Cougars take command at Celtic

PUBLISHED: 10:18 23 March 2006 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 May 2010

COUGARS' under-12 White side returned from Royston Celtic Greens with the Crow League points with a 4-1 victory. The visitors had the better of the first half. Oliver Lee-Stevens set up James Clannell for Cougars' first, but the home side hit back with a

COUGARS' under-12 White side returned from Royston Celtic Greens with the Crow League points with a 4-1 victory. The visitors had the better of the first half. Oliver Lee-Stevens set up James Clannell for Cougars' first, but the home side hit back with a well-worked goal to equalise before half-time. In the second half Lee-Stevens found his goal touch and hit a hat-trick. An unusually slow start from the under-12 Blues allowed a well-organised Fairlands to dominate possession in the early stages of the game. The home side took the lead from a corner after some sloppy defending from the Cougars, but Blues rallied at half-time and eventually equalised through Sam Deville. More chances followed, and Cougars took the lead when Hunter Diack latched on to a fine cross from George Duffin. Fairlands pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but the Cougars defence held firm. Sam Muncey sealed the game for the Blues when he raced on to a loose ball and stroked a shot past the stranded keeper. Tommy Adeyemi struck in the final minute to give the under-10 A team a 1-0 win against Wymondley Park. But despite Chris Marshall netting for the B team after they had gone 2-0 down to Park, the equaliser eluded them. A physical encounter saw the under-16s slump to a 6-0 defeat at Wymondley Park. Cougars were out-muscled at times but continued the physical battle. Although the home team were worthy winners, the score line flattered them somewhat. Jack McMeechan's 13th goal of the season was not enough to prevent the under-seven A team going down 3-1 at Bedwell Rangers, while the B team were hammered 7-0 by the same side. A thrilling set of matches for the under-eights saw them share the spoils with Bedwell Rangers. The first game saw Cougars pinning back Bedwell in their own half. A goalmouth blunder allowed Rangers to go ahead, but it was not long before Cougars equalised through Charlie Owen. Bedwell regained the lead with a long-range shot, but Cougars came back fighting in the second half. Oliver Tokely's shot came off the keeper and fell to Owen, who had no problems finding the back of the net. The second game, against the same side, was hard-fought. Cougars put Rangers under immense pressure but could not find that elusive goal. Great keeping from Scott Murrray ensured the 0-0 scoreline. The under-14s returned to winning way on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Stortford Jets. Buntingford opened the scoring when Joe Scarrett lobbed the keeper, followed by a sharp penalty taken by Jack Clark-Ward. The second half started with Josh Wagstaff scoring Cougars' third goal, and they wrapped up the win when Jack Chapman saved a penalty.

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