Tigers crash out of SYL Cup gracefully in a hard fought entertaining game
SYL Cup Defeat
Match Report- U10 Tigers, Sunday 29th January 2017
Mayford Tigers 3 V Bracknell Town 5 (Loss)
3rd Round SYL Cup
With thanks to Jarrad Hubble for writing:
The re-scheduled cup game finally took place on the fantastic 3g pitch in Bracknell. In a very high quality game the Tigers were knocked out of the Cup 5-3 by a team that were a little bit more physical and aggressive on a tight pitch. Our boys were far from disgraced and never gave in, but the Bracknell lads showed the benefit of playing division 1 where the intensity every week is high. This was especially noticeable in tight spaces where they were able to pass quickly out of trouble. From a coaching perspective these weeks are vitally important "necessary evils" – it’s hard to tell the boys we need to work on our speed of transition when we are winning so easily each week! We now have a level to aim for and I can’t wait to get back into training this week.
Having beaten Bracknell in the kick around last week, I think some of the boys thought we would coast through the game. In the first 10 minutes we hardly touched the ball and were 2-0 very quickly. A late goal by Louis before the break and one quickly after squared the game and briefly everyone thought we were going to pull away. However, as good sides do, Bracknell regrouped without panic and scored three in a row before Kelvin toe poked a final goal with seconds to go. Deserved winners and we wish them luck in the semi-finals.
Whilst I cannot but praise the efforts of all the boys today, there were a few that showed clearly they belong in this class of game. Louis played a single handed role upfront against two excellent defenders and on limited opportunities still managed to put 2 goals away. His tackling was ferocious and matched the opposition's aggression. Mikey was genuinely fearless and always put his body on the line - whilst I'm very keen to turn him into a winger, he is just too valuable in defence at the moment. And James, despite being taken out by tackles on numerous occasions, kept picking himself up and fighting to win the ball back. His work rate is incredible and as the game progressed his skill in tight spaces shone through.
It was also great to hear Chris on occasion shout at his defenders and keep them organised - we need much more of this, Chris, as the pace of the game increases. Issac made a huge difference when he came on and is starting to make the wing his own. Still work to do on intensity and tracking back, but his threat going forward is excellent and his crossing first class again.
Aiden had some excellent touches, though the narrow pitch and lack of space didn't really suit his running game today. On such pitches it is important he adapts and becomes more of a physical presence. That said, I couldn’t help thinking Bracknell would find him a handful back on the spacious Mayford pitch.
Today was great experience for Kelvin. Bracknell gave him little space and closed him down quickly - perhaps they learnt something during the kick around! At this level it will happen every week and it is vital his speed of passing and vision in tight areas improves to match his abundant other skills. He did however fight to the very last minute and in hindsight we probably should have thrown him up front earlier.
Jamie gave it his all as he does every week. The opposition were very good going forward and the pace of the game saw him find time on the ball difficult. I’m keen to give him some time in attack as he so desperately wants, in return he needs to work on his left foot as he got caught out a few times today! Ill strike a deal at training.
Finally, the manner in which the boys took defeat today was outstanding. I trust the parents heard the emphatic 3 cheers for the opposition lead by our Captain, Chris. After some examples of poor opposition responses to defeat in previous weeks, the handshaking and congratulations we gave to the opposition showed the quality of our boys. Despite the defeat, once again we should be very proud of the Tigers!