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FC United Colts beat East Levenshulme

F.C United Colts (U16s) 3 v East Levenshulme 0
Manchester College, Nicholls Campus Thursday 27th March 2009

The FC United Colts are a squad of mainly under 16s that Youth team manager, Pete Freakes, has been assembling ready to play in the North West Youth Alliance League in 2009-10. Most of our current squad will be over age and are moving on, either to our first team squad or to get more experience at North West Counties League clubs. It will be tough for such young colts to play next season in the U18’s league, but with this season’s Youth team reaching not one but two finals, we’re hoping the next crop of young hopefuls will be as successful next season.

Below is a report from Pete Freakes:

Thursday’s game was only the second game The FC Colts had played after 10 training sessions, as we prepare them for next season. The first game was a comfortable 11-0 win, but this was going too be a far tougher proposition, as East Levenshulme are riding high at the top of the Tameside league and look like they will be worthy Champions in May.

F.C. United started very well retaining the ball far better than their opponents. The speed of passing was a pleasure to watch, so much so that the lads had created three glorious chances before eventually opening the scoring. Ryan Lyons strode forward to hit a low shot from 30m that hit the inside of the post and went clear. Lee Worswick then broke the Levvy defence and squared the ball back to Liam Tate but his first time side foot shot was saved at point blank range. Tate then glanced a header wide with the keeper beaten. The first goal came from a slick two touch passing move involving right winger Sakeei Abdul then Kyle McDonough slipping in Jake Haslem to touch the ball neatly around East Levvy’s keeper Davies. 1-0 to FC United.

It was soon 2-0 when a beautifully flighted corner by Sakeei Abdul was powered home by a Kyle Mc Donough header from 10m. Then the best football of the match. Ryan Liddle, only released by Rochdale FC last Friday, playing at left back picked out Lee Worswick up front he laid the ball off first time and Josh Burke snapped up the pass and drove on until 25m from goal then hammered the ball top corner leaving Davies in the Levvy goal grasping air to make it 3-0, with a wonderful goal that would grace any game.

That was game over as a contest really, but FC played the beautiful game to a conclusion in passing style and gave me a good opportunity to assess them all.

We tried out two FC United keepers, who weren’t really troubled much, but both acquitted themselves well in what little they had to do. The defence was superbly marshalled by a brilliant display of defending by Ryan Lyons, Lawrence Zisaruk Gibson, Andy Lee and Ryan Liddle, who looked accomplished as a unit. That was very pleasing. The two Ryans and Loz have recently been released by Rochdale FC and Andy Lee was released from Man City.

In front of the back four was Kyle McDonough as the holding midfielder who broke up many East Levvy attacks before they got too far. Kyle the ex Rochdale F.C. U/15’s team captain does the ugly part of the game but his contribution allowed Josh Burke to bomb box to box and dominate the midfield area with some fabulous driving runs forward. Josh has just been released by Bury F.C. 3 weeks ago, and he came straight down to our Training sessions, he looks quality. I think they have made a big mistake. Other teams have offered Josh a contract including Torquay, but none have interested him yet. I’m sure he’ll be back at a pro club before too long and we’ll do all we can help him.

Up front we had Liam Tate recently released by Bury and Lee Worswick released by Rochdale FC. Both had big contributions and little Mike Pearson came off the bench to reiterate he too has a BIG future at the club with another solid display.

One of our Colts, Joe Greenhalgh, has just signed a two year deal with Accrington Stanley. We at FC wish Joe every success for the future and FC United will always be here for him if it doesn’t work out at Accy.

As you will see, we have a talented team and we will need a couple more quality players to beef up the squad to create another potential trophy winning F.C. United youth squad over the next two seasons. I have a few players in mind that have shown interest in coming and they will be getting the call to join the FC bandwagon at the end of this current season.

The future looks bright, the future’s


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First Posted ~ 18:29 Fri 27 Mar 2009
News ID ~ 2159
Last Updated ~ 17:14 Fri 11 Oct 2013