Maccabee London Lions u12 (1) v Edgware Town u12 (2)

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Maccabee London Lions u12 (1) v Edgware Town u12 (2)

An absolutely terrific performance from all the boys today saw us win out deserved 2 – 1 winners over London Lions, just a matter of weeks after they exacted the same score on ourselves.

In what was a very tight fixture last time out, we did nothing to help our cause by conceding in the first 20 seconds of the game. Their goal came as a result of the pace Lions showed down their left, something that was ever-present all game, and that whilst we were the better team on the day, that pace was a threat to us throughout.

Starting with a 4-3-1 formation we won enough of the ball in the mid-field in the first half to create a number of opportunities. We were unlucky in that Alex hit the woodwork at least twice in that half, but the boys also squandered a number of opportunities by selecting to shoot when the square ball was the more obvious option.

Whilst the first 20 minutes of the game were tight, the last 10 of the half were all Edgware and we finally did break through with a great goal after Dillan chased down a ball on the right wing, delivered an inch perfect cross into the box which Alex cheekily back-heeled to take the score to 1 – 1 at half time.

At half time we did not focus on the goal we had conceded, but on the way we used the ball when we got into attacking positions as rightfully, we could and should have gone in 3 or 4 goals up.

The second half, the boys really turned in a great performance. We started to win more and more ball in mid-field and whilst the Lions threat was always there, you felt Edgware were always the more likely to score.

That said, the longer the game went on without us scoring the more we started to worry that there may well be a twist in the tale and were it not for a couple of tremendous saves from Matt on his return from injury, we could have been  writing a very different report.

That said, with all the possession we had, we decided to throw caution to the wind in the last 5 minutes and moved from our 4-3-1 formation to a 3-3-2 formation, with a view to really testing them at the back.

The gamble nearly back-fired as Lions worked themselves into a 5 on 2 situation but they also showed some poor decision making to allow us to clear our lines and within a minute we took the ball up the other end of the field, Alex shot, collected the ball from the rebound off the keeper and slotted home to take the score to 2 -1, with just a minute or two of the game to go.

All in all this was a tremendous game for us, means that we have started to put a little run together and puts us in a much better place than might have been the case for our new year’s march up the table.

There were terrific performances all over the pitch again, with every boy playing their hearts out, but man of the match had to go to Alex for his winning brace.