Category: Under 15s Reports
Merton FC 1-2 kingstonians
Excellent performance that ultimately ended in a defeat for a hardworking and battling side today.
The team had to regroup and start again following the result last week and message of the day was to get the enjoyment back in the team, and have fun playing football.
We made a solid start despite kingstonians having a lot of the ball. Holding strong under immense pressure at times, whilst kingstonians knocked the ball around at comefortable ease.
We nicked a goal and took a 1-0 lead, albeit against the run of play, but something that we had worked hard for. Bradley applying the finishing touch after the ball bobbled around in the area. Following the goal we continued to battle and could have had 2 or 3 more goals had we taken our chances.
A free kick was given 5 yards in our half, not much danger for us; or so it seemed! There skipper pulling out a cracking free kick that flew past estaban in goal.
1-1 and it was game on, an even contest that both teams battled for the upper hand in.
2nd half and we continued to play well, battling and showing our quality when we had the ball. Challenge from last weekend was to create more chances than we did last time, and we did. Continuing to create chances, and getting closer to their goal.
Midway through the 2nd half, Jake running in on goal. K’s goalkeeper came rushing out and handled outside his area. Ks were rattled and Merton carried on pushing for the second goal.
We began to run out of ideas and ks began to increase the pressure on our goal.
We continued to battle and hold out until 79th minute. When we lost our player in the box and he fired in the winner. Undeserved winner – couldn’t be prouder of our players for their attitude and battling spirit.
Massive well done to all players, great attitude and spirit. Especially when opposition challenged the respect campaign to its boundaries!! Keeping our heads and continuing to do what we do best.
Well done lads. Up the Merton
Difficult result to take this week, especially with the game evenly poised 1-1 with 8 minutes to play!
A solid start to the game and it was a close game between two evenly matched teams, with chances being at a minimum throughout the first half.
A couple of close chances for Hanworth and they took their first clear opportunity and took a 1-0 lead. We carried on battling and creating space but could not find the opportunities to score a goal.
Solid performance continued into second half, creating marginally more chances but that was the theme of the game. Limited chances throughout, it seemed like it had 1-0 written all over it!
We managed to grab an equaliser from Jake D and looked like we could nick a winner. However, another sloppy goal gave them a 2-1 lead.
Our heads dropped and gifted them 2 further goals, leaving with a 4-1 defeat. It was not that score line, a much closer game than the score shows.
Heads up and go again
Up the Merton
Main message after last weeks result was to see a reaction. A strong start was made, and we raced into a 4-0 lead within the first 30 minutes. Jake D scoring a hatrick, after Malcin had scored a long distance free kick for us to take the lead.
At this point we started to: take our foot off the pressure but made some changes to keep everyone active in the game. Hampton began to put pressure on us and carved out a goal on the final kick of the first half.
Second half began and we continued to be sloppy at times on the ball, handing possession over on numerous occasions. Hampton capitalised on a mistake and made it 4-2.
We began to improve and took a 5-2 lead, but again gifted a goal away and let them back into the game. We handed – literally – them a penalty, which Esteban excellently saved to keep our lead at 2 goals. We scored the final goal of the game to make it 6-3; to which it ended that way.
A good performance with things to work on. Well done again
Three bridges 7-1 Merton FC
Not a good day at the office today, tough game made tougher by the mistakes made all over the pitch. The hunger and desire shown in the last few weeks was missing today, however we battled and were in the game up until half time.
Three bridges had a lot of the ball and despite only having 11 players to choose from today, made Merton tire by moving the ball very well.
This was a theme of the whole game – they were excellent on the ball.
We defended solidly and stuck at it, looking like we may have come in at half time 0-0. A miscommunication in the back line allowed them in for an incredibly soft goal and they took the lead.
Half time and 1-0 to three bridges. Changes to try and create more chances, we missed 3 good chances before three bridges took the lead.
Second half and three bridges came out of the traps quicker than us in all areas, and nicked an early second goal. Our heads began to drop, and allowed them to score a third.
We found some courage from somewhere and started to battle back and try and get a result. We managed to scramble a goal, and this was deserved for their never say die attitude. We battled throughout, however was overrun by the constant movement of the ball.
In the end three bridges went on to score 4 more to make it more convincing than it should have been.
At times we played some good football, but overall back to the drawing board to put it right.
Reaction needed next week at home to Hampton
Congratulations to three bridges – great hospitality. Thanks