U15: Hove Park Colts (4) 6 v 0 (0) Chichester City Youth
Chi bow out of County Cup in quarter final.
Report by Steve Price
This was the second year running that Chi have suffered defeat in the County Cup Quarter Final. Disappointing, certainly, but we should remind ourselves that simply reaching the last 8 is in itself an achievement. There are only good sides remaining at this stage of the competition and here Hove proved worthy winners but, particularly in the second half, Chi showed that they could give them a game.
Things started well, both sides showing some of the qualities that had enabled them to progress this far, and while Hove began to enjoy the greater possession it was Chi who went closest to scoring. Daley swung in a trademark corner from the right that produced an almighty scramble in the 6-yard box, how it didn’t result in a goal I don’t know. It was their free-roaming No. 10 who was causing Chi most trouble and inevitably it was he who opened the scoring after quarter of an hour. Hove pushed for another but Thorn was quickly out to claim the through ball. Chi responded winning a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Simmons stuck it well but the keeper gathered confidently, despite the ball dipping awkwardly in front of him. Then perhaps Chi’s move of the match was started in his own half by Leonard at left back. Playing through the midfield Bennetts released Buckingham-Rhyder who used his pace to great effect making ground down the right, Price cut in to the area to receive the pass but his shot went wide. Frustratingly Gallop had to be withdrawn from the action, his injury still causing him problems, but more positively this meant Martin with his fight and eye for goal could be stationed just behind Wallis at the heart of the action. Bennetts struck a searching ball with the outside of his boot in to the channel for Wallis, the defender was there first, Wallis tackled him but couldn’t quite release a team-mate for a clear sight of the target.
With 25 minutes gone Chi had done well to hang in there, the application from the defence of variously Leonard, Simmons, Robinson, Brennan and Fellick excellent. The visitors had made some chances but the Hove movement, particularly through the midfield when attacking, was admirable. It was hard to live with and in a killer 10 minute spell before half-time the home side notched up 3 more goals. It was effectively game over and Chi had to wonder what could have been had one or two of the chances they had made gone in. Chi’s tails would have been up and Hove would have felt the pressure. As it was Chi had to re-group, re-double the effort and have another crack in the second-half.
They started brightly, White and Buckingham-Rhyder combining slickly down the left to win a corner. Daley swung it in and Robinson connected, but his header went just wide. A few minutes later Bennetts found Price on the right, he found Buckingham-Rhyder but under pressure he put too much on his attempted lob and the shot went tantalisingly over. Hove then got their fifth, a well worked goal with a simple finish from close in which gave Thorn no chance. Brennan’s response was to be a one man demolition derby tackling hard but fair across the pitch leaving three home players on the seat of their pants – wonderful competitiveness. He and Leonard were working so hard down the left both in defence and attack; Leonard against the Hove right back was a tremendous match-up. With just over 20 minutes gone Hove got their sixth but hugely to the credit of the visitors the lads didn’t let their heads drop, they stuck at their tasks and strove for what would have been a consolation goal.
Daley was fouled, White took the free-kick but it curled over. Fellick hit a high one in to the box but the ‘keeper did well to gather as he was challenged. There was a penalty appeal as Price was up-ended in the box but the defender had got the ball. Buckingham-Rhyder beat 4 players but the defenders were canny enough to channel him in to a cul-de-sac. That was it, the end of the County Cup adventure for another year. It was disappointing not to progress further but at least Chi were beaten by a good side, a side with 2 or 3 exceptional players. During the run Chi had come up against a couple of ‘proper’ teams from out of the acyfl area and it was great to see the lads competing so well. These are the games that make you better players so, a little bit wiser, we look forward to the next games – in 2017! Well done lads.
Team: Thorn (GK), Leonard, Simmons, Robinson, Brennan, Bennetts (c), Daley, Price, Martin, Buckingham-Rhyder, Wallis, Fellick, White, Gallop
Man of the Match: Brennan