UNDER 11s WEEKEND AHEAD

cropped-dscn0217.jpgIt’s Friday Night training as usual at the Barracks for the Under 11s this week. No league game on Sunday as our scheduled fixture with Onslow has been rearranged at our opponents’ request. Instead we’ll be having a bit of Sunday morning fun with our annual Under 11 Dads v Lads fixture. Full details can be found online here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Come on Under 11s Dads : we need all the help we can get!

UNDER 11s RUN LEADERS CLOSE

UNDER 11s RUN LEADERS CLOSE

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Sunday 1st March, Surrey Primary League; Windlesham United Harriers 4 Pirbright Premier U11s 3
A valiant effort from PPFC U11s this morning; but ultimately they went down by the odd goal in seven against a Windlesham team whose incredible run of sixteen consecutive wins has taken them to within one game of sealing the league title.
Kicking up a fairly prominent slope PPFC struck first when Joshua converted Cally’s clever pass. But three goals from the hosts in the final ten minutes of the first half left the boys with a little too much to do in the second period. Despite pulling the score back to 2-3 (courtesy of a scruffy own goal) and then 3-4 (through Joshua’s second) the lads couldn’t quite get themselves back on level terms despite putting up a brave fight. Jonty had a free-kick expertly tipped over the bar and Josh’s shot deflected wide near the end.
A gallant effort from the lads, but – as has so often been the case this year – so-near-yet-so-far. Congratulations to our opponents, who will now battle it out with Chertsey for the championship in a winner-takes-all final fixture next week.
For PPFC – three games of the league campaign left and a cup-semi against Windlesham to look forward to. As we have done for much of the season – heads up and do your best!
PPFC Adam, Jacob (c), Asa, Jonts, Arthur, Thomas, Dean, Olly, Joshua, Cally, Jack
PPFC Goals: Joshua (2), Own Goal
MOTM : Olly – Another cultured and whole-hearted display from Olly – what a good little footballer he’s been for us this year. Well done too to Adam for bravely deputising in goal today – great team spirit.

A WET AND WINDY SATURDAY FOR UNDER 8s

28022015372Saturday 28th February, South Surrey Youth League: Ewhurst Tigers vs Pirbright Premier U8s

An early start and horrible wet and windy conditions on Saturday morning for PPFC U8s. The lads produced a real ‘mixed bag’ of a performance too. Some genuinely fantastic passing on Ewhurst’s ‘old-school’ astroturf surface, with some great little one-twos and clever movement in midfield. However, we didn’t have enough know-how in the final thirds – either in attack or defence – to match our opponents.

Whilst the eventual scoreline was undoubtedly a little harsh, they boys have been together long enough and have listened to and trained on the same issues now to be able to take on board some repeated lessons. We must work on our positioning; particularly defensively. Ewhurst were excellent in exploiting the spaces behind our defenders, some of their passing into our area when they had ‘got behind’, accompanied by some pretty ruthless finishing, was very impressive.

That said, the boys put in some terrific effort on a truly horrible morning of freezing, driving rain. We must remember what a big ask it is for these little lads to keep on improving week-on-week, particularly when they’re this wet and cold! We’re very grateful to our friends from Ewhurst for agreeing to host the match. Huge thanks to PPFC parents for getting the boys there at stupid-o-clock on a Saturday – we really do appreciate it and our apologies again for the late change of plan.

PPFC: Liam, Ethan, Olly TB, Tobes, Zach, Tyler, Dylan, Jason, Jan

PPFC Scorer: Olly TB

MOTM: Toby – the ‘Midfield General’ returned with a typically industrious display of tackling and passing.

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR UNDER 16s

windsor9Saturday 28th February, East Berks Youth League: Ashridge Park 3 Pirbright Premier U16s 0

PPFC U16s missed the opportunity to clinch the league title at Ashridge Park on Saturday morning, going down 0-3 on a mud bath of a pitch. Unfortunately the boys produced one of their poorest performances of the season, lacking in discipline and organisation.

