Book onto Cougars Summer Soccer School

Cougars’ soccer schools welcome boys & girls 4-12 years old regardless of ability or experience to have fun in a safe environment. All coaches are FA qualified with 1st aid training and are CRB checked.

  • Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th July, 9am to 3pm.
  • Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th August, 9am to 3pm.
  • Tuesday 22th & Wednesday 23th August, 9am to 3pm.

At Freman College, (Lower field) Bowling Green Ln, Buntingford SG9 9BT.

Drop off and pick up point outside sports hall.

Cougars members booked in advance pay only £15 per day.

All six days for £80.

Non Cougars booked in advance pay £18 per day.

All six days for £98.

All bookings after 7pm the day before – pay £20 per day (sorry no exceptions) so please book in advance.

  • Children must wear suitable clothing & footwear for grass activities & shin pads.
  • Children must be prepared for all weather – rain jacket – sun screen – hat.
  • Additional Sun screen to apply after lunch!
  • Children must bring a packed lunch & plenty to drink.

Any questions please email sandra.neill3@sky.com or call Sandra on 07786 031570.

 

AN EGGS-ELLENT PERFORMANCE FOR COUGARS 8’S BLUES

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On the Saturday of Easter weekend preparations for next season continued apace for the Cougars Under8s Blues with a 7-a-side game vs Biggleswade at the Carlsberg Stadium; probably the best venue the Blues have performed at to date. Oliver Tallis in goal, Sebbie Ivison left, Joseph De Monte right, Ronnie Hennessey centre-back, Tom Flanagan directing proceedings from the centre, and a front pairing of Thomas Deane and Charlie Wick.

A really evenly matched contest from the off. The back three for the Blues were terrific closing down and preventing space. The Blues were an attacking threat with Deane wing play causing a lot of danger for Biggleswade – a cross created a good chance for Wick first and then another cross was converted on the run by Flanagan for a fine finish and the lead. Then Deane had a left foot strike himself but it was well saved. The attacking continued, Ivison with a driving left wing run and shot just wide and then Flanagan breaking down the left but from his pass Wick just couldn’t convert.

All this attacking soon led to the second for the Blues. From a Flanagan corner, the Number 9 leapt like a salmon to plant an unbelievable header past the keeper. Big Duncan Ferguson himself would have been proud of that one.

Biggleswade were making a game of it but great keeping by Tallis throughout kept them at bay in the first half. He was also an attacking threat too. From a lengthy throw to Deane, the winger touched it round the corner to a rampaging Flanagan driving from midfield but he couldn’t keep his shot down.

In the second half, the capacity crowd were in for a treat. Almost from the off, Ivison closed down a defender, robbed him of the ball and slotted past the keeper. The Blues were cruising. Pinball in the area almost brought a fourth with Flanagan, Deane and a defender all testing the keeper and the post.

But the tide turned with Biggleswade pulling level. 3 quick fire goals from the number 9, giving him 4 in total for the game. An excellent performance. Which team was going to come out on top?

Ivison took matters into his own hands, driving from the back past a couple players and slid in Flanagan for a tidy low finish. And as the game was coming to a close, the Blues made certain. First, Tallis to Ivison, first time pass down the line to Deane who delivered a half-volleyed cross in to the box which Wick took advantage of to score. And within 30 seconds, Ivison crossed to wick for a great near post finish just as the referee was blowing up for full time.

IT’S A HENNESSEY MASTERCLASS FOR COUGARS 8’s

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On a morning that gave us sunshine, wind, cloud, warmth and was a touch chilly, Cougars U8s Blues had a tough match up against Letchworth in front of a passionate crowd. Charlie Wick up front, Sebbie Ivison wide left, Tom Flanagan centre, Thomas Deane right, Ronnie Hennessy at the back and Oliver Tallis in goal was the line-up. In the first half the Blues were playing up hill, into the wind, with the sun in their eyes – the odds were certainly stacked against them! It was a tight first half with the Blues having to demonstrate great defence with blocks, tackles, closing down, harrying and never giving up. They managed to repel everything thrown at them early on. And when they got forward, Deane with a Claudio Cannigia moment, breaking down the wing despite several attempts to fell him, won a corner from which Flanagan passed to Ivison for a cute finish and the lead. Letchworth got an equaliser with a lofted shot over the keeper to leave it level at the break. In the second half, the blues came tearing down the hill from the whistle. Straight from kick off, a beautiful threaded pass from Ivison to Flanagan. One touch and slotted in the corner. Then Tallis found space on the right wing. The lad who only scores worldies spotted the keeper out of position and floated one in from 25 yards, with his proud dad shouting “you should pass from there OT”. Despite Letchworth getting one back with a great run from deep and finish, the Blues were using the conditions well and more attacks followed. Wick had a shot just saved and from the corner, a fine left foot strike from Ivison outside the area went through a defender’s legs, then Tallis’ legs and in. Further pressure saw Ivison draw a triple save before great Tallis work for another chance for Ivison but just wide. There was still time at the other end for Deane to make a double save before Letchworth got another back from a great corner. There was plenty of added on time due to stoppages whilst the ball was lost in the various hedges. Late on, a great run by Ivison drew a cracking save. And right at the death, Hennessy made a couple tackles that Brentford captain, Harlee Dean would have been proud of. Corker of a game. Deserved man of the match award for Hennessy for a defensive masterclass.

