Away | 04 February 2017 | Attendance: 12
Canterbury Youth Colts U10s v Trinity U10 Colts
With Trinity down to the bare bones with only 7 fit players (interestingly the same 7 players that played in our first ever match) the managers were expecting this to be a tough match. However from the off the boys were up for the fight and took the game straight to the hosts.
Trinity set up with Ras playing in a new role just in front of the defence and played the game of his life (so far). He set up the first chance for Trinity when he intercepted a long Canterbury ball and fed Joey who playing in Tom. Tom danced into the area and struck a low shot that cannoned off the post and away to safety. The first half was then pretty much all one way traffic after this with Owen merely a spectator in goal (I think he intercepted two crosses and dealt with a back pass). Franklin was dominating on the left as was Max on the right. Joey was providing a great target up front and every outfield player had a few efforts on goal. Max hit just wide when he unfortunately kicked his own foot then the keeper pulled off a great save from a left footed effort. Both Joey and Franks then had the keeper making fine saves with Ras hitting just wide one a couple of occasions. Finally William drove through the Canterbury defence before striking a trademark shot off the top of the crossbar. The first half was all Trinity with one of the highlights being Owen berating his own players for their laces coming undone (‘they’re your responsibility boys’ was his line).
It was assumed that the boys would tire in the second half but the facts that it took Owen 9 minutes to get a touch of the ball and that he only got 3 touches in total sum up the rest of the match. Canterbury dropped four players behind the ball at all time (playing an interesting 4-0-2 formation) which just allowed Trinity to flow forward through Max and Franks down the Flanks and Tom and Ras through the middle with Joey using the width of the pitch to create chances.
Unfortunately despite all the possession the boys couldn’t find the net in the most part due to the Canterbury keeper who produced a number of stunning saves – in particular when Franks had taken the ball round him and he got an arm back to take the ball away as Franks prepared to tap in. Max, Tom, William and Joey had shots saved, Tom hit wide from a corner and one Joey shot rebounded off his own player when destined for the middle of the goal. The half was summed up with the final chance when Tom shot from outside the box and struck the bar. Owen’s only meaningful action came just before this when a hopeful cross hit William and bounced past Owen who had to scramble to stop what would have been an incredibly harsh own goal. So honours even in a game where the shot count was around 22 to 1.
Overall a great performance by the team considering there were only 7 of them. They stepped up to the plate and should be proud of their performances. The supporters gave the whole team man of the match but as the managers have the final say the award went to Ras for his best game of the season in a new and unfamiliar role. Congratulations Ras