28 Nov 2018 in Match Reports
U12 Reds 18th Nov & 25th Nov
Chadderton FC Juniors under 12s Reds
Match report vs. Withington (18th November 2018)
On a bright but sharp afternoon at Wright Robinson we took on Withington who, like us, have been able to stay in or around the top of the table but have also had adverse results.
With almost all the squad available we started with George in goal, Charlie, Harvey and Kian at the back, Amelia on the right, Cameron on the left, Jack and Tyler in midfield and Keane up front.
The coaches had obviously made it clear that we had to keep our shape. The back line stayed firm and moved as a unit. Whenever things did drift the defenders worked well together and later in the half Caiden was very vocal in pulling everyone into line.
Jack played something of a holding role and covered Kian when he strode forward to try and hurt Withington.
It looked like our best option was down the the right because Charlie, Amelia and Tyler were combining well and it felt that sooner or later Amelia would make her speed and skill count against her marker.
But our breakthrough came from the left. Kian slipped the ball to Keane who still had a lot to do, but he wriggled away from two opponents to find the top corner.
An equaliser for Withington rocked us back a little but we were still the better team and held a firm grip in midfield, with Himayat coming on and immediately putting in some great challenges.
Adam was now down the right. Jack found him a couple of times and, with Adam working hard on his runs, we were unlucky when a good cross flashed acros the face of the goal.
The goal which put us back in the lead was down to a brilliant pass from Harvey matched by a finish from Keane. Tyler won the ball in midfield and pushed it back to Harvey who looked up, spotted a run from Keane and picked him out with unerring accuracy. Keane crashed the ball in off the underside of the bar.
Cameron drifted in from the left towards the end of the half only to see his shot clear the bar.
2-1 up at half time and looking good. But this was a game of two halves. We looked like a different team after the break. For some reason we lost our shape and, inexplicably, started to be caught in possession instead of opting for the simple pass. Staying on the ball too long meant our pockets were picked far too regularly and we shipped 5 goals to lose the game in a way we couldn’t have predicted at half time.
The contrast in the two halves show that we can be disciplined and effective but a decline in focus and not staying loyal to the basics undid us far too easily.
Always something to work on in training – games like this are frustrating because having an off-day is one thing but causing our own problems is another.
Chadderton FC Juniors under 12s Reds
Match report vs. Haughton Green (25th November 2018)
We’ve had quite a tough time recently and gaps between matches really hasn’t helped us build up any momentum. So we were looking to get things back on track against Haughton Green, a team which, similar to us, have some physicality but can also play a good passing game.
We had Charlie, Amelia and Daniel unavailable and with Karl also unavailable, everyone needed to dig in.
We started with George in net, Cullenn, Caiden and Kian at the back, Cameron and Harvey in midfield behind Jack, Tyler and Keane further forward. Jack started just behind Keane and Tyler but then rotated positions with Tyler.
We got off to the worst possible start. With their first attack Haughton Green sent in a shot which George managed to get a hand to, only to see it squirm away and trickle over the line.
Our response was extremely positive. Cameron caught the eye from the outset – his tracking and tackling didn’t allow the opposition any room but his work on the ball was fantastic. Some of his passing was supreme and was pivotal to everything we did when taking the game to the opposition.
Along with Cameron, Harvey kept control in midfield and the defenders, with Caiden in commanding form, afforded Haughton Green little room or time on the ball.
There were so many good points to our play from the start. It was good to see the players trying to play out from the back rather than launching the ball forward to chase and the team wasn’t afraid to pass back to move us forward
But more than anything we looked great when we shifted the ball quickly and our equaliser was superb. Caiden won the ball at the back and played a neat pass forward to Cameron – one touch to control, a look up and a great ball down the right where Jack had made a good run. Keane had also made a good run into the centre and swept Jack’s cross into the net first time. Tackle and pass from Caiden, control and pass from Cameron, control and cross from Jack and a great finish from Keane. Speed, awareness and incisiveness – devastatingly effective football.
As Haughton Green pushed forward, Tyler dropped deep to add a body in midfield and became a good outlet for Cullenn and Kian down the channels. The extra man in midfield gave us a fluidity resulting in Harvey and Tyler both having good shots. The more defensive players also began to find space in midfield as we outnumbered Haughton Green – at different times Harvey, Himayat and Joe all found space to slot some very high quality balls forward.
We did have the ball in the net another two times but enthusiastic runs meant we drifted offside.
The next time the ball was in the net put us 2-1 behind from a great shot into the top corner.
Down at half time, we needed a response. Our passing game continued and rotations didn’t affect our play. Adam pressured defenders and, on another day, would have found the bottom corner having latched onto a loose ball.
Keane and Tyler fought to pull us forward and when Keane was brought down not far out, Harvey stepped up to plant it into the bottom corner.
By now we had worked out how to snuff out their main threat – he consistently made his runs too early and playing a high line caught him offside time and again.
As we foraged away in midfield Cameron, yet again, found some space and sliced the defence open with an eye of the needle pass. Keane doesn’t need a second invitation in that position and calmly slotted it home.
When Tyler was fouled on the right, Kian stepped up to take the free kick. It went straight in and was helped massively by Tyler’s pressure on defenders and keeper.
There were other chances to put us further ahead. Great tenacity down the left by Cullenn didn’t get what it deserved as he tried to play us through on more than one occasion. Good defending from a Haughton Green corner saw us break and we had an overload with players streaming forward but we missed the chance to play it into the middle. Then when Adam’s shot was blocked it looked like Jack had forced it over the line before it was hacked away – it wasn’t given and as the clearance came out, Keane’s shot was also blocked.
As the game wore on we had to defend bravely. Kian had, possibly, the pivotal moment of the match, throwing himself in front of a close range shot which would almost certainly have found the back of our net.
Normally a two goal lead going into the last few minutes would be comfortable but when George amazingly tipped a piledriver onto the post he was unlucky to see the follow-up scrambled home.
We did see the game out to win and showed a lot of maturity – Cameron, in particular, took the ball to the corner to run the clock down.
Great performance – the play was great, especially when we moved the ball quickly and had willing runners. We also had a real team ethic – the players are so passionate that sometimes when the game goes against us we can lose our heads and start to point fingers at each other but we stuck together today and showed how effective that is.
Quite a few candidates for man of the match today but for an all round performance and having a constant creative influence on the way we played, the award goes to Cameron.