WEST EXE YOUTH v MOORS U13’s
Saturday 26th January 2019 KO 10.30am
Match Report by Geoff Bland
The pitch at Barton Fields was in reasonable condition given the recent weather although there were puddles in both of the goal areas. Although we had beaten Moors in a cup match recently, we knew this was going to be another tough game, especially as we had a number of players absent. From the kick off, West Exe looked positive, with good passing and movement. As West Exe pushed high up the pitch, Moors hit us on the break with a threaded through ball. Our goalkeeper Thomas came out quickly to put the Moors striker under pressure, who fired a shot which Thomas got a finger tip on, sending it out for a corner. West Exe continued to pressurise the Moors half with a quick throw out by Thomas, a few well placed passes allowed James to charge down the right wing and cross the ball which Dylan was very close to getting on the end of.
After eight minutes or so of mainly West Exe possession, Moors started to come into the game. Their tactic seemed to be to hit us on the counter and play the ball through the middle of our defence. Our defence dealt with a number of these efforts and the ones that did get through were stopped by our keeper until in the eighteenth minute, when Moors were through again but this time lobbed Thomas to make it 0-1.
A couple of minutes later we came close to an equaliser from a left footed shot by James that went just wide. On twenty two minutes West Exe produced some lovely football, with quick one touch passing that resulted in a shot from Ellen out on the right that cruised over the keeper only to hit the cross bar and rebound to safety. After twenty four minutes Moors scored again after another through ball. 0-2.
The remainder of the half was fairly even apart from a Moors effort just before half time that required a great save from Thomas. Our defence had to be re jigged after Thomas sustained an ankle injury who had battled hard all half against a quick, strong Moors striker.
West Exe started the second half with vigour. The first ten minutes was spent largely in Moors half but they used the through ball tactic again only to shoot wide. On thirteen minutes West Exe were given a free kick just outside the area after a Moors player hand balled. The resultant free kick led to a scramble in the box which was eventually cleared. West Exe could have had a penalty a couple of minutes later when Seb came to head a high ball and seemed to get fouled by the Moors keeper but the referee waved play on. On twenty minutes West Exe crossed the ball in from the right hand side with Dylan’s shot going just wide. Levi was put into defence and was immediately brought into action when there was another through ball by Moors, which Levi charges after and makes an important challenge on the striker. In the twenty sixth minute Moors break again and score their third. 0-3. A couple of minutes later Tee makes a good tackle that otherwise would have resulted in another Moors goal. By this time our defence is looking tired and Moors start to take advantage of this with consistent through balls. Although a couple of attempts are saved by Thomas, Moors score two more goals before the final whistle is blown.
Full Time 0-5
Moors were a good, well organised side that had a good eye for the through ball. The score doesn’t show that for large parts of the match the game was fairly even, with West Exe dominating early on in each half. West Exe were unlucky not to score