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20/09/2015 - League
The Villa 3 VS 2 Springhead
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Alexander, Higgy, D'Nico
So many times last season our hard work and efforts went unrewarded. This time round the shoe was on the other foot. Thankfully three moments of quality provided to be the turning points in this match. The game started evenly but burst into life when Alexander scored from a great flick at the front post. The goal was our queue to go on the back foot. We soaked up the pressure (not intentionally) but got our noises even further in front after a great lob from someway out that went right over the keeper into the back of the net. It was Rooney-esque but without the looks, yes you’ve guessed it, it was Higgy. It was a sense relief that was short lived when they scored from a high ball into the box. It could have been a foul on Luke but the ref gave it and that is how it stayed until the end of the half.

The second half started but like the first with us back peddling throughout it seemed. We just couldn’t find the time or space to play our normal game. We had chances and some excellent ones but we were finding it difficult. That is until Nico scored with an exquisite lob over the keeper to make it 3-1. Que huge sights of relief that lasted little over a minute it seemed. All credit to the boys as they held on for a third consecutive victory with some great saves from Luke.

MOM was Ciaran F, who showed great skill and composure to lead from the back and ensure the defense was rarely broken. Well done to all the boys.

 

13/09/2015 - League
Reddish Villa 2 VS 0 Medlock Rangers Blacks
Man of the Match: Matty Hames
Goals Scored By: Alexander (2)
It was a sense of the unknown going into this match, which is always the case when you’ve never played the opponents before. It turned out they were a strong and physical (but fair) team. A team that played the ball straight up to their front men. Maybe this was the reason would couldn’t find our passing ability as we did in the first match. There was something different about this match though. For as long as I can remember Luke wasn’t available and between the sticks came Ciaran F. Thankfully it was a position he took to like a duck to water and showed a great pair of hands throughout. Good job considering how much John (his dad) had paid for the gloves he told me. The first half to us we were the better team, just, but that we couldn’t get ourselves on the scoresheet. The second half changed that as two goals well taken goals from Alexander meant we went on to register our second victory.

It was excellent teamwork throughout, although we never really found our true potential in the game. MOM was Matty for his constant work rate ensuring that those long balls were always nullified with some great tackling and closing down. Well done to everyone.

 

06/09/2015 - League
Marple Athletic Blues 0 VS 5 Reddish Villa
Man of the Match: Ciaran O'hara
Goals Scored By: Oliver, Ciaran O, Alexander, Matty
There is always something special about the first match of the season. Everyone starts on equal terms with expectations of great success. From the moment the players took to the pitch they seemed to ooze confidence and that showed from the kick off as the ball was stroked around the pitch through all the players. There was some great possession with only finding the back of the net the difficulty. The deadlock was broken midway through the half as Olly sent a shot past the keeper to open up the season’s account. As the whilst went for half time that account was not added to and a sense of disbelief was felt based on the possession and attempts.

That disbelief soon disappeared early into the second half. Goals from Ciaran O, Alexander and Matty, with an OG sandwiched somewhere in between confirmed our dominance. The victory was ours half way through the half and this seemed to set up the football version of the Alamo. A 1-8 formation was established as everyone thought they were next on the score list but it proved to be none of them were. At the end of the match our thoughts went out to Luke who seemed to have had to make his own entertainment that day but credit to our opponents who kept battling throughout, with a never say die attitude that all kids should play with. Well done to them and of course our boys.

MOM went to Ciaran O who showed great class and technique to ensure he was always in space to receive the ball and keep it moving with some great vision in his passes.

 

08/03/2015 - League - Spring Season
West End Boys 3 VS 2 Reddish Villa
Man of the Match: Declan Brinsley
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttall & Declan Brinsley
Confidence and expectation was high coming into this match. Once again in the early stages we were not having the same level of possession as our opponents but Luke, whilst showing an assured pair of hands at all times, had few saves of note to make. It looked like our best chances were going to come through quick counter attacks and that is exactly what happened when we won the ball deep in our half and played it up front. Alexander quickly moved the ball wide to big C who looked up to find Alexander continuing his run and getting away from his marker. A pin point cross found Alexander 15 yards out to head the ball over the keeper and into the top corner. It was nothing more than a goal of shear quality right through our defence, midfield and attack.

The second half felt comfortable and our confidence was growing. After winning a corner with some nice build up play the ball was cleared only as far as Dec, who then quickly controlled and smashed the ball into the roof of the net with a thunderous shot from some 20 yards out. Two goals scored of equal quality and both worthy to win any match. It is a shame the second came as early as it did in the second half as we were to concede three goals that were a combination of being unlucky, clumsy and having a lack of calmness. One of these would have been disappointing but three is difficult to take. At 3 – 2 down we had a chance just before the final whistle when big C showed great strength to get past his marker but the keeper won the battle of minds and made a great save.

Disappointment at the final whistle was felt by all. It was however a good game of football with some great performances and making the MOM difficult to decide. Our collective decision was to award it to Dec. This was not for his wonder goal but for a gritty determination and never say die attitude throughout. Well done boys

 

01/03/2015 - League - Spring Season
Reddish Villa 3 VS 6 The Vipers
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy (2) Alexander Nuttall (1)
With the score line showing another defeat it would suggest this match went the same way as previous weeks. In truth nothing could be further from reality. The Villa were playing another very good team who are used to playing their part in the title race. With a little fiddling round to the starting line-up that saw big Ciaran start up front with Alexander and Belal playing in midfield and Conner dropping to defence it was a bright start from both teams, with Villa seeing less of the ball but more than holding their own. The opponents seemed a little agitated by not getting the goals they desired, although this subdued when taking a 2 goal lead. Villa heads could have dropped to their toes as it has in the past but not this time. A great goal by Ciaran reduced the deficit and was nearly wiped out altogether on the stroke of half time when another great opportunity just didn't manage to find the net.

The second half started brightly but we were to go 5 – 1 down after too many errors in our performance but a never say die attitude saw us score 2 more around another one for them. It was a fantastic match to watch and shows when on our game we can cause problems for the best teams in this league. If that effort is carried on into our next fixture it promises to be another great game that everyone can be proud of but we wait to see which Villa turns up…..Jekyll or Hyde! On a separate note it was good to see Lewis and whilst we wished he would have a stinker against us, he didn't but instead shone throughout. We wish him well with his club and all the future success he achieves.

 

22/02/2015 - League - Spring Season
Stalybridge Celtic 5 VS 0 Reddish Villa
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By:
Yet another early start and whilst most of the parents were wiping the sleep from their eyes the team got set about challenging a strong set of opponents. It was a lively start with both teams set on attacking each other, both desperate for that opening goal. It looked like it had come Villa's way after a blistering header from a corner kick was somehow saved on the line by either their keeper or Inspector Gadget. The game went on and Villa were without doubt holding their own and making their own threats on goal but with some assured keeping by Luke it stayed level at the break.

Confidence should have been high. It was hard work out there but each player played his part in a strong team performance. Excitement and expectation of the second half began but unfortunately it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken. Shortly after came a great individual goal for their second but in truth all others were on offer for them. It was a fair result based on the second half performance and a real shame to let the first half display go without reward but that is football and the reasons why we love it and sometimes we don't. Even the second half encouragement from Ian, couldn't fire up the boys in his usual trademark and motivational way. He was only to see two goals against being scored....or in his case four!

 

15/02/2015 - League - Spring Season
Heyside VS Reddish Villa
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By:
The result of the season so far. In truth this was helped by the opposition not being able to show up for the fixture.

There is therefore little to say other than we played a decent friendly against ourselves, which was graced by a man of the match performance by me in goal and where the same cannot be said for Ian. I just hope he doesn't spill the jaffa cakes at work like he did those shots!

 

08/02/2015 - League - Spring Season
Dukinfield 6 VS 1 Reddish Villa
Man of the Match: Declan Brinsley
Goals Scored By: Belal Khazaal
The sound of the final whistle came at great relief. We were outclassed, outfought, outplayed and generally out for the count. I will not go into what was wrong with the performance as it will overload the website and it's too upsetting to recall but needless to say it wasn't good or enjoyable to watch. With head in hands throughout most of the match, it was left to those parents with dry eyes at the end to inform Ian and I of the final score.

As a team we are far better than what was seen in this match and it is now up to the boys to prove that in the next match.

 

25/01/2015 - League - Spring Season
Reddish Villa 0 VS 2 Marple
Man of the Match: Tom Gough
Goals Scored By:
After a successful season in the Championship that resulted in our promotion to the top flight, our excitement at the thought of playing against the best teams in the league could not be contained. Reality soon hit home however when we found ourselves conceding two early goals without being involved in the game. The feeling was, if our attitude on the pitch did not change then it could get embarrassing. Thankfully it did and we managed to give as good as we got thereafter. There were not more goals in the first half and the scoreline stayed the same at the final whistle but both teams had some great chances to change that.

Our man of the match, Tom, came on at the start of the second half and showed the opposition exactly how an excellent defensive display can wipe out many of the opposing attacks, yet at the same time getting forward himself to put the pressure on the opposing defense. This was all supported with many good performances throughout the team and gives us great optimism going into the season ahead.

Well done to all the players to make this a great game of football and to give us the confidence for whatever the new season throws at us.

 

26/10/2014 - U12'S Sunday Championship
Reddish Villa 4 VS 2 CS City
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttall ( 3 ) Balal Khazaal ( 1 )
A blustery Sunday morning to blow the cobwebs away and also make playing conditions interesting. CS are a new team to Villa, technically an U11's team they have been deemed capable of competing at U12'S so should provide an unknown challenge.
The 2 sides playing styles are completely different.CS in general are small and nippy with fancy footwork and pass well whereas Villa being a physically bigger team use their strength, set plays and experience to their advantage.
This combination sees Ciaran play a long through ball to Balal who in turn finds Alexander who chips the CS keeper and opens Villa's account.
Alexander and Balal seem to have created the ideal strike partnership, with every attack having profit potential. Proof of this was soon to follow as Balals great shot was palmed away but Alexanders plan B maneuver placed him ready for the rebound and double his tally.
CS however weren't going to give up and almost scored just before half time when a rocket of of a shot was only quelled by a great save from Luke.
The 2nd half had Villa playing with the wind at their backs so hopefully this would encourage the long ball and favour our height. With this in mind the majority of play seemed to be across the ground instead and made for a more entertaining competition.
CS were being forced to play a lot of their attacks down the wings where Matty on the right and Ciaran OHara on the left had everything in control and limited our opponent's options.
Balals persistence and professionalism were to gift him the goal he richly deserved. Controlling the ball outside the box he gave himself time and space to put the ball on his favoured left foot and hammer home an unstoppable goal. Soon after an almost identical goal to Villas 2nd as Balals shot was pushed into the path of Alexander again and securing his hat trick.
CS although 4 goals down still had fight in them and were rewarded with a goal as they battled infront of goal and eventually put the ball over the line.
Quite a few hard challenges were being made all over the pitch .One such encounter resulting in Joel being able to brag a black eye, but this wasn't going to keep Rocky, sorry, I mean Joel, from continuing. Hard as nails.
With time ticking down CS had time to close the gap when a chip from distance looking to be sailing over the bar had a touch of fortune. The wind picked up again and assisted the ball to dip last second and find the top corner of the goal.
Villa managed to see the game out safely. In fact Dylan almost got a late goal of his own only for a defender to block his goal bound shot.
Man of the Match could have gone to our hat trick hero but that would have been too obvious. Ciaran Fahy played the perfect captains role, defenders role and providers role. Without these influences our success wouldn't have been possible.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

12/10/2014 - Primary Cup
Reddish Villa 2 VS 2 Delamere Rangers
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttall ( 1 ) Joe Higgins ( 1 ) Pens Joel 1 Ciaran Fahy 1 Alexander 1 Connor 1 Luke 1
Villa back in cup action where anything can happen. A game of 2 halves, the dread of the penalty shoot out, heroes and heart ache, and squeaky bum time. Yes this game had it all and more.
The 1st half saw Villa totally dominate proceedings with only their own missed shots and opportunities preventing a greater scoreline than 2-0 at half time.
The 1st goal came from Alexander who's over head kick in the box bounced over the opposition keeper and into the top corner, very Pele like.
The 2nd saw Olivers shot from left of goal saved but palmed to an onrushing Higgy who slotted into an open goal.
The 2nd half however was a complete contrast to the 1st. Had Villa become complacent, had they burnt themselves out in the 1st half or did Delamere wake up during the half time break or maybe all of the above.
Silly mistakes and uncharacteristical lapses in play from the boys in red profited Delamere to the tune of 2 goals and left Villa defending till the final whistle.
2-2 at full time could only mean 1 thing "PENALTIES ".Time for cool heads and real team spirit to play their parts and win the day.
Penalty takers picked instructions given and tissues at the ready and Villa to shoot 1st.
Joel 1st who places a great opener in the bottom corner, Delamere reply to equalize. Ciaran Fahy next who fires straight down the middle, advantage Villa. Then comes Delameres error, a shot over the crossbar. Alexander needs to keep a cool head to keep the reds on top and does, bottom corner. The blues score their next but Connor maintains the lead, no problem. Again Delamere bury their shot meaning Luke, our last penalty taker and also our GK who has just faced their 1st 4 penalties ,can put the competition out of sight. Keeper against keeper to decide each others fate, you couldn't write it. Oh hang on I am.DOH
With his team mates behind him he places his shot in the bottom corner .Delirium and ecstasy ensue and the delight of knowing were through to the next round is immense. What a game and what a rush.
With a massive and vital defensive display needed you need Connor Malone to be on your team, without him his attitude and his conviction you suffer and struggle, that is why he is our Man of the Match, simples.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

05/10/2014 - U12'S Championship Sunday
Reddish Villa 3 VS 0 Hollingworth Junior Blacks
Man of the Match: Matty Hames
Goals Scored By: Oliver Stuttard ( 1 ) Connor Malone ( 1 ) Alexander Nuttall ( 1 )
Villa go into today's game unbeaten in all competitions and sitting top of the table . Hollingworth would love to take the scalp of the league leaders but Reddish are in no mood for a haircut .
The game kicks off and Villa start confidently but a little over cautious for some reason. One or two players seem to be a tad off the pace, or rather off the standard of pace we have come to know and admire recently . Fortunately this proves to be a passing phase and normal service makes a welcome return.
Villa throw wave after wave of attacks at Hollingworths goal but our opponent's seem to have adopted the 7 man defence system ,flooding their own penalty area to try and deny our advantage. Oliver has been frustrated and annoyed with his shooting this season so we have put a lot of time and effort in training to resolve this. Villa win a corner and Higgy delivers a peach of a ball which Oliver HEADS into the back of the net, not kicks but heads.Why do I bother, if we'd practiced headers he would of kicked it in just to be awkward.
Plenty of shots follow and boundless footballing skills displayed but Hollingworth manage to hold us to our 1 goal advantage till half time.
The 2nd half sees Hollingworth fired up and step up a gear throwing everything into trying for an early equaliser .Ciaran and Connor deal with everything they have though at the back and soon put Villa in control again .The reds win another corner. Connor joins the mob in the penalty area ,the plan is for one of his trademark headers to double our lead. He finishes polishing his forehead just in time as Higgy sends another great ball in and Connor KICKS the ball into the back of the net. Rick and I have now decided Oliver and Connor must be teaching each other their skills, or they've both dyed their hair to confuse us.
Trying to pick a hole through Hollingworths mass defence wasn't easy but Villa were adamant that they were going to break through. Higgy on a couple of occasions beat 2 or 3 players only to be mobbed at the crucial moment. Even Balal, Alexander and Joel were finding their shots being blocked by a sea of blue on several occasions. The persistent barrage of attacks could only be quelled for so long however as Balal had a great shot saved by their keeper only for it to fall to the feet of Johnny on the spot Alexander who took great delight in wellying it home for Villa's 3rd.
And 3-0 was how it ended thus continuing Villa's great unbeaten run and keeping us top of the league. I'm comfy up here and don't want to come down.
Man of the Match this week went to Matty Hames, why,well it's simple. He gave everything he had for 80 minutes, he won every tackle, dominated and overwhelmed the opposition, played through balls with pinpoint accuracy to put us on the attack .In fact I can't think of anything he did wrong, his skills and determination seem to increase with every game.
The futures looking bright, the futures looking Reddish.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

28/09/2014 - Primary Cup
Reddish Villa 9 VS 0 FC Sports White
Man of the Match: Ciaran OHara
Goals Scored By: Balal Khazaal (3) Alexander Nuttall ( 2 ) Ciaran Fahy ( 1 ) Joel Waring ( 1 ) Joe Higgins ( 1 ) Dylan Neary (1)
Today Villa launch their Primary Cup campaign, and with their successful league form there's no reason they can't continue and extend this run against FC Sport.
Today also marks my debut as lone Manager, a role I've been looking forward to and feel honoured to carry out. While Rick has taken the opportunity to go to Spain on a scouting mission, alright a lads weekend away, I have the chance to see if I can do more than talk a good game.
The lads know their positions and what they need to do but uncharacteristically they start the game slow and sluggish. Maybe it's the early kickoff or maybe it's the curse of the cup playing its part but before long FC have 2 attacks on goal, luckily to no avail.
Soon after Villa won a free kick to which Higgy, after a lot of personal practice ,stepped up and despatched a perfect shot opening the reds scoring account. This seemed to be the wake up call Villa needed to remind them why they were here. The proverbial flood gates opened and a barrage of goals followed, 8 more goals in fact.
FC had witnessed the awakening of the Villa beast and could do nothing to tame it, even with an 8 man defensive line. Now playing with a high level of confidence teamwork and skills it gave me the opportunity to move players in and out of different positions so I could gauge their back up roles in a match situation. I must say I was very pleased with how the lads adapted their play without question. The only player to stay in his position was Luke in goal. I was asked by some to try bringing him out of goal while we were several goals up but I chose not to for 2 reasons. 1st I wanted to maintain a clean sheet and 2nd I felt it would have been disrespectful to our opponent's. If there's something I pride the Villa lads with is their respect and discipline to the game.
When the final whistle came I shook hands with the opposition manager and headed straight to the ref. Obviously I shook his hand but my main aim of the trip was to confirm the score. Amongst the Villa faithful the score line ranged from 5-0 to 12-0, I have to confess I lost count after 6. Completely lost without my little note book.
In a game like this Man of the Match could so easily have gone to a goal scorers but I felt Ciaran OHaras performance confirmed the reason I asked him to sign for us. Great skill and positioning, setting others up to score or advance, playing a physical but honest role and not being afraid to take his chances when he could.
The team are still learning and wanting to learn but most of all they're not turning into a good team, they ARE a good team. Welldone lads.

