31 Oct 2018 in Match Reports
U12 Reds v Mossley
Chadderton FC Juniors under 12s Reds
Match report vs. Mossley (28th October 2018)
With everyone available we started with Geroge in goal, Jack, Caiden and Kian across the back, Tyler and Daniel in midfield, Amelia right, Cameron left and Keane up front.
An early goal conceded might have rocked us back a bit but we had started the game trying to play out from the back and playing quite a patient passing game. Early on, Caiden caught the eye with some very calm play and when he strode into midfield and picked out Tyler he gave us the equaliser our play and Caiden’s intelligent ball deserved.
We had quite an attacking look to our play. Jack and Kian cleared well down the lines and their natural attacking instincts drove us forward – it was particularly effective when they tucked inside.
With Tyler and Daniel controlling things in midfield and Keane and Amelia making their defenders backtrack we found space to slot balls through. Cameron was particularly in the mood to spray it around – at one point he made room for himeslf and moved the ball up to Keane. Keane delayed the pass to make the most of Adam’s run. Ghosting past a defender, Adam took a touch and hit a good shot, a goal only being prevented by a great fingertip save.
This was quite an open game with both attacks and defences working hard. There were a few scary moments but George was having an inspired game and, ending the half with a very mature and commanding display from Harvey and Himayat, a great match reached half time all square.
We needed to exploit the space we were finding. Tyler, Amelia and Jack all had good runs early in the second half and as Cameron continued to thread passes through we felt sure a breakthrough was on its way. Ironically, after a lot of good play, it was a scrappy goal which regained our lead. Kian dropped a fantastic corner into the middle and as Mossley tried to clear Charlie’s pressure forced it over the line.
Harvey kept us tight at the back as we strove to clinch a two goal lead. Cameron took a good ball from Harvey and played a ball forward for Amelia to chase. As Amelia went in where it hurt the goalie took the ball full in the stomach before Amelia got the decisive touch to force it over the line. A few of our players came over to make sure the goalie was okay and gladly he was. Mossley restarted 3-1 down and the game became end to end.
Cullenn and Jack gave us additional attacking options from fullback positions, overlapping the wingers and when the ball came inside Daniel kept things solid.
As Mossley went forward, Kian made a challenge in our area and fell awkwardly on his arm. Even from the other end of the pitch, parents could see that he was rolling around in pain. The game stopped for a few minutes to make sure he was okay. We found out later that he had damaged his ligaments – very painful and our skipper will be out of action for a couple of weeks. It was nice to see Mossley players and coaches showing concern. The game was physical but played in a fair way and concern showed in light of injuries illustrated that. As Kian dropped to the floor the ball hit his hand and so George had to face a penalty. Which he saved brilliantly to retain our lead.
Soon after we broke forward and Tyler made progress through the middle. The ball ran away from him slightly but he managed to stretch and force the ball forward. Keane picked up the loose ball and slotted it home.
Within a minute we were firmly in control when Keane was fouled as he wriggled away from his marker. The angle suited a left foot but with Kian off the pitch, Cameron sent a fantastic dipping shot into the top corner from his right.
A quick one-touch move worked the ball to Amelia who came in from the left, jinked past an opponent and flighted the ball forward. Keane ran onto the ball at an angle and wrapped his left foot around the ball to smash it into the far corner.
The game ended as it had started, with a Mossley goal, but a 6-2 winning scoreline didn’t flatter us at all. Our play is becoming more cohesive, passing and moving is paying dividends and players are adapting to more than one position to give us options.
Difficult to pick a man of the match, from front to back, but it was shared by the strength and vision of Caiden and the workrate and product from Keane.
A week off next Sunday so the players should come back stromg and refreshed afterwards.