25th March 2018
Under 9s 2
Goal Scorer Faris 2
With a later than usual kick off of 11.45, this week saw the under 9s host Moormead Wanderers. With the opposition playing in luminous yellow, and only having 7 players, Archie’s brother, Freddie, who was wearing the Real Madrid luminous yellow goalie kit, asked if could play for them. I would have let him, but given the final result I think there would have been arguments and gloating later that day about the score. Although the pitch was playable, it didn’t help that the Merton schools fun run competition, which took place during the week at Joseph Hood had marked out the running course through the pitch. Top side of the pitch looked as those 120 school kids including Archie, Faris and Louis had stampeded through the pitch. So the tactics for this game was to avoid this side of the pitch and keep the ball the other side. Easier said than done with youth football.
Both teams warmed up off the pitch to avoid any more damage. With Louis falling ill over the weekend we had a 9 boy squad. Line up this week was Max (GK), Ollie and Harry (defence), Lewis (captain), Percy and Joe (midfield), Faris (forward). That left Archie and David on the subs bench. We started slowly, under hitting our passing, losing possession and not passing quickly. This led to Moormead reacting to the mistakes and going 3 nil up in the first 10-15 minutes. An own goal by Joe which couldn’t be help and their second goal was a cheeky chip over Max and slowly rolling over the muddy goal line. Their keeper had a good kick on him and quickly cleared the ball when he had it to the front two. This did cause some problems but Harry and Ollie did well to defend the quick counter attacks. We did have some chances, Archie when coming on hitting the target, Lewis having a go also but goal keeper saving well. Faris made some good runs with the ball considering the pitch conditions and had some chances. One of those found the net and brought one back before the half time whistle. 3 – 1 at half time and a lot to do and improve on in the second half.
Changes made at half time; the second half was a lot better. The boys put in a lot more effort to get the game back level. We hit the post and bar a couple of times when eventually Faris bagged his second of the game to make it 2 – 3. At the other end Max pulled off his usual great saves when they broke through on the counter. Great rushing out to close down the striker. With the exhausting pitch conditions the boys got tired, but never gave up. Unfortunately with the time running out the boys couldn’t find the net to make it level and a well-deserved point. We had a free kick on edge of box, which up stood Percy who placed lovely in the top right corner. Sadly the goal was cancelled by the ref, due to Percy taking the free kick before the whistle was blown. His second effort not so clinical and went horribly wide.
Final whistle blew, 3 – 2 to Moormead in an entertaining but tiring game for the boys, spectators and dogs. Next league game is away to Barnes Eagles Colts on 15th April. Although no rest for the Easter break as two friendlies have been arranged to keep the boys fitness up and burn off those Easter eggs. One on Easter Sunday and the other on 8th April.