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U15 - Match centre

Maindy Corries
Canton Rangers Blue
Sat 22 Nov 11:30 - Friendly Full time

Defeat a lesson for Corries

Complacency leads to deserved defeat

After the 15 minute game against Grangetown we set up for a 30m game against Canton with confidence high. After beating the same opponents relatively comfortably earlier in the season we knew if the boys played to their potential there was another victory there for the taking.

Unfortunately the early stages of the match saw the boys carry on as they left off against Grangetown. Perhaps lulled into a sense of security by a straightforward game there was little quality or energy in Corries early play.

As a result we were getting little joy going forward, as Canton found it easy to defend against a team that were not looking to pass the ball & lacking in movement, while going forward they were getting some joy & creating openings as the pressure on the ball & man was slow from the boys in red & white.

It was no surprise when Canton took the lead, a move down our left saw the ball cut back to an unmarked onrushing midfielder who finished well into the bottom corner, giving Jacob in goals no chance.

From an almost identical move Canton doubled their lead soon after, their players again exploiting some basic mistakes by Corries to create the space & time for a straightforward finish into the net from a couple of yards out.

With Corries not playing anywhere close to their usual standard, frustrations started to boil over and this impacted further on the performance levels. Passing was non-existent, this consequently leading to a lack of willing support runners as Corries play became more & more disjointed. Nevertheless we managed to hang on until half time without conceding anymore goals, thanks largely to the introduction of Tom at the back and one fantastic save from Jacob.

The second half saw some elements of the game improve, but not all. Corries dominated the majority of territory, creating a succession of corners but failing to make them count despite some consistently good delivery from Joe C & Harri. Still though the boys play was not fluent, with passing & supporting the man in possession both almost completely absent.

The closest we came to pulling a goal back was when Fin hit a cross shot that floated over their keeper & struck the top of the bar, Canton came just as close to another goal though when hitting the post after a well worked counter attack.

The boys did just enough to deserve drawing the second half, but there were no arguments that Canton were deserved winners.

Player of the week was Efan, who as well as being one of the small number to play to their abilities worked his socks off every minute he was on the pitch. Credit also to Fin who continued throughout to make the right runs & get himself in good positions despite time & again not being used.

A lot to work on then, but the key being to maintain composure on the pitch & play the right way regardless of who the opposition is

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