The foreacast was not looking good and by the time of a delayed KO, the heavens had opened up. Despite the wet, cold and a thorough warm up with Matt, the players looked eager to get on with the game.
I asked the team again, to show me the commitment they had last game and not just to take the lead but hold that lead. Quick reaction on loose balls, closing down attackers to deny ball movement and transfer of pressure to the opposition half with positive ball movement the message of the day.
This game I feel had been playing on the teams mind this week, with many friends playing in the opposition and a very keen mindset to get going was very much in evidence. This demonstarted with a 1st quarter tally of 4 goals, with Michael notching up an early hat-trick and Noah with the 4th. The pleasing aspect was the way in which the team helped in these goals, with 2 great assists from Jamie, Wills and Noah. A reflection I hope, in the understanding of the training plan to move, look up and deliver.
The 2nd quarter brought 1 further goal from Guy after a ball through from George, which was very confidentially sent through.
Despite no more goals in the 2nd half (despite further on goal shots) and conceding 1 in the 3rd as a result of a wet ball slipping though the goalkeepers hands, there were many highlights. Guy with some exceptional turns on the ball and runs into space, George with a dettermined desire to chase, close down and win the ball; Wills showing his doggedness to control the wing; Charlie’s ability to act as anchor man in defence; Jamie with another solid ‘Matic’ role in central midfield and Harry pushing out to midfield comfortably.
With the rain and wind to contend with, 110% for effort (including you parents) in our first excursion of the U9s Plate competition.