ESPZEN U14 's Match Report
GFA Japan made a strong start to the game scoring within six minutes, after quickly following up to finish after their first shirt was well blocked by the ESPZEN defender. This was quickly followed by a second after the ESPZEN goalkeeper parried a shot and the GFA Japan player was quickest to follow up and smash it into the roof of the net. ESPZEN responded well having a number of shots from distance with Ryan and Kayden going close with strikes from outside the box. GFA Japan made it three soon after with a solo run into the box and a good finish. ESPZEN got back into after Jonan pressed high up the pitch to win the ball and square it for Ethan to finish well inside the box. ESPZEN went close again as Lou cut in from the right and hit a shot just wide of the far post. GFA added another on the stroke of half time scoring a header from a corner.
GFA Japan made a strong start to the second half scoring after ESPZEN fumbled a cross in the box. This was followed by another corner with the ESPZEN player at the near post unable to head away which enabled the GFA Japan player behind able to come in and score. ESPZEN responded well with a rocket from outside the box flying past the keeper who didn’t even move. GFA Japan fired back eight minutes later. ESPZEN added a third after great pressure from Oscar high up the pitch enabled him to win the ball and feed Ethan to score his second of the day. GFA Japan finished the scoring with a goal right at the end of the game to make it 8-3. Congratulations to GFA Japan on their performance and well deserved victory.
It is always a good challenge playing against older players for ESPZEN, who started the game with only nine players present, but they fought hard throughout the game. Their defensive shape was very good with Ethan dropping off to pick up the dangerous deep midfield player and limiting his impact. The wingers did a good job screening forward passes into the opposition wingers, the centre midfielders did a good job screening forward passes into the GFA Japan centre forward and picking up runs behind from the midfield players. ESPZEN invited GFA Japan forward by siting deep and they were able to utilise the space behind this created by playing a few longer passes into the space behind to create chances and had a few shots from distance. The defensive shape was good but it was the individual quality of the GFA Japan or individual mistakes which enabled GFA Japan to score a number of goals. The defenders were always showing to take the ball, particularly Sanat in the second half. Jonan was always dropping off to offer an option to link the game through the middle of the pitch and was able to play back when it was too compact to play forward. There’s still plenty to work on but ESPZEN should be proud of their fighting spirit throughout the game and a number of moments of quality they were able to show. Let’s keep this attitude up for the rest of the season. Well done guys!
GFA Japan 's Match Report
Good start of the u16 seaason.