An excellent result against Phoenix by a younger Maidenhead team shows there is great promise for future years.
Due partly to a late start and school sport injuries Maidenhead featured a much younger team, and their fitness showed through having all played tournaments or other sport earlier in the day.
First quarter was all Maidenhead with Vyaan back in the centre controlling the midfield and Scott and Marc supporting well, especially when chasing 50:50 balls. Wingers Harry and Ollie both stayed wide dragging the Phoenix defence out to allow new striker Hector space to cause continued pressure. Only strong defence from Phoenix backs and goalie kept the game level.
Second quarter Phoenix adjusted their tactics bringing the back 3 of Cleve, Declan and Flynn into the game. With Connor back in goal he showed how much he has learned supporting the Men's teams and "owned" his D rushing out at the Phoenix forwards.
Becoming more end to end the extra space allowed Vyaan to slot home from a goal mouth scramble having started causing repeated problems dribbling through, and then a great pass for Ollie off the wing to shoot home for 2-0 at halftime.
Final half more and more pressure from Phoenix kept the defence busy and also short corners both ends. The shorts allowed breaks and Hector completed a great game always looking for through ball passes and was incredibly unlucky not to score with a flicked shot into the corner saved on the line by a last defender.
The Maidenhead pressure though finally allowed Ollie to work well gifting final passes for 2 great poacher goals to brother Harry.
Final result of 4-0 was a great bounce back from previous week and it's good to see younger u12 team slotting in so well.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.