U14 Youth

Manager: Alex Butler (07836 572239)

Home Pitch: King George's Field

Match Reports:

Sunday 13th May

Sittingbourne Athletic 1 vs Borough Green Youth 5

League champions BGY were mistaken if they were expecting an easy ride against Athletic who are near the lower end of the table. A superb, long-range effort from Anesu Mutongi saw BGY get off to a perfect
start but Athletic battled hard and deservedly equalised just before half-time. BGY had missed chance after chance in the first-half and there were worries that it was going to be one of those days. But the
second-half saw Anesu step up with another goal and Ollie Smith hit a hat-trick as BGY’s superior fitness told enabling them to finally shrug off a determined, spirited Athletic.

Friday 11th May

Borough Green Youth 7 vs Gravesham 2

BGY were made to work hard by Gravesham in this evening friendly. The visitors took an early lead and impressed with their quick passing.
But once BGY equalised through Rhys Cheek they took control and always looked dangerous when attacking. Two goals each from Anesu Mutongi and Harvey O’Neill and two cracking efforts from George Burkitt and Owen Holdsworth sealed the victory.

Sunday 22nd April

Hartley de Sales 1 vs. Borough Green Youth 3

Borough Green Youth U14s are league champions. They clinched the championship with two games to go in a hard-fought away win to close rivals Hartley de Sale, who began the match with title ambitions of
their own.

And by winning the league, BGY had to overcome a series of tough hurdles.  First, they were without the services of inspirational skipper Harvey O’Neill who was suspended. Harvey, who has scored 53 goals in all
matches this season, was a huge loss.

Second, the pitch was in a quite appalling state...long grass and a rock hard surface...it bordered on unplayable and meant that BGY couldn’t play their short passing game.

And lastly, the home side went into a shock first-minute lead when their striker ran through and smashed the ball home.

So it was uphill all the way and BGY struggled in the heat to get their game going. Only a brave save by keeper Connor Connerty prevented Hartley from increasing their score.

BGY equalised just before half-time when lone striker Ollie Smith fired home. This raised the visitors’ spirits but BGY had to endure a torrid second half with all the lads chasing hard and tackling ferociously to keep Hartley at bay. A great team effort by all.

Their will to win was rewarded with eight minutes to go when Anesu Mutongi unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot from almost 30 yards which flew into the net. Anesu had worn the captain’s armband well,
inspiring by example and closing down the home side’s best player. And he made the score 3-1 in the final minute when he seized on a defensive error to bundle the ball into the net.

A cracking top-of-the-table game between two good footballing sides who served up a smashing game on a poor, poor pitch.

 

Sunday 15th April

Borough Green Youth 2 vs. Vinters Valley 0

BGY went to the top of the league with this hard-fought victory over Vinters Valley, who had led the division since the early weeks of the season.

The opening exchanges were cagey but the home side gained the lead after 20 minutes with a stunning goal from skipper Harvey O'Neill who outpaced the visitors' defence before unleashing a thunderous shot which flew into the net giving the keeper no chance.

Vinters came back strongly and only a fine, brave save from Connor Connerty prevented them equalising.

The visitors increasingly dominated possession in the second-half, but created few chances as the well-organised BGY defence and midfield tackled strongly and denied them time and space.

Borough Green scored their crucial second goal when Ollie Smith seized on a rebound to fire home.

Sunday 8th April

Borough Green Youth 7 vs. Barming Blues 1

A good, competitive friendly after the Easter break saw BGY enjoy a well-earned victory over division two Barming Blues.
The first half was even with The visitors taking an early lead and BGY spurning several good chances as they struggled to get their game going.
Just before the break Anesu Mutongi scored a fine goal to level the score at 1-1.
The second half, however, was a different story as BGY went into the lead within seconds of the restart through Anesu. They then took control with Ollie Smith hitting a hat-trick, Anesu scoring his third
and skipper Harvey O’Neill getting a goal as reward for a tireless performance.

