Match Report - 08 May 2022, Leeds Modernians Football Club Mods U15s beat Allerton FC
Get yourselves down to Burtons for a new suit everyone, we’re off to the Coach Ground. Ok, so it’s not got the same ring to it as Wembley but who cares ! Mods made history today by reaching the Challenge Trophy final in a pulsating encounter to set up the tantalising prospect of silverware for the first time in the Hoole/Currie era.
Allerton made the trip from Bradford bringing with them a phenomenal record of scoring 113 and conceding only 12 with just the one defeat all season. Although in the league below, a remarkable stat made even more so when achieved in only 16 games played. Despite some rain over the weekend, the pitch remained rock solid and the scene was set for the eagerly expectant home crowd and even the sun decided to make a rare detour to Cookridge Lane.
Mods looked the more nervous of the two sides and were breathing a sigh of relief after less than 2 minutes when Allerton skewed a shot wide and again a minute later when a free kick went just over. The frenetic start then saw Mods win their first corner 8 minutes in as both teams continued to work each other out. Chances were at a premium which was partly due to some good defensive work by both sides. Daniel Hargrave made a crucial challenge when one on one with 20 minutes on the clock and it was shortly after this intervention that Mods created their first opening. Kieran saw his effort blocked and 5 minutes later Freddie’s effort was well saved by the Allerton keeper. It was on the half hour mark that Allerton had their first opportunity to put the Mods penalty area under pressure from a corner but Mods dealt with the it in composed fashion. Ollie was then called into action on 32 minutes saving at the on rushing Allerton attacker’s feet. Then with the clock ticking towards half time, Mods got the breakthrough they were looking for. Kieran laid a lovely ball off to Freddie who tucked it away stylishly inside the far post. Allerton looked to hit straight back before the break but sliced a reasonable chance past the post. With barely a pause for breath, the second half got underway and only a minute in Daniel Haggis thought he’d doubled Mod’s advantage with a swivel and great shot towards the top corner. Allerton’s keeper was equal to it though. A minute later Freddie looked to double his tally but poked it wide. Mods were in the ascendancy now and it wasn’t long before the pressure told. Freddie hunted down the Allerton defence and making a real nuisance of himself found himself free coming in from the right of the box with only the keeper to beat. Freddie smashed it into the net sending the home crowd into dreamland. With their league record this season, Allerton were in unchartered territory, a team that sunk an opponent 18 nil not used to being behind. To their credit, they looked to strike back quickly and began creating wave after wave of attacks down the flanks. With ten minutes of the half gone, they gave themselves hope with a stunning equaliser from outside the box. Things almost got better for them only a minute later, the Mods’ cross bar coming to the rescue and not for the first time this season. The tension was now become nausea inducing for the home fans and backroom staff. Several more Allerton opportunities went begging and if truth be told it felt as if Mods were clinging on. From another Allerton corner, mid way through the half, Ollie was called on again to parry a close range header after the Allerton “coach” had let out an exultant roar fully expecting to have seen the tie being brought level. With the clock seemingly winding down with glacial speed and the stakes being so high, the game became even more feisty. Whole hearted challenges were flying in and tempers becoming strained. With less than 5 minutes left on the clock, Allerton thought they’d equalised not realising that the referee had correctly and instantly signalled offside. Mods were hanging on now and an assault on Harry Hoole created a break in play that allowed them to regroup and draw breath. After an agonising 5 minutes of stoppage time, the referee blew the final whistle. And there it was, the team reaching their first ever final. The whistle was greeted with a deafening roar the likes of which were last heard at Mods after I bought a round. It was an outpouring of relief and euphoria but also parental pride. Pride in seeing a group sticking to their values in extreme adversity and playing the game in the spirit it was intended.
Well played Mods, well played 👏👏👏
George Gray - Although George didn't get on he deserves a special mention . George showed the true meaning of team by showing great support for the lads in a game that was too tight for the coaches to make positional changes.
Ollie “GPS” Browell – with better positional awareness than a Sat Nav, Ollie consistently found himself in the right place at the right time. Great communication when called for. A phenomenal performance.
Freddie Hoole – Freddie’s size 12s defied the laws of physics with some deft touches and finishing. Took his chances clinically and ran himself into the ground, outstanding.
Harry Hoole – As Big Ron used to say , “he did the ugly stuff well” . Was kicked throughout but despite provocation remained calmness personified in the middle of the park . Class.
Kieran Bull – nothing less than 100% commitment as usual. Not on the score sheet this week but instrumental in much of Mods’ attacking play and helped set up the first for Freddie. Quality.
Alex Hardy - Did a better clean up job than Winston Wolf. Limited attacking opportunities but a colossus at the back.
Archie Curran – Continues to deliver a set piece that James Ward Prowse would be pleased with. Worked tirelessly. Quality.
Daniel Hargrave – Took a nasty fall in the first half making a crucial block but fortunately hasn’t ruined his film star good looks. Up to then rarely put a foot wrong and even used his right foot at one point. Solid.
Daniel Haggis – let his feet do the talking and grew in confidence as the game went on. Stuck at it throughout and unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
Sam Anteney – Battled tenaciously all morning in midfield against a very tough opponent. A great individual effort for the team.
Josh Butler – Provided a constant threat on the wing and ran all afternoon for his new club. Brilliant.
Thomas Holmes – Moved seamlessly into the heart of defence after a defensive reshuffle. Helped withstand the second half onslaught. A busy second half but excelled throughout.
Zac Scanlon – Never easy picking up the pace off the bench. Slotted in well when introduced, stuck to the cause throughout. Accomplished.
Leeds Modernians Football Club Mods U15s 2 - 1 Allerton FC ()