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|08.12.19||(U13)||3||-||1||Ecclesfield Red Rose||Match report|
08/12/2019 County Cup Rd4 Ecclesfield Red Rose home
Team; Max, Cameron, Jacob, Rowan, Sam, Charlie, Keegan, Luke, Toby, Fin W, Fin L, Jaxon, Roddy.
Not for the purists this one as the boys looked to extend their unbeaten Cup run against the elements and Sheffield Division 2 promotion pushers Ecclesfield Red Rose.
A boggy pitch compounded by a cross field, bitterly cold wind and a smattering of rain and hail to boot created the perfect storm for a scrappy game of Cup football where Towns resilience and grit shone through to gain a hard fought 3-1 victory.
Our lads were quickest out of the blocks. Sam sending Charlie down the left wing with a sumptuous through ball which Charlie helped on for Toby to go 1v1 with the keeper with the keeper managing to block his attempted poke towards goal.
Charlie then forced a corner which Toby drove into the box and as the loose ball fell to Keegan his first time shot whistled wide of the post.
Minutes later, Sam won the ball back in midfield before accelerating goal wards and hitting a shot which deflected out to Jacob on the right corner of the box and his instinctive shot flashed past the near post.
With 10 minutes on the clock and our boys forcing the pace, Ecclesfield scored with their first meaningful attack. A fine move from the back fell to the blues No 9 on the edge of the centre circle where he played a neat one-two with the attacking No17, before powering down the right and driving in a cross which was partially diverted away from goal by Rowan but the ball fell nicely for an Ecclesfield attacker to tap the loose ball into an empty net.
The boys regrouped and almost immediately replied with the equaliser, winning a corner down the left which Toby swung in for Keegan to meet with a powerful header which the keeper did well to keep hold of.
Ecclesfield began to gain in confidence though and played some neat counter attacking football which kept Cameron and Rowan on their toes in the centre of defence as both swept clear the danger to get us back on the attack.
Max was called upon to dive low to his right and make a fine save as the No 18 picked up the ball in midfield and threaded a ball for the centre forward to run onto and hammer a shot low to the right which Max claimed with both hands as it spun off the uneven surface.
At the other end of the pitch Fin L engineered a shooting chance for himself on the edge of the box but his shot was well saved as our midfield started to regain control of the game.
Sam then grabbed the equaliser in spectacular fashion. Winning the ball in midfield with a crunching slide tackle before picking himself up and driving forward, using his power and skill to skip past three defenders and loop a spectacular lob over the keeper and into the empty net for 1-1.
Toby won a corner on 30 mins after harrying the blues defenders into a mistimed pass and his resulting cross fizzed across the six yard box and penalty area before Jacob got on the end of it and smash his shot wide.
Toby worked tirelessly as lone striker in front of an industrious attacking midfield trio of Charlie, Fin L and Jaxon and their pressure forced the visitors into giving the ball away where Luke and Keegan could profit by advancing forward and getting their shots away.
Both keepers punted long on the bumpy surface and the football was rarely pretty with both teams challenging in a midfield aerial battle which drew many physical battles and at times some frenetic challenges.
Often the passing went astray as both teams struggled to gain control of the ball on the bumpy surface. Charlie ran on to a Toby flick forward which emanated from Keegan’s forward pass but Charlies left foot shot spun wide.
Keegan and Luke bossed of midfield and Jacob and Sam started to push forward from fullback position to become more involved in our attacking moves to create overloads as the boys enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure.
Fin L found Toby in a rare pocket of space and his threaded pass to Charlie saw Charlie hit a shot which the keeper dived low to his right to palm round the post.
Toby took the corner where Cameron rose to meet with a header which was blocked and fell to Toby but his first time shot was deflected away for another corner.
With the second corner cleared, Red Rose broke down the left, a sweeping ball allowing the No14 to get on the inside of Jacob, drive into the box but shoot into the side netting.
