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
U14B - Sudbury U14B (EH U14 C3) - W 3-0 - Quick out of the blocks City ease to comfortable victory
COLTS XI - 20/11/2016 VS SUDBURY U14B (A) |
TEAM: Colts XI
FIXTURE: Colts XI VS 20/11/2016
HEADLINE: Quick out of the blocks City ease to comfortable victory
LEAGUE: EHA U14 Boys Cup
RESULT: Sudbury 0-3 Norwich City
City started quickly and were immediately on top thanks to Louis Hart's aggressive dribbling and the attacking movement created by Alex Tomkinson, Freddie Paterson and Rafe Lochore. Whilst it was no surprise that City should open the scoring, the fact that the first goal game inside 4 minutes from City's fourth attack was. An excellent run and pass from Hart found Tomkinson one on one with the keeper. His initial shot was saved but he calmly slotted the rebound.
With Elliot Fox, Monty Platt and Max Merron controlling the midfield City were able to pen the hosts in their own half. After a couple of "sighting" penalty corners City doubled their lead when a 12th minute corner was inially saved for Platt to calmly rifle in a shot from the top of the D. Hart made it 3-0 in the 16th minute with a trademark jinxing run and shot.
As is often the case when one side is dominant City tried to dribble the ball too much and it was somewhat of a delight to see Reuben Cooke, Rio Iaccarino, Monty Platt and Elliot Fox move the ball with pace and fluency "back and around" to excellent effect to set up a number of attacks down both flanks.
The second half saw the hitherto quiet Jonty Black stamp his authority on the game with some slick one-twos combined with his trademark Duracell-like work rate. Rocco Iaccarino was tireless up and down the right flank supporting attacks and showing real discipline when tracking back in defence. A moment of magic from Rafe Lochore nearly extended City's lead when heswivelled and span through the Sudbury defence then smashed his shot just the wrong side and of the post. And then right at the end an awesome run from Paterson saw him latch on to a through ball beat the keeper then elect to pass rather than shoot which the defence managed to smother.
Whilst this was a dominant performance City were indebted to Ethan Rushton who made a number of critical saves to ensure the score line remained comfortable.
Naming a man of the match in such a dominant performance is always hard with Louis Hart's dazzling skills and Rio Iaccarino's mature reading of the game at the back and his desire to switch play from side to side were both worthy candidates but in the end the manager's man of the match was Monty Platt for quite simply the best performance in terms of decision making and personal responsibility I have seen from him!
And finally.....when you pass the ball like you did today your hockey is A....Maz...Ing!
RESULT: W 3-0
SCORERS: Alex Tomkinson,Monty Platt,Louis Hart
POTM: Monty Platt
U14G - Pelicans U14G (EH U14 C2) - D 1-1
FILLIES XI - 06/11/2016 VS PELICANS U14G (A) |
TEAM: Fillies XI
FIXTURE: Fillies XI VS 06/11/2016
EH U14 CHAMPIONSHIP
RESULT: PELICANS U14 1 NORWICH CITY U14 1
Battling against the cold, with plenty of heavy rain and even hail thrown into the weather mix, a shivering Norwich overcame ice-cold fingers and goose-bumped legs to win the best of the play and stave off a series of dangerous attacks from Pelicans left flank.
Norwich were on the team sheet early when they converted their first short corner of the game. Claudie injected the ball to Amelia who slipped it left to Amy to take a shot on goal. The keeper saved it but Abbie dived to pick up the rebound - was tackled but found enough space to neatly flick in a second shot which thankfully found the back of the net.
By half time the sky was so dark and the rain so heavy, that the break was extended while Pelicans struggled to find out where to switch on the floodlights. Meanwhile, a soaked and blue-lipped Norwich team shivered in the dug-out and had to do a series of shuttle runs to keep warm.
Once play restarted Norwich were on the attack again throughout the rest of the match, but a skilful Pelicans threatened to score at any time and Norwich had to remain on high alert. Any less-than-carefully passed Norwich-to-Norwich ball was picked up by a hungry Pelicans attack and taken straight into Norwich’s D.
