The Super Sunday SKY Cameras visited St. Mary’s AWP on Sunday, to be greeted by lovely sunshine, a slight chill in the air and a match to keep everyone warm.
Two teams packed with talent went at each other from the off with speed, skills and lovely passing on the 3G surface. You could tell right from the off that this was going to be a close game with the battle for possession in the middle fierce (but fair), the defences very strong and the pace going forward from both teams was searing.
The first half was a tremendous advert for U9s football; possession, support play, great individual skills and early, killers passes frequently challenging the opposition. Both keepers were in the game and lots of corners fizzing across the box was exciting to watch, especially for the supporters it seemed!
Menston took the lead with a nicely worked move; as our defence tried to stay on the ball Menston stole the ball to go one ahead – maybe one of those row Z moments, but we aren’t coaching that. The Yellows responded brilliantly with a lightning break and shot from Harrie, whose effort was parried by the keeper only for Joe D to follow up and slot with the outside of his left foot from a very narrow angle.
Following this Guiseley had a lengthy spell of pressure without hitting the target enough and Menston duly took advantage with another good finish from a pacy break. Once again, the response from Yellows was quick and effective and led to a nice finish from Harrie to leave the score 2-2 at half-time. A scoreline that accurately reflected the competitive nature of the game.
The second half began with Yellows attacking towards their supporters. Connor was coming out of the defence with the ball and making incisive passes. Oliver’s tackling was immense, perfectly timed and all too regular (at times) and Charlie and Joe D’s energy and long range passing opening up chances more regularly now.
A period of corners, all wonderfully delivered by Charlie’s left peg, finally bore fruit; a cross fizzed at perfect height onto Joe D’s forehead who met the ball really well to flick it into the top corner – our first ever headed goal giving us the lead. An amazing effort. As the game wore one Guiseley’s fitness began to tell and chances were coming a bit easier. Harrie bagged a nice long range effort into the top corner along with a hat trick goal of slightly easier conversion, whilst another Charlie corner resulted in a goal for the effervescent Josh, who is improving week on week. Menston still had their chances and had a rush of corners themselves after Joe D made some great saves, turning the ball round the post from distance shooting.
All in all a superb team effort against truly excellent opposition. The round of applause from the supporters (and coaches) at the end was testament to a very good exhibition of football, exactly as it should be played at this level.
Well played both teams – a high quality game to watch and coach.
YELLOWS MAN OF THE MATCH
Pace and technique, a hat trick and good link up play pipped both Oliver and Connor to the vote.
Well done Harrie.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week ending Sunday 21 Sept 2014
Player of the Week – Charlie D
Good training performance, rapidly improving close ball retention and the usual all-energy match performance, and two assists, a spell in defence and good distribution gave Charlie the vote this week.