Jaxon set up Jacob for a run and shot which went wide and Charlie latched onto a Luke free kick taken from deep inside his own half to lift the ball over the keeper but again it dropped on the wrong side of the post as we struggled to finish our chances.
Jaxon then won a throw in up on the right touchline which Jacob sent into the box and as the ball fell loose on the edge of the penalty area, Keegan was able to turn quickly and hit a low shot which nestled into the bottom corner of the net and put us 2-1 up.
Luke had one more chance to give the Red Rose defence a hard time as he curled a left foot corner into the box which left the keeper scrambling and arching his back to palm it away two handed before the half time whistle blew with the score 2-1 to the lads.
The second half saw the introduction of Fin W for Jaxon. Fin taking up the right back position with Jacob pushing further forward as an attacking midfielder on the right of Toby who dropped back into midfield with Fin L pushed up into the striker role.
Red Rose started the second half much the brighter showing early promise to create chances which Rowan was often called upon to make a timely clearance.
The blues No11 pushed further forward gaining far too much influence as our boys defended too deep at times and he almost got his sides equaliser with a shot which Max saved well with both hands.
The No11 then set up his teammate with a peach of a ball into the penalty box which the No 18 took with his first touch before crashing to the ground under a crunching tackle from Fin W. which had the away team shouting for a penalty which thankfully wasn’t given.
Minutes later the No11 was again involved, crossing to the back post for the Ecclesfield striker to smash a volley which Max got his body behind to make an important save.
Fin L then went off as Roddy came on as sub and replaced his teammate on the right side of midfield.
Fin was soon involved. Charlie received the ball from Keegan and played a pass inside to Fin who sent Charlie sprinting down the left touchline before sending in a cross which was deflected away for a corner and was cleared by the Ecclesfield defence.
Max displayed some fine handling at the other end to deny the visitors again with a two handed save to parry a shot from outside the box and as the loose ball came back into the box he was at hand to smother another effort directed goal wards.
With the game now pretty open the next goal would be crucial as both teams fought for Cup survival. Fin L was brought down on the edge of the box and Toby stepped up to loft a dipping shot over the wall but also just over the bar.
Roddy replaced Charlie on the left and made an immediate impact, helping to regain possession and create attacking opportunities for his team mates.
At the other end Sam began to get to grips with the visitors dangerous No 11, often going 1v1 in a tough physical battle leading to one such occasion where Sam won the ball off his opponent on the right side of the six yard box before the No11 won it back and then Sam regained possession and sent a neat little pass through his opponents legs before driving clear.
Sam was also heavily involved in the games pivotal moment, sending Fin L clear of his marker and away down the left, Fins attempted pass inside to the unmarked Toby was blocked but fell nicely back into his path and he drove into the box before angling a shot past the diving keeper and in off the post to put us 3-1 up.
Fin almost grabbed a brace with a similar burst of pace followed by a shot which the keeper saved low to his right and there was still time for one more effort on goal from Jacob which went wide before the ref blew the whistle on a gritty 3-1 win.
Fin L won the players MOM for a sterling performance in midfield whilst Max’s excellent handling on a greasy bumpy pitch in the swirling wind won him the parent MOM. Well done lads, 5th round here we come!
|01.12.19||(U13)||3||-||7||Westend Lions||Match report|
01/12/2019 League Westend Lions home.
Team; Max, Jacob, Rowan, Cameron, Sam, Fin W, Charlie, Luke, Toby, Jaxon, Keegan, Tyler, Fin L, Roddy.
Sometimes in football you just have to tip your hat to the opposition, today was one of those days and although our boys matched them in terms of possession and chances created, Westend showed why they are reigning Champions and currently sitting ten points clear at the top of the Division 1 table.
Clinical is the best way to describe the Lions front line and backed up by some real quality at the back and in midfield amongst a bumper squad of over forty players it is easy to see why they are widely considered favourites to retain the title this season.
