Under 11 Red Match Stories 2017/18

Semi-Final - Plate

Felixstowe and Walton U11 Boys

Reds vs Whites

Saturday 10th March 2018

The Reds went into the Semi final of the Plate having beat the Whites in a friendly only a couple of weeks ago so held the upper hand and knew a repeat performance would see them in the Final.

The first 15 minutes were scrappy with neither team really having a decent shot on goal, however the Reds were playing the better football of the two. It was the Whites though, that had the games first big opportunity. A corner fell to one of the Whites who struck a clean shot at goal which looked like it was going in. Jack had other thoughts though, and dived to his right, making a splendid stop from close range.

The Whites keeper’s kicks were causing big problems, with the bounce beating the Reds defence on numerous occasions. In the 19th minute, the long goal kick beat the Reds defence once again and the Whites striker raced through on goal, luckily slicing the ball wide. Still 0-0 but the Whites were now starting to take control of the game.

Two minutes later and the Whites were awarded a dubious free-kick by the referee. The ball was in perfect range for a shot at goal and was struck with force into the top left hand corner of the goal. Jack magnificently tipped the ball onto the bar to keep the game level and the ball was cleared by the reds. The clearance was latched onto by Max who outpaced the White defence but his shot was miss-hit and the ball went out comfortably for a goal kick.

30 minutes in and the Reds had their best chance of the game so far. Great link up play between Ollie, Leonardo and Hugo resulted in Hugo’s shot forcing a corner after the keeper made a good save. Unfortunately the resulting corner came to nothing.

The half time whistle blew with the score still 0-0.

The Reds started the second half brightly with Ollie getting a foot on a through ball to steer the ball away from the defenders and into the path of Henry, his shot was well saved by the keeper.

Despite the strong start to the second half, if was the Whites who broke the deadlock on 8 minutes. Jack hit a poor goal kick straight to an opposition player who quickly returned the ball straight into the back of the net. 1-0 to the Whites.

On 52 minutes the Whites keeper was forced into a double save after Hugo took on two players and hit a shot at goal, the ball was kept out by the keepers knees but the rebound fell again to Hugo, whose second effort was again saved by the keeper.

One minute later and Leo hit a good free-kick at goal. Before it got there, Ollie got a head on the ball to change the direction, but the keeper, who was starting to look unbeatable, again made a fantastic save.

However, on 62 minutes the ball was cleared out of the Whites area and the ball fell to Leonardos feet. He took a touch and then hit a looping shot which flew over the keeper, who was off his line, and into the net. The boys went crazy as they got the equaliser 8 minutes before the end.

The final whistle blew at 1-1 which meant extra time. 10 minutes played straight through with no swapping ends half way through.

4 minutes into extra time and Alex played a good ball out wide to Hugo, who put a good ball into the box. The ball sailed over everyone’s head and fell at the feet of Max, who was unmarked at the back post. He took a first time shot and the ball blasted miles over the bar. A wasted opportunity for the Reds.

The rest of extra time was an even affair, with neither team having any stand out chances. As the whistle blew, everyone’s attention turned to penalties.

The Whites won the coin toss and chose to go first. The first penalty taker comfortably put the ball past Jack. 1-0 Whites.

Max was the first player up for the reds and hit a perfectly struck penalty to make it 1-1.

The second player for the Whites blasted the ball past Jacks left hand side and into the back of the net. 2-1.

Leonardo was up next for the Reds. His shot left the keeper stranded in the middle of the goal but his shot came crashing off the right hand post and away. First miss of the shootout. 2-1 to the Whites.

The third penalty for the Whites and they must have been feeling confident after the miss by the Reds. The ball was struck to Jacks right and he guessed the right way, saving the ball.

Alex up next to make the game level. The keeper guessed the right way but couldn’t get a hand to the ball and the score was now 2-2.                                                                                       

The Whites penultimate penalty was saved by Jack after a diving save to his left.

Ollie stepped up for the Reds and coolly put the ball past the keeper. 3-2 to the Reds who were in the lead in the penalty shoot out for the first time.

Penalty number 5 for the Whites was taken by their keeper who had a good game and kept the Whites in it with numerous outstanding saves. He blasted the ball to Jacks right hand side and Jack leapt down and brilliantly palmed the ball away to win the match for the Reds.

