U14 Boys Win Frosty Thriller against Henley
Short corner practise can pay off!
A fantastic last second goal won an end to end match 2-1 for the U14 boys against second placed Henley.
On a very cold and frosty morning the Maidenhead team benefited from early training with the U12's which allowed some focused goal keeping practise with Fred Hewer stepping up from the U12's, and much needed short corner routines in attack.
Rewarding to have both paying off in the match (thank you John and Mike).
Maidenhead started the game strong in the attack, building on our last match, with loads of energy from Vyaan, Conner and Marc holding the centre midfield and making use of Ollie and Scott on the wings. Ongoing pressure in the first quarter created a number of chances for Luke as sole striker, either shooting himself or laying off to the midfield that we were unlucky to not go ahead.
It left the defence of Kyle, Zac, Flynn and Declan with only mopping up duties.
Second quarter Henley had obviously changed their approach as came into the game with a number of attacks, bringing Fred into the game in goal on a number of occasions, and a great goal line clearance from Zac. What was great to see through was the bringing on our substitutions of Cleve and James in defence and Nathan as centre forward just created different problems for Henley which they had to react to.
The now end to end game created the space Maidenhead needed for their first goal. A well directed 16 hit out to Conner in midfield allowing him to swiftly control and slot a pass through to Vyaan, who had been terrorising the Henley midfield and defence with his mazy dribbling. Approaching the Henley D the forwards of Nathan and Scott dragged the defence away allowing space for Vyaan to flick an excellent through ball to Ollie running in off the right wing and to slot home.
Into the second half Harry made his first appearance for the U14's in midfield however the energy of the wider team began to lower as fitness became the key factor. This allowed Henley's skilful forwards more time and chances however repeated chances were either saved by Fred, frequently charging out to meet them one on one (and winning) or the defence to clear. After 3 quarters still 1-0.
Final quarter and after 5 mins of Henley pressure, after repeated saves and clearances from the defence and midfield, resulted in a goal mouth scrambled goal.
Rather than accepting a draw the goal spurred more energy into the team right to up winning a short corner on the stroke of full time.
The practise of all those short corner routines paid off with Flynn dragging out and Vyaan slotting home for a well deserved home win.