On a cold and frosty December morning it was our boys who turned up the heat in the first five minutes of the game. Luke threading a pass between two Westend defenders for Charlie to put the burners on down the left wing, he trapped the ball on the byeline before doubling back to send a curling right foot cross into the path of Toby who lashed home a right foot volley from the edge of the six yard box and into the roof of the net to put us 1-0 up.
This woke up the sleeping Lions who roared back with an immediate equaliser, our boys momentarily switching off to allow a Westend midfielder to send a ball through our defence which Max advanced to meet but couldn’t keep hold of and as the ball squirmed away from him the home side striker was the quickest to react to tap in the leveller.
Some good work down the left almost created an opening for Jaxon when Luke received the ball in midfield on the half turn and fed Charlie out on the touchline, he played a one-two with Toby before sending in a cross for striker Jaxon who got to the ball first but his shot was blocked and cleared by the home team, Keegan recycled the ball out to Charlie again but it spun out for a throw in.
A quickly taken throw saw the big Westend No9 run onto the ball and strike a powerful shot past Max and into the bottom right corner of the net to put the champions 2-1 up with only their second shot of the game.
The boys took time to settle after the two sucker punches that saw an early lead evaporate into a defecit in the space of five minutes and although Keegan and Luke worked hard to win the ball back in midfield with Charlie, Toby and Fin W our passing was often rushed resulting in a game of pinball football in the middle of the park when a little composure was the order of the day.
Keegan fed Luke in the centre circle who switched a great ball through to Fin W but he was well shepherded by the Westend number 17 who put in a masterful performance at left back with expert positional sense and no shortage of technical ability to repeatedly thwart the runs of our flying Fin despite Fins superior pace.
We had more joy down the left as Toby and Keegan sought out Charlie and despite sending in some telling crosses the Westend defence were at hand to clear their lines.
The Lions No9 looked to pounce on any breakaway chance and Rowan had to sweep up at the back on a couple of occasions where the ball was sent quickly to their striker. Jacob and Sam worked hard to limit the number of crosses and Cameron and Rowan were kept busy in the centre as Westend dropped into the spaces between our backline and midfield to create shooting opportunities.
Sam was on hand to block a shot on the right edge of the box and then Max was called upon to make a timely save low to his left after a mazy run by the Westend No8 sent him darting into the penalty area, releasing a shot aimed at the bottom corner of the net.
Jaxon almost played Fin W in behind the Westend defence with a great pass which rolled just out of play and both sides continued to trade half chances with Keegan, Luke and Toby managing to get shots in which were wide or high of the target.
With twenty minutes gone Keegans late tackle resulted in a free kick a good five yards outside the box and the Lions No9 inevitably stepped up to have a crack at goal. His thunderbolt shot dipped under the crossbar giving Max no chance with the ball bulging the net again to put the League leaders 3-1 up.
The boys responded well and immediately went on the offensive with Jaxon forcing a corner after some quick interplay with Fin W. Luke swung in the cross with the loose ball dropping to Keegan who shot high over the bar.
Minutes later Luke pulled a goal back. Charlie beating the right back for pace and sending a low cross towards the six yard box which our Captain hammered past the Lions keeper.
Keegan and Luke battled in midfield to protect our back four and won the ball back on a number of occasions before creating shooting opportunities for themselves and others but when the shots hit the target the Westend keeper was equal to them displaying some safe handling.
Luke and Keegan combined to send Fin W away but he was brought down on the edge of the box for a free kick which Fin took quickly, crossing for Keegan to hit a first time shot which was blocked and cleared.
With the boys enjoying their best spell of pressure of the half, Westend struck again to kill our momentum. A Crossfield pass saw the Westend winger beat Jacob to the ball down the left side of the penalty box, cut inside on his right foot and send a low pass across the six yard box to the unmarked striker who passed the ball into the net.
