18th May 2016
EduKick Manchester 2 – 0 Stockport College
Edukick Manchester got back the winning feeling this week in a game away to Stockport College. Playing at Stockport Sports village, a venue they all know well as they attend the trials session there, the lads kicked off the game at a good pace. Due to a a few injuries and school work for some, the formation was something new to the team, however they coped well and controlled the game for most part.
In the first half the visitors had the best number of chances, however the home side should have gone ahead but for a great saved to the right from the Edukick keeper.
It wasn’t until just before the break that Edukick broke the deadlock, with our trialist from Korea striking home from close range to make it 1-0. Comfortable at the break the Edukick side pilled on the pressure in the second half, with some great Crossfield balls from Devendra that put in Stephan a few times, but it was only after several chances that he finally got his goal and made it 2-0 to Edukick.
Late on Marus hit the post with a strike, but the game ended with a conformable 2-0 victory for the visitors.
11th May 2016
EduKick Manchester 1 – 3 Stockport County
Edukick Manchester were beaten this week after going in front in a game that they throw away with some individual mistake, something the coaches said just can’t keep happening.
Playing away at Stockport County the Edukick side started the brighter and looked to be competing well in a match that was very physical. For all the possession and good play the visitors had, it was the home side who created the most clear cut chances in the first 20 minutes, however on the 26th Minute with their first real chance, Devendra slotted the ball under the keeper to take the lead.
From the centre kick Stockport pressed, winning a throw out wide on the left, and just 2 minutes later levelled the score as the Edukick back 4 failed to clear their lines and leaving a close range chance Stockport couldn’t miss. This took the wind out of the visitors sails, losing concentration and straight from the restart a short back pass to the keeper didn’t reach and the Stockport county sub scored his second goal with only his second kick of the game. Before the break, Stockport had a few more chances as Edukick tried to regroup, excellently saved but the EduKick keeper.
As the second half kicked off, Stockport went to a long ball style and in the 56th minute broke through to make it 3-1 and out of reach for the visitors.
Edukick had a chance saved late on from a Blaiz strike and failed to convert an opportunity as the ball bounced around in the Stockport box.
A disappointing afternoon for the visitors, a game lost by mistakes that shouldn’t have been made.
4th May 2016
EduKick Manchester 2 – 3 Preston North End
It wasn’t a result that was expected following the dominance of the Edukick side in the away fixture against Preston, however a lack of finishing chances and mistakes cost the home side the victory early on, and a late surge of pressure from the home side was too late to get anything from the game.
With a slightly under strength side due to injury and players being away visiting next years set up for the schooling, the Edukick side hosted PNE at Salford, however it was a grass setting this week for the game with the home grass pitches being playable and in great condition.
Edukick started well in the game with Solon, Stephen and keishon coming close, but looked a little shaky at the back as the PNE striker broke the offside trap twice to be clean through on the keeper, only to squander the chances. But early on in his third attempt through in the 12th minute of the game the PNE striker got the right side of Lois, who could do nothing to get out of his way and brought him down in the box for a penalty to the visitors. PNE calmly slotted that home for 1-0.
The home side continued to put pressure on, with Ian getting a few shots in at goal and Sergio really having opportunities to level the score, but the gaps at the Edukick back 4 kept appearing and the pace of the PNE striker was too much for the defenders, once again with a few clear runs on goal.
In the 42 nd min of the game, as the ball was played in from the left for the visitors to the edge of the box, a speculative strike found its way into the top corner to make it 2-0 to PNE and a lot of work for Edukick to do to get back in the game. The sides went into the break at 2-0, with the Edukick coaches having to work a way back into this game.
As the second half kicked off, the visitors started the stronger, with a shot in the first minute of the half striking the bar. That seemed to wake the Edukick lads up, Nate started to control things on the right hand side, with some great runs forward, a few changes from the coaches sent Keishon up front and within minutes he got his goal to take it to 2-1. Just as the home side had got back in the game, they took the pace off their game and straight from the restart the visitors pushed forward and claimed a third of the afternoon thanks to a mistake from the EduKick back 4.
Edukick regrouped and from then on in pressed the PNE side, with surging runs from Nate and 3 close strikes, Keishon hit the foot of the post with a shot from the edge of the area but it wasn’t until the 88th Minute when Nates strike finally find its way in, but it was all too late for Edukick. The game ended 3-2 to the visitors with another discussion in the home camp of how did we lose that game.