 

21/09/2014 - U12'S Championship Sunday
Reddish Villa 1 VS 1 Heyside
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Joe Higgins ( 1 )
Villa came into this game on the back of 2 well earned victories and sitting top of the league table. A great position to be in but also a target and a challenge for the rest of the league to dethrone.
We have encountered Heyside before so entered this match knowing it would be a close competition. As has been the expected standard from the much improved U12'S we took the game to Heyside, playing dominant and strong football. Unfortunately we seemed to have been assigned a referee with blue bias contact lenses.
Heyside forced an attack towards Villa's goal but the ever reliable Connor slid an inch perfect tackle putting the ball out for a corner. The ref however awarded a penalty which even baffled the Heyside Manager. Not only did we cleanly tackle and win the ball but the challenge was a good 3 yards outside the box. Unfortunately guide dogs aren't allowed on the field of play .Although Luke got a hand to the ball the Heyside lad took his penalty well and it was advantage to the blues. The halftime whistle was soon to follow.
In seasons gone by Villa would have struggled to get their heads back in the game. This isn't that team anymore. Through the course of the game Villa battled hard forcing Heyside to resort in hacking our players down. I remember Oliver and Higgy hitting the deck hard on separate occasions. Once upon a time they would have asked to come off, now they got up dusted themselves down looked at the opposition as if to say, "Is that all you've got ".In fact I'm sure Higgy told me to go back to my brew.
As the game progressed Villa won a penalty of their own, Higgy stepped up to take it but just put it wide of the post. Higgy didn't have to wait long though to redeem himself. Winning a corner Higgy, for the 2nd game running, curled a corner to the top corner of the goal. Heyside tried a goalline clearance but only helped in guiding the ball goalward. 1-1 game on.
Villa should have been awarded another penalty but Heysides 10th player, sorry THE REFEREE, awarded a free kick. Ciaran Fahy almost took the lead but his kick went narrowly over the bar.
With the clock ticking down Heyside went on one final attack and looked to have nicked a last second winner only for Luke to pull off an amazing double save. Thankfully the final whistle immediately followed.
A great game of football had been witnessed by all and a draw seemed a fair result.
This season the lads have made choosing Man of the Match nigh impossible but Rick and I felt Lukes saves, command of his area and distribution of the ball warranted the plaudits.
We take a break from the league next week and open our cup campaign. WEMBLEY BECKONS

 

14/09/2014 - U12'S Championship Sunday
Reddish Villa 9 VS 3 Glossop North End Piranhas
Man of the Match: Balal Khazaal
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy (3) Joel Waring ( 1) Joe Higgins (2) Alexander Nuttall ( 2 ) Balal Khazaal (1)
Reddish Villa were looking to build on last week's win and create a good solid foundation to inspire a genuine title push. Well 9 goals and possibly double that tally of missed chances showed the lads determination
Glossop were by no means a pushover as their 3 goals will testify, unfortunately for them they were up against a team high on confidence and fuelled on positive team spirit.
I usually love to replay each and every Villa goal in my reports but fear with this magnificent scoreline I may cause the world wide web to crash and implode. At 1 point people were about to take their shoes and socks off to keep score but the refs final whistle came to the ozones rescue.
Apart from 2 moments of complacency which sadly led to Glossop's first 2 goals the lads played exceptional football both with their skills and with their teammanship. Selfless play had replaced selfishness and the good of the team had replaced the solo glory hunters.
As with last week selecting Man of the Match was not an easy task for Rick and myself but we felt Balal just edged the call. He truly epitomised and displayed all the positivity the team are striving to achieve as our ethos
I would challenge anyone to find 2 grown men more proud and honoured than Rick and I. COME ON VILLA
Match report by Ian Howard

 

07/09/2014 - U12'S Championship Sunday
Reddish Villa 2 VS 1 Denton Youth
Man of the Match: Joel Waring
Goals Scored By: Joel Waring (1) Alexander Nuttall (1)
Just when you thought it was safe to roll over and have a nice lie in it's back, Sunday mornings football. Hangovers and bad hair days as far as the eye can see .Personally I wouldn't let 12 year olds play in this condition but beggars can't be choosers.
We start the new season against a familiar opponent Denton Youth..The sun is out the sky is blue and the lads are raring to go. In previous seasons the opening game has proved to be a slow start for Villa so the 1st order of the day was, "Hit the ground running ".
The lads didn't disappoint, they ran their socks off and completely dominated the 1st half resulting in a 2-0 lead at the break. The 1st goal came from a well taken corner from Higgy which found the head of 6ft 5inch Joel. Yes the smallest man on the pitch rose above everyone else and buried a beauty. The big man played his part in the 2nd goal taking the ball on the right wing and making the perfect pass to Alexander in the middle who fired home an unstoppable shot.
The hard work of the 1st half had taken its toll on the lads and the tempo of the 2nd half was somewhat slower than the 1st. Denton threw everything they had into trying to fight back and get something from the game but only managed to legitimately hit the back of the net once.
With a more defensive minded 2nd half Villa ensured and secured their 1st victory of the season, and on this showing it won't be their last.
Every player shone and played outstanding football today and Man of the Match could have gone to anyone. Joels contribution to the game of hard work and effort combined with his obvious self improvement was standout. On this showing his reward was well earned. Welldone lads onwards and upwards.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

14/06/2014 - U12's Summer League
Reddish Villa 6 VS 1 Denton Youth
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Oliver (2)Alexander (2)Joel (1)Connor (1)
Football fever fills the air.The World Cup is upon us and Villa have their 2nd game of the Summer League against near neighbours Denton Youth .Football widows get your knitting out.
Stamina and fitness will be well tested today with warm muggy conditions. In contrast to our last league game Villa can brag a good strength squad to challenge and explore options. We are however without the services of the big man Ciaran but who needs him HE ONLY SCORED 4 GOALS LAST WEEK AFTER ALL. Instead I would like to welcome an even bigger lad on his debut Michael the man mountain. Michaels playing position is where ever he tells John he is playing.
The game gets underway and Villa start as they mean to go on, dominant professional and in control.
After playing together for several seasons the teamwork and knowing each others play is clear to see and a formidable weapon. Higgys role as corner and free kick taker are now without challenge and prove vital throughout the game. One such corner results in Connor's saved header finding Oliver who opens up Villa's scoring account. Joel soon doubles the reds lead when Connor vollies the ball up field to him and he beats Dentons keeper in a 1 on 1.
Denton find it hard to counter Villa's play and finish the half 3-0 down after some great play feeds the ball to Alexander who's half volley earns him a place on the score sheet.
The half time team talk rather than praise for the lead involved criticism for chances missed. For me this is a positive sign of how good the team has become and how much potential we all know they have.
The 2nd half kicked off as a continuation of the 1st, Reddish dominance and control. Villa won a free kick which challenged Higgy to show off his talent of the set play. He rose to the challenge finding Connor in front of goal and 4-0. Shortly after an almost identical situation this time Alexander prospering for a 5-0 lead.
One of the most iconic moments of the game however had to be Alexander taking the ball to the corner flag whilst being challenged and John shouting "Don't cross it ".Ignoring this he crossed across the ground infront of goal for the Cheadle Hulme connection that is Oliver to nip in before the keeper to secure Villa's 6th.
John just 1 thing to say on that, "Those who can play play, those who can't Manage ".
Denton did manage to pull 1 goal back when Villa's over confidence and complacency got the better of them in their own box and gifting the team in blue an easy consolation.
That 1 moment aside Villa where flawless in their task, producing an outstanding performance. Finally I would like to congratulate Michael on his debut performance, slotting in as though he'd been with the Reds for ages. A great addition to the side.
The future for Villa is definitely looking fruitful and exciting and I for one feel fortunate to be part of the journey.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

07/06/2014 - U12's Summer League
Reddish Villa 4 VS 1 Waterloo
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy +Kyle Malone
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy ( 4)
For a football fan closed season is as long and uncomfortable as a coach ride to Glasgow with 2 flat tyres and no toilet break. But the wait is over and the Summer League is here.
Today Villa take on Waterloo and with it still being half term player restrictions are inevitable. Waterloo field a full squad but Villa just manage the necessary 9 for the game, time to see who can rise to the challenge and who is missing their Xbox.
The match gets underway and as expected it seems to be playing in slow motion. Villa open the scoring with Ciaran blasting home from distance, as is his trademark. Waterloo use their squad rotation to their advantage and soon conjure up an equaliser.
This only acts as a wake up call to Villa who tighten up their act and return to the disciplined team we saw last season. Kyle and Higgy seemed to have acquired some Ronaldo type skills, dancing and fast footing their way around Waterloo. Luke Mc ,Joel and Matt must have visited the hard man school of football, tackling and shrugging off opponent's and creating great wing play Connor at centre back, well just 1 word TERMINATOR. Ciaran and Alexander up front terrified Waterloos goalkeeper and defence. And as for Luke H in goal I'm pleased to say he used the time well to finish off that book he'd been reading.
Using our individual skills to a team benefit Ciaran was able to fire home 3 more goals with the final score Ciaran 4 Waterloo 1. Sorry I mean Reddish Villa 4 Waterloo 1.
A great start to the campaign, can't wait to see how we play with a full squad. Well done John and Rick.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

15/03/2014 - Championship U11'S
Reddish Villa 5 VS 1 Denton Youth Blues
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole, Alexander Nuttal
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole (2) Alexander Nuttal ( 2 ) Ciaran Fahy ( 1 )
With the seasons end drawing ever closer every game is to be treated as a cup final. Every point vital every win essential every mistake potentially devastating.
Today sees the welcome return of Ciaran Oliver and Kyle ensuring a full squad with all skill sets covered.
For once the Dukinfield playing surface and conditions were very favorable and highlighted Villa's excellence and dominance.
All the hard work John Rick and the lads have put in over the last few months was plain to see and was reaping it's rewards.
Higgy began the Villa footballing showcase with 1 of his sublime corners finding Alexander who in turn nodded on to Lewis to fire home putting the reds 1 goal to the good.
The game progressed in Villa's favour every member of the squad performing and excelling at their task. With another well played attack Lewis was through on goal. His well struck shot could only be parried by Dentons keeper into the path of Alexander who guaranteed Villa's 2nd goal.
Villa's confidence was high but unfortunately complacency began to creep in which presented our opponent's with a rare breakthrough on goal. Unfortunately Luke H could do little to stop Denton halving the deficit and so bringing an end to his clean sheet run. On a positive note though it saved me giving him another fiver, cheers Denton.
Dentons fans and team now had a sense of belief so it was vital that Villa saw the half out without conceding again. Both teams had worked hard so the half time whistle was well received.
For the first time I can recall the lads half time team talk ,considering we were 2-1 up, resembled a telling off than congratulations .
This I was pleased to hear. I know that sounds an odd thing to say but it's meant as a compliment to the testament of the lads and how far they've come. They have rightfully earned the acclaim of being THE BEST and being grateful for scraps is a distant memory so silly mistakes are well beneath them.
The 2nd half kicked off with Villa playing into a strong breeze but it couldn't dose the reignited flames in the hearts of John and Rick's charges. A great drop kick from Luke H found Ciaran who raced through the blues defence only to shoot just wide.
From this point on their was only one team in control. No week link existed within the Villa ranks. Villa applied the pressure until the inevitable happened, with a great through ball from Alexander Lewis megged the keeper and regained a 2 goal cushion. Soon after Joel fed the perfect ball to Alexander who curled a Ronaldo like shot into the top corner of the goal and 4-1. Even the Denton faithful applauded his moment of magic.
At this point Denton just crumbled so damage limitations were their goal. Villa's confidence and professionalism was at it's highest and it seemed like everyone was having shots on the blues goal.
Villa could have taken their foot off the gas.but that would have been more an insult to our opponent's than an act of mercy and with this Lewis unselfishley played Ciaran through to add his name to the goal scorers tally.
The Game closed 5-1 and Villa back top of the league, where they belong.
I've watched this team build and develop from U6's and I feel honoured and privileged to be part of something that has become great.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

08/03/2014 - Championship U11'S
Reddish Villa 0 VS 0 Curzon Ashton Blues
Man of the Match: Joe Higgins
Goals Scored By:
It's a welcome return to everybody's favourite mud bath Dukinfield where it's cold miserable and muddy all year round.
Unfortunately we didn't have the services of Ciaran and Oliver today which proved to be a big loss. With the conditions as they were their big strong presence would have been ideal. Although unable to play Oliver still made it to the game to support his teammates. The sense of teammanship and camaraderie amongst the lads is outstanding and could never be questioned.
As with most games this season Villa were by far the better team with countless scoring opportunities yet without profit. All the lads gave 100% and dominated defence and midfield and put together some great attacking moves. Our only flaw however were the numerous tame shots. A bit more power and precision would have guaranteed a white wash.
Curzon had no shots of note all game until a dipping effort
moments before the end of the game almost found the top of the net. Fortunately Luke H managed to get his fingertips to it and put the ball over the bar .The game ended 0-0. Curzon were ecstatic with the result but to Villa it felt like 2 points dropped as opposed to 1 point gained.
A few months ago Villa would have been pleased with a draw after a certain uphill battle,so it's testament to John Rick and the lads for how they have turned things around. There is absolutely no reason Villa can't win this league with the passion and ability they possess.Their destiny really is in their own hands. COME ON VILLA YOU CAN DO IT.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

01/03/2014 - Championship U11'S
Reddish Villa 4 VS 0 Brendan Bees
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy (3) Connor Malone ( 1 )
The phrase "A game of 2 halves "couldn't be more appropriate for this match. Villa were without doubt the better of the 2 teams but seemed hell bent on making victory as hard as they possibly could.
Oliver absolutely dominated the left wing flying down the line like an express train. Every cross he made could have resulted in profit. One such cross almost found the back of the net, another sailed just over the bar from Ciaran.
Dominance and shots weren't an issue, Villa's style of play was however. Bees played a scrappy game which seemed to influence and have a stranglehold on the way Villa played. Half time came and brought with it a disappointing and frustrating 0-0 scoreline.
Another half time reality check team talk by John and Rick seemed to have hit home and stoked the fire in the Villa bellies.
The 2nd half kicked off and Villa swarmed the Bees defence. Oliver continued his great work down the line, Connor Luke M and Matt were impenetrable at the back resembling bouncers. "Sorry Bees your not coming in ."Midfield won everything. Josh bulldozed and flattened the opposition, Lewis floated like a butterfly and stung the Bees, and Joel and Kyle were like Tanzanian Devils who frustrated and outplayed whoever they came up against.
The obvious breakthrough looked favourite to come from Oli the Obliterator so it stunned the Bees when Villa introduced their newest weapon, the Luke H Goal seeking missile. From our goalline drop kick 80 yards to Ciaran, 1 control kick 1 thunderbolt shot 1 goal. Luke used this weapon several times, each time to Villas advantage.
Villa played like a hive mind causing the Bees to bumble and fumble. Dominant play directed the ball to Ciaran again who like a 1 man army broke through Bees defences and 2-0.
Villa were relentless and forced a corner. Joel stepped up to take it. I asked could he find Connor at the back post.He delivered a great ball into the box. A scramble ensued, 3 or 4 shots bounced around a crowd scene, the ball suddenly flicked up at the back post and Connor headed home 3-0. I love it when a plan comes together.
Moments later Ciaran Swartzenneger ran at goal again, I'm sure their manager was looking for a white flag, but nothing was going to deny Ciaran his hat trick. 4-0.
At this point I thought a bus load of communists had arrived as chants of "Red Army"came from the sidelines.
Only a fantastic double save from the Bees keeper denied Ciaran a 4th. The last few minutes of the game saw our opponent's go all out to try and salvage a consolation goal but the boys in red held their resolve and guaranteed Luke H a clean sheet.
The lads top of table status is no fluke or false position, it's been earned and well deserved. The challenge now is secure this position as their own. With the belief and passion amongst this team their destiny is in their own hands.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

22/02/2014 - Championship U11'S
Reddish Villa 2 VS 1 Stockport Junior Blues
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttal (2)
VALIANT VILLA GIVE STOCKPORT JUNIORS THE BLUES
Welcome to Costa del Dukinfield. No flipflops and bikinis for these WAGS, wellies and thermals prove fashion of the day.
Weather conditions have created a mixed playing surface mostly playable but with a handful of mud traps. Both teams play some decent and strong football but Villa seem to be having the better chances.
Oliver, who seems to be marked by Andre the Giant, almost opens the scoring but sees his shot fizz just past the post. Ciaran and Alexander also have several shots blocked saved or go just wide. Is today going to be another day of destiny going against us. Half time comes and its 0-0
After an inspirational team talk by Fergie and Mourinho, sorry John and Rick, the lads start the 2nd half with all guns blazing.
Villa continue with shots being at a premium. Alexander coming closest only for a muddy goal line to bring the rolling ball to a dead stop.At this point John suddenly turned into Victor Meldrew shouting, "I don't believe it. "
As in past games though and completely against the run of play SJB take the lead but today heads don't drop. With Cool hands Luke in goal and Connor the Terminator in defence SJB find increasing their lead impossible, even though some questionable decisions from the ref seem to favour our opponent's.
With Lewis dominating midfielder, Oliver shrugging off SJB's resident bruiser with cries of "Is that all you've got? ",and the strike force that is Alexander and Ciaran, A Villa goal was inevitable.
And then it came, a beautiful team effort saw Oliver plough through SJB and play a pinpoint pass to Alexander who raced on to level the score. The Management team and the Reddish faithful on the sidelines erupted and it was game on. SJB seemed to have the wind knocked out of their sails and Villa weren't prepared to settle for a point
Villa battled and battled with no mercy until we saw another goalmouth scramble ensue but this time Alexander made sure the ball bulged the back of the net. 2-1 Villa. As SJB kicked off the ref blew for full time. OH MY GOD HOW CLOSE WAS THAT.
John and Rick's after match praise and plaudits to the lads was music to the ear, even though the caretaker said he needed to lock up. Personally I don't see anything wrong with a 2 hour after match talk.
John and Rick gave the lads a job and nobody strayed from their task. The Villa we know we are back.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

15/02/2014 - U11'S Championship
Reddish Villa 2 VS 4 TSC United Reds
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy, Alexander Nuttal
Goals Scored By: Oliver Stuttard (1) Ciaran Fahy (1)
Time to go over the Reddish Villa U11's check list. 1)squad turn up early 2) warm up and practice shots 3)John and Rick give instructions and inspirational pre match talk 4)start the game strong and in control 5)concede a sloppy goal fall to pieces play like a bunch of 6 year olds and get beat by a weaker team.
I know,a harsh and brutal opener, but sugar coating wasn't even close to an option unfortunately.
Granted we had been assigned the worst referee the league could possibly find, even the opposition manager questioned decisions against us, but that still couldn't be held to blame for our performance.
The entire game we displayed 2 moments of quality that resulted in our 2 goals, the rest of the game was painful to watch.
We have a really good team who need to believe in themselves, keep fighting and remember they are a TEAM. Let's hope for the return of the Reddish Villa side we know exists.

 

01/02/2014 - Championship Trophy Cup
Reddish Villa 3 VS 2 Brandon Bees Yellows
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Josh Cottrill, Joel Wearing, Oliver Stuttard
A break from the league today brings cup action, and as is the norm, it's not to be a dull game. The match is not a one sided affair as the action ebbs and flows in equal measure.
It was Villa who opened the scoring through Josh who fired from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. Bees weren't to be outdone though as they managed to secure an equaliser. Villa hearts were in their mouths as Bees almost took the lead but struck the crossbar. PHEW.Half time and its honours even.
2nd half underway and Villa get stung as it's Bees turn to take the lead 2-1. There was a time when Villa heads would have dropped and an uphill struggle would have followed. Thankfully those days are a distant memory and the lads battled back. Bees keeper made a poor kick which found Joel who without hesitation vollied the ball straight into the back of the Bees net. GAME ON, COME ON VILLA.
The fightback was rounded off by a sublime winning goal from Villas very own Cheadle Connection. A perfect through ball from Alexander made a Beeline and found Oliver who chipped the "Bee keeper ".The move was as sweet as honey.Cometh the hour cometh the man.
Final score 3-2 Villa, what a great performance from the lads. Connor as usual bossed the defence, a welcome return to the side saw Lewis giving his outstanding 110% and annoying the hell out of our opposition. Luke Howard in goal made several unbelievable saves to ensure the victory and secure his Man of the Match award, and obviously the courage and conviction of our goal scorers could never be questioned. A TRUE TEAM PERFORMANCE. Welldone John and Rick.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

25/01/2014 - U11'S Championship
Reddish Villa 0 VS 1 Heyside
Man of the Match: Josh Cottrill
Goals Scored By:
If ever a score line didn't reflect the game then this was it. Villa were the stronger and more skillful of the 2 sides. Having said that Villa had masses of attempts on goal but lacked that clinical finish. Heyside on the other hand had 1 attack on goal the whole game but had the conviction to make it count.
The referee was probably 1 of the best we have witnessed for a while but a rare mistake on his behalf cost Oliver, judged to be offside, a well earned and deserved goal. All the players played their socks off but Josh seemed to be in top gear from start to finish never backing off or giving up.
Although Villa weren't victorious on the day their work rate was exceptional with many positives we can take from the game. With this Villa side we can look forward to exciting times ahead.

