Greens too good for the Baldock Knights
Baldock Town Knights 0 Royston Celtic Greens 5 Under-12s Division Four THE Greens found themselves kicking up a steep slope in the first half of this match and it was soon apparent that this conveyed a big advantage to the side kicking downhill. Baldock s
Baldock Town Knights 0 Royston Celtic Greens 5
Under-12s Division Four
THE Greens found themselves kicking up a steep slope in the first half of this match and it was soon apparent that this conveyed a big advantage to the side kicking downhill.
Baldock's pressure resulted in an early corner and whenever they had a chance to do so they fired off a shot at the Greens' goal.
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Thankfully for the Greens, most were off target as the Celtic defence, with Ethan Lewis and Jordan Cooney in the thick of things, restricted the Knights to long range efforts.
Up front Faheem Jeewoth was unafraid to shoot on sight for the Greens and kept Baldock on their toes with good support from Callum Goodall who put in an energetic display.
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The Greens' midfield worked hard to neutralise the home side's downhill advantage, with Robbie Filby delivering telling passes and Ian Kuenzi making forward bursts to support the attack.
All the visitors' hard work started to pay off late in the first half when Charlie Edwards, with typical opportunism, pounced on a loose ball and fired home to give Celtic the lead after 28 minutes.
The second half started with Baldock showing they were not prepared to throw in the towel even though they were now behind and facing a second half kicking up the slope.
Celtic 'keeper Ryan Judge made a particularly good save standing up well and then smothering the ball five minutes after the restart to accompany an earlier save and good handling throughout.
Matthew Foley had been moved up into midfield and scored a good goal while Jack Ison slotted in well in a reorganised defence.
Ollie Green, on in attack at the start of the half, scored for the Greens with an unchallenged header from a well-taken corner by Brandon Hargreaves, and the supplier of that goal capped a good performance on the left with a beautifully judged shot over the head of the 'keeper to score himself.
Celtic still had time to hit the crossbar in another attack before Danny Mynott was put through just before the end to score with a great shot and seal a good team win.
Manager Wayne Hargreaves was pleased with the good football and well-worked goals in the second half despite the changes that were needed.
Greens: Judge, Lewis, Cooney, Foley, Edwards, Mynott, Filby, Kuenzi, Hargreaves, Jeewoth, Goodall. Subs: Green, Ison.