It doesn’t matter at Cougars Cubs if they are Messi or messy as long as they are having fun. Cougars Cubs are fun footy sessions for children between three and five. Come along to The Bury on Sundays 10-11am. All your child needs is weather suitable clothing, footwear, shinpads and a drink. Sessions are on grass.
Cougars Under 9’s Blues welcomed Melbourn Dynamo Panthers to the Bury in a rematch of the draw they had fought out before Christmas. Cougars started slowly and but for two fine saves by Lui LoConte would have gone behind. However Cougars started shifting through the gears and a sublime ball from Dan Fone found Oscar Kay who opened the scoring with a clinical finish. Chances then came a plenty with Kay going close and Ben Lewis rattling the cross bar. However Lewis was not to be denied and yet another peach of a ball from Fone allowed him to smash home. Cougars had now reached top gear and Myles Woolford with quick feet went close before Kay went on another mesmerising run before hitting the post. Kay then turned provider and sent a beautiful ball through to Woolford who stroked home to make it 3-0. To round off an almost perfect half Kay unselfishly passed to George, on debut from the Stripes, who calmly finished in the corner.
The second half didn’t reach the levels of the first but still saw Kay hit the post again. No more goals in the second half meant an impressive clean sheet for the Blues with defensive trio of Finley Wood, Fraser Findlay and Adam Sleath holding firm with Lui LoConte having a fine game in goal. This week’s man of the match went to Finley Wood who put in a highly impressive tackling display, but a special thanks to George for helping out the Blues and doing everything that Coach Fone asked of him.
Cougars U8s Whites Whites certainly entertained the crowd away to Morden Magpies Reds, edging a ten goal thriller in Steeple Morden.
Lining up with James Willis in goal, Finlay Tanner at the back, Thomas Deane wide right, Tumi Awoyemi out left and Noah Benton up front with Tyler Cole supporting off the bench, the Whites quickly established a two goal lead. First on the scoresheet was Awoyemi with a great left foot finish into the bottom corner. Then, after Awoyemi had a thunderbolt shot saved by the Magpies keeper, Deane was first to react and fed Benton for a close range tap in. The Magpies pulled one back but just before half time Deane intercepted the ball in his own half, set off on a mazy run and finished calmly to give the Whites a two goal cushion.
The second half saw regular goals at both ends and a keenly fought contest. Early on, the Magpies keeper was in form saving from Cole, then Awoyemi, then Tanner before the next goal arrived – Awoyemi’s cross-shot coming off the post and Tanner reacting first to tap in. Deane was marshalling the back line and as in the first half Willis made a string of saves to keep the Whites in front. It was a nervy finish but thankfully for the Whites a Benton goal on the break from a great Awoyemi pass and a 20 yard shot right on the whistle from Tanner sealed the game.
After a week off due to bad weather Saturday 18th February saw Cougars U7 Blues travel to Biggleswade United U7. Billy Lacey and Hadley Anton got the game underway for the Blues and the early exchanges were dominated by the Blues with great passing and dribbling. Biggleswade were finding it difficult to get out of their half. Dylan Burtenshaw and Ethan Doherty were doing a fantastic job of breaking the play up in the middle of the park. Finally after about 10mins of play the breakthrough was made, a fine one two in their own half between Ryan Neill and Oliver Gilks-Stokes released Oliver with one man to beat he confidently knocked the ball past him and finished hard and low in the bottom left corner, this goal brought the game to life and a second Blues goal quickly followed with Matthew Murphy getting on the score sheet after a good passing move with Dylan. Another three goals were then scored in the last 5 minutes before half time with Billy grabbing a brace for the Blues either side of a goal for Biggleswade HT 4-1.
The second half started much the same as the first with Buntingford dominating the play, Neill and Murphy were controlling the midfield with Burtenshaw and Gilks marshalling the defence. We didn’t have to wait as long for a goal though, a corner from Murphy was controlled superbly by Doughty in the box he turned and fired into the back of the net. Doughty was then involved in the next goal, another great passing move, this time between Lacey and Doherty released Anton who ran half the length of the pitch and finished coolly past the Biggleswade keeper. An unfortunate own goal followed, a loose ball was chased down by Neill and the Biggleswade player under pressure fired it in the top corner from the half way line. Biggleswade then pulled another goal back with a great free kick before Burtenshaw set up Anton to finish the game off with his second of the match.
Player of the week was a difficult choice this week, there were so many great performances including two great saves from Hadley and Ethan, it was decided though for a great all round performance, keeping a clean sheet and scoring a goal. Player of the week was Matthew Murphy.
