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Bedfordshire FA Under 15 Cup
Match Result 17.09.06
Flitwick Eagles 2 AFC Dunstable 2
Scorers J Halling, M Cawthorne
After starting well and producing some brillant two touch football in the opening twenty minutes and taking a deserved lead from a goal by J Halling the U15 team opened their Divison 2 season with a draw against a hard working Flitwick team. They went in at half time 2-1 down and only a great save by D Duffy in the AFC goal just before the interval kept AFC from going further behind.
A secong half equaliser from M Cawthorne gave AFC a well earned point that their good football warranted.
They now look forward to the County Cup fixture against Celtic Youth A from Divison 1 in the quest to emulate the success of the AFC U15 team of last year.
Sunday 24th September
Celtic A 0 AFC Dunstable 1
AFC produced the performance and shock of the round by dumping high flying Celtic of Division One, out of the Cup on their own ground.
It was a brilliant team performance built on the rock-like defensive trio of Alex Bridgeland, Oliver Connolly and debutant Ben Stickings who withstood everything Cetlic threw at them.
Manager Lee Halling sent his team out with orders to entertain the crowd and they certainly responded to his request. Wing backs Dan Tearle and Richard Cootes stormed forward at every opportunity and some wonderful quick pass and move football from Josh Mc Intyre and kev Mac Menamin nearly produced a goal for the hard working Ryan Bishop.
The Celtic defence could not cope with AFC's livewire striker Dan Wills who tormented them all afternoon. The stunned home crowd watched in disbelief as another sweeping AFC move ended with Dan Wills bamboozling two Cetic defenders before calmly slotting the ball beyond the exposed Celtic keeper.
Celtic came out for the second half looking to rescue the game but they were unable to create any meaningful chances. AFC's midfield engine room was working at full throttle with Michael Cawthorne and Matthew Keane constantly breaking up Celtic attacks and Joe Pratt producing the kind of performance that former Glasgow Celtic legend Roy Keane would have been proud of.
Lee Halling changed his formation for the last period of the game to 4-4-2 bringing on Adam Brighten at right back who immediately produced some timely tackles.
Striker James Halling menaced the home defence, combining several times with the dangerous Dan Wills and both had chances to extend the lead and kill off the tie.
Celtic's best and last chance to breach the AFC defence came in the dying seconds but keeper Dan Duffy produced a magnificent save to push a long range drive around the post.
The final whistle was greeted with jubilant cheers from the visiting supporters as each player was clapped from the field.
Manager Lee Halling was delighted with his team's performance and afterwards was quoted as describing it as his team's "best ever performance", blending a new found grit and determination with the usual free flowing, passing football, associated with any Halling team.
01 October 2006
Hexton Colts 2 AFC Dunstable 1
Scorer J Halling
AFC got back to league action with a tough away game against Hexton Colts.
In very difficult wet and stormy conditions both teams produced some superb attacking football on a pitch ideal for ball playing sides. Hexton started the stronger and were looking dangerous with every attack over running the AFC midfield and defence and deservedly took the lead after 10 minutes when a cross came in from the left and an unopposed striker netted from 10 yards out. Gradually AFC worked there way back into the match and created chances for James Halling and Dan Wills but both were thwarted by saves by the Hexton keeper. As the half progressed AFC became the dominant team taking a hold in midfield with the wide players Josh McIntyre & Richard Cootes being feed by the impressive Joe Pratt and Michael Cawthorne. After a sweeping move started from right full back by Daniel Tearle and involving half of the team Dan Wills coming in from the left touchline sent over a cross towards the nearpost and was dispatched into the right hand corner of the Hexton goal by the in superb fashion by James Halling for the equaliser. Chances were then created at both ends and goalkeeper Daniel Duffy along with his defenders Alex Bridgland, Ben Stickings and Oliver Connolly had to be alert with Duffy producing an outstanding save near the end of the first half.
The secong half started with some great tackles from Matthew Keane in midfield allowing AFC to continue to move forward and with Anthony Walters feeding the the very talented Josh McIntyre half chances were created but both defences held tight. Then midway through the half a crossfield ball was intercepted by a Hexton striker allowing him to burst past Alex Bridgland sending a shot past Daniel Duffy in to the AFC goal. We then battled hard to regain the upper hand and Kevin McMenamin with the help of Dan Wills created further chances which AFC were unable to convert into a second equaliser that the team and individual performances deserved.
Next week we travel to Biggleswade hoping to add a victory to our league record at the moment of 1 defeat and 1 draw.