Sunday 11th March

Borough Green Youth 11 vs. Roseacre 1

BGY dominated this friendly against division two Roseacre from start to finish with possibly their best display of the season.
Skipper Harvey O’Neill scored six goals and Ollie Smith bagged a hat-trick as the home side seized control from the first whistle. Zack Rassool also helped himself to a goal as the whole side produced a
measured, high-quality performance. An own goal completed the scoring.

Sunday 18th February

Borough Green Youth 7 vs. Sittingbourne Swans 0

Hat-tricks from Harvey O'Neill and Ollie Smith were the highlight of a convincing win for Borough Green Youth over the only team to beat them in the league this season.

BGY were a touch ring rusty to begin with having not played for a few weeks and took a while to get into their stride. But once they found their rhythm, the goals came at regular intervals. And what goals they were.

Strikers Harvey and Ollie led from the front against a Swans' defence that never quite came to terms withe their pace and power and were constantly chasing their shadows. Their hat-tricks consisted of several stunning long-range shots and if that wasn't enough, midfielder Anesu Mutongi joined the party with a awesome 30-yard piledriver to complete the scoring.

Sunday 21st January

Ditton Minors Youth 1 vs. Borough Green Youth 5

Borough Green Youth pulled off an emphatic league win over Ditton who went into the game level on points but struggled to cope with strikers Harvey O’Neill and Ollie Smith on a testing, muddy pitch.
BGY got off to a fast start up the slope and took an early lead when Ollie ran on to a through ball from his strike partner and slotted home well. Harvey and Anesu Mutongi added further goals before the
home side managed to get a foothold in the game.
Ditton reduced the deficit with a penalty that BGY keeper Connor Connerty beat out but he was powerless to stop the rebound.
The home side battled hard in the second half but the BGY defence and hard-working midfield kept them at bay as the game turned into a war of attrition on the sticky, rain-sodden surface. BGY created, and
missed, several chances before Harvey added two goals to complete his hat-trick, the last after a great cross from Zack Rassool.

Sunday 14th January

Borough Green Youth 8 vs. Borough Green Colts 2

In the strangest of matches, Borough Green Youth completed a league double over the Colts with skipper Harvey O’Neill once again taking the honours with a hat-trick.
The game had the most bizarre opening. BG Youth were 4-0 up in seven minutes. Four shots. Four goals. From Harvey, Ollie Smith, Owen Holdsworth and Anesu Mutongi. Game over? Far from it.
Colts buckled down well and fought back to score two goals while Zack Rassool made it 5-2 at half-time.
The second-half settled into a battle of attrition as both sides slugged it out on a horrible, muddy pitch that sapped their energy.
Two more goals from Harvey O’Neill and one from Ollie Smith sealed the points but it wasn’t all one way. The Colts missed several chances, hit the woodwork and missed a penalty.

Friday 12th January

Borough Green Youth 4 vs. Woodcoombe U14s 2

Four goals from skipper Harvey O’Neill saw BGY secure a closely-fought victory over division two side Woodcoombe In this Friday night friendly.
Harvey was a constant threat all through the game as his power and pace proved too much for the Woodcoombe defence. And with Anesu Mutongi driving through the visitors’ defence with any number of surging runs, it gave BGY a platform on which to build. The opening exchanges were even but Harvey struck twice to give BGY a 2-0 half-time lead. Woodcoombe came out strongly after the interval to close the gap with a long-range shot but Harvey made sure of the home win with two further goals. Only a brilliant display by the talented visitors’ keeper prevented the score from being more emphatic for BGY.

Sunday 7th January

Larkfield Juniors 0 vs. Borough Green Youth U14 5

A hat-trick from Ollie Smith and two goals from fellow striker Harvey O'Neill saw Borough Green Youth eventually run out comfortable winners in their first league game of the new year.