The Lions finished the half strong forcing a corner down the right which was driven in low and met with an audacious back flick which forced Max to react quickly to smother a the ball down to his left and keep the half time score down to 2-4.
The break saw the sun make a substitute appearance for the cold damp air with Town making changes of their own to try and alter the destiny of the three points. Sam moved up to centre forward with Jaxon making way for Fin L who slotted into the left back position vacated by Sam.
Straight from the restart Sam was in the thick of the action winning a free kick on the left after a great ball from Fin. Luke stepping up to send a shot flashing across the goal with the ball begging for someone to attack the back post and tap in our third but with no takers, it flew wide.
Toby then almost put Sam through on goal only for the alert Westend No1 to nick the ball away from him as he ran on to shoot.
The boys looked much more composed in the second half and the addition of Fin L helped no end as we kept the ball on the floor and played some neat triangles to work through midfield and into attack. But as with the first half, just as we started to take control Westend scored!
A quick transition from our attack saw the lively Lions No9 burst clear of our defence and hammer home his hatrick goal from only his third shot on goal, highlighting the quality of Westend’s finishing to put his side 5-2 up.
Our lads looked to hit back quickly and Charlie was sent clear by Fin L down the left and his cross glanced Tobys head before falling to Fin W who shot high over the crossbar.
Pressure from the goalkick saw Luke win the ball back and play a short pass to the edge of the box where Toby showed a great bit of improvisation to flick the ball up in the air and swing in a volley which the keeper held firm.
More pressure from the boys lead to more chances but without the crucial finish. Charlie finding Fin L on the corner of the box who shot wide right then the resulting goal kick was recovered by Sam who shot wide left.
Cameron pressed forward and found Charlie in space, he then passed inside to Luke who found Fin L and his driven pass across the penalty area was met by Keegan who again shot wide of the upright.
Luke again found Charlie on the left who raced clear to the byeline before being tackled by the right back resulting in another corner. Charlie swung the corner across the box to Luke whose shot was blocked and half cleared before falling to Toby on the edge of the area who was upended illegally by an overzealous centre half to give us another free kick opportunity.
Luke hammered in the shot but the keeper saved down to his left as the boys continued to create problems for the Westend defence who switched their reliable left back to the right side in order to stem the threat posed by Charlie and Fin L.
Charlie and Fin again combined with Fin drilling in a cross which Sam diverted goalwards and as the ball squirmed under the keeper it was cleared off the line by an astute defender.
The clearance lead to a breakaway chance for the speedy No17 but he shot inches wide of the angle of the crossbar and post.
Minutes later the Lions claimed their killer sixth goal. Jacob tussling with a Westend striker on the edge of the box was adjudged to have committed a foul. Up stepped the Lions No7 to squeeze the resulting free kick inside the bottom left post and beyond Maxs full length dive to effectively secure all three points.
Tyler came on for Charlie and Roddy replaced Fin W to offer the opposition a fresh challenge and both were soon involved as Fin L sent Sam down the right and he crossed for Tyler whose shot was saved by the keeper.
Roddy then played a great one-two with Toby on the right edge of the box before passing inside to the on rushing Luke who powered home our third goal.
From the restart Roddy forced a weak pass from the Westend centre half which Rowan collected, he returned the ball to Roddy who set up Keegan for a shot which spun narrowly wide.
Keegan then burst into the box and crossed for Tyler who set Toby up for a stab at goal which spun out for a corner and as our lads packed the penalty area Lukes inswinger was intercepted, cleared to the No7 who sped past the recovering Fin L to smash the deciding seventh into the roof of the net from an acute angle to claim another top quality goal.
The final whistle blew with the Lions maintaining top spot after a fine 7-3 victory but plenty of positives for our boys who showed they can compete with the best in the division where fine margins divide the winners from the losers. Better decision making at key moments in the game and clinical finishing deciding todays outcome.
