St. Mary's U11B Football V Riley House  


The U11 B’s travelled to Riley on Wednesday to play our first football match of the year. Although a dry afternoon, a strong wind blowing from one end of the pitch to the other made for bitterly cold and challenging playing conditions.

The first half saw St. Marys playing into the wind. Not surprisingly, the ball remained deep into our half for the vast majority of the first period. We found it difficult to clear the ball any great distance, or indeed play the ball out from defense. We did though come close to scoring on a couple of occasions, especially the latter chance as we played some good build up football but the end result went just passed the far post. Defensively, we in the main tackled, covered and blocked reasonably well to try to limit any first half damage. At 0-4 down at halftime it didn’t seem too bad as we would have that wind at our back now. 

The 2nd half though didn’t go well for us. Even with the strong wind we found ourselves again defending for most of the half. We did occasionally though get out when we used the long ball, even scoring a nicely taken goal from its use and almost scored a second. That if taken would have kept the deficit at 4. But as the half progressed the amount of defending we were doing was taking its toll. We really started to leak goals from this moment on as a much more experienced Riley team kept their discipline with good team shape and a mature use of the ball. They used their many subs well from the touchline to freshen up their team and play. 

At 1-12 down at full time it was a chastening experience. One that we can, and will, learn from. There is always another match to look forward to, and so next week both the B’s and C’s are at home to Merchiston for a Triangular.
A Rutherford

Marnie Harvey, 20/01/2020

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