 

18/01/2014 - U11 Championship
Reddish Villa 3 VS 2 Glossop North End Shark's
Man of the Match: Alexander Nuttal, Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttal hat trick hero
A week delayed by bad weather but today saw Villa begin a new campaign in a new league. Quite a few new teams in this league meant exciting challenges lay ahead.
The phrase "A game of 2 halves "couldn't be more apt. The first half saw Villa dominate and play as a solid unit, every player knowing their job and that of their team mates. This discipline lead to Alexander bagging a well earned first half hat trick. Only a great headed corner from Glossop denied Luke H a first half clean sheet.
The second half saw Glossop dictating and Villa on the defensive. The constant pressure on Villa's goal eventually lead to a mistimed challenge in the penalty area. The referee had no choice but to award our opponent's a penalty from which they reduced the scoreline to 3-2. The final 15 minutes saw Villa hanging on for all they were worth. Glossop looked as though they were going to bag a cruel equaliser as a deflected ball rolled towards an unguarded net. The number 3 was just about to be put against Glossop's name when up popped Connor "The Terminator " Malone. Sliding across the box he made what looked an impossible save, hooking the ball over the crossbar.
The final whistle saw Villa victorious and smiles beaming from players to supporters.
John Rick and the lads seem to have discovered their teamwork and confidence, building on it and developing it is the next step. Well done lads. COME ON VILLA.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

23/11/2013 - Primary Cup
Reddish Villa 2 VS 7 Stalybridge Celtic
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole ( 2)
A break from the league but a cup game against a very familiar Stalybridge. A cold and early kick off meant thermals flasks and frozen toes.
Villa started the game strong and fast looking determined to strike early so it came as a great annoyance when Celtic caught Villa napping and opened up the scoring.
Villa were by far the stronger team with the greater possession but seemed to lack the final touch. Over hitting the ball was our biggest crime. One such occasion almost brought total disaster. Connor played a strong ball out to the wing, the ball went over the by line heading straight for my brew. Flying tea looked inevitable until Rick, like Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, placed himself in harms way to save the brew and potential tea drenched casualties in the crowd. I dread to think the carnage that could have been if not for his selfless act.
As for the game it seemed to have gone off the boil a bit and it was Celtic who with seconds on the clock till half time doubled their lead against a Villa side who looked bereft of ideas.
Stern words and game changing instructions were conveyed at half time by John and Rick but the team seemed to opt for the exact opposite as Celtic scored from the kick off.
With absolutely no resistance Celtic built an easy 6-0 lead against a Villa side that didn't want to play anymore.
With 5 minutes left on the clock Lewis scored possibly the goal of the game making it 6-1. Celtic soon made it 7-1 but there was Lewis again making it 7-2. Villa had woken up and Celtic couldn't handle them. With 2 minutes left on the clock Villa could still win this. Alright maybe not but had we played the full game the way we played the last 5 minutes the result would have been very different.
The key now is to learn from this game and take the diehard attitude of the last 5 minutes into the next game and every game after that and results will come.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

09/11/2013 - Primary Cup U11'S
Reddish Villa 2 VS 2 Chadderton Park Lions
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttal, Oliver Stuttard
Rememberance weekend saw both teams stand shoulder to shoulder on a cold November morning in honour of fallen heroes, lest we never forget. The game about to be played was also a battle never to forget.
Villa start the game well almost taking the lead from an inswingging corner from Alexander. However instead of building on this opening Villa opted to fall asleep, stand still and gift Chaddy an open invitation on goal which they accepted and scored. 1-0 Chadderton.
In time gone by Villa would have responded as well as a 1 legged man in a bum kicking competition but this Villa side adopted the "Is that all you've got "attitude.
Ciaran had a fantastic shot saved only for Alexander to bury the follow up. 1-1 game on.
Villa were now the stronger side, having more possession and having the lions share of shots at goal. The best of which saw Oliver shoot inches wide of the post just before half time, the second half couldn't come quick enough.
The Second half saw both sides playing excellent football, the game could gone either way. Fortunately Connor's great pass to Oliver resulted in a Studdard Stunner.2-1 Villa.
Chadderton responded with a lengthy spell of pressure and attacks. We were grateful of Luke H, Higgy, Tom and Connor's rear guard brick wall defence to hold off all advances. One slight mistake could be costly and then it happened. Not the Hand of God but the Hand of Oh My God giving Chaddy a penalty and a lifeline. 2-2.
With the clock ticking down oxygen and whisky being offered to both sets of parents could be clearly heard closely followed by the final whistle. OMG not penalties again.
Chadderton opened the proceedings and scored. Villa responded in kind. This was to be repeated 6 times until Chadderton put 1 over the cross bar. The Villa players began to celebrate until John and the ref pointed out Higgy needed to score his penalty first. Up he stepped, the stadium in silence. He placed the ball, composed himself and like the heroes we had honoured earlier ,he displayed courage and strength .A finely placed shot to the bottom right corner saw Villa victorious.
Although we had just witnessed a magnificent display of football by both teams, my proudest moment was witnessing the Villa boys not celebrating in delirium but consoling opposition players. Their display of respect and honour was humbling.
Match report by Ian Howard

 

26/10/2013 - Premiership U11'S
Reddish Villa 2 VS 6 Stalybridge Celtic
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy (2)
Grass surface and skin drenching drizzle could only guarantee 2 things, sun block stays in the cupboard and mud covered kids. From the 1st whistle to half time Villa stood still occasionally mustering a walk resulting in a Celtic going into the break 4-0 to the good. And that was the positive of the half.
After receiving a reality check at half time a completely different Villa took to the field, this one wanted to play, tried hard and had pride blazing.
Villa conceded another 2 goals but Celtic were both lucky and really had to work hard for them.
Villa didn't go down without a fight though,replying with 2 goals from Ciaran. The first was a strong run on goal from midfield, 1 on 1 with the keeper Ciaran powered the ball past him into the bottom left corner of the net.
The 2nd came from a heroes like performance from Oliver. Winning a strong tackle on the left wing he out muscled 2 players and even though Rick told him not to pass, hang your head in shame Mr Nuttall, he placed a perfect pinpoint pass to Ciaran in the middle. The outcome was a repeat of the 1st goal.
Villa were never going to reverse the 1st half disaster but the hope is that they take their 2nd half performance into their next and every other game and prosper.
Although Ciaran scored 2 fantastic goals, Oliver provided great assists and even Luke H stopped the scoreline resembling a cricket score, Man of the Match could only go to 1 player, Connor Malone.
Through the entire game he gave 100%,covering every blade of grass, committing wholeheartedly to every challenge and never gave up. When the opposition were tackled by him they remained tackled. Never has the nickname "The Terminator "fitted someone so aptly, opposition strikers really do pray "HE WON'T BE BACK "

 

19/10/2013 - Premiership U11'S
Reddish Villa 1 VS 3 Reddish North End
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By: Matty Hames
It's Reddish North End and it's Derby day. With half the opposition team consisting of ex-Villa players we know they're going to play a fast aggressive style of football.
Unfortunately Villa are without the services of Alexander and Lewis, 2 of our best pacey attacker's. Defence is definitely going to be well tested today and tight marking is going to be key.
From the 1st whistle Villa are under the cosh operating a constant rear guard action. It isn't long before North End break the deadlock scoring from close range. Great keeping from Luke H and gutsy brave defending from Higgy and Connor are the standout reasons for the scoreline remaining 1-0 at half time.
Villa had no real plays of note in the 1st half, playing like a bunch of pie eating Sunday leaguers with bad hangovers. Hope the North End keeper managed to finish his crossword.
After a team reality check at half time Villa played the 2nd half with 200% more conviction. North End however seemed less clinical than they did the 1st half.
Joel made a magnificent solo run through the North End midfield and defence but couldn't quite seal the deal as his shot flew wide of the target. From absolutely nothing North End found themselves 2-0 up but Villa weren't deterred as they continued to mount pressure on the opposition goal.
One such bout of pressure saw Oliver battle and out muscle his way down the left wing .Putting a powerful and devine cross into the box North Ends keeper couldn't control the spin on the ball and Matty took advantage placing into the bottom right of goal, 2-1 game on.
The game had now turned on it's head and the North End management team were now sounding more rattled and less cocky .With the clock ticking down Villa threw everything and everyone into their attacks. Unfortunately North End caught a lucky counter attack and 1 on 1 with Luke H managed a 3rd goal just before the final whistle.
A draw would have been a good result but Villa can hold their defensive heads up high. Admittedly we were outpaced but Villas determination and courage could not be questioned.

 

12/10/2013 - Under 11's Premier league
Reddish Villa 3 VS 1 Marple Athletic
Man of the Match: Luke Howard, Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole (1) Alexander Nuttal (1) Oliver Stuttard (1)
Historically Villa v Marple always prove to be exciting and entertaining games and today was no different. Villa had a strong squad with the exception of Ciaran who was side lined due to injury. Marple however could only field 8 players but still had the services of Jordan and the twins, a handful to any defence.
Both teams started strong and were playing with determination, battling for everything and giving nothing. Villa were 1st to warm up their shooting boots with Alexander firing just past the post. Moments later the Villa faithful thought Joel had opened the scoring only for his effort to find the side netting.
Marple replied with an attack of their own only to be denied by a low diving save from Luke Howard. Every Villa player had received instructions from John and Rick of how to play both on the attack and defending and nobody let us down. They were a team and a solid unit.
The result of this teamwork saw Lewis play a beautiful ball to the front players only to receive it back seconds later. Catching Marple off guard Lewis danced round the defence and beat the keeper, 1-0 Villa.
With their tales up Villa almost doubled their lead as Lewis miscued and shot just wide.
Villa were dominating midfield winning every header and not giving their opponents any freedom. The fruit of this saw Luke McGuinness win the ball and play it expertly through to Alexander who ran on to double Villa's lead with an unstoppable shot.
Marple looked certain of pulling 1 back as 1 of the twins beat the defence only for a tight angled shot to whistle just past the far post. The half time whistle soon followed.
The 2nd half kicked off and both teams were playing with venom, the half time jaffa cakes must have refueled Villa nicely.
A darting run up the right wing saw Lewis play a ball into the middle of the Marple box for Oliver to volley home from 6 yards out. 3-0. Villa were in wonderland.
Attacks from both teams were coming thick and fast only to be denied by 2 top class keepers.
Marple however did manage to find the back of the net resulting from a corner being deflected into the top corner. 3-1.
Tiredness started creeping into the game as the result of such a high tempo performance. With minutes of the game to go Villa needed to stay focused and see the game out. A certain assistant assistant manager seemed to be getting a bit over excited and louder with his side line coaching trying to urge the lads to victory. Valium and a straight jacket were on standby.
The lads finished the game professionally and as they started, as a unit. The slow start to the season was now a distant memory, the real Reddish Villa had now arrived.

 

05/10/2013 - Under 11's Primary Cup
Reddish Villa 4 VS 2 Hollingworth Juniors
Man of the Match: Ciaran /Oliver
Goals Scored By: Ciaran (2) Oliver (1) Connor (1)
Time to take a break away from the league and concentrate on our opening Primary Cup match against Hollingworth Juniors.
Villa were the bookies favourites today due to playing in a higher league than their opponents but the game began with nothing to separate the 2 teams.
As the game progressed it was Villa's dominance that began to dictate matters with every player giving 100%.Joel almost opened the scoring with a powerful daisy cutter of a shot shading the wrong side of the post. This seemed to start a trend as moments later Alexander replicated the exact same shot past the other post.
All the play seemed to be concentrated around Hollingworth's goal.If it wasn't for the Villa parents behind Luke Howard's goal he might have got lonely. Surely all this Villa pressure was going to be rewarded and suddenly it was. A beautifully floated corner from Alexander found Oliver,PLACED WHERE JOHN FAHY TOLD HIM TO BE, at the back post who smashed home Villa's 1st. Oliver scored but John claimed the credit for his tactical genius.
Hollingworth had a chance to equalize with a strong counter attack but Luke Howard raced like a whippet out of his area to beat the striker to the ball and wellie it into touch.
With minutes till half time Connor received the ball on the half way line. Noticing the keeper off his line, and Oliver's dad shouting ”SHOOT ”,Connor lobbed the keeper and doubled Villa's lead. Yet again no credit to Connor's goal but to Oliver's dads inspiring side line coriography.
The half time whistle soon followed.
The 2nd half continued in the same style as the 1st until a lucky bounce favoured Hollingworth who took the advantage and made it 2-1. Aaron almost restored Villa's 2 goal lead with a shot hitting the cross bar.
Hollingworth were awarded a free kick and began celebrating an equalizer until Luke Howard made an impossible goal line save. Unfortunately soon after a scruffy corner found it's way into the Villa goal 2-2.
With the clock ticking down and completely against the run of play it was squeaky bum time for Villa. Penalties looked to be on the cards but cometh the hour cometh the man. Ciaran with 1 of his trademark 25 yard thunderbolts restored Villa's lead.Not happy with this score line Alexander presented another perfect corner to Ciaran who almost destroyed the goal as he made it 4-2.
The final whistle soon followed and Villa had earned the win they so deserved.

 

28/09/2013 - Under 11's Premier league
Reddish Villa 0 VS 5 Hazel Grove
Man of the Match: ?
Goals Scored By:
Villa hadn't had the best start to the season so John gave a very inspiring pre match team talk. Unfortunately as soon as the opening whistle blew the talk was soon forgotten.
For the entire game Villa were 2nd best making an average Grove side look good. For some reason the lads looked as though they had never kicked a ball before yet we all know they can play great football.
By half time Villa were 3-0 down, soft goals that were all avoidable.
The 2nd half continued where the 1st had left off, Grove adding 2 more goals to their tally. Only for a few good saves from Luke Howard the score could have been greater. With about 7 minutes of the game left Villa seemed to wake up and play like the Villa of old. Constant pressure on Groves goal resulted in several goal opportunities that on another day would have gained them at least 3 goals. Unfortunately today it was a case of too little too late and luck was not going to shine on Villa as the game ended 5-0 to Grove.

 

07/09/2013 - Under 11's Premier league
Reddish Villa 1 VS 5 Chadderton FF White
Man of the Match: Alexander Nuttall
Goals Scored By: Oliver
The start of a new and exciting season. We now enter the world of 9 aside. The pitch is larger, the rules are stricter, the goals are bigger and the players are stronger.
Today Villa face a Chadderton side who have experience of this level already who as U10's last season competed as an U11's team.
The whistle blows and we're off. Both sides start the game strongly with nothing to separate them. As the half ticks on it's Villa who seem to have the advantage, new recruit Oliver with the first real shot of the game receives the ball just left of the penalty area. With a first time kick just off balance he fires over the bar. No goal this time but a sign of great things to come from the lad.
Connor and Higgy are working well together as a formidable defence, the midfield is bossing their area with Luke McGuinness winning everything and playing every ball off to a red shirt The front line pile on the pressure taking their chances only to be denied by a decent Chaddy keeper.
Villa look to be the better side so it came as a shock when Chaddy take the lead due to a rare defensive era.This goal seems to be the wake up call Chaddy needed as they step up their game and just before half time double their lead.
A good half time team talk from John and Rick has the desired effect as Villa hit the ground running. Constant pressure results in Villa winning a throw deep in the Chaddy have which finds Oliver. 20 yards out and central to goal he buries the ball giving the keeper no chance, 2-1.
Villa play strong and hard and go in search of an equaliser, perhaps too hard as after a valiant attack Chaddy launch a quick counter attack and increase their lead, 3-1.
Lewis not fazed shows his temperament and quality having several shots saved well or just off target. On another day he would have been celebrating a hat trick.
Chaddy's experience at this level is now proving the key element as they pass the ball around a tired looking Villa and succeed in adding 2 more goals to their total finishing the game 5-1 winners.
Typically the score line wasn't ,in general, a true representation of the game. For most parts of the game Villa dominated only being denied by a good Chaddy keeper. The larger pitch and longer game against a team experienced at this level proved the overwhelming factors. Using this game as a learning curve I think the lads will move on to a very successful season.

 

13/07/2013 - Summer League U11'S
Reddish Villa 1 VS 5 Dukinfield Youth Greens
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy
The day was destined to be an uphill battle for Villa, an 11:30 kick off with temperatures at 30C and no shade,oh and by the way we only had 7 players against a full strength squad. John had his work cut out for him and had no choice but to create a line up bias to defence. As kick off commenced Villa were bolstered by the sight of Joe Mangan and Luke McGuinness appearing in the distance to make it 9v9, now it was game on.
For the first 10 minutes or so there was nothing to separate the 2 teams, both taking their chances on goal and both defending well. Unfortunately it was Greens who took the lead, they played with 3 strong strikers who made hard work for our back line 0-1.
Villa responded well to this set back and almost levelled via the ever impressive Alexander, conditions were getting tougher to play in but the lads refused to give in to them. Greens, moments later, were awarded a fortunate free kick in a very dangerous position. The kick was unstoppable and the lead extended 0-2.
Greens started to dominate the game and when an attack lead to a 1 on 1 with Luke H the Villa keeper a goal looked inevitable. Luke however had other plans and pulled off a fantastic save to spoil the party. It wasn't long though before Greens constant barrage on goal proved fruitful and it was 0-3,their fitness and desire seemed far greater than Villas.
Greens were soon stunned however as Joe M exploded down the right wing leaving the opposition eating his dust. An amazing shot on goal was met by a scrappy save by Greens keeper only to be met by Ciaran and 1 of his trademark blasts into the back of the net 1-3,and that brought on half time.
2nd half kicked off with Greens fielding a completely new and fresh outfield line up against a jaded Villa side.
Connor Malone, the man of the match, covered every blade of grass and never gave up on any challenge or play. It was like watching The Terminator at times,even I felt intimidated at times.
It wasn't long though when Greens fortune returned and Villa conceded a penalty via a debatable handball shout. The conversion making it 1-4. With Greens having the advantage of several substitution options the game was always going to be 1 sided as they rounded the game off with a 5th goal. Final score 1-5. Against a lesser side Greens could have recorded a cricket score. It was only due to Villas die hard attitude and commitment that kept the score line down.

