AYL U13. SSFA 2 V FOOTBALL SOUTH COAST 0
This was one of our ‘gutsiest’ performances to date against a quality opposition. There is no sure-win in the U13s competition and today was no exception.
Just two minutes into the match, Dylan made a break up the left side and crossed the ball perfectly to the 6-yard mark. Luke C was shaping to shoot when a FSC defender caught a foot to the ball and scored an own goal.
At half time the Coaches spoke about knocking the ball early and the importance of communication. The boys needed to continue working hard and stay confident.
7 minutes into the second half, Luke G switched the play from left back across to Ben on the right wing. Harry, waiting in the middle screamed for the ball and Ben was able to cross to him. Harry seized the opportunity and scored!
Because of sickness and injuries, our normally robust bench was down to Jordan, who was coming back from injury and Max, one of our Goal Keepers. With just over 10 minutes to go and leading 2-0, Harry and Ben were granted a well-deserved early mark and Jordan and Max were given a run.
The coaches were so impressed with the boys today. They gave 110% against a very physical and tenacious opposition and they reminded the boys to savour that winning feeling.
We are now sitting 2nd on the ladder after 14 rounds with the best defensive record in the competition. The boys are training well and chasing first place.
Well done boys – we are all enjoying watching good football! (Cath Beardsley)