Oct 22 2009 Chester Chronicle - Click the title to see the full report
CHESTER Allstars are aiming to build on their magnificent unbeaten campaign.
The Allstars consist of the best Under 11s talent in West Cheshire with each of the 48 primary schools in the Chester and district region sending their two most outstanding Years 5 and 6 players to selection trials.
From these trials, the top youngsters are picked to represent a team which were undefeated last season and claimed the scalps of Chester champions Thomas Wedge Junior School, Primaryship winners Cherry Grove Primary School, North West champions Our Lady’s Primary School and Christleton High School’s Year 7 side.
The Allstars train every week at Mill View Primary School with professional coaches and play matches throughout the school year against the likes of centre of excellence teams and regional winners.
Twenty-four players from 19 different primary schools played for the Allstars last season and lasting friendships were formed by children who now appear in the same sides at high school and the academies of clubs such as Liverpool, Everton and Blackburn Rovers.
The Allstars, who feature players from Chester City’s now defunct Centre of Excellence, got their new season off to a flyer with a 4-1 friendly win at Flintshire Primary Schools FA.
Callum Parkinson fired the visitors in front after a neat interchange with Harry Pickering but Flintshire battled back and were level going into half-time. But with substitutes Liam Williams and Saul Foye-Burns making an immediate impact, the Allstars dominated after the break and regained the lead through Tom Crawford. Foye-Burns then linked-up with Parkinson for number three before Alex de Sousa wrapped up the scoring.
Captain Alais Buchannan was immense in defence for the Allstars alongside Oliver Robinson while goalkeeper Nate Green and midfielders Connor Beesley and Lewis Gerrard also impressed.
Match report: Chronicle, Standard, Leader - Chester Chronicle October 2010
Both squads played their 1st matches of the season on Friday against East Cheshire side Macclesfield and District. The under 10’s were in awesome form beating the home side 14-1 with debut goals from Miles Robinson (4), Rocco Hewitt (3), Joe Melia (2), Captain Kyle John (2), Archie Hughes, Ryan Horuz and Ben Clark.
This was the 1st time these group of children have played together, they looked like they had been playing together for years as they moved the ball about the field with purpose and fluidity. They played excellent one touch attacking football and were virtually unstoppable as they strung together attack after attack.
The year 6’s faced a quality under 11 side with a number of top flight academy players on show for the home side. The majority of the squad played together last year and with three debutants they looked strong on the night. After a tightly contested game, it finished 2-2 with a spectacular long range effort from Brandon Burrows and neat finish from Captain Tom Wyatt. The away team could have sealed victory if it wasn’t for some excellent stops by the keeper and late shots hitting the crossbar and post.
Both sides look a force to be reckoned with this year and will be playing a series of matches against District, County and Academy squads over the next year. Next match is Wrexham and District Schoolboys on Wednesday 3rd November at 6pm, Queensway Sports ground Wrexham.
(Please look out for this report in the Chronicle, Standard and Leader).
Chester Chronicle: November 2010
Chester Allstars continue their fine form against Everton Academy
Chester Allstars Under 10’s and 11’s continued their fine vein of form on Friday by beating Everton Development Squads 5-1 and 3-0 at Finch Farm. This follows club victories at Macclesfield/District Schoolboys and Wrexham Schoolboys and now makes it 3 wins in a row with an unbeaten record so far this season.
The Under 11 team put on their best performance of the season and put out a near full strength squad against a newly formed Everton side. The Allstars were direct in their attack and used their pace well down the flanks with in form Harley Bennion and Joe Slawson posing a constant threat and Striker John Nixon posing the home defence a number of problems. Chester were strong in the middle of the park, with Brandon Burrows and Tom Wyatt controlling the midfield battles. Once again they looked solid at the back with outstanding defensive performances by Max Carter and Harry Jaquiss who were dominant in the air and worked well with goalkeeper Edward Weston to keep a clean sheet. The goals came from Harley Bennion who scored twice with his constant attacking threat from the left and a superbly worked goal by Sam Ward created by James King Magee. The visitors could have had more if it weren’t for the keeper and woodwork but were happy with the 3-0 victory on the night.
The Under 10’s despite missing several players looked very strong on the night and continued their impressive style of attacking football moving the ball about the field with purpose, confidence and urgency. Chester Allstars were captained by Everton player Kyle John who was again in fantastic form in the middle of the park against his Academy Club. Joe Melia and Miles Robinson provided the attacking threat from the wings and created chance after chance as they drove forward linking up well with Archie Hughes and Kyle in the middle. Rocco Hewitt was a constant threat upfront and was unlucky not to score more than once hitting the post and forcing a number of great saves from the keeper. Ben Clark and Jack Wilson were again in magnificent form at the back, preventing the Everton attackers from posing a significant threat, but also involving themselves in many of the attacking moves. Goalie Billy Cooper made several good saves and was unlucky with the goal he conceded. Rocco, Miles, Archie, Kyle and Jack Atwood were the scorers making it 5-1 on the night
Chester Allstars play their last match of 2010 against Flintshire Primary Schools FA on Tuesday 30th November at 5.30pm at Blacon High School.
Chester Chronicle and Standard Reports February 2011
An Amazing week for Chester Allstars FC
Following comprehensive victories for Chester under 10’s and 11’s at TNS academy on Tuesday last week, the team competed for the famous FA Moores Cup in a district tournament on Friday at Egerton Sports Ground, Knutsford.
