Youth Academy RoundupWe spoke to the managers of Parkway's Youth Academy about their start to the season
Parkway Under 18’s
The U18s have not had many games this season. The season started with an FA Youth cup tie against league rivals Truro, where the yellows won 2-0. Our first league game was against league newcomers Elburton Villa. Both teams had won their opening FA Cup fixture so were in good form. The yellows proved too strong for them and started their title defence with a 6-0 win.
This was then followed by the second preliminary round in the same competition where we faced the Bovey Tracy. The feisty encounter ended in a 2-2 draw where Bovey progressed after an undeserved penalty shootout win. After a home walkover victory in the quarter finals of the league cup, we faced another division newcomer in Torpoint Athletic. A much closer encounter which saw the home team (Torpoint) defend well throughout. Eventually, goals from Dylan Jones and Charlie Castlehouse saw the yellows through to a 2-0 victory.
All other games have been postponed since.
Adam – Parkway U18 Manager
Parkway Under 16’s
Parkway U16s have had an 100% start to the season. They started with a well-earned 3-1 win over rivals Elburton on the opening day of the season. They quickly followed that up with tough 2-0 victory away to a well organised Saltash Utd.
They came the quarter final of the league cup, where they defeated a tough Marjons in a tight encounter winning 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals.
Two more victories away from home in the league followed at Torpoint 9-0 and a good 4-2 win away to last year’s league runners up Callington.
They have also progressed into the last 16 of the Devon Cup with a comfortable 7-0 victory over Plympton.
A great solid start the season with plenty of room for progression to come from the lads.
Micky – Parkway U16’s Manager
Plymouth Parkway U14 Colts – Grenville Top league U14s.
The start to this season has been a mixed bag. The opening game saw us take all 3 points with a 5-nil win against Ivybridge, followed up with much fancied Devon Champions Ocean City holding us to a 2-2 draw.
We were brought back to earth when Marine Academy visited Chaucer Way, with the game close at 3-2, Map scored 3 times in the last 15mins to take all 3 points 6-2.
We turned our attentions to the County Cup and visited a Torquay based side. In a very one-sided game, we won 25-0 to put us into the 2nd round to play a side from Ottery St Mary who pulled out giving us a bye into the 3rd round.
Returning to league action, Ivybridge away were to turn the opening fixture of the season on its head, the Ivys wining 2-1 with a 35yd winning goal to claim all 3 points.
Disaster then hit the squad with our keeper Archie Scott having a serious accident and being told he could be out for up to 2 months.
Activate were next up in the league, within 25mins and no goal keeper we found ourselves 5-1 down, the team rallied and came back to 5-4 and a disallowed goal in the final minute thwarted us gaining something out of the game. 3 very disappointed points lost.
A great gesture from Lakeside in our last league game to date then happened. Lakeside parents had arranged a collection for our goalkeeper and both teams presented Archie with the collection and cards. Parkway were to gain all 3 points in a close with Lakeside, winning 2 nil.
For the last 2 weekends the weather has put paid to any further games.
Joe – Under 14’s Parkway Colts Manager
Under 12 Parkway Girls
The u12 Parkway girls are a new squad and many have not played in a team until now.
We have played 8 games so far and have won 3, all very close games.
We have had a few loses at the beginning of the season but our first win was against Morley Rangers Panthers with a ft score of 5-2. With our striker Lily Trembath- Rich getting her first hat-trick 3 games in.
The girls have come so far in such a short space of time they are improving every week they are gelling amazingly as a team.
Many of the managers from other teams have also commented on how much the girls have improved since our first friendlies back in August.
Our next fixtures are Plymstock away which we feel is a winnable game, then we are against Morley Rangers again. Hopefully the girls will keep the momentum and play as well as they have been, and fingers crossed, we could have another 6 points on the board.
We are currently sitting in 5 on the leader board.
We also have tickets for our girls to go and watch Argyle woman’s team which will no doubt give them a little more inspiration to become future lionesses.
Shaun – Parkway u12 Girls Manager
Parkway Under 12’s
Our journey as a team started 5 years ago where Richie Thomas and I took the team on when some of the boys were only 6 years old, both of our sons play for the team. We are proud that we have managed to maintain the core of that same group, and in more recent years we have added some great footballers to compliment the super talented bunch we already had. The team are constantly complimented on our playing style, our sporting attitude and how talented they are as individuals.
These players have instantly bought into the way in which we like to play and will be fantastic players for the football club. The boys are not only teammates but great friends off the pitch. The loyalty of the players and parents is something we really value, and we possess some very talented footballers who we hope will go on to grace the first team at Bolitho.
We are currently competing in the U12s Hood league. This is our first competitive league, and we look forward to the challenge.
The U12s operates via 9 a side matches, in halves of 2 x 30 minutes. Without giving too much away we have always operated a 3-4-1 formation, encouraging our wing backs to attack and push the team forward. Our home for the last couple of seasons has been Manadon 3G. Whilst we are grateful for the wonderful facilities at Manadon sports hub, we do eventually want to have a grass pitch. It’s nice being near Bolitho and we look forward to supporting the senior team and giving the boys an experience of match days as often as possible
We are very blessed to have a wonderful set of parents, who can’t do enough for the team. Whether it’s laying out cones, to sorting out kit and providing great support to the boys, they help massively and give a great one club feel and we are very grateful and fortunate as coaches that we have them. We are kindly sponsored by TUFCOAT and have received a grant from POCA – Proceeds of Crime Act but are always on the lookout for sponsorship – please contact the club to discuss if you would like to know more
Youth football for me is so important because of the valuable life lessons children will learn. I think every single footballer, no matter what level they play at, grassroots to Premier League will remember playing as a youngster and the environment in which they played. For Richie and me it’s about giving the boys a fun and safe environment to come and play football and providing them with experiences and skills to help them later in life. Some of my fondest memories as a child are from youth football and I know I certainly took loads from my coach when I was the same age, so it’s time for us to give back to the boys what we had and continue that process. After that, it’s then about harnessing the abundance of talent we have and helping them through their football journey, matching and enabling their competitive natures and allowing them to flourish as a team and individuals.”
Parkway Under 10’s
The Under 1O’s have had a great start to the season, winning 8 out of 9 matches. The boys nearly got relegated last season but now are top of the league with only one game remaining before the break.
Danny – Parkway U10’s Manager