Horsley Eagles v. TAFC Raptors U9s
2 - 2
RAPTORS U9’S, EARN DRAW IN TIGHT CONTEST AGAINST HORSLEY EAGLES.
Toms Field. Horsley
The game against Gemini U9’s the previous week is thankfully now a distant memory.
This was the performance we had hoped for to start the new year. The passing and desire to win had all returned and the team showed great spirit to come back from 2-0 down.
The first half saw the Raptors passing back to its best. Lennon Chalmers and Cormac Sims both made driving runs down the right side.
Hayden Elliot stood out playing in an unfamiliar left midfield role, running up and down the left flank, covering huge distances, attacking and defending all at once!
Jarvis Moore made a great save, tipping a long range effort from Horsley on to the bar. The Raptors held on until the dying moments of the first half when Horsley broke the deadlock.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw the Raptors pinned into their own penalty box, soaking up wave after wave of attack until the inevitable happened and we conceded again.
Not to be deterred the Raptors bounced back immediately from the kick off. Jarvis Moore pounced on a loose ball, broke free of the opposition defence and beat the goaly in a one on one situation.
The goal lifted the Raptors (and travelling supporters) spirits. Lennon Chalmers playing in right midfield, spotted Jarvis’ run up front and curled a long range Beckham esque pass to his feet and Jarvis once again beat the goaly.
In an almost identical move a few moments later it could have been 3-2 to the Raptors. Chalmers long range pass picked out Moore whose shot was blocked by a defenders arm. In the absence of VAR technology, the referee deemed this to be ‘ball to hand’... which was probably the correct decision. The Raptors held on in the final minutes with some great saves by Cormac Sims to earn the team a well earned draw!
Hopefully the result will give the team a lift and we can go on to secure our first win of 2018!
In the end 2-2 was probably a fair result as both teams played very well.
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