27th April 2016
EduKick Manchester 0 – 0 Preston North End
A frustrating afternoon for the Edukick side, who saw what looked to be a certain win on the cards after the first few minutes of pressure, turn into an afternoon of missed opportunities and frustration as they failed to find the net apart from one ruled out for offside.
The visitors Edukick started the brightest with an early chance missed when Solon headed over the bar. Earth, Ismail and solon once again came close during the first half, but couldn’t break the deadlock. It didn’t look like it was going to be their day when Solon had a goal ruled out for offside, a very close call from the ref. The home side had little in the way of chances, with Edukick closing down well and the back and cutting out opportunities. It wasn’t until the 40th minute of the game that the home side managed to get a shot in on goal, followed by a great effort that forced the Edukick keeper into a fantastic save to his left.
At the break it was all even, with Nigel talking through the visitors missed opportunities and the number of times caught offside. As the second half got underway it looked like Edukick just needed that one clear chance to take the lead, then confidence in front of goal might lift, however that wasn’t to be. Edukick had 10 shots on goal in the second spell of the game, but failed to produce a winner, the home side probably had the best chance in of the game when they struck the inside of the post early in the second half.
Late on in the game the visitors had a good shout for a penalty turned down when it looked like a PNE defender had handled the ball, but the ref dismissed claims. Despite the final few minutes of pressure from Edukick the game ended 0-0. A frustrating afternoon for the visitors and the home side, but some good performances by Edukick and plenty to build on going into the final few games of the season.
7th April 2016
EduKick Manchester 0 – 1 Stockport County (pro Football)
This week the EduKick Manchester side hosted Stockport County’s youth side, pro football. The team, made up of the full youth squad from the club are all pushing for first team spots at Stockport, so it was a great test for the Edukick side to see how they can perform against such a side.
Edukick started the brighter of the two sides, having plenty of possession but lacking a little in the final third. Blaiz Hall came close to opening the scoring not long after the start when he was put through, but the shot came to nothing. The home side continued to defend well and had plenty of possession in the first half, taking it to the break all level with no score.
Early in the second half the visitors took the lead when a silly free kick was conceded by EduKick and nobody reacted to the quick free kick which was whipped in and headed home to make it 1-0. And that’s how it stayed. Blaiz came close once again in the second half, Nate had a chance to level the score too, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the visitors went home with a win.
Lots of positives for the home side, other than the sloppy free kick conceded, they competed like for like with the side and showed their qualities in most parts of the field, just missing that clinical finishing needed to see off a game.
31st March 2016
EduKick Manchester 3 – 1 Curzon Ashton
Edukick Manchester extended their winning run to 3 with a 3-1 victory away from home against Curzon Ashton. Going into the game, just after the Easter break, the visitors were with a depleted side contributed to by injuries and some players still being away for Easter. Kevin, on of last season’s players, made a guest appearance for the team with there being none of the UK lads available for the fixture either, and he made a real impression on the side showing how he’d come on in his year with Edukick last season.
The first half was controlled by the visitors, but the same story as previous matches, with them failing to produce in the final third, with Ismail coming close twice and Stephen missing a chance that should have put them one up. They went into the break all level and as the second half got underway it looked to be much the same story, as Kevin missed a couple of really good chances, until Stephen was put through one on one with the keeper off a long ball from Keishion in the 51st minute, and Stephen finished calmly to put Edukick into the lead.
From that came a flurry of action. The home side levelled the score 10 minutes later after some over passing in the middle of the park saw the visitors caught in possession gifting the host a goal, then Keishion played that long ball again to find Kevin on the end of it one on one with the keeper to put Edukick back in the lead, and kevin finished off the game with 15 minutes to go when Stephen played him through again one on one with the keeper to make it 3-1 to the visitors.
A good performance by Edukick to keep the run going, even without some of the stronger players available.
23rd March 2016
Manchester 2 – 0 Stockport College
A solid performance from the Edukick side this week as they travelled across Manchester to visit Stockport College. The game was watched by international scout Colin chambers, who commented on how well the players had developed since his last visit in 2015.
As the game kicked off the Edukick visiting team soon took control of the game, playing some great football, keeping possession and playing out from the back. In the early stages of the game some final touches in the last third were missing, meaning the visitors struggled to trouble to home goalkeeper, until Devendra linked in well with Michel to strike the opener 25 minutes into the game.
From that point on, the home side failed to trouble the visitors Edukick who really controlled the game into the break.
In the second half Edukick came out strong once more, although the home side tried to hustle some of the Edukick side into mistakes, very little mistakes were made. Whilst in the second half Edukick had the lion’s share of the possession once again, they struggled to find that finishing touch or confidence to strike on goal, with just a few half-hearted attempts that failed to test the home sides keeper. It wasn’t until the last kick of the game that Blaiz struck the second for the EduKick side, finishing the game 2-0.