Parents MOM today was Keegan after another plucky display in midfield with Jacobs tough tackling determination securing the players award. Great effort today lads against top opposition.
|24.11.19||(U13)||16||-||2||Oxpring Utd||Match report|
Team; Max, Cameron, Jacob, Sam, Charlie, Keegan, Luke, Toby, Fin W, Archie, Tyler, Jake, Jaxon, Roddy.
‘Wherever we lay our hat, that’s our home’ seems to be the theme tune of this rain sodden season as once again Farnley Tyas was unplayable in common with the home of our Division 6 opponents Oxpring Utd. So off we travelled, this week parking our proverbial caravans up at King James High School in order to ensure this League Cup second round contest went ahead.
The boys were in fine form with several changes made from our County Cup win against Tickhill but with the same decisive outcome, an emphatic win.
Our starting line-up. Max in goal with a back four of Sam on the left, Colne Valley duo Cameron and Keegan in the centre of defence and Jake slotting into the right back role. Roddy and Luke held midfield with Tyler playing as No 10 ahead of them as Archie provided cover on the left and Jacob on the right behind lone striker Jaxon.
Within minutes of the kick-off Jacob burst clear down the right, reaching the bye line before centring the ball for Archie to shoot, forcing the keeper into a fine early save.
Creative build up play then lead to the opening goal. Max coolly playing a pass to Cameron who squared the ball to Sam on the half turn. Sam then found Jacob in space with a Crossfield pass which Jacob set for Jaxon who in turn laid off a perfect left foot pass for Tyler to run onto a smash into the back of the net 1-0.
Soon after, Captain Luke doubled the lead. Jacob receiving Jakes throw midway inside the Oxpring half and on the right touchline before setting up Luke for a trademark thunderbolt which gave the keeper no chance.
With Jacob, Tyler and Archie terrorising the Oxpring backline as they benefitted from Jaxon’s pressing of the back four, several shots on goal made sure the Oxpring No1 was the busiest player on the pitch.
But against the run of play and as the boys pushed forward Oxpring sprung an attack of their own, countering down the left which lead to a corner and after a couple of half clearances the ball fell to the blues No3 who hit a terrific first time shot into the back of the net from the edge of the box to halve the deficit at 2-1 and shake out the cobwebs of complacency from our team.
Jaxon sparked an immediate response, harrying the visitors left back into a rushed clearance which Jaxon recovered, left his opponent for dead with skill and a tremendous turn of pace, accelerating down the right before teeing up Jacob to smash the ball past the keeper and through the net to restore our two goal advantage.
As the boys settled into their rhythm, the familiar composure at the back coupled with some concise passing moves lead to some excellent free flowing football. Keegan, Cameron, Sam and Jake all inviting pressure from the Oxpring strikers before playing the ball behind them into midfield where Roddy, Luke and our attacking four enjoyed acres of space.
Sam had a long throw into the box which found Jacob with space to shoot from just inside the box but his shot was deflected wide for a corner. Jaxon pulled a defender away from the near post with a clever run allowing Luke to loop the cross over the fullback and find Sam on the six yard box, he flicked the ball back across the area with Tyler reacting quickest to nudge the ball goal bound, thwarted only by an alert Oxpring goalkeeper.
Cameron got on the end of the clearance with a towering header from halfway to put the visitors back under pressure with Sam picking up the loose ball and sending Archie sprinting past the right back and angling a superb left foot cross which the keeper palmed away from Jaxon but into the path of Jacob who set up Tyler for goal number four.
Jacob added a fifth, forcing his way past two powerless defenders and into the box before thundering an unstoppable shot past the keeper and through the back of the empty net.
The combination of intricate passing from the back some excellent sweeping crosses from Archie on the left and Jacob on the right and the forward threat of Jaxon and Tyler meant the Division 6 outfit were often chasing shadows as the boys raided the oppositions half in search of more goals.
