Year 6 play in ECFC Kids Cup
Well done to our year 6s, who played at Exeter University in the Kids Cup. They played really well, but didn’t get what they deserved from all their good play. Thanks to coach Will Cade for giving up his time, and for the match report below.
We started our first match against Ottery St Mary, they were the best team we faced. It was quite end to end and both Josh and their keeper made good saves. Their chances came from high pressing of our goal kick and ours though decent build up play. We had 3 1v1 situation which their keep thwarted magnificently. They had a few long range shots which Josh dealt with well. We were the better team and unlucky to draw. 0-0.
Second up were St Sidwells; after a cagey couple of minutes of scrappy football we got a freekick about 20 yards out to the left side of the pitch, Zac step up and hit a really well placed shot over their defender and into the far corner of the goal – the keeper had no chance. Next, some good intricate passing between the midfield allowed Morgan to receive the ball on the left hand side of the penalty area and he placed a great shot inside the far post. Finally George M popped up with a sliding finish from close range after great tacking and hassling of their defence by Tom and Fox. 3-0.
The third match was against Clyst St Mary; we started really well and looked comfortable. Zac intercepted a pass and ran forward from the back, through midfield and thumped a shot close to their keeper who got down well but it was too powerful to hold and it snuck in under his body. We then looked comfortable up to about 5 mins. Harvey and Theo both had good runs down the wings and created chances for us but a second goal didn’t come. Then the game changed, a kick in from the side for them was met by a great volley by their player, it hit the bar, bounced down and went in; nothing Josh could do. The game was then in the balance and both teams attacked, with a minute to go one of their player hit a shot, Zac tried to block it and it deflected off him and wrong footed Josh. We had no time to respond. At 5mins through the match we were winning the group but by 10 we dropped to 3rd. 2-1 loss.
Finishing 3rd meant we ended up dropping into the plate competition.
Our final match in the last 16 was against Bowhill – a good team with a really good keeper. For this match we changed from the 3G pitch (Group stages) to a sand based pitch and we never got used to it. Not wishing to blame the pitch too much, we couldn’t settle, the ball was hardly in play as we (and Bowhill) couldn’t get used to the speed the ball moved at. We had several chances to score, through good work by Harvey, Tom and Morgan but their keeper was excellent and saved well on several occasions. A moment of pin ball in defence led to their goal, as we tried to clear our lines but it hit one of their midfielders and the ball fell kindly for their attacker to score from close range. We pushed to score, but we lost more and more control of the ball. Through balls that had worked on the 3G pitch were gathered by their keeper and umpteen balls went out of play as we tried to pass the ball from back down the wings. We battled but couldn’t get back into the match. There was very little between the teams but Bowhill held on. Bowhill ended up finishing 3rd.
The boys were unlucky, but tried really hard and represented the school well. I think they feel they didn’t do well given they lost 2, drew 1 and won 1, it could have been a very different story which I tried to explain and that’s just football.