Youth Football


Taunton District Schools FA gave it their all before bowing to defeat in a terrific national ESFA Playstation under-13 Inter-Association Cup tie away against their Swansea District Schools counterparts. The first-round contest, played out at the splendid Llandarcy Academy of Sport facility in Neath, began with the Welsh hosts moving the ball around well, although …

A former Sunderland and Middlesbrough triallist has signed apprentice forms at Plymouth Argyle. Andrew Burn is a defender from Gateshead, who played football throughout his school years at Cardinal Hume Secondary. A midfielder for Gateshead, he switched to his local team, Leam Rangers, at 15 and was encouraged to play as a centre back. Burn …

Exeter City’s under-18s and under-16s took on Oxford United in their latest round of fixtures and produced two very intriguing contests. Dan Green’s under-18s won in convincing style courtesy of a Joel Randall hat-trick, before Jack Sparkes sealed the win with a goal of his own. The match began in a lively manner with both …

Tennessee Harlow helped Wellington Town pull off a shock result in the FA Youth Cup, days after being named captain of Taunton King’s College football team. Paulton were fancied to overturn Wellington in the Cup but, although they took the lead, lower-division Wellington hit back to win 2-1. “We were the underdogs so to come …

Former Taunton Town footballer Jamie Ward has joined King’s College to coach boys’ football. The right-winger, who also played semi-professional football for Yeovil Town and Clevedon Town, spent ten years at Wordsworth Drive, between 1984-94 during which the club won the Great Mills Western League title and reached the final of the FA Vase, before …

Exeter City’s under-18s took to the pitch twice as they played Bristol Rovers and AFC Bournemouth in a busy week for Dan Green and his young squad, writes Derek Baker. The Grecians took on the Pirates at the Cliff Hill Training Ground where City’s youngsters were hoping to kick on from their 12-0 victory over …

IN another busy week for the Exeter City Academy, the under-18s and under-16s both secured comprehensive victories against Cheltenham Town. City’s under-18s recorded a dominant 12-0 win at home against their Gloucestershire opponents to banish all memories of their disappointing opening day defeat to Swindon Town. After seeing a 2-0 lead slip away against Swindon, …

FORMER Plymouth Argyle youth team striker Louis Rooney made an explosive start to his career with Linfield. Rooney, who has signed a one-year contract with the reigning Northern Ireland Football League champions, was on the bench for their Bet McClean League Cup game against Lisburn Distillery at Windsor Park and had to wait until the …