P&TG U9 Colts tournament, Sunday 6th May 2012

11/05/2012 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Match Reports, Under 9s | Leave a comment

Squad; Alex Walker, Akshay, Milan, Gabriel, Aakash, Guy, Matthew and Alex Lee

This is always a tough tournament and as usual we started slowly. The boys
looked a little caught up in everything that was going on around them and hardly
made a decent pass or a tackle in 10 minutes of football. Luckily, neither did
their opponents. 0-0 was a fair result!

The second match was a huge improvement. The boys really got into the game and
let fly with a few shots. Alex Lee marked his tournament debut with a strong
midfield performance and one or two accurate shots. Milan showed that he can be
strong runner with the ball and constantly attacked the right side of their
defence. Despite the improvement, we couldn’t find a winner and the game
finished 0-0.

Game three was against Hughenden who eventually topped the league. Alex Walker
had a rare half a game out on pitch and showed some neat link up play. Guy took
his turn in defence and instantly showed me why he needed to stay there! He
didn’t dive into tackles, but held up the play and then made his tackle. A real
Bobby Moore style of play. The move of the game, came from a ball from the back
and Gabriel outpaced the defence before unleashing a strong shot that their
goalie did well to keep out. The follow up fell to Matthew, whose shot
unfortunately struck the post and came back out. Our bad luck was then
completed as Hughenden then ran down the pitch and a ferocious shot from one of
their forwards was nearly saved by Aakash. That would have been a fantastic
save if it had stayed out. The game finished 0-1.

So here we are two draws and a narrow defeat. Not bad, but the boys wanted to
push on and our next game was against Penn who had looked the best team to date.
After an even start, we started to dominate the match. The axis of Milan,
Gabriel and Aakash were creating all sorts of chances. Their defence could not
cope with Aakash’s wonderful turns and close control. The parents were
fantastic at cheering on the boys and willing them forward. Despite all this, a
third draw looked likely and then up stepped Gabriel!!! He made a trade mark
drive forward and just as it looked like he had overrun the ball, he neatly
passed it into the back of the net. I think they heard the cheer back in Little
Chalfont and the players jumped for joy and the parents hi-fived the coach as he
ran back to the half way line. Then the final whistle went. Great tactics to
score with the last kick of the game! A 1-0 win.

Now at this moment, Mark (Guy’s dad) became the statistician for the club! He
calculated a win in the last game would get us through to the semis. So off we
went. Attacking from the start, we scored an early goal from Milan. Back came
Sarratt and only a fantastic save from Alex Walker kept us in the lead. After
that scare, we poured forward and just before the end, Aakash scored a well
deserved goal to make it 2-0. To be fair, it could have been 5-0 by then. What
a performance!

Nick and Stato (Mark) headed off to the results tent and awaited the final
table. The boys were nearby and pacing nervously!!! Out came the table and we
had finished second and were through to the semis. Not much time, and we were
out playing 10 minutes against Bovingdon who had won their group. The match
flew by and there were few chances, most of which fell to us. Akshay pushed
into midfield and tried several neat breaks down the right side. The game
finished 0-0 and was followed by 3 minutes extra time. That couldn’t separate
the teams and we moved to penalties.

Both teams scored two penalties (Guy and Aakash) and then it went to sudden
death. Bovingdon scored their penalty and unfortunately, we missed ours. The
boys shook hands and that finished a tremendous day’s footy.

A wonderful team performance, great defence (only 1 goal conceded in 6.5
matches), lots of good energy, passing and communication. Finished off by 3
great goals. The easiest final team talk I’ve ever done!

Thanks to Ian, Paul and Martin for helping out with coaching. Mark for the
stats and to the parents for keeping the boys going with such great support. I
enjoyed the day and I know everyone else did as well.

Nick

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