U10 Match Reports v White Rose All Stars, 18th October 2014


The Phantoms came up against a hungry, competitive and talented White Rose All Stars side eager to erase the memory of two heavy defeats last season.  Lucas had plenty of work to do during a first half in which the Phantoms were given a lesson on effective passing and movement for long periods.  Jamaine and Jayden struggled in defence to combat the waves of attacks facing them; often left exposed as Charlie, Ben and Billy in midfield struggled to keep the opposition at bay.  Forwards Eddie and Dom did manage a couple of close shaves each, but the White Rose keeper was quiet for most of the first half period.  Too many times, a lack of urgency and failure to make a tackle presented too much time and space which lead to opportunities that White Rose took emphatically with four goals in the space of a few minutes to take a stranglehold on the game which they never relinquished.  The Phantoms did enjoy a brief flashes of play when they managed to put some passing movements together, but they couldn’t sustain it as too often the movement into space to create passing angles simply wasn’t there this morning.  Half Time: White Rose All Stars 4 v 0 OTJ Phantoms.
Although the result looked beyond them after the first half, the Phantoms were much more competitive in the second half and didn’t concede any further goals.  A late consolation goal scored by Dom, after a determined, skillful surge down the right wing and wonderful cross by Eddie, was the one of the few bright spot in what was a disappointing morning for the Phantoms, who were beaten by a much more determined team in the first half who played the sort of football we saw so often from the Phantoms last season, but has only been seen in flashes so far this season.
Full-time: White Rose All Stars A 4 v 1 OTJ Phantoms
Player of the Match:  No award given this morning.
Thanks to Phil Keane for his match report.
warriors1The Warriors lined-up with James in goal; George and Samuel at the back; Cai, Jamie and Jacob in midfield; and Lucas H making his first outfield appearance of the season. The Warriors were simply asked to keep playing the way they have so far this season! When we lose the ball we work hard to win it back as quickly as possible; and when we have possession we pass and move to create chances. The lads did this superbly once again from the off. A Samuel pass to Lucas down the left was expertly lad into the path for Cai to run onto and his first time shot hit the post. A similar flowing move down the right involving George, Jacob and Jamie this time ended in a Cai shot being tipped round the post. The Warriors didn’t have it all their own way against a talented All Stars side and had to work hard to keep them away from our goal. After a series of Warriors missed chances, the All Stars took the lead when a George pass into Lucas was intercepted and struck well from distance giving James no chance. There was a danger heads may drop, but not today! Virtually straight away Lucas hunted the ball from the right sided All Stars defender, cut inside and smashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner – 1-1 and the least the boys deserved at half-time.
‘Same again please’ was the cry for the second half, but take our chances – and that was what we did.  George and Samuel worked tirelessly whenever under pressure at the back; fighting to win the ball back and then picking accurate passes into midfield.  Jamie, Jacob and Cai matched that work ethic in midfield and used their skill, passing and movement to unlock the All Stars defence. A lovely flowing move produced a fine save again from a Lucas finish, but then the boys capitalised on the pressure they built up.  A trademark Jamie jinking run was followed by a great decision to pop it off to Lucas in space; he controlled it with his back to goal, turned and hit it in one motion passed the keeper.  A super (carbon copy) finish made it 3-1 after Jacob and Cai combined well to create the opening.  A Jamie corner then fell to Samuel whose initial shot was blocked, but from the rebound he calmly picked out Jacob with a short pass who slotted it home for 4-1. The All Stars best effort on target in the second period was a Samuel clearance that ended up as a well struck back pass to James, who clung onto it really well!  The All Stars pushed for late goals, but the Warriors stood firm to record a much deserved win, against their toughest opposition so far this season.
Full-time: White Rose All Stars 1 v 4 OTJ Warriors
Player of the Match: After another superb team performance player of the match was a difficult choice – the coaches emphasised how well each of the seven boys had played this morning.  In the end we gave three POM awards: Lucas H for a fine hat-trick of finishes interspersed with some lovely skill and hold up play; and to our strong defensive pairing, George and Samuel who were simply awesome at the back – showing some nice first touches out of their feet, opening their body up to receive the ball, breaking up play superbly and picking their passes into midfield with accuracy. Well done boys!
harriers_logoToday the Harriers visited White Rose, with three of our regulars missing (Max, Rowan & Matty), some shuffling around was required…… the Harriers lined up as, Jack in goal, Archie & Tyler H in defence; a midfield of Tommy, Calum & James C; with lone striker Bailey.  Despite it being clear from the kick off that White Rose were sharper to the ball, for the first five minutes or so the Harriers defended stoutly and resisted a string of attacks. It was pretty much one way traffic, the lads defended as a unit, but were unable match the speed of passing and guile of their opponents.  They also seemed to have lady luck on their side especially when after a fine initial save from Jack, the ball rebounded in off his back.  In the periods when we did get the ball, we saw some fine touches from Calum, Bailey, Tommy, James, Tyler H and Archie, but alas most of the time it was last ditch tackles from them to snuff out further attacks, with Jack doing his best to keep the All Stars out.  The Half time whistle brought a much needed breather for the lads with White Rose 6 nil up.
To their credit the lads stuck to their task and for the first ten minutes of the second half we kept a clean sheet, this seemed to bring some self-belief back into the lads and we created our first chances of the match.  Firstly a Tyler H pass found Calum out on the right, and his fine through ball sent Bailey clear, his shot narrowly missing;  and secondly after winning a corner, Tommy placed a fine cross-in, which fell invitingly for Archie but it just seemed to get caught under his feet and the chance was gone.  With the Harriers tiring (no subs today) White Rose punished us again in the closing stages and the final score ended 9-0.  Despite the final score, the lads showed real character today and can be proud of their efforts – they never gave in and worked really hard…….a valuable lesson today is that it’s ok to get beaten as long as you do your best and never give up.
Full-time: White Rose All Stars C 9 v 0 OTJ Harriers
Player of the match: Given that all the boys battled really hard against very strong opposition today a squad award was given for POM. Well done lads, you should all be proud of your efforts today.
Thanks to Mark Milner for his match report.
Some fine football on show this morning from two clubs looking to play football in the right way with some fabulous goals scored.  All the best to White Rose All Stars for the rest of the season.