U14B - Harleston Magpies U14B (EH U14 R5) - L 1-4 - Local rivals take the honours
COLTS XI - 18/02/2018 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES U14B (A) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 18/02/2018
HEADLINE: Local rivals take the honours
LEAGUE: EHA U14 Cup
RESULT: Magpies 4-1 City
After a few relatively easy cup games this was the top of the table clash for bragging rights as both teams qualified for the East Regional finals.
City started well with some excellent ball movement between the defence (Sam Hyatt and Archie Ward) and midfield (Henry Baker, Ethan Rushton, Harry Mackenzie, Jonty Black and Toby Pallister). Having looked good playing the passing possession game it was somewhat of a surprise when City almost seemed to panic with their good possession and had to endure a 10 minute spell of excellent defensive tackles followed by giving the ball back to their hosts. The defence held out courtesy of some good saves from Tommy Ringer in goal. The introduction of Rocco Iaccarino on City’s left seemed to negate Magpies attacks down their right flank - a good, selfless display of doing a job for the team (sadly resulting in a reoccurrence of a heel injury which forced him out of the second half).
With the game ebbing and flowing City then started creating chances thanks to the midfield linking well with Richard Mann, Rafe Lochore and Freddie Paterson, Ethan and Oliver Millett up front. Magpies took the lead after about 25 minutes only for City to respond with a goal (Toby) that initially looked to have been awarded by the umpire only to be ruled out in almost the same blow of the whistle. 0-1 at half time.
The second half started in similar fashion with City moving the ball well and Magpies striking on the counter attack. The second goal was always going to be pivotal and it fell to the home side after a goal mouth melee involving multiple shots and multiple and crucial defensive tackles.
City nearly reduced the arrears from the restart when the home keeper was forced to make a string of saves. One excellent move down the right, Jack Whitlam to Richie, along the base line, slipped back to Jonty whose first time effort was well saved. With City pressing they were caught on the counter attack by the goal of the match. Not much the defence or the keeper could do!
Whilst it would have been easy for City’s heads to drop they continued to fight to the very end and made it 3-1 thanks to a clinical Rafe strike. Then a string of saves denied Sam, Henry, Jonty, Richie, Rafe and Freddie (credit to Magpies keeper for some excellent if rather frustrating saves!). Again Magpies broke on the counter attack and extended their lead with five minutes to go. Still City fought and almost in a microcosm of the game, were awarded a final short corner on the stroke of full time which despite multiple attempts we just couldn’t convert.
Final score 4-1 which felt a little flattering to the home side but nevertheless this was an excellent game played in the right spirit which kept the crowd on their feet to the very end.
Many of the City players had long periods during which they played particularly well (I was going to name then but happily realised that I’d be celebrating just about everyone). Overall my man of the match was Richie Mann.
RESULT: L 1-4
SCORERS: Rafe Lochore
POTM: Richard Mann
U14B - Saffron Walden U14B (EH U14 R4) - W 9-0 - City slickers show no mercy
COLTS XI - 04/02/2018 VS SAFFRON WALDEN U14B (H) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 04/02/2018
HEADLINE: City slickers show no mercy
LEAGUE: East tier
VENUE: Taverham Recreation Facility
RESULT: NCHC 9 - 0 Saffron Walden
Wow what a fantastic display showing control, versatility, some clinical finishing, some great defending and some fanstastic saves. I could stop there but that would be a disservice to a great bunch of U14 hockey players.
Hand on heart I can’t remember the order of the goal scorers so I will celebrate some excellent play. Yes we dominated large parts of the game but we actually started by looking a bit congested in midfield, however normal service was resumed after about 5 minutes and City never looked back. Flowing moves down both flanks, aggressive and tenacious running and tackling in midfield and some splendid fast and dynamic running from a very quick forward line created numerous chances.. Rafe Lochore proved a real thorn in the visitor’s side throughout the first half without quite managing to get 9n the scoresheet. In terms of the score, City finished the first half 4-0 up with two goals sticking in the memory (I) a fierce shot from the top of the D flew high and wide of the right hand post where Richie Mann used an overhead “tennis” hit high towards goal where Ethan Ruston utilised the same “tennis” style shot to hit the ball into the goal, and (ii) on the stroke of half time Pedro Salcines Rueda somehow managed to beat three players at the top of D before reversing a shot into the opposite top corner.
The score line suggests City were dominant from start, but this was far from the truth. The home defence of Archie Ward and Sam Hyatt, plus the ever alert Will Farrow in goal made sure there was not even a glimmer of a consolation goal. Our defenders set the standard and the rest of the team stepped up to the plate!
Despite multiple substitutions and positional changes City played some fantastic hockey in the second half. Oliver Moore was commanding at centre half with Henry Baker, Rocco Iaccarino and Jack Whitlam all providing attacking options as outside halves whilst being disciplined enough to thwart just about every counter-attack. Being able to rotate Jonty Black, Pedro and Toby as insides meant we retained our energy and attacking flare throughout whilst the forwards, Rafe Lochore, Richie Mann, Ethan Rushton, Freddie Paterson and Jack Whitlam just never stopped running, moving with purpose and pace on and off the ball. Without an excellent display by the visiting keeper City could have racked up a cricket score.
For the record the scorers were: Toby Pallister; Ethan Rushton; Freddie Paterson (2); Pedro Salcines Rueda; Oliver Moore; Richie Mann (2); and Sam Hyatt.
In such a complete performance there were a number of genuine candidates for man of the match with Sam Hyatt being the worthy winner.
RESULT: W 9-0
SCORERS: Ethan Rushton,Richard Mann,Richard Mann,Sam Hyatt,Freddie Paterson,Freddie Paterson,Toby Pallister,Oliver Moore,Pedro Salcines Rueda
POTM: Sam Hyatt
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