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Manager Summary Report 2020/21 Season






4/10/20 Celtic Reds 4-3 Brunswick Reds

Team Abdulrazak Alia Arthur Novaes-Goes Cathal Nugent ( C ) Daniel Brooks Darragh McIvor Isam Masri ( GK ) Ismael El Amrani El Haji Josh Byrne Nikolai Degtiarev Paddy Sheehan Romario Raikes Theo Ashley Jackson Zachary Whillis After 7 months off due to Corona Virus, football was finally back! We started our training back in August, playing 5 friendly matches. Due the pandemic we have had to make some adjustments in order to follow the government and public Health England rules as well as the announcements made by the FA/Middlesex. The Season started today and we are now playing for points and cup games, the league has put us into Division 1, so all the teams we play now are very strong, however, we are growing in confidence and have now signed two new players to our team. Zak and Zach were making their debut for us today, very strong individuals and we were looking forward to watching them settle in to our squad. On a wet and rainy day, we welcomed Brunswick Reds to Brentside Playing Fields. We had played against them last season twice so we knew they were a strong and team. We had played Brunswick Reds in January and lost 7 – 4. However when we played them in March it was a 4 – 4 draw and as the results showed, we were definitely heading in the right direction. We had put in a lot of hard work during pre-season and we were looking forward to the challenges ahead, starting today. We were nervous to begin with and made mistakes, you could tell it was end to-end football being played by both teams but we soon took control when we scored an early goal on 2.46 min. It was a great finish from Nikolai. But Brunswick Reds came back into the game with a goal of their own. We were awarded an indirect free kick for a back-pass by Brunswick Reds. Cathal and Theo worked it out really well. Brunswick had to defend on their goal line. The whistle blew and Theo touched the ball. Cathal shot immediately after Theo’s touch and fired it in to the roof of the net. 2 – 1. Unstoppable and very well worked out boys. The half time whistle blew and we told the players that they need to tighten up in defence. They were fantastic going forward but our back line was caught out a number of times by quick counter attacks. Nikolai scored again with another solo effort. To be honest he could have had a hat trick today. Brunswick drew level again with time running out. We won a free kick just inside the Brunswick half. Cathal sized it up and with the wind behind him the ball flew in to the box. We thought the keeper was going to save it but in the wet conditions it crossed the line it 4 – 3. It was a nerve-racking finish and Isam had made some great saves to keep Brunswick out, but we held on to gain the 3 points. Ismael nearly scored from the half way line with a wonderful shot which Brunswick keeper kept out with a wonderful save we all thought it was in but just kept out on the line. Brunswick had plenty of chances as well but thanks to Isam, he was on top form today. It was a well-deserved win for us particularly in the tough weather conditions and as good as we were we still need to work hard on the following areas of our game; • Communication in defence • Holding the offside line straight • Get stuck in tackles, don't shy away from them. • Don't turn our backs on shots and be brave upfront. There are always things to be worked upon. That is the only way to improve. But boys it was fantastic getting the new season started with a win and gaining 3 points. It is really helping doing extra training on Thursday nights and it gives the boys extra time to work upon what we want to do in games. Boys once we work on our defence and get the organisation and leadership sorted, we will become very hard to beat. Our next game is on Sunday away to FC Starz Reds, it will be the first time we will be playing this team, boys let's have another win. COME ON CELTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mandeep, Ian and Denis

