Cup Thriller for U13 Blues
By Chris Bowler
A great game of football.....
A great game of football in the second round of the cup saw Tynemouth drawn against Felton; a team that the boys had struggled against in the past. In fact, they had suffered a heavy defeat in our previous encounter. That was before, and this is now, Tynemouth United U 13 Blues are made of stronger stuff these days and were determined to fight all the way.
It was a later kick-off at 12 rather than the usual 10 starts. The team available for the cup match was Oscar in goal with Martin, Daniel and Jack in defence with Blake dropping back to fill in for the injured Thomas. In midfield we had Charlie P, Euan, Harry and Ben. Up front was Lucas and Sam. Noah had gallantly offered to play anywhere on the pitch he was needed. Unfortunately, Charlie W was also injured and Will wasn’t well enough to play.
In the first 5 minutes both teams made their intentions very clear that this game was going to be all about attack, attack, attack!!!
After a few chances had fallen to Sam and Ben , it was Advantage Felton as a powerful shot was palmed away by Oscar, unfortunately into the path of an advancing striker who was able to shoot past our keeper. Tynemouth hadn’t deserved this as they easily match Felton for commitment and ability. The fear now was would the boys feel sorry for themselves? No, they kept to their game plan and started to carve out chances with Harry coming very close from long ranged effort after a hurried clearance from the keeper. The persistence and hard work paid off when the outstanding Ben thundered down the wing and crossed for Lucas to score after 19 minutes. Game on! It was Felton’s turn to attack and came close to regaining the lead but a superb tackle from Martin put an end to that. Sam came close but rushing keeper did enough to make him shoot agonisingly wide. Euan then hit the post from a tight angle when the ball was crossed in low. Again, their keeper did enough to make difficult for a clean strike. Then it was Ben’s turn to try as he was fed down the wing. He cut inside and shot low into the goal. We had edged in front and it was the least the Blues deserved. Oscar was again tested but equal to anything that was fired at him. It had been a fantastic game so far with both teams committed to attacking. This was reiterated when Charlie P came close with a speculative shot from distance, beating the keeper but hitting the bar. So, Tynemouth had just edged a very close first half.
The second half proved to be just as gripping as the first with both teams taking it in turn to attack in a quick flowing end to end game. The back four of Martin, Jack, Blake and man of the match Daniel made a series of excellent tackles and timely interceptions in the first 10 minutes of the restart but it was Tynemouth that struck first and extended their lead. A superb move involving an excellent ball from Sam to Charlie P who had the presence of mind to slot a ball behind the defence for Lucas to get his second of the afternoon. The boys were on the up and tried on to get more goals, but their keeper was ready each time. We changed a few players round and Noah came on to relieve a few tired legs. On the 45th minute the game was turned on its head when Felton scored 2 goals in quick succession and then with 15 minutes left they took the lead with a unstoppable volleyed chip over Oscar. The blues looked deflated, but they knew they still had time to salvage the game. They took it to extra time when Sam lofted the ball into the opposition area for Ben to expertly volley the ball passed the keeper at the far post.
Extra time was now upon us but both sets of players were looking tired. No-one wanted to lose what had been a superb match. Towards the end of the first half of extra time Felton scored what would end up being the winning goal from a very tight angle, the ball finding its way under Oscar. Tynemouth rallied in the second half of extra time but sadly it wasn’t to be.
The boys were rightfully disappointed at the end but they should all be proud of their excellent performance and things look very positive for the new round of league matches, when we will need to play with the same commitment and determination!! Well done lads!