Westwood Park FC (Blue) U10’s 4, St James Lions 2

22/11/2010 at 11:17 am | Posted in Match Reports, Under 10s | Leave a comment

Home Match: 20th November 2010.

Referee: David Grint

WPFC Squad: Oliver Anderson (GK 2nd Half), Harry Bradshaw, Jonny Grint, Matthew Jones, Mahdi Karim (Substitute 2nd Half), Benedict Mears (Substitute1st Half), Daniel Restall (GK1st Half), James Tunney.

Match Result: Westwood Park 4 – St James Lions 2

Scorers: Jonny Grint, Daniel Restall, James Tunney & St James Lions own goal.

Off the back of an exciting Cup win against the Blue’s bogey team the St James Buffalos’ (3-1) the previous week, this saw the Blue’s welcome back to Westwood Park opponent’s from last season’s campaign the St James Lions, with the focus firmly back on the League.

Playing up the slope in the first half the Blue’s were quick to get into their stride. On a slippery surface Harry, Jonny and Matthew managed to put a number of good passing movements together but the final touch on the ball was just lacking. Matthew in particular created a number of opportunities from strong runs down the left wing with passes and crosses into the centre that James as the teams target man could not quite convert into goals. Had they been, the first half would have been a different story with the Blue’s out of sight!

The Lion’s also after tackling strongly and defending gamely also managed to put together some fine passages of play together. Good defensive work from Oliver and Mahdi kept the Lion’s at bay and Daniel in goal appeared to be in for a quiet half – this soon proved to be deceptive. A good pass out of defence from Oliver to Matthew and an interchange to Harry and then Jonny saw Jonny surge down the right and plant a strong shot past the Lion’s goalkeeper for the first goal.

The Lion’s not to be outdone countered well and were soon on level terms with a really well worked goal. This saw one of their players after some good passing movement from his teammates beat Oliver down the right and calmly shoot past Daniel into the right hand corner from the edge of the box. The goal appeared to give the Lion’s a real lift and saw them put the Blue’s under a lot of concerted pressure for the rest of the half.

In spite of some scrambled defending from the Blue’s this could not prevent the Lion’s pressure being converted into a second goal, again from a well worked move that carved the Blue’s midfield up and left their defence wide open and in spite of Daniel’s best efforts unable to stop the ball going into the back of the net.

Was the Blue’s prolificacy in front of goal with James and Harry continuing to go close going to cost them? Fortunately not. Jonny won a corner for the Blue’s after a great run down the right. With the last kick of an absorbing half Harry swung the corner kick in and somewhat fortuitously it ricocheted off a Lion’s defender at the front post and into the net.

The second half was a completely different affair. George opted for an all out attack down the slope leaving just Benedict at the back. The tactic worked with the half virtually played in the Lion’s half. Matthew continued where he left off in the first half, peppering the box, as did James, somehow missing the target – must have been dreaming of his Anfield debut – with good passing from Harry, Daniel and Jonny the Blue’s were all over the Lion’s like a rash. The odd forays on the break by the Lion’s were dealt well by Benedict with the help of Matthew and Jonny tracking back well. But for some fine goalkeeping by the Lion’s stopper more goals would have been forthcoming, but the Blue’s only had two to show for the half both created by Matthew. One from Daniel, and eventually followed by and greeted with a great roar on the touchline by James.

Another good game, with both sides playing in a great spirit. It’s always a pleasure to host the Lion’s irrespective of the result. For the Blue’s who continue to evolve as quite a useful unit another win. One day which I suspect is not long in the making the entire component parts in this team are going to click – I don’t envy the side they come up against when this happens. I keep saying this, but it is genuinely a pleasure to watch this team especially as the established players continue to openly encourage and support the newer members to the squad. Well done the boys and coaches.

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