U16 Yellows vs Elloughton Blackburn

Sat, 24 Feb 2024, 12:00
U16 Yellows - Opponent
12:00 - 13:30 Saturday 24. Feb
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U16 Yellows vs Elloughton Blackburn

A tough game against Elloughton Blackburn who are top of the league and have strengthened their squad since we last played them in Hull, where the points were shared. 

From the off the lads gave themselves a mountain to climb conceeding within minutes of the start and ending the first quarter 4-0 down. Elloughton were ruthless in front of goal and played man for man. We struggled to break their press.

At the first break, we discussed how to break the press and the lads were given the challenge to win or at least not lose the next quarter. 

Credit to them, they pulled up their sleeves and finished the second quarter 1-1. Our goal came from good work from Liam Mulhall who won his 1v1 duel at the back, ran out of defence into the space in midfield before releasing a long forward pass into the space behind the Elloughton defence for Alex Nhubu who found himself in a duel with the defender and GK. In a tussle the ball broke kindly for pacey forward Alex in the 18 yard box  and he calmly passed it into the back of the net. 

In the third and fouth quarter the game opened up, with more space appearing - the lads did a better job of finding players in space, creating a handful of goal scoring chances. One of the best chances came to the pacey Sam Todd, who was unlucky not to score after receiving a clever through ball and out running the defender in a 1v1, but the GK was equal to his shot. 

Unfortunately goalkeeper Carrick's game was cut short in the third quarter. He collected a through ball in his box and was then taken out by Elloughton's number 9 with a late tackle, waist high. Carrick had to leave the pitch injured. Next up was Ethan Earnshaw who's chest was on the receiving end of studs from number 9. Ethan also had to leave the pitch injured. Many were left surprised that number 9 remained on the pitch. 

In summary, hats off to the lads for reacting positively after a bad start. Despite the result, there was positives, and we know that our decision making and quality at times let us down. Importantly we stuck together until the end and were rewarded with the goal of the game from Nathan Manyange who volleyed from outside the 18 yard box into the top righthand corner.

Next game is Farsley Celtic away on 9 March. 

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