U9 Match Reports v Queensbury, 18th May 2014


The Phantoms (Lucas, Ben, Eddie, Dom, Charlie, Jayden, Sam and Alexander) took to the field on a hot sunny Sunday morning eager to continue the good football they had produced at last weeks gala.  It was pleasing to see the lads set off as they meant to go on, instantly finding their feet in the game and playing some neat passing football to retain possession well. Some great work from Eddie on the left resulted in him picking out Ben unmarked at the back post with a wonderful cross, and Ben made no mistake with his shot, firing emphatically into the roof of the Queensbury net.  The visitors were being deprived of the ball by Ossett’s fine passing, but they did manage one or two incisive breaks down their right. One such move created a half chance for the striker, who hit a strong shot from the edge of the box, which Lucas uncharacteristically spilled to give Queensbury a surprise equaliser.  The Phantoms ignored this blip and carried on in the same way as they began. Another super cross from Eddie, this time from the right, found Alexander inches from goal, but he managed the miss of the day with his left foot volleying the ball over the bar. The Ossett defence looked very solid, with the dependable pairing of Jayden and Sam mopping up all attacks that Queensbury could muster. Another forward move from the Phantoms, and after Alexander chased down the ball, his pass released Dom who converted his effort to regain the lead for the home side. Another cross from Alexander again found Dom unmarked in the box, and again, he made no mistake with his shot to make it 3-1.  Charlie was giving his usual terrier-like performance in midfield, chasing every ball, and was unlucky to have his shot blocked after some intricate interplay with Eddie, Dom and Alexander. More good combination play between Ben and Dom almost resulted in the Phantoms further extending their lead before the break, but they were well on top at the half time whistle.
The second half kicked off and the Phantoms showed no sign of taking their foot off the gas. Some more fantastic interplay between the midfield and attack resulted in the ball finding Eddie on the edge of the box. He showed great strength in holding off his marker, before firing a low shot through the crowded penalty area to the far post, giving the keeper no chance. The Phantoms pressure mounted, and two well taken corners from Dom produced firstly a blocked shot from Charlie, then Eddie miskicked a cross when it looked easier to score. More combinations followed from the home side, who were really showing the crowd what they could do. Charlie made a battling run through the centre, passed to Eddie, who played a quick one-two with Alexander and was unfortunate to see his shot fly over the crossbar. Another run and cross from Charlie found Dom in the middle, whose shot went narrowly wide of the post.  Despite having one of his quieter games, Lucas was alert to the threat of a quick counter attack from Queensbury, and made a good well held save from a powerful strike. The Phantoms came straight back though, and an incisive through ball from Alexander found Dom charging through the middle, and he finished coolly with only the keeper to beat to get his hat trick for the day. More good defending from Sam and Jayden followed, with some unflustered distribution, as Queensbury rallied to try for a consolation goal. There was just time for one more attack before the whistle, when Dom, again one-on-one with the keeper, equalled Alexander’s earlier ‘miss of the day’ as he shot wide when another goal seemed certain.
Full-time: OTJ Phantoms 5 v 1 Queensbury A
Player of the Match: A fantastic performance from the boys, emulating their form of earlier in the season. The POTM award was shared among the whole team today, as everyone made a massive contribution towards a fine victory which was well deserved!
warriors1Another fine day and another fine performance from the Warriors.  Today we start with James in goal; Jamie and Cai in defence; Billy, George and Lucas E in midfield; and Tyler up front.  Queensbury got off to a good start and apply early pressure. Jamie and Cai deal with this comfortably and start some attacks of our own.  Some good passing through to George, Billy and Lucas sees us start to take control of the game.  Lucas making several runs down the wing and causing all sorts of problems for the Queensbury defence. Tyler shoots and its saved.  George and Lucas also have attempts also blocked.  Billy makes a good pass out to Jamie who hits a cracking long range shot which is unstoppable. The Warriors one nil up. The game settles down with both teams even and not giving in, but the Warriors go into the break with the lead.
The second half kicks off with the warriors starting strong.  A string of good saves from the Queensbury keeper keeps them in it.  James having little to do springs into action and pulls off a couple of good saves himself.  Jamie and Cai deal with defending well.  They release George who makes a good surging run down the right, finishing with a hard hit cross into the area, with Tyler putting a little tap onto it and sticks it into the net. Two nil to the Warriors. The boys growing in confidence have more shots at goal.  Billy, Tyler, George and Lucas all going just wide.  Even Jamie and Cai push up field creating chances.  Billy breaks through and beats the keeper with a strong shot. Three nil to the Warriors.  A couple of counter attacks from Queensbury are dealt with well, but they win a late penalty.  The visiting striker hits it well but wide and the Warriors maintain their clean sheet.  This was the last kick of the game and a good win against a courageous organised side.
Full Time:  OTJ Warriors 3 v 0 Queensbury B
Player of the Match: After yet another very good team performance the coaches could have chosen any one of the boys this morning. The game featured lots of nice passing and movement, with some periods of intricate neat combination play, as well as some more expansive longer passing movements.  Jamie and Cai played really well in unfamiliar defensive roles, both tackling and distributing the ball with accuracy;  George, Billy and Tyler all played some nice football and worked hard for the team; and James did everything he had to with simplicity; but in the end Lucas E was given the POM award this week after a fine performance on the left of midfield, which featured several fantastic attacking dribbles, which had the opposition defenders constantly on the back foot.  Well done!

No volunteers to complete a match report this morning, so brief highlights.  The Harriers lined up with Jack starting in goal; Rowan and Tyler in defence;  Matthew, Archie and Calum in midfield; and Bailey up front.  A fantastic end to end game this morning.  The main features of the action included: Rowan and Tyler’s tackling and distribution; Matthews midfield control, winning the ball and spraying passes right and left; as well as Baileys energy up front. The Harriers scored three superb goals. The first was a fine solo effort from Matthew – initially winning the ball in midfield, then driving forward, before unleashing a brilliant shot. The second was a superb team goal.  Jack rolling to Tyler, who squared the ball to Rowan. His pass released Matthew, who in turn set Bailey free down the right. He pinged over a super cross which Archie converted with his left foot.  Then the highlight of a great mornings football, when Rowan decided to run onto a clearance from a Harrier corner and unleash an unstoppable long range effort from close to the half-way line, which gave the visiting keeper no chance. Fantastic!  This had put the Harriers 3-2 up, but a late rally from Queensbury meant they pinched the win 4-3 in a pulsating encounter.  A fantastic game from both teams. Well done boys!

Full-time: OTJ Harriers 3 v 4 Queensbury C
Player of the Match: After such a good all-round team performance, the coaches felt a squad award was in order this morning!  Well played to all of the boys!
Another fine morning of junior football was enjoyed by all in glorious sunshine, with some excellent football on display from both teams.  All the best to Queensbury or the rest of the season!
Match reports from Nigel Parkinson (Phantoms) & Mick Dunford (Warriors).