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Headington Quarry 3 - 6 Bure Park Juniors U15s 25th Sept 16

posted 25 Sept 2016, 11:09 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 25 Sept 2016, 11:09 by Graham Keeble ]
A first league victory of the season for Bure Park Juniors as they finally got their 2016/17 campaign off the mark. With almost a full strength team in place, this was more like the Bure Park of old, built on high quality, free flowing football. More Oxford United than Swindon Town. The first of the six came from some neat footwork from Joe Mimpress on the left wing, the ball eventually falling to Aiden Holliday, who jinked and twisted before neatly slotting home. But somewhat against the run of play, the away side then fell behind due to some rapid breaks from Quarry, which could have been more than 2-1 without the tidy defending of William Tyrrell.

With coaches Mansley and Colquhoun, the latter looking like a young Liam Sercombe, exuding quiet confidence on the sidelines, Bure Park didn't panic. Callum Walsh showed he was the playmaker that Bure Park had been missing in recent weeks, helping the side play with rhythm and build neat triangles. The chances kept coming and Bure Park were eventually rewarded with another couple of goals from Zac and Callum, entering half-time leading 3-2.

In the second half the full-backs Tom Dalton and Lochlan Colquhoun continued to build the Bure Park play, creating nice interchanges with the midfielders Ethan Cavill and Sam Gauld. A strong, surging run from Luke Munday into the penalty box generated fear in the Quarry defence and when he was hauled down the referee had no choice but to point to the spot. Neatly dispatched by Zac Willis, the scoreboard ticked to 4-2. If Bure Park thought they could now coast along they were wrong. A thunderous shot from 20 years brought the score back to 4-3. Further chances fell to the home side, Tom Fowler showing great strength in blocking multiple shots. Tommy Mansley almost got the reward that his assured defensive performance had deserved, with a stunning 20 yard free kick thunderbolt, only being denied by the agility of the Quarry keeper.

In the end Bure Park's quality was telling, further goals falling to Zac Willis and Joe Mimpress, the former bagging a hat-trick. Aiden Holliday almost added to the tally with a long range effort just before the final whistle.

With an assured, promising performance from debutant Kyan providing an added bonus, this was a match suggesting Bure Park are not going to roll over in this league. 

Match Reporter: Mr R Holliday.