Aylsham U12s Kappa Cup Run Continues

Match Report 07.01.18

Aylsham FC U12 v Costessey Sports FC U12 United, Youngs Park

A bright but chilly morning at Youngs Park as Aylsham FC U12 hosted Costessey Sports FC U12 United in the Kappa Cup 3rd Round today (Sunday 7th January), with both sides looking to get the New Year off to a winning start.

Costessey kicked off proceedings with the wind at their backs and created an early chance down the right that was comfortably saved by Loz. In the 2nd minute a fine ball over the top by Freddy set Alfie away and while the keeper forced him wide he was able to find Mitchy in space but his cross was well defended as Aylsham looked for an early breakthrough. A minute later Costessey had another opportunity after some neat interplay down the middle but one of the midfielders struck a left footed shot over from the edge of the box.

The opening exchanges were very even with both sides looking to pass the ball on the ground. A nice move started by Jude allowed Freddy and Mitchy to combine down the left. Mitchy outpaced his defender before putting in a low cross that Alfie poked narrowly wide. Josh showed great feet to beat two players on his way to winning a corner on the Aylsham right. While Freddy’s centre was firmly headed away, Denver was quickest to react to the loose ball but saw his left footed shot flash wide as the home side began to take control of the game.

Ollie broke up play well to feed Josh after spotting his forward run and his low cross bounced just away from Alfie as he looked to set himself up to strike. From a Costessey long throw Adam did well to clear a difficult bouncing ball and Jude headed out to the left to set up a flowing move in the 8th minute. Mitchy and Freddy played a quick one-two before the cross was cleared. Jude took a great first touch before striking a right footed drive that was brilliantly tipped over the bar by the Costessey keeper. The short corner eluded everyone but Josh recycled the ball, finding Mitchy who saw his shot fly just wide. Freddy sent Mitchy away in the next passage of play and he used his pace to break clear before crashing a shot against the post as Aylsham threatened again. Alfie played an incisive through ball into Freddy’s path who beat the keeper with a side footed effort but saw it just evade the back post where Josh flashed it back across the six yard box with no Aylsham player able to get a telling touch. Moments later Alfie got a shot away under pressure but the keeper held confidently.

Aylsham were dominating possession as the half wore on and Josh skilfully beat his marker before back-heeling the ball to Ollie whose cross-shot dropped just beyond the far post. The home side still had to be on their guard though as first Adam and then Denver dealt with long balls forward keeping Costessey at bay. Costessey won a free kick down their left and the visiting striker saw his effort rebound off the cross bar and Loz had to be quick to pounce bravely on the rebounded shot, saving well from point blank range. Aylsham had the ball in the net in the 17th minute after Denver found Mitchy in the box who cut back inside his defender and hit an unstoppable shot into the far corner, only to see the linesman’s flag raised for offside. A long ball down the middle almost caught out the Aylsham defence but Adam tracked the striker well to put in a perfectly timed tackle just before he could shoot.

Jack came on for Alfie in the 20th minute going out on the right with Freddy moving up front. Jack was involved immediately, combining well with Josh to create space for Freddy but a last ditch clearance prevented another Aylsham effort. On the next attack a cross from the right by Jack gave Josh a chance to strike and although his first shot was blocked Freddy battled hard to win the ball back, keeping the move alive. This presented Josh with another opportunity but his sweetly struck shot fell just wide of the far post.

Denver put in a strong challenge finding Josh in the centre circle who moved it wide to Jack who skilfully beat two players before finding Freddy with a lovely throughball. Freddy played it back to Jude who, in turn, switched it left to Mitchy to put in a teasing cross. Freddy and Jack gambled and Freddy was first to it with the keeper making a fantastic point-blank save, clutching the ball right on the goal line. Aylsham continued their quest for the opener and another cross from Mitchy was struck cleanly by  Josh but just too high to trouble the busy Costessey keeper. In the last attack of the half Jude played a beautiful ball into Mitchy but unfortunately his powerful strike hit the side netting. The whistle blew to end an entertaining half of football with Aylsham having the better chances but just unable to capitalise with Costessey still very much in the game. The score 0-0 at half-time.

