North Somerset edged out in national semi

North Somerset Under-13s lost their national semi-final fixture against South London.

NORTH Somerset Under-13s welcomed South London to Bristol City’s training ground for this national semi-final encounter.

Both teams have had impressive wins to get this far in the competition and both enjoyed spells of dominance, but could not convert their periods of pressure.

Taryn Selway-Joseph came closest for Somerset after receiving a fantastic ball from Solomon Smith, only to find the London keeper in a perfect position to stop the shot. Elliot Nicholson was playing well in midfield, despite London’s physical dominance as the first half ended 0-0.

The second half begun at the same pace, but London were awarded a free kick after an innocuous challenge by Joe Rout. The free kick was converted after Somerset played a high line, failing to drop with the runners which saw them get punished.

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Two sloppy goals quickly followed and even at 3-0 down, every player fought to the end. Somerset will rue missed opportunities and lapses of concentration, but they should be proud of what they have accomplished.

The following team was selected from only 10 secondary schools in North Somerset: Kieran Hodges, Dan Howard, Sam Iles (captain), Jamie Whitield, Dan Lamminan, Solomon Smith, Lucas Elliman, Joe Rout, Luke Russe, Elliot Nicholson, Taryn Selway-Joseph, Edward Deane, Mitch Probert, Jordan Palmer, Lewis McLean, Jake Jones.

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KEWSTOKE Under-10s produced their best performance of the season with a 5-0 win against a difficult Portishead side.

A goal from Kewstoke’s Liam Horsnell took them into the break 1-0 up. With outstanding second half performances from Lewis Patterson, Tim Morris and Oliver Collings, it was not long before Horsnell bagged his second of the game.

A third goal from Bayley Frise seemed to be the end of the scoring, but Horsnell popped up to score a further two goals to take his tally to nine for the season and four in the match.

The Athletic Under-11s took on Burnham Athletic and ran out 3-1 winners.

Burnham could have scored straight away, but the post came to Kewstoke’s aid. The first goal came from a Kewstoke counter attack with Adam Bungay crossing for Matty Frost to drill home.

Kewstoke upped the tempo and controlled most of the second half. Szymon Swierczyna and Andy Page Web Design man of the match Jake Dunn combined well in midfield, while captain Thomas Perry had his back four well organised, with Jack Howard putting in a solid performance at centre back.

For all Kewstoke’s possession, it was Burnham who scored next after a fine counter attack made it 1-1. A well-taken free kick from Swierczyna and a late goal from Sam Ford put the result beyond doubt.

PRIORY Vikings Under-11s battled from end to end in the first half against Congresbury.

Darren Williams, Josh Edwards and Will Durston defended well and Bradley Lucas tested the Congresbury goalie. Nathan Langdon and George Aucott-Harris presented two unsuccessful attempts at goal for Ayden Chenoworth.

Despite James Hodkinson commanding the goal area, Priory went 1-0 down and shots from Langdon and Aucott-Harris were both unsuccessful.

In the second half, determination from Langdon and Huw Pearse was rewarded when Langdon slammed home the equaliser. Just before the final whistle, Priory looked to have won it, but Langdon’s shot was saved resulting in a 1-1 draw. Man of the match was Nathan Langdon.

WESTON Crusaders Under-11s entertained Clevedon United and ran out 3-2 winners with a hat-trick from Matthew Hayden.

Chutneys man of the match went to Nathan Lamminman.

Crusaders played another top of the table clash against Portishead Juniors and came away victorious with three goals in the first half by Samuel Stocker, Sonny Carr and Matthew Hayden.

Going into the second half with the 3-0 lead, Crusaders defended well but a goal came from Portishead in the last few minutes of the game to make it 3-1. Chutneys man of the match was Sonny Carr.

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