Gadeside Rangers 0 v 5 Edgware u13s
The u13s came through the first round of the League cup with a 5 – 0 victory away to Gadeside Rangers Tigers.
It was a game in which we struggled to put out a full team, had no recognised goalkeeper, and what with injuries picked up in the game itself, we played for long periods with only 10 men on the pitch.
That said, for a game against much lower division opposition, it served to make for a better work out
For all our possession in the first 15 minutes, we struggled to get past Gadeside’s big centre half and whilst we never looked likely to concede, we could and should have used the ball better in the final third of the pitch.
The breakthrough did eventually come in the 18th minute, when we sent our own centre half, Barsa, up for a free kick, and he was rewarded with a fine header to make the score 1 – 0
As Udo came off the pitch with a recurring groin injury and Archie sat out the remainder of the half too, we played the rest of the half with 10 men and, whilst we had to rotate positions to make things fit, we did manage to get a second goal, courtesy of TJ in the 30th minute.
We started the second half with 11 men on the pitch, which was a bonus, and continued where we had left off, dominating the territorial battle, if not making the best use of the ball at all times.
The game was effectively put out of Gadeside’s reach when Alex Solomon ran onto a through ball and rounded the keeper to make the score 3 – 0
We did take our foot of the pedal for a period after that but two goals in quick succession, one from Archie and then another from TJ to compete his brace, saw us run out 5 – 0 winners.
Given the number of players we were able to field and the injuries picked up, it was a solid result, and one better than we beat the same opposition by last season when we met them in the 4th round of the County Cup, so it would imply some progression from us as a team.
Man of the match was probably Gadeside’s number 5, without whom we would have scored many more goals, but from an Edgware perspective, notable performances today were from an under the weather Luke in goal, who had little to deal with but kept alert and ultimately kept a clean sheet, Barsa who played in defence and in midfield and who was full of energy today, and our man-of-the-match Alex Shaikh, who did put in a number of fine tackles to ensure that when Gadeside did attack, we ended them, fairly quickly.