Thursday, April 05, 2012

Chester FC: Blues youth team ready for big cup semi-final test

 Source: Chester Chronicle

 CHESTER FC Youth face their biggest game of the season on Sunday.

The young Blues will bid to cause a shock when they host FC United of Manchester Youth in the semi-finals of the North West Youth Alliance Neil Thomason Cup.

Chester are the underdogs going into the last-four clash, which takes place on the main pitch at the Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton.

But Bernard Concannon, Chester FC’s head of youth development, believes they could not have a bigger incentive to upset the odds.

Concannon said: “It will be a tough game against the league and cup favourites, who are predominantly a year older than our current youth team squad.

“Saying that, on our day we are more than capable of rising to the occasion and producing the performance needed to progress to the final which has the added incentive of it taking place at the Exacta Stadium.”

Kick off on Sunday is 11am.

Two young Chester FC teams got the chance to play at the Exacta Stadium last Sunday.

A crowd of more than 100 watched the fledgling Blues under 10s and U13s in action.

The U10s, managed by Jason Bowdler, Calum McIntyre and Ashley Field, displayed some sublime passing and movement as they ran out 4-0 winners against Flint Town United U10s.

Joseph O’Gorman was named man of the match after bagging a brace.

Will Goodwin and Joe Burrows completed Chester’s scoring.

The U13s, managed by Russ Martin, continued their unbeaten run with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Dublin touring side St Kevin’s Boys Club U13s.

Harry Deponeo and Joe Hickson got the goals for the under-strength Blues, for whom Cameron Drury and Corey Sherman shared the man-of-the-match award.

Apr 5 2012 by Paul Wheelock, Chester Chronicle