U10 Reds lose at home to league leaders

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U10 Reds lose at home to league leaders

Posted by admin on February 18, 2014

Sunday 16th February, 2014 saw the Spartans Red team play only their second game of the year. To ensure that the game went ahead during this somewhat unusual period of weather, the all weather 3g training pitch was booked for the game.
The Spartans were to greet Tusaale United for the third time this season, the Spartans losing out twice before in two hard fought games. Could this prove to be third time lucky?

Tusaale United  kicked the game off at 10.08, quickly winning two corners that thankfully came to nothing. All the pressure remains in the Spartans half of the pitch with Tusaale pressing for a goal. However the Spartans break away and are close to becoming the first team to score with Jack Bailey remaining untroubled in the Spartans goal. This effort spurs the Spartans on as they start to turn the tables and dominate the game. The Spartans push high up the pitch to keep the ball in the Tusaale half. This sees the ball fall to William around the half way line who attempts a great shot from far out that has the Tusaale goalkeeper in trouble but doesn't quite make it over the goal line for that elusive opener.

The first substitution of the game sees Jack D come on and slot into defence with Rio shoving up into the central midfield role. Rio is putting in a great shift and proves to have a good engine on him attacking at every opportunity and tracking back well.

Control of the game shifts from one team to the other as both teams look to open the scoring, however the game draws to a close for the first half with the scores locked at 0-0.
The Spartans get the second half under way which sees Tusaale get another early corner. The corner is an in swinger that somehow manages to elude everybody and go straight in the Spartans net for an unfortunate first goal. Jack Bailey is kept a lot busier this half pulling off a great save from the Tusaale number 11 who the Spartans defense have done a great job of keeping quiet so far. Tusaale start to up the ante and shove on for a second goal, the Spartans and Jack B do well to keep the defecit to just 1.

Dale and Morgan combine really well through the centre of the pitch with some good passing, the outcome of which sees Dale in a shooting opportunity but the shot goes wide. Moments later Morgan sees himself in a 1 on 1 situation with the Tusaale goalkeeper but another opportunity is missed as the shot is hit wide. The Spartans then win two corners in a row that unfortunately don't see us get the equaliser.
Logan P goes on a great, strong run bursting straight down the middle of the pitch starting in his own half and nearly running the length of the pitch, after doing the hard part and avoiding the attempted tackles from the Tusaale players it appears that the curse of the Spartans finishing is contagious as Logan P's shot is saved by the Tusaale keeper.
Tusaale counter quickly and score their second of the game making it 0-2. After pulling off another great save, diving to his right acrobatically to deny the Tusaale number 11 a goal Jack B is set to concede a third goal as Tusaale score again shortly after to make the scoreline 0-3.
This is how the game ends, in what started an evenly matched game in the first half with JB having little to do. The second half however saw Tusaale have most of the play, the Spartans however had numerous changes to score, just that final killer instinct in front of goal letting the boys down.
The boys can come away from the game with their heads held high after putting in a good shift and working hard for each other, they played some good passes and remained strong in the tackle, with more than one contender for the Player of the game trophy. edging it with his tireless efforts, good tackles and team spirit is Rio, who takes the trophy home this week.
A few points to address in future training sessions, the possibility of working with individuals on weaker areas each week being just one. Onwards and upwards ... UTS!!!!! :-)

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