The tournament involved all the district sides in the County, Chester Allstars FC, Macclesfield and District FC and Warrington and District FC. With each side involving the best under 11 players in the county there was obviously some excellent football on show, with a host of club academy players involved in the sides.
After a slow start and draws with both sides, with Chester enjoying large spells of possession, looking solid at the back and dangerous upfront they were growing in confidence as the night went on and after two good performances, Chester made it to the final on goal difference where they would face a strong Macclesfield side.
After another tightly contested match with chances for both teams and some excellent football being played, the match ended 0-0 and extra time would be played.
After a large period of ‘golden goal’ without any return, it was agreed by both parties that the cup would be shared and that there will be joint champions this year between Chester and Macclesfield. As Chester looked the strongest side on the night, it was agreed that they would go through and represent Cheshire this year in Sunderland on Saturday 26th March. Here they will play in the FA regional finals where they will face county sides from around the north of England. The winner of this will ultimately go on to compete in the national finals later in the year.
Chester Chronicle and Standard Report Thursday 31 March
Chester Allstars’ Dreams come true as they Prepare for National Finals
Recent Cheshire county champions Chester Allstars FC played in the ESFA North England Under 11 Regional Finals at Sunderland FC’s Academy of Light venue on Saturday the 26th March. It was there first ever visit to the event after qualifying by winning the Cheshire FA Moores cup recently. Winners and runners up would be playing in the National Finals in London at the end of May. Here the two teams will represent the North of England against the best two teams from the midlands, South West and South East of England in a tournament that will produce a National Champion who go on to compete in Europe. How the day panned out was the stuff that dreams are made of for the Chester squad.
The Allstars made the long journey up there with 11 other outstanding county representative teams who had won their county events from around the North of England including; Liverpool, Newcastle, Blackburn, Leeds, Sheffield, Carlisle and South Tyneside. The standard of football on show was the highest in the region for under 11 schoolboy football with the vast majority of the players being academy players for big premier league clubs.
The afternoon began with a bang against Scarborough after only 3 minutes when Captain Brandon Burrows finished off a fantastic forward run and coolly slotted home from 6 yards. The next match followed immediately and the Allstars carried on from where they had left off against a very strong South Tyneside team. A long ball brought down superbly by Rocco Hewitt and calmly finished off after only a few minutes. The Allstars pressed for a second and when Brandon played a superb through ball through to Rocco who took the ball in his stride and powered the ball into the top corner from just inside the area. Tyneside equalised shortly after and forced a number of fine saves from keeper Edward Weston. The game finished 2-1 and another fine victory for Chester.
The next match involved Blackburn and one of the tournaments favourites. The match finished 1-0 to Blackburn after a cross shot from the right evaded the defence and the keeper and after a string of chances and sustained pressure, the Allstars were unable to equalise.
The next game was against the mighty Liverpool, last years winners and also National Winners. Liverpool had won all their matches up until this point and looked very strong all around the pitch. The Allstars were first out of the blocks with some excellent play in midfield by Kyle John and Tom Wyatt. They forced a number of saves as Liverpool also attacked the Chester goal. Defenders Ryan Horuz and Ben Clarke in amazing form against a talented attacking team. After an end to end game with spectacular saves from both keepers and both teams hitting the woodwork, the match finished 0-0. supporters and coaches alike voted this as match of the tournament so far.
Chester needed to win their next game against Carlisle in order to progress. They started strongly with Kyle John and Brandon again in magnificent form. But it was Tom Wyatt who scored the first goal with a low driven corner that crept in the near post. The Allstars pressed for a second, and it came after a fantastic through ball by Kyle which Harley Bennion took in his stride and finished sublimely past the oncoming keeper. James King Magee and Sam Ward were unlucky not to score a third whilst the Allstars pressed and pressed. The whistle blew and they were through to the semi final.
A very strong Sheffield team awaited them in the semi final having won all their games so far, looked one of the tournaments better teams. The Allstars were growing in confidence however and started strongly showing a talented side no respect. Time after time they pressed high and won the ball back creating attack after attack. Again the defence in awesome form with Kyle John brilliantly protecting the back line. Then it came with only 3 minutes left to play. Kyle John winning the ball in midfield and playing Harley Bennion in who curled the ball into the top corner. They had done it. The allstars were in the final. But more importantly, they had finished runners up regardless of the result.
They met a familiar opponent in the final, Liverpool, who had won every game since the draw with Chester in the group stage. The match began strongly with both teams looking to get an early goal. And it came after 5 minutes when Liverpool whipped in a quick corner to the near post and their striker nodded home from close range. Chester pressed and pressed but were beginning to look tired. As they pushed more players forward, Liverpool caught them on the break and scored the crucial second goal with 5 minutes to go. As Chester threw more players forward for a corner (including the goalkeeper) in the hope of a late comeback, Liverpool hit them on the break and finished the game 3-0.
Chester were not disheartened and were beaten by a better side on the day. The event organiser was keen to point out to everyone they didn’t expect what they saw from Chester on the day. Stating that Chester Football at this level must be of the highest standard and is certainly back on the footballing map. After never competing in this event and many other counties not knowing much about them before the event, they certainly would now. One of the smallest areas in the competition and also the youngest team there, with half the team being under 10 in an under 11 competition. The future of Chester and Cheshire football looks bright as the Chester Allstars and Liverpool prepare for the National Finals where they will form one of the 8 best sides in the country competing to be National Champion.