U13 (JPLS) - Report
Date: Saturday 28th April 2012 - Kick Off: 10:30
|Oxford City FC||2||vs||4||North Somerset|
U13's JPLS Match report
Great morning of football against high quality opposition
On a grey and rainy day in Oxfordshire and frankly it’s been like that all week, And after a deluge of rain yesterday the game which was meant to be played on the OCFC stadium first team pitch was moved to our normal home pitch at Wootton which unbelievably was in perfect condition, grass cut and rolled to provide an excellent playing surface also wet and zippy, as the grounds man said a game has never been called off here as the drainage is excellent and this must have been one of the only games on in Oxfordshire today. The game started with both teams sizing each other up and look for ways forward and both creating chances with North Somerset edging the chances in the first half overall, due to their excellent robust and quick defence and pacy wide wingers. North Somerset opened the scoring from a corner with a well taken header but OCFC will need to learn to track runs and attack the ball better against taller players. OCFC responded with a penalty when a good mazy run into the last third by Jae Sharkey saw him upended in the 18 yard box, the penalty was duly despatched confidently high into the net by Jack Tutton to bring a well deserved equaliser for OCFC, North Somerset had a constant treat on both wings with electric pace and great attacking skills, Half time 1-1, On the basis of the first half it was finely balanced and anything possible in the second half, North Somerset continued to probe and press OCFC and after a few sloppy passes by OCFC and giving possession away too cheaply North Somerset then scored directly on the counter attack after we had a poor short corner, they rightly punished us as all good sides do in this league bring the score line too 1-3. We then went on to score and after deliberation between the Ref and the linesmen the goal was disallowed, North Somerset added a fourth and were now rampant but credit to OCFC continued to compete and brought the score line back to 2-4 with Tremayne Barrett scoring a direct free kick from a 30 yard shot. Great game and some excellent passages of play at times by both teams adding to an enjoyable morning of football, OCFC are pleased to have given all players match time and an opportunity in this excellent league to allow our players to learn and develop at different rates to a technical standard before the strength and speed comes in the following few years, It’s been a great learning platform this season for our players to grow and improve. I wish Craig and his team all the best for the remaining few games and the both games we have played this season have been a pleasure. Playing against opposition like this week in week out will only improve these players in the long term.