Under 11s 2, Holy Trinity Troopers 1

08/10/2009 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

Home Match: 3rd October 2009.

Westwood Park FC vs Holy Trinity Troopers

WPFC Squad: Joe Savage, Rohan Montgomery, Oliver Collier, Sam Sweetman, Henry Sheffield, David Thomas, Arun Vij, Magnus Hitchmough, Joseph Tunney, Ben Hardy, Rees Deliege, Tom Belton

Match Result: Westwood Park 2 – Holy Trinity Troopers 1


Ben Hardy (6 mins)

Tom Belton (19mins)

On a cold and windswept autumnal morning, it was back home for the match against Holy Trinity Juniors Troopers this week. However it was definitely not a case of back to business for the Greens, as they again made hard work of seeing off their one of their more formidable opponents from last season. The corresponding fixture last season had ended 4-2 to us, but only after a strong second half showing had broken the deadlock. Although the results was the same, today’s match was even tougher, and can be filed as a “hard-fought” win.

The game started with some exciting forward play from Magnus, Ben and Arun, before a fantastic goal for the home side on six minutes, as a great cross from the right hand-side from Joseph found the feet of Ben, who finished confidently. The next ten minutes saw a great deal of pressure from the visitors (and a great save by Joe on 10 mins), before a second goal on 19 mins against the run of play raised hopes of a convincing win. An “eye of the needle” pass through the midfield by Magnus found Tom, who having stayed onside and timed his run perfectly, drove a firm shot to the right of the keeper. Apart from a Westwood Park goal ruled out for offside on 23 mins, the rest of the first half was incident-free. At half-time the general feeling was that, with the wind behind them, the home side could build on their 2-0 lead in the second-half.

Unfortunately this was not to be, as the Troopers came flying out of the blocks in the second half. Nine minutes of consistent pressure culminated in a great goal from the opposition, with a run through the midfield and strong shot by the Troopers centre-forward, although Joe did manage to get a hand to it. The next five minutes saw end-to-end action including a goal each ruled out for offside, as the linesmen played an increasingly important role in the match. On 15 mins David made a great last-ditch tackle to stop an almost certain equaliser, while two mins later, at the other end of the pitch, we had a penalty awarded for handball. Tom struck the spot kick firmly but unfortunately straight at the goalie, who then got up to save the rebound shot from Joseph. The penalty save helped the Troopers grow in confidence and the last ten minutes again saw continued pressure from the opposition.

Fingernails were now being firmly chewed by the Mums and Dads on the sidelines, and on 27 mins we feared an equaliser as the Troopers striker again found himself one-on-one with Joe but fortunately for WestwoodPark, the young man pushed his shot wide of the left-hand post. The final whistle was greeted with sighs of relief all-round: 2-1 and the unbeaten record in the Church League remained intact, but only just! Full credit to the Troopers, whose consistent pressing and firm tackling definitely put out boys off their passing game. After last week’s goal-fest this was a stern test for our defence and full credit to Rohan, Sam, Oliver, David, Henry, and of course Joe. Overall a good result for a small squad, captained by Tom in his last match for the club. Back to training next Saturday before the next match, away to St Joseph’s, on the 17th October.

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