U14 Tigers 2 v 1 Penistone Match Report

Result: Ossett Town U14 Tigers 2 v 1 Penistone
Goal Scorers: Alfie Watson & Levi Mitchell
Man of the match: Kieran Salmon
Match Reporter: Tom Redmond
League: Huddersfield League Under 14 Division 4A

Town Edge Close Match to go Fourth in the Table

The opening quarter was all Ossett Town.

Callum Issott picked up the ball out wide on the right and stretched his legs to outpace the Penistone defence, putting in a great cross that was only partly cleared falling nicely for Levi, who took a touch, instead of the 1st time effort the crowd were screaming for, only to give the away defence time to close down.

Penistone’s rare attacks broke up on an Ossett defence that was well marshalled by the ever vigilant Kieran Salmon.

The Penistone keeper was quick minded and quick on the ground, repeatedly saving his side from falling behind. One brave save, seen him rush out to dive and smother the ball at Callum Issott’s feet.

Town had a mid-half wakeup call as Penistone were quicker and hungrier to pick up a loose ball….with the resulting effort on goal just narrowly wide.

Ossett’s period of dominance was draining away with the away side coming more and more into the game. Another goal threat was just cleared by a last ditch Sam Allen hand pawing the ball out for a corner.

A Ryan Turfrey edge of the box drive was well saved.

Another Penistone effort went wide…the tide had definitely turned with the game turning into a real scrap, with little evidence of good football.

Coach Chris threw on 3 subs, with just on Jack Conboy immediately called into action with a well-timed interception and clearance.

Town retaliated with another sub, Alistair Redmond’s driving run from left midfield, taking him into the box. His left foot shot looked goal bound until the Penistone keeper flicked out a left hand to pull off a great reaction save.

It was, not entirely unexpected, that Penistone broke the deadlock. Benefiting from a real hash up in Town’s defence with 4 players all caught ball watching, their attacker nipped in to steal the ball and slot into an empty net. 0-1

With just minutes left to half time the despairing groans of the Ossett faithful could be heard in neighbouring Leeds as from a corner, first the ball fell for Kieran Salmon who hesitated before crashing a shot off the bar, only to see the ball fall for Alfie Watson whose shot crashed off the post!!!!!! Penistone’s goal remained unbreached as the whistle went.

HT: Ossett Town 0 Penistone 1

Town looked more energised at the start of the 2nd half even if the football did not match the good standards we have come to expect this season.

Alex Oldroyd launched a ball down the right into space, for Callum Issott to lock onto. An excellent first time cross was just snuffed out with the eager Danny Stevens about to pounce.

This was better from Town….the pressure was building on the Penistone defence.

Another good move involving neat passing between Cal Issott and Thomas McGhee won a Town corner. Callum’s cross caused chaos in the Penistone defence, with Alfie Watson picking the ball up in the 18 yard box, dropping the shoulder to create space before curling a beauty of a right foot shot into the back of the net. 1-1

Penistone had discovered a new tactic with route 1 balls causing Ossetts defence endless problems. The away side should have equalised as they charged clean through from another route 1 ball….. 1 on 1 with Sam Allen…..with Sam spreading himself wide to clear with a leg.

The game had again descended into a scrappy dog fight and could go either way.

It didn’t look like it was going to be Town’s day as decisions went against them; first a disallowed goal after Callum Issott shrugged of a tackle to stroke the ball home only for it to be called back with a foul given the other way, then Danny Steven’s was felled from behind as he was clean through and just about to pull the trigger… the ref waved away any penalty claims.

It was left to the goal of the game to decide this close match…it went Ossett’s way. From an Alfie Watson one two with Levi Mitchell and then slotting through a perfect pass again for Levi to smash the ball past a despairing keeper. Fantastic finish! 2-1