U10 Match Reports v Howden Clough, 5th October 2014

 

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A goal within seconds, set the tone for much of the first half, as an immediate attack saw Eddie have a shot saved, Dom then struck the bar before slotting home the rebound.  The feature of the early stages was the crisp passing, missing in recent games, back on display.  Jamaine smashed home a second goal before playing a delightful through ball with the outside of his foot, releasing Billy whose shot was well saved.  The cultured build up from defence, featuring Jayden and Lucas E accurately finding Dom, Billy and Jamaine was back, as was the inter play between the midfield and Eddie, who was playing a more central role.  The third goal arrived from the trusty boot of Dom, when he was alone in the penalty area and picked his spot, low to the keepers right.  Lucas H, in goal had a very quiet half, but when required, made a fine full length save wide to his left, showing his very good concentration on the game.  Ben joined the right side of defence and enjoyed a comfortable time, also producing some well placed passes.  Just before half time, a glorious move from back to front involving Jayden, Jamaine and Eddie was deserving of a goal, but Eddie’s shot was well saved.  Not to be denied though, Eddie ran onto another super pass from Jamaine to slot the ball low into the bottom corner for the Phantom’s fourth goal of a really encouraging first half display.  Half Time: Howden Clough ‘A’ 0 v 4 OTJ Phantoms

 

Howden Clough scored an early second half goal with a terrific shot from the left, which Lucas didn’t stand a chance of saving.  For a few minutes, the Phantoms defence was under pressure, but Ben, Jayden and Lucas stood firm to repel the attacks.  Much of the cultured passing of the first half went missing, but there was a willingness to work for each other which didn’t waver.  Playing with a more direct approach, the Phantoms regained control of the game, Eddie, Billy and Dom all going close, before Dom cut in from the right and smashed in his shot for yet another hat trick. The Howden Clough resistance subsided and Eddie struck a lovely free kick that glanced in off Dom’s head for number six, before two more late strikes from the rampant OTJ striker sealed an emphatic win.   There was still time for Jamaine and Ben to play a neat one – two, Jamaine shooting just wide.  The final scoreline was a little harsh on eager opposition who competed throughout.

 

Full-time: Howden Clough A 1 v 8 OTJ Phantoms

 

Thanks to Phil Keane for his Phantoms match report.

 

Player of the Match: Well done to Dom on his fine six-goal tally this morning, but overall an easy POM decision after a fine all-round team performance, a full squad award was very much the order of the day.  Well done boys and keep up the passing and movement shown today for the rest of the season 🙂

 

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The Warriors lined up this morning with Jack in goal, Seth and Samuel in defence; George, Cai and Jamie across the middle; and Tyler up front.  Jacob started on the bench.  After three weeks of playing some fabulous football, with very little luck, the boys deservedly secured the result their play has warranted.  The opening minutes were all about the Warriors, playing the way we have now come to expect, with fine passing and movement on display.  A lovely ball down the line from Seth picked out Jamie whose cross was almost converted by Tyler, his shot rebounding off the bar, with Jamie’s alert follow-up hitting the post!  A long range Seth free kick was blocked well by the HC defence and an acrobatic Jacob over head kick drifted just wide.  The lads were camped in the HC half.  A lovely interchange between Jamie and George lead to a fine save from George’s shot.  More chances followed, a long range Seth drive was blocked; a Jamie cross was well headed by Cai, but still no breakthrough.  In the end a set piece brought the goal this dominant display deserved.  Jamie’s corner was instantly controlled by Tyler with his first touch and driven into the top corner with his second – a superb half-volley.  It was soon two as Jacob superbly guided in another well placed Jamie corner.  Seth and Samuel were in control at the back, feeding accurate balls into the attacking diamond ahead.  HC managed a couple of forays forward towards the end of the half and Jack had to be alert to clear his lines; with Samuel, Seth and George all making good tackles to stop any thoughts of conceding a goal.

