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U13s vs Banbury Utd Puritans 23rd Nov 14

posted 23 Nov 2014, 14:45 by Dave Tyrrell   [ updated 23 Nov 2014, 14:45 by Graham Keeble ]

Back to A League action today for the Juniors, as a drizzly afternoon saw them welcome Banbury Utd Puritans, and the local swimming club annual championships saw the Blues without Lucas and Ethan.

The rain had been falling all day, making life difficult for defenders and particularly the goalies, with the ball slick with the wet mud.

It's hard to remember a more blistering start to a match, with Bure Park hitting their stride right from the kick-off.

The first goal arrived after about a minute. Zac's shot was parried by the keeper, and he then followed up and finished coolly.

OJ then intercepted a goal kick and sent it back with interest into the bottom right.

Zac then turned provider and sent in a cross for Joe to finish to make it three.

OJ then found himself with the keeper to beat and lobbed him after a delightful pass into space from Callum.

Their keeper then spilled the ball under pressure from OJ who scored again, making it five.

Those spectators who arrived just five or six minutes late to the match were stunned to hear that the Blues were already five goals to the good. The slippery ball was proving a difficult challenge for a team under constant pressure, and Bure Park seemed to be working hardest to get to any balls parried by their keeper.

Bure Park were moving the ball around nicely, keeping possession and getting men forward in numbers when attacking.

OJ had another shot, which was again saved but only parried, and again it was the Blues who were quickest to take advantage, with Aiden pouncing on the ball and firing into the net.

There were some lovely passes made today in the build-up to goals, but one was particularly memorable. Aiden made one of those passes in to Zac where you kick the ball with your right foot, but strike the ball from behind your left leg. The pass made its target of Zac, who shot and was quickest to follow up on the save to make it seven nil. After a period of consultation, the crowd decided a good name for this type of pass would be "the switchback" (winning entry from Paul James), and so that's how it will be known from now on.

OJ then hit the bar, and again Aiden was quickest to pounce and strike for 8.

A lovely piece of "wing-work" followed. A ball was played in front of Luke on the right wing, who started second best against a bigger defender, but he used his pace to get a touch forward, and then continued the remaining length of the right wing, until he crossed in for OJ to finish on the volley for 9.

In the last action of the half, a ball through from Callum seemed to be slightly over hit, and it seemed as though the keeper would easily make it first and kick clear, but OJ decided to try and close the keeper down, and sure enough the keeper swiped and missed, leaving OJ a tap in. An easy finish but you have to put the effort in to be there.

During the first half, the back line of Tommy, Lochlan, Will and Oscar had simply had not given Banbury any chances, and on the wings Joe and Tom D. had used their width to get balls in behind the defence.

Oscar had agreed to swap in goal with Sam, and given the 10 nil half-time score probably didn't expect to find himself with an attacker bearing down on him just after the half started, but that's what happened, and Banbury got one back. Well done to them for keeping going, and to their vocal support who kept encouraging them all game.

Bure however, replied immediately. OJ found himself one on with their keeper and went round him for a pass-in and 11-1.

OJ then scored another (which I didn't see due to tea and coffee duties) for 12-1.

Tommy Mansley had been sending in inch-perfect corners all match, and one came back out to him after being headed out by a defender. He lobbed it back in first time, and Callum capped a fine performance to head in to the bottom left of the goal.

OJ sent a pass to Luke who sprinted down the right wing, passed in to Aiden who slipped it under the keeper for a hat-trick.

William then picked the ball up, traveled through mid-field, past a couple of players, then lobbed over to OJ on the right of the penalty area who scored low and left past the diving keeper. Final score 15-1.

Man of the match was OJ, who put in a huge work rate and also scored 8 goals.