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Recapping all the big moments in a certain match, reports from non-league to Major League Soccer.

Match Report Man City EDS 4-0 Middlesbrough EDS

Manchester City EDS followed up their 0-0 draw against Chelsea, with a convincing 4-0 victory over a Middlesbrough side that had some bright young stars. Despite the scoreline, it was a good test for City’syoungsters, Middlesbrough are a good side, who have some very exciting talents. A brace from Jordi Mayfuila, one from Luca Scapuzzi and a penalty from Denis Suarez earnt the blues a 4-0 win infront of an 1,000 plus crowd at the Etihad Stadium.

Reserve coach Attilio Lombardo selected a strong starting 11, featuring playmakers Marco Lopes and Denis Suarez, a strong back four of Reece Wabara, Ryan McGivern, Kieron Kennedy and Jeremy Helan, aswell as the in-form Jordy Hiwula being deployed as the lone striker. The major surprise of the night was the return of Gareth Barry, who played 45 minutes; ensuring the England international is back to full-fitness for when he is required.

Middlesbrough had put 4-0 past Palace in their first game of the season and they fielded a strong lineup aswell, including Andy Halliday, skipper Matty Dolan, Ryan Brobbell, Jake Fowler, Kyle  Oliver and Wilson Kneeshaw leading the line upfront.

As the game kicked-off, an even match was looming, it was very competitive and both sides were shifting the ball about well and looking desperate for the points. Neither of the side got into the game straight away, but it was Middlesbrough who made the brighter start, though it never produced any clear-cut chances.

In the 14th minute, the home side took the lead, Jordy Hiwula capitalised on a misplaced pass from Andy Halliday, rounded Ripley and calmly slotted his chance away; his first goal of the season. Shortly after Middlesbrough had a great chance to level the score, it fell to Wilson Kneeshaw, but his effort was well saved by Johansen in the city goal. Albert Rusnak was showing some neat touches down the left-flank and it was the Slovakian who had the latest effort on goal, he cut in well from the left and struck a fierce shot to test Connor Ripley and it was a good save from the Boro shot-stopper, parrying the ball away from danger. Matty Dolan then over-hit a free-kick for the away side, there only real chance of the first half, apart from the early chance for Kneeshaw.

On the stroke of half time, the visitors were presented with a glorious chance to equaliser, Wilson Kneeshaw would of tied things up, but for a super block from Ryan McGivern, brilliant defensive work from the City youth product. Because of the block from McGivern, City went in at the break leading through that goal from Jordy Hiwula.

HT Man City EDS 1-0 Middlesbrough EDS

As the action resumed, the same entertaining football continued, showing that its always good to watch abit of youth football whenever possible. Italian Striker Luca Scapuzzi was sent on as a replacement for Gareth Barry and the former A.C Milan scholar was involved instantly. Skipper George Evans launched a lovely ball over the top for Scapuzzi, who latched on to the pass, skilfully got in behind the Boro backline and drew a foul; leading to the ref awarding a penalty. Spanish whizkid Denis Suarez stepped up and confidently dispatched the spot-kick; sending Connor Ripley the wrong way.

Just after, City could of increased the score even further, JordyHiwula with the narrow miss after good work from Scapuzzi and Rusnak. Middlesbrough were limited to just the one chance on goal, it fell to Ryan Brommel, though his long-range effort was well held by Erik Johansen. Another chance from the Teesiders followed, Kyle Oliver having a header cleared off the line by Ryan McGivern, who had an exceptional game for the blues. At the other end, George Evans goes close, but slices wide from Marco Lopes’s corner.

Albert Rusnak combined well with Denis Suarez and and curls one, the result was a corner-kick as the shot was deemed to have took a slight deflection. From the corner, City grabbed their 3rd, Luca Scapuzzi ran towards the near post and stabs home his first of the season. And going into the 90th minute, City capped off the win in style, a magnificent solo goal from Hiwula, who cut in and fired home the 4th.

A brilliant game of football, City’s next fixture is in the Next Gen Series next Thursday against PSG.


City: Johansen, Wabara, Kennedy, McGivern, Helan, Evans, Barry (Scapuzzi), Suarez, Rusnak (Drury), Lopes(Henshall),Hiwula

Boro: Ripley, Pilatos, Burgess, Jackson, Halliday, Dolan, Edwards(Wyke), Oliver(Rivers), Brobbell, Fowler(Bennett), Kneeshaw

Man Of The Match: Denis Suarez

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Attendance: 1,649

Match Rating: 8/10

Match Report Curzon Ashton 6-0 Garforth Town

Curzon followed up their 1-1 draw with Salford on Saturday with a convincing 6-0 victory over Garforth Town. Five goals from Kristian Dennis and one from Scott Metcalfe handed Curzon an emphatic win on the first competitive home game of the season.