 

06/07/2013 - Summer League U11'S
Reddish Villa 9 VS 1 Dukinfield Tigers
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Connor Malone (2) Alexander Nuttal (3) Ciaran Fahy (2) Joe Mangan (1) Joel Wearing (1)
Summer had arrived and although it was a 9am kick off conditions were sweltering, a real test of endurance for both teams. Villa began the game strong and positive again and almost took the lead within the 1st few minutes. A well directed free kick from Ciaran found Connor who headed from distance past the Tigers keeper only to be deemed offside. Moments later a Villa corne
r once again found Connor's head, this time his goal counted, 1-0. Tigers almost levelled the score with a well taken free kick heading to the bottom corner of Villas goal, only for Luke H to dive across and turn the ball around the post. The teamwork and discipline instilled by John and Rick was paying dividends as Villa continued to control the game and keep up the pressure on their opponents. The Ref sensibly paused the game so both teams could take on fluids due to the relentless heat. The match resumed and a poor Tigers back pass was pounced upon by a quick thinking Alexander who slotted passed the oncoming keeper to make it 2-0. Shortly after the restart a well taken Villa throw in found Alexander who danced around 3 defenders and beat the keeper again to make it 3-0. The lads were playing with style and swagger. Villa weren't in a charitable mood as yet another well guided kick out from Luke H was knocked on by Ciaran to Alexander to claim his hat trick. 1 touch football at its finest,4-0 and half time.
The 2nd half began in the same vein as the 1st with Villa keeping their shape and teamwork ethic. Joe Mangan was unlucky not to score as he shot just past the post with a quick thinking snap shot from just outside the box. Soon after Villa were awarded a penalty as Joe was brought down in the box just as he was about to pull the trigger. Joel, who had dominated the left wing, stepped up and cooly placed the spot kick bottom left 5-0. Work on the training ground with corners has proven a vital weapon in Villas armoury,as Tigers struggled to clear an inswinger only to find a grateful Joe Mangan to claim the goal he deserved and Villas 6th. The Mangan smile was back. Now everyone wanted a go at goal. Tom played strong down the line and played some great balls into the box, unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself Higgy owned the left back position and came up for every Villa corner, completely intimidating the opposition.Tigers keeper was unfortunate as a miss placed kick went straight to Ciaran who couldn't miss his 1 on 1 opportunity and made it 7-0. Ciaran and Connor managed to emulate Villas 1st corner and goal to make it 8-0. If the ball finds Connor's head your usually guaranteed a goal. A rare lapse in Villas concentration earned Tigers a conciliation goal as a scrappy corner found it's way into the back of the net. Annoyed by not maintaining a clean sheet Villa ran straight down field from the restart and Ciaran made it 9-1. Moments later the final whistle ended a magnificent team performance. You may be forgiven for thinking that Villa beat a poor team, nothing could be further from the truth. The result was the fruit of great teamwork, hard work and the will to win. John, Rick and the lads are creating something special.

 

29/06/2013 - U11 Summer League
Reddish Villa 2 VS 4 3D Dynamos
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Matty Hames Joel Wearing
Villa were up against a strong undefeated 3D Dynamos team with a massive scoring record so had to be on their A game. The lads didn't disappoint as they dominated the game from the whistle. Several attacks threatened 3D's goal with Connor coming close with a header just over the bar. Villa continued to apply the pressure forcing 3 corners in close succession which were delivered with pinpoint accuracy by Lewis. The 3rd of which found Matty who with a jumping back header fired home to open the scoring. Unfortunately this seemed to be the wake up call 3D needed as they started their attack. A well struck shot to the top left corner was being celebrated by 3D's coaches prematurely as Luke H made an amazing outstretched save to keep it out. Our opponent's were soon level though as their attacks eventually forced through our defence. The 1st half ended 1-1 but could have so easily been 2-1 to Villa as Kyle's lob from the half way line had the keeper beat but just sailed over the bar. We had to start the 2nd without Matty and as the half kicked off fitness levels played a huge part in the proceedings as 3D seemed to have the edge taking control of the game. 3D won a free kick from a very dangerous position.The ball was struck very well but Luke H's continued improvement in goal resulted in him palming the shot to safety. Villa's much improved recent teamwork shone through as they went back on the attack but were unlucky not to have chances from Ryan Joel and Luke M find their target. From a good save from one of our attacks 3D took advantage of fitness levels by counter attacking quickly past our defence and taking the lead. 3D looked like scoring a 3rd but Luke H raced out of his area beating the striker to the ball and kicking it to safety. Villa continued valiantly to break the 3D defence only for an exact repeat of 3D's 2nd goal to happen, now making it 3-1 to them. Not deterred Villa launched a strong attack. A through ball found Joel who bulldozed his way through smashing an amazing shot into the back of the net.3-2 game on. Villa battled hard for the equaliser taking all their chances but it was 3D's fitness that provided them with a 4th right on the final whistle. The lads performance and dedication was outstanding and the score didn't truly reflect the great game that had been played. They played as a team, they played with heart, they played with honour.

 

22/06/2013 - U11's Summer League
Reddish Villa 3 VS 0 Waterloo
Man of the Match: All 8 Boys - Team Award
Goals Scored By: Joe Mangan (2) - Matty Hames (1)
Oh Yes we did it.

With only 8 players available, I asked the boys to put in a real shift and promised them that hard work would be rewarded.

0-0 at half time, what a good start to the match.

Luke M was outstanding in his first game back after an injury layoff. He was a beast into every tackle and was a real danger down the left wing, he worked so hard that he had to go in net for the last 12 minutes and he helped maintain our first clean sheet.

Joe and Ciaran worked really hard in the middle and Joe Mangan's hard work paid off with two goals. Ciaran moved to taking the corners and we could have scored more goals if we were a bit more alert. He was unlucky not to score today after having 4 or 5 good chances.

Again Connor and Higgy were like a wall today and gave so much protection to Luke in net. Luke's kicking was so good today and he hit every goal kick to one of our players.

Matty was like a lion going into the tackles today and deserved his second goal of the season ghosting in at the back post again to smash his shot into the roof of the net.

Tom played up front today and made a real pain of himself to their defenders and great at listening to instructions and following to the letter.

Luke H had 12 minutes out on the left wing and did a good job protecting the back-line.

A great result boys and was so nice to so how excited you all were with the win. Confidence will be high for the next game, but one thing for sure is that all eight of you will be starting the next match.

WELL DONE

 

15/06/2013 - U11's Summer League
Reddish Villa 1 VS 2 Denton Youth Blues
Man of the Match: Josh Cotheril
Goals Scored By: Josh (1)
Wow, what a difference we looked a completely different team today.

Josh played in a new role today as out an out striker and he scored and was a real pain to their defence the whole game. Their defenders could not cope with his close control, strong tackling and overall strength, worthy man of the man today.

Higgy and Connor were outstanding at the back and Luke H put in another strong performance in goal. One thing I have to say is that Luke's distribution in the games has been excellent and that has to down to hard on the training field by Luke and Ian (Goal Keeping Coach/Team First Aider/ Fitness Coach/Team Security).

All the boys really worked hard today and the passing was much sharper through out. It was a shame therefore for us to lose the game with two goals of which the second was in the last minute.

Overall very happy with the progress and a win will not be far away.

 

08/06/2013 - U11's Summer League
Reddish Villa 3 VS 5 Curzon Ashton Whites
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy (2) and Matty Hames (1)
We started with a full team and again came up against another strong well drilled Curzon team.

It was a good battle and Ciaran showed his strength today in holding up the ball and good footwork to get regular shots at the goal. Ciaran scored two goals and if their keeper was not on form could have scored more. Ciaran second was a cracker, turning inside his man and then hitting a powerful dipping strike where the keeper did not have a chance.

We again let in a few soft goals which is an area we will need to work on the boys need to understand that they need to pass more as a team and make the other side do all the running. Several times where a cross was on our players tried to do one trick to many or take that extra touch.

Matty popped up in the area to hit our third, however Curzon were out of site by then.

Only our second game at 9 aside but am sure we will get better as we get more experience.

 

01/06/2013 - U11's Summer League
Curzon Ashton Blues 5 VS 2 Reddish Villa
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Tom Owen (1) and Connor Malone (1)

Our first game in the 9 aside league was a real eye opener for the lads, bigger pitch, off side's, longer halves. To be fair Curzon had clearly been training and playing 9 aside as they completely took us apart in the first half and scored two goals.

Half time team talk seemed to do the trick for the boys and we came out strong and started passing the ball and winning tackles. We soon pulled a goal back through Tom who drilled the ball into the bottom left hand corner after a smart turn away from the defender. Soon it was 2 - 2 as Connor pulled another one back.

Everything looked good until the boys ran out of steam and we were hit with 3 more goals due to defensive mistakes.

A lesson learnt of what is ahead for the future, fitness and team passing the key.

 

06/04/2013 - League
Reddish Villa Orange 2 VS 2 Curzon Ashton
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy and Ryan Sutcliffe (Goal of the Season Contender).
Back after the Easter Break, and we had SUNSHINE!!!!!!

It was nice to have the boys back playing. 12.15 Kick-off.

Team a bit short today and only had the bare 7, no subs.
Luke H - Keeper
Connor (The Rock) - Defence Jack - Holding Midfield
Lewis - Midfield General Ryan (Giggs) - Left Wing
Luke M - Right Wing Ciaran (Big Foot) - Striker

The game through out was played at a fast pace, we started really well with some good sharp passes, Lewis was back to his best and deserved his Man of the Match award as never stopped running and biting into tackles.

Connor and Jack produced two excellent defensive performances throughout the match and made some outstanding tackles to stop the Ashton's attacks.

First goal went to Villa, with Lewis providing a run down the right and shot which the keeper saved but could not stop Ciaran being first to the rebound and smashing it into the net.

Our two wingers were also doing a good job man marking and breaking forward when they could.

Ciaran went close again with a good turn and strike which bounced back off the left post - very unlucky. A few minutes later Ciaran again went close after good work by Ryan and Lewis with his shot rebounding off a defenders face as it looked like he had scored. Villa kept the pressure on but were caught out on a breakaway by Ashton and Luke could do nothing to stop the goal.

Then came a contender for goal of the season - Ryan received the ball outside the box and hit a beauty of a left foot shot which looped over the defenders and the keeper into the net.

Curzon started to put us under a bit of pressure and with the boys looking a bit tired one attack broke through with only a few seconds left and sneaked a second goal.

What a shame, the boys deserved a win, but great performance following on from their last match win over Brendan Bees. Should be a good end to the season.

 

06/04/2013 - League
Reddish Villa Yellow 2 VS 1 Curzon Ashton
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan (Yaya)
Goals Scored By: Joe Mangan and Alexander Nuttall
Team News - Only 7 players today.
Luke H - Keeper
Kyle - Defender Buster - Defensive Midfielder
Joe M - Midfield Callum - Left Wing
Matty - Right Wing Alexander - Striker

Kyle came into the team today to help us out, and took up the defensive position in front of Luke, this allowed Buster to take up the defensive Midfield role.

Team started well and soon it began to show that they had the beating of this Ashton side. Good to see the boys had listed to Ricks and my instructions after learns from the first game.

Joe was full of energy and caused Ashton issues the whole game and it was not a shock when he raced past two or three players before smashing a great right foot shot in off the base of the right post.

There was great link up play between Joe and Alexander and we had several more breaks on goal, unfortunately there was no second goal. Alexander ran his heart out today and did not give the two Ashton defenders any time to build up from the back.

Second half started we started well and within two minutes we were two goals up. Alexander again putting pressure on the defenders and despite a couple of good defensive blocks Alexander kept going and managed to poke in a well deserved goal.

Ashton had a few breaks and then caught us out to claw a goal back. Luke and Callum were asked to pull back a bit to help support the back two and buster moved along side Kyle, as we did not want to lose the lead.

Right at the death Ashton saw a shot bounce back off the post straight into Luke H safe hands.

Final whistle and boys had their second win in a row. Well done boys.

 

15/12/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 1 VS 4 Brendon Bees
Man of the Match: Matthew Hames
Goals Scored By: Matthew Hames
I did not attend this game but according to the manager the real Villa just did not turn up. Team changes because of absences wont have helped.

 

15/12/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 1 VS 5 Brendon Bees
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy
I did not see this game as well. Playing with only 6 men and without the regular defenders made it difficult but according to the manager the team battled hard but were picked off in counter attacks.Well done to all parents and boys of both teams who were able to get to the fixture after the time and location were rearranged with such short notice.

 

08/12/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 3 VS 0 Stockport Junior Blues
Man of the Match: Jack Archer
Goals Scored By: Matthew Hames, Ciaran Fahy, Lewis Poole
By contrast the 2nd game was a cracker. It was an open attacking game and I lost count of the number of chances Villa created. Most of the moves flowed through Jack, who won the MoM for his positioning and passing. Although Villa dominated the game, the Blues had their moments and Connor had to be on his toes. Luke H spread himself wide to stop the Blues taking the lead in one counter attack but the fact that the game was still 0 -0 at half time was due entirely by the excellence of the Blues’s keeper and the post that stopped Ryan opening the scoring.

We had to wait until the second half for Villa to take a deserved lead but it was worth waiting for. A wonderful passing move was completed when Mattie arrived at the far post to athletically score his first goal for the club. Villa were dominant now and goals from Ciaran and Lewis soon followed. Thrilling stuff boys.

This was the first time since the opening game of last season that Villa took something from both games in a league fixture. It’s a measure of the progress that the team is making and puts the team into a great position to challenge in the 2nd half of the season.

 

08/12/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 0 VS 0 Stockport Junior Blues
Man of the Match: Jimmy Richards
Goals Scored By:
The Yellows stretched their unbeaten run to 8 games with this 0 -0 draw in an uneventful game dominated by defences. The boys struggled to create many clear cut scoring chances. The first half was even but the Blues did put Villa under some pressure in the second half. However they could not convert that pressure into chances because of the excellence of the Villa back two. Buster swapping places with Connor was brilliant particularly in the air and Jimmy, who never lost a tackle and distributed the ball really well, won the MoM.

 

01/12/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup (Semi Final)
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 2 VS 1 Vipers (Whites)
Man of the Match: Alex Nuttall
Goals Scored By: Alex Nuttall, Joesph Higgins (Higgy)
The Yellow’s welcomed back Kyle Malone (who had also played in the Under 9’s semi final) and started the game well. After great work down the right he crossed for Alex to slot home, 1-0 in this game, 1-1 overall. Villa tore into their opponents but could not find another goal but by the end of the half the Vipers had steadied and the game was fairly even.

Again Villa started the half well and went 2-0 up in this game when Higgy scored from close range after a corner. Unfortunately Villa could not hold onto the overall lead as Vipers scored almost immediately afterwards, also from a corner. What followed was the most intense, passionate & skilful 15 minutes of junior football I have ever witnessed, every boy (from both teams) stood up and performed like giants. By the end of the game a large crowd has gathered and everyone knew they were witnessing something special.

The game ended 2-1, the 7th straight victory for the Oranges but as the overall score was 2-2 penalties followed. Sadly Villa could not repeat the successes of previous rounds as the Vipers won the shoot out after it went to two rounds of sudden death penalties.

This team also lost a Primary Cup semi final penalty shoot out at the Under 7s level; John their manager at the time said the following and I cannot improve on it.

"For any boy who missed a penalty, rest assured you are men in a boy's body and take this disappointment as a part of life. Your mangers and your parents and family were proud of the whole squad today - well done for giving us memories that will last a lifetime...."

Despite kind words from the opponents, the referee and even the manager of another team not involved in the game, the boys were understandably inconsolable. Nevertheless under John & Rick’s guidance they have re-established themselves as one of the top teams in the league and there is so much more to come from them this season. We are all very proud of them.

 

01/12/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup (Semi Final)
Reddish Villa (Orange) 0 VS 1 Vipers (Whites)
Man of the Match: Caelen Kilheeney
Goals Scored By:
The boys have enjoyed a magnificent cup run this season and fully deserved their place in the semi finals against the Vipers Whites. The team welcomed back Caeleen Kilheeney who had been an outstanding player in the team at Under 7s & 8s. Caeleen had just finished playing the under 9’s semi final and fitted in alongside Buster at the back.

The Oranges had been well beaten by their opponents a few weeks ago but this time gave a fantastic performance to fully match them. It was a game of few chances as both teams fought for every ball. Lewis shot just over in the first half but the Vipers took the lead early in the 2nd half. Villa couldn’t find an equaliser but never gave up. Caeleen won the MoM for his disciplined performance and his outstanding tackling.

 

24/11/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup
Reddish Villa (Orange) 2 VS 1 Marple Athletic
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole. Luke McGuiness
The Oranges looked determined to put a poor recent run of results behind them. Ciaran and Buster were defending well against Marples’ skilful attack; Lewis was in overdrive and was well supported by Mattie, Luke M and Jack. Both teams had half chances but by half time the game and the score was even. Just before half time Luke H in goal became unwell and had to be replaced. The referee and the Marple management agreed that although Mattie had started the game as an outfield player he could play the rest of this game and the second game in goal.

Mattie was a fantastic keeper for Villa last year and he soon had to be just as fantastic in this game because Villa started the second half a man down and came under intense pressure. Mattie made several good saves but was unsighted when a shot by a Marple forward bounced over a defender’s head into the top of the net. Villa were in danger of being overrun at this point so they used a player from the second team as a substitute. Again the change was agreed by the Marple management.

Callum came on and shored up the left wing. The change immediately sprung Villa back into life. First Jack shot powerfully from the right and although the goalie reached it, Lewis slotted home the reply. A few minutes later the excellent Luke M thought he had won it with a close range shot but the referee did not see the ball cross the line and did not award a goal. Villa were undaunted and fully matched their talented opponents for the rest of the game.

The game ended 1-1. It was a brilliant display by the boys, their best of the season and they showed everyone what they are capable of. Lewis won MoM for his goal and his work rate. As the boys left the pitch, some of the Marple players told their Managers that Luke M’s shot had crossed the line. The Marple management then told the referee who awarded the goal and so Villa had won the game 2-1. It was the third wonderful piece of sportsmanship made by Marple during this game that did them great credit.

 

24/11/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 3 VS 2 Marple Athletic
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Alex Nuttall (2), Josh Cottrill
Marples’ response at the start of the second game also did them great credit as a goal down they ripped into Villa and dominated possession so it was a surprise when half way through the first half and against the run of play Villa took the lead. Alex won possession and when the goalkeeper couldn’t clear his shot, Josh slotted home. Nevertheless Marple kept up the pressure and got their reward when a corner was deflected in. Despite that setback Villa were really battling hard. Higgy was subduing their winger and Joe was a giant in midfield.

Our opponents nearly took the lead in the second half when a shot came back off the inside of the post. Mattie made another good save but it was clear Villa had to wrestle back the initiative. First Connor broke down the right and then Alex went close. Villa went 2-1 up when Alex headed in a great corner from Higgy and Alex made it 3-1 a few minutes later. This gave Villa a 3 goal advantage. If the contest was over nobody told our classy opponents as Villa had to defend desperately for the remainder of the game. Marple did pull one back when a long distance lob went over everybody’s head but Villa led by Connor (who won the MoM) put life and limb into defending the lead. Jimmy hurt his arm in one typically thunderous tackle and played on despite being in great pain. Fortunately a x ray confirmed that he had only suffered a sprain. When the game ended Villa ran out 5-3 winners. No need for penalties this time.

Both of Villa’s teams were magnificent today. They had to be because our opponents were also excellent both on and off the pitch. Finally we wish Luke a speedy recovery and hope to see him back next week for the Semi Finals.

 

17/11/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 0 VS 3 Dukinfield Youth
Man of the Match: Matthew Hames
Goals Scored By:
Villa started the game brightly against Dukinfield, who are currently top of the league and have only lost one game so far this season. Mattie made a good run down the right and put in a dangerous cross and Ciaran also attacked down that channel. However Duckinfield soon took control and only some good saves by Luke, good work by Buster and the post stopped them going ahead. Ciaran was then put through the middle and only an unbelievable save by their keeper kept the shot out but the pressure was building on the Villa goal. Eventually they went ahead when Villa lost possession and a swift counter attack and good finish gave Luke no chance. The half ended with our opponents well on top.

