Match Report

Velocity Falcons U8's

16 Jul 2016   10.30AM   Under 8's summer league

Hetton Lyons U10's 3-1 Velocity Falcons U8's

Another week and another win.

The boys went into this game on the back of a run of three victories where their confidence is growing and can be seen through some positive play.  This was evident both individually and collectively from mazy dribbles and patient passing which resulted in some great moments of play from one side of the field, across the back to the other then up the line and towards goal.

There has been a growing feeling in the camp that after a few weeks of narrow victories with the positive way we have been playing, that a convincing win for us is on the horizon.  Today certainly looked like it was going to be that day, with respect to Velocity Falcons, due to the mature team work and passages of play that were shown in the first half along with the ever present battling and hard work.  At times it was almost mouth watering to watch and see the moments when you knew their brains were functioning like real footballers in the sense of how they needed to work together to achieve the end result.

In the first half Oscar had minimal to do in goal, Kian held the fort at the back and not only kept us strong but also played vital roles in setting up good play going forward.  Sam started on the left and continued his recent run of form of domination and wizardry in midfield and deservedly grabbed himself another goal to take him as our leading goal scorer, if only for a short time, with 3.  Ethan provided the attacking force down the right side again and continues to excite with his positive mentality and running, which is begining to develop into incorporating some lovely twisting and turning of the defenders.  Storm was once again inspirational with his tireless running and battling and leads from the front with an example for the rest of the boys to follow.  His efforts were dutifully rewarded with another two goals for him, one amazingly from a chip over the keepers head only 4 yards out in a crowded area and the other a product of his hard work and hassling.  Storm now joins Sam as joint top goal scorer also on 3.  With only 6 players available again today due to injuries and absences, changes were made in both halves to balance extra game time out for all.  Ollie replaced Sam half way through on the left and continued his run of form since last week where he has became like a new signing with his accurate passing and firm tackling.  

Second half things changed round a bit with Ethan dropping back into goal, Kian taking a development role up front, Sam taking up place on the right, Ollie continued on the left and Oscar holding the strength at the back.  Although we still had strength and depth throughout we were strangely less dominant and seemed to spend the majority of it trying to play out from the back with passing that wasn't strong enough to overcome the conditions and the pressing by the Falcons.  Credit to Velocity Falcons as their boys battled hard and made it difficult for us, despite being 3-0 down, particularly on our left side where we spent most of this half trying to make use of throw in's but couldn't get past their solid defending and brave heading to safety.  That said, we still held strong and didn't really look like conceding which was a good sign given our recent weeks of concentration lapses gifting goals away.  Hang on...I spoke too soon.  Velocity picked up on a loose ball just inside our half and unleashed a good shot from amongst a crowd.  The ball made its way through the bodies, passed the feet of Sam and under the body of Ethan, both of whom didn't see it until too late and couldn't react quick enough.  It was one of those goals that didn't really have anyone at fault, but didn't really cover anyone in glory either, despite not really doing anything massively wrong.  It was just one of those things.  We finished the half with Storm back up front, Oscar exploring the right hand side, Sam at the back and Ollie continuing his fine form on the left.

Summary:

Another good display of team work, technical improvement and mental maturity starting to show through.  Bravery, commitment, determination and unity are the corner stones of this team and our developments in training and tough tournament playing experience are serving us well.  The one goal conceded was disappointing for them to take which shows the pride they are having in their current success.  We will use it as a learning point to be prepared for the unexpected and to quickly pick our heads up in the event of mistakes so we don't undo all our hard work that went before it by dwelling on negatives too long.

Although this didn't turn out to be the landslide victory it first seemed possible and we feel is deservedly due over recent weeks, it is our most convincing win so far and with 10 goals from four games coming from four different players, it shows we are not one dimensional and that gives great encouragement and belief for the games ahead after the summer break.

A win is a win, and its the manner in which we win which is important not the amount of goals we score.

Keep it up boys.  It's another enjoyable day and your doing yourselves proud.