Youth football roundup
Diss U11 10 East Harling 0. Diss made it five league wins from five with an emphatic win over a determined East Harling side.
Diss started quickly and were 7-0 up inside 16 minutes in what was a truly breathtaking performance. Will Cunningham scored a 10-minute hat-trick with Harvey Wymark scoring a double and Alfie Marsham and Tyler Noller scoring one each. Will Cunningham then scored just before half-time to put Diss 8-0 up at the break. The back three of Max Hewitt, Dylan Gardiner and Kuba Boryczka still had to be at their best to keep a lively Harling strike force quiet. Miles Holiday was his usual hard working self and probably deserved a goal for his efforts. Alex Dunseith, although the quietest of the keepers, was always alert and his distribution was first class as always. The second half saw Diss score two more goals, with Miles Holiday getting a goal his play deserved and an unfortunate goal from a Harling defender meaning Diss ran out 10-0 winners.
Diss Hawks U13 played their first home game against Brandon Town and by half-time found themselves behind. Keeper Henry Ready work hard in the second half as did defenders Jacob Ready, Eren Karakus along with midfielders Oliver Lee, Oliver Hunt and Nathan Channell but Brandon still came out on top scoring another three. FT: Hawks 0 Brandon 5. MoM: Nathan Channell and Jacob Ready.
Stradbroke Youth U14 6 Diss Town U14 3. Diss started the livelier with Charlie Bowen opening the scoring after being brought down in the box – firing from the penalty spot. After that, Stradbroke Youth pressed hard for an equaliser but Charlie Crawford pulled off three fantastic saves to keep Diss in front. In the end, Stradbroke managed to score three quick goals. Lesley Mabeleka and Tim Hurtley were kept busy in the centre of defence. It was 2-1 at half-time and come the second half, Diss brought on two substitutes, Archie Hewitt and Owen Thompson-Browne and straight away Hewitt scored, although it was disallowed for offside. Soon after, Owen Thompson-Browne got on the scoresheet, making the score 3-2. Stradbroke then pulled another one in front to make the score 4-2. Harry Maguire was making good runs down the right. Charlie Bowen got his second goal of the match with an assist from Kieran Allen. Man of the match Dane Potter had a very busy game in midfield. Diss were unable to add more goals while Stradbroke added two more. Captain's MoM: Harry Maguire. Manager's MoM: Dane Potter.
Diss U15 suffered a home defeat against a strong Rushmere team. The away side started brightly on a blustery morning but Diss recovered well to come back into the match and were unlucky when Ollie Goodwin-Tallents' great shot fizzed just over. Diss went close again before Rushmere hit them on the break and then quickly doubled their lead. The home response was excellent, with PoM Dan Whyman applying the finish to a great pass by Jay Turvey. Elias Clarke made a great save, but Diss were then caught again just before the break. Dan Whyman pulled one back from a fine pass by Scott Wilby and the comeback looked on for Diss. However, they quickly conceded a soft goal and were then picked off as they tried to force the pace. FT 2-7.
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On a blustery morning, Scole U15 kicked off against Thorpe with the bare 11 players after a late call-off. However, they started playing their usual passing game, creating several half chances. Thorpe looked lively on the counter-attack and took the lead with a scruffy goal with the Scole defence appealing for offside. Dan Heffer, playing against his former club, equalised before half-time with a great strike from the edge of the area which went in off the upright. The second half was very similar to the first, with Scole dictating play, but Thorpe looking lively on the break. After a few near misses, including Dan Heffer's drive clipping a post, Kieran Manning's volley narrowly wide and Charlie Hitch going close, Dan Haffer's excellent pass over the Thorpe defence was met by a well-timed run by Owen Page to lift his header over the keeper to give Scole a deserved lead. Scole then took the foot off the gas and Thorpe had a few half chances before an own goal sealed the 3-1 win. MoM: Dan Heffer.
