U10 Match Reports v Ryburn United, Sunday 22nd February 2015
With a squad of James, Jayden, Dom, Billy, Ben, Jamie, Tyler, Eddie and Alexander, the Phantoms took to the field on a bitterly cold morning. The game started fairly evenly, both sides struggling to get a foothold in the game and establish a rhythm to their play. The highlight of the opening minutes was a great two-handed save from Ben, however, as he wasn’t in goal, and was stood on the edge of the centre circle, it only resulted in a Ryburn free kick!
The Phantoms battled away, with Billy and Alexander looking very solid in defence and communicating well, and Ben, in a holding midfield role marshalling the team with confidence. Some great work down the left wing from Jayden created a couple of half chances, but the first shot in earnest from the visitors came deep into the half, when Eddie’s effort went just wide, followed by another strike which had the same result.
Confidence was a building throughout the Phantoms, and their standard of play improved accordingly, so they took a deserved lead when a fine move between Eddie and Dom ended with Dom firing past the Ryburn keeper with one of his first touches. Ryburn hit back, and a bouncing ball caused havoc in the Phantoms defence, and James, having looked extremely solid prior to this point, was unfortunate not to hold on to it. A Ryburn forward was in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of the net.
The Phantoms resumed control of the game, Tyler, Eddie and Dom combining well to try and force another opportunity, but to no avail. The Ryburn keeper was seeing a great deal of the ball as the visitors pressed forward, and after one goal kick, Alexander collected the ball in the left back position, drove through the centre of the pitch (Yaya Toure style of course), and put the Phantoms ahead for the second time in the game with a great strike from the edge of the box.
The Phantoms finished the half well on top with some promising forward runs from Jamie, and two more good chances for Eddie and Dom which were frustratingly smothered by the Ryburn keeper.
Half-time: Ryburn Utd 1 v 2 OTJ Phantoms
The weather worsened as the second half began, and with it the pitch conditions, as both teams struggled to stay on their feet in the mud, let alone play football. In the driving rain and sleet, a mix up in the Phantoms’ defence gifted an equaliser to Ryburn. The visitors were not deterred though, and battled on, Ben providing some great through balls for Tyler to run onto. Another great move first from Eddie, passing to Dom, and in turn to Tyler almost put the Phantoms into the lead for a third time.
In the dying minutes of the game, a further setback to the visitors came when another high ball was pumped speculatively into the Phantoms’ penalty area, and James couldn’t quite hold onto the wet muddy ball, which fell fortuitously to a Ryburn player who broke Ossett hearts, putting the home side ahead for the first time.
The Phantoms fought even harder to get back in the game, Eddie had a shot saved, then Dom hit a superb cross for Tyler, who headed the ball over the bar in what would have been the goal of the day.
Full-time: Ryburn Utd A 3 v 2 OTJ Phantoms
Player of the Match: The boys should be proud of themselves today, and were beaten by the conditions and bad luck, rather than the opposition. Every player gave their all, but this week’s player of the match was Billy, whose excellent performance in defence was described by coach Mike, in one of his shortest ever post match team talks, as simply “fantastic”. Congratulations Billy, and well played to all the Phantoms!
Thanks to Nigel Parkinson for his match report.
Sorry no match report this week. Another ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’ performance this week. At times the boys played some superb, fluid passing football and created some great chances and scored some fabulous goals. Unfortunately our defending left a lot to be desired and the boys were guilty of standing off their opponents far too much and conceded some really soft goals.
Well done to Jamaine who produced a fine player of the match performance that included some great passing, movement, skill and a well taken goal. Keep it up!
Full-time: Ryburn United B 6 v 3 OTJ Warriors
Sorry no match report this week. The Harriers had very little luck against a strong Ryburn C team who created and took their chances well. The boys played some nice football in patches, but couldn’t quite take their opportunities when they had them.
Well done to Max for a second player of the match performance in a row, even without his pre-match Twirl, he showed real determination for the cause, battling and tackling throughout!
Full time: Ryburn United C 7 v 1 OTJ Harriers