But for the first 25 minutes, facing a strong, cold wind and a solid home defence, BGY had struggled to make headway. They created several chances but an inspired Larkfield keeper held them at bay. And the home side might even have taken a surprise lead when they hit the bar. Some excellent defending, particularly from Jack Reynolds, meant that was the best that Larkfield could manage.

Once Ollie Smith opened the scoring with a wicked shot, the visitors took control and there was no looking back. Anesu Mutongi ran the midfield and further goals from Ollie and skipper Harvey O'Neill gave BGY a 4-0 half-time lead.

The second-half was all one-way as BGY mounted attack after attack on a charmed opposition goal. Harvey O'Neill scored his second to make it 5-0. A promising performance.

Sunday 3rd December

Borough Green Youth U14 5 vs Ditton Minors 1

Ollie Smith scored a hat-trick and Harvey O'Neill bagged two goals as BG Youth won a smashing friendly on the 3G against U13 opposition, Ditton Minors. 

Both sides knocked the ball about well and the score was a touch hard on the visitors who competed strongly throughout the match.

Indeed they could have taken the lead after 20 minutes when they were awarded a penalty after Harvey was adjudged harshly to have handled in the penalty area. However, Ditton smashed the ball against the crossbar and their disappointment was complete when BGY broke away in the next minute to take the lead with a cracking Ollie drive. The home side played some excellent passing football and scored at regular intervals in the second-half before Ditton got a well-deserved consolation goal in the closing minutes.

Sunday 26th November

Borough Green Youth U14s 4 vs Lenham Wanderers U13s 2

BGY were made to work hard to gain a narrow victory over Lenham Wanderers U13s who showed spirit and talent to give the home side a real scare. 

The visitors took the lead when a long-range shot was well parried by BGY keeper Connor Connerty but he couldn’t prevent a Wanderers’ forward smashing home the loose ball. Ollie Smith equalised but Wanderers regained the lead after some truly sloppy defending. A 2-1 lead at half-time was well deserved by the U13s.

The home side regained the initiative in the second-half and began to dominate their younger opponents. Goals from Ollie Smith and Harvey O’Neill put BGY into the lead before a smashing volley from Zack Rassool sealed the win.

Sunday 12th November

Vinters Valley 1  vs Borough Green Youth U14 1

A superb display away to the unbeaten league leaders saw Borough Green Youth earn a well-deserved point. Victory eluded them largely because of a quite brilliant show from the Vinters Valley keeper who pulled off several incredible saves. He was by far the best keeper we have come across. An outstanding performance.

The lads started brightly and dominated long spells of the first-half with Harvey O'Neill, Ollie Smith and Anesu Mutongi all bringing out the very best from the home keeper. Charlie Farmer put the visitors in front with a hard, low shot from an indirect free-kick. A 1-0 half-time lead could have been so much more.

Vinters came back strongly in the opening exchanges of the second-half but BGY keeper Connor Connerty had little to deal with as the defence and midfield in front of him held firm.

Sadly, the home side levelled with an own goal from a corner. Tough luck on James Jacouris who had played really well only to see the ball deflect off his head as he battled to clear.

To their great credit, the BGY lads surged back into attack and re-asserted their control and went close on several occasions but could not claim the winner.

A smashing game between two excellent sides played in a cracking spirit. Borough Green Youth will play a lot worse this season and win. A real gutsy effort from them.

Sunday 5th November

Borough Green Youth 2 vs Sittingbourne Athletic 1

A strangely lethargic BGY were made to work extremely hard for their three points by an enthusiastic, much-improved Sittingbourne side which belied their lowly league position and looked for long periods as if they would embarrass the home side on a muddy King George's Field.

Only two brave saves from BGY keeper Connor Connerty in the first-half prevented the visitors from opening up a 2-0 lead as they dominated from the first whistle. Ollie Smith gave the home side a fortunate 1-0 lead as they struggled to make any kind of impact in the game. Sittingbourne deservedly equalised just before the break with a superb shot from the edge of the box.

