16’s Away to St Ouen

So as we approached the second of our league fixtures in the space of a week this was a different test for us as a club, this was because it was an early kick off on a Sunday morning! Which is never good for 15,16 year old boys to get up early to play football as we all know.

With a few injuries we had to shuffle a few of our players around from the start and had to call upon our U15’s to help us out again and they didn’t disappoint.

We called upon a young lad called Rory last minute I looked at him and asked him where do you play son? this soft voice says CM I said where CM in my head im thinking what’s CM?? CM for us old people apparently this is the term the kids give for centre mid. So I didn’t really know what to expect so I just told him to go out and enjoy himself and try to play and get the winger involved.

We started the game really slow this is becoming a theme of late with us but something that I’m not to concerned about as I know that when the boys get going they really get going. Went 1 – 0 down quite early on, for those who know St Ouens pitch it’s on a slope/ hill and we fell for the old big kick from the keeper long ball one touch finish from the striker, which I’ve seen happen to the best teams up at St Ouen not taking anything away from the lad who scored coz it was a belter of a goal.

We brushed ourselves off and started again as if it was 0-0 started to play a bit the we manage to get one back through Afonso know Afonso hasn’t started a game for us thus far however he fitted straight into our system of high pressure football and got his rewards by scoring a great goal.

Our midfield also started to get into the game with a young slight lad called Rory know I don’t know if you know this lad he stands all of 4 ft nothing as light as a feather but can this lad play, when I 1st met him earlier I didn’t know how he would cope with the game physically and didn’t know if he would sink or swim.. well he didn’t disappoint and swam really well… he started to get everyone involved in the play as a good link from the back to the forwards and to the wings.

We then went 2-1 up with a goal from Sol he work a little magic in the box got the extra yard and slotted, to be fair sol could have had a hatrick in the 1st half but was thwarted buy some dogged defending from the St Ouens defence.

St Ouen as you expect never gave up and mange to score from a corner, they really started to impose themselves on the game and had us on the back foot for a long period of the game, we then went 3-1 down at this point we had to swap a few things around.

Trying to get the lads to play the football that we were accustomed to high pressure good pass and move football, we manage to get a goal back as the lads started to believe in themselves again who else but Sol finished off some great work by finishing low into the corner after breaking clear from the St Ouens defence.

3-2 game on Afonso then manage to bring us back on to level terms 3-3 the boys were really up it but then disaster St Ouens broke through on the counter attack and slotted home low past our keeper to make it 4-3 with not long to go we through everything at them left backs, right back kitchen sink even we manage to get a corner then boom Sol popped up to smash home the equaliser 4-4 the boys had brought themselves from down and out to up higher than high…

By this time I could just sense that the boys were going to do pressing the ball high in the oppositions half we won it back with Callum the right back bombing on causing havoc we manage to get the ball down and the ball fell to the only person you want it too in the last few minutes of them game Sol the goal machine slotted after taking on a couple of player to fire home… to be honest I always knew that the lads could do it I just don’t think they did at times through the game but they did the dragged themselves back after a difficult period in the game to take all 3 points.

It was a fantastic game for the neutral but not for the managers who went through the mill at times.. my final thoughts were that the lads had all pulled together as a team which shows real character and determination well done lads on a gritty determined performance.

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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