Under 18A - Report
|Keyworth Utd||0||vs||3||Southwell City U18A|
City bring home 3 points from Keyworth
After last week’s disappointment it was good to see the U18 lads turn in a superb display of football to ease past Keyworth and secure a valuable 3 points in their challenge for the league title.
City got a little ragged in the final 10 minutes of the half as they pushed to find the breakthrough they deserved. A long ball caught the City defence square and the Keyworth striker was through between them. However, Max Danby closed him down quickly and forced him to shoot wide. It was a warning shot for City to maintain concentration in a game not won despite the clear dominance.
This City side may have been frustrated by such defensive tactics in earlier games but now they played with an assured confidence that good, patient football will win the day; and it did. Within 5 minutes of the break, Matt Harmer found himself on the left flank and, cutting in, he fired in a 25 yard drive into the top corner of the net, giving the Keyworth keeper no chance. A superb effort that was remarkably his first ever goal for Southwell since joining as an Under 9 player. Worth the wait I say!
On the hour, Jacob Yoemans replaced the injured Elliott Brown and shortly afterwards Ben Cree took over from a tiring Travis Merryweather; Ben playing in midfield with Grant moving up front to work with Jacob. The move gave City new impetus up front and eventually the two senior players combined to score City’s second; Bill’s trademark throw finding Grant at the near post and his header flicking past the despairing keeper. Ben then capped off a fine 20 minute came when, winning the ball in midfield, he drove on and fired a 35 yard short over the Keyworth keeper who was a yard or two too far off his line. Will Haycox replaced Bill Pycroft late on to help City see out the game and a valuable 3 points.
On any other day City may have scored a few more given their dominance but the most important thing to take from this game was the three points and a superb team performance. Max Danby had little to do but was quick to start play from the back. Travis and Elliott worked hard up front and linked up well with the midfield. The midfield was buoyed by the presence of Bill and Grant, who showed their quality but were out-shone by another superb display from Reece Self. His tackling has improved significantly in recent games, he rarely lost the ball and nearly every pass was completed to good effect. He fully deserved the MOM award.