U14's Juniors Match report 27.10.19
Allenton United Juniors: 1
Ashbourne Aztecs Juniors: 5
After a comfortable win the cup last week it was back to league action for Aztecs against a combative and resilient Allenton side. The fixture had been in doubt due to recent poor weather but an early morning pitch inspection confirmed the match would go ahead and fortunate it was for the spectators who showed up to to witness what turned out to be a fantastic game with Aztecs sealing a thoroughly deserved win.
It did not not start well though as United showed real intent from the 1st whistle with Aztecs having to defend an early attack. It was then Aztecs turn to push forward and found the United keeper alert and with safe hands thwarting any goal threat. United pressed forward again but found Aztecs keeper Marshall equally sharp.
United continued to pile on the pressure which paid off as they went ahead after 6 mins with a well executed counter attack which caught the Aztecs defence napping. Aztecs regained composure after the restart and pressed forward with some excellent play down the attacking right hand side with some great interchanges between Allen and Morton leading to quality crosses into the opposition box but with the United keeper again displaying awareness and agility to deny Aztecs an equaliser.
The match is fairly evenly balanced at this point with chances coming on both sides but a combination of stalwart defending and competent goalkeeping kept the score at 1-0. The match is real end to end stuff with both teams fully committed and it could go either way. An injury to a united midfielder suspends play and shortly after another terrific save from Marshall restricts United to a 1 goal advantage.
A strong passage of play from Aztecs follows which puts the United defence under sustained pressure with some great play down the attacking right hand side, this leads to Aztecs finding time and space in the box and a rash challenge from behind by the United left back concedes a penalty. The spot kick is confidently dispatched by Midfielder James, Aztecs are deservedly level.
Aztecs continue to dominate play during the final stages of the 1st half with industrious tempo coupled with high quality set pieces and throw-in's but United still pose a threat with counter attacking capability and robust tackling. Aztecs make there 1st substitution with Wilson replacing Taylor.
With 5 minutes left before the break and a superb piece of quality passing down the right enables an equally superb pin point cross into the box which finds Wallis in space who drives the ball into the back of the net, Aztecs lead 2-1 with half time approaching. Almost straight from the restart an attempted cross come shot from Allen has the United Keeper scrambling but the ball rises above the cross bar to safety, a great speculative effort and Aztecs are in total control.
Further fine passing and pacy interchanges pull the united back four out of position and a terrific diagonal shot into the top right hand corner from Robinson puts Ashbourne 3-1 up. Aztecs are getting better and better with United heads clearly dropping as the Referee signals the half time break.
The second half begins with Aztecs picking up where they left off with strong attacking play which puts the United keeper under pressure with the slippery ball nearly evading his grasp after yet another quality cross from Allen. United are not out this contest yet and begin to bounce back with decent passing and make progress down the right hand side forcing Aztecs to concede a free kick in a dangerous position. The free kick is well struck and clips the top of the cross bar, a real let off for Aztecs.
United sustain pressure with Aztecs fortunate not to concede and require Marshall, Morton and Shepherd to be at there best to keep out the home side. No room for complacency as the 15 minute mark passes.
After a lengthy a pause for a United injury a cracking shot from the home side skims the top of the cross bar with Marshall stranded, this could prove to be a pivotal point in the match.
Aztecs get a grip and push forward and win a free kick on the left hand side 4 yards out from the 18 yard box , the kick is on target and heading for the bottom right hand corner but a brilliant sprawling dive from the United keeper pushes the ball to safety.
Shortly after more great play from the visiting team forces United into confusion and hesitation in their own area and Aztecs capitalise with a strong diagonal shot from Wallis into the bottom right hand corner. 4-1.
Aztecs then save the very best until last by really turning the screw with midfielders Clarke, Wallis and Taylor dictating play and after being awarded a free kick mid-way into the opposition half and in line with centre spot, James places the ball carefully then strikes a powerful but accurate shot at the United goal which loops over the arching Keeper and kisses the underside of the bar and drops into the net. A brilliant goal. 5-1 and game over.
This a was a superb team performance from Ashbourne with every player deserving great credit and one they should look back on with pride. Play like this and they can beat anyone in this league.
Man of the Match: Harry Wallis
Team: Louis De’Sousa, Jack Wilson, Theo Allen, Charlie Taylor, Kieran Clarke, Mackenzie James, Alfred Scott, Henry Morton, Oscar Robinson, Wyatt Marshall, William Shepherd, Harry Wallis.