The opening stages was fairly even, Curzon’s best chance falling to Kristian Dennis, on his favoured left-foot, which was beaten away by Garforth’s keeper Danny Greeves. Centre-half Andy Watson then had a chance, but he headed wide from Walker’s free-kick.

But in the 14th minute, Curzon took the lead, Scott Metcalfe popped up with a glancing header from Sam Walker’s in swinging free-kick from the right. Just after Metcalfe had a chance to make it 2, his shot going agonisingly wide.

It became slightly one-sided after that, with Stuart Cook providing the next chance, with an effort that just rose above Greave’s crossbar. The only chance for the away side fell to Luke Sherry, but his shot didn’t really test Ollerenshaw to an extent and it was a comfortable save.

From Cook’s corner, Andy Watson had another header at goal, this time rattling the crossbar in the 29th minute. Scott Metcalfe was having some joy down the left and he attempted a stunning half volleyed effort, which was turned behind by Greaves.

A swift break from Curzon led to the 2nd goal, Metcalfe crossed to the far post for Evans, who tried his luck first time, his shot was clawed away by Greaves, but the ball hit Dennis for his 2nd goal of the season. Evans had an opportunity almost straight after, his left-footed effort was pushed away by Greaves, who was very busy in the Garforth goal.

In the 38th minute, Curzon made it 3-0, Walker released Metcalfe down the left and he fizzed the ball across the face of goal, for Dennis to grab his second of the game; his third of the season. Soon after it was 4, Dennis with a crisp finish with his left-foot for the hat-rick; the 3rd quickest hat-rick in Curzon history.

HT 4-0.

Moments after half-time, Dennis continued his goalscoring exploits, netting his 4th goal, sidefooting home after a darting run by George Bowyer down the right. He wasn’t stopping there though, as he bagged a fifth, then being replaced by Bradley Robinson.

Curzon were playing some nice football, while Garforth were limited to just one or two clear cut chances, either going over or being a simple stop for Ollerenshaw. The visitors only had 2 substitutes and weren’t posing any major threat to the Curzon backline, but anytime they did it was well snuffed out.  Bradley Robinson had a couple  of chances to add to the lead, while late on Brian Summerskill saw a speculative chip just go over the cross bar. Curzon saw the game out and it was an impressive win, which sees them climb to second in the table, with 4 points.

FT Curzon Ashton 6-0 Garforth Town


Curzon: Ollerenshaw, Bowyer, Hampson, Hunt, Watson, Lakeland, Cook (Summerskill), Walker, Evans, Dennis (Robinson), Metcalfe (Blackshaw).

Garforth: Greaves, Williams, Greenhalgh (Donaldson), Hardy, Smith, Moke, Ibrahim, Sherry, Burgess, Kendall, Redfern.

Match Report Chelsea 3-2 Man City (Community Shield)

Man City began preparations for the upcoming Premier League season with a 3-2 victory over Chelsea at Villa Park. Samir Nasri’s goal proved to be the decisive goal in an entertaining contest.

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo fielded a strong lineup, featuring new signing Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Ramires and Frank Lampard. City were subject to some injuries, with Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli, Gareth Barry and Micah Richards all being ruled out. Roberto Mancini opted to continue with the 3 at the back system, Vincent Kompany was selected in defence alongside Stefan Savic and Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksander Kolarov and James Milner were deployed as wing-backs, whilst Nigel De Jong, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri started in midfield and Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez completing the lineup.

City made the brighter start in early stages, with Carlos Tevez coming extremely close within taking the lead from a free-kick from distance, which was beaten away by Cech. Soon after the Champions had another chance to open the scoring, this time Samir Nasri testing Peter Cech, though it was going to be difficult to get past Czech Republic shot-stopper.Cech was forced into another save moments later, palming away Kolarov’s inswinging corner.

For the majority of the half, it was City who had the upper hand and were keeping possession very well, with only Eden Hazard forcing Costel Pantillimon into a save, thought he big Romanian held it well. But against the run of play, in the 39th minute, Chelsea took the lead, Ramires found space outside the box and flicked the ball to Torres, who skilfully finished for a real smash and grab goal. Things seemed to be going well for Chelsea, until 4 minutes before half time, Ivanovic saw red, for a tackle on Kolorov, potentially ruining their chances of winning the game, as playing with a man down against the reigning Champions was no easy task.

HT Chelsea 1-0 City

City then leveled things up, minutes after the break, Milner’s cross was only partially cleared as far as Yaya Toure and the Ivorian drove a shot into the corner. Then moments later, City took the lead, Carlos Tevez linked up well with Nasri and then skipped past David Luiz, before curling a shot past Cech. Chelsea were forced to play with men behind the ball and weren’t posing much of a threat due to the dismissal of Ivanovic, their only chance falling to Ramires, but it was a comfortably save for Pantillimon. Samir Nasri added a third for City and piled more pressure on Chelsea, he steered home Kolarov’s  cross for the 4th goal of the game.