FRASER FRAZZLES SPARTAK FOR COUGARS 9’S BLUES

Cougars Under 9’s Blues travelled to Saffron Walden to take on Spartak Reds. A slow start by the boys in blue saw Spartak take the lead with a fierce drive.  However this only sought to galvanise Cougars who, after a few words from Whispering Coach Fone, equalised with Adam Sleath winning the ball in midfield, jinking past a defender and then hitting the top corner with powerful shot.  Within thirty seconds Oscar Kay pounced in midfield to feed Dan Fone who calmly slotted past the Spartak keeper. Then a procession of goals followed, next off the ranks was Ben Lewis who rifled home a stinging drive after a crunching challenge and lay off from Fraser Findlay.  Kay then turned on the style with a sublime left footed curler into the top corner before adding his second after the ever creative Fone had put him in after some fantastic free flowing football.  Just before the break Fone chased down what looked a lost cause before threading a pass to Rylee Kitteringham, just out from between the sticks.

The second half couldn’t match the first as various formations were tried out. Spartak pulled one back when ‘Chopper’ Sleath conceded the first penalty of the season.  However Cougars responded when Kay fed in Kitteringham for his second and Kay got his hat trick with a long range effort after a Lewis lay off. Great team performance which made man of the match a difficult choice but recognition to the boys at the back with Fraser Findlay and Finley Wood putting in great shifts, while Ben Lewis put in a whole hearted performance.

GOAL GUARDIAN GOWER IS ROYALS MAN OF THE MATCH FOR U8’s

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On a windy Saturday morning last week Cougars Under8’s Royals the Royals gathered to face Bishop Stortford Hoops. Royals Gaffer Mark Bliss set out some targets for each of the players to achieve and all the boys seemed up for the challenge.

Despite the weather conditions, the pace of the game was high and the Royals managed to put some good runs forward. Archie Beattie made a number of excellent saves in goal and was also skillful at throwing the ball out to a Royals player to keep the pressure up. One particular throw found the feet of Alfie Perryman who made a solo run forward and took a shot, which just went wide.

Henry McAllister stood strong in defence despite the ball being played mostly in his half, he frequently took the ball from the opposition and made a number of well passes to Ben Gower and to Ryan Gasson.

The Royals almost made it onto the score sheet when Gasson ran down the wing with the ball, made an excellent pass to Perryman who again took a shot at the goal, this time it hit the target, but the opposition’s goalkeeper was too strong.

Alfie Perryman worked tirelessly during the first half making solo run after solo run forward, but sadly the defence was too strong.

During the second half William Brown, Kyson Mann and Alfie Perryman worked the ball well in the midfield but the highlight of the half had to be an excellent penalty save from Ben Gower, who had switched into goal. The opposition player hit the ball hard and directly towards goal, but Ben Gower made a first class save and that earned him player of the Match.

 

 

COLE BURNS BRIGHT FOR COUGARS 8’s BLUES

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Last week Cougars Under8s Blues welcomed Shephall United to The Bury. With an overnight cub camp taking place it was a changed blues team that took to the field at the Bury.

The well dressed, stylish man in black blew the whistle to get us under way. Thomas Deane in the sticks, Finley Tanner right, Tom Flanagan left, Ronnie Hennessy at the back and Tyler Cole up front with Charlie Wick ready to come on from the bench.

A tactical battle early on with little goalmouth action. Hennessy and Tanner keeping the opposition at bay. Wick fired just wide and Flanagan showed great pace before shooting just past the post.

One fine save by Deane just on half time kept things scoreless at the break.

It was a different story after the break, Deane injecting pace down the wing with several lung busting runs and both sides showing more attacking intent.