Luke and Roddy pushed further forward as Jaxon pressed the centre halves into mistakes resulting in rushed clearances often falling to our two holding midfielders who continued to recycle the ball and create openings for their teammates. One such occasion saw the ball fall to Luke who played a one-two with Roddy before hammering a shot which the keeper saved low to his left, then Roddy won the ball back in midfield, found Archie in space down the left flank, he arced a cross for Tyler to get on the end of, resulting in a shot saved by the keeper with the astute Jaxon closing in to drive a follow up attempt which was turned around the post for a corner by the athletic Oxpring shot stopper.
Luke swung in the corner from the right which was half cleared to the edge of the box where Archie was awaiting his chance to drill a shot past the keeper and make it 6 -1.
Tyler burst through the centre unopposed to thunder home his hatrick goal and make it lucky seven. Sam claiming the eighth, receiving the ball from Max and switching play to Jake who turned to thread the ball back through to Sam who after continuing his run into the box, finished decisively.
There was just time for Roddy to strike the bar after good work from Jacob lead to a cross into the six yard box before the half time whistle blew with the boys 8-1 to the good.
Half time saw Charlie replace Jacob on the right side of an attacking midfield. Fin W came on for Keegan with Jake moving across to centre half as Fin played right back and Toby came on to replace Luke.
The second half started with no let up for our opponents who by this time had also lost a player through injury. Jake quickly seizing a loose pass before sending Archie away down the left. Archie beat his marker and crossed left footed for Roddy to send a volley inches wide.
Jake was involved again soon after, winning the ball back off an Oxpring attacker before finding Fin W on the right, he sent Charlie away down the wing who crossed for Roddy to set up Toby but his first time shot was well saved by the keeper.
Fin W then threaded a great ball through for Charlie to get in behind the Oxpring fullback and his cross was met by the onrushing Toby who despatched his first and our ninth goal of the game.
Tyler fittingly added No10 after Roddy played the ball in to Charlie and with his back to goal, he flicked the ball round the left back with the outside of his right boot before accelerating round his marker and towards the bye line before picking out the clinical Tyler in the box who gratefully swept home his fourth.
Jaxon continued to work tirelessly against the visitors, often finding himself well martialled by the entire back four and often a holding midfielder besides! But he continued to cover the ground, force mistakes and create space for our thankful midfield in an industrious, unselfish display.
Jaxon and Roddy almost manufactured a goal between them with some neat pass and move work in the box but Jaxon’s shot deflected wide. Cameron was alert to the corner pushing up to the edge of the box and demanding the ball from Charlie’s cross which was delivered on time followed by Camerons dipping shot dropping just over the bar.
Sam drove forward from the back with some impressive individual play to skip past three defenders and find Fin W in space and as he drew the defender out of the box he played a perfectly timed ball behind the back line to the advancing Roddy who drove goalward and applied a fine finish to bring up the dozen.
Straight from the kick-off we were caught napping momentarily and it was enough for the Oxpring No4 to take full advantage, advancing through the middle of our defence and getting a shot away which Max blocked but as it fell kindly to the striker off his chest he was able to tap in his team’s second goal of the game.
Arguably the biggest cheer of the day came when Charlie broke wide right to cross for Toby who found Cameron lurking on the edge of the box and his dipping shot dropped short of the crossbar this time, over the keeper and into the net for a neatly taken goal number 13.
More followed as the visitors tired. Sam powering forward from defence released Tyler into the box and his squared ball past the keeper allowed Charlie a simple left foot tap in from six yards out for number 14.
Jaxon played the ball through to Charlie who crossed for Toby to head narrowly wide and Sam went close volleying a Fin W corner over the bar before Toby found space down the middle of the pitch to fire in No15 followed shortly after by his hatrick goal to complete our scoring at sweet 16.