Jack wheeled away in celebration as the rest of the team ran after him to celebrate, not noticing until minutes later that the winning save had damaged his hand which meant he spent the afternoon in A&E. Luckily it was only a sprain and should be fully fit for the final on May 12th against the Salvation Army.

The boys showed great determination to come back from a losing position and win in a hard fought match and it was a fantastic game to watch from a spectators point of view. Well done boys and good luck in the final!

Final score: 2-2

Penalties: Reds 3-2 Whites

Man of the match: Jack


Quarter finals- Plate Cup

27th January 2018

Trimley Red Devils

The Reds went into the quarter final of the Plate cup against local rivals Trimley knowing that a win would see them book a place in the semi final and potentially set up a Felixstowe and Walton Reds vs Whites semi, depending if the Whites could also win their quarter final fixture.

The first 10 minutes were a scrappy affair with neither team able to get a real foothold in the match. Both teams were unable to test the opposition keeper although Connor managed a few half chances but was unable to hit the target. However things all changed on 11 minutes when Leo put in a lovely cross that found Max, whose calm first time shot fell into the right hand corner of the net. 1-0.

4 minutes late, a Trimley goal kick fell straight to the home team who put the ball straight back into the box and Max scored his second of the game. 2-0 and the home side were starting to look impressive.

Leo and Connor linked up on 18 minutes to put Max through on goal but he was unable to keep his effort down and the ball flew well over the bar.

On 27 minutes Leo and Connor linked up again when Leo put Connor through on goal. Connor was 1 on 1 with the keeper and certain to score but the away keeper made a good save to keep it 2-0.

Minutes later Trimley finally had a good opportunity, as a through ball beat the Felixstowe defence but goalkeeper Jack was quick to react, sprinting off his line and clearing the ball before the Trimley striker could shoot. 

The half time whistle blew and it was a good first half from the Seasiders, with the defensive three of Zack, Devon and Alex keeping the visitors from really pressuring our goal.

It wasn’t long after the restart that Max got his hat trick after Kians pass fell to him in a good position and his shot was out of the keepers reach. 3-0.

Three goals weren’t enough for Max though as he scored his fourth moments later when Kians shot was saved and the ball rebounded out unmarked, Max blasted the ball home. 4-0.

10 minutes had passed of the second half when Hugo made a trademark run down the wing and put a ball into the box. A Trimley defender tried to clear but the well placed ball meant all he could do was put the ball into his own net. 5-0.

5 minutes later a ball into the box found Hugo and his shot, which was going wide, deflected off a defender and went in for the second own goal of the game. 6-0 to the Reds.

The seventh goal came when Lucas finished a great run with a shot on goal, however the keeper pushed the ball out. The ball landed on the edge of the area where Alex was waiting and his thumping shot flew past the keeper. The defender was pleased to get his goal and it was well deserved. 7-0.

It almost felt that every shot was finding the back of the net but a rare miss came when a good corner from Henry found Alex whose header went just wide of the post.

On 55 minutes, Lucas was tripped in the box and the ref awarded a penalty. Up stepped Hugo, who despite getting two assists so far in the game, was yet to score himself. The penalty was good, but the keeper guessed the right way and the score remained the same.

As the final whistle got nearer, Felixstowe didn’t show any signs of resting on their laurels. The ball was put into the Trimley area and after some pinball in the box, the ball fell to Alex who scored his second of the game. 8-0.

There was time for one more goal in the match when Henry put a pin point cross into Max who slotted home his fifth of the match. 9-0.

The result was a fantastic one for the boys as they booked their place in the semi final. The team played well across all areas of the pitch as the Seasiders managed to score 7 second half goals and  the defence’s solid performance meant Jack had a very quiet game in goal.

News broke later on that it would be guaranteed at least one Felixstowe team in the final as the Whites also won their quarter final game. The Reds vs Whites match will take place in March with both sides determined to be the team to represent the Seasiders in the final.

Final Score: Felixstowe and Walton 9-0 Trimley Red Devils

Man of the match: Max

Goal scorers: Max (5), Alex (2), Own Goals (2)


Kirton - Away

Saturday 20th January 

Team jack(C) devon zack Henry Lucas Ollie Connor Hugo max Leonardo. 