 

The start of the second half was a little scrappy, with the ball in the air too often and not on the ground!  When the boys did get it down and play, the Warriors looked threatening.  Seth navigated his way out of a tight corner with a skillful turn; following it up with a fine pass down the line to Jacob who ran into the space with the ball and just pushed his shot wide.  Seth and Jamie both hit well struck free kicks just off target and Cai pulled his long range shot just wide after creating space for himself with some lovely skill.  The third goal came from Jamie’s intelligent throw in, seeing George in space, he let the ball run across his body and picked out Jake who had a tap in at the far post.  The final goal of the day saw Jacob win the ball back in midfield; feed the ball out wide to Seth who produced a cool, composed finish past the HC keeper.  Jack was alert to a HC through ball late on, clearing his lines and showing his good level of concentration after being a spectator for most of the game.

 

Full-time: Howden Clough A 0 v 4 OTJ Warriors

 

Player of the Match: After another fine all-round team performance it was a well deserved squad award this morning!  Well done all and keep up this level of performance and quality of passing and movement!  It has been a joy to coach and watch so far this season!

 

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Perfect weather conditions and a fast paced artificial surface were the order of the day at Howden Clough as the Harriers arrived for their first away league game of the season.  The Harriers lined up with Ben in goal; Max and Rowan in defence; Archie, Tom, Matthew and Tyler H flooding the middle of the field.  Calum and Bailey providing strong back up on the bench.  Coach Harrison continued with his successful (Arsenal back) four in midfield plan allowing the lads to push up in attack as required, but also drop back when the defence is under pressure.  The game started at a fast pace with Howden Clough taking the attacking initiative as the Harriers struggled to acquaint themselves with the quick paced 3G surface.  Max and Rowan were busy at the back attempting to stave off the Howden Clough onslaught ably supported by the willing midfielders and Ben in goal.  The territorial advantage resulted in an early goal for Howden Clough as a fine shot slipped past the diving Ben Andrassy.  Moments later, a rare foray forward resulted in a first touch, Tommy shot just going over the bar.  Midway through the first half the Harriers started to build up some promising attacks; good passing forward by Rowan and Max started to build a platform.  Ben was a rock at the back , commanding his area and distributing the ball quickly.  Quick , accurate passing in midfield by Archie and Matthew resulted in another Thomas shot, but this time it was buried into the net!  One a piece and the boys were back in it.  Further passes by Rowan , to Matthew, followed by Archie, who’s neat finish resulted in another goal before half time and the Harriers had taken control of the match.  All the lads had contributed to this strong fight back – Tyler H with some neat passing and is becoming fearless in the tackle; and Calum never stopped trying to find space, shouting to his team mates to give him the killer pass. 2-1 to the Harriers at half – time.

 

The second half saw further good attacking play from the Harriers and it wasn’t long before a scramble in the Howden Clough goal mouth saw “ The Poacher “ Bailey win the race to the ball and power it home for 3-1.  Bailey popped up again shortly after with a peach of a pass which found a sprinting Archie who drove home another fantastic shot 4 – 1.  Howden Clough fought back with a counter attacking surge to make the score 2-4, but the Harriers had the last word as Bailey won another scramble to fire home his second of the day to run out 5-2 winners.

 

All the lads contributed to this result. Max and Rowan the unsung heroes at the back started off many of the forward moves and were resolute in defence.  Tommy, Matthew, Calum, Tyler H and Archie worked tirelessly in both defence and attack.  Ben was superb in goal with some good saves and quick accurate distribution!

 

Full-time: Howden Clough C 2 v 5 OTJ Warriors

 

Player of the match : Matthew – a superb passing and all round hardworking performance.  The corners he took were excellent, particularly one where he spotted a much better opportunity by playing the ball short to his team mate rather than putting a long one into the box.

 

Thanks to Chris Sykes for his Harriers match report.

 

Overall, another great morning of junior football with some excellent football played by all three Ossett Town teams.  Thanks to our hosts Howden Clough for their warm welcome and excellent facilities – all the best for the rest of the season.