U8 Match Reports 22 June 2013


The Phantoms squad today consisted of Lucas, Ben, Jayden, Sam, Jamie, Jamaine, Alexander, Charlie and Eddie.  The Kirkheaton venue was the scene of a fantastic team display a few weeks ago from the Phantoms, and they started this game in much the same way. The passing throughout the team was superb, and they dominated the early play. It was something of a surprise then when Kirkheaton managed to get some possession, and in a swift counter attack managed to force the first goal with a well worked move and a cool finish.  The visitors retained their composure though, and after more fluent passing, Alexander drove in the equaliser from the left hand edge of the box. The domination continued, and the Phantoms deservedly went ahead with a great strike from Charlie.  The home side managed to play themselves into the game, and the action was end to end. Some quality attacking play from Kirkheaton produced three superb saves from Lucas. Ben, Sam and Jayden dealt calmly with other forward moves by the opposition. At the other end, Eddie shot frustratingly wide after a positive advance into the Kirkheaton half. The Phantoms continued to play some composed football, building from the back. One such move released Eddie in an unfamiliar position in his own half on the right wing. He produced a surging run, beat two Kirkheaton defenders and finished in style with a shot into the roof of the net to increase the Phantoms’ lead. Ossett’s attacking play continued, hitting the woodwork on several occasions, and after a goalmouth scramble, the ball broke to Alexander, who made no mistake and further increased the visitors’ lead.  Still Kirheaton pressed forward, and Lucas made another great save with his outstretched feet to deny the opposition. Deservedly though, the home side managed to force home a goal just before the break, to end a thoroughly entertaining half of football.  Half-time Kirkheaton A 2 v 4 OTJ Phantoms
Kirkheaton began the second half in determined fashion. The Phantoms battled hard to contain the midfield, notably Jamie and Charlie, but after Lucas just couldn’t hold on to a powerful shot, the ball unfortunately fell at the feet of a Kirkheaton attacker, who halved the deficit with a good finish.  The home side were on top now, the Phantoms having lost some of the composure and flair of the first half. Jamaine put in some telling challenges to try to regain possession, and Sam was cool in defence, dealing with several Kirkheaton attacks single handedly! Ben made a couple of his trademark forward runs down the wing, and Lucas was ever-ready with more great goalkeeping to keep the Phantoms in the game.  The action was fast and furious, with both sides keen to get forward at every opportunity.  Another shot at the Phantoms’ goal was tipped wide by Lucas, and he dealt with the resulting corner with another super save. A fierce long range shot from Eddie was parried well by the Kirkheaton goalkeeper, and the visitors hit the woodwork yet again with a shot from Alexander. A ‘route 1’ attempt from the Phantoms followed – Lucas kicked the ball out of goal and Alexander’s instinctive volley was save by the goalkeeper. Kirkheaton then won a corner – the ball came to the edge of the penalty area, and the home side’s advancing midfielder shot through a crowded box to equalise.  The Phantoms tried to respond – Alexander and Jayden then combined well down the left, resulting in Jayden shooting just wide. The Phantoms pressed for a winner, but were unfortunately caught on the counter attack as Kirkheaton produced a quality flowing move to get the winner just before the final whistle.
Full-time: Kirkheaton A 5 v 4 OTJ Phantoms
Player of the Match: The whole team. In coach Mike’s words, “Everyone had their highs and lows, and it was difficult to separate any one player”. Well done Phantoms – a good performance, particularly in the first half, against a well organised team who share our values of playing good passing football.
warriors1On a grey, overcast morning, the Warriors lined up as James, Lucas E, Thomas, George, Cai, Alex K and Tyler, with Oscar starting on the bench. The home side started well, forcing the Warriors into some early defensive work, both Lucas and Thomas defending strongly, and James producing a fine early save from a Kirkheaton strikers snapshot.  The Warriors started to get more into the game, Cai and Alex linking well in midfield to create a chance for Tyler whose powerful shot just cleared the crossbar.  Further chances came as Oscar created space for a long range effort that was well dealt with by the Kirkheaton keeper.  More quality football followed as the Warriors showed skill on the ball and some vision to use it when teammates where in space.  Following some lovely passing from back to front, both Tyler and Oscar had shots initially saved by the keeper and rebounds that ran agonisingly across the goal-line.  The Warriors luck was missing today as a Kirkheaton break away led to a shot that was saved by James, the follow-up attempt was brilliantly blocked by Lucas, but as James placed both hands on the ball to claim it, a home team striker connected to make it 1-0 – the Warriors were unlucky not to get a free kick.  Despite more attacking intent the Warriors ended the half one down.
