JPL Cup U14 Group 22
- competition : JPL Cup U14 Group 22
- date : 14/09/2019
- time : 10:30
- comment :
Close contest decided in second quarter
In glorious September sunshine, Worcester City welcomed Gloucester City to Perdiswell for their first home match of the season in what turned out to be a closely-fought and competitive contest.
Honours were even in the first quarter as the visitors had a couple of half-chances whilst good link up play between Jamie Neath and Will Cottell saw the latter shoot wide of the right hand post.
The second quarter began with City keeper Christian Carter saving well at his near post before Gloucester turned the game in their favour with three quick goals. The first came when their striker latched onto a ball over the top, galloped clear and coolly finished and this was followed by a penalty after the hosts were penalised for handball.
The third was another delightful finish by the striker who with his back to goal, spun and stroked into the corner although City will be disappointed that the cross into the box wasn't prevented.
Both sides had chances in Q3 but it was Gloucester that scored again as their striker completed an excellent hat-trick with a shot that went in off the post.
Worcester continued to compete and the Gloucester keeper pulled off an outstanding save to thwart Cottell only for a penalty to be conceded in the resulting scramble for a foul on Harry Ineson. Cottell's kick sent the keeper the wrong way but cruelly bounced off the upright.
As the game became stretched, Gloucester were foiled on two occasions by a combination of goal-line clearances and excellent Carter blocks whilst, at the other end, the home side tested the visitors' back line but just didn't get the breaks that their pressure warranted - the last chance falling to Neath, whose tireless performance deserved a goal, but he shot over after running clear.
A closer game than the pre-season fixture between the two sides and, for Worcester, a massive improvement and lots of positives to work on following their first JPL Cup game the previous week. A first win in the competition for Gloucester, who can also be happy with their efforts.
Good luck to GCFC in their upcoming matches and we look forward to our league meeting in November.
- Worcester City
- match summary
- Gloucester City