Captained by James Tungatt Cougars Under10 Blues had a fantastic start to a home game against Broadhall Youth. With possession for the majority of the first half, the boys played well as a team passing balls beautifully amongst themselves to gain advantage. Great team work payed off and with a fantastic header by Tungatt and finished by Lal Wennington. The second half started well with great communication and skill shown, a long ball to Austin Cook allowed him a strong strike into top corner of the goal. Great defending and a strong attack ended the game with the well deserved win after which Austin Cook scooped the Man of The Match award.
Cougars Under 13s fine form continued as they hammered Hertford Town Blues in the quarter final of the Mid Herts Divisional Cup. Dean Howard’s side dominated throughout in a game where Kameron Weston notched one to compliment hat tricks from Max Young, George Godfery and Charlie Fountain.
Cougars Under9s Stripes enjoyed a great game at home on Saturday. A hard earned hat-trick for Jamie and first goal in a cougars shirt for Harvey Garratt sent the crowd home happy. Gaffer Dale Brett told BBCs Gary Lineker “I am so proud of the Buntingford Cougars U’9 Stripes today, they played excellent football and team work all around the pitch! I couldn’t fault anything or anyone today they played to their full potential!
Cougars Under 9’s Blues travelled to the impressive new facility at Manuden and took on a team who have made huge strides in the last year. Cougars went behind early on but started to impose themselves on Manuden and fashioned a host of chances. Shots rained in from all angles, the defensive unit of Fraser Findlay, Ben Lewis and Adam Sleath all got shots away, whilst the front three of Oscar Kay, Rylee Kitteringham and Dan Fone all went close. Finally Kitteringham drilled home their opening goal, which their link up play deserved, and this was soon followed by Fone getting a quick shot away that took the lead.
The second half saw an extremely impressive attacking display Cougars as they pressed Manuden high up the pitch, which sometimes left them exposed to the counter attack. The highly influential Kay fired in a crackerjack of a free kick to make it 3-1, before galloping past several players, leaving defenders bodies strewn behind him, and firing in a beautiful cross which was turned in by a Manuden defender. Manuden didn’t lay down and it took a couple of brilliant saves from Lui LoConte to prevent any comeback charge however he was powerless to stop a close range effort, which narrowed the gap to two. Cougars though were in no mood to be stopped and once again Kay went on another barnstorming run before passing to Rylee Kitteringham who coolly slotted away his second. With practically the last move of the game Dan Fone with a pinpoint pass found Adam Sleath, who had made a lung busting run from the back, to drive home. Great team effort but a special mention for Oscar Kay and Lui LoConte who gave game defining performances.
Cougars Under13’s travelled to Thundridge to play Ware Lions Blacks and went one down only to come back with a stunning three one victory. Goals were courtesy of George Godfrey and Charlie Fountain. Manager Dean Howard was pleased saying “The boys should be proud they did very well today”
Cougars U8s Blues hosted Ashwell Academicals Reds for what was a great game played in winter sunshine with an enthusiastic crowd enjoying the entertainment on show. The Blues lined up with a now familiar 1-1-3 formation. Oliver Tallis in goal, Ronnie Hennessy at the back and the front three of Sebbie Ivison, Thomas Deane and Tom Flanagan and enjoyed a really good first half.
The front triangle were all involved for the first goal. Flanagan firing it in to Deane who got the ball to Ivison to finish. Next up was Ivison feeding Deane for a typical poacher’s finish on his birthday weekend. Charlie Wick on as a sub got the third, converting from a fine Flanagan cross. The fourth arrived just before half time as Ivison sped past 3 players with a great run from his own half and although his shot was saved, it fell to Flanagan to hit a net-buster from the edge of the area.
Throughout the first half Tallis in goal was immense. Several sprawling saves and dives at the opposition feet to smother the ball. And when he gave away a penalty, he was instantly back on his line ready for the spot-kick. He stood firm and pulled off a wonder save to tip it over the bar.
The second half brought only one more goal for the Blues. It was from a wonderful left wing break by Hennessy who crossed for Flanagan who took a touch and finished calmly. Hennessy and Tallis were the main providers with great runs from the back through midfield and up front Wick peppered the goal throughout the second half but was kept at bay by a stout defence and good keeping. At the other end, Deane was in goal and pulled off several fine saves and interceptions. Man of the match went to Tallis for his first half keeping masterclass and rangy runs from the back in the second half.