Sunday 14th September, SPL: Goldsworth Park Rangers 3 Pirbright Premier FC U11s 4
New season, big pitches, bigger goals, longer games, the offside rule, two more players-a-side but the same old huge heart and enormous effort from PPFC U11s as they began 2014/15 with a well-deserved away win at Goldsworth Park on Sunday lunchtime.
There were terrific individual performances all over the pitch as the lads adapted really well to the new challenges of 9v9 football. Pirbright were in front inside three minutes, Joshua shifting Arthur’s pass out of his feet to slam into the roof of the net for our first goal of the campaign. The lads passing football was outstanding at times, with new boy Olly pulling the strings in midfield. A second goal soon followed, with Josh’s searing pace taking him away from the last defender; the goalkeeper stopped his initial shot but was powerless to prevent Jack’s follow-up.
But as quickly as the boys had established a lead than they lost it; undone twice in the space of five minutes before half time through some defensive indecision and some excellent GPR finishing. But it proved only a temporary ‘switch-off’ as Pirbright soon regained control in the second period. Jack restored PPFC’s advantage with a splendid shot from just outside the area (pictured right). Then Josh scored what was to prove the decisive goal, again making space in the area and finishing smartly. Had GPR’s keeper not pulled off a couple of great saves it might have been a little more comfortable. As it was, the home team scored their third from a corner in the final minute; making for a tense few moments – particularly with injured captain Jacob off the pitch.
But the lads held on for the win that their overall effort really merited. Well done boys; keep passing this well and putting in this much hard work and hopefully we’ll be in for a really enjoyable season.
PPFC: Conor, Adam, Jacob (c), Arthur, Jonty, Cally, Joshua, Dean, Olly, Joshua, Jack
Scorers: Jack (2), Joshua (2)
Man of the Match: Could have been any one of the boys but debutant Dean was outstanding. Hard-working, intelligent in possession and fearless; well done Dean!