May 08 2017 11:49:04.
By Oscar Courtney
- U12 TORNADOES V DEANS U12 PANTHERS
Saturday 6th May, Beech Farm, KO 10am, League.
Due to the League moving this game forward, and Deans not having any room at their ground to host, the match was therefore switched to Beech Farm.
This gave the lads then an opportunity to have their farewell appearance, in competitive action, at Beech Farm.
Unfortunately for us it wasn't to be going out in a blaze of glory! Certainly for the first half we played well, we contained Deans and we created several chances. And as the half time whistle went we left the field 0-2 in arrears when really it should have been 2-2. Alan missed a glorious chance when his snap shot was parried by the Deans keeper and Brandon had his left foot effort, saved by the goalie, after some good pressure from the Tornadoes.
In the second half concentration dipped and Deans ruthlessly put the game to bed. As usual we weren't the beneficiaries of many offside decisions or questionable pushes, shoves or flailing arms. Throw in to the mix our horrendous luck and the outcome of the game was never in doubt. On another day Sam's thunderous free kick in the first half goes in and his speculative shot from the centre circle, in the second, sails into the net, rather than going 4 inches over the bar. However, he did manage to convert a penalty after Ronan was pushed by the Deans keeper when trying to take the ball around him. For one second I actually thought that the Ref was just going to award a goal kick!
Final score: Tornadoes 1 - 7 Deans Panthers.
So! That's it, the competitive season has now ended. I had really hoped that we would have had a better one. After the end of season last year, winning 4 out of the final 5 league games, I'd hoped that we could kick on this season. I'd envisaged finishing mid-table in the league and was extremely optimistic that Ricky and I could steer the boys to the Supplementary Cup Final. That dream looked like a realistic prospect when we lead 2-5 away to Urmston, in our first cup match.
Anyway, there's a litany of excuses but bottom line is I haven't coached the boys well enough in game management and defensive responsibility as a team. Of course there have been flashes of resilience and competence. Look at the combative display away to Stretford Victoria or the narrow defeat to top of the table Flixton. But 5 wins all season, 2 draws, no clean sheets and a goals against column of 133 says it all really. On the plus side we banged in 77 however, that's still a goal difference of -55. I'd wager we are probably 2nd or 3rd in the goals scored charts. But the reason why we have finished bottom of the table is our defensive frailty.
In terms of where do we go next season?
Myself and Ricky are more than happy to carry on with the team as they take the step up to 11 a side competition. However, in order to make that prospect viable we will need to recruit some extra players.