Another tournament for our U7Blues, this time our home event and chance to show off our progress this year. the boys have been working really hard in recent weeks on improving their passing and spatial awareness. These tournaments give a great opportunity to test ourselves against a good mix of opponents.
Yesterday we were place in a strong group, 6 matches ahead of us and by looking at some of the players in the opposing teams you wondered if we were in the right age group. There were some big kids here but one thing about our boys is they don't tend to let anything phase them.
We kicked off against Football Samurai and we were dominant. Playing better football we were more organised and looked the more likely to get the first goal. We should have got it when Lewis W picked up on a clearance from Kacey and fired an early shot at goal, with the goalie off the line it was going in but the Samurai keeper forgot where he was and parried the ball away from out side his box. Never mind, free kick to Wealdstone and Lewis W made no mistake with the shot to get us one up. We kept peppering away and shortly another from Lewis gave us a 2-0 win. A good start.
In the next game against Ickenham Youth we had a score to settle, they beat us recently in a close fought match and we wanted to get one back. A couple of great stops from Harry kept us in the hunt and some stout defending from Sid and Jamie meant Ickenham were never going to get many chances. We sneaked ahead when the ball broke to James and he sprinted away down the left wing, a quick look up and he spotted Lewis W at the far post. A perfect cross found Lewis W waiting for the tap in. Brilliant stuff and one nil to us and we held on for another win. A great start for stones.
The next two games were against a very strong looking Brentham Colts and Parkfield teams. We had to fight hard here. In the first one against Brentham we nearly got the lead, again through Lewis W latching on to some clever play from our current man in form, Kacey in the middle, but Brentham were very strong and kept us at bay. Lewis T and Sam paired up well in this game and fashioned some strong attacks of our own but Brentham had a couple of giants on board and in the end it told as they came away winning the tie. It was a similar story with Parkfieleld, one excellent save from Harry kept the score level and we did well to hang on for a draw.
Our old friends London Eagles were next up. This was probably the one game where we didn't get going. We were getting tired and the awful weather conditions telling on the boys who, by now were getting a bit cold and definitely hungry. Hot dogs and burgers were calling but its the last thing you need when you are about to expend a lot of energy. A learning point for us coaches here in terms of how we keep the boys energy levels up in the tournaments. We will sort something out for the next ones we enter. We looked a bit sluggish, bunched a bit and forgot the good stuff from the earlier games. Eagles nipped in twice to get a win.
We finished up against Pitshangar, we've beaten them before this year and felt we could again. They never threatened our goal but we had a couple of strong breaks against them. Late in the game Lewis W broke free of their last defender latching on to a through ball from Sam, we'd have put a handsome bet on scoring here, Lewis was clean through on the goal when the Pitshangar player resorted to Rugby and pulled Lewis to the ground. We got a free kick, the ref probably knew we'd have scored as he seemed to place the ball much further forward than where the foul happened but we couldn't convert it and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. A shame that as we deserved a win to top off what was already a great day.
We played some great football today. The boys were very disciplined in between games for the most part and it was definitely reflected in the performance on the pitch. We have to say that is important to have fun and by that we mean fun playing football. The messing about in the last tournament wasn't really on. It seems the strong message given out in the week had reached all the boys and we thank Parents for that.
There's a lot of good things happening in the team, extra training an plenty of Parents chipping in to help is key to success. We've a few games to go this year and then a summer of quality training.
It all bodes well for 2014/15.. Keep it up boys and come on you Stones...........
Goals - Lewis W (3)
Player of the Tournament - Lewis W