13 Sep 2019 in Match Reports
U13 Reds v De La Salle
Chadderton FC Juniors under 13s Reds
Match report vs. De La Salle (8th September 2019)
Although we played a few 11-a-side games in the summer, this was our first league game in this format, complete with a limit on subs and sin bins.
With almost everyone available we started with George in goal, Jack at right back, Cameron at left back and Caiden and Kian between them. In midfield we had Tyler, Ioan and Dan with Charlie, Kye and Keane further forward. The formation was fluid with Charlie and Kye dropping deep sometimes but forging forward whenever they could.
The game swung one way and then the other and as we had previously lost 2 games in the Summer League to De La Salle it felt like game management and patience would be important.
Starting off with a good shape, we bossed the midfield with Dan being particularly dominant and with us playing out from the back, Cameron and Jack made sure we made progress down the flanks and we began to have them backtracking. The way we played out from the back meant Charlie and Kye were heavily involved – with Kye’s trickery and good positioning and Charlie’s strength, speed and close control we carved out chances. A few shots went in and although the keeper wasn’t able to gather many we couldn’t force rebounds in.
De La Salle are a neat footballing team and played around us a little and took the first chance they carved out. That was frustrating because we had been able to stop them quickly with Daniel dropping deep and Kian, Caiden and then Harvey putting in some great challenges.
Within two minutes we were level. Keane held off a challenge and weaved his way into the area, his cross was blocked but fell to Charlie who drilled the ball across to the far post where Kye had got away from his marker to tap in.
Tyler and Keane worked hard down the middle to get into the areas and our extra men meant we could get bodies forward. We were taking a hold down our right and almost made it pay when Kye released Jack on the overlap but his cross was cut out before it reached Keane.
Another goal conceded was immediately equalised when Tyler sent a glorious ball through to Kye who finished expertly.
By half time we were one goal down again, mainly because De La Salle blocked time after time with Kye, Keane, Daniel and Adam all seeing good shots hit a defender.
In the second half we started to make our extra bodies count. Himayat and Harvey made some great challenges at the back to keep the opposition at bay. Kian went further forward, his strength had them backtracking and the parents thought he had equalised as he powered through but his shot whistled wide. Charlie became a key figure in the game, taking the game to them – it was from a good run that he cut it back to Kye who sidestepped a challenge only to see an unstoppable shot shudder the post. When Keane wriggled free after great work from Ioan he saw Charlie unmarked and played it to him – Charlie set himself but just cleared the bar as he tried to place it beyond the keeper’s reach.
It felt like we would never get through – they defended well even when Ioan, Daniel and Tyler were probing away with their passing. Daniel then played a killer ball through to Kye who completed his hatrick by rolling it into the bottom corner.
We then hit the post again when Keane drifted past his marker and got his shot away but then we were ahead a couple of minutes later when Kye dribbled into the area and laid the ball off for Charlie to get a goal his performance deserved.
Three minutes later we were firmly in control. After all the controlled football and playing out from the back we went route one. George boomed it forward, Kye got a touch to take it past the last defender for Keane to slot in.
In the last five minutes we conceded again and had to keep things tight. De La Salle caused us problems but we held on for a winning start to the season.
There were a lot of good things in the performance but also things to work on - on a different day against a full strength team this might have been a different story. On the positive side there were some good performances. Charlie and Jack were great down the right but for man of the match, Kye’s hatrick and hand in the other two goals means he was a deserved winner.