02:47PM, Tuesday 10 October 2017
Reading Royals 1-3 FC Holyport Under 10s
This was our first game in the cup and probably our best team performance to date.
Coming off the back of last week we tasked the team with starting quickly and being prepared for the game whilst warming up and they did exactly that! Very quick out of the blocks playing the majority of the first quarter in the oppositions half.
Had it not been for the small pitch I feel we would have had more opportunities to score more goals but scored with a fantastic strike just inside the box from Blue.
The tempo did not change for the whole match as we dominated the match creating chances and both teams really battling for goals.
We got another two goals through Albert with one great individual effort and a fantastic team goal.
The Royals scored late in the last quarter. Overall a great team performance lots of great passing, shooting, dribbling and most of all seeing the team enjoying playing together was great to see!
Player of the match was Robin.
FC Holyport Hornets Under 11s 0-4 Real Saracens
The game was a much closer contest than previous games and the team looked much stronger together.
Unfortunately due to a confusion around the offside rule, Holyport conceded an early goal.
Holyport kept the pressure on all through the first half with some good passing and a couple of good attempts on goal.
Defence from Holyport was also much stronger this week and Max was fantastic, keeping out several good attempts on goal.
Holyport conceded a second goal going into half time.
They came out fighting in the second half but sadly Real Saracens were lucky and scored a third.
Holyport made several attempts to push the ball up the field throughout the second half but a goal eluded them.
Real Saracens finished the game with a another goal. This was a much better scoreline than the last time we played this team.
Everyone was delighted with the way the team played today, they were unlucky not to score.
Player of the match was Nikki for her determination and great defending.
FC Holyport Hurricanes Under 11s vs Wantage Town
The match was our toughest challenge so far. Wantage were very well organised at the back and always looking to counter attack.
This proved to be the difference between the two teams, however Holyport dug deep and kept the score very tight . With a little bit more time and practice this may be a different result .
Player of the match today went to Tiahna for some great saves and keeping the score line down . Well done.
Laurel Park Whirlwinds 1-2 FC Holyport Hawks Under 14s
The Hawks progressed through to the U14 Plate 2nd round in routine fashion, after a very scrappy affair. The Hawks started well and soon quashing any signs of a whirlwind start by Laurel Park.
Jude continued his excellent performance from last week with a storming run into the right channel, his cross too good for his on-rushing strikers. Riley then shot high and wide before Michael broke clean through on goal, rounding the keeper and was only prevented from scoring by a great last ditch tackle.
After 20 mins of another lacklustre Hawks performance the coaches rang the changes with Lucas, Jake and Harry R entering the fray. The changes worked immediately as the Hawks took the lead from a corner, Lucas knocked the ball over and the ball fell to Ewan, who shot into the bottom corner through a tangle of legs. 1-0 Hawks.
Kush went close from the next corner as the Hawks ramped up the pressure. One soon became two as Harry R struck the second from distance, 40 yards out on the right-wing Harry R slid in for 50/50 tackle, reaching the ball well ahead of the defender.
The force and intent of Harry’s challenge rocketed the ball off his laces, over the keeper’s head and into the top corner 2-0 Hawks. Despite not playing at their best the Hawks were now in firm control of the tie with Jack, Chris, Louis, Harry A and Kush in control at the back. Jasan up to this point had been untroubled, only having to sweep up a few long balls but he had to make a smart save with his legs just before the break to keep the Hawk’s lead intact.
The second half began in the exact same fashion as the first with Jude bursting down the right-hand side, this time smashing in a fierce strike which hit the bar. The three supporting players, unmarked in the middle were not amused! The Hawks, despite playing with little rhythm, pattern or passing to their play then carved out several gilt-edged chances and as in previous weeks managed to miss them all.
Jake, Bobby, Jude and Lucas all failing to seriously test the home keeper and this left a nervy last 15 mins of the game as the kind-hearted Hawks gifted away a goal. Laurel Park’s left winger ran from his own half into the heart of the box, without being challenged, teeing up a simple goal. 1-2 Hawks.
The final acts of the games held few scares for the Hawks as they eased into the hat for the next round and knowing that tougher challenges await in this year’s cup run. The Hawk’s defence is holding up well this year but work is needed on passing and finishing if the Hawks want to fulfil their potential this year. A change of shape back to last season’s 3-5-2 may soon be on the cards and with speed and guile soon to be added to the squad (a new signing and Jacob’s return from injury) goals will surely start to flow.
Kush was MOM for a tidy and composed display at left back.
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