Santos Global Football Academy V Harvesters Jaguars
By Richard Parker
Match report by Joe Waller
We travel to North London today for a second meeting between these two teams and some pre match nerves as our first meeting showed this was a very good footballing side.
A fabulous facility awaited and the staff were very friendly as we were shown to the south west quarter of a full size 4G pitch. Cloudy and cool weather, the rain held off.
Six in the squad today, Matthew starts in goal and first sub is Conor.
We start brightly and forced the home team to concede an own goal but I could see the Jaguars were very nervous of the home team. Some great play by our boys and a real hard shift from all the boys, particularly Matthew and Max but the lead slips away as the referee blows for half time.
Second half starts with Jacob in goal and Joe taking time out on the bench, pressure is on again almost immediately as the home team lay siege to our goal, we are resilient and break away with a well struck goal by James. We are still in the game at 30mins but a very high shot by the home team hits the back of our net with absolutely nothing keeper could have done other than grown 2 feet taller !!
Quite a few stoppages today as both teams going in for tackles 100% James goes off, replaced by Joe for the final few minutes. Max wins a free kick from a good position, well struck and great trajectory but just the wrong side of the cross bar.
A disappointing end to the season but a real challenging match for the boys.
All the boys gave their all today, my man of the match goes to Matthew, a tough first half in goal and a disciplined performance second half.