Match Report - 03 Dec 2011, Leeds Modernians Football Club Juniors U15 lost to Middleton Park Reserves
A 5-2 defeat at home to Middleton Park Reserves snapped Mods V unbeaten streak just as it was taking off. No Andy Morris, Pete Jimack or George Bacon meant a makeshift line up with Scot Gamble and Bryan Kidd at centre back, and Tim Leslie and Johnnie Walker taking Andy’s and Bryan’s positions in centre midfield.
It was a cold, windy day and neither team looked like they wanted to be playing in such horrendous conditions. Despite this both teams started well, but Mods were controlling the game, as you would expect as we were playing with the wind. We managed to fashion a couple of chances for Chris O’Reilly up front, but he was pressured into shooting by the defence and spurned them wide or hit them straight at the keeper.
Mods were winning some free kicks, and one found its way through everyone to Chris again, but with only the keeper to beat, he tried to slide it into the bottom corner and the keeper conceded a corner with his legs. We weren’t creating chances from corners as the wind meant the ball swung in a lot further, usually over and out, than was intended by Tim and Johnnie, who were taking the corners.
John unfortunately then got an injury after about 20 minutes and had to be replaced at left midfield by Harry.
We were outplaying Middleton at this point, and we finally got a goal when Tim surged through the midfield and released the Kraken from 30 yards out. The ball was swerving everywhere thanks to the wind and the keeper could only palm it into his net. Very similar to Andy’s last week.
However we were pegged back soon after when a rare Middleton attack somehow resulted in a goal to draw them level. Mods got over the shock of conceding after being so dominant, and continued on the attack. We soon won a free kick on the halfway line which Howie dutifully pumped forward, and the ball fell to me (Ollie) after evading all the defenders, but I couldn’t get the lift required and the keeper made an easy save. Another opportunity fell to both me and Chris when Wheater played the ball across the box, but I couldn’t get any contact and Chris was not set for it, so he couldn’t get it out of his feet. It was eventually cleared for a corner, which was also cleared.
Mods were playing a good defensive line, and anything that was played through was dealt with expertly by Scot and Bryan. We regained the lead towards the end of the half when the ball fell loose to Wheater 25 yards from goal, and he thundered the ball into the bottom corner past the helpless keeper.
However close to the end of the half, Middleton gained a throw-in in a good position on the left wing. The ball somehow made its way through to an attacker, who controlled the bouncing ball, turned, and hammered a shot into the roof of the goal past a helpless Dave Collins in net.
HT: Old Mods V 2-2 Middleton Park Reserves
A torrent of hail and wind greeted us at the start of the second half, as did a torrent of Middleton attacks. Mods defence weathered the storm (metaphorically and literally), with Phil and Howie doing superbly as wing backs to cut out their flank players. However a Middleton goal was imminent and it came when a wind-assisted through ball beat our defence and the striker beat Dave in goal to make it 3-2.
Mods were trying their hardest to get back into the game, but it was difficult with the wind. We were gaining ground and getting the ball in good positions, but we didn’t have a clear-cut chance. A few free kicks and through balls were unfortunately to no avail.
The defence were playing excellently, with Bryan and Scot winning almost everything in the air against taller opponents. Neil was then brought on for Phil at right back.
Middleton took a 4-2 lead when a ball played across the box was acrobatically scissor kicked into the corner of the goal, and that goal pretty much killed off the game. We managed to get more of the ball by this point and we were getting back into the game, but we still couldn’t muster a decent chance against the big defenders and the large amount of wind (not from the defenders).
A 5th goal came soon before the end after a massive clearance was chased by an attacker and he beat Dave to the ball and finished past him.
FT: Old Mods V 2-5 Middleton Park Reserves
It was a good performance, but we would have needed to score 4/5 goals, which we had the chance to, in the first half to make more of a game of it.
Next week is the Hodgson Cup game at home to St. Bedes, who we drew 2-2 in the opening game at home and lost 8-1 to at their place (but the score line didn’t reflect the game).
Leeds Modernians Football Club Juniors U15 2 - 5 Middleton Park Reserves ()