U11A Football v Riley House
Jan 16th 2019
St Mary’s Melrose 4 – Riley House 1
Our first fixture of the New Year was against Riley House, the junior school of Strathallan, here at home in Melrose. It was a chilly day, though the sunshine was glorious, a beautiful day for footy!
Fortunately the Riley House coach refereed due to my current condition, (a grade 3 ruptured AC joint) and did a fantastic job. The game started off briskly with two early goals, the first from our boys and the second from Riley. A stalemate ensued for the majority of the first half, until John managed to sneak the ball into the net in a close range snipe!
The boy’s works rate was excellent and we played quite an offensive game, effectively having seven boys up at all time. It was red cheeks as far as the eye could see, and as the half time whistle went, the boys made straight for the water bottles to take a much needed rest. It had been a tight first half and the Riley attacks on the flank had put some hefty pressure on our defence.
As the second half commenced the lads came back fighting, Henry displayed some very neat ball skills, as did Robert who made great headway up the wing. Ewan was slick in his play, managing to tuck the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net for his first goal of 2019. Tristan worked hard outfield and made a key save in the second half when he retired to Goal Keeper. Finlay moved the ball well, making some key passes, displaying silky skills. Nic put in a mammoth shift, and applied pressure to the attacking Riley forwards, whereas Lochie made some fantastic runs, creating opportunities to score. Josh was the rock of the team and put in equally impressive shifts up front in attack and back in defence. John however, was my man of the match with great attacking football, culminating in a really juicy hatrick. Today’s captain Ollie worked his socks off and was an ever present threat up front, as was Jack who was more than happy to throw his weight around the pitch, effecting the game massively.
The three second half goals came from excellent passing and to be honest hard work, getting bodies into the right place and spreading the ball well. We are all really looking forward to our next fixture up at Merchiston. Bring on the screamers!
A huge thanks to the Riley lads for making the huge journey south and especially to their coach for refereeing so well and fairly! Further thanks must got to all the parents who came to watch on such a brisk day, it is greatly appreciated.
Man of the Match – John Imray