U10 Match Reports, Cup & Trophy Games, 9th November 2014
“SIMPLE PASSING!!!” was the resounding shout repeated by coach Mick on the touchline of the first game of the day, as the Phantoms (Lucas H, Billy, Alexander, Charlie, Cai, Jayden, Eddie and Dom) struggled to get a foothold in the game from the first whistle. The latest search for their U9’s form was under way, with the boys again over complicating things by retaining the ball for too long and not looking for the quick “simple” pass despite improved movement and creation of passing angles.
IThis was clearly going to be a difficult fixture, as the Hepworth team looked strong and confident, finding their own passing game quickly, and a great shot early on which flew past Lucas’s right post served as a warning of what was to come. The Phantoms worked hard to gain possession, and things looked hopeful as Dom raced onto a loose ball, but his shot was saved by the keeper. The Phantoms tried to capitalise on this possession, and pushed forward looking for the opening goal, but Hepworth caught them with a quick counter attack. The visitors’ onrushing midfielder did well to evade the tackles of first Billy and Alexander, and a charging Lucas, to round the keeper and tap in the opening goal.
Ossett responded, and Charlie produced a great run down the left wing, but didn’t spot the unmarked Eddie and Cai waiting for his cross, and his shot was saved. A fine individual effort followed, as Charlie, fed by a neat pass from Dom, went past two Hepworth defenders and fired his shot into the roof of the net. A great goal!
Just when the Phantoms were feeling the positivity of scoring, the visitors dampened their spirits with another goal. This time a long, hopeful ball over the top found a prowling Hepworth midfielder who out-muscled Alexander and directed his strike past Lucas. Hepworth kept the pressure on, and produced another well coordinated attack, this time however, Lucas ‘No Prisoners’ Howley slid out of his goal early to make the tackle, and Billy mopped up the danger with an assured clearance.
Half-time OTJ Phantoms 1 v 2 Hepworth Utd Hawks
The second period started more brightly for the Phantoms, with a nostalgic flash of some great combination play. Alexander picked a pass out of defence to Cai, who exchanged passes with Charlie, whose shot was well saved. Once again though, as in the first half, the visitors built up some momentum and confidence, and Billy made a heroic challenge when he found himself the last man as another Hepworth attack scythed through the Ossett midfield and defence. The Hepworth pressure paid off, as a wide ranging attack, switching play from one side of the field to another to lose the marking Phantoms resulted in a shot, which Lucas saved, but couldn’t stop the follow up to take the visitors further ahead, and a step closer to the next round of the cup. More good defending followed from Billy and Alexander, as Hepworth tried to put the game beyond Ossett’s reach, and Lucas made a brave save at the feet of the visiting striker.
All of a sudden the game opened up- a great run from Eddie to finally get behind the Hepworth defence, his cross from the by-line found Jayden, and a great first time effort was matched by a fine save from the Hepworth goalkeeper. Another surging attack from Dom and Eddie was unfortunately snuffed out as Ossett endeavoured to reduce the deficit, then Hepworth went straight down to the Ossett end and Lucas showed some super anticipation and was off his line quickly to snuff out the counter attack.
Full-time OTJ Phantoms 1 v 3 Hepworth Utd Hawks – good luck to Hepworth in the next round.
A tough game for the boys against a physical and well drilled Hepworth team. There was the odd flash of good passing in evidence, but still not enough “SIMPLE!!!” football which will be vital if the form is to improve. Keep going lads, and remember to put what you do in training / practice into matches!!!
Player of the Match: No award this game – all of the boys earned an ‘A’ for effort, but need to stick to the simple pass and move football that they are capable of producing – future POM awards (for outfield players) will go to the player(s) who demonstrate this most during the match.
After a couple of weeks adjusting to their new squad, and a couple of un-recogniseable performances, The Warriors kicked-off with James in goal; Ben and Samuel in defence; George, Jacob and Jamie making the midfield trio; and Tyler up front. Lucas E and Jamaine started on the bench.
The boys faced a tough Huddersfield League Trophy encounter against a strong Northowram Bulls side, but immediately set about playing the sort of football that we are used. The ball was being moved well from back to front and chances started to flow. First of all a lovely Samuel pass into George on the left hand side, set him away. He played a one two with Tyler and drove in on the angle towards goal, only to see his shot well saved. This was a tough game with both sets of lads battling hard to earn the right to play. A nice exchange between Ben and Jamie on the right set the latter off with space to run into and his long range shot was saved. Then a first class goal. Samuel laid the ball into Jamaine. He played the ball back to George who spotted Jamie in acres of space out wide on the right. George switched the play setting Jamie free in space. Jamie spotted Tyler in acres of space in the box and hit a great early ball straight to his feet. With one touch, Tyler controlled it and then unleashed a shot that rebounded off the bar, but luckily (for a change) the ball fell straight back to him and Tyler made no mistake giving the boys a deserved lead. Simple pass and move team football at its best!
Northowarm looked to respond, James having to make a fine save and George making some fine defensive blocks as he helped out the defence from midfield. Samuel, Lucas and Ben stood firm in defence, until one momentary lapse saw the boys stand off the ball for a second, but just enough time for the Northowram striker to unleash an unstoppable shot that gave James no chance. This was harsh on the boys, but a good lesson on why not to ball watch! The Warriors responded well and continued to create chances. Some more pressure lead to a Jamie corner being floated in perfectly and after a goal-mouth scramble, Jamaine showed the most determination and bundled the ball home to restore their lead.
Half-time: OTJ Warriors 2 v 1 Northowram Bulls
With a slender one goal advantage, the Warriors knew they would have to be at their best in the second half. Northowram piled on the pressure and created two one on one chances with James, and both times, the increasingly brave Ossett keeper raced out to block and deflect the ball away at the feet of an onrushing Northowram forward. The Warriors withstood the onslaught and started to create chances of their own as the game ebbed and flowed from one end to the other. Jacob and Jamie combining well to place Jamaine clean through only for him to miss-hit his shot straight into the hands of the Northowram goal-keeper. A snapshot from Tyler was well saved and another longer range effort from the same player drifted wide. Another Town break saw Jamaine receive a pass in full flight from Jacob. He deftly back heeled the ball for Jamie whose instinctive, first time shot just cleared the bar. The away side had one final push to force extra time, but all of the boys, from back to front, stood firm – tackling and battling to defend their narrow advantage.
The final whistle blew and the Warriors were through – but only after a really hard fought game in which both teams did their coaches and parents proud.
Full-time: OTJ Warriors 2 v 1 Northowram Bulls
Player of the Match: James for a superb goal-keeping performance littered with good saves, fine handling and very good distribution; this was supplemented by some vocal direction to his defenders, which was really great to see and hear! Well done and keep it up!
No match report this week. Anyone interested in helping out with match reports please get in touch. The Harriers put in a brave performance, playing some lovely football during the game, but just falling short on the day.
Full-time: Ryburn United Whites 4 v 2 OTJ Harriers – good luck to Ryburn in the next round!
Player of the match: Bailey for a fabulous performance, full of hard work, energy, tackling and passing. Really well done and keep it up!