LEAGUE GAME VS LONDON CITY JULY 25.06 AT SOUTH COMMON
Posted by BOB TWIDLE on Jul 25 2006 at 05:00PM PDT
Traditionally I add comments to the previous game report and these are shown in brackets below: (Not a bad game overall – and decent entertainment for the spectators) (balls passed to the wrong colour shirt – too many to count) A 1-3 loss and 3 lost points. (A 1-1 tie and 2 lost points) We MUST win in our next session with them and count on someone else to take them down. (we wait on others now) This game can be summarized simply as uncompleted scoring opportunities and soft goals let by. (Goal against was a strike that dribbled through 3 defenders) London provided no dominance in this game and our Eagles did a good job playing the game against one of the top teams in our league. (same comment) We had a tournament weekend prior . They had school soccer during the day, so no big energy advantage. (We were well rested. London was just back from the USA Cup and missing several preferred roster additions because all of their player pool teams were playing tonight.) (We had too many players needing to come off – fitness? Injuries? We out-shot London 15-8 with at least half of our opportunities clear winners on any other day. (We launched 10 shots at the London net - 7 of those were “golden” opportunities) (London delivered 12 shots at the net with only a couple that were quality scoring opportunities.) Their U15 striker/stopper (#10) was well managed at both ends. This player scored two and assisted on two others against the U15 B team for a 4-0 London win. (not on the roster this game) Our completed passes were 61 and 50, first and second half respectfully. This is down considerably from the 80+ we logged in the Sudbury game on the weekend. (Completed passes 98 1st half and only 40 the 2nd half – running out of gas and shifting to a long ball game.) Both teams split 3 corners each. Our corners yielded fell into the unnecessary category. (4 corners each but we converted one for our lone goal) No memorable opportunities from our corners. (converted one this game) Offsides London 1 (0) Eagles 3 (1 called the linesman agreed it was an error after the fact) 50-50 balls - of 47 clear encounters we gained 30 - 64% - needs to improve. (not recorded) Only 8 Eagle crosses in the game suggesting we are not working the offensive corners effectively. (only 3 in this game – we must generate more corner play) Our lone goal was a short pass breakaway set up from the midfield near the end of the game. (From a corner early in the 2nd half) A well struck free kick hit the cross bar - we headed an open net ball over the net - we buried 6 in the keeper's belly. (more frightening misses on “sure” opportunities) Goals against - Free kick from a foul just outside of our box front and centre. Scored on the wall side top right corner - a good strike but suggests our wall set-up needs work. Second goal crossed from a bad angle on the right that found the far post. Third goal from the right side but fumbled by the keeper - and dropped over the line. Six offensive shots 1 v 1 with the opposing keeper squandered. One of those was a creative set play on an indirect kick from the penalty spot (pass back). The London coach said "they were lucky" after the game - and he was right. Reminiscent of last year's first game with them when they started with 8 players and we still lost 1-2. The London coach had the same comment last year. (we had them at a roster disadvantage and failed to close it up) Notables, Chloe Steph and Katie not available. Megan got a quality hit to the nose at the halfway mark of the first half. (Leanne was away, and Jessica still training back into the game.) (Krista Landry from our U17 brought some quality strength into our midfield.) Parents seated near the player bench - no more please. Future game - close their space down tighter for better control. (Our last game against London this season) BT
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