Reserves 2 – 3 Rozel Rovers – 19th October 2013

As the sun decided to shine minutes before the kick-off on what had been a wet and miserable Saturday, the Reserves could have been forgiven for thinking that the timely appearance of the great yellow ball in the sky was an omen for a positive result to come, however…..

St Peter Reserves

St Peter Reserves

The Reserves gave first appearances of the season to U18 stalwarts Jake Hutchenson and Steven Le Maistre, their presence in the side adding both promise and youthfulness to our mature Reserve team. The game started well for the team with plenty of early possession predominantly in the oppositions half of the field. Our early domination was nearly rewarded when the elusive Richard Streets appeared to have been put through down the left wing after a lovely clipped ball by left back Gavin Toudic only for the linesman to raise his flag for a very tight off side decision. Richard, undeterred by the flag moments before, made a menance of himself down the left wing again after a few quick passes out of defence. His persistence and the threatening movement of Hutchenson meant the ball found its way to the feet of Jay Lynch on the edge of the Rozel penalty area. Jay had a good first touch and finished with a plomb passed the on rushing Rozel keeper. 1-0!

Jay Lynch - scorer of our first goal - attempts one from distance

Jay Lynch – scorer of our first goal – attempts one from distance

A few minutes later towering centre-back Steven Le Maistre, playing his first senior game for the club, challenged two Rozel attackers for the ball from a lofted corner and ended up flat on his back with a bleeding nose having clashed heads with one of the opposition. Whilst Steven was receiving some treatment on the side lines by yours truly, Rozel won a soft free kick several yards out of our penalty area on the left wing. The resulting free kick was whipped in by a right footed Rozel player and the ball rather fortuitously evaded all the players in the penalty area, including our man between the sticks- Joel Graves, and dropped into the net. I don’t believe that the Rozel freekick taker could claim he meant it, 1-1 at halftime.

The combative Gavin Toudic has the beating of the scorer of Rozel's second goal

The combative Gavin Toudic has the beating of the scorer of Rozel’s second goal

Having controlled long periods of the first half the team was confident that it could push on and claim all 3 points. However, Rozel started the second half with more purpose and it quickly became apparent that they weren’t just going to roll ove; but Rozel’s increased work-rate and pressure did not appear to be causing too many problems going forward, Jamie Roberts and Steven Le Maistre equipping themselves well at the heart of the St Peter defence. With around 20 minutes palyed of the second half, some good play down the right-hand side found Jay Lynch with the ball at his feet 30 yards from goal in the centre of the pitch. Jay played a well weighted through-ball to Richard Streets coming in the from the left wing who controlled well and slotted a cool finish underneath the Rozel keeper. 2-1!

Minutes later the ball was crossed to the edge of the Rozel penalty area, the ball evading all the Rozel defenders and it should have been “meat and drink” for the Rozel keeper. However, the keeper must have been distracted by the run of Lynch and somehow he conspired to fumble the ball. Lynch was onto the loose ball in a flash but before he managed to get a shot away the keeper appeared to wrap an arm around Lynch and bring him down – surely a penalty! To the amazement of the majority of the onlookers the referee saw nothing in it and waved play on.

This stroke of luck for Rozel seemed to galvanise them and with about 15 minutes to go a pass into the feet of one of Rozel’s strikers allowed him to cleverly roll around the challenge of Steven Le Maistre and get one-on-one with Graves. The Rozel man, who at that point was favourite to score, slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net, 2-2!

Joel Graves gathers well

Joel Graves claims the ball in the second half

That goal took the wind out of our sails and for the reamining minutes of the game Rozel pressed hardest for the win. After a few corners in relatively quick succession, the killer blow was finally struck. A corner kick was curled in from the right hand side and as Graves tried to come for the ball his movement appeared to be impeded by one of the Rozel players. However the infringement wasn’t spotted and our poor attempts to clear the ball led to a shot being fired towards goal from around the penalty spot. Graves made an excellent save but such was the ferocity of the shot, he was unable to do more than parry the ball straight back out and the ball fell to the feet of the Rozel No.10 who smashed the ball into the back of the net, 2-3 Rozel. A few minutes later the final whistle was blown.

The result was frustrating especially because last week our performance against St Brelade was below par but we came away with all 3 points. I believe that a draw would have been a fair result on this occasion as we played well for long periods of the game but credit must go to Rozel who stuck to their task and snatched all 3 points at the end. Despite the result it was good to have a couple of the U18s in the starting 11 who both equipped thesmelves well in what was a tough match in the end. Steven Le Maistre’s performance was especially pleasing given that it was his first in senior football and I’m sure there is more to come from both him and Jake over the season – well done lads!

Is it bird? Is it a plane? No its the tireless Jon Jefferson striking the ball early on in the game

Is it bird? Is it a plane? No its the tireless Jon Jefferson striking the ball early on in the game

Squad

Joel Graves, Jeremy Johnson, Gavin Toudic, Jamie Roberts, Steven Le Maistre (U18), Richard Streets, Jon Jefferson, Dan Parry, David Streets, Jay Lynch, Jake Hutchenson (U18), Rob Cameron, Richard Stilwell, Harvey Austin-Vautier

Scorers

Richard Streets, Jay Lynch.

