AC Finchley 3 v 2 Edgware u13s
A 3-2 loss away to lowly AC Finchley in the league put an end to what had been a good run for the u13s.
The contributing factors today had to be the lack of a full squad, having to start with just 11 players (one of whom was already carrying an injury) and no recognised goalkeeper, and the very slow start we had meaning that we went 2 – 0 down in the first 11 minutes.
Having started slowly, we did pick up once we had gone 2 – 0 down and with James and Alex Solomon threatening up front and both Archie and Dylan looking effective down the flanks, we did enough in the remainder of the first half to know we had it within us to turn the game around.
We did make changes in the second half, switching Luke into centre midfield, which saw us winning much more ball, Barsa into central defence to add weight in there and deploying TJ and Ben down the wings (with Dylan and Archie giving us some much wanted pace at the back)
Within 5 minutes of the re-start the changes seemed to pay off as some extended pressure led to Alex being brought down in the AC Finchley 18 yard box and Ben continuing his solid record of converting penalties to make the score 2 – 1
We continued to apply pressure and clean up much more effectively at the back and just 4 minutes later James’ slightly wayward cross found its way directly into the far corner of the net. Whilst he may not have intended it as a shot, it was well deserved after some really strong running to break past 2 or 3 men.
We continued to threaten and so nearly put Alex Solomon through on a number of occasions but each time our final ball was just too heavy and found its way straight through to their keeper, who was having a solid game.
As is so often the case, with us very much on the front foot, we did get caught a couple of times on the break and 5 minutes from time a great shot found its way into the top of our net to seal our fate at 3 – 2
It was the second time in two seasons that we have worked our way back from 2 – 0 down at Finchley, but this time the initial problem was of our own making and with little additional options available to us through lack of fit substitutes, it all proved a little too much.
Man of the match today was awarded to Dylan who played a really energetic first half at right mid-field and then putting in an even better performance at right-back, being dominant in the air and on the ground against opponents who had proven themselves fairly useful down that wing in the first half.