Parkgate Under 18’s travelled to Phoenix FC in Brinsworth after not playing in two weeks due to the weather postponing the fixtures against Sheffield FC and Phoenix.
The young Parkgate side went it the game on the back of two draws against Wath Stars and Shaw Lane, with a win needed for Parkgate. Manager Lee Morris was forced to make a few changes to the team, with defender Brandon Jenkinson, midfielder Tom Rowan and striker Jayden Blackwood all missing from the squad, despite being main starters this season.
The game started off with Parkgate playing against the wind, but that didn’t stop them from getting the ball down and putting the Phoenix defence under pressure. This proved to be vital in the first half when Silas Valladolid-Collins received the ball on the edge on the 18-yard box and hit a low shot which was defected pass the goalkeeper and into the back of the net, giving the away team a 0-1 lead.
Parkgate managed the first half of the game well and got through to the half time interval, despite right-back Ben Nicholson going off on 25 minutes, resulting a change in shape.
Half-time: Phoenix U18’s 0-1 Parkgate U18’s
The hosts came back into the game at the start of the second half, which saw Parkgate on the back foot and not being able to create many chances or even get the ball up to their front-men.
In this period, Phenoix managed to level up the game with a long ball over the top of the Parkgate defence, saw a miss communication between Tyler Bailey and goalkeeper’ Thomas Kirkland, which resulted in Bailey heading the ball over his own keeper and the Phoenix striker touched the ball into an open net.
Despite the increasing pressure from the home side, Parkgate got a foot back in the game with another change in shape and a couple of fresh legs coming on and alternating the chances of the away side getting a result from the game.
First scorer, Silas Valladolid-Collins, dropped deeper into midfield with Captain George Morris and Kian Burke. V-Collins picked the ball up 5-yards from his own penalty area and made his way up to Phoenix box, without a home player managing to get near the Parkgate man, and he led the ball off to Jack Jackson, who curled an effort into the far top right corner of the goal, giving the Parkgate youngsters a 1-2 lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.
The visitors mananged to cap off a good afternoon with winger Ronan Hodgkinson cutting inside onto his preferred left-foot and picking out Kian Burke who got on the end of the cross and leaving the goalkeeper flat-footed.
Full-time: Phoenix U18’s 1-3 Parkgate U18’s
Parkgate U18: Thomas Kirkland, Ben Nicholson, Tyler Bailey, Jake Carter, Jordon Brunt, George Morris(c), Kian Burke, Dillon Cockburn, Silas Valladolid-Collins, Jack Jackson, Brandon Walker
Updated 22:34 - 15 Mar 2019 by Parkgate FC Media
Subs: Ronan Hodgkinson, Adam Battye, Elton Tshuma.