U11’s 2, Kings Church Amersham Dynamos 5

09/11/2009 at 11:39 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 11s | Leave a comment

On a fabulously sunny Autumn morning on the 7th November the Under-11s played at home against the Kings Church Amersham Dynamos, the previous year’s league champions from the division above. Far from being overawed by this stiff test, the team rose to the challenge and put in comfortably their best performance of the season so far. Indeed they were 2-0 up after 15 minutes and held a lead for the next 30 minutes before the Dynamos scored a burst of classy goals to run out eventual 5-2 winners.

The first five minutes had an auspicious feel as the Dynamos started strongly and created three good chances but had their shots blocked or forced wide. Then Westwood Park got their teeth into the game, out fighting the Dynamos for possession and getting their passing game going . Organised and strong defending in the centre by Rohan and Oli was feeding the new midfield combination of Ben and Joseph, who in turn were giving strikers Ed and Rees a chance to stretch their legs. After 10 minutes Ed forced the first save from the Dynamos keeper through a shot from the edge of the box. More good passing and sustained Westwood pressure led to a barrage of saved shots from first Oli, then Ben, the ball finally landing at the feet of Joseph to the right of the penalty spot from where he coolly shot and found the bottom left corner of the goal to open up a 1-0 lead.

Westwood’s passing continued to flow. Henry looking increasingly comfortable at right back made a defensive tackle and passed the ball down the right wing to Euan on the half-way line. He skilfully turned his man and moved the ball forward to Joseph who slid the ball past his defender and crossed into the box where Ben had taken up a good position on the six yard line to calmly shoot home. What a great team goal! 15 minutes gone and they were 2-0 up.

Three minutes later came a minor setback when a rare loose ball in the Westwood defence fell to the Dynamo’s right winger who found the net from 10 yards. Far from being disheartened by this, the boys kept to their tasks well. David was being kept busy at left back, but was tackling well and linking up with George and Oliver who both contributed well in left midfield. The team had worked hard and with fatigue creeping in they were grateful when half time came still leading 2-1.

The slope and a freshening wind now in their favour, the Dynamos started the second half very strongly and immediately laid siege on Joe’s goal. He saved well twice, a shot hit the crossbar and George cleared a ball off the line as Westwood were pinned in their own half. In possession the boys kept passing well, but it was getting increasingly difficult for them to get forward. On 45 minutes the defence was finally breached by a fantastic run and cross from the left that found a Dynamos striker 6 yards out to score the equaliser. Soon after Rohan suffered a suspected sprained ankle in a twisting fall, and with their defensive rock gone and their legs tiring the team played valiantly on but were constantly pushed back. The Dynamos were now showing their true class and even the energy of Isaiah harrying well in midfield couldn’t prevent them scoring 3 further high quality goals in the last 10 minutes.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable match to watch played with high quality and great spirit without a single free kick being awarded. Well done Under-11s for demonstrating that you are listening to your coach and quickly learning about the 11 a-side game. Performances like this will undoubtedly earn you many wins during the rest of the season.

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