Yellows travelled to local rivals Burley on a horrible, snowy, slushy and very (VERY) cold Sunday.
Playing after the Whites did us no favours this week as the pitch was badly cut up and led to a scrappy match through the middle of the park.
The positive side to the game was that the boys had to dig deep, very deep, both in terms of confronting the freezing conditions head on and also in coming back from a shock early deficit. To their credit, the Burley management team have worked well with their teams, both A + B being quite a bit stronger this time around.
Yellows started OK and went an early goal to the good before succumbing to three in reply. Our defending not quite up to scratch and our goalkeeping in particular a worry. This is something I am looking to address in the coming weeks.
Joe had perhaps his best outfield match of the season. Charlie, surprisingly for a usually hot blooded boy, succumbed to the bitter conditions and needed a rest after the first quarter to get some warmth into him – this gave Max, Joe and Daniel had plenty of game time who all worked hard in unforgiving circumstances.
Niall performed admirably, though his finishing was not quite to the usual imperious standard – he has taken to long distance shooting of late, which as a coach I like for the confidence it shows, but in tight games is something he needs to think about a bit. To be fair, after dragging his limbs through a mudbath, maybe a shot from distance was the way to go!
Special mention for Lennon this week, who had a tough time with quite a few over-exuburant challenges from a Burley team with their, and their supporters, tails up. He rose to the challenge really well and in Charlie’s absence did a bigger quantity of midfield battling and running with the ball. Well done Lennon, I was very proud of you today.
After dropping two goals behind, the boys decided that they weren’t going to allow defeat to emerge from the mud and replied with three unanswered goals in the final two quarters. Both Charlie and Niall had a rest in the final quarter of a tight game which was a big vote of confidence from me to the rest of the boys, who did magnificently.
Well done guys.
Man Of the Match
Lennon. Great goal. Hard work. Robust and mentally tough enough to ride some poor challenges (and a missed penalty) to finish the game strongly.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Week ending Sunday 10th Feb
Player of the Week – Lennon
Great training performance this week, capped with his best display for some time.
Well done Lennon!