Both teams had gone into the game with convincing victories the week before, and we knew that we were in for a tough game against the blues, what we didn’t expect was such a fantastic game and a great advert for youth football.
We have a history of slow starts and it was evident yet again as the blues shot out of he blocks by building an early two goal lead. Taylor quickly pulled a goal back with a precise finish off the post but within seconds the blues went 3-1 up, however a brilliant free kick from Oliver into the top corner, and Taylors second in off both posts pulled us level, but just before halftime the blues scored their fourth this time a penalty for handball, which appeared to be a little harsh.
We conceded early in the second half with a fine strike to go 5-3 down, and despite a quick fire double from Charlie at that stage we were always chasing the game at 6-4, and 7-5. But credit to the boys they showed real character and simply refused to be beaten. The introduction of debutant Joseph on the right simply turned the tide in our favour, which led to an OG and then Joseph himself scored a brilliant individual goal, and was unlucky not to get another which hit the bar, but the blues again showed their class and found the net to make the score 8-7 with a couple minutes to go.
But we rallied and pushed forward yet again and equalised with Charlie completing his hat trick with a great angled finish, and Oliver’s penalty with a couple of minutes to go meant us taking the lead for the first time, but the blues scored with a minute or so to go and despite one final flurry of attacks and corners on the blues goal the referee brought an end to what was a quite remarkable match that had pretty much everything, with two Guiseley teams that can be very proud of their efforts.
MOM went to Jaiden for the second week in a row with a tireless display in midfield, but Joseph ran him very very close and he can be very proud of his performance especially considering he came off the bench.
Special mention to Craig for an excellent refereeing display, sometimes it may seem like a thankless task, but I’m sure all involved today will agree that he kept the game flowing and got most key decisions spot on.
Next week another tough game away to Horsforth.