Chelsea reduced the deficit in the 80th minute, substitute Ryan Bertrand netting his first goal for the club, after Pantillimon spilled Sturridge’s well struck effort. But City held out and could of extended their lead, if Aguero would of put away a chance late on. A very entertaining game, with both sides showing promising signs for the season ahead, a good way to begin the competitive action.

FT Chelsea 2-3 City

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Ramires,  Lampard, Mata,(Sturridge) Torres, Hazard(Bertrand)

City: Pantillimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic(Clichy), Milner, De Jong, Yaya Toure, Kolarov, Nasri(Silva), Aguero, Tevez(Dzeko)

Match Report Curzon Ashton 1-4 Ashton United

Match Report on the Arthur Clancy Trophy match at Tameside Stadium…

Curzon ended their pre-season preparations with a 4-1 defeat against Ashton United in the Arthur Clancy Trophy. Both sides were experimenting for the new season and the result wasn’t too disappointing for the home side. It was a good test for Curzon nonetheless, as it allowed them to get a glimpse of what to expect in the Premier Division.

It was the visitors who made the brighter start, with Mark Peers showing some good touches down the left flank, he created the first chance of the game when he whipped in a teasing cross, that Warren Beattie met, but the header was off target. More threat from United followed, with Astley Muholland, the nifty right winger, attempting a rather speculative effort that rose above the bar. United had yet another chance to take the lead, this chance fell to midfielder Mattie Burke, after being played through by Matty Barlow, he found space just inside the penalty area, he should of really buried it and it proved to be quite a simply stop for Josh Ollerenshaw between the sticks.

Curzon started to get back in the game slightly more, they had several chances from distance, the closest they came within opening the scoring was either snuffed out or blocked. Just as they were building some momentum and getting on top, United took the lead, a brief lapse of concentration from the Curzon allowed Aaron Burns to nip in behind, then Josh Ollerenshaw misjudged the flight of the ball and Burns had near enough an open goal to aim at. He managed to sneak the ball into the bottom corner to give the away side the lead in the 32nd minute.

The home side’s best chance to level the score came from a set piece, which Bradley Robinson took. He struck a powerful effort, but it was beaten away by Terry Smith, United’s shot-stopper. Curzon were looking a whole lot more threatening and started getting the ball down a bit more, although United remained solid at the back and wouldn’t let anything pass. United were happy to hear the half-time whistle blow, because Curzon were applying pressure.

HT Curzon Ashton 0-1 Ashton United

Whatever John Flanagan said to his players at the interval, the message appeared to have been clear, as Curzon responded well and started the half the strongest. Kristian Dennis went close; his shot was comfortably held by Terry Smith though. Ashton then had a chance shortly after, Chris Lynch trying his luck from distance. Then Ashton extended their lead, Mark Peer’s fired a low shot, which only Ollerenshaw could parry into the path of the onrushing Muholland, who tapped in, the win seemed secured, but it was still early into the half. In quick succession United then grabbed a 3rd, scored by Ben Deegan, who slid in and poked home, injuring Ollerenshaw in the process, who found another low shot too hot to handle. The Premier division side weren’t finished there, they put a good string of passes together and Ben Deegan set Aaron Burn’s away, he was brought down by Ollerenshaw in the box, the ref pointed to the spot. Burns then dusted himself off and coolly dispatched his penalty.

When Matty Purcell was sent on, he started to get some joy on the right and it was the sub, who had a hand in Curzon’s goal. He made a darting run down the right, his cross was met by Tony Evans, he volleyed with the outside of his foot and it deflected off Kristian Dennis, the game was out of sight and it was only a consolation to be fair. Dennis had another chance for a 2nd late on, he beat the offside trap and delivered a left-foot finish and forced a smart save from Terry Smith.

FT Curzon Ashton 4-1 Ashton United

Overall it was a very good game, a good standard of football and both sides showing promising signs for the upcoming season.Ashton thoroughly deserved to claim the Trophy, but it was a good test for Curzon, who begin their campaign against Salford City on 18th August.

Curzon: Ollerenshaw (Green), Bowyer, Hampson, Woodford (Mather), Hunt, Cook, (Lakeland) Kay (Purcell), Walker (Summerskill), Evans, Dennis, Robinson (Metcalfe).

United: Smith (Cheetham), Frost, Caldecott (Rose), Beattie, Robinson, Lynch, Muholland (Kosylo), Burke ((Lambert), Burns(Williams), Barlow(Deegan), Peers(Harrop).

