Primavera Updates…

28 Feb

The day before our senior squad took on city neighbours Torino in the Derby di Mole, our youngsters lined up in the same fixture as a dress rehearsal of sorts. Unfortunately, our inconsistent form was set to continue…


JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Vannucchi; Tavanti, Penna, Romagna, Mattiello; Kabashi, Cevallos (Buenacasa 12′ st), Gerbaudo; Donis, Bnou-Marzouk, Ceria (Otin Lafuente 27′ st).
SUBS: Citti, Rizzo, Sakor, Roussos, Slivka, Pellizzari.
MANAGER: Andrea Zanchetta.

TORINO (4-3-3): Gilardi; Mazzariol, Benedini, Ientile,  Barreca; Comentale, Parodi (Coccolo 40′ st), Graziano; Aramu ( Barale 47′ st), Gyasi, Colombi (Rosso 30′ st).
SUBS: Vimercati, Fissore, Pautassi, Capello, Mor, Rosso, Barale, Pardini, Coccolo, Morra, Capocelli, Migliore.
MANAGER: Moreno Longo.

REF: Giovani della sezione di Grosseto.
Scorers: 42′ Graziano.
YELLOW: Tavanti, Mazzariol, Ceria, Barreca, Kabashi.


Juve took the game to Torino, but failed to convert any of the numerous chances in the early stages of the match. Ceria smashed one over the bar after been put through one on one with Gilardi, the winger soon after setting up Marzouk who snatched at the shot putting it well wide of the post.

There was only one team in it, and a goal seemed certain when Marzouk again found himself in a great position, this time with only Gilardi to beat, who saved the strike.  After the half hour mark, Torino began to show themselves as an attacking force, going close on one occasion, yet the home side remained in control.

In spite of our dominance, too many errors in front of our own 18 yard area teed up a free kick for our visitors, who promptly found Graziano’s head in the box for 0-1.

It seems that conceding so late in the half after creating several brilliant chances for ourselves took the wind out of the sails, with the second period a far more cagey affair with few chances created for either side, although Graziano did have the opportunity to double the lead.

Juventus 0-1 Torino

Thankfully, we were given the chance 4 days later to make amends for a loss which should have hurt the youngsters, for even at U19 Level, city pride was at stake…and we fluffed our lines. Surely there would be a response, and the obliging lambs to the slaughter were Cesena.

JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Vannucchi; Tavanti, Penna, Romagna, Mattiello; Roussos (1′ st Slivka), Sakor, Kabashi (14′ st Gerbaudo); Donis, Bnou-Marzouk, Otin (24′ st Rizzo).
SUBS: Citti, Buenacasa, Varga, Ceria, Cevallos, Giannarelli.
MANAGER: Zanchetta.

CESENA (4-3-1-2): Iglio; Venturini, Gabrielli, N.Arrigoni, Mordini; Valzania, Ballardini, Man. Prati; Pierfederici (8′ st S.Braccini); Raffini (19′ st Gaiani), Moncini (34′ st Dal Monte).
SUBS: Carroli, Bevitori, Fagioli, Gasperi.
Allenatore: G. Angelini.

ARBITRO: Sig. Fanton di Lodi. Assistenti: Lombardi – Mauro.
SCORERS: 24′ pt Pierfederici; 39′ st Donis, 42′ st Gerbaudo, 44′ st Donis.
YELLOW: Roussos, Venturini.

In driving rain and heavy winds, the primavera were determined to get back to winning ways, and win they did, in good style, with two second half goals from greek star Donis and one from midfielder Gerbaudo. The result leaves us third with 34 points from 17 games, a solitary point behind Empoli, but a woeful 11 behind Torino.

Tasos Donis – 2 more goals for the 17 year old…

With our failures in the UEFA Youth League, Viareggio and Coppa Italia Primavera tournaments, the league championship is the last chance for any sort of success in a season which promised so much but has delivered so little. Like many others I would be shocked if Zanchetta and Grosso were not replaced in the Summer. Too little return on Too much investment. Still, until then, we are looking a sure bet to qualify for the play-offs, and then…who knows eh???


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