ESPZEN SS Black 's Match Report
With Coach Dave on AL, I was given the opportunity to guide the Black team on their 2 outings with F17. The heavy downpour meant warm up was cut short, and we were missing Jacob from the expected squad.
We had a small team talk with the boys discussing the need to brave and to trust team mates, this meant from Goal Kicks instead of kicking it long up the field which is safe, lets play it short to our defender (risky yes, but also we need to trust the defenders to learn to play out from the back) or from throw ins - if there is no option forward perhaps a throw in back to the defender could be a good way to switch the ball, and finally from corners if no option in the box the quick corner to our spare man could be a great way for us to keep the ball...
With 6 players, there were 4 volunteers for keeper so each of those 4 players managed a half each in the nets across the 2 games, and every player played in at least 3 out of the 5 positions on the pitch..... exposing the youngsters to different game situations.
The game itself was neck and neck with both teams cancelling out each others advantage with the ping pong scoring but the final goal came from Cayden who from a corner saw Sol Rey unmarked as a defender... with a nice pass, Cayden continued his run towards the edge of the box and Sol Rey picked him out, and finished with good composure.
Harry was rock between the sticks, Luca was a menace with his speed dribbles, Isaac held his position well on the pitch showing good understanding of the diamond shape and was lively on the ball, Paul was always looking to help the team switch play when playing as a defender, Cayden was cool as a cucumber on the ball and showed maturity in possession, and finally Sol Rey was awarded MoTM for his bravery to call for the ball (when last defender) and always looked before he made his pass.
Finally we wish lorenzo speedy recovery from his injury