U11B Football v Longridge

25th January 2017
Another good day saw us able to get our football played on Wednesday. This week Longridge were our visitors for this 8 a side match.

Winning the toss, St Marys took kick off with Longridge electing to play towards the school on the front pitch. Play got off to a brisk start with both teams playing with honest endeavour and with a total football approach. Both attempted to pass the ball and shot on sight. No early goal resulted as shots were either wide or saved, with Ollie L in goal again showing his worth between the sticks.

During this period George B marshalled his defence well from centre half, with Callum A and Archie J also blocking and tackling well alongside. In midfield Stewart M was spreading some lovely passes around to set up St. Marys in attack. Ed S alongside was covering back well to help his defence and Mitchell C again this week shooting whenever he had the chance. Jake M up front ran intelligently into space to provide the target for that outlet pass from midfield. He and Stewart M linked up very well.

Then, midway through the 1st half, St. Marys took the lead. George B made a good tackle and the ball was passed to Stewart M by Callum A. Stewart went for the shot and beat the goalie only for it to come off the post. Jake M, similar to last week, followed in and tapped it over the line. 1-0

This really buoyed St. Marys which led to a good spell up to halftime, but were unable to add to it as shots from Jake M Mitchell C soared wide or over. Perhaps taking a touch here may have helped matters! Longridge also had their moments , but Ollie L in goal and his defence kept them out. Halftime 1-0

The 2nd half was similar to the 1st. Both teams giving their all and looking to pass and shoot at the earliest opportunity. Alexander m was on for the 2nd half with Ollie L now in midfield with Ed S in goals. St. Marys were keeping their shape well and worked hard for each oyher. Play was end to end but no one could find the back of the net.

Then, also midway through the half, St. Marys made it 2-0. Another great Stewart M shot hit the post and this time Archie J was on hand to prod it home.

However, Longridge immediately struck back to make it 2-1 as perhaps St. Marys got caught napping after their second goal. But then they made sure they held onto their lead in the remaining time to see them home as 2-1 winners.

Mr A Rutherford

Jules Birdsall, 31/01/2017

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