A first defeat since September and a first blank in front of goal all season. Definitely one for Mike and the boys to put behind them and move on. Five more cup finals to come and a chance to re-focus on the qualities that got them to the position they are in in the first place: application, togetherness and team spirit. We know you can do it boys.

UNDER 11s WEEKEND AHEAD

IMG_0889PPFC U11s face a real test against formidable opponents in table-topping Windlesham on Sunday. Full match details can be found online on our U11s New Page here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u11snews/

Please also note that there is NO Friday Night Training this week due to work commitments of a number of our coaches. Normal service resumed next week and good luck on Sunday boys.

UNDER 16s ON THE BRINK: WEEKEND AHEAD

leaguecup1And so PPFC U16s weekend of reckoning is upon us. Whilst it’s far from a foregone conclusion a win for PPFC U16s this weekend against Ashridge Park will see the lads crowned East Berks Youth League champions and secure the club’s first-ever title. A run of nine consecutive wins has seen Mike’s team pull away from the opposition, and a further victory would mean they are uncatchable at the top of Division Four.

Full match details can be found on the U16s News Page here http://pirbrightpremierfc.com/u16news/

The very best of luck to Mike and the boys from all connected with the club. Well done on your fantastic efforts so far and if it doesn’t happen this weekend then hang on in there! Well done lads – you should be hugely proud of your consistency and high standards this season.

U11s LOSE OUT BY ODD GOAL IN THREE

22022015367Sunday 22nd February, SPL3: Pirbright Premier U11s 1 Staines Lammas Whites 2

An evenly-contested game on a boggy pitch which both sides did well to overcome eventually ended in narrow defeat for PPFC U11s this morning. Whilst a draw might possibly have been a slightly fairer outcome, Staines’ superior effort and bravery ultimately won them the points.

Our opponents dominated the first half, pinning Pirbright back for long periods as we looked a little hesitant in the tackle and indecisive in defence. It was somewhat against the run of play that Joshua broke down the left, turned his marker and rifled in the opening goal. The lead wasn’t to last long; a fine Staines cross from the right met by an equally splendid header which dropped inside the post for the equaliser. Pirbright were a little fortunate to be going in level at half time.

The home team upped their game in the second half and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but for all their endeavour they couldn’t muster more than two further efforts on target – a shot from Jacob which the goalkeeper fielded well and a deflected strike from Joshua which span against the post and was cleared to safety.

With the game entering the final stages our visitors won the game when Pirbright dealt poorly with a ball into the box allowing their forward to find the net from close range. PPFC spent the remainder of the match on the front foot but lacked the guile to get past a resolute Staines defence. As Lee impressed upon the boys in his post-match de-brief, the difference between the two teams was our opponents’ willingness to throw every ounce of effort into defending their lead.

22022015368A much-improved second-half though, boys – and lots of reasons to be optimistic as we enter the closing straight this season. Let’s go out, try our hardest and enjoy the remainder of our matches.

PPFC: Conor, Thomas, Jacob (c), Asa, Cally, Jonty, Arthur, Olly, Dean, Joshua, Adam, Jack

PPFC Scorer: Joshua

Man of the Match: Thomas – unstinting in his effort and application; improving week-on-week.

PROGRESS IN THE MUD FOR U7s

14022015354Saturday 21st February, South Surrey Youth League: Holmbury & Wescott vs Pirbright Premier U7s

Some lessons to learn but more progress in the mud at Holmbury & Wescott for our Under 7s on a cold February morning for PPFC’s latest age group team.

Our opponents kindly ‘loaned’ one of their players to a depleted PPFC squad in each quarter – a really sporting gesture and one that underlines the spirit of the South Surrey League – which has proved a really positive experience for both the U8s and U7s this season. Super Evan scored all four of our goals as the boys recovered from a slow start only to run out of steam in the final quarter as tired legs and tired minds took their toll. Evan very nearly scored his and our fifth but was denied by the post and Lewis went close with some shots from distance.

