Whetstone Wanderers Win Under 12 Cup

We completed our cup final schedule for this season on Sunday morning at Silver Jubilee Park, the splendid new home of Edgware Town and Hendon Football Clubs. This game was the Under 12 final between Wembley Youth from the Harrow Youth League and Whetstone Wanderers Youth, who play in the Watford Friendly League. These teams, the survivors from the 96 who entered the competition this season, produced an entertaining game.

Whetstone Wanderers attacked from the kick off and skipper Jacob Bland was tripped just outside the Wembley penalty area.  The free kick was floated wide by the Wanderers number 11, who was unfortunately, not identified on the team sheet.

However, Wanderers went ahead in the 5th minute. Caspar Fusco hit a loose ball home from close range following a corner from no. 11. This proved to be the only goal of the game.

The Wembley captain, Theo Alexandrou, was prominent in the first half and tried several shots from long range. He was just too high in the 19th and 25th minutes and had a drive scrambled away for a corner just before half time.

He was through on goal in the 46th minute but he pulled his shot wide.

Whetstone’s Mikael Mouskoundi and George Taylor Yeates formed a pleasing move to break out of defence and create a promising chance but the latter was adjudged offside. Soon afterwards, George fired just wide.

Wembley keeper, Kacper Zapieracznski, saved low from George, after a good through ball by Caspar.  Then, George was brought down just outside the penalty area but Mikael blasted the resulting free kick over the top.  

Final score: Wembley Youth U12 0   Whetstone Wanderers U12 1

Referee Charley McInerney and his team controlled the proceedings very well.

The Guest of Honour, Middlesex FA Councillor, Jim Bragg, presented the trophy and medals at the end of the game and chose Wanderer’s, Caspar Fusco as Player of the Match.

Our thanks are given to both Edgware Town FC and Hendon FC for allowing us the use of their fine facilities and for their excellent hospitality on the day. The attendance was 184.

WEMBLEY YOUTH U12: Kacper Zapieracznski, Kota Matsui, Jack Bailey, Lewis Hodge, Theo Alexandrou (capt), Asher Samuels, Trent Headley, Martel Thompson and Ahmad Massoud Bakhshi.

Substitutes: (rolling substitutes are used in this competition) Carlos McIntosh, Isa Bakhshi, Emmanuel Mgbean, Devonte Grant and Bailey Zammit.

Manager: Craig Lopez

WHETSTONE WANDERERS YOUTH U12: Freddie Pritchett, Alfie Dorrington, Christian Chiotis, Matty Whitworth, Jacob Bland (capt), Caspar Fusco, Louie Brandon, Harry Gilzean and Charlie Savage.

Substitutes: Michael Mina, George Taylor Yeates, Lucas Radley, George Poskitt and Mikael Mouskoundi.

Manager: Vas Chiotis.

Referee: Charley McInerney   Assistant Referees: Paul Gaines and Ronan Hodgson   Fourth Official:  Nick Andrea.

Photos from the game can be found here courtesy of match day photographer, Chris Benn. 

                                                                                                                                                                                              Jim Taylor

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