TEDDINGTON RAPTORS V LEPOARDS
The Raptors four game unbeaten run came to an end today against the Leopards, who are surely the strongest team we have faced in the league and unfortunately had not changed their spots since we last met.
The better team won today but the 7-1 scoreline was perhaps unfair, as the Raptors were very much in the contest right up to the last 12 mins when the game slipped out of reach.
The first ten minutes saw the Raptors pinned into the their own box, soaking up wave after wave of attack before finally conceding two goals in quick succession.
We seemed to settle down after 15 mins, breaking into the Leopards half and won a couple of corners. We went into the half time break feeling optimistic we could turn things around.
The Raptors started the second half well, looking very solid and it looked like we may not concede again until disaster struck… the ref failed to spot an injured Raptors defender on the ground, allowing play to continue and Leopards capitalised on the hole in defence.
This was the turning point and the Leopards didn’t look back, scoring another 4 goals.
As always the Raptors had some great moments and it was pleasing to see we never gave up. Daniel Jolly scored the consolation goal when he used his pace to break free of the Leopards defence and beat the goaly with a firm low right foot shot.
The Raptors almost scored a second soon after when Lennon Chalmers curling right foot shot was denied by the post.
Hayden Elliot almost came close too when he picked the ball up deep in his own half and carried the ball the whole length of the pitch with real purpose, before unleashing a low right drive that went just wide of the post.
Cormac Sims was awarded man of the match for another all round great performance in defence, midfield and goal.
Congratulations to the Leopards who were outstanding today and are currently setting the standards for the U9’s age group. A tough test for the Raptors but lots of ‘takeaways’ to help with our on going development.