On what can only be described as a glorious Sunday morning at St Peter’s the U16 started their 2015/2016 season. The coaches where concerned about what condition the boys would be in as most of them appeared to have spent Saturday night in the dance tent at Jersey live!!! St Peter took to the field under no illusion as to what was expected of them, after some very clear instruction from Anthony the “voice” Lister.
St Peter’s dominated a large part of the play from the start and firmly took the battle to Rozel. There were some great interchanges of play particularly from Tom, Phil, Harrison and Elliot down the left hand side. Harrison having the beating of the full back all day (despite having his shorts on back to front). Mark made some great runs down the right hand side, with some slightly quicker distribution of play from the midfield he may have had more joy. Despite the dominance St Peter were unable to find that telling pass with the Rozel centre halves remaining a solid unit.
Half time 0-0.
The second half started in much the same manner with the main threat from Rozel being corners and set plays. Captain Steve and Johnny organised the defence well. Thanks to some quick decision making and distribution from Josh ( the U15 keeper ) St Peter continued to build play from the back with the full backs dropping wide and deep and always attacking the space before passing.
The Rozel keeper was having an absolute blinder and it was beginning to feel that we would never get the breakthrough, that together with the fact that we (okay I) must have position the goal two inches to the left. Elliot releasing a fine strike which looked in all the way only to fly past the top right hand corner.
Finally the goal, Phil on a mazy run breaking through the middle to slide the ball past the keeper (a, well deserved goal – understand he plays left back for the island?). The first goal was all that was needed, the second goal arriving shortly afterwards from Kerr “what’s that on your neck” Fossey.
There was drop in concentration after the second goal from St Peter’s (we will forgive you as it was the first game). After some stern guidance from the “voice” St Peter’s began their final push resulting a third goal through a sublime chip from Jacques over an advancing keeper.
A good start to the campaign 3-0. Next game is on the 20th at Grouville the “pretty boys of the league”. Clean boots, no dodgy haircuts please and don’t forget your passports.