At long last the U18b had a match, the first in two months with a squad of 12, the “voice” absent without leave, late call off by players due to illness, anything could have happened.
The team named with a few changes in position, Dan playing in the hole behind the striker (Hugo a fine addition from the U16), Nick dropped into central defence and Calum playing alongside Phil in the midfield the lads were off and running.
From the start the lads did what was asked of them, captain max keeping the back four tidy ensuring that we pushed up as team ( a great captain ) despite the yellow card. The midfield jelled well with Dan playing well in his role higher up the pitch.
Within 15 minutes the lads were one goal to the good thanks to a great run by Hugo followed by a very tidy finish, minutes later we were two goals up thanks to Elliot ( I believe he has scored in every game for the last two seasons). The boys appeared to relax a little, St Brelades broke down the right only for Max to upend their winger the ref reached for his cards – a yellow, Max no more of those tackles thanks.
St. Peter brought a lot unnecessary pressure on themselves by giving away some silly free kicks on and around the edge of the box, thankfully Josh was up to the job. However one momentary lapse in concentration saw the back four beaten the through the middle.
St Peter’s replied almost instantly with Dan striking a great low shot into the corner to beat the keeper from outside the box, after a great team effort with some good interchange of passing. 3-1
Ten minutes to go in the first half, Elliot went on one of his masey runs down the left cut across the bye line smashing the ball past the keeper at the near post, if he had missed there would have been a few upset people with both Dan and Jacques free in the box waiting the cut back.
Half time team talk, we have been here before against St Brelades, do not get complacent stay to focused, switched on and please play the way you are facing.
Within five minutes of the kick off as a result of someone trying a fancy turn, as opposed to “Play the way you are facing” St Brelades stole the ball in the middle, drove through the middle of the park (again) and scored 4-2 forty minutes to go.
After a few harsh words from the coach the boys dug in and battled hard in what turned out to be a scrappy second half. Tiredness and lack of match fitness certainly playing its part. Hugo continuing to impress with some great footwork one of which had the coach wanting to shout “megs” for him, a really tidy player.
A great result lads. A few of players worthy of mention.
Luke who was solid all match worked hard up and down the pitch with 100 percent commitment all the time, earned himself a booking unfortunately.
Calum who looked inspired playing along side the ever dependent Phil.
Nick who as ever played with a great attitude, stayed disciplined and as a result had a good game.
For me though the man of the match was Luke.
Finally thanks to Rogerio very much appreciated.