Read about the latest results from Uxbridge College’s teams

football_small  24 April 2013 (Semi Final of National Cup): Uxbridge College and QPR Community Trust 1 – 2 Birmingham Metropolitan College

Uxbridge College and QPR Community Trust football team found themselves in their second semi final of the year against Birmingham Metropolitan College. The reward for making it to the final was a trip to St Georges Park, where they could be crowned BCS National Cup Champions at the new home of English football.

Uxbridge started well with a good chance for Lombo in the first five minutes hit wide. A scrappy nervous encounter for both sides then progressed into a stop start affair with Uxbridge making many fouls against some good Birmingham inter-play.

After many free kicks and long throws from Birmingham that had somewhat troubled Uxbridge, the Uxbridge goalkeeper, Higgins, managed to grab hold of a long throw and with some controversy the ball squirmed out of his hands under pressure from a Birmingham forward, who then put the ball into the net to put the away side ahead.

Shortly Uxbridge were denied a penalty kick after Ryan-Mark latched onto a good through ball from Ayaiyi and was brought down in the box, but a free kick was given as the first point of contact was judged to be outside the Birmingham penalty area.

In the second half, Sharp, who had caused some problems for Birmingham with his running with the ball on the Uxbridge left, made another mazy run and his effort was deflected slightly onto the post with the Birmingham goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Within two minutes of the effort on goal by Sharp, Birmingham went two ahead after a clearance by Hobday was charged down and hit the raised hands of the Birmingham forward to fall kindly to his team mate, who calmly put the ball past the helpless Higgins.

In the 25 minutes that followed, Uxbridge made many chances but did not convert any with Lombo not able to achieve his goal a game average that he has been so consistent with this season.

It took substitute Hallam-Flaherty to break through with a cutting crossing field pass from Veilu, but this effort was judged offside. A minute later a similar combination of the two players saw Hallam-Flaherty break through again, this time scoring to make a tense five minutes for the visitors, but it was a valiant effort made by all the Uxbridge College players who should be proud of what they have achieved this year.

football_small  10 October 2012 (Middlesex Cup): Bishopshalt 0 – 11 Uxbridge College 1st X1

Uxbridge College 1st XI made the short journey across town to face local Sixth Form College Bishopshalt in the first round of the Middlesex Cup.

Following the 2nd XI’s thrilling cup victory last week, the 1st Team were keen to make a similar start to their cup campaign.

Uxbridge College began the game at a blistering pace, not allowing their opponents any time on the ball, and producing some slick passing moves when in possession. The first goal came only minutes in, when Hassan Mahmood concluded some great midfield play with a tidy finish across the goalkeeper. The away team’s dominance did not stop there, with the hoops bagging another four goals in just 20 minutes. Two goals from Abas Gulled, an own goal, and another tidy finish from Hassan Mahmood saw Uxbridge go into the break five goals to the good.

Into the second half, and the Uxbridge boys showed little sign of complacency with wave after wave of attacks flooding the home team defence. Bishopshalt fought tirelessly to keep out the Uxbridge strikers, but eventually they caved in, as substitute Craig Driver and midfield maestro Khari Valerie each added a brace to make the score 9-0.

Midfielder Jamie White, returning to his old stomping ground was especially keen to get on the score sheet and his opportunity came when a team mate was fouled 35 yards out from goal. With the free-kick positioned perfectly for a left footer, White didn’t think twice as he stepped up and rocketed the ball into the top left corner, netting his first goal of the season. The final goal was another contender for goal of the match, as centre back Drilon Veliu was able to find the top corner with a thunderous volley from outside the area.

The final score finished 11 – 0 and Uxbridge College 1st XI now progress to the next round of the Middlesex Cup.

football_small  4 October 2012 (Cup): Enfield Grammar School 3 – 4 Uxbridge College 2nd X1

The Uxbridge College 2nd XI kick started their season with a nail biting extra-time victory away at Enfield Grammar School.

Uxbridge began the game on the front-foot, pinning Enfield into their own half for the opening ten minutes.  As the half progressed, it was Uxbridge who dominated the possession stats, however neither team were able to create any clear attempts on goal.

The first opening fell to the home team after they were awarded a penalty for a clear foul in the Uxbridge area. The penalty was taken calmly and against the run of play, Enfield Grammar went into the halftime break with the lead.

The start of the second half saw the Uxbridge boys dominate possession again, and the Uxbridge forward line of Abas Gulled, Treyvond Morgan, and Patrick Mosca were causing problems for the home team defence.  As Uxbridge pushed players forward in search of the equaliser they were again caught out against the run of play, this time by a wonder strike from the Enfield Grammar School number 9.