The Warriors started the second half looking to get on level terms.  Following an initial Kirkheaton attack, James collected the ball and rolled it out to Lucas on the left hand side.  Lucas ran with the ball down the wing, before sliding a neat pass through to Alex.  With a great first touch and quality pass, Alex played in Tyler, who ran into the Kirkheaton box and finished in characteristically calm fashion.  A fantastic goal and no more than the Warriors deserved.  Oscar and Tyler posed a constant threat to Kirkheaton, with Cai, Alex and Thomas providing the ammunition, and George and Lucas looking solid at the back. The game was now an entertaining end to end battle, however, it wasn’t to be the Warriors day. A second Kirkheaton goal was awarded as James looked to have snaffled the ball on the line, which left everyone a little mystified. Their third came from the last kick of the game, and in truth, was harsh on the Warriors. Overall, this was a good even contest that probably deserved a draw, but that’s football!  Well done to the Warriors whose play deserved a better result!
Full Time: Kirkheaton B 3 v 1 OTJ Warriors
Player of the Match: James for a great display in goal, which included several fine saves that featured a superb deflection past the post with his left foot, plus some intelligent distribution, rolling the ball out when he had the opportunity.
harriers_logoThe lads turned up at a very windy Kirkheaton pitch with dark threatening clouds.  Fortunately the rain did not come.  Lucas E started in goal with Matthew and Max in defence.  Rowan and Archie made up the midfield with Calum and McKye up front. The Harriers  started strongly with some early runs from McKye.  Kirkheaton responded quickly requiring Matthew and Max to defend strongly.  Lucas pulled off a couple of great saves from close range to prevent Kirkheaton taking an early lead.  Calum and McKye moved the ball forward working well together, but it was a long range shot from Kirkheaton that produced the first goal of the game. David came on to replace a tired McKye.  He played determined football from the off and put some well timed tackles in. Archie and Rowan produced some neat passes and Archie was unlucky not to score as his shot went wide by inches.  Calum continued the strong forward runs with a couple of solo dribbles at pace from deep inside the Ossett half, again his shots going wide by the smallest of margins.  Despite determined defending from all of the team Kirkheaton scored a second.  The boys all knuckled down and worked superbly as a team to set up Rowan who belted in the Harriers first goal just before half time – a cracking finish to a superb team move. Half Time 2-1 to Kirkheaton.
The second half started in much the same way as the first ended with Ossett in a determined mood.  Archie set up a great pass to Rowan who scored his second to give the team a very well deserved equaliser.  Archie had a well placed shot saved by the Kirkheaton keeper who was working very hard. Against the flow of play, Kirkheaton took their chances after a long run and scored once more.  David was replaced by McKye for the final period of the game. Matthew provided some lovely balls forward from deep in defence, and along with Max, ensured that Kirkheaton could not get close to goal.  Archie once more went in search of another equaliser and had his shot cruelly rebound off the crossbar and then the keeper.  Calum had another shot go just wide.  After a period of attacking football McKye managed to get a fantastic long range shot past a crowded Kirkheaton box to score the Harriers 3rd goal. Despite many close chances in the closing minutes, the team could not produce a winning goal that was so deserved.  The scoreline just did not reflect the amount of attacking football played and how well the lads had worked as a team. Well done to all!
Full-time: Kirkheaton C 3 v 3 OTJ Harriers
Player of the match: The team all played superbly together today and the coaches had huge difficulty deciding who to give POTM to.  After much deliberation, and the borrowing of trophies, 4 POTM awards were given. Rowan – for battling all day long and scoring 2 great goals;  Matthew – for determined defending and great distribution of the ball;  Archie – for some great ball skills and forward runs; Calum – for huge effort all game long and never stopping or giving up. Well done to all!
Big thanks to our hosts, Kirkheaton, for another fabulous morning of football!  All the best for the remainder of the season!
Match reports from Nigel Parkinson (Phantoms), Mick Burton (Warriors) & Paul Carrotte (Harriers).