This morning (yes, for the first time ever, I'm writing the report on the same day as the match!) Pitshanger U9 White played away at Bessingby Park Rangers. After winning our last game very comfortably, today's match looked a lot more even. Would Bessingby end Pitshanger's 100% record?
The first few minutes saw end-to-end action with both teams winning corners. Mihir had a shot saved by their keeper, and the resulting corner was met by Kaly, whose header went just over. Meanwhile, it was clear that Velko had stolen some of his dad's Weetabix earlier in the morning and he had just as much energy on the pitch as his dad had off the pitch (running up and down the touchline). Velko dribbled past a number of defenders and unleashed an unstoppable shot from well outside the area to open the scoring. Pitshanger started to exert some more pressure and Velko was causing them lots of problems on the right wing. One of his crosses found Kaly, whose shot was tipped round by the keeper, and another ended with Dylan hitting the post. Another of Velko's mazy runs saw him go past more defenders and his shot beat the keeper to make it 2-0. At the end of the quarter Dylan slotted in another of Velko's crosses neatly at the back post for 3-0.
In the second quarter Luke took over goalkeeping duty from Gabriel Segura and the pace showed no sign of letting up. Radu made a great pass to Gabriel S, whose shot was tipped round for a corner. At the other end Gabriel Brennan continued to do some great defending and controlled the ball well out into midfield. Following a fine save by Luke, Dylan threaded an accurate pass to Velko, who again fired a shot from distance into the roof of the net to make it 4-0. Pitshanger were starting to look in control, and following some fine skills by Gabriel B and Matteo in midfield, turning and passing to Ridhmeet, their keeper did well to stop another goal. Unfortunately, their counter attack resulted in them scoring from the left, and the quarter ended Bessingby 1, Pitshanger 4.
Luke continued in goal for the third quarter, and Pitshanger were in full flow. There was great defensive work by Evan and Indra, and Kaly and Radu linked up well with Gabriel B in midfield. There was good work by all the team, with Pitshanger moving the ball nicely around the park. The pressure paid off and Ridhmeet scored our 5th. Unfortunately Bessingby earned a penalty soon afterwards. Their number 7, a giant of a 9 year old, stepped up to take it. Could this be the turning point of the match, where Bessingby got back into the game? No chance! Luke made a fantastic penalty save, and soon the ball was at the other end of the pitch. Despite their best efforts, Kaly and Matteo both had shots saved and the quarter finished Bessingby 1, Pitshanger 5.
Pitshanger started to tire in the 4th quarter, and Luke (still buzzing after his goalkeeping exploits of the previous corner) was forced into making a number of other fine saves that would have brought them back into contention. Their pressure eventually paid off and they eventually scored their second. Ridhmeet wasn't having any of it though, and he showed great strength and control, dribbling through their defence and firing the ball into the bottom corner. Final score: Bessingby 2, Pitshanger 6, and we continue our perfect record for the season.
From - Ryan