02:09PM, Friday 10 November 2017
FC Holyport Under 11s v Tilehurst Stripes
We went into the match knowing that Tilehurst normally score goals for fun . Despite this Holyport came out showing grit and determination . The effort the girl's were putting in was clear to see and only went into the break 1-2 down . Holyport continued to fight for every ball in the second half, but unfortunately a mix of poor weather and a couple of lapses in concentration saw Tilehurst score a few more goals .
Well done to Holyport for putting in such a great effort and looking the better team in large parts of the match .
Player of the match picked by the parents went to Isabella.
Hughenden Ospreys v Holyport Hornets Under 11s
This was our first game in the new league and the players were determined to play as they had in the match last week.
They started strongly with an early attempt on goal, good pressure, some great defending and a couple of good saves.
Unfortunately a couple of calls went against Holyport, including a goal that was disallowed and despite protestations from the sidelines (both Hornets and Osprey supporters) it was not to be and they went into half time 2 nil down.
The Hornets came out fighting in the second half but despite so many good attempts, they were unable to score a goal.
Max made some great saves and sustained a couple of injuries in the process but in true Max style, brushed them off and continued the game.
The Hornets passing and calling for the ball was good and they had all the right ideas, but yet again failed to score.
Sadly they conceded a few more golas and the team were all a little deflated.
The manager of the other team came over to express his thoughts that the Hornets deserved a much better scoreline and in fact, went so far as to say that the Hornets displayed better football than his own team!!
Player of the match went to Nikki for good solid, determined play throughout the match.
FC Holyport Hurricanes Under 8s v Centre Skills Diamonds at Goals, Woodley
Another polished display from the Hurricanes was enough to take away the Diamonds sparkle and leave them a little cut up.
After a slow start and some gritty play by both teams Bobby broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a quick double. Lucas and Harley followed up with some polished finishes to establish a clear lead and Bobby rounded off the half with a goal to complete his hat trick .
The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Holyports teamwork, passing from the back, team shape, skill and effort proving too much for the Diamonds. When the Diamonds tried to threaten Harley with some crunching challenges and Lucas in goal kept them away from our net. George, Noah and Bobby calmly added second half goals and but for some great goalkeeping, slightly high shooting and the woodwork it could easily have been more.
At the final whistle the Hurricanes had eased into the next round of the cup. Welll done to all the boys for another great team effort.
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