Wolves U12s learn achievement matters more than the score, as depleted team takes on AFC Dara

AFC Dara U12s v. TAFC Wolves U12s

4 - 2

27th Jan 2018
Kick off: 9.30am

In Youth football, achievement matters more than the score. So it was when the Wolves, depleted by illness and injury, made their way to the home ground of the league leaders, AFC Dara.

Team Coach Russ explained the plan to the 8-man Wolves and they took to the field. Forgoing their usual attacking pattern, the Wolves chose to play without a centre forward and strike on the counter instead. This tactic quickly paid off when Finley started an attack down the left flank that was finished by Oisin.

Dara then applied sustained pressure on the Wolves goal. Will made excellent saves to tip several shots over the crossbar, but a series of accurate corners into a crowded 6 yard box led to the first Dara goal. 1-1 at half time.

Reinforcements had arrived for Dara in the form of a substitute player, allowing them to bring on fresh legs against the tiring Wolves. Dara pressed their advantage and scored twice, but Wolves refused to lie down.  Defenders Jed, Jack, Panya and Joshie broke up attack after attack while Finley, Oisin and Aidan fought for every cleared ball. Then a moment of magic: Aidan surges forward and deftly moves the ball around the onrushing keeper. Unfortunately the subsequent foul prevented Aidan from slotting the ball home.

At a different level this may have had a more decisive effect on the game, but nonetheless Aidan dusted himself off to deliver the free kick over to Oisin, who powered the ball into the net.

Dara’s quality forwards then struck again to finish the game 4-2 up. The Wolves, though tired and sore, can be immensely proud of the endeavour and tenacity they showed today.

Bobcats tamed on frozen hillside

Beecholme Bobcats v. TAFC U12 Girls

2 - 2

Beecholme Bobcats 2-2 Teddington Athletic FC U12 Girls


The table-topping U12s got 2018 up and running with their first draw of the season in a hard-fought game in cold, wintry conditions in the delightfully-named Nork Park.

Despite being halfway up a hillside on a pitch carved into the cliff face to develop a grassy wind tunnel that chilled spectators and players to the bone, Teddington started strongly. Milla’s curling left-wing crosses immediately caused alarms in the home defence with Jess O’Shea narrowly failing to convert one good chance. A short corner brought the breakthrough on 9 minutes, Chloe taking the ball from Milla, jinking past a defender and delivering a perfect ball to the near post where Jess O’Shea darted across her market to exquisitely flick home the opener.

At that point, it looked as though Teddington might be on for a good day against a team that have traditionally been tough to beat. But just three minutes later, and against the run of play, Beecholme equalised with a fine drilled finish into the bottom corner. Teddington regained the lead after 19 minutes when Milla’s cross found Chloe who finished well into the top corner to make it 2-1 and in the final minutes of the half Teddington dominated, twice going close to extending their lead through fine efforts from Chloe and a surging JJ.

They were left to rue those missed opportunities just four minutes into the second half when they found themselves out of position and outnumbered as they vainly defended a counter-attack and could only watch as Beecholme’s energetic midfielder ran from the halfway line to slot home the equaliser.

For the remainder of the half, the game ebbed and flowed, but never really caught fire as the biting cold left everyone waiting for the final whistle. There was plenty of endeavour but neither side could find the winner. One brilliant run from Milla nearly ended with a goal of season contender but the Bobcats keeper smothered, as she did again two minutes from time when Gemma burst clear with an eye on extending her pre-Christmas goalscoring run. There was just time for Beecholme to nearly snatch a late winner but the game ended level with both sides deserving of praise for their level of effort in hostile conditions.


TAFC team: Sophie, Beth, Vivie, Izzy, Gemma, Milla, Ava, Scarlett, Johanna, Chloe, JJ, Jess

Goals: Jess O’Shea, Chloe

Player of the Match: Milla

TAFC U12 Wolves win with strong team performance

Caterham Pumas United v. Teddington Athletic Wolves

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U12 League Fixture - Epsom and Ewell Youth Football League

Caterham Pumas United vs Teddington Athletic Wolves

25 November 2017

Score 6-1  (H-T 3-1)

After kick-off, Teddington had some great interplay down the left with Finley and Jed, possession of the ball was strong.  After a break down the left from Jed, a pass inside to Aidan, who then laid the ball off to Oisin on the right who was then clean through on goal, who calmly slotted home to make it 1-0 after 5 minutes.

5 minutes later Oisin, who was industrious down the right all game, broke down the right after being fed by Josh.  Oisin laid the ball into Marco on the edge of the area, who held the ball up strongly, turned and shot and ball went in off the left post to make it 2-0.  Great finish.

From a throw-in on the left in the Caterham’s half the ball broke inside and was collected by Aidan, and after beating a couple of challenges hit a strong finish into the bottom left right hand corner to make it 3-0 to Teddington after 20 minutes.

After a period on consistent pressure by Caterham and a series of corners, the ball broke to their no.9 who coolly slotted home to make it 3-1 before half-time.

After half-time Caterham started on the attack, however, with a strong clearance and again great hold up play by Marco, the ball was played to the right with Finley and Oisin playing well down the right with Aidan.  The ball was then laid to Marco on the right hand side of the box, with a switch to his left foot slotted the ball home to make it 4-1.  After a further 5 minutes a carbon copy move down the right the ball fell to Marco who completed his hat-trick and score to 5-1.

The game was nearing the end when Jed lost possession on our left, however with great fought repeatedly to win the ball back.  He then played it first time down the flank to Ollie, who crossed to Marco who slotted home first time into the bottom right corner.  A great team goal which epitomised the strong team performance.

4 goals for Marco made him man-of-the-match.