U9s Panthers vs Falcons Blue


When Rob told me kick off was  9.30am I deliberately didn’t say anything about our pre-10am jinx – which is now happily broken!

Falcons Blue turned up with a big team looking for some revenge after we beat Falcons Stripes 5-0 last month.  They were clearly a decent team, good passing didn’t allow us to touch the ball for the first minute or so.  Then on 2 minutes Liam scored a goal after a great run, following a through-ball from Ollie R.

The next few minutes were end to end but I felt we were getting on top.  Tom had a good chance but the shot just went wide then Liam popped up again for his second on 10 minutes, latching on to a great pass from Ethan.

All through the half Alistair was being combative as usual winning lots of ball in midfield, Josh and Ollie R were looking secure at the back and Robert was alert in goal pulling off a couple of good saves.  Ollie D came on for Harrison and showed some good running and touches.

The Falcons got back into it in the last 5 minutes of the half having more chances, scoring a goal that Robert was unlucky not to stop.

2-1 in the lead at half time.

The second half started brightly with Liam scoring his third early on but Falcons got one back almost immediately.  Then Alistair cleared it from goal, the ball going all the way through to Harrison who tore down the pitch showing speed I never knew he had – great goal for 4-2.

The pivotal moment came during a strong Falcons attack, we kept the ball out from 3 or 4 shots then somehow Alistair managed to stop the ball on the line.  Falcons thought it was in, the Panthers didn’t but no-one on the sidelines could tell.  The ref did the right thing and didn’t give it – phew!

Falcons scored again right at the end but we’d done enough for a 4-3 victory.  A very close match all the way through and I’d say our best win of the season so far due to the quality of the opposition – well done boys!  All the boys did their bit today and I feel we are becoming a good team due to improving communication and teamwork.

Thanks to Rob Jones (under 10’s coach) for being a great referee.

Man of the match – Alistair.  He had a great first half in midfield and was excellent in goal in the second, didn’t put a foot wrong – well done!  We announced it at the end of the game so the boys could congratulate him and will aim to do this each week.

The Pumas had a tough game and were unlucky to lose 1-0 against Grange Park Yellow (who I think are their top team).

See you next Saturday.