Slough Town's U14s had a week off from league action as they welcomed LA Galaxy Academy for a fixture at Arbour Park on their tour of the UK.
A great training session between the two teams on Saturday set the tone for a competitive match on Sunday that consisted of three 25 minute periods.
The first period saw an early chance for the visitors with a striker through on goal. After some good play an unlucky finish was put wide which was a let-off for Slough. The Rebels responded well and a great delivery from a Taylor corner was headed against the bar by Joseph as the first period ended goalless.
In the second period Slough started on the front foot with some lovely play, which the visitors coped well with some strong defending. Slough took the lead 10 minutes from the end of the period, after a super run from left back James, gliding past two defenders before cutting inside and lashing an unstoppable shot into the corner.
The third and final period began with LA Galaxy taking the game to Slough but a well organised defensive display coped well with what was thrown at them. Slough added a second goal on the counter-attack after a great run and cross from Joseph was emphatically finished on the half volley by Owen.
The final score was 2-0, and it was a great day and experience for the young lads. We say a big thank you to LA Galaxy for the privilege to have such an occasion and we wish them all the very best on the rest of their tour and a safe journey home.
Elsewhere, the U16s went to Taplow looking to keep their title hopes alive. The boys started brightly and dominated the play and it looked like a Slough goal was only a matter of time. But Taplow took the lead from a free kick just outside the box and took a 1-0 lead into the second half.
Early in the half Taplow doubled their lead with a breakaway and neat finish. The boys gritted their teeth and put in a spirited performance to drag the match back to 2-2 with two goals from Tom Mac. With 15 minutes to go it looked like the boys would snatch the win they needed, but the ball just wouldn't go in. A draw and a win were the results needed to keep the U16s title hopes alive. But unfortunately, Slough got the draw and Penn got the win, so it’s onwards to next week to try and consolidate the runner-up spot.
There was success for our amazing U10 girls, who won the League Cup with a penalty shootout. We are really proud of the youngest Rebelettes and coaches Jake and Nicole.
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