Match Report

Escomb Tigers U8's

09 Jul 2016   10.30AM   Under 8's summer league

Hetton Lyons U10's 3-2 Escomb Tigers U8's

For the second week running we were to face an Escomb side, although this time against the Tigers.  Unlike last week however where were had a restricted squad size due to absences, thie week we had the benefit of two substitues to help add fresh legs and bring different qualities when needed.

True to form we started the game by dominating possesion and keeping Escomb pinned in and around their own half.  We displayed a good attacking presence and were keen to explore the use of our wide midfielders in our attacks showing recent training efforts in this area were having a positive effect on the boys.  Sam & Ethan were our first half outlets who were able to be switched half way through to give each experience on either wing and to remove predicability for defedning against.  Sam showed great footwork an ability to effortlessly dance through groups of defenders while Ethan continued to power past defenders with pace and determination.  Despite a number of efforts, Escomb managed to defend their goal well but it was felt a change of scoreline was imminent.  Sure enough, as predicted the scoreline did change half way through the first half although completely against expectation as Escomb broke free on a counter attack and we struggled to get a solid tackle in before their striker put the ball in the back of our net.  Credit to the boys though, they picked themselves up and kept going at Escomb with the same determination.  Given the amount of attacking threat offered from our wide midfielders it was fitting that the first goal we scored came from play between the two of them.  Sam found Ethan from a throw in, Ethan battled through a croud of Escomb players and fired his shot into the bottom corner.

The second half started much as the first had finished with us heavily on attack and it wasnt long before we picked up our second of the game and Sam's first of the season.  That pulled the game back to where we felt it deserved to be with us in front.  Sam stretched the lead even further with quick succession as he grabbed his second of the game to make it 3-1.  Escomb showed little in the way of threat going forward, but despite how comfortable this may have seemed they again managed to capitalise on a lack of cencetration and pulled the scoring back to 3-2.  We were certainly making this game harder than it needed to be.  Unfortunately I was unable to observe any of the specifics of his goals due to the fact I spent a good amount of time hunting out my phone I had dropped somewhere on the field (grrrr!!) but I know they were well deserved based on the rest of his game.

Final score 3-2.

Summary:

Third league game & third win.  100% record so far this season.  

We may not be winning by big margins, but our dominance of play is a big development for the boys in terms of individual ability, confidence and team play.  Fine tuning of how to be more effective in front of goal will gradually improve over time which, will be need if we are to capitilise on our hard work against tougher oppositions as we have faced, and matched, in recent tournaments.  While the boys have strength in effort and tackling ability throughout, our biggest problem is the conceding of weak goals.  Sometimes a goal goes in that we can do nothing about because of good play by the opposition or an outstanding shot, however the goals we are conceding generally are percieved as a consequence of our own actions such as lack of concentration or decisiveness in situations.  We feel in many ways our perfomances against tougher teams of higher division in tournaments suggests we are not too far from that standard, but perhaps our inability to keep a clean sheet in our current division highlights our next target area for improvement.

We come away happy with the win and some great individual perfomances, but with a clearer understanding of where we need to tighten up as a team.

Keep it going boys.  We're still the team to beat in this league.