Luke had to make a smart save at the start of the second half but after that Villa enjoyed their best period of the game. Again Ciaran broke down the right and despite close attention from a defender got in a fantastic shot but for the second time in the game the Duckinfield keeper produced a wonderful save to keep it out. Ciaran then headed the following corner just over. Almost straight after that Mattie got forward and hit the post and then showed his pace with another good run down the right. Villa were on top now and unlucky not to be level so it was against the run of play when a Dukinfield forward ran unchallenged through the defence and gave Luke no chance. Dukinfield went 3 up soon after when a forward nodded in a free kick from close range. Only a fabulous tackle by Mattie, who had run half the length of the pitch, stopped our opponents going further ahead.

The score was harsh on Villa, had their goalkeeper not made two great saves at important points in the game the results might had been different, but I suppose that’s what goalkeepers are there for. Nevertheless there were some positives for Villa, Lewis now looks like he has recovered from his bad injury and Buster was commanding at the back. Mattie’s pace, hard work and growing confidence, for which he won the MoM, bodes well for the future.

 

17/11/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellows) 2 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Connor Malone, Alex Nutall
The Yellows soon got the upper hand in the second game as hard work, great passing and an eagerness for the ball pressed Dukinfield back. Villa got a corner and after the ball took a deflection Connor popped up to nod into an empty net. Apart from some penalties and a goal in pre-season this was Connor’s first goal ever for the team (apologies if I have missed one!) and continued the team’s excellent habit of scoring early goals. Villa had some defending to do but ended the half deservedly one up.

Villa scored again early in the second half this time from a more familiar source. Alex chased down a long pass, held off the defender, open up his body and produced a fantastic finish. Villa were flying now, Alex, Joe and Higgy were giving their defenders a torrid time with their passing and determination. Higgy nearly grabbed a third with a run down the left and an outrageous flick from a tight angle that passed the goalie but was cleared off the line by an alert defender. Connor was covering midfield, Callum working hard down the right and Jimmy ready when needed. But the old saying about 2-0 being a dangerous score was proved yet again when out of nowhere Villa conceded a goal. A Dukinfield boy ran unopposed down the right and his shot somehow crept in through a crowded penalty area.

Having been in total command Villa had a nervy last 8 minutes or so (thanks Tom for your time keeping!) when Dukinfield showed their quality. But Villa were solid and held on for a deserved victory. Connor won the MoM for his goal and his commanding display.

 

10/11/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup
Reddish Villa 0 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth Whites
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By:
Villa’s first game for 3 weeks was another cup tie, this time against Dukinfield Youth Whites. Villa welcomed back Lewis who had recovered from his broken toe that had forced him to miss the last round.

The game started in cold bright sunshine and Villa went a goal behind almost immediately. A hopeful punt forward was back headed into the Villa goal by Ciaran. Villa then took the game to our opponents but without creating many clear chances. Notable were a number of runs by Luke M down the middle and he nearly put Ryan in a couple of times but Villa generally couldn’t find a way through. Near the end of the half only a smart save from Luke H stopped Villa going 0-2 down.

Early Villa pressure in the second half came to nothing, Ciaran played Ryan in from the left but the White’s keeper made a good block. Luke H also made another couple of saves but neither team created many chances as defences held sway.

It was a very even game that Villa were unlucky to lose through an own goal. Ciaran was clearly upset but carried on playing well in both defence and midfield and so thoroughly deserved the MoM.

 

10/11/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 2 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth Whites
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Joe Higgins (Higgy), Josh Cottrill
With a one goal deficit to make up Villa started the game on the attack and soon took the lead. This time the goal was down to skill and not bad luck like the early goal in the first game. Higgy showing great composure (again) played his way through the defence and flicked the ball into the right had corner. It was like Ricky Villa 1981 all over again. A few minutes later Alex hit the bar. Luke stopped the Whites equalising but that was a rare moment as Villa dominated the rest of the half. Our opponent’s robust approach eventually cost them when Villa were awarded a free kick on the right. Alex played the free kick low towards the near post where Josh nipped in quickly to make it 2-0. Soon afterwards Alex nearly grabbed a third goal and the half ended with Villa well on top.

The second half was very different. Villa continued to press but probably played too high a defensive line that left them vulnerable to counter attacks. The Whites eventually made one counter attack pay when they grabbed a goal with an excellent run and finish that gave Luke H no chance. More counter attacks followed but Luke’s saves and Jimmy’s interventions kept Villa ahead. A bad tackle put Callum out of the game and as Villa had no substitutes they had to play the last 5 minutes a man short. Villa were defending better now and the game ended without any more scares at the back.

Penalties again! Alex and Higgy both hit excellent penalties that gave the goal keeper no chance whilst Luke saved both of our opponent’s penalties and Villa sneaked through again. Luke received the MoM for his saves in both the game and the shootout. His goalkeeping is undoubtedly the team’s biggest success this season.

 

20/10/2012 - U10's FA Primary Cup
Reddish Villa (Yellows) 3 VS 0 FC Sports
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Joe Mangan (2), Alex Nutall
Villa enjoyed most of the possession in the first half of the second game as they adapted well to playing on grass. This FC Sports team also showed plenty of counter attacking potential so that Jimmy & Luke had to pay attention. Higgy whose confidence and composure is improving with every game was proving a handful down the left and Villa created several half chances. Villa were set back by losing Callum because of a shoulder injury but the 0 -0 half time score line was fair.

FC sports nearly scored at the beginning of the second half when only Mattie’s quick intervention stopped their forward from getting through but after that there were few scares at the back. Connor positioning reduced the chances of our opponents counter attacking and when they did get through Jimmy and Luke dealt with everything. This enabled Villa to take hold on the game and they found more energy than their opponents. Villa also had Joe Mangan, who put in probably the best performance of any Villa player this season His work rate and two quick goals, one after a great cross by Mattie, put Villa right back into the game. Joe deservedly won the MoM. A great shot by Alex made it 3-0, only a fantastic save by their goalkeeper stopped Alex from winning the tie in normal time. It was a fantastic turnaround.

What now? Penalties!

Your correspondent has never taken part in a penalty shootout – so I am in awe at the courage of all the boys, from both sides, who took the penalties. Ultimately FC Sport’s last penalty hit the bar & went over, Villa’s taken by Higgy hit the bar and went in and gave Villa the tie by the narrowest of margins. Quite frankly after one of the most exciting games of football I have ever seen, both teams deserved to go through. Well done Villa, well done FC Sports.

 

20/10/2012 - U 10's FA Primary Cup
Reddish Villa (Orange) 2 VS 5 FC Sports
Man of the Match: James Whelan (Buster), Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy, Josh Cottrill
Villa’s first cup game of the season was against FC Sports on another glorious autumn morning. FC Sports went into the game with the best record of any team in the EMJFL and in the first few minutes it became clear why. Their fast counter attacks and accurate passing soon had Villa on the ropes. Only Buster playing like Martin Buchan and Luke H, playing well, like Luke kept our opponents at bay.

After about 10 minutes Villa got used to the muddy pitch and got into the game. With some determined tackling by Luke M, Ryan and Josh Villa began to build some pressure. First Jack had a shot well saved by FC’s keeper and soon afterwards Ciaran put Villa 1-0 up. Not long afterwards Josh scored with a really powerful shot from the right. There was no doubt that Villa improved as the half went on but 2-0 was harsh on our opponents.

FC Sports soon got their deserved reward when they scored almost immediately from the start of the second half. Their second, a fantastic individual goal soon followed and inevitably it was soon 3-2 with another excellent counter attacking goal. Then followed what became the pivotal moment of the game when Ciaran hit the post at 3-2. Seconds later another counter attack saw it 4-2 & FC sports found time for another. Near the end Ryan had a header well saved by their keeper.

Villa did not play badly in this game, they competed hard, won tackles and passed the ball well. They had plenty of pressure and took a couple of chances but the counter attacking of FC Sports was first class. As good as any Villa have faced for a long time. If one criticism can be made is that too often Buster and Luke were outnumbered at the back and despite their efforts, for which they both shared the MOM, they could not prevent our opponents gaining a 3 goal advantage for the second game.

 

06/10/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 3 VS 0 Vipers (Whites)
Man of the Match: Joe Higgins (Higgy)
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole, Alexander Nutall, Joe Higgins
Signs were good when straight from the kick-off Connor, Alex & Lewis exchanged passes to launch at attack. Villa were awarded a free kick early on and Lewis scored with an unstoppable free kick into the top left hand corner. Villa couldn’t have had a better start and it set the pattern for the rest of the game when the Yellows were excellent. Everyone played well individually but far more impressive was how they played as a team controlling every area of the pitch.

The second goal started with Connor – who is now pushing forward far more and playing just as well as he does at the back, typically breaking up an attack and passing the ball quickly forward. The defender looked favourite but Alex’s strength, pace and determination was too much and his finish was first class. Villa were now so dominant that the last player Jimmy was playing on the half way line. Notable were a couple of excellent corners that Higgy put over from the left.

Our opponents started the second half well and one shot went just over the bar but Villa soon reasserted their dominance. Lewis and Alex led the way in the first half, now it was the turn of Higgy and Josh. The third goal came when Josh went down the right wing and held off two challenges. Higgy met the centre and showed great composure to turn and beat the goal keeper to make it 3-0. Minutes later Higgy nearly grabbed a second; his goal and strong all round performance won him the MoM. Well done Luke, Jimmy, Connor, Callum, Josh, Higgy, Alex and Lewis.

 

06/10/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 0 VS 4 Vipers (Whites)
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By:
The wet weather of the week had cleared and the Oranges lined up for the first game in brilliant sunshine. Sadly the game could not match the weather as Villa lost 4.0. A famous manager once said “it’s hard to pick the positives from that” I know how he feels but I will try. Well done Luke – another great performance, handling & positioning were excellent; another deserved MoM.

Vipers fielded a traditionally strong team that dominated from start to finish and deserved the win but the real lack of zing in Villa’s performance particularly in the first half when they hardly won a tackle or put a pass together, was disappointing. Only Luke kept the score respectable. Ciaran did manage to get forward and test our opponent’s goal keeper. It was the only shot on target that Villa managed in the whole game.

Things could only get better in the second half and it did, a bit. Ciaran & Buster in particular were far more robust at the back but even then they could not stop Vipers scoring a couple more goals. Never mind Luke H, Buster, Ciaran, Joe, Luke M, Ryan, Jack and Mattie, you have already shown plenty of resilience this season and I am sure you will bounce back in the next game.

 

29/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 1 VS 2 Marple Athletic
Man of the Match: Jack Archer
Goals Scored By: Jack Archer
The Oranges started the second game well and applied some good early pressure so it was against the run of play when Marple took the lead. Luke had no chance when a cracking shot found the top corner. Buoyed by the goal Marple started to dominate the game and could have gone further ahead. Soon Villa steadied and Lewis forced their goal keeper into action. Ciaran also stepped forward and shot just over with such power that the watching parents behind the goal were worried.

With the wind behind them Villa made a good start to the second half and were able to exert some real pressure onto our opponents. Ciaran had another great shot and Villa forced a succession of corners. Then Jack produced an unbelievable shot that hit the top corner. From the other end of the ground it looked as if he had scored but the ball cracked the inside of the post and rebounded outwards. Jack didn’t lose heart and he slotted home from close range a few minutes later. His goal and his persistence won him the MoM. Unfortunately Marple retook the lead moments later when an unlucky deflection from a corner went past an undefended near post. Villa applied almost continuous pressure from then until the end but could not grab a second equaliser although Marple remained dangerous on the break and the game ended 2-1 in their favour.

 

29/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 1 VS 0 Marple Athletic
Man of the Match: Jimmy Richards
Goals Scored By: Alexander Nuttall
It was a morning of firsts for Reddish Villa; for the first time this season the Yellows played the opening game, it was the first time that this team had two brothers Kyle and Connor Malone in the starting line-up and it was the first time, probably in the history of Reddish Villa, that a manager wore a suit and had an umbrella . Nice one Rick. (No jokes about Steve McClaren’s umbrella today thank you).

Our opponents, Marple Athletic have started the season well and it was no surprise that they applied all the early pressure. Connor cleared off the line and Luke made a good save to stop a high shot. Gradually Villa got into the game; Callum seemed to be winning tackles everywhere and Joe Mangan & Higgy were starting to build some attacks. Joe Mangan had a powerful shot saved by the Marple goalie and by half-time the game was pretty even.

Villa took the lead early in the second half. Higgy used his strength to run from midfield and played a great pass to Alex. Alex is one of the squad’s best finishers and he made no mistake with a powerful shot. Joe Mangan had two great chances and Higgy also nearly scored with a powerful shot. Any hope that Marple had of getting back into the game was snuffed out by Kyle and Jimmy at the back. Jimmy gave a master class in disciplined tackling that dominated the opponent’s forwards and earned him the MoM.

This was the team’s first win of the season but more pleasing was the number of chances that Alex, Joe Mangan and Higgy created. With Connor pushing up, Callum covering every blade of grass and Kyle and Jimmy awesome at the back, this team is beginning to click.

 

22/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 2 VS 0 Fletcher Moss
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy, Lewis Poole
The Oranges welcomed two debutants today, Mattie making his long awaited first appearance in the outfield and Kyle Malone, taking a step up from the Reddish Villa U9s. Mattie soon showed that like many of his fellow defenders he was not scared of getting stuck in and it was impossible to tell that Kyle had stepped up an age group. Villa soon started to get their passing going and Jack went close with two early chances. Ciaran then put Villa 1-0 up with what it sure to be one of the goals of the season. In a free kick reminiscent of Kolarov’s strike for City against Real Madrid, only better, Ciaran accurately blasted a ball into the box from near the half way line. Fletcher Moss's defence could not react in time and the ball hit the top corner of the net. Villa had not finished yet though and at the end of half that seemed to last forever Villa went 2-0 up. Villa won another free kick, nearer and more central this time. Ciaran shot low and hard and when the keeper got a touch Lewis was on hand to blast home the rebound.

Fletcher Moss were far better organised in the second half and forced Villa back for long periods. The MoM Ciaran now had to show his strength at the back and was ably assisted by Kyle and Mattie. Luke M and Ryan continued to work really hard in mid-field. Villa had chances to go 3-0 when Ryan went close and only a full stretch save from their keeper prevented Lewis from scoring. Despite Fletcher Moss enjoying their best spell of the game they could not breach Villa’s defence and the game ended 2-0.

 

22/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 1 VS 4 Fletcher Moss
Man of the Match: Alexander Nutall
Goals Scored By: Joe Mangan
The Yellow’s went 1-0 down almost immediately after the start of the second game. Fletcher Moss’s passing and movement was too much for Villa’s defence. The early goal encouraged our opponents and only excellent saves from Luke prevented Villa from going further behind. Without an attacking outlet Villa could just not get the ball away from the goal and after nearly non-stop pressure, Villa conceded again before half time.

Villa undoubtedly improved in the second half. Connor pushed up and tested the goal keeper from long distance. Joe Mangan then headed home a corner; the Yellow’s first goal of the season and very welcome it was too. Villa were in the game now and led by the Mom Alex they began to suggest there may be something in the game for them. They did leave gaps in the back however and the fast counter attacks by Fletcher Moss eventually made it 3-1. Luke was injured in a brave attempt to stop the ball crossing the line and so to his great credit, Callum agreed to play the last 10 minutes in goal. Higgy was now partnering Jimmy at the back and Josh was tackling robustly in mid-field but they could not prevent Fletcher Moss from scoring a fourth with nearly the last kick of the game.

 

15/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 0 VS 2 3D Dynamos
Man of the Match: Josh Cottrill
Goals Scored By:
After a cagey opening it soon became obvious that Villa would have to be very determined to match their powerful opponents as they soon put Villa under pressure. Only some excellent tackling by Jimmy, Higgy and Joe M kept 3D at bay. Conner was typically commanding in the air. Luke made an excellent save from one of the many free kicks Villa conceded but could not stop the powerful header from the resulting corner.

The second half started as the first ended, with Villa having to spend most of the time defending. Led by the tough tackling Jimmy they seemed to be coping until they conceded a second after not clearing the ball cleanly, a familiar failing! Josh showed impressive strength to try and drag Villa back into the game, for which he won the Mom, but Villa just could not create enough chances. Alex did go close though as the game petered out.

Villa could have no complaints about the result not least because they created few chances for themselves. Nevertheless they matched the physical challenge presented by one of the league’s toughest sides and defended well throughout.

 

15/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 2 VS 2 3D Dynamos
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole, Jack Archer
Last week’s sun seemed far away on a cold grey autumn morning as Villa lined up against 3- D Dynamos. Villa started brightly against last season’s runners up as both Ciaran and the hard working Luke M both went close with shots from just outside the box. The Dynamos soon showed their quality, when they took the lead with a great individual goal. Villa were soon level though when Lewis coolly finished after a brilliant pass by Ciaran. The Dynamos reasserted their superiority just before half time when a powerful shot from outside the box gave Luke H no chance.

Villa started the second half strongly but could not find a way past the opponent’s keeper. The Dynamos then put Villa under considerable pressure for long periods of the second half. Luke H kept Villa in the game by making a series of excellent saves, for which he won the Mom. As the game neared to a close it looked as if Villa were heading for a narrow defeat but the game still had a final twist; first Jack went close on a counter attack and then Ciaran produced an incredible shot that the Dynamo’s keeper just tipped away for a corner. Jack bravely headed an equaliser from the corner with almost the last touch of the game.

Although they had to defend for long periods of the game Villa fully matched their opponents for determination and resilience. Villa also created plenty of chances of their own and so deserved the draw.

 

08/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Yellow) 0 VS 1 Curzon Ashton
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By:
Curzon started the game strongly and it soon became clear that Villa would be in for a tough game when one of their players nearly scored with a strong run through Villa’s defence. Curzon soon got their reward for almost continuous early pressure when they scored after Villa failed to make the most of a free kick. Eventually Villa steadied and fought back into the game and created some pressure of their own by forcing a succession of corners.

If Curzon had the better first half Villa certainly had the better second. Jimmy and Connor were now solid at the back and provided a platform for the midfield to start creating chances. First Alex tested their keeper with a strong shot and their keeper also had to be alert when Higgy played the Captain, Joe Magan into the box a few minutes later.

Villa couldn’t quite do enough to get the equalizer their second half performance deserved. Whilst they paid the price for a slow start they can take credit from the way they reorganised and played their way back into the game.

 

08/09/2012 - U10's Division 1
Reddish Villa (Orange) 3 VS 0 Curzon Ashton
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Jack Archer, Ryan Sutcliffe, Lewis Poole
Finally, on a sunny Saturday in September, our wait is over. John Whelan is back with his jokes! Oh and incidentally our boys also started a new season under the management of John and Rick.

The game started at a quick pace and Luke H had to make a smart save in Curzon’s first attack. Villa soon got into the game and went 2-0 up with two excellent goals; the first taken by the debutant Jack and the second by Ryan. Both goals came from great passing and strong finishes. Lewis nearly made it three before H.T. with a shot that hit the post.

Our opponents started the second half strongly and Villa needed decisive defending from James and Ciaran to repeal their attacks. When they did get in to shooting range Luke H proved equal to the task. Villa withstood the pressure and finally Lewis grabbed a third with another excellent finish from a tight angle.

It was a fantastic open game of football and whilst the margin of victory was harsh on our impressive opponents there was no questioning the excellence of our passing and finishing and the determination of our defending particularly from Ciaran who received the MoM not least for the way he handled Curzon’s impressive forward.