Despite this set-back, Uxbridge College continued to attack and were able to pull the score back to 2-1, thanks to a well timed run and finish from Charlie Hobday.  With the momentum firmly with the away side, Enfield Grammar found themselves having to defend for the majority of the second half, however with minutes left to play Uxbridge were able to capitalise on their period of sustained pressure when Charlie Hobday rose highest to head home from a corner to net the equaliser.

Due to the fixture being a cup game, extra time was needed to decide the winning team, and with the Enfield Grammar heads down after conceding such a late goal, the Uxbridge players looked the most likely team to progress to the next round.

That was until with ten minutes left to play, Enfield were able to head home after a scramble in the Uxbridge goalmouth leaving the score 3-2 with nine minutes left to play. Uxbridge took centre, and again went on the attack, winning a free-kick 30 yards from the Enfield goal. The free-kick was whipped in by Andy Ingram and after some confusion in the area the ball found its way to Tom Williams, who headed home calmly to level the tie at 3-3. The celebration of this goal was a lot less calm.

With under a minute left to play it looked as though the game would be decided by penalties. With thirty seconds to go Charlie Hobday won the ball midway into the Enfield half, and played into the feet of captain, Tom Williams. Tom turned and neatly threaded the ball between the Enfield centre-backs into the path of striker Patrick Mosca who slotted the ball underneath the goalkeeper and into the net. The opposition support looked in shock as the whole Uxbridge team ran to the corner to celebrate with Mosca.

Shortly after, the referee blew his whistle, and Uxbridge College were able to celebrate a gutsy 4-3 win away from home.

Particular praise must go to goalkeeper Eoin Higgins, and left back Andy Ingram who were outstanding throughout.

Man of the MatchCharlie Hobday

football_small  25 September 2012: Reading College 0 – 7 Uxbridge College

Uxbridge Academy were able to pick up their first three points of the season in an outstanding performance away at Reading College.

Uxbridge were in devastating form in front of goal from the very start, and particular praise must go to the forward pairing of Marvin Lombo, and O’Shea Ryan-Mark, who each scored three goals, and whose contribution throughout was of the highest standard.

At the other end of the pitch, Harry Stannett and Bradley Dunsford set the tone at the heart of the defence with their excellent reading of the game, and their composure in possession of the ball. The tight defence meant that Reading were limited to a handful of long range shots, which were all dealt with comfortably by goalkeeper Luke Dennison.

The attitude of the Uxbridge team was impeccable throughout, and this year’s midfield pairing of Deon Hartley–Deroche and Khari Valerie looks a very formidable one, with both players able to play intelligent football as well as show great work-rate across the pitch.

The score finished 7–0, and Uxbridge have now taken four points from their first three games. With strength in depth, and an improved attitude across both Uxbridge teams, this promises to be a very rewarding season for all players involved.

football_small  September 2012 Game 2: Uxbridge College 3 – 4 Berkshire Agricultural

Having drawn the first game of the season 0-0 on a long journey to Gosport, the team was looking for a three point victory. However, five minutes into the game and Uxbridge conceded a sloppy goal.

Amani Nyeila scored the equaliser just a few minutes later to bring Uxbridge level again with a tidy finish. Berkshire took the lead again shortly after from a quickly taken corner into the Uxbridge penalty area, which caused the unprepared Zacki to put the ball into his own net.

Uxbridge continued to dominate possession in the first half, however could not find an end product. With seven shots on goal, only one was scored in the first half, to leave the half-time score 2-1 to Berkshire.

Second Half

Uxbridge came out of the dressing rooms looking hungry for a win and continued to dominate possession and chances without managing to convert any.

Berkshire played some tidy football on the counter attack and when given the chance by Uxbridge, they extended their lead to 3-1 in the 75th minute.

The game looked long gone for Uxbridge College, however the fighting spirit from a few individuals came incisive during the last few minutes in the game. Uxbridge struck back with a header by Drilon Veliu from a corner, into the bottom left hand corner.

A minute later in the 81st minute, that man again Amani was given a clever through ball by O’Shea and passed it past the goal keeper with the outside of his right foot.

The hard work paid off and the game looked as if it would end 3-3. However, there were only three minutes left of play, when more sloppy defending from Uxbridge, gifted Berkshire the winner through tired defending.

The game ended 4-3 to Berkshire and many of the Uxbridge players need to step up their game in order to keep their places and compete against league opposition.