Guiseley Blues entertained Leeds Maccabi for the second time this season and the Blues produced a rounded performance to complete the double. The match was full of memorable individual performances and some eye watering self-sacrificing moments topped with excellent teamwork and thoughtful play.
Leeds Maccabi started out looking as though they were a much stronger team than previously and after 10 minutes were leading after scoring a couple of early goals. However, the blues soon took control and ran amok scoring freely and only letting Maccabi score a last ditch consolation goal late in the game.
James and Ben dominated the Guiseley defence and goal in the first half, and both were rewarded later in the match with superbly struck, but rare goals from both. In fact, James’ goal celebration of a Gangham Style dance routine is so far out of date he needs to work on his Harlem Shake routine. The pre-match speculation on a double from Ben and James had no takers as the odds were too long. The odds soon shortened once the game started, it was clear it was their day.
Charlie picked up his second hat-trick in as many games, controlling the midfield superbly and worrying the opposition, including their coach enough to change his tactics to try and contain him.
Sam worked so hard in the match, foxing the opposition with his turns and tackles and was rightly rewarded with a cracking goal.
Harry worked well in the outfield, but seems to be only able to score goals in batches of three and today was not one of those days. Harry still contributed well and had a good period in goal after volunteering to take his turn.
Mason showed great maturity today and made a fantastic save with his face, bloodying his nose, but this didn’t deter him and he showed great character to get back on the field to continue making some good tackles. Mason is awarded this week’s Manger’s special award – for bravery and embodying team spirit.
Final player mention this week is left for Samuel, who notched up 4 goals, three typical striker goals connecting effortlessly with inch perfect crosses from Charlie and one which even seemed to surprise himself after picking the ball up on the halfway line and running through the defence and knocking in a superb goal. Only one player was in the running for Man of the Match this week – fantastic skills and execution Samuel.
Dave’s first outing as referee was completed successfully and any off-field interference was handled with professionalism and confidence.
The usual sterling performance from the Blues coaching and managerial staff enhances the experience for the boys and you can see they want to play well for Ian and Craig as well as their parents.
Final comment goes to the Parents. This weekend saw yet again the support that all the parents give Ian, Craig and the boys by either refereeing, coaching the boys, putting up the goals etc, a level of involvement that isn’t always seen by the parents of other teams.