City U18's JPL Pegged Back by Evesham
City U18's JPL don't take their chances as Evesham come back to force a deserved draw: By Nigel Upson
GK U16, Archie Beresford U16 RB, Dan Wilson CB, JACOB HYDE
LB, Tad Mutasa
RW U16, Joel OWUSU
LW U16, Josh Willis
CM U16, Matt Makranczy CM, Noah Martin
CM, JACOB KEANE
CM U16, LIAM LOCKETT
(Captain) CF, Subs: Sean Demetre
, Brandon Malpass
City dominated the early stages against a very strong and determined Evesham side. City had several chances, playing some neat football and making headway in the midfield and final third particularly.
The breakthrough eventually came on 5 minutes when Willis stepped past a defender and smashed a low shot into the far corner for 0.1 and City were in the lead. A fine goal.
City then had two great opportunities which Lockett crafted for himself but couldn’t make it happen.
Owusu then missed a chance to lob the GK and JACOB KEANE
hit a great effort onto the bar from 25 yards. Makranzcy and Martin both went close and the Evesham GK pulled off two fine saves at the feet of Lockett and Willis.
At the other end Walker made a great block to deny Evesham and Wilson managed to clear a shot that looked goal bound.
City were on top and carving out several opportunities and their two goal lead should have been five or six such was their attacking dominance. The first half was certainly City’s.
0.2 at HT
The second half was a complete turnaround.
City gave a penalty away on 48 minutes which was dispatched for 1.2 and for half an hour City completely allowed Evesham to dominate them and launch attack after attack.
Evesham should have scored twice more but for Walker, Wilson, Hyde and Beresford combining to prevent them with saves, clearances and interceptions. Evesham also sent one over the bar from six yards and then put two shots round the post from ten yards out.
City continued to give the ball away and invite pressure but they also had two guilt edged opportunities to score when Lockett forced another fine save and Makranczy was challenged at the key moment.
On 68 minutes Evesham deservedly got their equaliser when no one closed down a player on the edge of the box and they fired home for 2.2 and Evesham were back in it.
Two more chances came and went for Evesham when tap ins went astray and this seemed to wake City up who for the last fifteen minutes found their football again and got Lockett, Malpass, Mutasa and Makrannczy free on several occasions but the final ball didn’t quite get there and chances weren’t converted. Willis also had two goal bound opportunities blocked.
It was a topsy turvy game and a draw was a fair result at the close as it was definitely a game of two halves and both teams had chances to win it and should have taken them. It was a great game for the spectators.
City wish Neil and Evesham all the very best for their remaining games. We have had some entertaining games against them this season all played in the right way.