U9s - WWFC Sharks v St Albans City

posted Sep 12, 2011, 11:52 AM by andyalexander95@yahoo.co.uk   [ updated Jul 30, 2012, 9:36 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers ]
  Team : Freddie, Ollie, Alfie,Theo,Josh,Cian,Jack,Calum,Jamie
  The Sharks first game of the season was against the formidable St Albans City.
   After a good warm up the boys were ready including Calum C who had been promoted from the Pumas.
   The match got under way and after some early sparring from both sides the Sharks seemed to settle the better
   and were making good progress with Jack causing problems up front and Theo ,industrious as ever, bossing the midfield. Ollie and Alfie were playing very well in defence indeed with Alfies excellent positioning and reading of the game being very noticeable. However the extremely large pitch was taking its toll, with our players more used to a smaller area , as Joshua had to come off for a breather after some very exhausting box to box runs. Some good work by Cian led to Jack having a 1 on 1 with the last defender and a jink and a change of direction saw Jack race away to what looked like a certain goal. Uncharacteristacally Jacks touch let him down and the chance was lost. This was the theme for much of the half with the Sharks creating good chances but not converting.  As happens in football a rare St Albans attack saw a shot from the edge of the area fly over Freddies head and into the net !. This seemed to lift St Albans and they came into the game more although Jamie was now on and thwarting many a goal hungry City striker.
 Calum C was causing problems down the right flank and it seemed only a matter of time before we replied. Unfortunately another St Albans attack led to a fantastic shot from just inside the area which again left Freddie no chance. Just before the break some brave goalkeeping by Freddie saw off another St Albans attack.
  The half time team talk was along the lines of keep doing what you are doing and just remember to put your shooting boots on!.
  If the first half was shaded by the Sharks then the second was a much even affair with the huge pitch and tired legs causing the game to open up with Ollie racing back to defend valiantly twice and a good save from Freddie. However St Albans were not having it all their way with Joshua using his pace and Cian terrorising St Albans defenders on the right a goal was surely inevitable. And it was. Some fantastic play by Calum saw him turn the defender and finish with aplomb. Game on!. With Jamie working hard in defence and Theos energy the Sharks started to turn the screw and a great run and shot by Joshua saw the ball nestle in the back of the net. Get in!.  With 5 minutes to go could we press home our advantage? Alas no as an understandable lack of concentration gifted St Albans a soft goal which again Freddie could do nothing about. The final whistle went , a fantastic game had been by two good sides which was played in a good spirit by both teams, handshakes allround and well done to St Albans!
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