11/10/20 FC Starz Reds 5-0 Celtic Reds

Team Abdulrazak Alia Arthur Novaes-Goes Cathal Nugent ( C ) Daniel Brooks Darragh McIvor Isam Masri ( GK ) Ismael El Amrani El Haji Josh Byrne Nikolai Degtiarev Paddy Sheehan Romario Raikes Theo Ashley Jackson Zachary Whillis On a beautiful Sunday Morning, we travelled away to play FC Starz Reds. We played on a 3G pitch and the ball was very fast on the ground. It was our second game of the season and it was the first time we played them so we knew nothing about how they would play. We started the game very weak as if we were afraid of the opposition. On 3 mins Isam took a goal kick but it went straight to the opposition and they had an early chance to score but Isam made a good save after his mis-kick. As coaches we always say never mind mistakes, it is how we recover from them which counts. That is how we learn and improve. Our passing game today was way off the mark which was surprising because this is an area that we have been really focussing upon since we resumed training after lockdown. We have been working on the boys being comfortable on the ball and playing quick and accurate passes. Exactly like we did against Parkfield in our pre-season friendly, which was a joy to watch, but today we could not even get a couple of passes going. We told the boys before the game that the 3G pitch will be fast but to be honest they are used to that from our Thursday sessions at Rectory Park. FC Starz Reds dominated most of the first half and we had couple of half chances but could not test the keeper. FC Starz Reds scored. Our defence was all over the place because there was a lack of communication. This was frustrating because that is exactly what we are working upon with the boys in every training session now. We remind the boys each week that communication is the key to get good results in games and we need leaders to step up in the team. In the second half it was the same, we had no leader in the back line. We did have a chance with Cathal but he shot straight at the keeper plus Ismael had a half chance when he tried to chip the goal keeper but it went over, we were very close. We could have lost this game by a bigger margin, but Isam made some great saves to keep the score down, so well done to our keeper. FC Starz Reds were passing the ball well today, we just could not handle the pressure which is something we need to work upon. We were lucky last week against Brunswick with the win and managed to hold on. Make no mistake, there are very good teams in Division 1 and if we are to compete we really need to work hard and focus. I know it is only our second game and we are still improving but boys we need to improve if we want to stay in Division 1. We still need to work hard on the following areas of our game; • Holding the offside line straight. • Getting stuck in to tackles, don't shy away from them. • Don't turn our backs on shots and be brave. • Don’t just watch where the ball is, watch your positional play. • Communication, Communication, Communication. There are always things to be worked upon. That is the only way to improve. Boys we play together and we lose together and we win together so let’s put this game behind us BUT learn from it. Our next game is against LNER Reds at home so let's step up for this game. We have now played two games this season and conceded 8 goals and scored only 4 goals which means we need to create and convert more chances and let in fewer goals by tightening up our defence. The key to a solid defence is COMMUNICATION and LEADERSHIP. This was lacking today. Don’t leave the communication and leadership to one or two boys, this is everyones responsibility. I know we have a lot quite boys in our squad but now is the time for all boys to step up and the fact is, the more you communicate, the easier it gets. So let’s start using those loud voices that I am sure your parents are used to listening to at home. COME ON CELTIC!!!!!!!!!! Let's show everyone who we really are! Mandeep, Ian and Denis

18/10/2020 Celtic Reds 3-2 LNER Reds

Team Abdulrazak Alia Arthur Novaes-Goes Cathal Nugent ( C ) Daniel Brooks Darragh McIvor Isam Masri ( GK ) Ismael El Amrani El Haji Josh Byrne Nikolai Degtiarev Paddy Sheehan Romario Raikes Theo Astley Jackson Zachary Whillis On a nice sunny Sunday morning we welcomed LNER Reds to Brentside Playing Fields we had played against them a couple of times so we knew what their strengths and weakness were. We came into this match full of confidence as we have been working hard in training getting our defence tighter and really working on our communication, particularly in our defensive line. LNER Reds came into this match with two defeats so we knew it will be a challenge today. We started the match very fast with some wonderful football being played. Our passing was great to see plus our communication in our back line was greatly improved. After 3 minutes LNER had a free kick but nothing came of it. After 5 minutes we had a free kick. Our Captain Cathal took it and passed it to Zach who almost scored. After 7 minutes LNER had their first shot on goal but Isam saved it. This was turning in to a great game to watch, it was end to end football being played by two great teams. On 12 minutes we won a corner and Cathal put in a great ball in to the danger area. Nikolai knew exactly what to expect from the delivery and Nikolai leapt in to the air and met the cross with a powerful header to make it 1 – 0. There was no stopping that header. We are really making the most of our corners. Good deliveries and great finishes. On 20 minutes LNER scored from the left wing from a throw in. Isam saved the first shot but we didn’t react quickly enough to clear the second ball and LNER took full advantage to score and make it 1 – 1. On 22 minutes Cathal took a free kick which fell to Darragh. Darragh then took it on and dribbled past a couple of players and scored to make it 2 – 1. It was a terrific solo goal. But unfortunately we could not hold on to the lead and 3 minutes later LNER scored to level things up again. Our defence lost focus for a minute and did not get back quick enough. Which meant that it was left to Isam and Cathal running back to prevent them scoring but it was too late and the ball was in the back of the net to make it 2 – 2. We told the boys at half time keep it tight in the back and use the width of the pitch get more crosses in and test their keeper more. Keep focus and disciplined in their positions. We had plenty of shots in the second half but the majority were straight at the keeper. We just weren’t testing the keeper properly and making things easy for him. With time running out the game looked as though it would end in a draw but our boys had other ideas. We entered stoppage time and won a corner. Theo’s quick thinking saw him pick out Cathal with a short corner and our Captain scored the winner with a wonderful shot low and hard and just inside the post to make it 3 – 2. It was a good goal but it was Theo’s clever and quick thinking which made it happen. This shot on goal was literally the very last kick of the game. It was a great team effort today by the boys after a heavy defeat last week. They bounced straight back up from that defeat which shows fantastic maturity and progression. Just a couple of things boys, remember not to hold on to the ball for too long, realise it quicker. We have now played three games won 2, lost 1 but boys we still need to create and convert more chances and let in fewer goals by tightening up our defence. The key to a solid defence is COMMUNICATION and LEADERSHIP. Today was a massive improvement in these areas and it was great to see all the defence talking and communicating. It is not only the responsibility of one person it is every boys responsibility. It is the whole team us coaches want to hear have loud voices in every game we play. I am sure your parents are used to listening to you all at home. Our next game is away to London Athletic on Sunday come on boys let get a winning streak going let’s show every one we are not in Division 1 to make up the numbers. We want to push for the top. See you all on Thursday at training. Mandeep, Ian and Denis

