U11 'A' football vs Whytrig (A)
27th February 2014
By Mr Jones
The team set off for the coast after a busy day in the office the resume their league campaign against Whytrig Middle School. As they donned the yellow jerseys, still carrying the stench of defeat in their last game, Coates began to focus on what hoped to be their first points in the league this season.
The team looked very different to the one which kicked off our season back in September. Several promising Year 5 players seamlessly made the step up into U11 football after impressing in the development squad.
The game got under way and Coates dominated from the outset. We worked hard in both defence and attack, closing down players and putting pressure on the ball. Josh came close with a few speculative efforts from distance in his new role as an attacking centre midfielder. Max continued to impress down the wide left, making the lives of Whytrig's defence a living nightmare. All looked rosy until the 17th minute where Whytrig fumbled a chance through our previously solid looking defence, slotting a goal home from close range. Almost instantly we were 2-0 down and a shell-shocked Coates outfit began to wonder what was going wrong. Jacob almost brought us back into the game, narrowly putting the ball wide form the corner of the box but it was disaster on the stroke of half-time as Whytrig managed to get another.
There was the usual atmosphere of disappointment at half-time although the team were encouraged to keep their heads up as the opta stats showed we definitely created more chance. Josh's passing dominance was confirmed with a 78% success rate.
We started the second half strongly, and began to claw our way back into the game. We created a plethora of chances but just didn't seem to have that cutting edge to break the deadlock. Unfortunately we conceded a few more times but, to their credit, Coates continued to plug away. Our hard work was rewarded moments from time when Gus struck a powerful through ball high into the air. Tony was there to latch onto it, poaching a fine finish from close range.
Not a bad start to the second half of the season. With games coming thick and fast in the coming weeks we will be looking to build on the performance of today and work on the narrow defensive shape of the back line. The star player was Max, for his outstanding work down the left hand side. He was unplayable at times, creating 4 or 5 brilliant chances.