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Oxhey Jets were recognised at the Herts FA Awards, sponsored by McDonalds, as being "a very exceptional club" and John Elliot was awarded the Herts FA Volunteer of the Year Award for 'exceptional service to his club and the league'.
Jackie Gladdy and Sandra Hodges were nominated for their tireless work for the club and were awarded as runners-up in the 'Outstanding Contribution to Community Football' category.
A great achievement for Jackie, Sandra and John at the end of a demanding season, and great for the club to get this recognition.
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St Mary's Cup Final: 5th May 2014
Lewis Putman strikes his free-kick around the wall for 1-0
Crisis, what crisis ??!!
Jets under young boss Wayne Gladdy won the St Mary's Cup at Hemel Town, beating Leverstock Green 3-2 in a see-saw match that saw Jets, then Levi, lead before Jets finally nailed the cup at the first attempt for Gladdy’s new builds.
Jets not at their best today were looking very nervous at times, They did, however, have an awesome looking attack with top scorer Lee Armitt joined up front by Putman and Beardo and it was Putman on 15 minutes who drew first blood when a 20 yard free-kick that could so easily have been a "denied goal scoring opportunity" was punished to the full by Lewis Putman low into the bottom corner, 1-0.
It was an even battle and Jets had the chances but Levi were getting on top and in the possession stakes and straight after Putman had a chance that rolled across the goal Levi broke at speed and it resulted in a super header by Liam Hines with a bullet header past Baker in Jets goal, 1-1 39minutes.
Half time 1-1
The second half was Leverstocks for the taking as Jets looked more and more out of the pace and with many players having played Sunday League finals 24 hours earlier Jets were in trouble.
Leverstock took the lead when a fast move down the wing was flashed across the goal and the luckless Chris Killer put in his own net to give Jets a jolt. Killer was more than going to make amends later with a match saving goal line clearance as the final bell tolled on the game.
Enter stage one Wayne Gladdy, relying on telephone communication due to his dug out ban, and the tactical substitutions swung the match as just minutes later sub1 Joe Kelly hit a pin point corner that Macca the salmon rose to head down magnificently for sub2 Adam Lowton to finish in the net.
Jets were a little lucky to be level but the goal swung the game back on its head and now Jets looked to be in the ascendancy and it was no surprise when Sim Armstrong put Lewis Putman through on goal, Beardo broke off and took the defender’s eye and Puts slotted into the net to set off wild celebrations and bring the cup to Oxhey Jets. Putman immediately dedicated his goal and man of the match award to his late grandad for who today was the anniversary of his passing and a proud Nan was there to see it.
During the rear guard action Sam Phillips had been outstanding leading his side with Macca in the centre, and a super Baker save kept Levi at bay, but the save of the day was a joint effort when Haines smashed a superb goalbound shot at Jets goal, it looked in but Baker got a hand and somehow Chris Killer on the post managed to get it out for a corner, a real match winning moments for defenders.
For Gladdy a new milestone. He won the St Mary's Cup as a player in 2004 and now as a manager in 2014.
Today, best summed up in a tweet by Oxhey Police " Well done Oxhey Jets, Doomed in August, A semi final, A Cup, and NO relegation battle in May !! Top season !!!
I'd second that.
On behalf of Oxhey Jets, thank you Wayne and all the players, coaches, staff and supporters who have helped and supported the rebuild of the teams. Also the Reserves (Herts int cup runners up), The Academy (League Champions) and thirds and fourths who have pulled together as one.
Thank You everyone.
Jets celebrate a well earned victory
Putman's free-kick hits the net 1-0
Levi fought back to equalise 1-1
Macca heads goalbound .....
... and Adam Lowton steps in to get it over the line for a vital equaliser 2-2
Lowton celebrates his leveller
Lewis Putman fires past the keeper ..
.. and its in the net for 3-2 and Jets win the Cup!
St Marys Cup Winners - Oxhey Jets!
Sam Phillips with the Cup
Lewis Putman receives the Man of the Match award
St Marys Cup Final Match Officials
Eyes for the Cup
Time to get the party started!
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Allied Counties East Division : 30th April 2014
A sporting gesture from North Greenford clapping the champions off the pitch
We are the champions was the song ringing out on a bubbling Boundary Stadium as Tim O'Sullivan’s boys clinched the Allied Counties East Division Championship beating North Greenford United 4-1 to set off wild celebrations for the Jets youngsters.
It was a very nervy game and Jets looked more nervous than expected, needing just a point from the match to take the crown from Windsor who were winning at the same time, so a slip from Jets was a horror thought, and remember North Greenford threw a spanner in the championship works for Brimsdown just a week earlier.
Tim, Joe and Mick had done all their talking and it was now down to the players to do the job. Captain and top scorer Danny Warwick, a strong leader in the side, opened the scoring midway through the half and it was hoped this would settle Jets nerves, but the opposite happened and it was the visitors who were on top and controlling the game and it was no surprise when they equalized before the break. Half time 1-1
The second half was much the same with Jono in goal much the busier, then Jets broke and Louis Bircham netted but was denied by the assistant’s flag. Jets had the crown in their hand and they just needed to hold their nerves and keep the point. A large crowd was supporting but you could sense the tension and I must say it was nice to see so many players from the other Jets sides there supporting the young talent.
The breakthrough came when the Greenford keeper, faultless to that point, took his eye off the ball as a bread and butter save was required from Louis Bircham’s shot and bingo, the ball bounced and bobbled over his head for 2-1 Jets and it was in our youngster’s grasp.
North Greenford dropped off at this stage and Jets romped home once the kill on the fantastic season was smelt. Man of the match Louis Bircham went on to score a second half hat -rick and Jets looped the loop and at the whistle the celebrations bubbled.
Jets for the first time and at the first attempt were the champions of the Allied Counties. A great night for Tim, Joe and Mick, but an emotional one too as years and years of care over the "puppies" comes to an end now as the boys become men and move into senior football. They will, as all staff do, take some good, bad and even sad memories with them, but there were always more good times for these youngsters so they should look back with pride and no regrets on a job well done.
From all at Oxhey Jets great job, well done and thank you.
I close your season with the final distinctive words to close your youth football careers.....
YOU ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Enjoy it!
Louis Bircham gives Jets a vital 2-1 lead
Louis Bircham fires at goal....
..and gets a big break as the keeper misreads the bounce and its 3-1
Jets players believe its going to be their title
Louis Bircham completes his hat-trick and its 4-1 Jets
Jono was so important in goal as North Greenford applied the pressure
Strong defensive game from Jordan Payne
Mr Reliable Callum O'Connor was back on song
Louis Bircham back on defensive duty heads clear
Harry Beaumont has grown into a strong player with his 1st team experience
Lewis Goodyear full of promise for the future
Josh Farmer breaks through the Greenford midfield
Man of the Match Louis Bircham
Great support for the Academy
Time to Party!