 

 

U18 Match Report: St Peter 1 – Jersey Wanderers 4

Continuing on from our previous outing, we again started at a high tempo, not allowing Wanderers the space to play there football, in a tight first half we defended resolutely restricting them to a couple of half chances which were excellently dealt with by the defence led by big Stephen Le Maiste and young Ciaran Pack in goal pulling off an excellent save from a close range header, we always looked dangerous on the break, attacking with purpose and creating a couple of half chances ourselves.

St-Peter-FC-Under-18s-V-JTC-Jersey-Wanderers-003Onto the second half and again we started strong, 15 minute in, a deflected Reece Dornan free kick resulted in a goal mouth scramble, with under 16 Jody Byrne being in the right place to poke the ball home to give us a 1-0 lead. This forced Wanderers to shuffle there pack, moving Fraser Barlow and Francis Lekimamati up front, Fraser s direct running was now causing us a few problems and he did race clear to equalise. St-Peter-FC-Under-18s-V-JTC-Jersey-Wanderers-004

Despite this we were still dangerous and could have retaken the lead after Jack Dallas Chapman’s effort was saved  the rebound fell to Jake, who unfortunately couldn’t find the target. Wanderers took the lead with 15 minutes remaining through Barlow finishing after a fine through ball.

To our credit we did not let our heads drop and with a couple of minutes remaining Jack had a great chance to equalise but there keeper made a good save and from there we were hit on the break to fall 3-1 behind, another strike right on time gave Wanderers a flattering 4-1 victory, We didn’t get what we deserved but a superb effort from St Peters.St-Peter-FC-2013-14-Team-Photo---Under-18s

Ladies Match Report

St-Peter-Ladies---Oct-2013-001A funny game today. At times I stood on the touch line smiling and thinking we have finally started to look comfortable to receive the ball and pass into penetrating positions

Leading 1-0 through a great strike by Sandra and back in the game with a cooly taken goal by Shannon we were playing well and were on equal terms with the more established and experience Grouville ( First Tower)  Team.

Then at times I stood on the touch line thinking why have we done that and why don’t we want the ball?

Despite being 4-2 down at HT I thought we were still very much in the game and when we had played to our strengths we had done well.

Second half started with us under constant pressure and unable to clear our lines so it was no surprise when Grouville scored again but great credit to us when we got ourselves back in the game by scoring a third through Sophie.

And then we stopped playing …………………………

…or at least playing to our strengths!Get the ball out wide !!!!St-Peter-Ladies---Oct-2013-002

The JEP reported Grouville then took control as a result of their greater fitness levels I totally disagree as we are a fit team. Grouville won the last 15 mins because we did not work as a team hence the totally unrealistic final score line of 10-3.

It’s nice that people continue to recognise how far we have come as a team as happened a lot after the game. It’s nice that people recognised that the final score was harsh or does not reflect the game, but it’s no consolation.Positives a plenty Katy at CB Aimee at CB Twinkle out wide and Chantelle some outstanding saves including a penalty. Scoring 3 goals in one game.Remember whilst we are now considered an established team today was only our 20th game together as a team. We are not doing too bad and will continue to get better as we train hard to be able to understand the game and subsequently play hard.

#lovefootballwithstpetersladiesfcme xx

The link to all the photos is: http://www.jerseyevents.com/gallery/Sports/Football/2013_14_Season/Womens_Zenith_Cup_Grouville_v_St_Peter_29_Sep_13

Race Night – Cancelled

St-Peter-FC-Race-Night

Unfortunately the event has been cancelled.

Roll up, roll up for the annual St Peter F.C. race night, all-comers most welcome.

Tickets £10.00
Includes 2 course meal
Please contact Jon Welsh
07797 744577

Tote betting on the night and
Horse auction

Evening commences 19:30

Ladies Match Report

Well done soldiers x

In some ways today’s game was as frustrating as last weeks game but for different reasons.

Take one player off the St Paul’s team sheet and we were the better team today.

Ignoring a 0-7 score line (that includes the giving of a penalty to them by a very bias refereeing call) which does not reflect the game. At the time of the pen we were on top for the next 20 mins after the pen we were on top.

Second half again we were an equal in open play and pushed them back as much as they pushed us without scoring the goals our play deserved.

We are getting to understand more our formations and roles within that formation so it’s more frustrating that we are not getting a result that reflects our hard work and commitment .

I believe in you and believe it will happen sooner rather than later so believe in yourselves x

Whilst we had some stand out displays from Katy in midfield and Aimee at the back (we just need the talking to be as positive as the defending play our Aimee) amongst others I must mention most Anette who definitely took one for the team marking C A and was outstanding in that role .

Grouville next week followed by St Johns are games that should better reflect how far we have come.

#lovefootballwithstpetersladiesfcme. Xx