Stonnall Phoenix 0:1 Tipton Youth
This closely fought cup match was settled by one goal for the visiting team in the fourth fixture between the two sides this season.
Tipton kicked off and had the better of the opening stages with shots on goal but once Stonnall got a foothold in the game, both sides enjoyed some good football with a number of half chances. Squiggy forced a save from the opposition keeper from Phoenix’s best chance early on.
Whilst Tipton were the more dominant in the first half facing downhill, after that first period, the home defensive threesome of Harry, Dylan and Crusher were coping well with the attacking forays and playing good balls out of defence to the forwards. When the visitors did get a shot on goal, Alfie made a flying save to parry the ball to safety. He also had a number of goal kicks which he was able to clear effectively. The game remained goalless up to half time.
The second half continued in the same entertaining fashion but now with Stonnall in the ascendancy. Charlie, Squiggy and Mac tested the visitors’ defensive resolve with penetrating runs and good interplay, forcing a number of corners but Tipton held firm. Playing mainly on the break, Tipton’s attacks were being dealt with until their forward got free on the left, wriggled into the area and squeezed a shot in off the far post for a one nill lead after 56 mins.
What followed in the remaining 14 mins was a succession of corners and free kicks for the home side which were either repelled successfully or were not falling for Phoenix. Despite a few shots across goal forcing the goalkeeper into action and near constant pressure, the lads just couldn’t find the equaliser.
The score finished 1:0 to Tipton after a competitive game played by two good footballing teams which was appreciated by both sets of supporters.
Report by Pete H.
Message from the Manager
Another very good game for the spectators of Stonnall and Tipton equally matched by the performance of both sets of young players.
It’s always a pleasure to welcome the Tipton coaches, team and supporters to Stonnall and it’s been a pleasure to play a team who play and allow us to play good entertaining football.
Alfie – Keeper:
Kicks where brilliant, not one went astray. Distribution was efficient to team purpose.
Talking was a lot better and could be clearly heard in your commands, confidence is now showing, a great one handed point blank save kept the score 0-0 at this time.
Tom, Dylan, Harry – Defence:
Composure was brilliant and although put under pressure by Tipton’s aggressive/determined striker our defence remained resolute and calm, these three lads are building in confidence not only as a unit but as individuals which collectively ensures stability.
DJ, Charlie, Ryan, Jack, Alex, Jamie, Zack, Mac – playing midfield roles:
Worked well together with subs being used as the game progressed and changed. Jack came back from his short lay off and showed good strength and made some cutting passes through Tipton’s lines to give his team positive play.
Charlie and Mac again interchanged roles from striker to midfield which seems to be working very well.
Ash – striker:
Sometimes became isolated with Charlie naturally dropping into his usual midfield role. Great speed with and without the ball caused the Tipton’s defenders no end of problems, sometimes need to get your head up when running the channel for those who have taken up a position inside or dropped off in and around the box. Unlucky not to get on the score sheet with three good chances.
Overall it was a very good performance against a team who seem sure to win D2.
To concede in the manner we did was a little disappointing but another good learning point.
If we continue to play in this manner you have every chance of another successful season. Tipton’s coaches again gave praise to the way you play, likewise today’s ref commented on what a good team you are and that you play with team spirit for each other and not as individuals.
MOTM was awarded to Harry by myself, this was due to how calm and confident he played and the fact he used his right foot instead of his usual left!
It was good that the parents had paid attention to the game and recognised that Alfie had played very well also – it was fully agreed that Alfie should also be awarded MOTM for his contributions to the game.
Well done to both Harry and Alfie who seem to be growing in confidence all the time.
Well played by everyone, we have to remember our positions and roles and make sure we do them. When we play 5 in the middle the wingers should play with midfield and not too far forward otherwise we lose the 5 across the middle, make sure we are all aware of what we are asked to do and do it the best we can.