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Cirencester Town Academy Match Reports

Below are some Match Reports from recent Academy matches:

E.C.F.A. Premier League  Wednesday 7th September

West Suffolk College 2 - 2 Cirencester Academy

                                        Hooper, Hale

Cirencester made the long journey to Bury St Edmonds and returned home with a well deserved share of the points in the opening game of the season.

West Suffolk, containing several third year players, began the stronger and after twenty minutes were 2-0 ahead.

Cirencester gradually began to get a foot hole in the game and scored with a good strike from the edge of the area by midfielder Bradley Hooper to make the half time score 2-1.

The second half saw Cirencester growing in confidence with midfielders Sam Farr, Joe Shepherd and Bradley Hooper controlling the game. Cirencester were now pressurising the W. Suffolk defence.

Joe Shepherd played a great ball to Bradley Hooper who was fouled and Cirencester were awarded a penalty. Danny Hale opened his account for the season scoring easily against the West Suffolk goalkeeper to make the score 2-2.

Cirencester were now pushing forward looking for the winner and limiting W. Suffolk to the occasional counter attack, but were unable to break the W.Suffolk defence. 



S.W.Counties Youth League  Saturday 10th September

New College 2 - 4 Cirencester Academy

                           Hayden, Morse, Hale, Shepherd

Cirencester came away with the points after a stunning performance in a local derby against New College. Both teams played same excellent football with great determination and discipline.

Cirencester took the lead through a fine strike from the edge of the box by Jacob Hayden. The lead only lasted 3 minutes when New College were awarded a penalty for  a push in the Cirencester box.

The game began to open up and Josh Morse restored Cirencester’s lead after a fine pass from Dan Hale. Morse ran past two defenders before slipping the ball past the advancing New College goalkeeper.

In the second half Danny Hale then made up for an earlier miss by giving Cirencester a 3-1. New College were still the game and scored again to make the score 2-3 with 15 minutes remaining.

However Cirencester were always threatening, in particular with first year substitute Reuben Keating combining superbly with winger Josh Morse creating several chances. This combination resulted in Joe Shepherd scoring a superb header after a great cross by winger Josh Morse after good work by Keating.



E.C.F.A. Premier League  Wednesday 14th September

Cirencester Academy 2 - 0 Worcester College

Hayden, Coote

Cirencester welcomed Worcester to the Corinium Stadium for the second Premier League fixture of the season.

Cirencester could have taken the lead after 10 minutes but striker James Piatek's lob over the advancing goalkeeper hit the crossbar and bounced over. Chances for both teams were limited but Cirencester defender Adam Cooke’s far post header from a Josh Morse was saved well by the Worcester Goalkeeper.

Cirencester dominated most of the play but could have fallen behind when Worcester hit a post after Cirencester failed to hold a corner from the right.

The second half saw Cirencester on the attack straight away with Joe Shepherd firing over after good work by Josh Morse. Cirencester took the lead through Jacob Hayden when he turned in the box and fired past the Worcester goalkeeper.

Cirencester had goalkeeper Charles Steward to thank for retaining their lead with a fantastic save after Worcester forward had breached the Cirencester defence. Substitute Matt Coote then secured the points striking a magnificent winner into the top corner  from just inside the box.



E.C.F.A. Premier League  Wednesday 10th September

Pembroke College  2 - 3 Cirencester Academy

Fusco, Swindall, Alves

Cirencester managed an opening day win on their longest journey of the season against Pembroke.

With the Cirencester team consisting of all first year students, Cirencester made a bright start by passing and moving the ball well. Matty Fusco opened the scoring when he went past 2 players on the wing before playing a neat ball into Asa Cox whose shot was well saved, only for Fusco to tap in the re-bound. The rest of the half was quite even with both teams attacking in numbers.

It was almost immediately after half-time when Cirencester took a 2-0 lead. Tom Swindall latched on to a lofted through ball to beat the right back with pace and drive hard and low past the Pembroke keeper.

Pembroke grabbed a stunning goal when Luke Berwick, who was assured and comfortable all afternoon, could only watch a 30 yard volley dip in the top corner.

However Cirencester responded well and it was the 2 subs that supplied the third goal. Clayton Shutt ran through the heart the Pembroke defence only for his shot to be saved by the keeper, but Alves was on hand to again calmly slot in the rebound to an open net. Cirencester could and should have had more but were left hanging on in a tense finish when Pembroke grabbed a second 10 minutes from time.



E.C.F.A Regional League Wednesday 21st September

Cirencester 2 - 1 Ystrad Mynach

O.G, Cox

Cirencester won this scrappy affair with an own goal and an Asa Cox winner. On a windy, bumpy pitch, Cirencester played the conditions well by turning the Ystrad Mynach defence.

Ystrad Mynach had good chances of their own to take the lead and always looked dangerous from corners. However it was a free kick from the half way line that gave Cirencester the lead. Nathan Hawkins drove the ball onto the penalty spot only for a Ystrad Mynach defender to flick it on over his own keeper with his head.

The lead was short lived as hesitation in the Cirencester defence allowed Ystrad Mynach to equalise with a scrappy goal from inside Cirencester’s own 6 yard box.

Both teams in the second half struggled to get the ball down and play any real football and again it was from another deep free-kick which was driven onto the penalty spot which saw Asa Cox calmly volley the ball into the back of the net.

Both teams had chances in the remaining minutes however Cirencester held on for the 2-1 victory to make it 2 wins from 2.



F.A. Youth Cup 1st Rd Qualifying

Merthyr Town 0 - 5 Cirencester Town

Cirencester travelled to Wales and came away with a convincing victory. Cirencester  took the game to Merthyr from the kick off and Josh Morse had several chances to score.

Merthyr gradually came into the game but Cirencester took the lead through captain Joe Shepherd from a corner from Jacob Hayden. Striker Danny Hale increased Cirencester's lead right on half time after a fine through ball from Jacob Hayden.

The second half saw Cirencester continuing to control the game, with Danny Hale completing his Hatrick , before winger Josh Morse scored Cirencester’s fifth goal.

Cirencester now face Tiverton Town at home in the 2nd Qualifying round on Monday 3rd October at The Corinium Stadium. Kick off is at 7pm.

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