Under 8 “Blues” turn on the style
Shannonside 3 – 1 Newcastle West
Match Report: Martin Frawley
Shannonside resumed the Under 8’s league with a match away against Newcastle West. Excellent weather at top notch facilities would ensure a very fast competitive game of football on the astro-turf surface. Shannonside started well with Dylan minding goal while the midfield trio of Jack, Lochlann, & Robbie set up a number of attacks against the NCW defenders.
Initially there was no way through for
Conor the lone striker against a strong NCW blanket defence. Stephen & Luke marshalled Shannonside defence well until circa half way through the half NCW scored a very good goal from a strike inside the box.Dylan made a great effort to save but the shot was too powerful.
Euan & Ross made a good impact when introduced. Euan had a quick turn of foot in midfield & took on NCW midfield with some 1st rate solo dribbling. Ross defended courageously against an NCW attack who were threatening constantly to add to their score. Finally the breakthrough Shannonside were looking for came following good interplay between Jack & Stephen resulting in a shot at NCW goalie who could only parry the ball & fell to Robbie who hit the ball on half volley & scored a great, hard won goal. It must be noted that the NCW keeper was exceptional all the way through the 1st. half.
The second half saw Shannonside grow into the game & the smooth passing skills used all the way through the second half was testament to all the hard work & focus on this important skill during the weekly training sessions. Stephen was exceptionally solid in back in defence & carried the ball strongly along the wings to feed the ball in to strikers Dylan & Euan. Euan was close once or twice to getting on the end of Stephen’s well executed crosses. A quick throw by Robbie up the line to Lochlann set in motion goal number two for Shannonside. Lochlann ran with the ball beating two NCW defenders on the way, & his strong shot at goal was saved by the keeper but only deflected out & Lochlann took the opportunity to finish with his left leg giving goalie no chance, making it 2 : 1 to Shannonside.
Conor played in goal for the second half & kept a clean sheet. Luke put in some strong tackles to keep scoreline in Shannonside’s favour. Jack played an attacking role instead of his usual defensive position & kept attacking with mazy dribbles & even nutmegging some NCW players – Messi style – before taking shot after shot but could not penetrate the NCW goals. Robbie was everywhere, carrying the ball out from the backs to attacking the NCW goals from a midfield position. Eventually Robbie got his reward with a great goal from a shot inside the box. NCW never gave up & it was end to end football right to the end of the game. Ross got in some good tackles & Stephen & Lochlann alternated their roles – when one attacked the other defended. All in all this was a very entertaining game played with fantastic energy from two teams looking to play passing football through teamwork, working the ball from the backs to the midfield with good strikers on the end of passes, & eager to finish the moves.
Well done NCW & Shannonside FC!