Wednesday, 2 December 2015

District Cup Semi-final here we come!

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

John Willmott 1 v 4 Arthur Terry Scorers:
R Thomas, K Reddin [2], O Powell

Match report:
The Arthur boys came into this Qtr Final replay knowing ...if they take their chances and limit their unforced errors in key areas, the game would be theirs for the taking and would stand a great chance of progressing into the district sup semi-finals!  The first half proved to be a very dominant performance indeed. Solid defending from the whole team meant that keeper James Pemberton did not have a single save to make in the entire half. Standout performer in the opening period was defender Ross Lewis, who made several outstanding tackles, blocks and covers - in addition to playing the ball out with composure from the back. Despite controlling the game, Arthur Terry only managed to take a narrow 1-0 lead into the break. Riley Thomas (playing wide right) showed real quality as he picked up the ball on the right hand side and with a quick change of pace, skinned his opponent to take the ball into the box before dispatching a powerful shot across the keeper into the side netting. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first period, but this time the boys were much more clinical in taking the chances that they created. Nb: Unfortunately this did not come until our star man from the first half had leveled the match for the opposition by putting the ball into his own net! - Unfortunately a little mix up at the back and shanked clearance was at fault! The introduction of Kharel Reddin proved to be quite a difference between the sides! Kharel managed to hit the back of the net twice, with two brilliantly taken goals - his super footwork and skill was used to carve out two chances for himself and the final strikes for both goals were truly top class! Nb: Ross also helped to make amends for his early Xmas gift to the opposition by supplying a super ball up to Kharel, which set him on his way for his first goal. Kharel's hat-trick was unfortunately denied after another tremendous shot came back of the post! However, partnering striker Oliver Powell was at hand to score his fourth goal in three consecutive games - sealing the victory 4-1 victory and securing the team's place in the district cup semi-finals, which will be played against St Edmund Campion in the New Year!

Man of the match:
1st Half: Ross Lewis
2nd Half: Kharel Reddin

Wednesday 25th November 2015

John Willmott 3 v 3 Arthur Terry
K Reddin, O Powell [2]

Match report:
After a very competitive game, the two teams could not be separated! The FT score finished 3-3, and with poor light conditions it was agreed that the tie would be replayed in the following week.  The match itself proved to be a case of missed opportunities and costly errors for the Arthur Terry boys!  The team's super AVFC academy striker Kharel Reddin scored the opener with a stunning first half strike, unfortunately though, the boys went into the break 1-2 down after conceding two goals from the only two shots/attacks that the opposition made. To their credit, the finishes were 'worldy type efforts' that left our District Keeper James Pemberton little to do but admire them, however slack defending prior to each goal was certainly the focus of the half-time team talk.  As the second half got underway the Arthur Terry boys responded fantastically and produced an absolutely dominant opening 15 minutes of play, where in the lead was deservedly restored. Oliver Powell provided two fantastic finishes to some wonderful moves, making the score 3-2 in Arthur Terry's favour. The boys had two great chances to extend the lead further, but unfortunately the first effort cannoned off the cross bar and the second was ruefully put over the bar from close range. The opponents equalizer eventually came in the last few minutes of the game, after limp defending and bad decision making once again presented an opportunity to the home side that was clinically taken.

Man of the match: Kharel Reddin
For a superb first half strike and absolutely stunning second half display. His silky skills and footwork was used to a more penetrating effect, helping to assist Oliver Powell and create other opportunities for his teammates that unfortunately went unconverted!

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