Greens squash the Oranges
Royston Celtic Greens 8 Hormead Hares Oranges 0 Under-12s Division Four THE rain relented long enough to provide reasonable conditions on the day that the Greens came up against the bottom of the table side but there was no room for complacency after last
Royston Celtic Greens 8 Hormead Hares Oranges 0
Under-12s Division Four
THE rain relented long enough to provide reasonable conditions on the day that the Greens came up against the bottom of the table side but there was no room for complacency after last week's dropped points against Elsenham.
Celtic swept into an early attack which ended with a centre going behind the goal but the Hares countered with a swift break which saw them shoot wide when in a good position to score.
Faheem Jeewoth showed good movement and linking play up front in a twin-pronged attack that saw Celtic threaten the Hares goal on several occasions but the visitors were also making dangerous breaks to keep the home defence on their toes.
Although hard working midfielder Matthew Foley went close with a shot in the 19th minute it took a tactical change by manager Wayne Hargreaves to help Celtic go one up.
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A superb pass found Brandon Hargreaves unmarked on the left in the 23rd minute with a clear run on goal which he accomplished quickly and finished with a powerful shot that the Hares keeper could not stop.
Just a minute later Ian Kuenzi kept his cool to place a shot past the visiting keeper in almost his first touch since coming on as a substitute minutes earlier.
Hares continued to make a match of it and the Celtic defence still had work to do but Jordan Cooney was in commanding form and Charlie Edwards helped snuff out the opposition threat and both supplemented the attack when the opportunity came, leaving Ryan Judge with little to do except demonstrate his good handling skills when the occasion arose.
The second half saw another tactical shuffle which also paid dividends when Ethan Lewis, pushed up on the right wing, bustled through with typical determination and had his first shot blocked then won the tackle to allow Ollie Green to poach a goal from close range in the 34th minute.
Soon after Hares won a corner but a powerful break down the right then a superb ball inside saw Kuenzi claim his second goal.
Shortly after that in the 39th minute, man-of-the-match Robbie Filby, who had worked tirelessly for the team and provided the pass for the opening goal, beat a couple of defenders down the left and laid the fifth goal on a plate for Danny Mynott who had himself created the previous goal and caused a lot of trouble for Hares defenders throughout.
There was a bit of a delay before Celtic scored again in the 47th minute when Green ran in his second goal from a corner
Then Tom McGee got his reward for some excellent defensive work in the first half when his powerful shot from a free kick went through the 'keeper's legs for number seven.
Jack Ison joined in the fun from right back with a rasping shot just wide in the 55th minute before Callum Goodall wrapped it up shortly before the end with a well-taken goal to make the final score 8-0 in favour of the home side.
Team manager Hargreaves was pleased with the boys' patience and after the first goal allowed them to relax more thought they played some nice football with well-worked goals and lots of one-touch passing.
Royston: Ryan Judge, Ethan Lewis, Jordan Cooney, Tom McGee, Charlie Edwards, Danny Mynott, Robbie Filby, Matthew Foley, Brandon Hargreaves, Callum Goodall, Faheem Jeewoth. Subs: Jack Ison, Ian Kuenzi, Ollie Green.