Mixed fortunes for U9

⚽️?Away Day Blues – U9 Red?⚽️

It takes an outstanding team to outplay our Colts and yesterday that was the case. It is clear to see the individual quality, talent and desire in the Dunkirk players and they performed to a very high standard, both as individuals and as a team, each one having a clever “football” brain.

Our boys played well, but weren’t quite on their “A” game and up against a very well organised, driven and skilful team we were forced out of position and at times became rushed on the ball.

We started well and created a couple of early chances but didn’t put them away. Dunkirk however took the chances they created really well and despite Sam making a couple of fine saves, he was unable to stop the Dunkirk player from putting home the rebound. Our boys kept their heads high and continued to compete in what became fairly scrappy half, again we were unable to score from our chances and Dunkirk were more efficient in front of goal and were first to the ball for the second time to slot home after Sam had made another fine save. Dunkirk deserved their lead at half time.

The second half saw our boys really try to make a mark on the game and get a goal to get back in it, they applied some good pressure but were unable to make it count with Dunkirk doing really well in defence. All the pressure came to nothing though as Dunkirk made an impressive counter attack, taking the ball from one end of the pitch to the other to score again. This effectively put the game out of reach with only 5 minutes remaining.

A big lesson for our boys and many learnings to take away and work on which is a positive for us.

The other learning of the game was the very physical way of playing, it was almost a win every challenge at any expense mentality. This is not something we instill in our boys, but along with shirt pulling etc it was causing our boys to do the same. I don’t think I’ve ever been at a game at this level where I’ve seen so many free kicks given and it’s the first game where a referee has openly said a boy should be red carded after 4 bad fouls, which sums up how the game was. I would never condone a boy being sent off at this age level. However, the opposition coaches made no attempt to take time to talk to their player about his actions and instead left the young referee in an awkward position of not knowing what to do, hence the game continued and the same boy carried on possibly unaware of what he had done. At this point I was quite frustrated with the whole situation as the “physical” side of the game wasn’t nice and I’d asked the opposition coaches to have a word with their boys, but I was laughed at! Unfortunately from another bad tackle one of our boys had to come off the pitch as he was so hurt, in doing so missing most of the second half. Another incident saw one of our boys receive a crunching tackle (not malicious), but it left him in tears on the floor right in front of the opposition coaches, the referee rightly gave a free kick to which the opposition coaches yet again challenged the young ref on despite a young child lying on the floor in tears, they made no attempt to ask him if he was ok and he was literally 2 yards in front of them, it made my blood boil, as whilst I’m a coach I’m also a parent who doesn’t want to see any child hurt. All it takes is a few educational words to the boys on temperament and it usually calms the situation. The game was summed up when towards the end we missed some good chances and the opposition parents cheered, likewise when they scored it was like being at a cup final at Wembley………..just no need at this level.

We move on, learnings all around but the boys still did themselves proud.

Sam made some absolutely outstanding saves.

Will as ever is our Rock at the back and again put in another great performance, nothing phases him and he has a brilliant attitude, this earned him our man of the match ?⚽️?

Jude and Fin battled their socks off. Fin having yet another outstanding game before coming off injured. Jude showing growing maturity in dealing with staying motivated even when the chips are down.

Noah and Ewan had really good games. I’ve never seen Noah hit the ground so often but he did so well in his battle with his opposite number. Ewan made and created a couple of fantastic chances but in the day didn’t go in. Noah’s fantastic positional play earned him this weeks Training Star ?⚽️?

Taylor did fine again on the wing against this excellent opposition, staying strong and applying pressure.

Kai was drawn into quite a physical battle which was unfortunate but still created a couple of great chances going forward.

Thanks to the parents for all of your support as ever and constructive comments after the game.

You Colts.

Never say die. U9 Black

A top of the table clash saw Lowdham travel to Basford.

Lowdham started well and passed the ball around well, dominating and creating a few good chances. Despite the the dominance Basford took advantage of a couple long balls and mistakes and got 2 goals. Unfiar on the quality of play, but that’s football.

The second half was ultimate dominance, effort and possesion. Basford were chasing shadows pretty much all of the 2nd half. 3 second half goals from the Lowdham boys was the least that they deserved. Lowdham coming out 3 -2 winners.

Owen was super in the goal and distributed the ball very well, Ben was solid at the back and made some good ‘strong’ challenges, James was fantastic in defensive midfield, Dan was great in midfield and passed superbly, Eesa (MOTM) was a dynamo and gave everything, Cameron ran his socks off, JB ran their defence ragged, Harry gave full commitment and made some good challenges and Joe played really well, passing and tackling very well.

Thanks to the Barmy! Brilliant as usually.

Well done boys you make us all very proud.

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