Shephall struck first from a corner before Wick pulled off a wonder save tipping one round the post. At the other end Flanagan, released by Deane, drew a finger tip save!

Then came the move of the match. Tanner played it wide right to Deane who set off to the corner. Drag back, drag back, drag back, leaving the defender all twisted up, a crisp pass to Cole on the edge of the box who played it first time to Flanagan to side foot home. Wonderful team goal.

Then Deane picked up an interception, advanced on goal and unleashed a drive into the top left corner. Lovely finish. Shephall struck back with a couple of their own including a lovely long distance strike. Just before full time Wick’s shot agonisingly whistled past the post.

BT Sports |Glenn Hoddle said afterwards. It was a really tough battle of a game. Well played both teams.

COUGARS UNDER8’s BLUES TURN ON THE STYLE FOR MOTHERS DAY

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Cougars U8s Blues hosted FC Biggleswade Youth Warrior on Saturday with Oliver Tallis in goal, Ronnie Hennessy at the back, a midfield trio of Thomas Deane, Tom Flanagan and Sebbie Ivison and Charlie Wick up top.

The Blues started brightly and never let up. Opportunities a plenty in the first half with the open space suited to the Blues’ passing game and lots of options for running. Deane had a run from deep in midfield putting Wick in on goal who shot just wide. A battling run from Flanagan but the keeper saved from his left foot effort. Ivison from distance but saved and Wick on the rebound…. just wide. With so much room in midfield, Flanagan even had the opportunity to bust out a Cruyff turn in the centre circle!

The opener arrived as Wick ran on to a Deane pass and tucked in the corner. Then from a great left wing cross from Ivison, a wicked flicked Wick finish with the outside of his right boot.

Deane was in goal for second half and tested about as much as Tallis in the first half. At the other end, Ivison’s great work rate throughout the entire game was rewarded with a strike just evading the keepers grasp. Wick almost got his hattrick with a fierce shot cannoning off a defender’s head for a corner. At this point the Blues set up camp as they proceeded to have corner after corner. In fact, the corner count was only just lower than the number of spectators in the capacity crowd. Coach Ivison counted about 20!

From one of the multitude of corners Wick did secure his hattrick – a volleyed flick finish from a Tallis cross, himself unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. As the clock ticked down there was still time for a Wick fourth as he volleyed in from 35 yards and then a 20 yard pot shot from Flanagan wrapped it all up.

Despite all the attacking, it would be very remiss to not mention Hennessy’s performance who seemed to take it as a personal affront that any Biggleswade player could get anywhere near the box. He harried, hassled and tackled anything in sight. On another day he could have had man of the match but that went to Wick for his 4 goal salvo.

Excellent performance.

BROWN’S THE 5 MINUTE HATRICK HERO FOR THE COUGARS 8’S ROYALS!!

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On this lovely spring morning at The Bury Cougars welcomed Royston Town Crows. Both teams observed an impeccable minute’s silence in respect of the tragic event that occurred in London this week.

Shorty after the game kicked off and The Royals looked alert from the start, looking to pass the ball out of defense to the wings and work their way forward.

Ryan Gasson as the lone defender with some early good work keeping the opposition at bay. Shortly after Keiron Bliss on the left wing made a nice pass down the line to William Brown, who went straight for goal, showing good pace, driving to the edge of the box and slotting home, straight down the middle of the goal. Lovely early goal for the Royals!

From the restart Brown, obviously in the mood, had a strong shot on goal from the halfway line, which almost beat the keeper, very cheeky but would have been one to remember if it had gone in!

Gasson in defense and Archie Beattie, keeping goal for the Royals combined nicely in defense, working together as a team. Gasson displayed some nice moves coming out of defense confidently with the ball at his feet, twisting up his opponents who were bearing down on him and found Bliss on the right wing with a nice pass. This led to Brown getting on the ball in an advanced position and scoring into the side of the goal for his second!

Almost immediately from the restart Brown got his third and won his hatrick as he surged forward again, route one and scored with an accurate shot straight into the corner of the goal. Well done Brown, his hatrick was scored within 5 minutes, very impressive!

A good throw from Ben Gower up the right wing found his team mate, he then dug in and tenaciously marshaled two Royston Crow’s players from progressing up the wing.

As the game progressed Gasson showed time and time again the ability to come out of defense with the ball, keep the ball under pressure from his opponents and find team mates with nice passes, his confidence to do this grew the more he played. He also showed his never say-die-attitude, not letting that ball past him.

Alfie Perryman was lively throughout and worked hard up and down the pitch, intercepting the ball a number of times and tricking his way forward. Gower also continued to work hard for his team.

