So the 1st home game of the season was upon us, the U16’s/ U15 adapted to the challenge really well with both sides hindered with a number of injuries to key players.
Having said that the boys applied themselves really well, we started of the 1st half in a 3-5-2 formations the new lads who came in coped extremely well in the first half considering they had never played with the majority of the U16 which I was impressed with.
St Pauls were in buoyant mood having the majority of the chances in the 1st 20 minutes exploiting the space down the right hand side and capitalizing on a some miscommunication between the St Peters defence which led to St Pauls taking a first half lead.
Although the lads were down 1-0 they started to get a foothold on the game towards the end of the 1st half, with some nice approach play and nearly scouring on a number of occasions, it was a feisty game played with respect on both sides, with tackle flying in which is always good to see that it was a real competitive game.
The half time whistle went the lads were a not happy with being one nil down as you can imagine, so my half time team talk wasn’t that hard as they knew were they were going wrong they just needed some guidance on how to get back into the game, we changed our formation back to a proffered 4-4-2 and we told to the lads to get out there and start playing expansive football and really try and get at St Pauls from the off.
As the second half got going you could see that the lads were up for a battle, the tenacity shown from everyone started to spread right the way through the team, we really started to play some nice football from the back out to the wings with some great individual duals going on all over the pitch.
We imposed ourselves and put the pressure on St Pauls, we manage to get one back through some real hard work form the midfield and forwards to get ourselves right back in the game.
I must say at times we were lucky as St Pauls hit the bar on a couple of occasions which we bounced back from instantly going down the other end and having ample chances to win the game, unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be our day to get all three points.
I think on reflection that a draw was a fare result on the day and a well earned point, I’m sure come Thursday night when we play St Pauls in the cup that we will have some extra incentive and fire power to enable us to over come St Pauls.