BOURNEMOUTH YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
CHRISTCHURCH v GREENFIELDS
MATCH RESULT: 3 – 3
So the season ended for Christchurch as it had started all those months ago, only this time we had a level playing field in that it was 11 v 11 unlike the previous encounters.
The importance of this game was apparent to all who were there and it may well prove to be the game that decides who wins the league.
For Christchurch it was our final game having remained unbeaten in the league since that opening day defeat at the hands of Greenfields and Greenfields have a similar record having lost only one game themselves but still with 6 games to play following successful runs in both cups.
The match itself was a great advert for youth football with good football played by both sides. Christchurch had the first chance with Ruben latching on to a through ball and but for some brave goalkeeping he would have scored.
The first goal was always going to be important and Greenfields scored following some good approach play. The linesman did flag the goal offside but he was over ruled by the referee and opinion was divided as to who was right, never the less the goal stood.
Christchurch responded well and after some great hold up play by Ruben he then played in Jack who curled a shot into the far corner against his old team which he clearly enjoyed.
Greenfields then scored a second when a cross into the box bounced just out of reach of Ollie H and Ben Cooper met the cross and headed into the roof of the net. No sooner had the game restarted and Ruben equalised after some good pressuring by the front 3 leading to a charged down clearance and a tap in.
The teams turned around all square which was a fair result at this point. The team talk was all about keeping things solid and doing our jobs well.
The second half was as tight as the first and Christchurch had a gilt edged chance to take the lead for the first time only for the shot to go over the bar. We then rode our luck with some crucial saves from Jem and some timely clearances before they scored a third through Adam. This was the third time we had been behind and I honestly thought that we might not come back for a third occasion only to see the boys prove me wrong. The goal to equalise was worthy of the occasion with Olly B volleying home from 30 yards.
This proved to be the final score and honours were even. Greenfields now have it in their own hands and have 6 games to make up the goal difference of 45. If they achieve this then they deserve to win the league. We have done all we can and I couldn’t be more proud of the whole squad and the season we have had following the opening game and the taunts that were levelled at us as a club, remarks which were later removed but not before they had made their mark.
Special thanks to all the parents from Phil and myself for all your support this year and a special thanks to the two Sams who I was unable to introduce this evening as I honestly couldn’t see how I could change things without effecting our momentum.
A great season regardless of where we now finish well done to all.