ALTRINCHAM FC YOUTH (Under-18s)
Altrincham FC Youth are currently playing their league and league cup games at Flixton, Valley Road, though a move is expected to Wythenshawe in the autumn.
FA Youth Cup games are played at Moss Lane. Altrincham & District FA games are usually held at Trafford FC, Shawe View.
The Alty team was Matthew Loizou (gk), Calvin Boyd, Harry Bracegirdle, Fergus Grogan, William Hall, Reiss Hughes, James O'Hara, Olaminde Okunowo, Dylan Scanlan, Harry Sheridan, Connor Tolan. The substitutes were Craig Barnett, Max Mckoy-Lewens, Bailey Richardson, Dylan Staves-Footitt and Sean Walker.
Altrincham Youth's first home game of the season today at the former Flixton FC ground in Valley Road ended on a sad note as the game had to be abandoned following a broken leg suffered by Alty winger Joe Mather (above). Altrincham were trailing 0-2 in the 54th minute when Joe went in determinedly for a 50-50 ball and it was immediately obvious that he had suffered a serious injury. Joe was not moved from the pitch and, after half an hour, an ambulance arrived. A further half an hour later he was inside the ambulance awaiting departure to hospital. At that point it was agreed that the match be abandoned and replayed at a later date.
All at Altrincham FC wish Joe a full recovery from his injury.
There is a report on the match, here.
Above: With keeper Matt Loizou in the background, left to right we see Alty defenders Connor Tolan, Will Hall and Ollie Okwundu during the first half against Prescot Cables.
A Lloyd Marsh-Hughes brace along with goals from Iwan Murray, Danny Hardman and James Cottrell saw the Young Blues seal three points on the opening day of the season... It took just 90 seconds of the new season for Lloyd Marsh-Hughes to open his account, firing home from the penalty spot after Rhain Hellawell was dragged down in the area. The opener appeared to stun Alty, Marsh-Hughes doubling his account just four minutes later, nodding Iwan Murray’s free-kick into the far corner of the net at the near post.
The Blues’ confidence was growing and the third goal was added in breathtaking circumstances. Rhain Hellawell’s throw-in made its way into the penalty area, Iwan Murray’s spectacular overhead kick fired the ball into the top corner of the net to the delight of all in attendance.
Altrincham were now finding a foothold in the game and pulled one back just before the half an hour mark, a loose ball on the Altrincham left was never really dealt with and was pulled back across the Chester penalty area to be slotted beyond Gale in the Chester goal, despite Ryan Dobson’s attempt to clear on the line.
Chester clinched the final goal of the half, however, to put their advantage at 4-1. Alty failed to clear a bouncing ball in the penalty area, Danny Hardman finding the net at the second attempt.
The second half didn’t ever produce the entertainment value that the first half had but James Cottrell’s goal was the pick of the action in the second fourty five minutes... Dobson saw his headed effort saved towards the end of the half but there was little to report in a game that had appeared over inside the opening quarter of an hour".
20 August 2017North West Youth Alliance reports that Altrincham FC Youth lost their opening league match of the season 5-1 away to Chester FC. Other results were:
Other teams in the Premier Division this season are Chorley, Hyde United and Prescot Cables
Alty's next league fixture is at home to Prescot Cables at Flixton Football Club M41 8RQ next Sunday.
In the NWYA Open Cup, Alty are at home on a date TBC to Southport and in the Neil Thomason Cup they entertain Chorley.
In the FA Youth Cup First Qualifying Round, to be played in week commencing Monday 18 September, Altrincham will be away to either Ashton United or Chadderton.27 July 2017
Paul Fay, manager of Altrincham FC Youth, has updated us on his team's participation in competitions in Northern Ireland...
"Having just returned back from Ireland, We would like to give an overview of the week! The U11s travelled over to Belfast on Friday 14th July to play in the Taggart Memorial Cup tournament which was held at Rathmore school on Saturday.
The U11s won their group and went through to the semi-finals to play St Patrick's and they won through to the final, playing some lovely football, versus Oliver Plunkett. The match witnessed a display of good passing from both teams and the match remained goalless until the 20th minute when Plunkett took the lead. They went two-up with five minutes to go when Altrincham Reds scored but, unfortunately, time ran out and the match ended up with Plunkett as champions.
The same morning the U12/13s and the U16/17s flew in. Both teams played games in Belfast v St Mary's and County Antrim respectively. All three squads went for dinner at a local restaurant, Goodfellas, before the U11s left for the airport and the other squads went to the hotel for a much needed rest.
The lads outside Goodfellas, Belfast.
Above: At the City Hotel in Derry
Sunday morning saw the coach-load of players depart Belfast and was Derry-bound to compete in the Foyle Cup.
The U13s' group opponents comprised Maiden City Academy, Donegal Schools and Cabinteeley FC.
The U16/17s, competing in the U19 group, had Foyle Harps, Newbuildings FC and Institute FC as their opponents. The younger group won the quarter-finals of the Shield but took a defeat in the semis, leaving them to compete in the play-off for 3rd/4th place, with great success, finishing third.
Both groups had a tough draw but Altrincham continued to compete well and play some excellent football at times. The older group reached the final of the Foyle Shield and won it.
There are a few people I would like thank for helping to support and organise the trip, including the training sessions for the six weeks leading up to it. Firstly, I would like to thank Sara Newton for the work she put into the trip to make sure everything was organised for the players and coaches! I also want to thank Neil Tolson, Graham Houghton and Aine Conway for all their hard work throughout the week, as well as Grahame and Karen Rowley, Paul Woolley, Sale Grammar School, Bells Gym for all the fitness sessions, Partington Sports Village, Manchester United, Bangor City Academy, Springhead FC, Southport FC, Altrincham FC Reserves, Altrincham Juniors U14 and 12s, Terry Flannagan and referees, Green Hot Clover, SK Kits, Cartwright Group, PFI signs, Paul Raftery, 3q Sports, Aquinas FC - Noel McKee, Rathmore Grammar School, Dunmurray Rec, Anthony Walsh,Co Antrim, St Mary's, Doyle FC, St Pats FC, ,St Oliver Plunkett FC, Cliftonville FC, Rossglass FC, Rosario FC, Beechlawn's Hotel, Belfast, City Hotel, Derry, Copeland Electrics, Keith Tierney, John McCormick, Dee Fitzpatrick.
Alty therefore progress to the First Qualifying Round, to be played in week commencing Monday 18 September. In that round, Altrincham will be away to either Ashton United or Chadderton.
Altrincham FC will again be sending a youth team to compete in the Foyle Cup, sponsored by Hughes Insurance, which takes place annually in Derry, Northern Ireland. News of their games in this year's tournament will be posted here on the website. The competition runs between Monday 17th July and Saturday 22nd July.