 

28/01/2012 - League
Reddish Villa Team A 3 VS 1 Fletcher Moss A
Man of the Match: Niall
Goals Scored By: Niall (3)
This team are really making a name for themselves, beating Vipers last week and beating Fletcher Moss this week. MOM and a fantastic display all round for Niall with a hat trick. Teams are now finding we are very dificult to score against and that is down to the great partnership that is developing between Connor and Ciaran at the back.

 

28/01/2012 - League
Reddish Villa Team B 0 VS 2 Fletcher Moss team B
Man of the Match: Higgy
Goals Scored By:
John Fahy ran the team in my absence and said this was a much better display defensively which is definately a move in the right direction. Good togetherness and not letting heads drop after conceding a goal showed the boys are learning and getting better which is all we can ask.

 

21/01/2012 - League
Vipers Team A 2 VS 3 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Joe M
Goals Scored By: Alexander, Lewis, OG.
MAtt, Connor, Ciaran, Alexander, Niall, Joe M, Lewis - Sub Callum

A fantastic performance especially in the first half. Taking a 3-0 lead against Vipers was a joy to behold! Hangging on slightly at the end but none the less a fine victory against undoubtedly the best team in the league, maybe even Manchester. Fine performanes and great goals from Alexander and Lewis with an OG thrown in too. Good passing and even better defending. Well done.

 

21/01/2012 - League
Vipers Team B 7 VS 2 Reddish Villa Team B
Man of the Match: Jimmy
Goals Scored By: Ryan, Jimmy
Matt, Ryan, Higgy, Jimmy, Buster, Luke H, Dom - Sub Tommy

A better performance than recent weeks saw a good first half performance but the boys tailed off in the second half as Vipers took control of the game, I felt heads dropped a little which made the score line a bit disapointing. Good goals from Jimmy in his new wide position, and Ryan.

 

14/01/2012 - Cup
3D Dynamo Team A 0 VS 1 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Connor
Goals Scored By: Niall
Supurb performance by Connor who showed what can be achived by being strong and wanting to win the ball more than the opposition. We looked solid at the baxck and a great performance from Matt keeping a clean sheet. Good passing and when we don't have the ball remembering to mark made a big difference. Good goal from Niall and some hard work from everyone in the team ensured a win, although as the aggregate score is taken we are out of the cup. Well done boys.

 

14/01/2012 - Cup
3D Dynamo Team B 8 VS 1 Reddish Villa Team B
Man of the Match: Josh
Goals Scored By: Lewis
We have too many players who are not competing to win the ball, at 8 and 9 they should be brave enough to tackle and a certain amount of body contact in football is inevitable. Lewis took his goal well and Josh competed very well in midfield, but conceding 8 goals comes down to players not being strong and brave enough. Must do better.

 

03/12/2011 - League
3D Dynamos Team B 2 VS 0 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Jimmy Richards
Goals Scored By: None
What a difference from last week. Buster partnering Jimmy saw a much better defensive display and we were unlucky in front of goal. 3D are top of the league and we were not far off them, a bit more composure and a little luck would have seen us maybe get a point, but the attitude and commitment were 100 times better than the last few weeks. Well done boys.

 

03/12/2011 - League
3D Dynamos Team A 2 VS 2 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Alexander Nuttall
Goals Scored By: Alexander 2
A great performance and so unlucky to not beat a team that hasn't been beaten all season. The last kick of the game saw them get a draw when I thought, and their manager thought, we deserved more. 2 goals from Alexander, the second of which was a fantastic calm chip over the keeper, gave us the lead. If the boys have this level of commitment each week it will pull us away from the danger area in the league in no time. Great stuff lads.

 

26/11/2011 - League
Fletcher Moss Team A 4 VS 0 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: None
4 games against Fletcher Moss in 2 weeks, 15 goals conceeded and 0 scored. I have to take some responsibility for this and changes in the way we play need to be made. Harder to beat and a threat in front of goal are required.

 

26/11/2011 - League
Fletcher Moss Team B 4 VS 0 Reddish Villa Team B
Man of the Match: Matt Hames
Goals Scored By: None
A repeat of last week against the same team. There are times when the oppsition are just better than you and you have to admit that, but this is a case of our boys not wanting to win enough which is about attitude not ability. Matt kept the score to a respectable level but that was the only positive from this game.

 

19/11/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team A 0 VS 5 Fletcher Moss Team A
Man of the Match: None
Goals Scored By: None
This performance was the worst while I have been manager. Hopefully the boys understand that if you do not do the basics then the opposition will take advantage. No passing, no tracking, no commitment, and above all no hunger to win the personal battle. Things can only get better.

 

19/11/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team B 0 VS 2 Fletcher Moss Team B
Man of the Match: None
Goals Scored By: None
A poor performance with a lack of passion, fire, and desire to win the ball or personal battle. Improvement needed with attitude for the next game.

 

12/11/2011 - Premier Cup
Reddish Villa Team A 1 VS 2 Vipers Team A
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Luke Howard
Matt, Connor, Buster, Joe, Ryan, Luke H, Niall - Sub Luke Mc

All John and myself can ever ask of any player is that they try their hardest and every player did. Somtimes you have to admit that the other team were better, but I feel we should still be able to compete with grit, determinaltion, effort, blood, sweat and tears. We did that today but it just wasn't quite enough. A good goal from Luke put us in front but the constant pressure was just too much for us. Special mention for Matt who made some great saves and Joe who was a warrior in the middle of the park. Unlucky boys, keep playing like that and you will win more games than you lose.

 

12/11/2011 - Premier Cup
Reddish Villa Team A 1 VS 2 Vipers Team A
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Luke Howard
Matt, Connor, Buster, Joe, Ryan, Luke H, Niall - Sub Luke Mc

All John and myself can ever ask of any player is that they try their hardest and every player did. Somtimes you have to admit that the other team were better, but I feel we should still be able to compete with grit, determinaltion, effort, blood, sweat and tears. We did that today but it just wasn't quite enough. A good goal from Luke put us in front but the constant pressure was just too much for us. Special mention for Matt who made some great saves and Joe who was a warrior in the middle of the park. Unlucky boys, keep playing like that and you will win more games than you lose.

 

12/11/2011 - Primary Cup
Reddish Villa Team B 1 VS 6 Vipers Team B
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy
Matt, Jimmy, Callum, Ciaran, Lewis, Alexander, Dominic - Subs Josh & Tommy

A very disappointing performance. Some of the boys are not putting in enough effort and seem to be hoping other players will do the hard work for them. Back to basics at training as passing and control still seem to be a problem. A great goal from Ciaran was started by some hard work and tough tackling by Alexander, Lewis was outstanding covering every part of the pitch and Matt made some great saves to keep the score respectable. I commented afterwards that the players need to win their personal battles, not enough boys are doing this at the moment which means we will concede goals. We must try harder as a team.

 

05/11/2011 - League
Dukinfield Team A 2 VS 1 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Ryan Sutcliffe
Goals Scored By: Joe Mangan
Matt, Connor, Buster, Alex, Joe, Ryan, Niall - Sub Luke H

A very good performance that deserved at least a draw. A last second free kick in the top corner reminded us all how cruel football can be at times. A much improved performance from last week and a big attitude improvement saw the boys compete and at times out play the opposition. A bit more passing will take the boys to the next step but this was a step in the right direction, Niall back certainly helped, a goal from Joe, good running from Ryan and Alex and a good defensive performance from Connor, Buster and Luke. A bit of luck and we will win these games in the future.

 

05/11/2011 - League
Dukenfield Team B 1 VS 2 Reddish Team B
Man of the Match: Callum Marsland
Goals Scored By: Ciaran 2
Matt, Jimmy, Callum, Ciaran, Luke Mc, Lewis, Dominic - Sub Tommy

What a difference a week makes in football, unrecogniseable from the team easily beaten last week. Strong, determined, intellegent, and that was just the management!! The boys played with a desire and hunger missing the week before. Lewis was all over the pitch, Ciaran ran the game from the centre of the pitch and the wide players found space to recieve the ball, while remembering their defensive duties. Solid at the back with Matt a bystander at times but dependable when required. Jimmy read the game well and Callum was strong and determined. Well done boys.

 

29/10/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team B 0 VS 3 Chadderton Team B
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By:
Matt, Jimmy, Luke H, Luke Mc, Josh, Ciaran, Alex - Subs Dominic & Tommy

Worst performance of the season. Slow starting, out run, out fought and out played. Hopefully a lesson has been learned by the boys in having the right attitude from the start and having the desire to win. Lets hope its just a blip. No man of the match.

 

29/10/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team A 0 VS 4 Chadderton Team A
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By:
Matt, Buster, Connor, Lewis, Joe, Ryan, Luke H - Sub Callum

Same as the first game, no hunger or desire to win the ball, the game or the personal battle the player had. Difficult against players who are signed on at Burnley but no excuse for not running, tackling or doing the things the boys know are required to compete. One to forget. No man of the match.

 

15/10/2011 - Cup
Heyside Juniors Team B 2 VS 1 Reddish Villa Team B
Man of the Match: Dominic
Goals Scored By: Luke Howard
Matt, Jimmy, Ciaran, Josh, Alex, Luke H, Luke Mc - Subs Tommy & Dominic

A very tight game with not much to seperate the teams, a deserved draw was only denied by a fantastic save by thier keeper from Ciaran's penalty. Dominic won the penalty and had a very good debut to earn man of the match. Strong and brave goal keeping from Matt, tight at the back and lots of hard work in midfield nearly produced a result they deserved. Keep working hard boys and the results will follow.

 

15/10/2011 - Cup
Heyside juniors Team A 0 VS 3 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Ryan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan 3
Matt, Connor, Buster, Joe, Ryan, Lewis, Niall - Sub Callum

A very strong performance in which I can't remember Matt having too many saves to make. Perhaps he knew he wouldn't be busy so a quick toilet break meant Joe had to go in goal for the first couple of minutes!! Niall scored 3, was a threat all game in front of goal, and constantly talked to his team mates, a real captains performance. He was beaten to man of the match by a tireless display from Ryan who ran his socks off and held his position very well all game. A clean sheet and a comfortable win see's us through to the next round of the cup.

 

08/10/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team A 2 VS 2 Vipers
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan x 2
Matt, Connor, Buster, Ciaran, Joe, Lewis, Niall - Sub Tommy

Although we may not be the best footballing team in the league no one can ever accuse us of giving up in games. Dispite going behind twice, to get a point from the game is purely down to the boys and their attitude. A captains man of the match performance and 2 goals, including a last minute equaliser, from Niall led the way but every boy played their part and deserves praise for the way they kept going. We need to learn to pass the ball more and we are still at times getting dragged from position by chasing the ball. This is why we have training and it will be down to John and myself to teach and improve this as well as other areas. Lets take this attitude into the rest of the season and I'm sure we will do well.

 

08/10/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team B 1 VS 4 Vipers Team B
Man of the Match: Josh Cottrall
Goals Scored By: Ryan Sutcliffe
Matt, Jimmy, Callum, Josh, Luke H, Ryan, Alex - Sub Luke Mc

A tough lesson for the boys in 2 respects, the first on marking when we don't have the ball, the second on movement and passing when we have the ball. The score line was a fair one when you consider Matt pulled of a couple of great saves and Vipers had other chances. I have to take some responsibility as a manager, this is the first time I have managed a team against Vipers and their formation was a suprise, it wont be next time!! Ryan's equaliser was a reward for his hard work, along with alex they had a very tough job keeping with the wide players and also trying to pose a threat going forward. Man of the match Josh put in a tireless display and will get better with more games which is a big positive to take. Unlucky boys, get ready for the cup next week.

 

24/09/2011 - Primary Cup
Waterloo Team A 1 VS 5 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Joe, Niall 2, Ciaran 2
Matt, Connor, Buster, Ciaran, Joe, Lewis, Niall. Sub - Tommy

Best performance of the season from Team A. 5 up at half time could easily have been doubled in the second half as we hit the woodwork 5 times. We started the game very fast and strong and this seemed to knock any resistance out of the opposition. Some great goals and some very fine individual displays with Connor the pick helping to keep a clean sheet and hitting the woodwork twice! Well done boys.

 

24/09/2011 - Primary Cup
Waterloo Team B 1 VS 2 Reddish Villa Team B
Man of the Match: Matt Hames
Goals Scored By: Luke Howard, Luke McGuiness
Matt, Jimmy, Callum, Luke H (C), Alexander, Ryan, Josh. Sub - Luke Mc

A fine performance was rewarded with a well deserved victory. The team started very well which was a big improvement from the previous week. Some good passing and dogged defending from all the boys shows they are getting better and listening to what is being asked of them. A good debut from Josh, a captains performance from Luke Howard with a well taken goal, A great one-on-one finish by Luke McGuinness, and with Ryan and Alexander working hard on the wings we were unlucky not to have had a couple more goals. At the back Jimmy and Callum were difficult to beat and a man of theb match performance capped with a very brave dive at the forwards feet to prevent a goal from Matt in goal. Well done lads.

 

10/09/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team A 2 VS 5 Marple Team A
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Joe Mangan - Niall Dolan
Luke, Connor, Callum, Niall, Joe, Alexander, Ryan

As someone once famously said "it was a game of 2 halves". Every game is a game of 2 halves but the meaning of the statement was very evident here. First half the boys were slow to start, second to every ball, not one pass found a Villa shirt and we were lucky to only be 3 down. Having said that there are times when a particular player you are playing against is class, the fact one boy scored 4 out of their 5 goals showed that. Perhaps a learning curve for this manager is to change things when they are not going right sooner rather than later. Second half was a much better display, Joe Mangan scored a great glancing header from a corner and Niall got one cutting in from the right. Ryan coming off injured reduced us to 6 men as we had no subs, we were chasing the game and their men which proved too much. My apologies to the boys and parents for a poor team selection, but we must start games on the front foot from now on. Chin up boys, the cup awaits us in 2 weeks time!!

 

10/09/2011 - League
Reddish Villa Team B 2 VS 1 Marple Team B
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy 2
Matthew, Buster, Jimmy, Ciaran, Lewis, Louis, Luke Mc, Tommy.

A fine performance from the boys and a great captains display from Ciaran. Some great 1-2's involving our midfield created a string of opportunities and the boys deserved a more convincing victory than 1 goal. A suprise inclusion from Louis Curran after some transfer deadline day negotiating saw a loan move back from Huddersfield for the day!! The victory was secured with possibly goal of the season already with Ciaran "Beckham" Fahy from the half way line. Well done lads.

 

03/09/2011 - League
Glossop 1 VS 3 Reddish Villa Team A
Man of the Match: Joe Collins
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan 1 - Joe Collins 1 - Murphy Bennett 1
Luke H, Connor, Callum, Niall (c), Joe M, Joe C, Murphy. No Subs
The whole team played so well it meant that I could have given the Man Of the Match award to any one of them. The basis for any team of any age and standard is a solid keeper and defence. Luke, Connor and Callum provided the platform for this victory with some assured displays at the back. Niall scored the opener with a nice finish and continued to test the keeper throughout the game. Joe "bites yer legs" Mangan was non stop in the middle of the park making sure no one got past him and distributed the ball well when he won it. Joe Collins was a constant threat down the right and topped his performance with a goal. Murphy displyed skill and composure on the ball beyond his years and got his reward with a very cool one-on-one finish for the 3rd goal. Special mention goes to Callum for doing an excellent man marking job on Glossops 6'2" centre forward!! Well done boys.

 

03/09/2011 - League
Glossop 0 VS 3 Reddish Villa - B
Man of the Match: Buster Whelan
Goals Scored By: Ryan Sutcliffe 1 - Ciaran Fahy 2
Matt, Buster, Jimmy, Luke Mc, Ciaran (c), Lewis, Ryan. Sub - Tommy.
The first game of the season under the new management and backroom staff!! We got off to a flying start with Ryan scoring to settle the nerves with a great finish inside the box. We continued to dominate but when Buster and Jimmy were called into action they did so with aggression and composure to stop any attacks, Matt in goal kept his concentration for an assured display. Ciaran and Lewis bossed the miidfield with Luke, Ryan and a superb debut from Tommy adding to a very solid team performance. A special mention for a fantastic run from defence by Buster, beating 2 or 3 players to then calmly square the ball for Ciaran to score the second and put the game beyond Glossop. Well done boys.

 

30/04/2011 - Hail Cup Final
Reddish Vill 'A' 2 VS 2 Dukinfield Youth
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Big Al, Niall Dolan
A wonderful game of football saw the boys achieve their first winners medals. Hopefully there will be many more to come! Against one of the best teams in the league, Villa kept their discipline and an outstanding defensive display by Conor Malone and Joe Collins added to Joe Mangan and Ryan Sutcliffe's tireless work in midfield prevented Dukinfield from settling into a rhythm. Big Al grabbed an early opener but Dukinfield fought back with 2 well taken goals. it looked like the game was going to penalties and memories of last year's final heartbreak (when we lost on penalties) were fresh in the memory but Captain Marvel (Niall Dolan) capped a great performance with a well taken goal to ensure that the cup returned to Reddish with some very excited 8 year olds!! A brilliant finish to a brilliant season.... and probably the proudest day of the manager's life ;-) Well Done Boys -
John Whelan

 

30/04/2011 - Hail Cup Final
Reddish Villa 'B' 2 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole; Luke Howard
This was the finest performance of the season by a team who peaked just at the right time of the season. Louis Curran was outstanding in goal and Jimmy Richards and Buster Whelan battled like young men to keep a strong Dukinfield team at bay. Ciaran Fahey proudly captained the side and held out well with a very combative midfield diplay. Luke Howard came on and grabbed Villa's opener with a looping effort. Lewis Poole was box to box throughout the game and ensured Villa had the edge in midfield, CK Kilheeney motored up and down the left and Callum Marsland came on to shore things up defensively, ensuring that the 'A' team had a solid lead to protect.

 

09/04/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 0 VS 3 Reddish Vulcans 'B'
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By:
MATCH REPORT FROM PADDY
I was preparing to leave for the match at 8.35am, when I received an email from John, who was out of the country for a couple of days.....He asked me to go and support our grandson,James (buster) at 10.30am kick-off. I realised it was 9.15am k.o. so sent John a text. John sorted things out by phoning parents regarding the k.o. john phoned me just when I had arrived at Curzon Ashton and asked if I would take charge until Steve Marsland arrived. We did well to k.o. for 9.30am, so thanks to parents for getting the boys there so quickly.

The matches V Vulcans.

The boys did well in the first match against the best teams in the league. I was quite proud of the boys commitment especially because of the circumstances, with the first six players to arrive playing in this match.
I could not have expected more from them and would like to congratulate each and every one. To lose 3-0 was not too bad a result because of what happened.

Steve did arrive during the first match and took over as manager. .........

 

09/04/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 1 VS 3 Reddish Vulcans 'A'
Man of the Match:
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan
Congratulations to Steve also taking over and doing a very good job with the teams. It wasn't easy taking over and sorting out substitutes during the matches. This team lost 3-1 with a great goal from Niall Dolan, against a very good goalie, who did save them on more than one occasion.

