Newhall U14 Lions (4) v Belvedere Red U 14 (4)
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Date filed: 23 Feb 2014
Played: 23rd February 2014
CHAMPIONS ELECT SCRAPE A DRAW AGAINST A BATTLING NEWHALL
Run away League leaders Belvedere were pushed right to the end today and on any other day Newhall would have run out winners if they had some more players to call on but were down to just 11 fit players for the game with 3 hobbling for the last 10 minutes in a pulsating game in really difficult conditions at the Oversetts Stadium.
Newhall knew what they had to do with only 11 players available kicking up the slope first half, and they not only paced themselves admirably but should have been out of sight after their first half performance, they played some great passing football and took the lead through Sean after some neat play from left to right saw the ball fall at Connor's feet for him to race on with a delightful chip that Sean made sure it crossed the line on the far post.
A deserved lead and numerous attacks should have ended up with more goals to show and maybe a penalty for hand ball could have made it a great first half but Belvedere got back on level terms 5 minutes before half time after their big striker was allowed to waltz past 3 Newhall players to slot the ball under Harry.
Half Time: Newhall 1 Belvedere Red 1
It was a breather they needed and were in no rush to get back on the field of play keeping Beleedere waiting whilst Phil gave them their game plan for the second half, this match was in their hands kicking down the slope even with no substitutes to come on to give a few players a breather in dreadful conditions.
However, not for the first time this season Newhall failed to take control after the restart and soon found themselves trailing 3-1, their seemed to be no danger on both Belvedere's quick fire goals, but Newhall's inability to clear their lines gifted their opponents the lead rather than Belvedere creating the opportunities. As in the first half they just kept hitting the ball over the top for their 2 big forwards to chase down but it worked for them, whereas Newhall were playing football from the middle out to both wings where Luke andSean found space to exploit.
They didn't panic though and soon completely turned it around to be leading 4-3 in as many minutes, first their goalie dropped the ball from a long range Lewis effort and it fell to Ben who gratefully slotted it home, then Sean followed Lewis's example from on the right after blazing into the area, his effort hitting the far post and the Belvedere defender could only see his effort go backwards into the net trying to clear the ball off the line. Then Ben got a second after some great wing play by Luke and McKlane found him at the near post with another well placed effort to make it 4-3.
Newhall had lots of chances to stretch their lead but you sensed they were running out of steam to cover the ground as Belvedere slowly turned the screw, they hit the post but it bounced kindly for Newhall to clear, then in a mad scramble to clear their lines with 3 minutes to go, the ball unluckily miscued from the Newhall left inadvertantly back into the middle just outside the box, it fell to their big striker who struck a fine effort to level the game giving Harry no chance as it went like a bullet into the near corner.
Newhall had the final chance in the game with a good effort from Sean that the goalie held on to with the referee blowing up for full time.
Full Time: Newhall 4 Belvedere 4
Summary: Phil and Sam praised the lads for giving 150% all through with some great individual performances from Sean, Luke and Liam, they could not have asked for any more given the conditions and with no subs to bring on and against the league leaders as well! But they awarded the man of the match to Luke for his all round wing play and assisting in 2 of the goals along the way.
Linesman's Viewpoint: A well earned draw that was at times frustrating to watch as Newhall really gave the game away more than Belvedere earning the draw, but luck was not on their side today and they probably got tired at the end to let Belvedere level, if I had the stats we would find Newhall's possesion and chances were way ahead that of the league leaders.
Next Game is Sunday 2nd March Woodville Rangers Home at Oversetts Road Kick off 2pm
UP THE NEWHALL!!
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