke of half time when Azeez Alabi buried a brilliant header from a pinpoint cross by Mohammed from the right. Villa came at us after the break and had a good ten minute spell but we held our nerve at the back and then doubled our lead when Azeez turned provider for Mohammed who powered home from inside the box. Azeez had his second soon after and we looked to be cruising until Villa clawed one back from a scramble in the box after a good save from Adam Hearne. This got Villa tails up for a short spell again but we killed the game when Shane O’Sullivan latched on to a brilliant through ball from Jay Bagge and held off the Villa centre half to find the far corner from the edge of the area. Adam Dobbyn added a fifth late on after he nodded home a brilliant Tommy Mullally cross from the left. Again we used every substitute tonight, again the standard never dropped. Massive well done to the younger lads tonight. Some fantastic standout performances from Ben Boland, Adam Hearne, Matt Barrett, Mohammed, and Charlie Power but hands down man of the match was Azeez. Absolutely brilliant tonight. Massive thanks to the huge support on the line, excellent for the boys. Two games to go, on to the next one.
U14A League Tramore 0 – 5 Southend
Our U14A side were crowned league champions on Saturday in Tramore. On a beautiful morning for football we travelled to the seaside needing a point to win the league. Shane O’Sullivan opened the scoring to calm any nerves the big Southend support on the sideline may have had, Jimmy Byrne and Calum Flynn both added two each to cap off a fine performance after a rollercoaster season for this team. We’ve won, lost, drawn, travelled the country and further afield together.
This is an historic three in a row for this squad, guided by Albert Healy and Colin Keane, having won the league every time they’ve been involved since their schoolboy football careers began. Not involved on the day of course were Sean Keane, Jason Healy and Adam Queally who are every bit deserving of a league medal as anyone in the squad, probably without whom we wouldn’t have been in a position to win it.Well done also Dominik Wisniewski another key part of our back room staff.