16’s away to Brelades match report

So it was pretty much a perfect day for football, the sun was shining it had been raining so the ground was perfect! not sure if you’ve been to St Brelades pitch if you have you’ll know what a great playing surface it is! in my opinion the best on our beautiful island.

So as we went through the team talk it was pretty much the same as every other week with a few new faces encouragingly more U15 players getting there chance to play up a year, I said to the lads to go out and enjoy themselves but to make sure that we play football! so the lads went out and within a few minutes we had found ourselves 2-0 up then 3,4,5, – 0 the boys were on fire passing the ball around sometimes going direct to secure a good foothold in the game.

As we were a few goals to the good we then decided to change things around and gave the boys some individual challenges whilst playing, trying to keep hold of the ball and making sure everyone had a touch of the ball. The boys managed to keep hold of the ball for about 30-40 passes at a time it was really good to see how the managed the game in terms of possession. there came a stage in the game were we managed to rest a few of the players, in doing this St Brelades started to play some nice football themselves getting a foothold back in the game, we kept swapping players around and found ourselves 7-0 up. With more changes on the pitch St Brelades managed to breakthrough to and have a shot on goal the keeper then played it out straight to a St Brelades player who lobbed our keeper from about 30 yards! in my opinion a really well taken goal.

This really woke the lads up again and they really started to turn on the pressure trying to get our own goal keeper ( who played up front ) a goal or two he managed to get hose goals which was nice for him, St Brelades never gave up playing and managed to score a second goal, 9-2 was the score, we made a few more changes to the team and the boys managed to get a few more goals.

over all I learned a great deal from this performance, it showed that we could really keep hold of the ball and use it in the right way whilst also showing how we can dominate games, it was fantastic to see another youngster coming through ( Tommy ) to help us he played really well in the centre of the park linking up well with the other players making things tick…. again another thrown in the deep end and who swam a few length’s… which is really encouraging for the future.

I haven’t mentioned who scored the goals today as it wasn’t about the score line and who scored the most, this game was more about self control and understanding the game and how it should be played and I think the boys managed to play the game the way we wanted it to be played.

Really well don’t to the lads, keep up the good work!!

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Academy head coach,18's + 13's Manager, JFA Referee, dad of Lola and Sol, married to Jilly Ann Top Bloke who does it for the love of the game. #weareredandwhite