Farsley Celtic 6 – 1 U15 Lions

Result: Farsley Celtic 6 – 1 Ossett Town U15s Lions
Goal Scorers: Bailey Holderness
Man of the match: Connor Ryan
Match Reporter: Geoff Allison
League: Garforth League

In the pink?

Farsley proved today that they are a quality side and look well placed at the top of this division. They are strong in all departments and outplayed Ossett both in technical skills and determination for the most part. Ossett once again kicked off up the slope and into the wind and a combination of this, Farsley’s ability and drive and Ossett not being able to hold on to possession for any length of time in midfield or attack, meant that the ball kept coming back relentlessly putting our back four and keeper under constant pressure. This continual pressure led to 4 goals in the first half and really no likelihood of coming back in the second half. Sounds depressing doesn’t it!

In amongst this there were some cracking performances in the first half. Elliott Hewitt (my man of the match) was fantastic at centre back ably supported by Liam Taylor, with great tackling and even better heading of the ball. Connor sporting his new pink shirt was up to his usual standard with a great save low to his right and several great blocks. The stats would show that most of the time the ball was in our half and in amongst our defence so it is hard to identify any players outside of the back 5 that played a significant part.

There was an outside chance that the second half would get better with the slope and the wind. It did to an extent and the teams were far better balanced. Bailey made a big difference with his undoubted skills on the ball but most importantly his ability to hold the ball giving others the time to support. It was about 15 minutes into the second half when Bailey managed to turn his defender and put a great shot past there very good goalkeeper. Probably the two best keepers in the league on show today. Although now at 4:1 it still didn’t feel as if we were going to seriously threaten Farsley and start to worry them about the outcome.

To pile insult onto injury we ended up losing Connor, our keeper, as he was sent off for deliberate handball outside of his area. From the touchline it looked a harsh decision and even if Connor did handle outside of the box, Louis was goal side and up until that point the game had been played in a competitive but largely fair spirit. Ossett didn’t look like coming back into the match and not one of the spectators, or I doubt, the players would have complained if Connor remained on the pitch.  So Elliott took over in goal and adorned the pink jersey. He did a good job for the remaining 15 or 20 minutes, but Farsley with the extra man forced another 2 goals to walk away 6:1 winners

Despite my depressing words it is important that we move on. These may prove to be the strongest side in a league that we have just been promoted into. There is no magic potion, just harder work in training and on the field to improve the technical skills and raise the determination still further

We certainly weren’t in the pink today (although Connor was for most of the game!) – In the pink – meaning very strong and operating well “These men are in the pink of condition and the army wants to keep them that way”