Beattie in goal, came for the ball many times and covered the ball well with his hands. This cost his Mum a few quid as he was on a 20p bonus as an incentive to use his hands when required!

Shortly afterwards Perryman made a couple of eager strong tackles in his opponents half to win the ball, he then broke free and scored a lovely goal from outside of the box on the left hand side, his accurate, well-struck shot from ten yards found the corner of the goal for the Royals’ 4th of the game, as the first half came to an end.

The second half got underway with some good work from Beattie in goal, then the Royals had a good bit of possession in their opponents half. The game continued in the same vein as the first half with the Royals on top.

Soon after Gasson pushed and fouled the opponents number 7, as he bore down on goal. For the resulting free kick just outside of the box the Royals set up with a three-man wall. The first wall the Royals have ever built! This tactic worked well with the powerful shot hitting the wall and the ball went just wide. Brave defending from the Royals!

The Royals then conceded their first goal of the game, losing possession near their opponents box, the ball broke to a Crows’ player, who went on a lovely run and scored from an acute angle from the right side of the goal. The Crows got their second almost immediately from the restart to close the deficit to half.

A frenetic period of the game ensued with end-to-end action. Brown with another of his runs forward overran the ball a little to allow their keeper to smother the ball. Then back the other end Archie ran the full width of his box to collect the ball under pressure. Soon after Beattie displayed good decision-making coming off his line to gather the ball. Then the Royals scored their fifth of the game and Brown with his fourth as he intercepted a ball just outside of the Crows’ box and slotted home. Brown really is becoming a potent goal threat for his team.

The game ended with all parents having watched a good competitive entertaining match, thanks to all boys involved for the show!!

 

KENNEDY IS COUGARS CUP HERO FOR U11’s WHITES

Buntingford Cougars Under11 Whites played out a remarkable cup semi final at Panshanger on Saturday. Here is the match report from a parent. . . .

What a cup game , hard fought, gritty and full of tension from start to finish.

The legend of Josh Ayer must be spreading as Panshanger set up with a flat back four which sat very deep . Deciding to rely on some fine players in attack, they failed to account for the tenacity of these boys and girls in blue and white.

Despite the opposition set up, It fell to Josh again to break the deadlock . Finding himself free of the opposition No.4, he  took advantage of a great through ball from Jacob Robini Brand, and slotted home a wonderful strike This suddenly gave Cougars some belief, and they dug very deep to hold on. Harry Nicholas, Dylan Jelley, Isla Eveliegh and Paddy Mitchell all battled to break up the play in midfield, with Zach Bushell sweeping up all lose edges around the back. Oscar Kennedy in goal had little to do, and this very close game reached the half way point with Cougars ahead.

The second half was much the same, until some uncharacteristic miscommunication between Bushell and Kennedy allowed the opposition striker to nip in between them to score an equaliser. Cougars lifted themselves and worked so tirelessly in every position to take the game to extra time.

In the first half of extra time Oscar excelled and pulled off an amazing save from an opposition corner to hold on to the deadlock. Ben Hume, Toby Weston, Ethan Bliss all pushed and pulled and fought for every ball until the final whistle blew for a penalty shoot out.

Paddy Mitchell, Josh Ayer and Oscar Kennedy bravely accepted the challenge to take the spot kicks. Oscar Kennedy saved the first Panshanger effort before Ayer neatly put away his spot kick and Cougars were ahead . Kennedy got his hands to their second penalty, only to see it go in off the post so the tie was still deadlocked on penalties at 1-1.

Next up was goalie turned striker Kennedy – who scored his own penalty to go 2-1 up before stepping back in goal for final effort from Panshanger. Diving to his left this time, the Cougars guardian got two hands to the Panshanger third penalty and saved for a Cougars WIN.

Kennedy told BBC’s 5Live afterwards “I saw the striker was nervous, and was staring to his left … and I knew he was too nervous to be trying to trick me – and so I dived to save it.

Cougars now look forward to a final against Potters Bar Crusaders.

 

CAREYS SUPPORT COUGARS UNDER9’s STRIPES

We would like to thank The Carey Foundation and the McGuire family for sponsoring Cougars Under9’s Stripes rain jackets. The boys and girls look very smart in them.

The Carey Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors, and their family members. The Foundation was founded by Linda and Bob Carey, creators of The Tutu Project.  Funds raised are provided directly to organisations that offer assistance with cancer-related costs like transportation to treatment, home care, childcare and medical supplies.

If you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring Cougars please drop us a line via our facebook page or call Richard on 07496 550144.