Another emphatic Cup win delivered by the boys with Tyler claiming both player and parent MOM awards after an impressive display, showing great tenacity and vision to set up chances whilst also providing the clinical finish on four occasions. Well done to all the lads a terrific performance!!!
|10.11.19||(U13)||5||-||0||Tick Hill||Match report|
10/11/2019 County Cup Rd2 Tick Hill away
Team; Max, Cameron, Rowan, Jacob, Sam, Charlie, Keegan, Luke, Toby, Fin L, Fin W, Archie, Jack.
After another week of torrential rain deemed our pitch unplayable, the lads had to travel to South Yorkshire again in order to fulfil their home County Cup second round match against Doncaster premier league team Tick hill.
We could be forgiven for being as green as the immaculately manicured pitch with envy as the facilities were fit for the royalty that once resided in the famous Tick hill Castle.
Starting with an unchanged side after the encouraging Derby win at Honley, the boys ventured over the border full of confidence on this bright and sunny remembrance Sunday where an impeccably observed 2 minutes silence preceded the kick-off.
Fin L almost gave us the perfect start as Charlie drifted wide left to receive Luke’s pass before playing inside to Keegan whose first touch sent him past a defender progressing with a second touch through to the lively Fin who applied a clinical right foot finish only to be pulled back for offside.
Our back four of Rowan and Cameron flanked by Sam on the left and Jacob on the right were rarely troubled as Keegan and Luke dictated the tempo of the game from holding midfield, displaying some uncompromising tackling together with no shortage of creativity going forward which caused our hosts many problems.
Charlie, Fin W and Fin L provided the attacking depth ahead of them in a 4-2-3-1 as Toby worked down the middle as lone striker. Tick hill in responded with an often overstretched back four who were repeatedly exposed by an outnumbered midfield in a flat 4-4-2 formation which struggled to get to grips with our lads pace and movement.
Kicking downhill the boys were in full control. Charlie switching a crossfield pass to Fin W down the right and his drilled cross was diverted goal wards by Sam but blocked and cleared by the Tick hill centre half.
Minutes later Toby sprung the offside trap, latching on to Charlie’s through ball before rounding the keeper and pulling the ball back to Fin L who powered his shot over the bar.
Toby went close with a shot which produced a fine save from the keeper but as the boys kept the pressure on, Tick hill broke quickly from their own half only to find Max alert in goal to sweep the ball clear to Sam and get us back on the attack.
Luke and Keegan were a constant menace finding the passes to send Charlie and Fin W away down the wings whilst also looking to tee up shooting opportunities. Luke finding his range on a couple of occasions including a well-directed free kick which dipped agonisingly over the bar.
Our captain then threaded a neat ball to Fin W on the right and his clever flick inside to Toby sent our striker away on a one v one chase for the ball with the keeper which he won but poked the ball narrowly wide of the upright.
Minutes later our boys took the lead. Luke’s corner only half cleared by the home defence to Jacob who set Sam up with a shooting opportunity which he capitalised on to fire a low shot down the middle of goal which deceived the keeper and squirmed under him into the net.
Tick hill looked to attack but were often thwarted in midfield as tasty tackles were traded by both teams. Sam and Jacob particularly showing great strength to win the ball back from the dangerous looking strikers who had pace but little opportunity to exploit it.
Rowan and Cameron looked assured down the middle of our defence and kept the rear-guard in shape to great effect. Only once in the half did the Tick hill No9 get in behind our backline, showing a turn of pace on the break before hammering a net bound shot which was equaled by an acrobatic reflex save from the outstretched Max who somehow managed to tip the ball over the bar. Following up by comfortably gathering the resulting corner at his near post.
As the boys pushed to double their lead, the home side’s defending became more hurried as they desperately tried to clear their lines. Sam controlled a skyward clearance from the centre half with a deft first touch before finding Fin L with his back to goal. Fin’s turn and pass sought out Fin W overlapping down the right of the penalty box and a hefty challenge sent him sprawling and looking to the ref, only to be rewarded with a corner which was easily cleared by the boot of the Tick hill left back.