The interval gave BGY the chance to regroup and the second-half was much better with Anesu Mutongi leading from the front with some strong runs into the heart of the visitors' defence. Borough Green at last began to win their tackles and compete and took control, creating chance after chance.

Sittingbourne held firm with their keeper especially defiant but the constant pressure told eventually when Anesu struck the winner from close range, a welcome reward for his inspiring second-half performance.

Sunday 29th October

Borough Green Youth U14 6 vs Sittingbourne Swans 1

BGY produced a solid performance in this home friendly against Swans with the highlight being hat-tricks for Ollie Smith and skipper Harvey O’Neill

Both sides were missing players but the teams put on a smashing match with some good attacking football. BGY were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to two tremendous strikes from Ollie and Harvey.

The visitors pressed hard but they went down to 10 men when their manager took off a player who had been guilty of a poor, late tackle on BGY defence James Jacouris. A decision to be applauded.

BGY finished strongly and could have scored more with Danyal Agowun hitting the post. All in all, a good workout.

A Sunday in October

Chatham Corinthians 3 vs. Borough Green Youth 5

BGY pulled off the cup upset of the season by winning away to the runaway leaders of division two. Chatham had played eight and won all eight of their league games, but the visitors started brightly and got
stronger as the game went on.

Striker Ollie Smith proved unstoppable on the 3G pitch and his hat-trick was a handsome reward for a stunning display of pace and power. Anesu Mutongi and Harvey O’Neill were also on the scoresheet.

Sunday 8th October

Borough Green Colts 1 vs Borough Green Youth 6

BGY skipper Harvey O’Neill plundered five goals as he led his side to a convincing victory over local rivals, the Colts. The Youth raced into a 3-0 half-time lead when Thomas Wilkinson and his captain took advantage of some defensive errors.

The Colts hit back from a second-half corner and pressed hard but the Youth defence held firm and winger Ollie Smith eased the pressure by causing increasing problems with his direct running. From one of his many superb crosses, Harvey O’Neill scored the goal of the game with a thumping close-range header.

Sunday 1st October

BG Youth 4 vs 1 Larkfield

BGY collected their first league points of the season with a convincing 4-1 home defeat of Larkfield. Two goals apiece from skipper Harvey O'Neill and Ollie Smith were scant reward from the host of chances that BGY created. Chance after chance went begging due to careless finishing plus the heroics of a talented Larkfield keeper.
The home side even missed a penalty in the last minute. Still, on the whole, a pleasing performance.

Sunday 24th September

Sittingbourne Swans 6 vs. Borough Green Youth 5

BGY came out on the wrong end of a topsy-turvy match away to Swans that could have gone either way. The visitors started strongly and were 3-1 ahead after 25 minutes before Swans countered strongly with some sensational shooting from outside the box to go into a half-time lead 5-3 up.
The BGY lads battled well in the second-half to draw level at 5-5 and then hit the bar with five minutes to go as they pressed for a winner.
But it was Swans who claimed the victory with an excellent breakaway move.
Goal scorers: Harvey O'Neill (3), Anesu and Zach Rassool

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U14 Youth
ManagerAlex Butler
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Home strip: Red shirts, shorts and socks with white trim and white piping
Away strip: White shirts with red shorts and socks
Date Time Fixture Opponent Result
24 Sep 2017 10:30 Away Sitti Swans Loss 5 - 6
1 Oct 2017 10:30 Home Larkfield Juniors Win 4 - 1
8 Oct 2017 10:30 Away Borough Green Colts Win 6 - 1
22 Oct 2017 10:30 Home Ditton Minors Youth Postponed
29 Oct 2017 10:30 Home Hartley De Sales Postponed
5 Nov 2017 10:30 Home Sittingbourne Athletic Win 2 - 1
12 Nov 2017 10:30 Away Vinters Valley Draw 1 - 1
17 Dec 2017 10:30 Home Sitti Swans Postponed

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