U11 Phantoms Match Report from Sunday 3 April 2016
On a pleasant spring morning the Phantoms made the trip to Kirkheaton, eager to return to action. The team sheet consisted of Sam, Jayden, Billy, Ben, Charlie, Jamaine, Eddie, Tyler, Dom and Alexander.
The Phantoms made a promising start to the game, Eddie and Dom testing the Kirkheaton keeper and having a couple of early shots saved. Initial combination play was impressive down the left between Billy, Jamaine and Dom, and on the right flank with Charlie and Eddie. Ben and Jayden kept things tight at the back, and snuffed out any opportunities for the opposition. The Phantoms soon made their domination count, and a superb move, starting with Sam with a goal kick to Jayden, who found Charlie with a good ball. Charlie put in a through ball for Eddie to chase, and he promptly fired into the top corner of the goal.
Another sweeping move forward saw Dom hit a shot which was palmed away by the goalkeeper. Alexander found himself in the right place at the right time, and tucked away the rebound to double the Phantoms’ advantage.
A rare attack from Kirkheaton gave a warning nudge to the visitors, who were just beginning to get a little complacent – Sam and his defence were relieved to see the ball hit the post after a great shot from the Kirkheaton forward. The Phantoms quickly established a cushion after Eddie was brought down off the ball, but in the area. Eddie calmly took the penalty himself and the visitors went in at half time with a healthy lead.
Half-time: Kirkheaton A 0 v 3 OTJ Phantoms
A slight reshuffle in the formation at half time placed Alexander on the left of midfield, and he made his intentions clear with a driving run down the wing, and was only thwarted by the keeper diving at his feet. Dom mirrored this on the right flank, but his attack was also foiled by a brave block by the keeper. The next goal for Ossett was a simple one – a short goal kick by the Kirkheaton goalkeeper went straight to Charlie in the middle of the field. He took a touch then drove the ball into the back of the net to further increase the Phantoms’ lead.
“PLAY AS A TEAM!!”, “YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL ON YOUR OWN!!” – Coach Mike was clearly trying to ensure the Phantoms didn’t slip into complacency as is often the case when they get a good lead. There were early signs of this as Kirkheaton began to gain a little possession and Ossett’s passing became less fluent. Sam, who had had a fairly quiet game up to that point, was on hand to parry a shot in a goal mouth scramble, and followed it up with several good saves. Ossett countered, and Jayden shot wide under pressure from the Kirkheaton defence.
Another super run from Alexander down the left wing followed; he cut inside in the box and slid the ball to Dom, who fired in to make it 5-0 to the visitors. Alexander made another surging run down the left and into the box, and was gutted to see his attempted chip over the keeper graze the crossbar. Kirkheaton had to replace their goalkeeper after he came off worst in a 50-50 challenge with Dom. The substitute was immediately tested with a rasping shot from Charlie, and then Alexander found the woodwork again, his shot hitting the crossbar.
Kirkheaton attacked in numbers and were rewarded with a consolation goal just before the final whistle.
Full-time: Kirkheaton A 1 v 5 OTJ Phantoms
An entertaining team performance from the Phantoms. The scoreline was a little harsh on Kirkheaton – they passed and moved the ball well, but didn’t manage many shots on target. Ossett created chances and took advantage of them with some fine finishing.
Player of the match: this week the award deservedly went to Billy, who ran the defence and read the game masterfully, intercepting several through balls calmly and starting attacking moves from the back. Well done Billy and well done to the Phantoms!
Thanks to Nigel Parkinson for his match report.