A very wet Saturday but great to play football in, round 2 of our local Derby!

It was an open game, end to end football with both teams working hard to keep the ball in wet conditions and a muddy pitch, both keepers making some good saves.

Getting to the end of the first half Kirton catch us on the counter attack and put the ball on the edge of the box to get a shot away only for it to bounce over our keeper Jack and into the goal. Lucky goal but not out of it.

Half times comes and time for us coaches to have our say and get the boys to take their time on the ball more and talk.

Second half our boys come out on the front foot pressing Kirton whenever they have the ball. Connor went chasing the through ball to beat the chasing defender's and keeper flying out to lob him from 25yards 1-1 game on.

Ollie gets the ball not long after kick off and drives into the box to get brought down from behind, penalty given! Ollie brushes himself down take the kick but is saved well by their goalie.

Some more good attacking play from Kirton but some very good defending from our boys keep us in it. 10 mins later Ollie is brought down again in the box, penalty. Hugo steps up this time looks one way and calmly slot the ball the other side of the keeper 2-1up and well deserved.

Time is running out for Kirton to get back in this game some good work and hard work from the boys up and down the pitch. One of Kirtons players is brought down In  our box. Up they step and what a great save by jack and the following rebound goes over the bar. Full time comes and a much deserved win again for our boys. 

Result Kirton 1 felixstowe 2.

2 man of the matches this week Lucas and Zack. 



Salvation Army - Home

Saturday 2nd December 2017

U11’s Plate 2017-2018

Line up: Jack, Henry, Alex, Devon, Max, Lucas, Hugo, Zack, Kian, Rowan, Ollie, Leonardo

Felixstowe kicked off December with a home match against Salvation Army in the U11’s Plate with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.

The Reds started brightly with Hugo and Ollie linking up well on multiple occasions but their shots were too tame to really test the visitors keeper. The first ten minutes were dominated by Felixstowe with Henry and Max also getting involved with some good play but the home side were yet to really trouble the goalie.

This all changed minutes later when the first real effort of the game fell to Max whose looping shot easily beat the keeper but hit the cross bar and bounced out of play.

Felixstowe continued to pile on the pressure and the deadlock was broken when Lucas was on the edge of the box ready to pick up a loose ball and neatly placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner to put the home side in the lead. 1-0.

Felixstowe were hungry for more with Max shooting just wide and Ollie just missing the target with a header from a Red corner.

Salvation Army finally had their first spell of attacking football but their forwards were kept at bay by some impressive Felixstowe defending led by Zack who continued his fine form which saw him win MOTM in their last game against Ipswich Athletic.

Shortly before half time Max had the chance to double the lead but unfortunately hit the woodwork for the second time after a good one two with Hugo.

Half time Felixstowe 1-0 Salvation Army

Felixstowe started the second half as quickly as the first with both Hugo and Leo just missing the target but managed to double the lead after a goalmouth scramble fell to Ollie whose left foot finish found the back of the net.2-0.

Not long after, Felixstowe scored again. Jack, who had come out of goal at half time, hit a sweet left foot volley from outside of the box into the roof of the net. 3-0.

Leo, Hugo and Ollie all came close to making it 4 as the second half was dominated by an impressive Felixstowe side.

Felixstowe took advantage of the oppositions goal kick, with Rowan latching onto the loose ball and hitting a thunderous strike just off target.

The Reds finally got their fourth after Ollie tried his luck from long range which forced the keeper to palm the ball away. The ball only got as far as the oncoming Hugo who slotted the ball home for a well deserved goal. 4-0.

Straight from Kick off Salvation Army attacked and Rowan somehow managed to put the ball past his own keeper which gave the visitors a consolation goal. The final whistle blew minutes later making the final score 4-1 to Felixstowe.

A great team effort by the boys which saw some very entertaining football being played as they secured a thoroughly deserved win which has set up a quarter final clash against local rivals Trimley Red Devils in January. Only two more games stand in the way of a place in the final and if they continue to play as well as they did today they have every chance.   

Man of the Match: The whole team

Final Score: Felixstowe 4-1 Salvation Army


Kirton -Home

Saturday 11th November 2017

South Suffolk Youth League

Line up: Jack, Henry, Alex, Devon, Max, Lucas, Hugo, Zack, Kian, Rowan, Ollie (captain)

Felixstowe entertained local rivals Kirton on Remembrance Day having lost their last game, a friendly against Woodbridge.