PPFC Scorers: Evan (4)

PPFC: Evan, Lewis, Leighton, Zakk; Guest (x4: thanks Holmbury!)

MOTM: Leighton – has shown excellent development over the last month and in only his second game influenced the game in midfield at times with the critical tackles and passes.

Positives: Team spirit to come from 3 down. Passing and movement of was excellent at times. Tackling was strong and hard

Point to work on: Discipline and concentration in formation.

Ash’s comments: Well done boys you played your socks off! Thanks to Paul (Lewis’s dad) helped on the touch line whilst I had to become referee. Onwards and upward boys!

U16s MOVE EVER CLOSER

wfc5Saturday 21st February, East Berks Youth League: Maidenhead B&G Crusaders 2 Pirbright Premier U16s 6

PPFC U16s ninth successive league victory moved them thirteen points clear at the top of the East Berks Youth League, with five games to play. A hat-trick from Joe was the highlight, but once again the whole team contributed hugely to arguably their best performance of the season. Pirbright’s progress has been comparatively understated thus far, but with the potential for just one more win to clinch the championship, surely it’s not tempting fate to suggest that we’re now within touching distance of the club’s first ever league title.

Setting the tone for a splendid all-round display Pirbright started brightly, the enigmatic Tom G firing PPFC in front with a splendid free-kick. The first of Joe’s treble arrived soon after, and it was three before the break with the same player on the scoresheet. Some of the boys’ football was outstanding, with a twenty-four pass move the high point of their dominance. Mike rang the tactical changes in the second period, with first-half goalkeeper Milo moving outfield. It was a move he rewarded with Pirbright’s fourth goal, a smart finish from outside the box. Another PPFC stalwart Tom P added a fifth before the home team briefly rallied with two quick-fire goals to bring the score back to 2-5.

But Joe – unquestionably something of a Pirbright ‘legend’ after seven years of fine service to the club – rounded things off with the sixth goal, securing not only the points but also his hat-trick.

Brilliant again boys – Mike and the whole club are so proud of your effort and application. Almost there!

PPFC Scorers: Joe (3), Tom G, Milo, Tom P

EBYL Division Four: Top Three (correct up to and including 21/2/15)

1) Pirbright Premier Played 11, Points 30; GD +26

2) Ascot United P11, Pts 17; GD +4

3) Barton Rovers P11, Pts 17; GD +10

UNDER 11s GAME ON

cropped-dscn0244.jpgSunday’s home league fixture for PPFC U11s against Staines Lammas is currently ON. Though it is a little reminiscent of a mid-seventies episode of Match of the Day, after some work on the pitch this afternoon we believe we have it in a playable condition. A reminder that Meet Time is 9:15am.

I’d suggest that any overnight rain might cause a rethink but if (as it’s forecast) it remains dry through to Sunday mid-day we should be fine. Industrial washing machines at the ready though: it could be a muddy one ;)21022015366

*** UNDER 11S GAME OFF ON SUNDAY ***

14022015362Despite our best efforts with the Village Green pitch  this afternoon. I’m afraid Sunday’s Under 11s home game with Oxshott has been postponed. We just can’t clear the surface water in the centre of the pitch and penalty areas despite much of the rest of the field holding up well. If anyone knows a groundsman / drainage expert we’d love to hear from them! Didn’t even have time to stop at The Cricketers :(

Hope everyone enjoys their lie-in and half-term. We’ll see you next week!

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JOE DOUBLE KEEPS U16s TEN CLEAR AT THE TOP

Bracknell1Saturday 14th February, EBYL: Laurel Park 1 Pirbright Premier FC U16s 2

A double from PPFC veteran Joe secured PPFC U16s eighth consecutive league victory to leave them ten points clear of nearest challengers Ascot at the top of the East Berks Youth League. As ever, old adversaries Laurel Park proved tough opponents, and PPFC had to show considerable spirit and commitment to earn the points.

