Match Report 1/12/18
U16 Division 1
Whites 1-1 Walton
Another excellent display earned the Whites a point against Walton. but although very happy with the level of performance Paul Watereatonfc and the lads came away slightly disappointed that they hadn’t claimed a second league win of the campaign.
The Whites took the lead after 9 minutes when Jason and Glen’s interplay fashioned a chance from Alex’s long ball, with Glen eventually applying the finishing touch after two efforts had been blocked. Commanding at the back, good distribution from midfield and with pace up front, the Whites deserved to extend their lead in the first half but found the Walton keeper in good form. Charles remained untroubled until the first minutes of the second half when he made a fine save at point-blank range as Walton surged forward looking for an equaliser.
The away side did force themselves level following a free kick into the box that evaded the goalmouth melee and left Walton’s striker with a simple chance in the six-yard area.
Both sides wanted the win and this made for an exciting last 20 minutes, involving some quality football, some very physical challenges, and several corners and free kicks at both ends of the pitch. George and Dean were always prepared to mix it with the opposition, Mark was chasing down every loose ball on the right and Michael overlapped down the left to combine with Jake and Adam, as the Whites pressed forward.
The chances were there to win the game as Glen headed over from Archie’s corner and Jake’s angled drive from the left forced a fine save. Alex saw his 35-yard free kick fly into the net but it was disallowed as the referee had in fact awarded the only indirect free kick of the season so far!
At the other end, there was courageous defending from Cameron, Sean and Eamonn against the quick Walton forward line. Charles made another of his characteristic brave saves and took a kick in the groin, but was able to continue until the final whistle, which blew just as the home side were launching yet another attackon the Walton goal.
Paul named Cameron and Jason as men of the match for an outstanding defensive display, and for tireless running, respectively.