City U18's JPL Sign Off In Style to cement 2nd Place in the Junior Premier League
City U18's JPL are superb in second half as they rack up 9 goals and cement their 2nd place finish in the Junior Premier League.
City lined up as follows: Tom WALKER GK U16, Sean Demetre RB, Kiaro Saulter CB, JACOB HYDE LB, ARCHIE BERESFORD LB U16, Joel OWUSU LM U16, Matt Makranczy CM, JACOB KEANE CM U16, LIAM LOCKETT (Captain) CM, Noah Martin RM, Callum Devlin C. Sub: Brandon Malpass.
City set out in their final JPL game of the season to take the game to Brook House College who are a well organised and very competent footballing side with talented players. From the first whistle they tried to get the ball down and play, with BHC making good interceptions and keeping the game flowing with their own football. With Walker, Demetre, Saulter, Hyde and Beresford looking secure, City were on top in the early exchanges.
Beresford picked up an eye injury early on and had to leave the field. After several chances weren't converted, a good attack on 14 minutes found Devlin in the box and his shot was well saved but Malpass followed up to fire City into a 0.1 lead.
City then turned the screw and continued to attack with intensity. Lockett and Devlin both had shots saved then on 26 minutes, a shot by Lockett was deflected and the rebound fell to Malpass and he somehow diverted it in for his second and 0.2 to City.
City then squandered two or three opportunities and BHC began to find a foothold in the game with their own slick passing and interplay looking a threat. On 33 minutes this counted as the talented Fitzgerald took on the defence and lobbed Walker superbly for 1.2 and BHC were back in it. City seemed to be unsettled by this and BHC attacked again. Eshiett used his strength to outmuscle the defence and smash the ball home for 2.2 and City had been pegged back.
The game then became end to end as BHC forced three corners which Walker dealt with and City had two or three more chances with Keane, Martin and Owusu all becoming influential in the midfield and feeding Devlin and Lockett.
2.2 at HT.
City were advised to get width into their play and make their penetrative football count. They came out with renewed intensity and began on the front foot. On 57 minutes good work from Lockett fed Devlin and his strong run saw a fierce shot slightly deflected over the GK for 2.3 and City were back in front.
BHC weren't fazed and continued to play football with Fitzgerald influential in their play. However, City were determined and on 59 minutes Keane and Malpass combined to find Lockett and he ran into the box and rifled a shot home for 2.4 and City were in the driving seat.
Owusu, Martin, Makranzcy and Lockett were all linking well now and with Malpass and Devlin a handful, BHC were now finding it difficult to stem the attacks. Demetre, Beresford, Hyde and Saulter were looking steady and in playing out from the back the football was slick and fast paced.
BHC's own ability in possession was still a feature and Walker had to make two smart interceptions to deny them another goal. However, City put the game in their favour on 67 minutes when Owusu received a ball on the edge and as his shot was blocked, he smashed the rebound home for 2.5 and the visitors were now in control.
The game then became an exhibition of finishing by City as they created several chances and scored four spectacular goals. On 75 minutes, Makranczy fed Devlin on the left and he jinked past two players to the left hand corner of the box before bending a superb shot into the far right hand top corner for 2.6, a quality strike.
Lockett, Keane, Martin and Makranczy both had shots blocked before another fine move on 80 minutes found Devlin in the box and he finished neatly for his well-deserved hat trick. City were ahead 2.7 and were looking for more.
On 81 minutes another attack resulted in a corner. Lockett fired it on and as it was headed away to the edge of the D, Saulter brought it down and hammered a rocket into the right hand top corner for 2.8 to City.
To be fair to BHC they continued to try to attack and cause City problems and their fast forwards were certainly a threat as they probed for an opening. Walker made one smart save and also gathered a corner which had been bent into the City box.
As the game became a possession game for both teams, City again went raking down the left and just when you thought Devlin couldn’t better his previous effort, he received the ball on the touch line, stepped past two tackles to the corner of the box and sent in a wicked curling shot that flew into the far top corner for his fourth and City were 2.9 up. Another superb goal to finish the game in spectacular fashion.
At the final whistle City had come away with a comprehensive victory and it was well deserved. The opposition are a fine side who play football in the right way and with the right attitude. Istvan can be proud of his lads and their desire and ability. In the end City’s ability to play out from the back through the midfield and to serve their fast, skilful and powerful strikers was the difference.
It has been a great season for the U18’s JPL squad. With a good mix of U16’s and U18’s, they have competed in every game, scored some superb goals, played some progressive and fast paced football and never shirked their responsibilities on the pitch. Yes there are learning and development points from every game for every player and the squad have listened and worked hard to stick to our principles. They have earned their second place finish in the Junior Premier League and we are very proud of their achievements. Well done lads.
Nigel Upson: Manager U18’s JPL/MFYL
Ryan Upson: Coach U18’s JPL/MFYL