ONCE AGAIN, ''WELL DONE EVERYBODY''. from PADDY


 

12/03/2011 - Hail Cup Semi Final
Reddish Villa 'A' 4 VS 1 Marple Athletic 'A'
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan; Joe Collins MVP
Goals Scored By: Joe Collins (3); Big Al (1)
This cup semi final was the most pleasing performance from the boys. The team began with a well disciplined structure and as the game developed, we exploited the weaknesses in the Marple defence and, also, crucially, were able to disrupt the attiutude of the opposition with some superb man marking displays by Joe Collins early on and latterly by Ryan Sutcliffe. Joe Mangan's tireless running was a big factor in the result. Conor Malone at sweeper was indominatable and although Louis Curran couldn't repeat the fantastic double shut out of last week (for which he earned £1 of his Dad and 50p off his manager!!) - his impressive displays in goal have been a key feature of the Villa imporvement in the last 4 weeks. Big Al weighed in with a great finish and Captain Marvel was his ususal genius. Today though belonged to Joe Collins who demonstrated a complete array of football talent from man marking to breaking up the game to a truly outstanding hattrick and one or two passes as well! Brilliant Joe and his teammates now march on to the final of the Cup on Saturday 29th April....

 

12/03/2011 - Hail Cup Semi Final
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 1 Marple Athletic 'A'
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Caelan Kilheeney
Having lost 1-7 to Marple's 'B' side in the first game of the season, this result caps off what has been a tremendous improvement in the Villa team over the last 6 months. Parents will notice that our teams are 'balanced' rather than being a 'B' Team and an 'A' team in the classic sense. The teams are structured in this way because most teams try to beat us in at least one game and we have now effectively countered this tactic. After giving away a very early goal, Villa settled into a rhythm with inspirational captain Ciaran Fahy dictating things from the centre of the pitch. Luke Howard came on in the first half to bolster the defence and Callum Marsland made his first start at the heart of the defence and played in a robust manner underlining his maturing approach tot he game. The superb Ciaran Kilheeney (a fans favourite) got the equaliser and Villa were great value for a draw against one of the best teams in the league.

 

19/02/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 0 VS 2 The Vipers 'A'
Man of the Match: Conor Malone
Goals Scored By:
This was a tough match and the lads efforts were rewarded as this narrow defeat ensured our first aggregate victory against The Vipers. There is no doubt that The Vipers team is one of the best in the North West and it was a real end to end game with the standard of football exceptionally high, it was difficult for either team to retain possession. Villa were unlucky to go one goal down after a 'rouge' second ball found its way onto the pitch and The Vipers quickly added a second so we sound ourselves 0-2 down after just 5 minutes. For the next 25 minutes a brave battling performance saw us see the game out to secure a very memorable aggregate victory. There was evidence of heroic efforts throughout the team - once Joe Collins identified their main threat, he sacrificed his own game to keep and kept their best player out of the game completey after the first 5 minutes. Big Al similarly played an unnatural 'man marking' role and Niall Dolan also put his silky skills on hold to put in an aggressive but typically energetic display. Connor and Louis at the back kept Vipers at bay manfully and Ryan Sutcliffe came on later in the game to provide some much needed energy and feistiness. Overall these 2 games were the best collective perfomances ever from these Villa teams and there can be no question that we are now certainly one of the 4 best teams in what is one of the highest standard Under 8 leagues in the North West - superb boys- well done!

 

19/02/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 3 VS 0 The Vipers 'B'
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Caelan Kilheeney (2); Ciaran Fahey
This was a superb performance by the boys and set us up for the Under 8s first ever aggregate victory over The Vipers. We played more defensively than in previous games and each player performed their man marking role perfectly (although it's important to note that the boys all know "the sweeper is the only outfield player who should never be marking anyone!"). The intensity and energy the boys played with was magnificent. Louis Curran (keeper), Jimmy Richards and Buster Whelan (together with Luke Howard later in the game) were instrumental in ensuring a 'shut out' and this allowed the midfield trio of Fahey, Poole and Kilheeney to dominate the 'middle of the park'. Caelan's two goals were brilliantly taken and the "little dynamo" as he would be known if he was born in Brazil remains a very popular member of our squad amongst the boys and the parents. Fahey and Poole look like a formidable combination in the heart of the team - a brilliant performance lads, well done, I was a very proud manager on Saturday!

 

12/02/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 4 VS 1 Marple Athletic 'A'
Man of the Match: Louis Curran
Goals Scored By: Big Al (2); Niall Dolan; Joe Collins
This was Louis Curran's third week in goal and the improvement in his goalkeeping in those 3 weeks was clear to see. This solid foundation, cemented by Connor Malone and Joe Collins playing in front of him, ensured that Marple's formidable attacking players were kept under control throughout the game. Big Al's 2 beautifully taken goals were from corners as was Niall's - all 3 were a result of brilliantly taken corners from Joe Collins who seemed to be in several places at once at times! Joe weighed in with a great goal of his own towards the end of the game - this was a very satisfying performance and the discipline the boys showed in maintaining their shape was an indication of how they are all maturing - wonderful!

 

12/02/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 2 Marple Athletic 'B'
Man of the Match: Buster Whelan
Goals Scored By: Luke Howard
This was a great game and we were desperately unlucky not to beat Marple who have been riding high all season. Lewis Poole was ptain for the day and his typically energetic display in midfield ensured that we were always in contention, Buster Whelan picked up the MoM award for playing their key striker out of the game and overall the boys were more than a match for a team regarded as one of the top teams.

 

05/02/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 2 Glossop North End 'B'
Man of the Match: Big Al
Goals Scored By: Ciran Fahey
This was a hard fought game against a team who had beaten us easily last season so it was great to see us more than match them in all areas of the pitch and had it not been for some bad luck for the goals, we may well have edged this game. The hard work put in by the whole team though set up the 'A' Team for a victory which gave us our fisrt aggregate success against Glossop of over a year!

 

05/02/2011 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 3 VS 0 Glossop North End
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (3)
Dolan grabbed his second hattrick in consecutive weeks and it was impossible not to be bowled over by a superb performance by this young athlete. Niall dominated the game in midfield and it was a pleasure to watch the game- Collins, Poole and Mangan abley supported tehir captain and we ran out worthy winners against a team who beat us twice last season so perhaps this aggregate result is a measure of Villa's steady improvement this season - we can now argue, after this result, that we are in the top 3 teams in the league.

 

29/01/2011 - Thunder Cup
Reddish Villa 'B' 2 VS 3 Cheshire Boys 'B'
Man of the Match: Jimmy Richards
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahey; Luke Howard
This was a great game against one of the best teams in the league but unfrtunately we couldnt repeat the heroic victory we secured before Christmas. We battled bravely and Ciaran was inspirational in the middle of the pitch but we couldnt quite get the breakthrough we deserved and Cheshire won by a very narrow margin.

 

29/01/2011 - Thunder Cup
Reddish Villa 'A' 3 VS 4 Cheshire Boys 'A'
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (3)
As we had to 'chase the game', this was a very open game and therefore we were not able to maintain a proper team structure. There was effort in abundance but our weakness in defence arose from us playing in an attacking formation - in fairness we looked liked scoring evrytime we attacked but, as with Blackpool fc in the Premiership, we also looked like conceding everytime Cheshire attacked. The Cup is arranged in a unique way, however in the East Manchester League and we will now go into the Lightening Cup where I feel confident we will be successful!

 

15/01/2011 - League
Reddish Villa A 5 VS 0 Denton Youth A
Man of the Match: Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Ryan Sutcliffe (2); Niall Dolan; Joe Collins and 'Big Al'
Luke Howard played keeper in both games and kept a clean sheet.... the first time we have managed a clean sheet in both games in the league all season! Well done Luke! The game was never in doubt after Ryan Sutcliffe scored the opener after just 4 seconds.... Niall Dolan won the ball after the opposition had kicked off and passed to Joe Collins who then passed to Ryan at the far post who cracked the ball home with a well placed first touch --- the was the best 'team goal' we have scored this season. Although we went on to win 5-0 with some well taken goals, we will need to keep working on the "pass and move" aspect of our game so as we can continue to do well against the better teams in the league. The winter break though has done the boys no harm and we can expect to have a very good run in during the second half of the season as we are "the team in form"... well done lads!!

 

15/01/2011 - League
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 0 Denton Youth B
Man of the Match: Louis Curran
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy
This was a very tough game against a very aggressive team and most of the Villa players not only coped, but excelled, when faced with tough tackling players. Louis Curran in particular refused to be intimated and proved to be an inspiration to his team mates. Ciaran Fahy was once again superb in midfield and an outstanding performance form Jimmy Richards at sweeper ensured that Villa 'B' kept a clean sheet for the first time since September 11th .... the last time we played Denton!

 

20/11/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 1 VS 0 Cheshire Boys 'A'
Man of the Match: Ryan Sutcliffe; Joe Collins MVP
Goals Scored By: Joe Collins
Against the top of the league team, this was quite simply the best performance this team has ever given. The 3 musketeers played together for the first time (Dolan; Poole and Collins) and they were formidable. Ryan Sutcliffe was given a man marking job and executed it to perfection. Conor Malone had some words of encouragement for our keeper (Marcus John) on his debut - "I never realised how good you were" he commented after watching Marcus's display for the B team .... Marcus went on to be the star of the show by saving and catching everything. His judgement and tenacity suggest that we may well have a Premier League star in the making. Needless to say we beat top of the league (their manager commented that we were "by far the best team they've played this season") and (although Ryan Sutcliffe was Man of the Match), young Marcus provided the best display seen by a 7 year old in Reddish Villa colours and the result suggests that Villa may well be the best team in the league despite some indifferent results earlier in the season !!
We now need to persuade everyone that Marcus's future is as a Dino Zoff and not a Nani ;-)
By: 2 very proud Managers - John Whelan and Steve Marsland

 

20/11/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 1 Cheshire Boys 'B'
Man of the Match: Marcus John
Goals Scored By: Ciaran Fahy
The team performed magnificently against the top of the league team and earned a very creditable draw. A fine captain's performance by Ciaran Fahy was topped off with a "Peter Lorimer" thunderbolt (or Christiano Ronaldo in modern parlance) - he picked up the ball in his own half and ran beyond 2 players before unleashing an unstoppable piledriver from just over the halfway line - the best goal seen this season! Jimmy Richards was "Beckenbaueresque" at sweeper and with Luke Howard and Buster Whelan playing a physical and robust game, Villa remianed in control - Callum Marsland and Louis Curran came on before half time to shore up a great defensive performance and Joe Mangan's boundless energy came in handy as we energetically put Cheshire under pressure. The star of the show though undoubtedly, and, playing in his first game in goal, was Marcus John whose performace was a revelation... his handling and positioning were superb and as well as his teammates - the referee was quick to congratulate Marcus after the game! Well done Marcus!

 

06/11/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 2 3D Dynamos
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole; Buster Whelan (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Marcus John
This was a battling performance which saw Lewis Poole back to his best playing in a central position and there was plenty of effort throughout the team with Buster Whelan putting in a tenacious performance and his level of commitment is now a great benchmark for everyone. Joe Magan kept goal soundly and Jimmy Richards was solid at the back. Despite the defeat, it left the A Team with a great opportunity to seal an overall victory....

 

06/11/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 3 VS 1 3D Dynamos
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (2); Ciaran Fahey
A great performance by the whole team saw Villa fight back from a goal down to comfortably win the match.. Ciaran Fahey put in a very robust display and was battled hard when we were not in possession. Niall Dolan's performance was outstanding and apart from his 2 goals, he was central to everything Villa created. Cannor Malone put in his usual assured performance as sweeper and Callum Marsland showed some passion in his tackling - a very satisfting day gave Villa an overall 4-3 victory against 'the Dynamos'...

 

30/10/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 4 Cheshire Boys 'B'
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Joe Collins
A much improved performance from the one a couple of weeks ago in the cup (when we lost 7-1) and the result belied a solid performance by the team. "Jack-in-the-box" Mangan was outstanding in goal and Joe Collins (captain for the day) was a strong leader in the middle of the park and capped a fine performance with a beautifully executed overhead kick.

 

30/10/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 2 VS 3 Marple Athletic 'A'
Man of the Match: BIG AL
Goals Scored By: BIG AL (2)
This was a very close game and, had it not been for a superb performance by the Marple keeper - Villa would have won by a hatful and Al Nuttall (BIG AL) would have had a certain hatrick. As it was, we fought hard and were desperately unlucky not to get a result but BIG AL demonstrated that there are many more goals in him this season.

 

16/10/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 1 VS 2 Marple Athletic 'A'
Man of the Match: Connor Malone; MVP: Marcus John
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan
A frustrating game which Villa should really have won. There was plenty of effort in evidence but, as with, the 'first team' or 'B' team, we failed to pass the ball effectively and were often caught in possession against a good team. Playing in Division1, it is essential that we develop our "passing and moving game" as the standard of opposition is too good for us not to play this way. In 2 weeks time, we play Marple again in the cup and we should be confident of reversing this result - as a minimum!

 

16/10/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 7 Marple Athletic 'B'
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy
Goals Scored By: Ryan Sutcliffe
Villa were brought back to earth with a bump after an excellent display from a Marple side was compounded by a shocking display from Villa. After some progress with our passing game in recent weeks, our better players were constantly caught in possession of the ball - this will always happen against good teams and we must learn the lesson that moving the ball quickly by passing the ball is crucial if we are to be successful at this level. Of more concern though was that I noticed some players did not shake hands with the opposition or the referee after the game- this is wholly unacceptable and I ask the parents to support me in instilling in our players the correct behaviours and level of discipline expected of Reddish Villa - win or lose! All round - a disappointing day from which we can learn many lessons...not the least of which is that we must be much more aggressive; hungrier to win and far less fragile if we go behind. We have the chance to put this result right in 2 weeks time as we play Marple again - in the cup!

 

09/10/2010 - Primary Cup
Reddish Villa A 5 VS 0 Delamere Rangers #2 A
Man of the Match: Buster Whelan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan 2; Charlie O'Neill; Ciaran Fahy; Buster Whelan
Villa successfuly navigated through the 1st round of the Primary Cup against Delamere's Second Team. As they are a division 3 team and we are a division 1 team, it's not surprising that we won 5-0 but this is a measure of the standard of our team ... something which is easy to forget given the fact that we play at a high standard every week.

Villa dominated the game from early on although with Louis Curran making his goal keeping debut, the defenders (Conor Malone and Ciaran Fahy) played with confidence. On the goal scoring front - Niall Dolan got 2; Ciaran Fahy 1; Charlie O'Neil 1 and the manager is proud to report that Buster Whelan opened his Reddish Villa account with a well taken goal in a MoM performance from the much improved youngster....

 

09/10/2010 - Primary Cup
Reddish Villa B 9 VS 0 Delamere Rangers #2 B
Man of the Match: Ryan Sutcliffe; MVP Callum Marsland
Goals Scored By: Joe Collins 3; Lewis Poole 2; Ryan Sutcliffe 2; Luke Howard; Joe Mangan
Villa were in a class apart in the 1st round of the Primary Cup against Delamere's Second Team. Delamere are from division 3 team and we are a division 1 team, so Villa were simply too good on the day, although it should be remembered that this score reminds us just how good our team is and that the League we play in is one of the strongest in the North of England!

In the 'first team or 'B' team' - we looked comfortable in defence with Jimmy Richards at sweeper and Nathan Wall in goal. Callum Marsland played a solid game in midfield and earned himself the MVP award. Further up the field, Joe Collins got 3; Lewis Poole 2; Luke Howard 1, Joe Mangan 1 and it was especially pleasing for Ryan Sutcliffe who got his first goals for the team with a brace... and rightfully earned his first MoM award.

The team demonstrated an improved passing game which should stand us in good stead in the later rounds when we are likely to meet the better teams. Against the better teams, we will have less of the ball and tackling, positioning and passing are far more important skills when playing at a higher level! Well done boys - an excellent performance!!

 

25/09/2010 - League
Reddish Villa A 4 VS 1 Fletcher Moss
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan MVP Charlie O'Neill
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan 92); Charlie O'Neill; Ciaran Fahey
A superb display by the boys with Captain Marvel (Niall Dolan)'s torpedo throw ins (which he must have been working on over the summer) providing several goal opportunities from which we could have scored many more goals. Niall weighed in with 2 goals and Ciaran Fahey opened his account for the season. A superbly worked corner from Marcus John set up Charlie O'Neil for a beautifully constructed goal. Niall's throw ins will be a formidable weapon for Villa this season!

 

25/09/2010 - League
Reddis Villa B 0 VS 2 Fletcher Moss B
Man of the Match: Louis Curran
Goals Scored By:
The team battled valiantly against a team which beat us 6-2 a couple of weeks ago with Jimmy Richards defending stoically. Lewis Poole and Joe Collins worked tirelessly alongside Joe Mangan, Buster Whelan and Callum Marsland but we just couldn’t secure a breakthrough against very high quality opposition. Louis Curran's stamina shone through in a determined second have display and he deservedly earned the mom award.

 

11/09/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 6 VS 0 Denton Youth 'B'
Man of the Match: Joe Collins; Jimmy Richards (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Joe Collins (4); Lewis Poole (2)
In what is arguably the best performance ever seen in a Villa shirt joe Collins dominated the match with a truly fantastic performance. On top of his 4 goals, and taking the goal kicks, Joe demonstrated a passing ability beyond his years to set Lewis Poole up with a couple of goals. Jimmy Richards and Louis Curran were steadfast at the back and it was nice the see the team bounce back so emphatically after last week's disappointment!

 

10/09/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 2 VS 1 Denton Youth 'A'
Man of the Match: Nathan Wall
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan; Charlie O'Neill
Nathan Wall (from the younger age group- our Under 7s team) made an outstanding debut in goal and was immediately welcomed by his Under 8s teammates as 'one of their own'. Whilst Denton Youth played some of their best players in both games (contrary to the rules), we allowed them to do this to give our boys a challenge. Led by Captain Marvel (Niall Dolan) the boys battled well in a tough match and came out victorious with a finely taken goal from Charlie O'Neill being the icing on the cake after hard work from Buster Whelan and Ryan Sutcliffe in midfield.... the day though belonged to a very mature 6 year old - Nathan Wall!

 

04/09/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 1 VS 0 Fletcher Moss 'A'
Man of the Match: Conor Malone
Goals Scored By: Marcus John
This was an evenly fought contest with Conor Malone outstanding in his role as sweeper. With a strong performance at the back, Villa were able to press forward and Marcus John scored a fine headed goal -it is unusual for 7 year olds to score with a header so this augurs well for Marcus's future development. Tireless work throughout the team ensured Villa hung on for a well earned victory....

 

04/09/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 6 VS 2 Fletcher Moss 'B'
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Lewis poole; Joe Mangan
Villa had a slow start to the season with the rule change for goalkeeper's kicks (dead ball kicks are now taken from the floor rather than taken as drop kicks) coupled with Buster Whelan standing-in due to the absence of a recognised 'keeper, resulting in Villa conceding 3 early goals. Once the team settled down defensively, the game was evenly fought with Jimmy Richards battling bravely at the back. Joe Managan scored a great goal to cap his MOM performance.

 

18/04/2010 - League
Reddish Villa B 0 VS 0 Glossop North End
Man of the Match: Aaron Owens
Goals Scored By:
Aaron Owens produced another fine display to ensure that Villa kept another clean sheet. Caelan Kilheeney was welcomed back after his mid season break and Luke Howard's set plays continue to improve. 75% of goals are a result of set plays so Luke's hard work this season has been a good investment as the team looks to move to the next level...

 

18/04/2010 - League
Reddish Villa A 2 VS 1 Glossop North End A
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahy; MVP Charlie O'Neil
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan; Charlie O'Neil
Villa are in the top 3 teams in the league so a game against the 4th best team was always going to be prove be a close fought encounter. With Joe Collins working hard in midfield and Ciaran Fahy's strength in defence- Villa controlled the game and were very worthy winners of a great game.

