U15 Tigers 3 v 5 Halifax Irish U15 Whites

Result: Ossett Town U15 Tigers 3 v 5 Halifax Irish U15 Whites
Goal Scorers: Calum Issott
Man of the match: Joshua Cartledge
League: Huddersfield League Under 15 Division 4A
Sunday 2 November
The top two in the division came head to head in an enthralling game with the outcome uncertain until the last 5 minutes.
Unbeaten Irish were out of the blocks quickly and whilst the Town defence played statues at a corner the Halifax No.9 headed home to put the visitors one up.
It was becoming obvious that the No9 for the Irish was going to be a handful and ultimately, despite the best efforts of Danny Stevens, Sean Owram, Tyler Cliff and Alex Oldroyd his contribution was going to be the deciding element.
Town began to get in to their stride and pulled a goal back to level things through Calum Issott.
Before half time the visitors struck again and took a goal advantage in to the break.
In truth, there was no lack of effort from the Tigers in the first half, but the application of recent weeks was missing. The passing accuracy had dipped as they didn’t find the space and width, but as Halifax only seemed to have one goal threat, Ossett went in to the second half full of hope.
Joshua Cartledge had an impact when coming on marauding down the right, providing width and delivering some dangerous crosses. The Tigers had lifted their game and now opportunities were being created in good numbers. Adam Berry and Calum Issott were presented with several excellent chances only to shoot wide or find the keeper equal to their efforts.
Ryan Turfey was his usual competitive self and with Thomas McGee and Umair Iqbal began to pile on the pressure. Calum Issott pounced on a defensive mistake and coolly finished. Level again!
But another break by the No9 of Halifax, beat 3 players and as goalkeeper Sam Allen advanced he passed to a supporting attacker to shoot in to an empty net and restored their lead. Town weren’t giving up yet though and Issott made it 3v3.
Shortly after, Finley Townend latched on to a half clearance inside the visitors box and struck a shot sweetly goal bound. The spectators expected to see the net bulge and Town take the lead, but amazingly the Irish keeper had regained his ground and at full length dived to make a fantastic save. As often is the case when the game seems so cruel, Halifax went straight up the other end and scored! 4v3 to Halifax.
Then to rub salt in to the wound, a lovely diagonal ball from Thomas Coe was met by Calum Issott on the volley, back of the net…………..offside!!
The second half had an ebb and flow that could have seen either side take the three points and Town had created enough chances in one half to win three games. But it was fitting when the Halifax No9 found himself in the box in the last 5 minutes, a neat turn and rifled shot meant that he’d sealed the victory for Halifax.
A lot of positives to be taken from the game however. Halifax are unbeaten and The Tigers matched them in every department. If the finishing can match the standard of the rest of the teams game, then Town will have a good season.
There were good performances from Calum Towey, Thomas Coe, Sam Allen (a particularly brilliant save in the first half) Ryan Turfrey and Calum Issott, but all were pipped to the Park House man of the match award by Joshua Cartledge.