Football Week 1 - Match Report

Head Coach- Ryan Byrne
Assistant coach- Andy Corbett

Teams- Discovery Summer VI vs Meolebrace Under 14’s.
Venue: Shrewsbury School
Kick Off: 10.30 a.m
Conditions: Rainy, Mild.

The Squad

1. Julian Scharr
&2. Jordi Giribet Boncompte
&3. Kaan Yelkovan
&4. Artem Rubaylo
&5. Yaroslav Mudrik
&6. Phillip Huber
&7. Karl Schwarz
&8. Jean Mayoro Wade
;99. Sergi Poy Cabrera
&10. Giovanni D’adda
&11. Guglielmo Villani


12. Ben Taylor
13. Jules Tortora
14. Victor Smirnov
15. Vladislav Khakin
16. Come Magnin-Feysot
17. Paul Scheid

Score- Discovery Summer VI 4-3 Meolebrace Under 14’s

After 2 days of intense preparation the team were well prepared and looking forward to their pre-arranged match.  Although the intense rain seemed to concern a number of players the game went ahead, and conditions improved for kick off.  A strong team was selected to start the match in a standard English formation of 4-4-2.  However, my instructions to the players were to attack in numbers, this was evident in the opening minutes when both full backs Jordi and Kaan pushed high up the pitch to create the width.  The first 25 minutes were very one sided, with our midfield controlling the tempo of the game, moving the ball quickly and picking out very penetrative passes.  Jean and Giovanni continued to trouble the opposition's defence with good footwork and speed, with Serge and Phillip producing moments of brilliance when in possession of the ball.  Dominance of possession soon turned into goals.  Phillip, the tall blonde headed Austrian, produced a real Captains Performance by scoring 2 well placed shots from 18 yards with his weaker left foot.  The first after a mazy run past 3 defenders and the 2nd after a neat ½ with Giovanni.

The 2nd third differed from the first, the team failed to defend in crucial areas and the opposition punished us by scoring 2 goals in quick succession.  One a penalty and another from the 6 yard box.

After words of encouragement at half time, the team found themselves in a precarious position.  A disastrous start to the 3rd period saw a well placed finish from the oppositions number 14.  The team was behind for the first time in the match.  However, team spirit prevailed and a dubious penalty decision, given for a foul on ‘William,’ followed by a slight bit of simulation from Sergi on the 2nd phase gave Discovery Summer a lifeline to get back in the game.  Sergi, who was having a fine game, stepped up to take the spot kick, missed but coolly slotted in the rebound.  The team continued to go for a fourth goal and were rewarded with a great finish from ‘William’ inside the penalty area.  The job was nearly complete.  I instructed the team to go more defensive, sured up by clever defending from Jules and Phillip the team held on for a fantastic 4-3 victory.

All the players were excellent on the day, with superb performances from certain individual players like Phillip, Jean, Sergi, and Giovanni.

Ryan Byrne- Head Coach.