South West U12 Greys
- competition : South West U12 Greys
- date : 28/09/2019
- time : 10:30
- comment :
Saints Southwest Devon 6-3 Saints Southwest Somerset
SSW Devon vs SSW Somerset
Saturday 28th September 2019
South Dartmoor College. Grass.
After a good start Devon conceded two goals in quick succession but worked the wide areas well to win 6-3.
Blustery conditions with on-off rain and a slick, wet pitch greeted the players for this Saints derby match. Coach Neil Last had set Saints Devon some key tasks before today’s game and the home side looked to be following instructions to the letter from the get-go as they very quickly settled into a rhythm of overloading the wide areas and getting quick crosses into the box. With Zak hitting the side netting and Finn cracking a fine effort that nearly crept through the goalie’s hands the tone was sent early on. Stevie expertly controlled a tricky bouncing ball and his excellent snap shot was unfortunate to be hit straight at the keeper and Zak came close with a dipping effort after a good interchange with Toby.
Devon camped in the Somerset half for most of the quarter controlling the game well, recycling and moving the ball quickly but Somerset defended resolutely and took advantage of any opportunities to counter attack, demonstrating a very clear threat. With so many crosses flying in and shots racking up, a goal for Devon was inevitable and it came through Scott, assisted by Zack out wide. Scott cleverly worked some space for himself to smash the ball in - top bins. Toby headed just over from a lovely cross and Jeremy had a couple of threatening speculative efforts and with double figure shots on goal Devon were certainly dominant in Q1. Somerset whose defending throughout was determined and tireless – their goalie was immense - showed glimpses of a real counter-attacking threat and the quarter ended for an on-top Devon still only one goal to the good.
Devon started Q2 as the first ended, but as the quarter evolved the play became more narrow and focussed in a congested midfield channel rather than stretched out on the wings as in Q1. Somerset had clearly come out with more confidence too having weathered the Q1 storm and soon found themselves in the ascendancy. Quicker to the ball and pressing high and hard they forced Devon into making errors in possession and capitalised on a mistake at the back to level things at 1-1.
The goal gave Somerset renewed purpose and they fought well across the pitch, first to loose balls and generally sharper. Their tails were up and their increased pressure paid off, with a bursting right wing run and great finish from their impressive number 11 to make it 2-1. Devon ended the quarter in better fashion but Q2 most definitely belonged to Somerset.
Powered on by half-time oranges (thanks, Sean!), Devon returned to their game plan in the 3rd quarter. Good runs from Patrick, testing crosses from Ethan and Scott, and more shots peppered the Somerset goal but again their defence and keeper held firm until Stevie guided in a lovely header from an inch-perfect Scott corner (2-2).
Toby came close from range on his left and then again with a strong header, from a brilliant first-time cross from Ethan, which the excellent keeper managed to turn around the post.
The onslaught brought further reward though when another hard-to-defend cross from Scott gave Jeremy the task of directing a simple header home after a friendly bounce (3-2). Then both wings combined and Ethan, after a dart down the line, hit a perfectly weighted cross to pick out Scott on the edge of the box. Scott brought the ball down superbly and then struck a brilliant rising shot into the roof of the net. It was the pick of Devon’s goals and rounded off the quarter with Devon in the driving seat again at 4-2.
The final quarter saw more chances fall to Devon before Zak neatly turned in another teasing cross (5-2) in a rare moment when a Devon attacker had any space in the box. An unfortunate back pass own goal made the score 5-3 but then Finn and Ethan combined well and their determined runs paid off with Ethan, one-on-one with the goalie, coolly slotting past for 6-3.
And so, with the sun back out, it ended…. 6-3 to Saints Devon.
In summary, a good performance from Devon with lots of chances created and some fine football played especially when the boys stuck to the game plan.
Well played Somerset who showed excellent spirit and determination. They were dogged in defence and proved to be a significant force when counter-attacking. Good luck for the rest of the season!
(Interesting stat provided by Noah’s hi-tech vest garmin - the midfield covering around 8 – 9km each over 60 minutes!)
2 x Scott
1 x Zack
1 x Stevie
1 x Jeremy
1 x Ethan
Zack, Scott (3), Ethan.
A special mention to our excellent linesmen– Martin Lakey and Sean Hartrey for the home team - and referee Matt Hard sporting a memorable aquamarine coloured shirt for the first time this season.
- Saints Southwest Devon
- match summary
- Saints Southwest Somerset