The u12s crashed our of the Spring plate today, having lost their first 3 group games.
Today’s match against AC Finchley was one that we had every right to win and created more than enough chances to win it by a margin, but ultimately paid the price for some poor finishing and poor decision making in front of goal.
We started the game well and marginally won in the possession stakes, creating a number of clear cut opportunities that we did not have the wherewithal to convert. Little did we know that this was to be the case throughout the game. Having missed a couple of one-on-ones with the keeper and missing one relatively open goal, we did take the lead in the 23rd minute when James squared a ball for TJ to convert. Not for the first time this season some slack defensive work in midfield and at the back allowed Finchley to equalise within minutes of us scoring to take us to half-time at 1-1.
The team talk at half time was upbeat as we were opening Finchley up regularly enough to think there were goals for the taking but having not heeded the warning from Finchley’s first attack of the second half, we again showed poor quality to let them take a 2- 1 lead and not long afterwards a 3 – 1 lead.
whilst conceding these goals we were still creating opportunity after opportunity at the other end but were managing to squander some incredibly advantageous positions, five on one at one point, to stop us getting back in the game.
Fifteen minutes from the end Ben squared a ball across the area which Alex got onto to put us within a goal and gave us belief that there was still a win to be had, but after squandering yet more good possession we stopped pressing Finchley when they had the ball and paid the price when they hit another on the break to go 4 – 2 up.
It is impossible to say that anyone had a bad game as we created so many great opportunities, and on another day we would have scored a hat-full of goals, but we were exposed defensively, conceding 4 goals to a very average team through not pressing in mid-field and unforced errors that we could have avoided.
Man of the match went to Ben who was solid at the back and did seem to be making the right decisions when going forwards.