Match Report Oldham Athletic 2-1 Man City

Match Report on the Local derby, come pre-season friendly at Boundary Park.

Oldham Athletic capped off a superb pre-season with a 2-1 win over Premier League Champions Man City. There were many fans in support for both sides and it was a great result, on and off the pitch, with the attendance over 6,000, generating more money for the League 1 outfit.

City fielded a strong starting eleven that included stars such as Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Roque Santa Cruz, James Milner, Joe Hart and skipper Nigel De Jong. Oldham also put out a competitive squad, giving new signing’s Jonathan Grounds, Lee Croft, Cliff Byrne and an unknown trialist all being selected from the off.

It was the home side he made a bright start to the game and caught city off guard, in the opening stages Gael Clichy cheaply gave away the ball and the Portugese trialist seized on the Frenchman’s mistake, he played Robbie Simpson through, who drove the ball into the far corner, giving Joe Hart no chance and sending Latics’ fans into roars of cheers. It was Simpson’s 4th goal of pre-season and his second goal against a Premier League giant, having scored the opening goal against Liverpool in the Fa Cup last season.

Oldham were getting right into the faces of the Champions, giving them no time and space on the ball and pressing at every opportunity, whilst also putting a string of passes together of their own and playing some beautiful football. City responded well to going behind and had a good chance to level through Croatian under 19 striker Mario Jelavic, Reece Wabara showed great skill down the left, got to the byline and crossed for Jelavic,who tried his luck first time, but failed to get a sweet connection. In the first 10-15 minutes, there were some key battles going on, most notably the Skipper’s Dean Furman and Nigel De Jong going it in midfield, wasn’t it a friendly?

Many of the City lads were looking rather tired as they hadn’t been training as intense as the lads who went on tour in Austria and Malaysia. Oldham on the other hand, were looking incredibly sharp and fought for every ball, putting in a spirited performance. As new signing Jonathan Grounds gave away the ball on the edge of his own box, Nasri collected the ball, slid a perfect pass through to Jelavic, who’s shot beat Cisak, but rattled off the post.

Great work from Santa Cruz, led to Clichy darting down the left, he squared the ball for Milner, the former Villa midfielder struck his shot powerfully, Cisak read it quickly and it was beaten away, a good stop from the Australian shot-stopper.

HT Oldham 1-0 Man City

No changes were made at the break and City upped their game a little, just after the break they went close again, Jelavic’s deflected shot fell into the path of Milner, he sidefooted and again Cisak denied the England international. Moment’s later, City’s patient build up was rewarded, Roque Santa Cruz took the ball round Cisak and finished cooly, after the ball had ricocheted off Cliff Byrne. 1-1. Good work from Simpson and Furman gave M’changama a shot from distance, although Hart held comfortably.

Midway into the second half, City range the changes, with Nasri, Hart, Milner and Jelavic all coming off and Emyr Huws, Albert Rusnak, Jordi Hiwula and Ian Lawlor all coming on. Later on Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Roque Santa Cruz and Shay Facey also made way for Greg Leigh, Adam Drury, Kieran Kennedy and Harry Bunn. Oldham’s Portugese trialist Rui Miguel had a brilliant game and was replaced by Daniel Taylor, at the same time Nigel De Jong was brought off for Glendon. City’s big stars had been replaced and it was a chance to give the youngsters a glimpse of first-team action.

City’s new breed of talent searched for a winner and pushed forward, they did their very best, but Cisak in the Oldham goal looked unbeatable and made an excellent saved to deny Rusnak, who cut in from the left and unleashed a shot that took a deflection and forced Cisak to tip onto the post, that was followed up by a goal-line clearance from Jean-Yves M’Voto. As City committed men forward, Latics had a final chance from a corner and they netted a last-gasp winner.  Substitute Matt Smith made a nuisance of himself in the City box and the ball fell to Jonathan Grounds, he smashed the ball past Ian Lawlor with his right-foot to send the fans wild. A great display from Oldham. full of encouraging signs for next season. From City’s perspective, it was all about the fitness, it was a great workout for the lads who featured in the Euro’s and terrific to see some new names in the City lineup.

FT Oldham 2-1 Man City

Man of the Match: Jonathan Grounds, attacked a lot down the left and was the eventual match winner.

Match Rating: 8/10

Attendance: 6,589


City: Hart(Lawlor), Wabara, McGivern, Lescott(Kennedy), Clichy(Leigh), Facey(Drury), Milner(Huws), De Jong(Glendon), Santa Cruz(Bunn), Nasri(Rusnak, Jelavic(Hiwula).

Oldham: Cisak, Byrne, Grounds, M’Voto, Tarkowski, Wesolowski,(Millar) Furman(Winchester), Trialist A,(Taylor Simpson(Smith), M’changama, Croft.(Hughes).


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