The U16’s fall to their 2nd league defeat in a row.
Yesterday saw the visit of Rochdale AFC’s Development Centre (Blue) to Bishop Rawstorne in an eagerly anticipated match. The 2 sides faced each other earlier in the season in a match that ended 4-3 to Rochdale with “The Dale” winning it with the last kick of the game.
Chorley were keen to even the score by taking this one and they started very positively, taking the game to Rochdale. The 4-2-3-1 set up the U16’s employed caused the Rochdale back 4 problems from the off and the young magpies took the lead after only 5 minutes after the ball was worked well from midfield and Dom Berry was on the end of the move to find the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Rochdale tried to press higher up the pitch but the back 4 of Chorley held firm and restricted the visitors to shots from distance which caused Liam Doyle no problems. In fact it was still Chorley making most of the running forcing Rochdale back towards their own goal and on a number of occasions almost catching their keeper out with the ball at his feet. The Dale were on level terms however after 15 minutes. A well worked move down the right hand side allowed their winger a bit of space and his misplaced cross found space between the back 4 and the midfield and an oncoming blue shirt buried the shot from 15 yards. This only spurred Chorley on. Again the front 4 kept forcing the Rochdale back line and a very jittery goalkeeper into a number of errors and one of these errors lead to Chorley retaking the lead. Taylor Brickell caught one of the Rochdale centre halfs napping and, pinching the ball off his toes, hit a first time shot low passed the keeper.
The remainder of the 1st half was quite even with both back lines holding firm. Chorley went into the break good for their 2-1 lead.
The 2nd half started with Chorley switching to a 4-4-2 formation and this along with the wind strengthening seemed to effect their flow. Rochdale were on the front foot from the start of the half and only a combination of good goalkeeping and defiant defending kept the black and whites in front. Gaps were appearing through midfield and this was starting to drag defenders out of line and this allowed more space for the Rochdale wide men to have more of the ball and to create more chances. Chorley’s resistance finally broke after an hour when Rochdale hit with a quick fire double. Both goals were created by the man of the match left winger and they were both finished well.
Chorley had it all to do now and this meant more gaps were appearing all over the pitch. The match was eventually sealed, with 15 to go, when Rochdale hit their 4th. Again, created by the left winger through some great, strong play down the left and a whipped in cross finished well from the edge of the box.
The final 15 minutes were controlled by Rochdale and the match ended 4-2 to The Dale. Chorley will feel disappointed that they couldn’t match their 1st half display in the 2nd.
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