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Monday 19 March 2018

Mixed results for our Junior teams this weekend. U13s with an 8-2 victory while the U11s suffered a defeat at the hands of Sceaux. Both teams should be congratulated on their performances.

Under 13s Match Report

The U13 Match against Chatenay Malabry took place on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon.With a goal after a few minutes into the match and many achievements for the SAC during the first 15 minutes, the team spirit led to a fantastic 8-2 victory for the SAC.

Our goal keeper Lucas didn’t see much action from the opponents at the beginning of the match, whilst watching some dynamic defence with Antonin, Philip and wonderful Balthazar who was the youngest but running as fast as the tallest opposition strikers.

Midfield and attack with Arthus, Alex, William and Mattia. They all scored twice!

The second half was more balanced but the team stayed focused and scored 6 times (corners, kick-off, side and frontal attack...) and Lucas came off his goal line on several occasions to save goals and lead the SAC to a win!

Under 11s Match Report

In football there are always highs and lows and following on from their 7-1 victory last weekend the U11s unfortunately experienced a low.

The team played away from home against Sceaux, not always a good hunting ground for the SAC as the U11s lost 23-0 in the corresponding match last season. Nobody on the team was looking for excuses but having got used to our well kept lawns at the club, we did struggle to get to grips with their terrain which looks like an abandoned clay tennis court at best and bounces and bobbles at speed which makes the ball hard to control. The fact that Sceaux play on this terrain week in week out certainly plays in their favor, a little like Luton Town and QPR in the days of the old football league. We got off to a good start and were looking for the passes from the whistle. Iskander was very unlucky in the opening minutes hitting the woodwork with a low shot before the home team went on the attack the other end and scored. 1-0. It was becoming clear that Sceaux were a well drilled team and were strong on and off the ball and had a lot of pace throughout. Slowly they started to impose themselves and were creating several chances and managed to score a second before half time. 2-0. The second half was a similar story and we were simply outplayed by a good team who deserved to win by more than the 5-0 score line at the final whistle. If it wasn't for Ines our goalkeeper, the score could well have been in the double figures. Great managers always say that they learn more in defeat than in victory and Didier may well have the same sentiment. The team has made, and is making, huge progress each week but the opposition demonstrated that we need to be stronger on the ball and learn how to play into space and behind the defenders. This will come with time. One highlight will be the performance of Ines our keeper. We don't like to pick out individual players on the whole but she really does deserve the praise for her performances week in week out and the manner in which she plays. It can't be easy for the only girl to be playing in the league but she leads by example and is not scared to boss her team around like all good keepers should and shows immense courage in goal and never shies away from shot stopping or throwing herself at the feet of oncoming attackers. For the second time this season the opposing team has made enquiries about her availability but the U11s are a work in progress and our keeper is the cornerstone of this team. Fortunately we have one more fixture to play before the winter break to try and get back to winning ways and finish the first half of the season on a high. Come down this Saturday at 11am to lend your support and watch them play at home against Antony Ass.