U10 Match Reports v Thornhill, Saturday 7th February 2015
Saturday 7th February sees Ossett Phantoms host Thornhill at home. Our team today is James in goal. Billy and Tyler in defence, Charlie and Jamaine in midfield and Alex and Dom up front. Subs are Ben and Eddie.
Ossett start brightly and push forward from the start with Charlie having an early shot and scoring our 1st. Thornhill break, but Tyler comes across and clears the danger. Good link up play with Jamaine and Alex sees Charlie receive a good ball and taps in his 2nd. The Phantoms defence stands firm with Billy clearing up field. Charlie collects and rounds 2 defenders to score his hat trick. This time Alex and Dom combine down the left making space and putting a cross in. Keeper collects but a throw is found by Charlie who takes full advantage and hits home his 4th of game. Billy and Tyler once again work well at the back clearing any chance of danger. Tyler plays a good ball to Dom who takes on the keeper and scores. 5-0. James gets his 1st test of the game as Thornhill find space and shoot, James saving well. Dom has a shot saved. Once again Tyler plays a long ball through to Dom but the ball is cleared. Billy has a shot go wide. Ossett play some good football in the area and eventually Eddie is able to make a cross which Dom collects and scores. 6-0 and the half time whistle blows.
Phantoms kick off the 2nd half and pick-up where they left off. Early pressure sees Thornhill counter forcing James to make a fine diving save. Back at the other end the keeper saves but with Jamaine on hand he controls and hits home a strong shot into bottom corner. Next Alex is on hand and with Ben playing a good ball to him scores too. Eddie and Dom play a good 1-2 in the box only to see Dom’s effort saved. Eddie crosses to Ben who shoots and it gets saved. Billy pushes forward and forces a corner. Alex has a shot saved well. Ossett play some good football and eventually sees Eddie cross finding Ben who scores our 9th. Charlie lays a ball to Jamaine whose shot is saved. Thornhill break and their striker finds loads of space. 1 on 1 with James he picks his spot and scores. Quickly Ossett break and Jamaine squares up Billy who scores. Time ticking down sees a repeat for Thornhill with the striker alone again and scores their 2 nd. Just after, the whistle blows, finishing 10-2 to the Phantoms. Well done to both teams!
Full-time: OTJ Phantoms 10 v 2 Thornhill United
Player of the Match: Tyler B who played really well in an unfamiliar role at the back, working really hard for the team defensively, whilst setting-up play unselfishly with some fine, accurate passing. Well done Tyler!
The Warriors took to the field determined to put last weeks abject performance behind them. Jack started in goal, with Samuel and Jamie in front of him. George, Jacob, Cai and Emmanuel formed the attacking four ahead. Tom started as sub. A fabulous first half-performance saw the Warriors boys play some superb football, which featured some fine passing and movement and some lovely combination play. Jacob put the Warriors one nil up following the rebound from Cai’s shot at speed to drill the ball home. Emmanuel combined with George for a defence splitting one two and finished in style to make it two-nil. Further chances flowed, but unfortunately the Warriors cutting edge deserted them and a hat-full of chances went begging. Samuel and Jamie marshalled the defence with comfort, finding time for the odd forray forward when the opportunity presented itself. Jack, who was quiet for most of the half, pulled off a great finger tip save from the only real Thornhill attack of the half.
The second half saw the Thornhill boys respond well and quickly hit back with two goals of their own. One deflected shot looped over Jack leaving him no chance, and the second came as the lads tried to play out from the back and the Thornhill striker took advantage of a wayward pass to equalise. After this, the Warriors started to re-assert themselves again and proceeded to create some fine chances from their accurate passing football. Two memorbale goal-mouth scrambles will stay in the memory and quite how the Warriors did not score was a mystery to all!
An entertaining game finished all-square leaving the Warrior boys bemoaning their missed chances, but very pleased with the quality of football they produced. On another day the scoreline could and should have been very different. Training will feature some finishing practice this week!
Full-time: OTJ Warriors 2 v 2 Thornhill United
Player of the Match: As ever all of the Warrior boys produced very good performances, but Emmanuel’s performance deserved the plaudits this week – full of energy and skill, but also some much improved positional awareness and good combination play with his team mates. Well done Emmanuel!