Fun in the sun
First try at 9 a side goes very well
After some really pleasing games at the mini tournament on Saturday, the U10c team started to prepare for 9 a side next season with a friendly against Pinner Wood School year 5s. Our opponents were a fairly inexperienced team but the Blues were superb from start to finish. The great commitment our team have showed started with 14 players coming straight from school for a 4pm ko on a lovely sunny afternoon - well done mums, dads and at least one granddad!
As soon as the game started we had all the possession and pressure, and after just five minutes Wealdstone were in front. Harry picked the ball up near the left corner and beat two tackles on the byline, then showed real vision to pull the ball back to Lourdes on the penalty spot; he hit the ball confidently into the net for 1-0.
Wealdstone kept up constant pressure and Juan in goal never saw the ball in the first ten minutes. Daniel played a proper wing-back role, Harry was nearly unplayable and Lourdes' passing to team mates was exemplary. Up front the pressure began to tell on our opponents and not long before half time Geraldo showed great skill in the area to beat his marker and score coolly - 2-0.
Then just before half time Pinner Wood finally got a meaningful attack going, but a fine shot which looked it was heading for the roof of the net drew a wonder-save from Juan with his first real touch.
We were feeling good at half time and straight from the re-start settled the game. Harry, who had worked so hard in the first half, got his won reward with a marvellous solo goal, bringing the ball out from the kick off, beating four defenders and hitting a powerful shot for 3-0.
With the game effectively won Wealdstone pushed forward for some fun. Lourdes continually probed the defence and played intelligently to bring his team mates into the game, Andrei covered huge distances covering both attack and defence and Kai started to get in attacking positions.
We did leave gaps in midfield, but every time Pinner Wood looked to threaten, our new defence of Tilly and Alfie snuffed out the risk with no fuss. Nick had pushed forward and hit a sweet turn and shot for our fourth goal, new boy George dropped in to help in defence when Pinner broke forward, and Oliver had three good runs turning defence into attack.
With a couple of minutes to play Nick picked up the ball on the left, and with Dahir as a clever decoy, drilled the ball home for 5-0.
I simply couldn't fault our players today. learning how to win takes some time but U10C have now won four of their last five in all competitions and there is a huge amount to look forward to with this talented young squad.