Lions beat Heyside

Better performance from the boys this morning than in the last couple of weeks. We spoke about energy levels and that more effort was needed off the ball also. First 5 minutes and we found ourselves 1 down. Half a sleep at the back and this led to a good finish from them. We then started to play a little and scored a good couple of goals. We still didn’t look right with passes going a stray at times. Half time we spoke about the running again and this time they listened. From the off we were at them and  they couldn’t cope. We started to move the ball alot quicker and chances started to come. With DJ and Marcel running into space, this then helped Jamie and Alex to start dominating the middle of the park again. We looked more comfortable and confident on the ball. Finlay grabbed goal of the game with a great strike from 25 yards out that flew past their keeper into the far corner.

Motm was going to be picked on the running and movement. There were two stand outs for me with DJ and Marcel head and shoulders above the others. As I was trying to decide who to give the trophy to. DJ said i should give it to Marcel and so I did. Great attitude and this shows me he is becoming a good team player. Well done DJ for that made me a proud manager.

Kestrels beat Moston Juniors

Kestrels 4 – 1 Moston Juniors

Daniel (p)

After a disappointed 4-3 loss last week, the Kestrels dominated most of the opening play against a strong and physical Moston side. A skilful strike – ball looped up and scissor-kicked over the keeper – the main difference in the opening minutes to put the Kestrels 0-1 down. An early setback.

In the warm up we practiced long range driving. This paid off through an excellent strike from half way by Ali to level the scores. An excellent, curling, Haris free kick gave us a 2-1 lead going into the break.

Haris in the thick of the action early in the second half saw him get a boot to the face in the penalty area. Penalty awarded, and dispatched confidently by Dan.

Moston still had life in them and were always threatening despite our domination. They lost a bit of discipline, and left a few of our players in a heap – Keane, Dan and Myles the main recipients of a bit of physical treatment. A definite red card missed by the ref for an elbow in the chest for Myles.

They had a packed midfield which we found quite stifling but we kept chipping away. Our defensive unit were solid and snuffed out a powerful attacking line.

A late strike from Wilson, played through by Haris and touched around an on-rushing keeper saw the ball cross the line. Duke could have claimed the final touch but was good enough to let it roll in.
A hard fought win. An impressive team performance. Back to winning ways for the Kestrels!