Sunday, 19 November 2017

U12s at Home v Sheffield - 1st round of Cup

Under cloudy skies and cool conditions today saw the lads play their first cup game (Onundaga Cup) of the season at home against Sheffield.  Having played and won against Sheffield away this season we commenced the game with optimism that we would come away from the game triumphant and the boys did not disappoint.
Looking on from the side line you could tell that the Sheffield boys lacked experience and this showed in a convincing 7-0 lead for Stockport by the end of the first quarter.  After the initial burst of goals from the first quarter the Stockport boys continued to dominant however shots were not as on target as previous.  This lead to scores of 4-0 and 3-0 for the end of the 2nd/3rd quarters.
As in previous weeks face offs were far from dominant with 12 lost in total.  There were a lot more ground balls (35) picked up by the lads and checking was more reserved than last week with only two fouls recorded.
Shots off & on goal remain high (41) many of the lads more concerned with the number of goals they have scored than how we were doing as a team!!! Of the 41 shots 30 of these were on goal and in many instances slowing the game down and looking for others in a better position would have made the shot count.
In the last quarter the lads were able to keep up the momentum culminating in a 4-0 quarter score.  Final score 18-0 with a number of scorers Rhys (6); Luca R & Jay (3); George & Hugo (2); Daniel & Wil (1) with five goals being assisted by Hugo, Luca R, Jay, Wil & George.
The next cup game is in the New Year against Mellor which no doubt will not be such an easy game................
George breaking through under Sheffield Pressure

Henry adding some pressure

Lucas getting in on the Action

Lovely ground ball - Ben

Luca influencing proceedings

Nobody is looking at the ball

Time for a Run - Getting Cold

Very influential today

Look at our new official - A Responsible Adult

Cormac improving every week - Training paying off

Jacob just checking to see where Sheffield are?

Big H battling hard at Face

Wil in unfamiliar territory

Time for another Run - Only one thing on his mind

Manages to make it all the way down the field - Then a Push in th back stops the shot getting off

Rhys with one of his six today

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

U10s Away at Brooklands

Stockport took healthy squad of 12 players to Brooklands for our first U10s game in over a month in what turned out to be an end-to-end game with both teams preferring showing lots of attacking intent.
We were slow out of the blocks and found ourselves 5 - 1 down at the end of the first quarter. From the second quarter onwards we came more into the match and benefitting from some good work at the face we got into the habit of scoring with several players doing winning possession for us.

Brooklands had some speedy players and we found it hard to deal with the quick breaks too often leaving the goalkeeper very exposed but credit to Josh for making some good saves, claiming the ball well and showing a good eye for a pass out of the crease.

The whole game was played in a good spirit with both teams showing their skills and helped by some constructive refereeing the players got to learn as they played. Equally, from the improvements in skills and technique that were apparent through the game the lads were also listening to coach Steve. He did well to find time to shout instructions as well as cycling the players through the bench so nobody got cold and as many players as possible got a chance in midfield.

With more games coming up in next few weeks we have definitely got a team that I am sure will get better as they get more used to playing together as a team and the best thing to take from this game was that everyone got involved and looked like they were having fun.

The final score was 15 - 13 in favour of the home team, which was probably about fair in the end.

Devon and Euan kept their defence busy, don't underestimate these two lads!

Jacob about to launch a pass

Alfie working hard to get back

Ethan showing them a clean pair of heels

Josh is looking well set this time

A choice of passes, everyone wanted the ball

Dan moving in 
Some tired looking players at the end
Under pressure

Listening to the coach and putting a hand up to make a contribution, what a well drilled squad we have

U12s at Home Against Poynton

A lovely autumnal morning for the next instalment in the U12s Season (if not a bit cold by the end) and with Metros coach and manager looking on it was time for the lads to show what they are made of.
The lads seemed up for a good match and this showed with a convincing lead at the end of fist quarter of 3-0.  The dominance continued throughout the next 2 quarters which finished 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.  Mixed results in the face off with 7 lost and 11 wins however more assists than last week which is encouraging.  The lads checking was a little wayward, leading to more minutes spent in penalty, (6) than we have had in all the previous 6 games.  As has been the case this year, too many shots taken and lost opportunity for a higher score.  More passing and less glory seeking would go a long way but this will come with maturity.
Q3 saw a change of goalie, with Dan giving Aaron his first outfield ventrure of the year.  At the end of Q3 we were still winning 10-0 however in the last quarter we took the opportunity to introduce all the squad, which lead to a 2-4 quarter.
Overall a solid performance from the Stockport 15 and continuation of the unbeaten run which is always good for morale.  Final score of 12-4 and a cup game coming this weekend.  Scorers this week Hugo (6), Henry, George, Ben (3), and Jacob. 

Cormack - Improving every week

Good to see 3 goals from Ben today


Unfamiliar territory nowadays

Never one for taking it easy

Now he wants the ball

Usually Stockport players like a lie down

Strength in depth