Newhall U14 Lions (9) v St Georges U 14 (3)

Ron Evans-Brookes

Match report by

Ron Evans-Brookes
Date filed: 30 Mar 2014

Played: 30th March 2014


Newhall came to their last game of the season in good form and looking to round off their season with a good win, they showed a lot of respect to a team that only had 11 outfield players today and who have seen a few thumpings this time out, by being very sporting easing off throughout the game. 

A chance for Phil today to move a few players around to enjoy the game, and although Harry was back in the squad he didn't wish to risk any further damage to his recent injury so Sam stood in for the first half with Sean taking the gloves for the second half.

Newhall controlled the game right from the onset and saw a few offsides go against them early on but eventually they took the lead through Lewis who struck a half volley from just outside the box which bounced just in front of the goalie to go over his head, 1-0 after 4 minutes and the second followed shortly afterwards when a lovely move down the right saw Tyler bomb on to beat the defence for pace before crossing to see Callum gratefully receive it and volley with his left.

Newhall heeded Phil's request and didn't press too much which did allow St George's to play a little although Sam wasn't really troubled throughout the first half, the closest St George's came to scoring was from a corner which had the Newhall defence scrambling to clear. Newhall continued to make the best openings and produced another great save when Lewis struck a low effort which the goalie managed to tip round for a corner.

They got their 3rd after another smart move down the right opened up for Tyler to steam on to beat the defence for pace and strike a lovely effort into the far corner.

It was all Newhall who were dominating at the back and creating lots of opportunities in the first 35 minutes which could have seen the scoreline run up a little in their favour.

Half Time: St Georges 0 Newhall 3

A few more changes saw Newhall continue to play 3 at the back for the second half and all Phil wanted them to do was to stick to their roles mainly in midfield who were a little slow in getting back and protecting the back 3 at times in the first half.

They got off to a great start in the second half and went onto to rattle another 4 goals in quick succession after St Georges gave themselves a lifeline after a neat effort which Sean failed to keep out at his near post. All the goals coming from Ollie after he continued to press the ball to his advantage and create error after error in the St George's backline, he was just too strong and difficult to contain today.

Phil took him off shortly after his fourth as he could see that Olllie was in the mood to demolish them single handidly, then came the goal of the game after a neat bit of wing play on the Newhall right the ball found it's way through to Ben who first of all controlled the ball and flicked it past the goalkeeper to chip the remaining defender on the line. Although St Georges got another couple of goals it was more Newhall taking their foot off the gas that lead to their 2nd and 3rd goals with some sloppy defending but it was all in good fun.

The final goal came from Callum after he had an easy tap in with the goalkeeper spilling the ball right into his path, Sam had a great effort saved down the keeper's left and should have done better when the ball fell to him from a corner but he vollied it wide. Luke and Harry also had plenty of chances throughout and Ben hit the upright with a great header from another corner after Brad had gone through on goal to be denied with a save that hit the post on it's way out.

Final Score: St George's 3 Newhall 9

Summary: Phil couldn't of asked for more having seen his team demolish the opposition 2 weeks on the trot and there were many players who could have been up for the man of the match but it went to Liam who was excellent in all the positions he played today, particularly at centre half. Most spectacular goal award went to Ben for his delightful flick and chip for his only goal of the game, Sam had nothing further to add really but noted the amount of changes to players positions throughout and how they just got on with it when the shuffles came.

Linesman's Viewpoint: A great effort today from the lads to not go out and demolorise St Georges but at the same time making sure the game was won, Liam continues to grow in confidence at the back and the rest of the defence is benefitting from his calmness and decision making on the ball.

Thanks to Phil and Sam for taking the team on after a difficult season which saw several players come and go and the change of management half way through, thanks to the parents as well for turning up in some difficult weather conditions this season. I hope you have enjoyed reading the reports this season and can't wait for next season to come around, in the meantime we have another busy summer ahead of training, friendlies and tournaments so please continue to support the team.



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Great report Ron and a great game today, I was very proud of the boys who all showed respect for their opposition and have remained professional throughout the whole season, they truly are a pleasure to coach.

A massive thank you to Sam for all his help and also Ron for running the line, doing the match reports and his superb net erection skills.

I would just like to echo what Ron said, a huge thank you to the parents for all your support. We have finished the season in a very respectful 4th position, what with all the comings and goings I am very happy with that. 

Well done boys !


Up the Newhall !

Phil ShakespearePhil Shakespeare
30 Mar 2014 18:51

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