Sunday, 16 November 2014

16-11-14                                         CUMNOR MINORS  7  v  BOTLEY BOYS  0

Playing only their second home game of the season Cumnor were up against a Botley side who have blown hot and cold since the start of the season and could prove a bit tricky, staying focused and concentrating from start was going to be a must!

Cumnor started the game strongly with Botley playing with a strong back four this was obvious from the start that Cumnor were going to have to be patient, 18 minutes later JAMIE fired in from just inside the area to brake the deadlock and calm the Cumnor nerves, two minutes later it was two when DOM slotted home and three minutes later after some good team work DOM headed in to make it 3-0, Cumnor were now in total control of the game and rounded off a great first half display with GEORGE M smashing the ball into the roof of the net( his first of the season, will he score a better one??)HT 4-0.
In the second half the subs were used(TOM making his welcome comeback after injury and hols........bit disappointed that he didn't wear his mickey mouse ears!!!maybe next week!!)   BUT Cumnor still started well when HARRYS shot/cross flew into the corner of the net after only three minutes of the restart, Cumnor were in control of the game and DOM got his hatrick and Cumnors 6th when he fired home on the half volley, lots of subs and changes were made during the last 20 minutes of the game but that didn't stop Cumnor adding to their tally when a great through ball from RONAN was finished off by CAM when he neatly lobbed the keeper for Cumnors 7th, with the  game safely won we were even treated to some trickery from MATTHEW on the right wing(confidence is everything and is great to see....well done MATTY) FT 7-0.

Another great performance from the boys NOT are best but solid and keeps our very impressive start to the season going WELL DONE TO ALL

Man of the Match:- RONAN for yet another powerhouse performance in midfield.

Also a big thank you to all the parents that helped with various tasks during and after the game.
                           LETS KEEP IT GOING BOYS .........THIS CURRENTLY COULD BE US!! 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Cumnor v Kidlington pix

09-11-14                                     KIDLINGTON   0  v   CUMNOR MINORS  11

After a three week break Cumnor were hoping to keep their successful start to the season going with  another trip to the unknown away at Kidlington.

Having thought Cumnor would only have 11 players available it was a bonus when both Mehmet and Will turned up to play.
Cumnor started with a positive line -up and were totally dominating the early period of the half and took the lead when a corner from HARRY was turned in to net by a Kidlington player, five minutes later it was two when HARRY curled a 30 yard free-kick into the top corner of the net, Cumnor continued pushing forward and hit the woodwork twice, it was DOM who then made it three when finishing calmly past the keeper after a great through ball from RONAN and then it was four when HARRY went through and rounded the keeper to finish with ease, DOM then headed in to make it five and although Kidlington were still trying hard to break the Cumnor defence down it was looking solid with CAM,JOHN,GEORGE M and MEHMET all looking to play some balls through to the forwards this resulting in the next goal when MEHMET played in HARRY for his hatrick and Cumnors sixth ......HT 0-6.
Cumnor made a couple of changes for the start of the second half but continued their onslaught when HARRY hammered in the 7th after just one minute of the half, DOM had his hatrick when turning in a RONAN corner, it was then 9 when a great team build up was finished off by HARRY, the management then decided to swap things around a bit.....BUT that didn't stop Cumnor still trying to add to their tally and DOMS long shot from 35 yards somehow found the back of the net!!with 5 minutes left WILL weaved his way into the box and finished superbly in the corner of the net..FT 0-11.

What a terrific result the boys kept going throughout and the confidence in the whole squad of players is evident to see, lets keep it going..... WELL DONE BOYS.

Man of the Match:- HARRY with 5 well taken goals

Special Mentions to JAMIE who had a terrific game and RONAN who worked tirelessly in the midfield and ADAM for keeping a clean sheet and his concentration.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19-10-2014                             ABINGDON UTD  3  v  CUMNOR MINORS  4

This was always going to be a tough game and a real test of character for the boys!!

The game started with Cumnor having the better of the early exchanges and going close on a couple of times,but it was Abingdon who took the lead when a corner was headed powerfully in the net, two minutes later and when Cumnor failed to clear the ball from the box Abingdon had doubled their lead, (after 20 minutes lots of teams would have dropped their heads and started giving up BUT NOT CUMNOR) the whole team kept battling away and were finally rewarded when DOM finished off a nice through ball from JAMIE 2-1(25mins) the game was very end to end and a great contest and it was Cumnor who got the equaliser just before halftime when DOM twisted and turned inside the area and then coolly with the outside of his foot curled the ball inside the far post 2-2 GAME ON! HT.

The second half started with GEORGE M having to slot into the right back position due to SCOTT who'd had a great first half coming off the with an injury and JAMIE going to the left back position, Cumnor again started the half well and were looking to take control of the game the defence were looking comfortable with CAM, JOHN,JAMIE, GEORGE M and GEORGE D playing really well and making some great tackles and clearing the ball effectively, Cumnor then took the lead when HARRY'S corner was headed home by DOM for his and Cumnors third, with still 20 minutes left to play Cumnor were going to have to show not only character but real strength....RONAN was having a great match in the middle of the park and COOKIE was doing his normal battling job, MATTHEW came on and chased up and down the right wing effectively and ADAM's distribution from the area was becoming more and more effective, and then HARRY smashed a free-kick off the bar and DOM hit the post with the follow up, Cumnor were looking to build on their lead  and when DOM turned and shot from fully 20 yards out it looked like job done BUT again the ball hit the post and again was cleared, Abingdon then won a free-kick on the left hand side of the box, the ball was swung in to the area but cleared by the Cumnor defence only to be put back in and then turned in!!! the linesman flagged for offside but apparently Cumnor had a invisible player stood on the line!!!!!!!!!!(it's the refs finalcall)3-3, with 5 minutes left Cumnor were still looking to win the game and when a foul on HARRY was committed MEHMET swung in the resulting free-kick and DOM turned the ball in for the winner (78 mins)  for much celebrations both on and off the pitch to start. FT 3-4.

What can I say about the display of all the boys today a fantastic all round performance from everybody, all parents and the Cumnor management  should be (and are)very proud of the boys.

Man of the Match:- DOM Four great goals and for causing so much trouble for the Abingdon defence

n.b After being coach/manager of this great little team for 8 seasons I can proudly say that was our best ever result/ performance A VERY BIG WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLDED.(Mark)



Sunday, 12 October 2014

12-10-14               B&B CUP      ST EDS  1  v  CUMNOR MINORS  0

After yet another no show from the ref!! Ian kindly stepped in to take charge of this B&B cup game.

In a tight first half both teams had chances to take the lead with St Eds hitting the crossbar and Cumnor keeping the St Eds goalkeeper busy, with both teams making claims for penalties the score remained 0-0 at the half time break.
In the second half the game remained a tight affair with Cumnor having the lions share of the possession and with both DOM and MATT having half chances to score......BUT it was St Eds who broke the deadlock with a through ball that caught the Cumnor defence of their guard and was finished off by rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home, Cumnor kept pushing forward with WILL trying to create more chances for the forwards and JAMIE putting in some great crosses from the left side,BUT the final whistle went (what whistle!!!!!)and Cumnor had lost their first game of the season, FT 1-0.

The boys should take heart from this game they had most of the play and chances so can go into the league game against St Eds with real confidence and look to bounce back next weekend.

No Man of the match awarded but special mention to WILL,GEORGE M and RONAN

With thanks to Ian for refereeing the match