25/10/20 London Athletic Reds 4-0 Celtic Reds

Team Cathal Nugent ( C ) Daniel Brooks Darragh McIvor Isam Masri ( GK ) Ismael El Amrani El Haji Josh Byrne Nikolai Degtiarev Paddy Sheehan Romario Raikes Theo Astley Jackson Zachary Whillis On a wet and rainy Sunday morning, we travelled to play London Athletic Reds. We played them in a friendly two months ago and drew 2-2 so we knew how they played. We were missing a couple of players today due to illness. After last weeks narrow win we came into this game full of confidence but we started the game very slow and after 2 minutes Isam was called upon to made an early save. One of the London Athletic Reds players was in an offside position. Our linemen James put the flag up but the ref over-ruled the decision. The player was clearly offside the Ref was one of their own officials. We told the boys before the game to play your game and play to the whistle. Our goal keeper Isam was the busiest, in the early stages of the game with some wonderful saves but he could do nothing about the shot that London Athletic had on goal to make it 1 – 0. On 14 minutes we could have equalised with Nikolai and straight after that Paddy could have scored but unfortunately just it went just wide of goal. We were awarded a free kick outside the box. Cathal put it in the danger area but no one could finish it off. Nikolai hit the bar twice in a couple of minutes. We were getting very close but couldn’t get the equaliser. We went in at half time 1 – 0 down. We told the players to take more shots on goal and test their keeper. Also to use the width of the pitch and get our passing going releasing the ball earlier. Darragh picked up an injury in the first half so he could not play in the second period that was a big loss for us so we had to change things up for the second half. We started slow again and London Athletic were dominating. Our communication was not there today. We are constantly trying to get the boys to focus upon their communication which is so important, especially in defence. But at the moment were just aren’t doing that talking. We really need leaders to step up regarding communication. This has to come from you boys. As coaches we can’t do it for you. You need to realise that the more you do it the more natural it becomes. London Athletic scored 3 more goals in the second half. But even though that happened we were very unlucky not to get on the score sheet. We hit the bar again twice through Theo and Cathal in a game that we could have been a lot closer. The result did not reflect the game hitting the bar four times in a game we knew it was not going to be our day today. Boys let’s keep our head up and look forward to the next game. We are still finding our way in this tough group but two wins out of four games is very decent boys. You should be very proud of yourselves, we certainly are very proud of you, especially for the hard work you are all putting in, in training. We picked up some injuries today, I just hope all the boys are well enough to play next week. Things to learn from today’s game; • Our communication and leadership was missing today. This really needs to improve because at the moment neither of these things are there and they need to be. This has to come from you. • We need to create more chances on goal and make the opposition keeper work. • We need to tighten our defence and work hard to cut out silly mistakes. • Defending isn’t just the job of the defenders, it is every players job from front to back. • The key to a team is solid defence lets show all our parents, manager and coaches how good we all are. • Holding the offside line straight. • Getting stuck in to tackles, don't shy away from them. • Don't turn our back on shots and be brave. • Don't just watch where the ball is, watch your positional play. It may seem that we as coaches are being a bit critical but the only way for us to improve is by picking these things out, working on them and as a result of that work we improve. We play AFC Wembley at home on Sunday so let's go out there and put on a great performance for all the parents and coaches to see. Forget the result of this game and we look forward to the next one. I want to hear loud voices in our next game. COME ON CELTIC!!!!!!!!! Mandeep, Ian and Denis

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