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Goals galore as Redhall Star lock horns with Spartans Blues

Written by  Redhall Star YFC

Fixture: Redhall Star YFC v Spartans Blues U16's
Competition: South East Region YFL Division 2 U16's
Venue: Redhall Park
Date: Sunday 25th August 2015
Redhall Star U16's seen off Spartans Blues 9-5 in the league to put them up to joint 5th in the table and only three points behind the leaders. Redhall were always in control as they led 3-0, 6-1 and 8-2 but even though the home side were a threat going forward the defending as a team was sloppy with basic mistakes and poor tackling.

Spartans got the game underway and Redhall immediately forced the game with their high pressing of the ball. Adam Shortiss, Sam Donachie and Josh Slow-clayton all fired shots at goal for the home side in the early stages as Redhall looked for an early goal. From the next attack Redhall took the lead. Keeper Ryan Green launched a kick long, Shortiss chased, got a foot to the ball but the keeper blocked. Unfortunately for Spartans the ball rebounded off the defender chasing back and ended up in the net. 1-0.

Buoyed by the good, start Redhall doubled their lead as Robbie Campbell won the ball in midfield. A pass to Jack Anderson was then fed to Slow-clayton who took control and fizzed a shot towards goal. Blues keeper parried but following in was Donachie to knock the ball into the net. 2-0.

It was soon three for the home side as good pressing from Shortiss and Campbell won the ball back from Spartans. Slow-clayton played a delightful pass in behind the defence where Grant Doyle latched onto the pass and fired past the keeper. Fifteen minutes played and 3-0 to Redhall.

Spartans did managed to reduce the early defecit as they got a goal back from some poor play from Redhall. Anderson lost the ball in midfield which was then played out wide. Calum Henderson attempted to escort the ball over the goal line but the Spartans player nipped in and fired a ball into the box. Redhall were slow to react and the ball was dispatched past Green for 3-1.

Wake up call for Redhall as they stormed forward from the restart. The early shot from Donachie suprised the Spartans keeper, but was saved well. However, from the keepers clearance Anderson won the ball back, played a neat pass to Doyle who had burst in behind the defence and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 4-1.

Redhall continued to boss the game and they were a force going forward, threatening to score from each attack. Shortiss and Campbell had efforts saved before Slow-clayton's effort was blocked for a corner. Henderson fired in the corner and leaping like a salmon was Donachie to power a header into the net for 5-1. I certainly like a 5-1 scoreline!

The home side continued pushing forward and got a sixth from the penalty spot. Doyle, a menace on the wing, was clipped as he drove to the byline. Anderson stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way as the ball nestled in the opposite corner, 6-1.

The Blues got a goal back on half time as the Redhall midfield switched off from a throw in. Non existant marking in the Redhall box allowed the ball to be slipped into the path of the Spartans striekr, and he fired past Green from a tight angle. 6-2.

Half Time: Redhall Star 6-2 Spartans Blues

Despite leading 6-2 the home side received some strong words at the break due to the poor team defending which had allowed Spartans two goals.

The home side got the game underway and were soon on the attack. Doyle and Shortiss fired in a couple of delightful crosses but there were no takers. Spartans, with the wind at their backs and going downhill, reverted to the long game as the ball was pumped into the home area. Ewan Mitchell was calm and controlled as he marshalled the defence in clearing their lines.

Neat play down the Redhall left between Shortiss and Henderson led to goal number 7. Henderson swung in a cross which fell neatly at the feet of Donachie, and he then fired high into the roof of the net to complete his hat trick. 7-2.

Straight from the kick off we had another goal. A Spartans attack ended with a shot which Green gathered in comfortably. His goalkick was headed on by Slow-clayton into the path of Donachie who then controlled, turned the defender and fired past the keeper for 8-2, and his 4th goal of the game.

Redhall made a few changes to the side with Donachie and Cammy Grant being replaced by Nathan Robertson and Adam Robertson. Spartans won a free kick after a strong challenge from Adam Robertson. The shot fired in was well saved by Green, diving low to his left. More changes made as Doyle took a knock and was replaced by Antony Little, who was making his debut for Redhall.

Spartans kept pushing forward and were rewarded with a soft goal. More slackness in the Redhall midfield allowed a run and shot to be fired in which Green allowed to slip under his legs and into the net, 8-3. Spartans continued to push forward in the hope of more goals and fired a couple of shots towards the home goal but the came to nothing.

Redhall briefly lifted their game and scored again. This time Slow-clayton, with his 4th assist, played in Nathan Robertson, who waltzed past two defenders, and fired low past the keeper for his first goal of the season to make it 9-3. Straight from the restart it was 9-4 as a poor attempted tackle by Anderson ended with the Spartans midfielder firing in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards despite Green getting a hand to it. Fine strike by the lad. 9-4 and there were still 24 minutes to go. Might need more fingers and toes to keep count.

Anderson was replaced by Cameron Markham and Lewis Blues was replaced by Marc Hannah as Redhall looked to shore up the defence. The home side continued pushing forward as they looked for more goals. Little, Slow-clayton and Shortiss created half chances for Nathan Robertson but it was Spartans who scored again. A free kick from 30 yards was thumped towards goal. Green attempted to 'palm' the ball down but lost control and a Spartans forward was on hand to knock the ball over the line. I think that's 9-5 now.

There were chances for both teams to add to the scoring but for the final 15 minutes the goals dried up.

Full Time: Redhall Star 9-5 Spartans Blues

Going forward Redhall were a real threat and maybe having comfortable leads throughout the game they switched off to allow Spartans back into the game. Can't fault going forward but the defending throughout the game was poor from the whole team, not just the defenders. Sloppy and powderpuff tackles are not what is expected so lesson to be learned - do not switch off. Credit to Spartans Blues for continuing to push forward and create chances.

The win along with the other results puts Redhall up to joint 5th and only three points now split the top 6.
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