It took just seven minutes for the first chance of the game as a Kirton forward beat the Felixstowe defence and put the ball just past the post. An early warning for Felixstowe.

Kirton broke again on 9 minutes and may have scored if it wasn’t for a great clearance by Henry. Another chance for Kirton fell on 16 minutes, when a brilliant counter attack left 4 vs 3 but again the away team shot just wide.

On 25 minutes Felixstowe had their first real shot on goal. Max running through the Kirton defence but only managing to shoot into the keepers hands. Kirton, who had been playing some wonderful counter attacking football all game, broke as the keeper’s long ball down the field beat the Felixstowe defence. A Kirton forward latched onto the loose ball and took a thumping shot which looked to be going into the top corner. Jack made a world class save, tipping the ball onto the bar. The rebounding ball fell to Ollie as Felixstowe looked to do some counter attacking of their own and was making good progress down the pitch until he was brought down by a Kirton defender. The resulting free kick was whipped into the box but Felixstowe were unable to get enough on the ball to trouble the keeper.

The first half came to a close and despite Kirton having the better chances, the Felixstowe defence held up well to keep Kirton at bay and keep the game at 0-0.

Kirton started the second half as strongly as the first and straight from kick off could have scored if it wasn’t for another great save from Jack, whose feet denied Kirton from taking the lead.

Not long after Kirton had another good chance at goal but shot wide. The resulting goal kick from Jack fell to Hugo who took on a couple of Kirton players before putting a through ball into Max, whose pace left the Kirton defenders with no chance of catching him. Max took a shot which looked to be easily saved by the keeper but he fumbled the ball and it ended up in the back of the net for the first goal of the game. 1-0

Kirton didn’t let the goal get them down and managed to beat the Felixstowe defence leaving a 1 vs 1 with the keeper. Jack, who was determined to keep a clean sheet made another vital save to keep Felixstowe in the lead and his big kick down the field found Hugo again who put Max through on goal. Max beat the offside trap but his shot was centimetres over the bar, denying him of his second of the game.

Felixstowe continued to pressure Kirton with Ollie bossing the midfield and making some fantastic runs down the pitch. Kirton however, were not out of the game and would have certainly scored if it wasn’t for a last ditch challenge from Alex who showed great determination in winning the ball and kept the game at 1-0.

A goal kick from Jack found Ollie in space in midfield and a pinpoint through ball found Lucas whose great run was unfortunately a fraction offside. Moments later Ollie once again put a great ball through, this time to Hugo, his shot hitting the crossbar.

The roles were reversed a few minutes later as after some strong defending from Zack and Kian, Hugo picked up a Felixstowe clearance and put a good ball into an oncoming Ollie who slotted the ball past the keeper. A well-deserved & well taken goal for the Felixstowe captain. 2-0.

One wasn’t enough for Ollie as five minutes later he made a solo run down the left hand side of the pitch taking on two Kirton players. He looked to have overrun the ball but lunged his left foot at the ball as both he and the keeper went to the floor and it flew over the keeper into the net. 3-0.

The game ended 3-0 to the home side and was a fantastic win for Felixstowe and Walton. The boys should be proud as every one of them played their part in securing the win against a very good Kirton side and managed to keep a clean sheet in the process.

Man of the match: Jack


Claydon - Away

Saturday 23rd September 2017

South Suffolk Youth League


Team: Jack, Devon, Kian, Ollie, Hugo, Leonardo, Lucas, Max(c).

Not the best start to the match turning up with only 8 players this week. After a little team talk the match started. We knew it would be hard knowing that Claydon had a good team in the past and playing with 9 and having 4 fresh sets of legs to come on when needed it would be tough today. Leonardo grabbed the ball and went on a dazzling run beating 4 players and getting a shot away going just past the post with only 1 minute gone. The ball was going back and forth with pressure mounting our end Claydon grabbed a goal on 3 minutes when we should have cleared the ball 1-0.

