U8 Match Reports 26 May 2013


A couple of changes to the regular team, and a new formation meant, that this week the Phantoms lined up with Lucas in goal, Seth, Ben and Jayden at the back, Alexander and Jamaine in midfield, and Jamie up front.   The game started at an electric pace, both teams keen to assert their authority. An early scare for the Phantoms saw a long range shot from Kirkheaton hit the post.  The Phantoms put together some great counter attacks – Alexander and Jamaine combining well in midfield with some free-flowing forward moves.  The whole team got involved then, and the Barcelona-esque passing sequences were fantastic to watch.
Jamie’s shot went just wide of the post, and all the action was based in the Kirkheaton half.  Any attacks that the home team managed to produced were ably dealt with by Seth, the rock of the Phantoms’ defence, and some intelligent positioning from Lucas and good distribution from Ben and Jayden helped maintain the visitors’ dominance.  It was somewhat against the run of play when a sharp counter attack saw the ball break to an advancing Kirkheaton forward, who rounded Lucas well to finish for the first goal of the game.Undeterred, straight from the restart Jamaine mad an incisive run down the right, and produced a super cross which only just evaded Alexander and Jamie.  On the other flank, Alexander fired in a penetrating through ball for Jamaine, who couldn’t quite get on the end of it, but fortunately for the Phantoms, the Kirkheaton goalkeeper misjudged the bounce and the ball slipped through his fingers for the equaliser.  Some more tireless battling from Alexander saw him round a defender, and coolly slot the ball past the home side’s keeper for his and the Phantoms’ second of the game.Kirkheaton then came back into the game, and Lucas was called into action with a close range block and save. Just before the break, a fantastic, curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the area gave Lucas no chance and the home side drew level.  HT Kirkheaton A 2-2 OTJ Phantoms
Kirkheaton began the second half as they had ended the first.  A corner taken short by the home side seemed to catch the Phantoms napping, but Lucas was on hand to make a crucial double save.  Kirkheaton were dominating the game at this point, however some more superb passing moves from the whole of the Phantoms’ line up kept them in with a shout of a result.The Kirkheaton shots on goal continued to come, and Lucas was proving more than equal to them, but a bit of misfortune for the Phantoms, when Jayden’s clearance rebounded off an onrushing Kirkheaton forward and straight into the goal.   More pressure from Kirkheaton was mopped up by Seth, Ben and Jayden and try as they might, the Phantoms just couldn’t quite get the goal they needed.   Alexander and Jamaine produced more super passing interchanges in their opponents’ penalty area, to no avail, and a late volley from Jamie went just wide.
This was a cracking match to watch, both teams played some excellent football, and the Phantoms produced one of their finest performances of the season, with the whole team involved in building some structured attacks and keeping possession really well.  Well done Phantoms – keep it up!!
Full-time: Kirkheaton A 3 v 2 OTJ Phantoms
Player of the Match:  Seth, for a superb, solid defensive performance, snuffing out the majority of the home side’s attacks almost single handedly!  Well done for a fine performance.
warriors1The Warriors lined up against a strong Kirkheaton side as follows: Archie in goal, Matthew, Lucas H and Lucas E at the back, Rowan and Max in midfield, and Oscar up front.   The home side set out their stall early and the pressure was on the Warriors from the kick off.  The first attack saw Kirkheaton go a goal up, with a great shot which gave Archie no chance in goal.  Some good running from Oscar and battling from Max and Rowan meant that the Warriors were still very much in the game.  Another forward move from Kirkheaton seemed certain to produce a goal, until an unbelievable goal line clearance from Lucas E.  Lucas H then tried to kick-start the Warriors with a superb run from within his own half and a lob from the right, which just grazed the Kirkjeaton crossbar.  Kirkheaton retained their dominance though, and a powerful shot was bravely parried by Archie, but the spin took the ball over the line to make the score 2-0.  This was followed by another incisive passing move from the home team which led to a third goal.
More good saves followed by Archie, to deny Kirkheaton, and despite some determined battling from both of the Lucas’ and Matthew, and yet more bravery from Archie, another Kirkheaton goal crept in.  Lucas E gave a tireless performance, and appeared to be all over the pitch trying to save the game for the Warriors.  A fantastic pass from Matthew found Oscar in space, but his attack was snuffed out by the Kirkheaton defence.    HT Kirkheaton B 4-0 OTJ Warriors
The Warriors changed their formation for the second half, with Lucas H coming out of defence to inject some energy and pace into the attack.   Archie was called into action straight away, with some more super saves to keep the Warriors in the game.  Lucas H had another brush with the woodwork again as his second shot of the day hit the bar.   More excellent tackling from Lucas E kept the Kirkheaton forwards at bay, but a loose ball broke to the home side, whose shot again gave Archie no chance.  Some good interplay between Lucas H and Oscar led to Oscar having a shot, which was saved by the keeper.  The Warriors were having their best spell of the game at this point, some tough tackling from Matthew and Rowan restricting Kirkheaton to long range shots.  Oscar managed another shot, which was parried by the home side’s keeper.  Ossett were venturing forward more freely now, but this also had the effect of leaving space at the back.  A  3 on 1 attack from Kirkheaton led to another heroic save from Archie.
Building from the back, the Warriors then produced their best move of the game.  Archie rolled the ball out to Lucas E, who passed to Oscar.  His dribble and cross fell to Lucas H who finished well to get a well deserved goal for the Warriors.   Unfortunately for the visitors, this seemed to galvanise the home team, who launched more attacks.  A long range strike from Kirkheaton was hit so hard that despite a fine save from Archie, the ball just crept over the line for another home goal. Another goal quickly followed from a well worked move from Kirkheaton.  The Warriors were not disheartened, and continued to play some good passing football of their own. More brave tackling from Matthew and a good through ball to Rowan, he produced a great pass to Oscar, and in turn to Lucas H, whose shot was well saved.  As if to rub salt into their wounds, the Warriors got a late free kick which was quickly cleared by the home side, and this set up a quick counter attack and another fine finish.
The Warriors should be proud of a good team performance, which, on another day would have produced more goals and a much closer result.  Their heads never dropped despite the scoreline and at times their combination play was superb.  Well done lads!
Full Time: Kirkheaton B 8 v 1 OTJ Warriors
Player of the Match:  Archie – for a fantastic goal-keeping performance, which featured some extremely brave saves!  Well done!

After a series of very late drop outs, the Harriers started the game with just three of their regular players, with several of the Phantoms and Warriors pitching in to make-up the team.  What followed was an entertaining battle that saw the Harriers come out on top against a very good Kirkheaton side.  Ben, Alexander, Lucas and Jayden (2) all helped themselves to goals, and Jamie enjoyed another outing as one of our back-up goal-keepers.  Well done to all of the lads who helped out on a very warm day!
Full-time: Kirkheaton C 3 v 5 OTJ Harriers
Player of the match: Calum who worked tirelessly in hot conditions. Well done!
All the best to Kirkheaton for the remainder of the season!
Match reports from Nigel Parkinson (Phantoms & Warriors)