FC Wiltshire welcomed Ifield Galaxy to Beversbrook for this U13 encounter, following the entertaining cup-tie between the two teams only seven days before.
FC Wilts were the quickest out of the blocks, moving the ball quickly through midfield and capitalising on the pace of Ruben Pereira in wide areas. Several good chances were fashioned, but with no-one able to provide a decisive finish. Ifield grew into the game after the initial flurry from FC Wilts and quickly reminded everyone of their quality in the final third. Ryan Harris-Duff, much like the previous fixtures between the sides, was a constant threat. The first quarter ended a 0-0 stalemate that was not short of quality.
FC Wilts hit the ground running again in the second quarter. Strong defensive shape led to the home side often nicking possession in the midfield area and started to link the play in the final third. They got their rewards when centre-back Leo Rendell popped up on the edge of the box following a set-play and fired low past Jasper Sheik in the Ifield goal.
The pace of the game didn’t relent in the third quarter, as Ifield began to control possession in the FC Wilts half. After forcing a succession of corners, Ifield drew level through Ryan who finished clinically on the back post following a corner. The pattern of the half remained consistent, with Ifield dominating the ball and switching play quickly, and FC Wilts sitting deeper and looking to counter. The quarter ended 1-1 with both sides having chances to take the lead.
The final quarter saw both sides again maintain tempo and showing bravery in possession to try and win the game. FC Wilts fashioned a couple of good chances to do that through great play in the midfield areas but failed to finish when in good positions. With less than 5 minutes left on the clock, Ifield delivered a moment of quality to win the game for the away side. The ever-impressive Charlie Martin managed to turn his defender some 25 yards out and, after allowing the ball to sit up invitingly, Charlie dispatched a great finish into the top corner to make it 2-1. Despite their endeavours, FC Wilts could not fashion one final chance to reduce the arrears and the score finished 2-1 to Ifield.
This was, yet again, another fantastic game of football between two good sides going toe-to-toe relentlessly for 80 minutes. The tempo, technical ability and concentration shown by 29, 12/13 year-old boys was great to watch and a huge credit to them all.
On behalf of FC Wilts I have to thank Mark, the Ifield players, coaches and parents for making us very welcome this season. The quality of the players, coupled with the competitive but mutual respect shown by all is exactly what the JPL must aspire to. On a personal level, my only disappointment is that we won’t be playing Ifield again this season.
We wish you all the best for the rest of the season and hope to see you again before too long.
FC Wiltshire U13s
|1||George Lewis (GK)|
|1||Jasper Sheik (GK)|