It was an indifferent year for the US youngsters, after a successful if disjointed pre-season, their luck was out for a large part an again disjointed early season. With only 5 league games between the start of the season and the end of January, it's not hard to see why the side lacked consistency.
With just one win in the league in February, the young side were bottom of the league and were desperate for league form. This came in March and April, with good wins against strong sides, beating league winners Gosport Borough a highlight. It did not last it out for the rest of the term though as the end part of the season saw 4 defeats on the bounce and the side dropping back to 7th in the league. At the end of a long and challenging season and against 2 of the top 3 sides, it does not take anything away from the quality of the squad.
Although there was no silverware to show for it, the sides success came in cup competition, making it to the quarter finals of the Hampshire Under 18 Cup; and many entertaining matches along the way, a 7-6 penalty win at the end of a long trip to Parley Sports in the 4th round an example of a nervously riveting game. This was after a 6-0 demolition of Sholing away from home and a 4-2 win of Eastleigh. However Totton & Eling were just too strong for US in the quarter finals who lost 4-2 in mid January.
There was an early exit in the league cup at the hands of a strong AFC Stoneham side and an unlucky exit in the Midweek Floodlit Cup on a cold wet night in Andover. The 3-2 loss was a hard one to take, with a depleted squad, the young side lead in the first half and were made to regret missed chances as they fell to a 3-1 deficit and a late goal was not enough to save the night.
In March, a large amount of the squad embarked on the yearly adventure to the US for the 37th Dallas Cup. United Services Portsmouth FC won an exciting game against Houstonians FC 98 Red. Liam Bush scored the opening goal for United Services Portsmouth, but Houstonians FC’s Carlos Canales scored an equalizer in the 38 minute and Liam Bush scored an injury time winner to give the youngsters 3 points in the opening group game.
The second group game saw another fascinating game and more late drama with a 3-3 draw against North Shore United which, with other results meant a single game show down against FC USA Texas for a place in the quarter finals of the tournament.
On a chilly and blustery day in Texas, it was unfortunately not their day and despite having chances, they could not convert a lost 1-0. This meant a 3rd place finish on goal difference, but they did the club proud and made vast improvements as individuals and as a squad.
Final Round Up:
Hampshire County Youth League Division One; 7th Place
Hampshire County Youth League Cup; 1st Round
Hampshire Midweek Floodlit Cup; 1st Round
Hampshire Under 18 Cup; Quarter Finals
Dallas Cup; 3rd Round,Group Stage
Players' player of the year: Harry Sargeant
Manager's player of the year: Albie Scotney.
Well done to all involved this season.
Updated 20:38 - 28 May 2016 by Andrew Matthews