Youth Team goal hungry after the break

Posted: January 11th, 2012 by Andreas

APBS Youth 1 – Penn & Tylers Green FC 6

Penn & Tylers Green FC arrived at the APBS ground full of confidence off the back of four straight wins, however due to the terrible pitch conditions there were worries that the game may not go ahead. Soon enough, a man arrived with a bucket of soil to patch up as many holes as he could and the eager referee let the match proceed as normal.

Man of the Match Anthony Quigley, scoring five goals

With several players unavailable due to illness, Penn & Tylers Green FC had to adjust their usual line-up; Sean Bennett made his first start at centre-back, which allowed Jordan Ives to push forward into midfield and Will Brangwin to slot into the centre with Curtis Stone and Luke Cohen. There was also a full debut for the youngster Ed Howe.

Penn & Tylers Green FC started fairly slowly, as is a characteristic of their performances in recent weeks, but soon began to knock the ball around well and Jordan Ives and Fabio Battista both put great work in on their respective wings to whip decent balls into the box; the finishes however were in short supply.

The speed of Alex Morgan and Charlie Whitfield prevented any threat of an opposition counter-attack throughout the early stages, and the addition of Sean Bennett’s height meant that few opposition balls found their way between Conor Latta – who was exceptional the entire match – and the back three.

Penn & Tylers Green FC began to apply some serious pressure thanks to the tireless running of forward Ed Howe and the breakthrough was inevitable. Fabio Battista broke down the right wing and squared it to Tony Quigley, who netted calmly. This gave the away side confidence, and both Luke Cohen and Will Brangwin in central midfield began to win the large majority of possession whilst Curtis Stone began to spread the ball nicely. Penn & Tylers Green FC soon won a free kick on the edge of the box, and up stepped Tony Quigley to drill it home – “Roberto Carlos-esque”.

Fabio Battista scored one

Many would have expected Penn & Tylers Green FC to continue to dominate possession, and with it the match. Yet, due to some lapses in concentration and lazy tracking back, APBS had an opportunity of their own to score and did so as their captain headed in at the back post. The game became scrappy as the end of the first half drew closer, as none of the Penn & Tylers Green FC players communicated enough to initiate a penetrating attack. As the half time whistle went, Penn & Tylers Green FC were slightly worried about their performance, despite the one goal cushion.

After some stern words from Paul Benning at half time, the team was more disciplined in the second half, with the midfield tracking back at all times and more being played out wide more often. APBS seemed to tire quite early in the second period, probably due to the fact that they only had a squad of 11. Nevertheless apart from a goal-mouth scramble where they hit both the bar and post in quick succession, they appeared a small threat in front of goal.

Penn & Tylers Green FC on the other hand had a flurry of chances, many of which Fabio Battista should have scored. Unlike his Italian counterpart, Tony Quigley had an eye for goal and netted two more in quick succession, both of which Luke Cohen claims to have assisted – “alright Luke”.

The Gaffer had words at half time

With about half an hour left to go Ed Howe was replaced by Jordan Burnard, making his first appearance after months out with a recurring hamstring injury. Although the Penn & Tylers Green FC formation shifted slightly, there was no adjustment in the way they played and soon enough Fabio Battista finally made it on the score sheet by rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net: his most difficult chance of the day.

Author of the match report - William Brangwin

Few would have blamed Penn & Tylers Green FC for passing the ball around for the last ten minutes, but Tony was after more goals and ran through half the APBS team to score his 5th – quite selfishly I must say.

The match finished APBS 1 – Penn & Tylers Green FC 6

Man of the match: Tony Quigley

March report by William Brangwin