The home side broke to find the No11 in space down the right, he beat Sam’s challenge but found a determined Cameron coming round the back to clear with a strong challenge which resulted in a corner which again proved harmless.
Toby collected a Rowan free kick just over halfway before setting Keegan up for a shot which cleared the bar before we eventually doubled the lead.
Charlie winning a throw in down the left, received the ball back from Luke and hit a first time cross into the box which Toby expertly placed past the keeper for 2-0.
Rowan, Sam, Jacob and Cameron all pushed further up the field to maintain a relentless flow of attacks, putting in strong challenges and finding their passes as they sought to arm our attackers with the artillery to kill the game off before half time.
Toby once again drove through the Tick hill back line from a Keegan pass only to be blatantly obstructed to claim a free kick inside the box which he rolled to Luke who passed the ball into the bottom left corner of the net and put us 3-0 up.
Tick hill laboured to remain in the game but were thwarted by a solid defence, Rowan bravely challenging for the ball at the edge of the box getting, to the ball first ahead of the home striker but receiving a whack on the leg for his troubles and then Fin L fell the victim of a late challenge by the Tick hill No 8 who had weaved his way to the edge of the box but found Fin too quick to the ball, nicking it away from him as he followed up with a shoulder into his back which left Fin sore and breathless and needing treatment on the side lines. Jack springing into action as sub.
The half time whistle blew with the lads maintaining a three goal advantage.
The second half began with Jack partnering Cameron in central defence, Rowan taking up a holding midfield role alongside Luke and Keegan pushing further forward, playing central in a midfield trio with Charlie and Fin W.
The restart followed a familiar pattern as Jacob sent Fin W sprinting down the right before he was upended on the edge of the box by an overzealous challenge from the Tick hill left back. Fin took the kick which was deflected out for a corner. Luke placing the kick before whipping in an in swinger met by Keegan’s towering header which rattled off the crossbar and away to safety.
Rowan and Sam combined to send Toby into the box with a telling pass resulting in Toby’s shot deflecting off the defender for another corner, with Toby followed up by driving the set piece into the six yard box, Keegan steering a shot narrowly wide.
Luke then played a sharp pass for Charlie to show a great bit of skill, flicking the ball round the defender with the outside of his left boot before spinning off his marker, receiving it back and driving into the box before having a shot deflected out to Luke who blasted the follow up over the bar.
With Keegan and Luke dictating play in midfield, Archie joined the fray, replacing Fin W on the right and with Charlie on the left, both found themselves getting in behind the fullbacks on numerous occasions and exploiting the opportunity to set up more scoring opportunities as the boys pushed further forward looking for goals.
Jacob provided Luke with a shooting chance on the edge of the box and as he sent a snapshot goal bound, the keeper dived low to parry but only into the path of Toby who slotted home his second of the game to put us 4-0 up.
The fifth goal soon followed after some excellent build up play from the back with Keegan, Rowan and Sam moving the ball quickly forward with some scintillating one touch passing before releasing the overlapping Archie down the right of the penalty area, he then looped a terrific cross over the keeper to the back post for Charlie to nod home number 5.
Luke and Keegan both went close with shots from distance, Keegan again unlucky to strike the crossbar as the home side became more and more frustrated.
With tackles flying in from both teams, tempers reached boiling point. Keegan and the Tick hill No3 went for the same ball with Keegan winning the tackle only for the fullback to kick out at him off the ball with the ref no alternative but to administer a straight red card.
Tick hills discipline went as further back chatting to the referee resulted in a second player sent to the sin bin for dissent as the home side crumbled in the final few minutes.
The last minutes of the game were played out with no further incident with our boys celebrating a place in the third round and a resounding 5-0 win.
Players MOM this week Toby for backing up a terrific display as striker with two goals and an assist. Keegan claiming the parents MOM award for his uncompromising tackles, astute passing and getting his shots away.
Another clean sheet and another gritty display from the boys who are now progressing as a strong physical force as well as a gifted technical team.