Overall a fantastic performance from the EduKick side, with a little more composure and confidence going forward to make the runs and test the opponents goalkeeper they can really build on the shape, composure as a team and possession work of today’s game.
16th March 2016
EduKick Manchester 6 – 0 Hopwood Hall
Edukick Manchester blew away the frustrations of the past few games, making chances count as they ran away 6-0 winners over visiting Hopwood Hall.
In a game that saw Edukick have 75% of the possession and some great spells of passing, the Edukick side got a chance to really show the coaches and visitors what they could do. The game kicked off with a slow pace, which game the home side time on the ball to play it around and get settled into
the game. Right from the start Edukick created chances, with Ismail coming close on a couple of occasions, until Devendra, on his return from injury after a long spell out, which saw him travel home for rest and treatment, breaking the deadlock with a clean strike to the bottom right.
Soon after he’d doubled his tally to put the home side 2-0 up and in what looked to be an onset of goals, however with some poor finishing the score remained 2-0 to the break, with the home side wondering how they hadn’t got more.
As the second half kicked off EduKick were comfortable on the ball and creating a lot more chances, frustrating again not to convert them. Then in a quick 10 minute spell Edukick put 4 past the visitor. Blaiz followed in on an Ismail strike, and finally converted it after two attempts, Michel had the confidence to strike first time to the top right hand corner, and devendra completed his hat trick, and took a 4th to complete a great return.
The game ended 6-0, with the home side dominating and the home side keepers just as spectators for the afternoon.
A very well drilled performance by Edukick, showing what they really can do. They now need to take that confidence into the next game with Curzon.
9th March 2016
EduKick Manchester 0 – 3 Toronto Lynx
Edukick Manchester struggle once again in the final third to convert and create chances in the game. This Wednesday Edukick hosted Toronto Lynx, who are touring the area playing local academy’s. As the game kicked off it looked as though the home side could control the game but very quickly, a mistake at the back put the home side on the back foot, one down and chasing the game from the start.
During the first half Edukick looked controlled, containing some of the quick play from the visitors, but struggling to create and clear cut chances to test the keeper with just one real effort from keshion heading a corner wide. Mid way through the second half though saw the visitors double the lead with a crazy goal given away by the home side’s keeper.
As the second half kicked off there was hope from the Edukick side-lines that they could get back in the game, and with continued possession and play out from the back, a lack of pace and drive going forward cost them the game. The only real chance in the second half fell to substitute Ibrahim, 10 minutes from time when he ran clear of the back four, but ran out of steam for the shot.
As the home side pressed and looked tired, Toronto scrambled home a third to put the game out of reach.
A disappointing result but in some ways an improved performance from the Edukick lads. Head Coach Neil commented “Another frustrating afternoon, we just forgot to do things going forward. All week we’ve been working on keeping tight at the back and playing out, but when we got into the final third we ran out of ideas. Simple mistakes cost us today along with fitness.”
At the game today we were lucky enough to have a scout from a championship side watching the Edukick players. After the game his summery was much the same as Neil’s, “a strange game with most of the play and possession, but just lacked a little clinical touch going forward. Nobody tested the visiting keeper!”
24th February 2016
EduKick Manchester 2- 5 Myerscough
It was another frustrating afternoon for Edukick this week as they came away from what should have been an easy win, 5-2 down.
As in previous fixtures the home side Edukick took some time to get going and get into the game, having most of the possession but failing to use it to their advantage. The strength and pace of the visiting team showed in those first 20 minutes with them taking a 2 goal lead very quickly and putting Edukick on the back foot.
As the half progressed Edukick got more into the game, having a few chances that should have been converted and keeping the score at 2-0 going into the break.
At Half time Neil and Nigel called for a little fight and passion in the game to drive them forward. Still in the game at 2-0 it was all to play for, but once again as the second half kicked off, the visitors started the brighter and mistakes cost Edukick going 3-0 down. This seemed to deflate the home side, and apart from a short spell of a rally seeing two goals, one own goal forced by Nate’s surging run and a great strike from Michel, the visitors capitalised and took two further opportunities to finish 5-2.
After the game the coaches of the home side discussed the passion and drive needed to grind out results in the game, highlighting that whilst the result shows a big gap in the team, the actual ability of the two teams is very different, with Edukick showing the best phases of play.
Plenty to look at in the coming weeks before a big game against Toronto Lynx in early March.