SYFA GADFYL League Game Sunday 7th November 3pm
Ashfield Blacks 2 - 3 Glasgow Ajax
Ashfield Scoresheet Conlan McKenna Jared Gordon
No referee to steward the game again today which is extremely frustrating. We did however get a heads up prior to the game that the ref had to call off so understand these things happen.
Team talk prior to the game centred around effort, concentration and passing. We quickly spoke about each of their roles and jobs. We stuck to our 3-3-2 formation which is serving us well.
Today’s game was played at a frantic pace, it was end to end from the 1st whistle to the final whistle.
I thought we started the game ok, Hammy and Jack combining really well on the right, Jack showing some real quality and ingenuity working with Kyle to get the ball into the box. Same was happening on the left with Minty and Lucas. Ajax were a decent wee team, they were physical and had pace, but I must say our defence did not deserve to concede 3 goals today.
Robbie was very unlucky with 2 of the 2 goals today, dreadfully unlucky. Kept us in the game with some brilliant saves and is brave as they come. Hammy who has developed a composure on the ball which is very impressive, picks a pass and links up well going forward, his clearances and overall effort and performances last 2 games have be exceptional to Zyg who is our danger man at set pieces, and is showing strength, determination and confidence driving out of defence with the ball at his feet, to Minty that takes not 1 but 3 boys to take him down and he still gets up and carries on, young Minty takes such pride in never letting an opponent get the better of him on that left side, he’s fond of a tackle or 2 and wins 99% of them.
1st half we had some half chances Kaleb and Conlan linking up well, Aaron had a shot on goal Lucas too with a strike on goal but Ajax seemed to get bodies in the way and their Keeper was self assured and his handling of the ball was pretty decent. I would say that Ajax scored against the run of play, we were unlucky to concede and Robbie was very unlucky with their 1st goal.
Ajax were on the attack again and put a great ball into our box Robbie flew off his line and punched/palmed the ball to safety just as their striker was about to convert.
Halftime was called. 1-0 Ajax
Halftime team talk was again about effort which I couldn’t fault and the fact at 1-0 down we were very much still in this game.
We started the 2nd half better than the 1st, we put Ajax under pressure with wave after wave of attack, Logan up that right wing had their left back and left mid on toast, thought Logan done really well today.
As the chances started to stack up, Minty took a sore one, 3 Ajax players all had a kick at him and ended up down in the middle of the park. But in true Minty fashion and the magic sponge he was up and ready to accept the drop ball.
As the game was end to end Ajax was also creating chances and after one such chance Robbie took a real sore one to his ankle. Robbie is as tough as they come so for him to stay down it must have been a sore one. Just at that Ajax built an attack and had a shot that Robbie saved and it hit off his body and went in. So so unlucky these things happen in football and we tried to gee Robbie up.
The next thing we knew Ajax were up the right wing ball over the top and one of their best players ran onto it with a brilliant strike Robbie pulled off a phenomenal save but only to be outdone by their forward following up and firing it into the back of our net. So unlucky.
In another move forward Ajax hit the bar but we defended resolutely put bodies on the line got blocks in and never gave up.
After we took centre we got forward Caiden in centre mid position was trying his heart out picked the ball up right hand side passed off to Logan who sprinted forward tried to cross it, the ball hit a Ajax defender deflected onto Caidens path he looked up saw Conlan unmarked and making a great run slid an inch perfect pass Conlan’s 1st touch on the money and slid the ball under the keepers body and into the back of the net. A well taken goal from Conlan who goes to 2 goals in 2 games with a great assist from Caiden.
3-1 - back in the game.
From centre we again put Ajax under pressure, 2nd half we were brilliant, we had shots at goal from Minty, Hammy was unlucky not to score, Conlan, Jared we were looking likely to get another.
Well we did get another goal and what a goal it was, the ball was outside Ajax box, about 20 yards out ball was back and forward Ajax trying to clear us trying to get it forward, it fell to Jared it bounced in front of him, he looked up their keeper slightly off his line hit a worldy lob, cheeky you could say over their keeper and into the back of the net to make it - 3-2 - Ashfield. What a brilliant piece of skill with a dash of luck perhaps for Jared to score a goal like that, he deserved it. It might cost Ali and Bob more than a fiver that one.
Just after that final whistle went.
In summary every boy put in 110% effort. I was very proud of their work ethic today. They refused to give up. You can’t teach that. They showed heart beyond their years, a quicker start and a better shape midfield wise might have got us the win, taking into account we were dreadfully unlucky with 2 of their 3 goals. The pleasing thing every boy is improving and developing. Onto the next. As always thanks to the parents for their support today, it’s very much appreciated.
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