However, Norwich managed to keep them at bay blocking several heart-stopping attacks in front of the goal and managing to clear them safely and mostly out wide.
Player of the match Alice Moore, together with the D-team of Rosie Osborne and Lottie Smith, mopped up any dangerous balls coming through from a voracious Pelicans attack. The ball was duly dispatched straight back to the Norwich forward line, picked up frequently Claudia, Amelia and Amy who defeated Pelicans defence to repeatedly threaten the home team’s goalie. Unfortunately, Pelicans held firm or pushed attackers out wide in the D and Norwich were unable to capitalise on wave after wave of attacking play.
The cold made it hard to grip and players on both sides repeatedly locked sticks or had them pulled out of their freezing hands. The wet surface also meant lots of slipping over. Norwich had to dig deep to keep their spirits high and unfortunately with just minutes left to play Pelicans converted a short corner making the final score one all.
The squad was: Abi Flatt; Alice Moore; Amelia Barclay; Amy Barker; Claudia van Poortvliet; Ellie Hobden; France Byrne; Kate Houldey; Kitty Taylor; Lottie Smith; Lucy Jenkinson; Millie Hyatt and Rosie Osborne
Player of the match: Alice Moore
RESULT: D 1-1
SCORERS: Abigail Flatt
POTM: Alice Moore
U14B - Dragons U14 (EH U14 R5) - W 5-0 - City Colts put Dragons to the Sword
U14 COLTS XI - 07/02/2016 VS DRAGONS U14 (H) |
TEAM: U14 Colts XI
FIXTURE: U14 Colts XI VS 07/02/2016
HEADLINE: City Colts put Dragons to the Sword
LEAGUE: U14 Championship
RESULT: 5:0 win
The Under-14 colts secured qualification to the regional finals of the U14 Championships with a commanding performance in their final group match against Norwich Dragons.
The derby match, played at Taverham on Sunday, saw City establish an early advantage through a Ben chapman goal, when he seized upon a long pass from the half way line, controlling the ball to round the keeper and finish into an open goal.
City continued to dominate possession, with few Dragons attacks being sustained far into the City half, as the midfield team of Cooke, Harrad and Basset held firm. In attack, City’s ability to move the ball under control saw them put pressure on the Dragons’ defence and they were rewarded when a strong defensive press at a Dragons free hit saw Cooke win the ball, weave his way through the defence and finish by flicking the ball into the centre of the net before the keeper could react.
Dragons rallied and the game was briefly a more even affair, but the strength of central defenders Cameron Husband alongside City captain Tom Bailey meant that goalkeeper Darley was rarely called into action.
Before half time, City claimed a third goal from a penalty corner, Cooke’s direct shot from the top of the D proving unstoppable.
In the second half, City again began well, creating multiple chances down the right side, with Milne-Brown and Keeley linking well with Granville in midfield. Before long, Chapman scored City’s fourth, his initial shot rebounding off the keeper’s pads straight back to his stick, the striker delightfully lifting the ball over the keeper’s head into the goal.
Moments later, City had another penalty corner and Harrad was unlucky not to score from a powerful drag-flick that went millimetres wide. Dragons then mounted their strongest attack of the match, for once breaching the City defence and forcing 3 successive saves from the ever alert Darley.
City’s attacking focus switched to the left and saw half back Byrne combine brilliantly with Conway on the left wing to create a number of chances. Late on, left-wing substitute Keeley, took the ball into the D and passed superbly to Merron who stroked the ball past the stricken keeper to seal the 5:0 win.
City will now go forward to the regional finals on 10th April – a fantastic achievement having had to concede one of their four matches. The main achievement, though, was the excellent team play in this match: one of the most entertaining games of hockey all season.
RESULT: W 5-0
SCORERS: Ben Chapman,Cameron Cooke,Cameron Cooke,Ben Chapman,Max Merron
POTM: Cameron Cooke