 

11/04/2010 - League
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 1 Fletcher Moss B
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole; MVP Buster Whelan
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole
This was a very tough game against Fletcher Moss's strongest team. Lewis Poole produced a tenacious display which inspired his teammates to secure a hard earned draw. James Whelan, playing his first full game in goal was a safe pair of hands!

 

11/04/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 2 VS 0 Fletcher Moss 'A'
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan
Goals Scored By: Nial Dolan, Joseph Collins
A great performance from the boys against a Fletcher Moss team only able to field 8 players- meaning that they fielded the same (strong) team twice. Aaron Owens did well to keep a clean sheet and the boys battled hard against a tough defence to secure a well earned victory.

 

21/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa A 6 VS 2 Curzon Ashton A
Man of the Match: Naill Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (2); Joe Collins (2); Lewis Poole; Charlie O'Neil
A superb performance by the lads. The "three Musketeers" performed extraordinary well and the game was wrapped up soon after half time. Whilst the team demonstrated fantastic attacking prowess, we were caught upfield for a couple of breakway goals. Charlie O'Neil put in a good shift when he came on at half time and Buster Whelan (on his birthday) put in a cameo performance at centre half before distributing well-earned chocolate bars to the lads at the end of the game to celebrate his birthday .... and a comprehensive victory. Well done lads!!

 

21/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa A 6 VS 2 Curzon Ashton A
Man of the Match: Naill Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (2); Joe Collins (2); Lewis Poole; Charlie O'Neil
A superb performance by the lads. The "three Musketeers" performed extraordinary well and the game was wrapped up soon after half time. Whilst the team demonstrated fantastic attacking prowess, we were caught upfield for a couple of breakway goals. Charlie O'Neil put in a good shift when he came on at half time and Buster Whelan (on his birthday) put in a cameo performance at centre half before distributing well-earned chocolate bars to the lads at the end of the game to celebrate his birthday .... and a comprehensive victory. Well done lads!!

 

21/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 1 Curzon Ashton B
Man of the Match: Callum Marsland; Luke Howard (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Callum Marsland; Caelan Kilheeney
This was a hard fought game and Villa did brilliantly to come back from being 0-1 down at half time. Conor Malone played in goal in the first half with 'Captain Kilheeny' playing at sweeper. The second half saw Caelan pushed further upfield (as Conor took up the sweeper position) and he combined excellently with Ryan Flitcroft throughout the half. Callum Marsland battled well after coming on and netted the equaliser before Caelan secured the winner midway through the half. Luke Howard impressed with his set plays which he has clearly been working hard at. A very strong perfromance by the boys with plenty of confident tackling in evidence.

 

07/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa A 4 VS 0 Marple Athletic A
Man of the Match: Ciaran Fahey; Lewis Poole (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole (3); Caelan Kilheeney
An outstanding team performance with Aaron Owens keeping goal safely and combining with Ciaran Fahey (playing at sweeper) to record another 'shut out'. Lewis Poole and Niall Dolan (playing together for the first time) formed a great partnership and created space for one another which enabled Lewis to bag a hattrick (though Niall claims to have got a touch to one of them!). Caelan Kilheeney was keen to ensure that his deft touch for the second was recorded as a 'Kilheeney Goal' even though Lewis had the original shot. A superb all round display from both teams which underlined Villa's status as one of the top 3 best teams in the league.
Well Done Lads
John & Paddy

 

07/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 2 VS 0 Marple Athletic
Man of the Match: Ryan Flitcroft
Goals Scored By: Ryan Flitcroft; Joseph Collins
A very solid performance from the boys against the 4th best team in the league (Villa, Dukinfield and Vipers being the top 3!). Joseph Collins captained the team to victory with Ryan Flitcroft breaking the deadlock in the first half with a very well taken goal. Luke Howard and Alexander Nuttall continue to impress with their performances and with Villa's "Alan Hansen" at the back (Conor Malone), the team cruised to victory with Joe Collins sealing the win with a superb solo run midway through the second half. Joe Mangan's agility (not to mention his personality) in goal was again a great boon for his team mates...

 

01/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa A 3 VS 0 Denton Youth A
Man of the Match: Caelan Kilheeney; Niall Dolan (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (2); Caelan Kilheeney
This was a great game with a very solid perfromance from Joe Mangan playing in goal again for the first time this year. Ciaran Fahey was solid at the back and with another great perfomance from Niall Dolan, weighing in with 2 superbly taken goals, coupled with a captain's performance from Joe Collins, Villa were always in control of the game. MOM was Caelan Kilheeney who buzzed around the pitch like a tough tackling bumble bee - he also headed one off the line when the scores were level, ensuring that a Villa victory was never in doubt!

 

01/03/2010 - League
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 0 Denton Youth B
Man of the Match: Luke Howard
Goals Scored By: Luke Howard
This was a keenly fought game with Charlie O'Neil playing in goal for the first time in several weeks and he did well to keep a clean sheet. Conor Malone performed admirably in his sweeper role and kept up his tremendous record - we rarely concede a goal when Conor plays in the sweeper position! The most impressive performance of the day was from Luke Howard who has obviously been practicing his shooting and corner taking away from the training ground. he capped off a marvellous performance with a wonderfully taken goal which proved to be the winner - demonstrating that hard work does pay off!
John and Paddy

 

14/02/2010 - Primary Cup - semi final
Reddish Villa 'A' 2 VS 0 Duckinfield Youth 'A'
Man of the Match: Conor Malone
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan; Charlie O'Neil (Villa lost 4-3 on penalties!)
A wonderful game of football from boys who it is difficult to believe are still in infant school! Villa dominated possession and defended very well when required. Charlie O'Neil (who has had an outstanding 4 weeks) scored just before half time and after Kieran Fahey was brought down for a penalty, our truly wonderful captain Niall Dolan made no mistake from the spot. Conor Malone put in another brilliant performance at the back and Caelan Kilheeney on his 6th birthday was tireless (it is easy to remember the little man is a year younger than everyone else). With the scores tied on aggregate Villa suffered the heartbreak of an exit on penalties. For any boy who missed a penalty, rest assured you are men in a boy's body and take this disappointment as a part of life. Your mangers and your parents and family were proud of the whole squad today - well done for giving us memories that will last a lifetime....
John and Paddy

 

14/02/2010 - Primary Cup- Semi Final
Reddish Villa 'B' 1 VS 3 Duckinfield Youth 'B'
Man of the Match: Joseph Collins
Goals Scored By: Joseph Collins
Villa started superbly with a "Maradona 1986" style goal from Joseph Collins. Throughout the game he combined well with Lewis Poole and both players were unlucky not to get more goals. Louis Curran put in a strong performance but ultimately the pressure of the Denton team allowed them to snatch 2 goals to give them a 3-1 scoreline which did not do justice to the efforts of the splendid Villa players.

 

07/02/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'B' 0 VS 1 Glossop North End 'B'
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By:
This was a very competitive game and a closely fought contest. We conceded the goal from a free kick on the edge of the box and will now change our tactics to have 2 players standing over the ball from free kicks on the edge of the area. Luke Howard has been working hard on his game and took some good free kicks and Lewis Poole's tireless captain's performance earned him the man of the match award.

 

07/02/2010 - League
Reddish Villa 'A' 6 VS 1 Glossop North End 'A'
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan; Joe Collins MVP
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (2); Joseph Collins (2); Charlie O'Neil (2)
Villa dominated this game both defensively and from an attacking perspective and the Denton Team were no match for Joe Collins and Niall Dolan in midfield. The ever improving Kieran Fahey was very strong in defence and Conor Malone has made the sweeper position his own - we rarely concede goals when Conor is on the pitch! The performance from both teams today provides a powerful confidence boost for next week's semi final.

 

24/01/2010 - Primary Cup - Quarter Finals
Reddish Villa 'A' 8 VS 0 Avro 'A'
Man of the Match: Charlie O'Neil
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan (3); Joseph Collins (2); Charlie O'Neil (2); Caelan Kilheeney (1)
A truly outstanding display saw the team progress to the Semi Finals of the cup. Niall Dolan and Joseph Collins interacted well with a very mature passing game - underlining the progress these 2 outstanding players have made this season. Charlie O'Neil came on at half time and put in a sterling display up front and was very unlucky not to get a hatrick with the tireless Caelan Kilheeney getting on the end of a last minute effort by Charlie which (I think) was a perfectly weighted through ball! Well done to everyone in the squad on both teams - if we continue with our passing game, coupled with 100% effort from everyone, there is no reason why we cannot progress to the final in May......

 

24/01/2010 - Primary Cup- Quarter Final
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 1 Avro
Man of the Match: Louis Curran; Buster Whelan (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Louis Curran
The boys performed admirably against very tough opposition and secured a hard fought draw in an evenly contested game. Even though Villa had the lion's share of the chances, Avro were a constant threat and Louis Curran was oustanding at the back. He also got on the scoresheet with a long lange screamer after a corner. James Whelan came on at half time and battled hard when not in possession. The performance ensured that the 'A' team were set up to deliver a victory .. the suspicion being that Avro had played their stronger team in the first match: a common tactic in the Cup!

 

13/12/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 2 VS 4 Heaton Mersey Vipers A
Man of the Match: Joe Mangan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan, Joe Mangan
This performance demonstrated how much the boys are developing their skills and their toughness in equal measure. We gave away a couple of soft goals and, with improvement in this area, the commitment of Niall and Joseph Collins, supported by the ever-dependable Connor Malone could see us beat the 'top of the league' side next time we play them. The most pleasing aspect of the game was the second half performance of Joe Mangan (now an outfield player after spending 2 years as a goalkeeper) with a brilliantly taken goal and an aggressive midfield display- suggesting that there is much more to come from this young player.... well done boys!
John and Paddy

 

13/12/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 7 Heaton Mersey Vipers
Man of the Match: Callum Marsland
Goals Scored By: Dewis Poole, Ollie Swailes
This was a very tough game for the boys but at 6-1 down at half time and with the game effectively lost, the lads showed great character and commitment to put in a reasonable second half performance. Against the best team in the league, the importance of marking from corners and throw-ins was reinforced. In addition, Vipers demonstrated that they have mastered the "passing game"... something even very good players do not master until they are 10 years old- our boys will hopefully have learned these things following this game.
John and Paddy

 

06/12/2009 - Cup 2nd Round
Reddish Villa A 5 VS 0 Dukinfield Astra
Man of the Match: Nial Dolan, Luke Howard MVP
Goals Scored By: Nial Dolan (4), Charlie O'Neil
Nial Dolan produced a commanding performance and scored a hatrick within the first half to put the cup tie beyond doubt. Luke Howard came on in the second half and defended brilliantly alongside his keeper Aaron Owens to keep another clean sheet. The next round cant come quickly enough for this team... Well done!

 

06/12/2009 - Cup - 2nd Round
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 0 Dukinfield Astra
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole (2)
A fine performance from our boys as Dukinfield played their stronger team in this game. Villa were well organised and disciplined with James Richards again solid at the back and Ollie Swailes working tirelessly up an down the pitch. Lewis Poole provided yet another captains perfromance which ensured that victory was never in doubt.

 

29/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 2 Marple B
Man of the Match: Ollie Swailes
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole, Ollie Swailes
After unluckily going 2-0 down, the team fought back brilliantly in the second half to secure a draw. James Whelan came on as substitute and changed the game! Lewis Poole inspired the comeback and then late on Ollie Swailes scored with a fantastic long range effort...

 

29/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 3 VS 1 Marple A
Man of the Match: Joseph Collins, Aaron Owens MVP
Goals Scored By: Joseph Collins (2); Nial Dolan
A closely contested game saw Villa come out comprehensive winners. The score belies what was a close game with Joseph Collins outstanding in an engertic display. Nial Dolan put in a cpatain's performance and Aaron Owens gave a flawless performance in goal - he is a very promising young keeper. Well done to all the boys!

 

22/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 4 VS 1 Glossop North End
Man of the Match: Ryan Flitcroft
Goals Scored By: Ollie Swailes (2); Ryan Flitcroft (2)
After a difficult start against the wind, the team came from behind to deliver a convincing victory. Lewis Poole worked hard in midfield and it was notable that the passing in the team is improving considerably. Ollie Swailes worked tirelessly and got his reward with 2 goals. MoM Ryan Flitcroft also got 2 goals and very nearly bagged himself a hatrick. Well done to the whole team including MVP Callum Marsland; James Richards, Luke Howard and James Whelan who defended admirably.
John and Paddy

 

22/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 1 VS 0 Glossop North End
Man of the Match: Aaron Owens
Goals Scored By: Joseph Collins
Aarron Owens put in a sterling performance to keep a clean sheet and this was the springboard for a well earned victory. Of particular note was the improvement in the passing amongst the players notably Niall Dolan and Joseph Collins. Connor Malone delivered another assured display and is developing into one of Villa's key defenders. Well done boys!
John and Paddy

 

15/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 2 VS 0 Fletcher Moss A
Man of the Match: Caelen Kilheeney
Goals Scored By: n/a - Match was a walkover as Fletcher Moss played the same players
The team battled hard in a closely fought encouter with notable effort from all the boys. With continued practice at passing the ball when in possession, the team will develop an edge in these close games. We are playing against high standard opposition every week so the results the boys are achieving are commendable.

 

15/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 2 Fletcher Moss B
Man of the Match: James Richards
Goals Scored By: Joseph Collins
This was a tough game for the boys and it subsequently transpired that Fletcher Moss played their "A" team in both games. Joseph Collins captained the team well and James Richards was outstanding at the heart of the defence. The team should be proud of this perfromance.

 

08/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 0 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth A
Man of the Match: Louis Curran
Goals Scored By:
This was a tight game, decided by a fortuitous goal which almost rolled into the net following a scramble in the area. The boys worked hard but, as we found last week, goalcoring chances against the better teams are often few and far between. The boys are working hard in training and we are improving all the time - with the top teams "it's a game of inches" and with 100% effort we should win most of our games this season.

 

08/11/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 0 VS 0 Dukinfield Youth B
Man of the Match: James Richards
Goals Scored By:
A repetition of last week's fixture saw a hard fought game. The opposition worked hard, closing down the Villa players quickly throughout the game.
A very strong defensive display produced a clean sheet - the sixth in the last eight games... a marvellous achievement from the boys!!

 

01/11/2009 - Friendly
Reddish Villa A 0 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth A
Man of the Match: Caelen Kilheeney
Goals Scored By:
The team struggled to find the back of the net and this is always difficult in matches against the better teams. Nevertheless there was a lot of effort in evidence from the team and Joseph Collins demonstrated his tenacity by playing on despite suffering an early injury. Well done to the lads and we look forward to converting possession into goals next week.....

 

01/11/2009 - Friendly
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 0 Dukinfield Youth B
Man of the Match: Louis Curran, Jacob Bowen (MVP)
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole (2)
A very strong performance again from the B Team with another "captain's performance" from Lewis Poole. He was ably assisted by Louis Curran who gave a great performance in defence. The popular Jacob Bowen picked up the MVP award.

 

25/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 3 VS 4 Curzon Ashton A
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan
A great match but ending in defeat for us. The main reason for this was our players wanting to attack, but forgetting to defend at vital stages in the match.
We played well but gave them too many chances to score. We must learn from this as we are playing some very good teams. On Sunday we play Dukinfield and this will be another tough match.
The matches are very enjoyable, so well done boys for your efforts.
John and Paddy

 

25/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 3 VS 1 Curzon Ashton B
Man of the Match: Connor Malone/Charley O'Neill MVP
Goals Scored By: Callum Marsland-Ryan Flitcroft-Lewis Poole
Correction- We played Curzon Ashton not Marple

 

18/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 3 VS 0 Marple athletic A
Man of the Match: Ollie Swales
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan, Joseph Collins, Ollie Swales
A very good and deserved win for us. Some great performances again by all our boys. This team also battled for every ball against a good Marple team. We scored three good goals in a great team effort. We are all pleased with the continued team improvement, so keep it up boys and keep enjoying your football.
Well done to the whole team.
Paddy

 

18/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 0 Marple athletic
Man of the Match: Luke Howard and James Whelan, MVP
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole
We were the better team in a close encounter. It was a great game to watch as both teams competed for every ball. I'm quite proud of the way our boys play as a team and back each other up in all areas of the pitch. Lewis Poole once again was the match winner. He was helped by an all round great team effort. The The football is great to watch and we are also playing the best teams in the area.
So keep it up boys. Paddy

 

11/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 1 Fletcher Moss B
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole/James Richards (mvp)
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole 2
A great match to watch, with our boys coming out on top. All our boys should be proud of their improved performances and commitment to improve.
Well done boys.
Paddy

 

11/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 4 VS 0 Fletcher Moss A
Man of the Match: Joseph Collins
Goals Scored By: Joseph Collins 2, Niall Dolan 1, Ollie Swales 1
A great team effort from beginning to end. Well done to our goalscorers but also to our defence (including our goalie) which stopped them scoring.
They are a good team so you boys should be proud of this result.
Keep up the good displays boys.
Paddy

 

04/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 0 VS 0 Glossop
Man of the Match: Joseph Mangan
Goals Scored By:
A game of missed chances by our team. Glossop had a couple of scoring chances, but our man of the match saved us.
We were much the better team and normally would have scored two or three goals. John and myself are very pleased with the commitment of all the boys once again. Keep it up boys! John and Paddy

 

04/10/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 4 VS 0 Glossop
Man of the Match: Callum Marsland also mvp=Connor Malone
Goals Scored By: Ryan Flitcroft 2, Lewis Poole, Callum Marsland
Once again a great performance from this team. Congratulations especially to the goalscorers, but well done to all the boys for their efforts and improved performances.
John and Paddy

 

27/09/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 1 VS 4 Vipers
Man of the Match: Aaron Owens
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan
A good performance by our team against a very good Vipers team. Our team started well, scoring the opening goal. We had a lapse in concentration and this resulted in them scoring 3 goals before half-time. This gave Vipers the extra confidence and they scored their fourth goal in the second half.
A performance to be proud of by all our boys as we competed to the end.

 

27/09/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 1 VS 0 Vipers
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole
A great performance from our team against a very good Vipers team. We surprised them with our determination and commitment from every player.
The boys proved to themselves that they can compete with the best and win.
It's not all about winning, but to win against Vipers will increase their confidence, and hopefully their skills. To all the boys including the substitutes,

well done! John and Paddy

 

20/09/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 0 VS 3 Dukinfield Youth B
Man of the Match: Aaron Owens
Goals Scored By:
A disappointing result as the team played well but missed scoring chances.
We can play a lot better and take our chances and I'm sure we will.
John and Paddy

 

20/09/2009 - league
Reddish Villa A 2 VS 1 Dukinfield Youth A
Man of the Match: Joseph Collins
Goals Scored By: Joseph Collins and Niall Dolan
A great performance by our team ending in a really deserved win. We scored two goals against a very good goalie. Good defending from Louis Curran earned him MVP. But well done to all the boys for a great game.

John and Paddy

 

13/09/2009 - League
Reddish Villa A 5 VS 0 Delamere Rangers A
Man of the Match: Niall Dolan
Goals Scored By: Niall Dolan 2, Ollie Swales 2, Joseph Collins 1
A good performance by this team and a great start to the season beating a good Delamere team.

 

13/09/2009 - League
Reddish Villa B 2 VS 0 Delamere Rangers B
Man of the Match: Lewis Poole
Goals Scored By: Lewis Poole 2
A hard fought victory over Rangers with two great goals by Lewis to win us the match but a fantastic team performance overall.