U11 Phantoms Match Report from Sunday 1 November 2015




A damp, foggy November morning saw the Phantoms travel to play Wyke in their latest match.


Goalkeeper Samuel started with Jamie, George and Tyler in front of him.  Jamaine, Billy and Ben provided the midfield; with Eddie and Charlie (M) playing up front.  Jayden started from the bench.


A bright opening saw the Phantoms lay siege to the Wyke goal and it wasn’t long before Eddie opened the scoring with a lovely, curling strike from the left side of the penalty area.  Some fluent passing caused the Wyke defence constant problems, the second goal coming from one such move, with Ben and Tyler combining well down the right, a cross finding Eddie, who struck again from a similar position to his opener, this time with his left foot.


Billy and Jamaine were controlling the flow of play through midfield, alert to the acres of space left behind the Wyke defence.  Sam had made a couple of routine saves in an otherwise quiet half for him, but was required to charge out of his area to bravely thwart an onrushing Wyke forward.  George picked up the clearance, played a simple pass to Jamie, who promptly played through Charlie (M) and he raced, unchallenged at goal before neatly clipping the ball past the advancing goalkeeper for the third goal.  Jayden, on midway through the half, had a curling effort well saved, then at the other end, Ben made a fine saving tackle to prevent an almost certain goal.


Just before half time, Jamie, with one of his now customary special strikes, scored probably the goal of the game, from just outside the penalty area giving the Phantoms a commanding advantage.


Half-Time: Wyke Wanderers A 0 v 4 OTJ Phantoms


As impressive as they were to begin the match, the Phantoms were the exact opposite at the start of the second half, gifting Wyke a couple of goals within a minute of the re-start.  Despite this setback, the assured passing of the first half slowly reappeared and the Wyke defence was once again put under severe pressure.  A lovely cross from the right from Eddie somehow managed to evade everyone, before Tyler took centre stage scoring four successive goals, the first being a crisp strike from a central position after a super pass from Ben.  The next three all seeing him being released clear on goal and displaying his ruthless finishing ability, giving the goalkeeper no chance whatsoever.  A problematic opening to the half was suddenly an 8-2 lead and the Wyke defence was in tatters.  George was enjoying a busy game just in front of the defence, working well with Billy and Jamaine, all three playing intelligent balls through to Tyler for his goals.


The ninth goal was another simple, well worked move.  Jayden laying an easy pass off to Jamie who quickly squared the ball across to Billy, enabling him the time to smash home a super shot.  Another attack, another goal, simply worked yet again, this time Jayden passing accurately to Billy who again finished with aplomb.  The final goal was scored by Jayden who stuck a right-foot shot from close range.


An impressive display and emphatic result against a hard working side who gave as good as they got and competed throughout playing some nice football of their own at times.


Full-Time: Wyke Wanderers A 2 v 11 OTJ Phantoms


POTM – a difficult choice after a good all-round team performance.  In the end the coaches chose ‘Mr Versatile’ – Tyler – who played really well in all 3 positions at the back, and in his 15 minute spell up front, he bagged 4 goals from 4 great runs, found by 4 great passes, with all 4 finished superbly!  Well done!


Thanks to Phil Keane for his match report.