Meadow Sports 2 – 1 WRFC U14 Lions
Sunday 12th February 2017: SPL U14 Division 2
By Our Man at the Muddo Sports Stadium, Sean Crooke
This top of the table clash away to Meadow Sports was given a midday kick-off on a full size pitch, which lacked the most important thing: grass!
Meadow’s strength and physical presence soon had the Lions on the back foot and it took some good saves by Liam and last-ditch tackles by a dogged defence led by Finley, to keep the home side at bay. With the Lions struggling to get a foot in the game, Meadow broke away to score: 1-0 to the home team. Chances were far and few between, even with a couple of substitutions, which saw Matt and Luke enter the mud bath. Still struggling to create chances, Meadow made the most of their possession to make it 2-0.
Five minutes to go before the interval and a quick break from Jack led to the Lions’ first real chance but unfortunately no-one got on the end of his cross. A corner for the Lions continued some late pressure on the home team and a mixture of Matt and Leo’s body parts saw the chance go over the bar.
The second half got underway, with no real change to the pattern of the game. Meadow were on top and the Lions found it hard to get their passing game going – or even pass to a team mate. Credit to the whole squad; they never gave up and kept fighting. Some high pressing led to Jack breaking forward and releasing a quick shot from the edge of the area. This saw the Meadow ‘keeper make a good save, only for the ball to fall back to Jack, allowing him to tap into the empty net. (Manager Crooke finally had something to write about in his match day book….game on!).
A couple of half-chances came and went but in the end the home side held on for all three points and top spot in SPL Division 2.
A big thank-you to Dean Lintott for running the line in Phil’s absence – and to all the parents for their continued support.