Aylsham kicked off the second half with Archie and Tyler coming on for Denver and Mitchy with Jack swapping flanks. Jude broke up play in the centre before playing an accurate through-ball for Freddy to run onto but the keeper came off his line to block the shot with his legs. Jude was seeing a lot of the ball and distributing well in the centre of midfield. Another pass from the captain through the inside left channel was just nicked off Jack’s toes as he looked to break the deadlock. Moments later Loz had to come off his line quickly to meet a Costessey long ball and his clearance found its way to Josh who struck a shot from distance but the keeper got behind it to save. Costessey were soon on the attack again but Jack tracked his man stride for stride to clear under pressure.

Charlie came on for Adam at left back and he combined well with Ollie to halt a promising Costessey attack as the visitors started the half strongly. Jack and Freddy passed the ball around nearly on the left before bringing Ollie into play, switching it right to Tyler, but a last ditch tackle prevented Josh from making inroads. Josh was given an opportunity to shoot following an incisive pass from Tyler but a fine diving save kept the game goalless. Charlie was strong under pressure as the Costessey striker burst through the middle and did well to shepherd the ball back to Loz to stop the move.

Archie was linking up well with Tyler who was giving his marker a torrid time and a neat move down the right led to a good Aylsham chance. Tyler crossed into Jack who expertly turned his man in the box to pick out Freddy. Freddy was closed down quickly but moved the ball right where Josh blasted a shot goalwards that the visiting keeper did brilliantly to parry behind.

Alfie returned to the fray, coming on for Josh. A throw in down the Aylsham right by Tyler found Archie and he lifted a deep cross that was headed away. Jude was first to it, beating his man before striking a left footed shot that took a nasty bounce in front of the keeper, taking an unfortunate knock to his face in deflecting the ball behind for a corner. After a break for treatment the Costessey keeper was able to continue and it was from the set piece that followed that Aylsham took the lead in the 41st minute. Freddy’s corner was well cleared but Ollie was able to retrieve the second ball before finding Jude in the box. Jude took a great first touch to create a bit of space but a fantastically timed sliding tackle sent the ball to Tyler who calmly planted the ball into the far corner of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.

Aylsham continued to create good opportunities, particularly from wide positions with Freddy linking up well first with Tyler and then switching play to Jack on the left with the ball finally reaching Alfie who saw his shot well saved by the Costessey keeper. The stopper was called into action again shortly after after Jack’s throw to Charlie who picked out Freddy in space. Freddy saw Ollie who had taken up a great advanced position where he picked up the ball and took a shot from distance that was tipped onto the bar and over. Costessey had a great chance to equalise when their striker intercepted on the halfway line. After accelerating away and approaching the Aylsham box Loz came out to narrow the angle and forced an early shot which went inches wide.

It was a very open game as the second half wore on with Aylsham creating another good chance after neat interplay between Freddy and Alfie, Alfie feigned to shoot but slid the ball into the onrushing Tyler but he shot into the side netting from a tight angle. After a good piece of defending first by Charlie and then Jack stopping a promising Costessey attack Jude completed the clearance to find Freddy in space. The move continued as Aylsham broke with speed and purpose and Alfie caused uncertainty in the Costessey defence before Freddy lashed the ball fractionally over the bar with the keeper off his line. Freddy had another opportunity to shoot after being found well by Jack after beating his marker but while his effort beat the keeper unfortunately curved wide.

A flurry of substitutions followed with Mitchy and Denver returning to replace Ollie and Jude. The Aylsham backline was threatened as Costessey broke forward quickly in search of an equaliser as the game entered the last 5 minutes but the danger was averted thanks to an offside decision. A couple of minutes later Josh and Adam came back on for Freddy and Jack. Alfie made himself available to receive Tyler’s throw on the right and cut inside to strike a shot from distance but again the keeper showed good hands to prevent the ball sneaking in at the front post. Aylsham continued to create chances and a corner from Alfie was just too high as Adam looked to head the ball home at the back post. On the next attack Josh forced another good save from the keeper, diving low to his right to keep the shot out and pushing it behind. From the corner there was a bit of a melee as Denver, Adam and Alfie all went close to adding a second but the Costessey defence stood strong.

The game entered injury time but there was still time for one last opportunity with Alfie flashing a shot that was deflected just wide after a lovely cross from Tyler. The whistle blew to signal the end of a close game with Aylsham deserving their passage through to the quarter final after creating the better chances overall in a tight but well contested match between two determined sides.

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