Felixstowe did not drop their heads and got hold of the ball passing it around lovely, the ball was dinked over the top by Hugo for speedy Max to run onto and get his shot away only for it to flash past the post again. The boys were rewarded with their persistence and determination when Hugo put a lovely through ball through for Lucas to calmly slot the ball home on 6 minutes game on 1-1.

The game carried on as it started with a high tempo only for Claydon to carve out a good goal to put us behind 9 minutes gone 2-1. Claydon had a couple of corners bringing out good saves from Jack. The boys knew we had a good chance to get back into this game working well up and down the wings passing it around and not letting their heads drop.

Claydon hit the ball up top trying to catch us out only for us to mess up what looked a easy clearance with 3 players on the ball Claydon somehow got the ball to score and put us 3-1 down on 25 minutes. With half time looming Leonardo went down the wing to get a cross come shot away to hit the side netting. Half time 3-1 down.

After talking to the boys and being proud of them for their hard work and determination in that half. The score could of easily been the other way round. Change of keeper and positions for a couple of players the second half was away. Some great saves tipping it around the post by Leonardo, Claydon kept pressing on our goal but some great defensive work from Devon, Kian, Hugo and Ollie kept them out we went up the other end for Hugo to put 2 lovely crosses in for jack to get a glancing header away and a fierce shot away from Devon just going wide.

Claydon hit the ball up and over us as we were trying to get the goal we needed to get back in it. We had Lucus on hand to make two great challenges and clear it, two more great shouts and with our new linesman Stuart for the game, the offside trap worked in our favour. Eventually the 4 subs that Claydon had with fresh legs every time they come on made our hard work come to an end as they scored 3 quick goals in 5 minutes. Our boys were finally done and looked gutted but carried on till the final whistle 6-1.

Thank you to Claydon’s coaches, players & supporters who also commented on how well we had done today. Stuart, thank you for doing the line and our traveling fans for your support. unlucky today boy’s great effort all round really proud of you.

Result 6-1

Attendance 31.


Framlingham - Away

Saturday 16th September 2017

South Suffolk Youth League

Team/squad:-Jack,Ollie(c), Max, Kian,Devon, Hugo, Alex, Leonardo, Henry, Lucas, Rowan & Zack.
Second game of the season away to Framlingham.The boys started the game with a high tempo which is how they finished last week's game, some early pressure from the boys resulted in a couple of good efforts on target from Hugo and Max.
With Max looking very surprised he can shoot with his left foot, it  resulted in some good saves from Fram 'keeper. Not long later Max was rewarded with a good through ball running onto it to calmly slotting it home on 5 minutes.
Framlingham stepped up from the restart and we failed to clear our lines, they were back in it 1-1 with only 7 minutes gone. The game evened out with some good saves from both 'keepers, also good play from both sets of players.We stepped up a gear pressing the Framlingham goal which resulted in Hugo having a good run and finishing well to put us 2-1 up on 27 minutes.
Half time came and time for some wise words from coach Stu. Back out for the second half we carried on as we finished the first, running down the left flank with captain Ollie being brought down. He dusted himself off and set the ball down for the free kick. Up steps Ollie he curls the ball over the wall and into the roof of the net. Some people said it took a slight deflection off the other team but it was goal bound and can't take it off him 3-1 on 32 minutes.
We were producing some lovely football down the wings with Devon starting to stand out and attach his man, getting a couple of shots away. Framlingham were far from out of the game still hammering shots on our goal they were rewarded on 45minutes for their hard work with a fine goal - 3-2 now. Not knowing how this was going to end up the ball was going from end to end so fast Framlingham had 2 goals disallowed for offside in quick succession.
Good defending/off side trap and two very good calls from our number one linesman Giggsy today. The referee had a very good game and after spotting a rabbit hole in the pitch Giggsy went digging around for some soil to fill it, only for him to run up the line later and fall in the new hole or just slip over, what ever it was it brought a smile to the fans that side.
Finally we managed to kill the game off when Ollie let a thunder bolt go from the right hand side across the goal into the bottom corner 4-2 up on 52 minutes.We managed to see the game out with a bit of luck as the whole midfield thought they were up front to win the game 4-2.
Overall the team/squad played really well and are starting to gel and use the bigger pitch.We are lucky to have a squad that are all able to play their part when called upon.
A big thank to the away team coaches and all the home/away surporters.
Attendance 25.
The future is bright it's Red & White