Kirkley & Pakefield U18 7 Diss Town U18 2 – Diss U18 bowed out of their league cup to a physically stronger and older Kirkley team. Their hosts had won their opening three league games by a total goals margin of 20-0. Ashley Baxter and Joe Hooton are the only members of the Diss 15 that are not eligible to play next season so this fixture was a good learning match for the rest of the squad. Against the run of play Kirkley took a 19th-minute lead when Joel Wilson headed in at the far post from five yards out to a cross from the right. Hooton replied with a well-struck free-kick which was held just under the bar by goalkeeper Bradley Fisher. A fine passing move ended with Keenan Hutchings shooting in when unmarked in a central position 15 yards from goal in the 38th minute to make it 2-0. The second half was full of attacking action and goals. The crazy action took just 25 seconds to start with twins Rory then Callum Olpin denied by a fine double save by Fisher. Diss got back into the game in the 52nd minute when Hooton ran from halfway, had many chances to pass but beat five players before moving into the penalty area and shooting in. Rather than being a platform to build on Diss relaxed and conceded a goal inside 40 seconds and another less than a minute after that. Callum Batley scored twice, firstly with a 25 yard shot and then after appearing to use his hand. George Milton made it 5-1 with a shot high into the corner of the net from outside the penalty area in the 59th minute. Hooton then latched on to a poor kick out by Fisher and forced the goalkeeper to use his feet to concede a corner. The corner from the right was flicked on at the near post for Rory Olpin to head in at the far post from six yards out. Diss gave the ball away in the 72nd minute to allow Milton a 20-yard shot which was deflected by a defender and went in off the inside of a post. Indecision in the Diss defence at an attempted clearance saw the ball drop for Ben Mann to complete the scoring with a tap into an unguarded goal in the 78th minute.
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Scole United U11 made it five out of five league wins and maintained their lead at the top of the NYFC First Division with a convincing 4-0 home win against Hindolveston. Scole dominated throughout, playing a steady first half into the wind and then unleashing their form in the second half with four goals and solid defending to maintain a clean sheet. The first half remained goalless, despite a number of attempts on target by Thomas Church, Ewan Johnson and Brad Potter - Joseph Boardman almost opening the score with a shot denied by the bar. Scole kept up the pressure after the break and were rewarded with two early goals in close succession – Ewan Johnson converting a Thomas Church corner from the back post, followed by an own goal when Johnson's attacking cross took a deflection in-off the Hindolveston defence. Five minutes later and a further corner floated in by Thomas Church was scrambled in the Hindolveston goal mouth and tucked away by Johnson to claim Scole's third.
Scole were on a roll and playing confident football, Alfie Cobbold, Mackenzie Manning and James Taylor keeping a tight unit at the back – Taylor's frequent interceptions and some silky footwork helping to keep the possession with Scole. Ten minutes from time and a corner taken by Brad Potter was picked up by Joseph Boardman at close range – Boardman's solid strike securing the fourth and final goal and a well deserved three points. MoM: James Taylor.
Eye Saints U14 – last year's two promoted sides clashed as Eye welcome Framlingham. Straight from the off Cameron Rossell tore down the wing at the visiting left back and after five minutes a pinpoint cross found Callum Hewitt at the far post to give Eye the lead. The hosts continued to press with Flynn Ovens and Archie Clarkson causing real problems in the search for a second goal. Framlingham came out strong in the second half and levelled after a scramble in the box. The visitors were then awarded a penalty which saw a stunning save from Ollie Fairweather who was diving to his right, but saved with his legs to the left. Benji Brooks and Thomas Bloomfield also performed well at full-back and were unlucky to see Framlingham take the lead via another scramble inside the area. The Saints justly levelled with a minute to go as Ed Saunders guided the ball past the onrushing keeper getting clattered accidentally in the process. FT: Eye Saints 2 Framlingham Town Knights 2. Man Of The Match Ollie Fairweather for a stunning penalty save amongst several other saves.