U14B - Harleston Magpies U14B (EH U14 C4) - L 3-4 - Slick penalty corners nearly salvage a draw
COLTS XI - 05/02/2017 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14B (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 05/02/2017
HEADLINE: Slick penalty corners nearly salvage a draw
LEAGUE: EHA U14 Boys cup
RESULT: NCHC 3-4 Magpies
REPORT: City chose to play a 1-2-3-3-2 formation to pack the midfield and nullify a Magpies team that had scored 21 goals in their previous 3 games. Whilst this meant the two forwards (in particular Freddie Paterson and Richie Mann) did a lot of sometimes unrewarded running it did mean City were able to compete and for large periods of the game dominate possession.
After a positive start by the home team with Max Merron and Louis Hart looking dangerous in midfield it was a little against the run of play when Magpies took the lead through a penalty corner after about 10 minutes. Five minutes later a neat move saw the visitors' lead extended at which point the home team rather than crumble really stood up to the plate and took the game to Magpies. A tactical switch, moving Rio Iaccarino from defence to midfield added solidity and dynamism as the Hart, Merron, Iaccarino and Elliot Fox combination started to dominate the centre of the pitch. Whilst Iaccarino, Merron and Hart in particular combined endeavour with delightful stick work it was man of the match Fox whose reading of the game and simple passing really got the home side ticking.
City reduced the arrears just before half time thanks to a pre planned penalty corner move that allowed Rio Iaccarino to score.
The second half saw both teams play some excellent attacking and defending hockey. Cameron Husband and Reuben Cooke were awesome in defence with Ethan Rushton making some crucial saves it was again a bit frustrating that Magpies should restore their two goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining. However, just as in the first half, this seemed to galvanise the home team with some flowing moves down both flanks driven by Iaccarino, Hart and Fox. City's second penalty corner was again clinical, a slip to Fox and a calm finish into the bottom corner. 3-2 and game on. With City pushing for the equaliser, a swift Magpies counterattack saw the goal of the game - Jude charged down the inside right channel and nailed his shot into the roof of the net. City responded immediately and having forced a penalty corner made it three out of three thanks to a Hart dummy and fierce strike. 4-3.
As City pressed for the equaliser they eventually ran out of time. All the City players worked tirelessly, often out of their preferred positions, and can justly be proud of their performances. A great game, a dramatic finale and a fine advertisement for youth hockey.
The City heroes were:
Ethan Rushton (GK), Rio Iaccarino, Cameron Husband, Reuben Cooke, Joseph Roy, Elliot Fox, Monty Platt, Max Merron, Louis Hart, Jonty Black, Freddie Paterson, Richie Mann, Robert McCall and Rocco Iaccarino.
RESULT: L 3-4
SCORERS: Saverio Iaccarino,Elliot Fox,Louis Hart
POTM: Elliot Fox