U11 Football v Austin Friars

​Following a much needed thaw, Monday’s football fixtures were on! Our enthusiastic footballers were keen to kick off their season and they did so with an impressive display.

Hunter Hall A 4 v 4 Austin Friars A

Austin Friars made the early running and were in physical mood; goals soon came their way, but it was impressive to see the way our boys stuck to the task. As half time drew near, goals from Oskar and Louis ensured the score was once again level, this at time at 2-2. Louis’ long-range effort was particularly special. The second half began as the first had; Austin Friars passing the ball well and firing home 2 more goals. During the half-time break the home side had identified a need to be more physical in the tackle and they rose to this challenge. Louis was sensational on the ball; mesmerising the opposition defenders and causing a constant threat in attack. At the other end of the pitch Callum and Samuel led the battle from the heart of the defence, relishing the physicality of their duties. The resilience the team showed was superb and they kept pushing forward. Stefan found the 3rd Hunter Hall goal before Callum played a sublime long ball to find Louis in space, this time with just the keeper to beat. The Austin Friars keeper parried his initial shot, but with Oskar following up, the rebound was guided home - the all-important 4th goal had been found. Minutes later the final whistle blew and our team celebrated an impressive comeback. Well done to the whole team!

Hunter Hall B 0 v 8 Austin Friars B

The B team had a much tougher encounter that initially caused huge concern. With 4 minutes played and as many goals conceded, they were somewhat staggered by the onslaught that had hit them. No worry, with a few changes to the game, Ferris and Max stepped up to impose a more combative approach in defence. They needed to be, as the visitors again laid siege to the Hunter Hall goal. Jonty made a string of fantastic saves to stop the rot and the chances eventually dried up. Lexi’s performance was worthy of great praise and she looked the most likely to get on the score sheet. Her length of the pitch run only and low angled shot whizzing past the upright. By the end of the 2nd half the away team had worked their way up to 8 goals. While the score line was a hard one for the team to take, their resilience and stoic approach said a lot about their character. There were plenty of positives to build on and Wednesday would provide that opportunity.

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