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Under 9's - Match centre

South Gloucestershire Academy (v JPL)
Wells City U9s JPL
N Roberts (10', 10'), A Morley (10'), E Brewster (10')
Sat 27 Jan 13:00 - League

U9s JPL - Futsal Debut

South Gloucestershire Academy v U9s JPL

Wells made their futsal debut on Saturday - a format born in Brazil and increasingly used by the FA to develop the ball skills of the country's young players. Futsal is played on an indoor court with a heavier ball, and a four-second rule for all restarts ensures a breathless pace that left our boys puffing after just a few minutes of playing time.

Wells were due to play South Glos and Bristol Inner City in a round-robin format, but unfortunately Bristol didn't turn up so Wells were left to play two matches against South Glos - the undoubted heavyweights of the JPL and a team who have been playing futsal every winter since U6 level.

The differing levels of experience in the format showed in the first match. South Glos have some extremely talented individuals who wouldn't look out of place in a professional academy, and they showed Wells how to play futsal with some skillful, energetic attacking play. Despite that, both Noah and Alfie managed to hit the back of the net with excellent strikes to give the boys a confidence boost.

The Wells boys showed what quick learners they are by going out for the second game and pushing their more experienced opponents all the way. Increased composure both in defence and attack ensured Wells entered the final stages of the match on level terms - with goals from Edwin and Noah rewarding a focused, determined performance that left their coaches extremely proud.

Daniel made some outstanding saves in goal, while Kosmo carried out his coaches' instructions to the letter with a watchful defensive display. Rory and Alfie both threw themselves into some wholehearted challenges to prevent goal-scoring opportunities and worked incredibly hard to create chances for their own side. Edwin and Noah had a job on their hands getting any change out of the South Glos defenders but they created a number of chances and probably should both have come away with hat-tricks.

It was yet another challenging experience that underlines why we entered the boys into the JPL in the first place - to enhance their development the hard way. South Glos train four times a week, have paid coaches and only let their very best players play in matches - they're a formidable opponent and sharing a pitch with them will prove hugely beneficial to our players in the long run.

Goals: Noah (2), Alfie, Edwin
Man of the match: They all gave so much that it's probably unfair to single anyone out, but Daniel made some wonderful saves in goal so he gets the nod.

Daniel French

Player of the Match

Daniel French

Key moments

10:00
Goal Noah Roberts scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00
Goal Noah Roberts scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00
Goal Alfie Morley scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00
Goal Edwin Brewster scores for Wells City U9s JPL

Highlights

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10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Noah Roberts scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00 Goal 0 - 2
Noah Roberts scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00 Goal 0 - 3
Alfie Morley scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00 Goal 0 - 4
Edwin Brewster scores for Wells City U9s JPL
10:00 Player of the Match
Daniel French is awarded player of the match for Wells City U9s JPL
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As it happened

  • South Gloucestershire Academy (v JPL)
  • Wells City U9s JPL
  • 0
  • Noah Roberts Goal 10:00'
  • Noah Roberts Goal 10:00'
  • Alfie Morley Goal 10:00'
  • Edwin Brewster Goal 10:00'

Team selection

French, Daniel French, Daniel
Penfold, Kosmo Penfold, Kosmo
Morley, Alfie Morley, Alfie
Stephens, Rory Stephens, Rory
Brewster, Edwin Brewster, Edwin
Roberts, Noah Roberts, Noah

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