Things started brightly enough with Pirbright creating but spurning several good opportunities before Joe finally put the boys ahead. With the pitch churning and tackles flying the visitors kept Laurel Park at bay until a free-kick deflected up off a defender and into the net for the equaliser.

The second period was an even affair with Pirbright keeping good shape despite the deteriorating surface; Ethan particularly outstanding into the holding midfield role. With the match heading for a draw PPFC struck with just three minutes remaining. Joe latched onto a ball over the top and finishing calmly to grab a vital winner.

With Ascot winning comfortably at Mytchett things are far from over at the top of the table. But with this latest hurdle overcome the lads just need to retain focus over the next few games. Credit to Pirbright for coping with the absence of five important players with Milo and Kieran our standout performers. Keep on grinding out those wins boys!

PPFC Scorers: Joe (2)

UNDER 7s UP AND RUNNING!

14022015359Saturday 14th February: SSYL; Onslow FC vs Pirbright Premier U7s

A first ever game this morning for our youngest ever PPFC team, as our Under 7s took to the field against Onslow at the fantastic facilities at Surrey Sports Park.

Four of our boys – Zakk, Leighton, Evan and Joshua – hadn’t played competitively for us before. ‘Experienced heads’ Tyler and Lewis made up a squad of six who played two games against two different Onslow squads.

Considering this was a first experience of playing as a ‘proper team’ for most of the boys they did fantastically. We passed the ball really well as Ash and Dave have been working on in training, scored some great goals and showed bags of effort and team spirit. To come away unbeaten from our two mini-games and with six goals scored; including a comeback from 3-0 down in the second match, was a real achievement.

14022015358Early days but lots to look forward to and some great promise. Well done boys – we’re really proud of you all this morning!

PPFC U7s: Zakk, Lewis, Tyler, Leighton, Evan, Joshua

Scorers: Tyler 3, Joshua, Lewis 2

MOTM: Lewis with two amazing long distance goals and ‘Razor Ruddock’-like tackles.

Things to Work On: Passing then moving into space, communication, positioning.

14022015357Good Things: Lots of great tackling, some terrific goals and great team spirit.

There are a few photos of our newest team’s ‘debut’ game on our PPFC Photo Galleries page. The boys looked smart in our white and black ‘away’ kit and represented the club really well.

PPFC UNDER 7s READY FOR ACTION!

cropped-ppfc-logo5.jpgOur very latest PPFC team play their very first match this coming Saturday (14th February). PPFC Under 7s are our youngest (ever) side, coached by Ashley Cunningham and Dave Gifford and will be playing a series of games and tournaments between now and the end of the season in preparation for the 2015/16 campaign.

We’ll shortly be creating an ‘Under 7s’ section on the club website, but for now here are the details of Saturday’s fixture.

Venue: Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey (this is the large sports complex opposite the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Tesco’s Superstore). Meet Time is 9:30am. Kit: Green (please see Ash’s email) / Black / Black; shinpads, water bottle and Astros/trainers (the pitch is 4g astroturf).

We’d like to thank Ash and Dave for the huge amount of hard work and time invested in getting our fourth PPFC age group team up and running and for the support of the parents. A reminder to the boys to play their football with a smile and to mums and dads to give lots of positive encouragement please!

U11s SHOW GREAT SPIRIT TO BOUNCE BACK

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Sunday 8th February, SPL3: Pirbright Premier U11s 7 Goldsworth Park Rangers 1

You can’t keep this team down for long. After the disappointment of last week’s defeat (and in particular performance) at Staines the boys and their coaches talked this week about the importance of starting well, commitment and togetherness. This terrific win against a useful and much-changed GPR side was just about the perfect response.

Returning to the Village Green for the first time since November 9th the lads were ahead as early as the fifth minute when Joshua converted a penalty after Jacob had been fouled. This seemed to galvanise the lads and confidence flowed as their passing football returned. Jacob was having a terrific game, playing in an unfamiliar advanced midfield position but supporting Josh brilliantly. At the other end the back line of Adam (absolutely outstanding yet again), Dean, The Jonts and Jack provided a solid base for our midfield to play. Pirbright were three ahead at the break, Joshua netting a second before Jacob’s sheer persistence and courage saw him slide onto a throughpass and poke the ball into the corner.

