Continental Star Reserves v Fairfield Villa Reserves

Today saw Stars take on Fairfield Villa at home in a must win game if we wanted to keep our chances alive of winning the league.
We got out of the blocks very slow as we were second to every ball and not really competing with the opposition. Unfortunately we went 1 nil down from a great goal by the opposition, skipping past two players and rifling the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. This gave us the wake up call we needed and we were quick to respond. Within 5 minutes of us re starting the game Josh Nelson played a superb through ball to Devonte who finished well under pressure and got us our equaliser. We carried on applying pressure but went behind again from a set piece. A corner came in and a push on our keeper made him drop the ball and their attacker to put the ball into an empty net.
We went into the dressing room 2-1 down but knew we wasn’t out of the game!
With a strong team talk from Daniel & Deno we scored two quick fire goals in the second half. The first with Devonte dribbling past 2 players with his fast feet and passing the ball off to Nelson to take it out of his feet and unleash a 25 yard wonder strike into the back of the net! (Goal of the season contender?) The equaliser gave us confidence to carry on playing our attractive football and we got our rewards as Nelson fired another long ranger at the keeper only for him to parry it out and and Josh Robinson to follow up and cooly put it over the Fairfield keeper. As we had this 3-2 lead we didn’t look like throwing the game away and the scoreline flattered Fairfield as we missed late chances.
Final Score: Continental Star Reserves 3-2 Fairfield Villa Reserves.

Great 3 points for Stars. Hopefully we can carry our performance into the next game away to Brocton on the 7th Feb.

Match report: Trayvon PowellTrayvon Powell


Today was a tough game for the under 13s against top of the league Black Country Snipers.The first half was intense with us being more of the attacking team and creating more chances. Abu skipping past two players like they weren’t even there and slotting it away before the keeper could get there. Abu second came shortly after when Ramone played an inviting cross to find the boot of Abu on the volley. Second half was fast flowing with the opposition scoring first with a nicely placed goal. They soon brought it back to 2-2 when their striker shooting across the keeper getting a touch on it but too powerful for him to keep out. But we weren’t giving up we came back with Nathan running down the wing and picking out Ramone with a fantastic through ball for Ramone to smash home not letting the keeper save it. Great victory for the lads well played.

Match report: Aaron Pedley


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Football for Peace is a sporting initiative that aims to:

  1. Provide opportunities for social contact across community boundaries
  2. Promote mutual understanding
  3. Engender in participants a desire for and commitment to peaceful coexistence
  4. Enhance sporting skills and technical knowledge.

Continental Star recently took part in a Football for Peace event held at The Sports Hub, Holford Drive, where a game of football took place with mixed gender teams; followed by a seminar.

 

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Our last game before the Holidays, we were away to West Brom united.

We started the game with 9 players with illness and injuries the main reason for many absentees, although this was disappointing we were all in high sprits because we welcomed back Melanie Judd Was Griffiths!

We knew we had to be smart about our approach as the opposition would have a 2 player overload so we decided to play deep and stay compact only pressing when they entered our mid to defensive 3rd. We also decided that to limit our running, when we were in possession we would retain it and use the pace from our flanks to attack otherwise we would keep it.

After a very bright start we scored a well worked goal, Shiloh, picking up the ball out wide drove to the by-line and then floated a ball across the box for Abu to tap in back post. After this the boys decided to press a bit higher to force mistakes. From us pressing we manage to get another goal this time from Abu winning the ball in the wide area shooting from a tight angle, the keeper parried for Shiloh to tap home. Just before half time Hamzah twisted and turned clipped a ball through to Abu for him to chest and half volley into the corner.

At half time we changed our shape and talked about changing our set up to press more keeping a high line. The change in style was to force the opposition to play longer for us to sweep up with Our keeper Owen or our quick defenders to deal with.

The opposition came out with what looked like a ‘nothing to lose mentality’ and pressed like crazy, credit to us we managed it very well by retaining the ball making them work doubly hard to get the ball back.

