Under 15 Lions 1 v 2 Garforth Juniors Whites [14/9/2014]


Result: Ossett Town Juniors 1 v 2 Garforth Juniors Whites
Goal Scorers: Bailey Holderness
Man of the match: Connor Ryan
Match Reporter: Geoff Allison
League: Garforth League Under 15s Division 1
Date: 14 September 2014

 Rome wasn’t built in a day!

For the first 15 minutes of the game Ossett were the better team in all departments. We looked solid at the back and our flowing attacking play particularly down the left side was breathtaking. If it wasn’t for a very strong Garforth keeper Ossett would have been two nil up within 10 minutes. As it was we failed to capitalise on this purple patch and our moment passed. And to make it even better, this was against a very strong Garforth side who will certainly be in the top few places by the end of the season. So, what were we doing so right and if so, let’s “bottle it”

Well the first thing was that we were at them right from the start and competing hard for every ball particularly in the centre of the park. Secondly we had some blistering pace down the left hand side with Tyler providing a real threat linking well with Joe Smith and Bailey up front with some really threatening crosses. And finally the defence was rock solid with the back four dealing with things quickly and efficiently and Connor underpinning the back four and ending up man of the match for another excellent performance in nets.

Unfortunately Garforth took the lead against the run of play in about the 20th minute as a long clearance was headed backwards and the ball fell nicely for the Garforth player to easily lob Connor. Garforth then just got stronger and stronger as we struggled to compete with their intensity. Fair play to the lads though as they stuck to the task and battled manfully until half time holding on to the narrow 1:0 margin

The second half continued in the same vain with the Ossett lads coming out second best but still really putting a shift in. A second Garforth goal was soon to come as a well taken cross was headed easily into the back of the net. With about 5 minutes left Ossett snatched a great goal. Elliott made a strong tackle in the middle of the field and found Tyler on the left. He beat his man easily (again) and put in a super cross that Bailey put away with ease. This was just deserts for keeping up the fight and with just a few minutes left Ossett had the upper hand again. Garforth looked worried as Ossett threatened to score and salvage a point from this tough game. Garforth adopted the tactics that we so admire in the Premiership by running down the clock at the corner flag – oh we have so much to thank those role models! The final whistle blew and Ossett had lost 1:2. A very brave fight and some real quality in the team.

I remain confident that this is going to be a good season. We have played and competed (and lost) in the first two games against two sides who will finish in the top 3 or 4. For 15 minutes we were the better side and in my reckoning that is about a 6th of the game. So, it’s easy, just work 6 times as hard for 6 times as long and we will be world beaters.

Rome wasn’t built in a day! (I wasn’t on that job)