08022015350Our opponents were far from finished, however. Within a minute of the start of the second half they scored the goal of the game with a thumping shot from outside the box which flew into the corner past Conor’s despairing dive. For five or ten minutes the lads had to weather something of a storm. The game’s defining moment came when Adam made an outstanding tackle to save an almost certain goal. Seconds later we broke down the other end for Joshua to complete his hat-trick; suddenly what looked like 3-2 had become 4-1 and the team were back in their stride. A quick-fire fifth and sixth from the same player swiftly put the match out of GPR’s reach.

Despite the commanding lead Pirbright still had to defend stoutly, which they did with great concentration and commitment. The last word went to Arthur who rounded off a brilliant team goal after great work from Jack and Joshua. All this without our creative midfield duo of Asa and Cally. Really well done boys!

PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Jonts, Dean, Thomas, Joshua, Olly, Jack, Arthur, Adam

PPFC Scorers: Jacob, Joshua (5, 1 pen), Arthur

MOTM: Adam – an immense performance again. Great work Adam!

GOALS GALORE AGAIN FOR PPFC U8s

IMG_1014Saturday 7th February, SSYL: Chiddingfold Flames U8s v Pirbright Premier FC U8s

Free-scoring PPFC U8s continued their promising league campaign with another bagful of goals on Saturday morning. On a compact and bumpy pitch the lads were soon into their stride, with Jason scoring a hat-trick inside the first quarter.

Some of our football wasn’t quite as fluid as it has been in recent weeks, and our passing was a little awry at times. But that shouldn’t detract altogether from a determined team effort and some fantastic finishing. Jason finished with four goals, Jago scored a hat-trick, whilst Tyler and Jan got one each. Biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Zachary, who showed great composure to score his first ever goal for the club.

Well done to Chiddingfold, who kept going to the end and had some skilful players. Man of the Match for PPFC was Liam ‘The Cat’ Duffy, who made some terrific saves to keep us in the game in the second quarter in particular.

PPFC: Liam, Jan, Tyler, Olly TB, Ethan, Zach, Jago, Jason, Lewis

PPFC Scorers: Jason 4, Jago 3, Tyler, Jan, Zach, Own Goal

Things to work on… Again; shape when we haven’t got the ball and composure in attacking positions.

Good things … Some brilliant finishing again guys.

CLUB AGM: SUNDAY 8th FEBRUARY

cropped-ppfc-logo5.jpgA reminder to all of our PPFC Family that it’s the Club AGM this coming Sunday, 8th February. The meeting will take place at the Worplesdon Place Hotel at 7:30pm. To stress that this is not a ‘closed’ event. We’d be delighted to welcome anyone who has an interest in or is willing to contribute to the future of the club.

LOST PROPERTY – PLEASE TAG YOUR KIT!

DSCN2056Could all PPFC parents ensure that hoodies, shirts, water bottles and all other kit are named when the boys attend training and matches. The boot of my car is increasingly weighed down by the sheer volume of PPFC Lost Property! If anyone happens to have lost any items of kit over recent weeks please see Neil or Lee or contact the club at pirbrightpremierfc@hotmail.com.

We know it’s difficult; particularly since we began training at the Barracks, as you guys aren’t always on site to make sure the boys have collected all of their belongings. We try and ‘sweep up’ as best we can but if parents could assist by gently reminding the boys to try to be responsible for their kit and clearly mark items with your son’s name and age group team.

Thanks everyone. Or else I shall be busy on eBay ;)

PPFC U11s MADE TO PAY FOR SLOW START

01022015346Sunday 1st February, SPL3: Staines Lammas 3 Pirbright Premier U11s 1

For a second successive week PPFC U11s were slow off the blocks, but this time around they were made to pay for a sluggish opening; the match already beyond them by the time they seemingly realised they were in a game. Great credit to Staines – as terrific (particularly in the first half) as Pirbright were lethargic – they thoroughly deserved their three points.

