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Livi enjoy City challenge match

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Glasgow City Under 13's
Livingston FCBC Under 11's
Friendly Match
Merrylee Primary School
Livingston FC BC 2003’s were invited through for a training match with Glasgow City U13 Girls by the Under 13 Lead Coach Tommy Little as the two girls in the Livingston FC BC 2003 team (Paige & Dion) also train with Glasgow City twice a week as well as play with the U11s team

It was particularly pleasing to see the full 2003 squad make the trip through to Merrylee Primary School in Glasgow, (and although a couple got lost on the way), everyone made it in plenty of time and were made to feel very welcome by all the Glasgow City coaches and parents

We agreed to play 3 x 20mins, and as our team of players age 9 year old were warming up, the Glasgow City girls started to arrive and take to the pitch to warm up and it was clear straight away that looking at the size of the girls and how well they started knocking the ball about in the warm up that Livingston were about to face an extremely tough and challenging test

I think it was fair to say that the Livingston team looked a little bit nervous before the match, but after a quick reassuring pre-match team talk they were up for it and couldn’t wait for kick off, the kids were given the clear instruction to go out and play football the way they usually do, not to worry about the size of their opponents and to pass the ball about and get stuck in, they were also told that as long as they go out and try their best then it does not matter if they win or lose as long as they enjoy themselves.

Just as the kids were about to kick off the Livingston coaches looked over to the other side of the pitch to the parents touchline which was now filled with spectators from one end of the pitch to the other, we then glanced around the rest of the pitch where quite a few parents from other Glasgow City age groups as well as coaches had accumulated and there must have been easily over 50 people in total all looking on.

Glasgow City very kindly offered the ball to Livingston to kick off, and right from the first minute the game was played at a very high tempo with chances at both ends which were snuffed out by two in form goal keepers, Jack was bombing up and down the left wing full of his usual box of tricks, and Brad on the right digging in and winning the ball and pushing forward every chance he got, Paige and Ethan put in countless tackles, Ciaran was looking lively and getting himself quickly up and down the pitch but somehow to everyone watching’s surprise the first 20mins finished 0-0.

Glasgow City then kicked off for the second 20 mins and again the pace of the game was just like the first 20mins as the ball went from end to end, Glasgow City’s number 4 (Kenzie) hit a powerful shot which looked destined for the back of the Livingston net but somehow Eric managed to get his hand to the ball and push it over the bar. Ali was making himself a nuisance to the City defenders and pushed forward making passes in attempts to break down the very well organised City team, City were quickly on the attack again from a corner but Livingston managed to break free and with 4 or 5 quick passes they found themselves quickly in front of the city goals where Jack fired in a well placed shot to beat the City keeper and Livingston were a goal up (much to the delighted of the travelling Livingston parents cheering on), Dion didn’t get the her usual time on the ball as the tall City midfielder closed her down quickly every time she was on the ball, but to her credit she still managed a few good forward passes and got stuck in with a few ball winning tackles, City came close with another couple of chances but at the end of the second 20 mins the two teams were separated only by that single solitary goal.

Livingston kicked off for the final 20mins and the pace of the game never looked like slowing down, meaty challenges were going in from both sides but from the first minute to the last the game was played in good spirits much to the praise of both teams, Tjay pushed forward a few times when he had the chance with the ball but was he quickly closed down by a very well organised City team, Although Dion would not admit she had hurt her foot it was clear to the coaches she was not moving freely so she was taken off and eventually admitted afterwards she had hurt her foot in a tackle, again both keepers were busy towards the end but due to super determined defending from Paige and Ethan and the high standard of goal keeping at both ends on display, the game finished after 60mins of high tempo football and only one goal to separate two very good teams.

The spectators enjoyed a very good fast paced game of football with a lot of good play and memorable moments from both teams, and much to the delight of the travelling Livingston team both the Glasgow City coaches and parents were very complimentary after the game, it was a good experience for Livi 2003s and an enjoyable night of football.

The Livingston coaches were happy with the overall performance, but we also took a lot from the game in the way of things we can work on at training to improve the team.


1. ERIC: Made countless saves, a couple of spectacular ones that pleased the travelling parents looking on and in the end he went home with a deserved his clean sheet at the end.

3. ETHAN: Full of enthusiasm and energy as usual, and although he had to come off with a burst lip, he went straight back on and put in countless ball winning tackles and instilled confidence in his team to push forward.

4. PAIGE: Was her usual rock as the single defender at the back, she gave the City attackers no time on the ball and put in countless tackles and can take as much credit as the Livi keeper can for the clean sheet.

5. JACK: Ran his heart out all night, skipping past city players with his tricks as well as showing the determination to get forward at every opportunity, and topped of a super performance with a well deserved goal.

6. TJAY: A new member to the team less than a month ago and has already fitted in well with the rest of the squad, he made his legs go as fast as they could to try and push forward every chance he got, as well as putting in a few good tackles but was not allowed much time on the ball before being quickly closed down, limped off with a sore knee and covered in sweat like he had taken a shower with his strip on.

7. DION: Although she didn’t get her usual time on the ball to make the usual forward passes for the attackers to run on to, she managed to win the ball and get it forward a few times to the Livi attackers before finally hobbling off midway through the 3rd 20 mins

8. BRAD: Put in an excellent performance, showed great touches to get past the opposing city players as well as a determination to win the ball and push forward, was unlucky not to grab himself a goal.

9. CIARAN: Started as the lone striker and put in a tireless shift throughout the night getting himself up and down the pitch, helped out both in midfield and briefly in defence when called upon and can be proud of his performance.

10. ALI: Looked determined from the minute he was introduced to the game, and made life difficult for the City defenders, managed to get forward and set up a few scoring chances and was unlucky not to grab himself a goal.

The Livingston 2003's coaches (Andy & Stuart) and the travelling parents would like to thank everyone at Glasgow City from the coaches to opposing parents for making everyone feel welcome and an overall good night.
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