JPL U12 Cup Competition
- competition : JPL U12 Cup Competition
- date : 04/01/2020
- time : 10:45
- comment :
SSW 5-2 Yeovil
SSW Devon vs Yeovil
Saturday 4th January 2020
Torquay Academy. 3G.
Happy New Year to everyone!
A closely fought cup tie, with SSW eventually proving to be the better team on the day. Yeovil fought well and always looked dangerous, but a flurry of goals in the final quarter sealed the win for SSW and their progression to the next round of the JPL Cup.
The Christmas break looked to have taken its toll on both teams, with the game getting off to a slow start, loose passes and heavy touches making play a little disjointed and scrappy. Yeovil were well organised, strong in the tackle and looked to be the more determined of the two teams, but once the boys settled in SSW began to move the ball fluently, switching play effectively, working both wings and retaining possession well. Amazingly, the first proper attempt on goal came well into Q1- a shot from Patrick coming back off the Yeovil bar. Yeovil broke several times, but good defending from Jasper and Jamie kept the away team at bay. The deadlock was finally broken following good combination play from Noah and Fin, who set up Harry whose shot was well saved by the Yeovil keeper. The resulting corner was driven in low by Zack from the right and deflected to Harry who smashed it in to make it 1-0 to SSW. The goal raised the home team’s spirits and a period of composed football followed with great through balls and movement from Jamie, Toby and Ethan, the highlight being a lovely ball from Toby which Ollie met with an excellent sliding finish to conclude the quarter 2-0.
With a two goal lead, SSW started the first 10 minutes of Q2 brightly with a series of chances and Yeovil working mostly on the break. Yeovil’s keeper pulled off a number of great saves with shots coming in from both wings and the forwards. As the quarter progressed Yeovil grew in confidence though creating a number of chances of their own and winning several free kicks which Henry met with confidence, holding shots and passing out from the back well. The quarter finished 2-0 to SSW.
SSW’s pressure continued albeit with a lack of tempo. Shots from Harry, Stevie and Patrick were saved and a headed chance for Zack from a corner from Noah was also cleared. Halfway through the quarter Yeovil again upped their game winning a brace of dangerous free kicks – the second slotted home by an attacker after a goal mouth scramble. Now at 2-1Yeovil were firmly back in the game. A team with an excellent spirit and some impressive individuals (notably the very accomplished number 17) their tails were now well and truly up. They looked hungry and for a time the most likely to score next. They pushed hard for the equaliser and with the quarter almost up, Henry had to make a great save, stretching his full length to keep Yeovil out and SSW in the lead. A save and a moment that felt absolutely pivotal to the outcome of the match.
Yeovil carried on where they left off in Q3 again looking the most likey to score and even go on and win the match but SSW responded quickly, with great play from Ethan and a strong finish from Jamie (capping a solid all-round performance) to re-establish a 2 goal lead. With this cushion came renewed self-belief from Saints and once again they began to play with more urgency and precision. But Yeovil fought back again, and with action at both ends Henry and the Yeovil keeper both made important saves. Shots from Toby, Jamie, Ollie, Fin and Stevie were all well saved, while at the home end, Henry tidied up long balls and provided some great distribution down the wings. Towards the end of the quarter SSW piled on the pressure, playing mostly in the away half and working a number of attempts on goal. A great through ball from Ethan was neatly finished by Toby to make it 4-1, but with 5 minutes to go Yeovil (a tenacious never-say-die team) scored again to make it 4-2 raising the possibility of a nail biting finish. But the always lively Ethan capitalised on a rare Yeovil defensive error to seal the win and finish the game 5-2 to SSW.
Well done to both teams who delivered spells of great passing football, action across the pitch and at both ends. And a mention too for referee Matt Hard who officiated beautifully. As a curtain-raiser to the new decade this was a very enjoyable game for all involved.
Best of luck to Yeovil for the rest of the season.
- Saints Southwest Devon
- match summary
- Yeovil Town