It took only ten minutes for the hosts’ dominance to count, the opening goal followed soon after by a second and third as Pirbright failed to gain a foothold in midfield and defended sloppily. Joshua reduced the arrears shortly before half-time but the first half was a largely a tale of some sharp, incisive attacking from Staines. Much of their football came through their excellent striker, who held the ball up intelligently, played others in and finished well in a really impressive display of forward play.

After a rare dressing-down from a somewhat exasperated Lee the boys went on to dominate the second period. Suddenly winning second balls, passing the football and creating chances; Pirbright went close on several occasions; Joshua rattling the woodwork and the Staines keeper standing firm with a number of good saves. But the home team might have pulled further ahead had the crossbar not intervened to stop a long-range free-kick. The lads deserve a great deal of credit for a much improved second half display, and didn’t enjoy much fortune in front of goal; but it was just too little, too late.

01022015347It’s without doubt that this side can compete with the best in this very competitive division. But they have to be on top of their game to do so; and perhaps it’s this slight lack of consistency (often from one half of football, let alone one game to the next) that sometimes lets the boys down. Likewise, it’s tough to expect really high standards week-in, week-out and Staines were a very well-organised team.

But keep plugging away boys; you’ve been fantastic so far.

PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Adam, Jonts, Arthur, Cally, Thomas, Asa, Olly, Joshua, Jack

PPFC Scorer: Joshua

MOTM: Asa – never shirked a tackle and distributed the ball well; particularly in the second half when at the back with the game in front of him.

UNDER 11s KEEP ON ROLLING

018Sunday 25th January, Surrey Primary League; Burpham Juniors 2 Pirbright Premier U11s 6

PPFC U11s continued their impressive start to 2015 with a third successive victory since the turn of the year. It keeps the boys ticking along in third place in the table. But their latest win wasn’t quite as clearcut as the eventual scoreline suggests; with Burpham contributing much to an entertaining morning’s football.

Indeed the lads were a little fortunate to be ahead at all at half-time; let alone by the 3-0 scoreline given to them by two goals from Asa and one from Joshua. Burpham pushed Pirbright back for long periods; the boys indebted to some resolute defending from Jacob, Jonty (who was excellent throughout), Dean and Adam; as well as two fine saves from Conor. But a purple patch at the beginning of the second half put the match beyond Burpham’s reach; Pirbright hitting three quick-fire goals through Jack (with two) and Joshua to establish a commanding 6-0 lead. The boys could have got more, but lost a little shape and composure as the half wore on. Burpham finished the strongest, two goals in the final ten minutes reward for their efforts.

It’s churlish to criticise the boys; they were incisive and dangerous going forward and stood firm in the first half when they found themselves under some pressure. Three more points to add to the total; all the lads can do is keep together and keep on going – they’ve already surpassed our expectations.

PPFC: Conor, Jacob, Adam, Dean, Jack, Thomas, Jonty, Joshua, Asa, Olly

PPFC Scorers: Jack 2, Asa 2, Joshua 2

MOTM: Jonty – fantastic commitment and intelligent passing; a terrific display from The Jonts!

USEFUL WORKOUT FOR U16s

windsor11Saturday 24th January; Friendly: Pirbright Premier U16s 1 Curley Park Rangers 1

Championship-chasing PPFC U16s warmed up well for next week’s important league game with Ashridge Park with a 1-1 draw against Curley Park Rangers at Sheets Heath on Saturday morning.

On a boggy pitch which was clearly feeling the effects of the recent cold-snap the lads largely matched opponents from the division above. Trailing 0-1 at half-time Pirbright responded to some words of ‘gentle encouragement’ from Mike, levelling through Ryan in the second period. It was a fairly uneventful game in terms of goalmouth content, though not aided by the surface. Callum (against his former club) was our standout performer, though Ethan put in a good shift in midfield and Milo performed well in goal.

