U10 Cougars v King George

posted Oct 22, 2011, 12:17 PM by Dave Boynton   [ updated Jul 30, 2012, 9:43 AM by Wheathampstead Wanderers ]

The U10 Cougars started quickly against King George U10s. The first five minutes or so were very tight, both sides playing good football and looking to use width and skills to gain an advantage.  Ben succumbed to his Friday afternoon  school playground knee injury early on, but all the players stepped up their game in the absence of our key midfielder. Sam took up the mantel in centre-mid, and gave his usual all-action performance. Our first goal came 10 minutes in, a great run by Ekom  on the left, sending Alfie through for a clinical finish. Within 5 minutes we were 2 up, Alfie chipping the keeper following a goalmouth scramble. The Cougars were playing brilliantly: well organised, confident and keen. Alfie was on fire, and completed his first-half hat-trick following good skill from George to set up the chance. Straight afterward, Alfie rounded the keeper, and his left foot shot was cleared of the line by a defender. The Cougars were looking comfortable, Harry & Igor were looking solid at the back, surely nothing could spoil the party now!

Just before half time, King George pulled one back following a great turn by their #26 on the box. We had started to take it easy, and the half time team talk was about keeping concentration and playing our good football

The Cougars lost a little shape early in the second half. We started standing off the players, and King George played really well to pull another goal back, and then level it with around 10 minutes to go. Fin had no chance with any of the goals, but had hurt his shoulder trying to save the last one, so Sam put his gloves on and came to the rescue!

The last 10 minutes were as good a display of football as you'll ever see at under 10. Alfie had another shot cleared off the line, and put one just wide from a corner. King George had a quick breakaway, but Sam produced a fine save low to his left. Harry made two great runs down the right in quick succession. The first one saw a lovely cross just cut-out by the last defender, and the second one produced a fine pass into Alfie who was one-on-one. The keeper did really well to save and delay Alfie, then the last defender got back to clear the danger. Ekom and Christian were finding space and using their skills to great effect.

But it was not to be for the Cougars. In the very last minute, the dangerous King George #4 broke into space, and his finsh gave Sam no chance. King George had pipped us at the end, but what a game!

The Cougars really did themselves proud today. Our football was skillful, confident and clinical. We just need to make sure we focus for the whole match. Well done boys!