ESPZEN SS Blue 's Match Report
Another warm day, and Coach Will couldn't wait to get the boys on the pitch; being back with the U9 Blue team after missing the Easter Weekend fixtures. As always, it is a pleasure to work with such a humble and hard working group of players, with the excellent support that comes from the sidelines.
The match itself was an important fixture. The players recognised, after drawing 3-3 with EFS earlier in the season, that this match would determine how far we had come as a team. Captain Sam suggested we stick to the strategy we had used all season and work as a team to move the ball from side to side and back to front. Keeping the big diamond in attack and the small diamond in defence.
The players needed a few minutes to get into the match, which unfortunately led to EFS having more possession. But ESPZEN gradually came into the match and began to move the ball as expected. Some lovely combinations between Sam, Cian and Austin enabled ESPZEN to move the ball forward. Teun offered options in space away from defenders, while Jai put himself into positions to support team mates and almost scored a goal as a result. Afeef offered his pace as a defender and playmaker as well as showing how much has has improved as a GK when he went in goal.
Teun scored a well deserved goal after 22 minutes. He worked relentlessly to get possession back and when through to score. However, towards the end of the match, ESPZEN began to tire (having only one sub today) and were not able to keep the energy levels as high as EFS. This resulted in some late goals for EFS which took away the possibility of ESPZEN getting back into the match.
But the score should not reflect a valiant performance from ESPZEN, who worked throughout, began showing their intent to pass and move the ball, and most importantly to work as a team. Keep going boys, the results will soon reflect on the excellent performances.
Captain Sam went for Afeef as MOM. This was due to his cover in defence, some saves he made while in goal, and the threat he posed as a playermaker. Onto the next match...