Onwards to matters of more importance next week, but a useful exercise to blow away the cobwebs nevertheless.

PPFC Scorer: Ryan

FIVE ALIVE FOR JASON!

IMG_1038Saturday 24th January, SSYL; Albury Griffins v Pirbright Premier U8s

PPFC U8s produced another cracking performance this morning, rattling in nine goals and producing some great passing football against our friends from Albury The boys really are progressing well this season. Star performer was Jason, who scored a magnificent five; but this was another all-round team performance – bags of spirit, good shape and lots of quality in the final third.

On a somewhat crisp January morning Pirbright’s other goals came from Jago (who notched a hat-trick) and Dylan. But there were great individual displays throughout the team with every one of the ten boys contributing well. Really proud of the way the guys are working together; keep it going boys!

IMG_1025PPFC: Liam, Dylan, Jago, Lewis, Olly TB, Zach, Ethan, Tobes, Jason, Jan

PPFC Scorers: Jason (5), Jago (3), Dylan

MOTM: Jason – brilliant stuff Jason; unstoppable this morning!

Good Stuff: Great passing football, the boys moved the ball really well at times. Some of our finishing was top notch.

Things to Work On: A little bit of over-excitement towards the end; we need to keep our shape and keep making good decisions even when things are going well; keeping goal-side and thinking about our positioning when we’ve not got the ball.

ADAM’S THUNDERBOLT HELPS U11s TO CUP SEMI-FINAL

18012015343Sunday 18th January; SPL Cup Quarter Final: Molesey Juniors 0 Pirbright Premier U11s 5

A veritable rocket from the ever-reliable left foot of Adam was the highlight of PPFC U11s cup quarter-final triumph at Molesey on Sunday. It was the boys’ third goal in a devastating opening fifteen minutes which effectively put the game beyond their opponents and steered Pirbright to their third semi-final in as many seasons.

Molesey have been enjoying a splendid campaign, unbeaten in their division and going great guns in the cup. But Pirbright have started 2015 well too, and after Joshua nudged in the opening goal from Cally’s terrific pass after eight minutes the lads didn’t look back. Their second was a strike of real quality too, Josh the provider this time with a low cross which Arthur finished really skilfully with a deft little flick over the keeper. But the third was outstanding; Adam letting fly from outside the area with an absolute thunderbolt which Molesey’s keeper couldn’t hold.

18012015345To our opponents’ great credit they rallied, and probably had the better of the remainder of the half, hitting the outside of the post and going close on several other occasions. But Pirbright defended stoutly and always looked dangerous on the break. The lads added two further goals after the interval, both splendidly finished by Joshua after clever counter-attacking. It was an excellent all-round team performance, built on the foundations of a very solid defensive display but with some tremendous passing from our midfield too. Particular mention for Thomas – quick, thoughtful in his passing, improving all the time and very nearly notching a goal in the second half.18012015342

We progress to the semi-final having rattled in nineteen goals in three cup games and still sit handily placed in third in the league. Whatever transpires between now and the end of the season this great set of boys have done us extremely proud already. Well done lads – keep on going and keep on enjoying your football.

PPFC: Conor, Jacob (c), Arthur, Joshua, Asa, Thomas, Olly, Cally, Adam, Dean, Jonts

Scorers: Joshua (3), Arthur, Adam

MOTM: Adam – fantastically consistent; rarely has a bad half let alone a bad game. Great stuff Adam!

PPFC CLUBWEAR

IMG_0912A reminder that our new PPFC Adidas sweatshirts are now available to order, as well as our club rainjackets. Sweatshirts costs £30, Rainjackets £25, with player initials funded by the club. Both items can be seen here modelled members of our super Under 11s Squad.

To order your son’s Sweatshirt or Rainjacket please see your age group manager/coach at the next match or training session. Both are available in sizes suitable for our U8s & Development Squad up to U16s.

Those parents who placed an initial order before Christmas should be receiving their items very soon!