Epsom & Ewell Division 2 - Soccer
Season 2005-06
Under 15 Team

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February 12, 2006

Oxshott Royals - St Helier  3 - 6

Oxshott team before the start of the match

Coach Darryl with Callum before the match

Last advices before the start of the match

Some problems with the ball

rainy day...

...and very muddy pitch

one attack from Oxshott

and one attack from St Helier

St Helier scoring 1-0


Oxshott scoring 1-1

Oxshott celebrating the 1-1, score of the first half

Darryl talking to the team at first half break

muddy goalkeeper

St Herlier scoring 3-1

 Oxshott scoring 2-3

Good save from Francesco

 St Helier scoring their 6th goal

Delusion at end match : Francesco and Ollie

Delusion at end match
Comment from the Coach


A hard game today in very tough conditions but the 3-6 loss in the end was a fair result as St Helier handled the conditions better than us.

In the first half, we did not make the most of our up-front opportunities - we were there, "in the zone" many times but we did not have that final edge to score.  Their goal-keeper today did a great job - in the right place at the right time and he came to the ball aggressively and with confidence.

We had a few more gaps than normal in defence today and they opened us up a few too many times with break-aways.  We found the conditions tough - heavy grounds are clearly not our forte - we tend to play best when we have a fast open game - our key losses this year have been on the treacle-like pitches as we had today.

But again, we were firmly on the scoreboard which bodes well, a 3-6 loss after 1-1 at half time shows that we are consistent scorers, we just fell down in the second half as the conditions took their toll.  James G played a great game, with some scything runs and great tackles, Raph showed great vision and adapted well to the conditions and Martin used brute commitment to set up the first goal.  Man-of-the-match today was Tom, an exceptionally well balanced game - going about the essential basics with quiet determination and admirable flair in heavy conditions - even the ref paid special compliments to Tom today.

It was a great, pulsating game yesterday - one that had us all gripped from the cold, wet sidelines. You played with great passion and commitment in heavy conditions - I was proud of the collective effort - it has been the hallmark of our season to date. Another effort like that on the 26th will be a great way to round off the season.



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