Edgware u13s 2 v 5 AC Finchley
In what was probably a great game for a neutral supporter, the u13s somehow went down 5-2 to AC Finchley in the league, our second defeat against them this season.
On a blustery day, the boys put in a cracking first half performance, playing into the wind and up the slope they held out against everything that Finchley could throw at them and took a 1-0 lead into the break through a 29th minute strike from Alex Solomon who took advantage of some great aerial work from Udo after Ethan had delivered an early ball into the Finchley box.
We were arguably hard done by to not have gone in with more of an advantage having had one goal disallowed for a tight off-side decision, having had one ball scrambled away off the line and with their keeper having made one or two great saves.
Taking to the field in the second half, playing with the wind and the slope, we should have quickly closed out the game, but the first 10 minutes was far from that as we conceded a penalty in the 45 minute and then another goal in the 52nd to now trail 2 – 1
Going behind seemed to spark us back into life and we started to pile the pressure on the Finchley defense and after a number of close calls, including more fine saves from the Finchley keeper, Finchley conceded an own goal to level the score at 2- 2 in the 58th minute
At this point we had all the momentum and yet, a number of missed passes and tackles in mid-field, followed by some poor defending led us to concede three goals in quick succession in the 62nd, 65th and 66th minutes to effectively end the game.
It was good to see the fight in some of our boys in the final 5 minutes, but too little too late in the second half.
The first half was possibly the best half of football we have played in terms of intensity, and whilst we did not play badly in the second half, the intensity was not at the same level and our use of the ball in the final third again let us down as we could and should have scored many more goals than we did.
There were some very good performances on the pitch again though, Luke made some great saves in goal, especially in the first half, and was certainly not at fault for any of our goals. Dylan was also very strong at right back, especially given that it is not his position. James was strong both up front and in mid-field and Alex and Udo, when they did connect, do look like players who could cause most teams a few headaches. All that said, there’s not one boy that had a bad game today.