This week’s game was a league cup match and having lost our first league cup match out of 3 we knew that we needed to win this one. We had played Verwood in our first game of the season and won a dramatic 7 goal thriller 4-3 so we were hoping for the same result but hopefully making it easier for ourselves.
The game started very well, going 1-0 up after just 2 minutes when Sam G drilled a low shot at the keeper which he spilled, leaving Alfie to stab home from close range after making a good run into the box. The score line got even better just 5 minutes later with Alfie again finding the back of the net; Tyler drilled a low cross diagonally across the box towards the far post, which Alfie again found himself in a good position to poke home. Just a minute later we continued to apply good pressure and were unfortunate to not be 3 up when Sam P took a shot from outside the box and saw it come back off the post. For the remainder of the half the colts continued to play extremely well, keeping possession and winning it back very quickly if they gave it away, we had another couple of half chances in the half but nothing to really test their keeper. We were solid defensively with Dan having very little to do for the majority of the half, other than clear the occasional through ball.
We started the second half as we had started the first, with fast paced attacking football and 5 minutes later we scored our 3rd and best goal of the game. Tiernan had a throw in on the half way line on out right hand side, the throw went back down the line to George who then played a pass into Alfie in central midfield, Alfie passed diagonally back to Josh out in our LB position who then played a clever through ball down the line for Kieran to run onto who’s drilled shot from outside the area found the bottom left corner. This goal brilliantly summed up what we’ve been working on recently.
Unfortunately for next 10 minutes of the game the players began to look tired and rather than focusing on defending our well earned lead our midfielders were caught too far forward, leaving a big gap in front of our defence that Verwood were beginning to create chances from. Their first goal came with around 15 minutes of the game left to go when their midfielder used the time and space he had to pick out a clever through ball into our box which led to one of our defenders getting tangled up with the opposition striker whilst trying to get goal-side and giving away a penalty. Dan did very well to guess the right way however his fingertips weren’t quite enough to stop the well placed penalty.
After this our defending did improve slightly, we looked more compact however we couldn’t keep the ball very well which continued to invite pressure from Verwood.
With just 2 minutes left a cross into the box from Verwood was turned in making for a very nervous final couple of minutes but the lads held on for what was overall a deserved win.
Man of the match went to kieran for his brilliant work rate and what turned out to be the winning goal.