Within five minutes we scored again, this time with Ramone driving to by line cutting the ball back for Hamzah to touch, chop, turn and fire home.

The opposition broke away after some good play to score arguably the goal of the game. We replied with Ramone picking up the ball from the halfway, racing through to finish beyond their goal keeper who could not do anything to save. 5 mins Before the end the opposition got a penalty and scored.

Last week we had a few things to work on and we did that in training which carried over to our game. This was evident in all players attitude to stick together playing with 9 players. Well done to all!

Report by: Aaron MG




Match Report 06-12-14 Causeway Utd (1)V Continental Star (3)

Continental Star went into today’s game on the back of a run of games that brought several defeats & a couple of draws. The management team had been busy during the week securing the signatures of 4 new players who were brought straight into the squad bolstering it, as for weeks it had been depleated with injuries, illness, work committments & family affairs. This had threatened to derail what had started to look like a promising season.

After speaking with several players over the course of the week to get an understanding of their thoughts the one thing that came out was that everyone needed to take responsibility for their own actions which brought about the change in todays formation.

Stars got off to a strong start & there seemed to be a work ethic & spirit that had been missing for several weeks. The players were still encouraged to play the brand of football that had brought many plaudits from watching spectators home & away.

A ball played forward from O’garro in midfield was chased by Johnson who was beaten to the ball by the advancing keeper on the edge of his 18yrd line, but his attempted clearance under the pressure of Johnson only diverted the ball into the path of Reid who swept the ball home first time from some 25yrds into the ungaurded goal.

This gave Stars the impetus & they took control of the game with Wilson & Simpson looking solid along with the two willing fullbacks Powell & Jabbi, O’garro & Lewis controlled the midfield territory winnings 1st & 2nd balls getting star on the front foot with their passing accuracy into path of two wide men in Chisanga & Green who had the measure of the Causeway fullbacks.

After 17mins this domination brought a 2nd goal when the willing Johnson was picked out on the break from a Causeway attack he had 3 running Stars players all crying for the pass to be in on goal has the Causeway defence were left stranded in the pace of the break eventually the ball fell to Lewis on the run who’s control & left footed drive flashed into the roof of the net over the advancing keeper.

Stars again pressing for more were nearly caught out after a smart Causeway attack but the Incoming Chesire in the stars goal turned over a thunderous left footed drive from just 12yrds out keeping the score at 2-0

A rare Causeway attack brought them a corner & from this Stars were caught napping with a Causeway player burying a free header on the near post area. This however did not deter Stars who were vocally encouraged by their management team of Smith & Sylvester.

In the second half Causeway came out with a new determination, and began to ask a few questions but Stars stayed solid & resolute with Reid & Johnson keeping the home defence busy with their craft & gile accompanied by the willing Green & Chisanga.
O’garro & Lewis continued to produce, & a solid looking back five looked comfortable with Chesire showing a safe pair of hands.

After 65mins Chisanga who had run himself into ground was replaced by Elwell who added a new problem for Causeway with his touches & work ethic chances were presented to Reid & Johnson who when well placed failed to shoot. Reid was eventually replaced & Thompson returned to action some 6 weeks since with a groin injury, Elwell went up front with Johnson and this brought about a 3rd goal as the ball presented itself yo Johnson at the far post who controlled & rammed the ball home into the roof of the net making a 3-1 scoreline richly deserved on the balance of play.

Green was replaced after 80mins with Murrain making his Stars debut. Two more great opportunities presented themselves to Stars as Elwell sent the on rushing Thompson through on goal with Johnson screaming for a pass Thompson’s shot was well saved by the Causeway keeper. O’garro then picked out Elwell with the pass of the match, he’s control on the chest sent him clear with the on rushing keeper Elwell choose a sublime lobbed finish but the ball dropped 2yrds wide of the goal much to his disappointment & for those watching as this would have been the icing on the cake for Stars as their performance today was of a very High Standard much to the delight of Manager Smith & his staff.

Report from the dugout: manager, Smudger.