Westella & Willerby u9s manager & coach are running out of superlatives to describe the boys form as they crafted another dazzling display at Driffield Tigers on Sunday 2nd October.
After a quality performance against AFC Kingston the previous week Westella were in a dominant mood once more as they played “total” football way above their years.
From the outset Westella took a firm grip of game 1 as a delightful corner was met by a Westella forward who finished well on 4 minutes. A minute later and a great pass was well read and Westella scored again. Superb slick distribution on 12 minutes from Westella’s goalkeeper fed his defender who played a slide rule pass down the right and a precision pass was met at the far post by a Westella forward who finished the move off emphatically. Driffield rallied for a time but the half belonged to Westella.
The second half continued majestically for the black & whites as a superb corner was unfortunately turned into his own net by a Driffield defender who had to try to clear the ball. Westella’s classy striker then beat 2 men and unleashed a shot which clipped the cross bar and bounced over. Driffield’s keeper then produced a great save, but Westella’s striker was on hand to rifle in the rebound. Possibly goal of the game occurred on 27 minutes as Westella’s winger raced through on goal – one on one with the keeper he shaped up to strike and unselfishly laid a perfect pass off for the other Westella winger to hammer the ball home, quite simply breathtaking football. Two further goals would follow in the closing stages as Westella’s dominance shone through.
Game 2 started well for the home team as an early cross was coolly dealt with by Westella’s back line and Westella began to build with finesse from the rear guard. 3 minutes in, and an exquisite ball through from midfield was met by Westella’s striker and his quick feet were able to get a shot off and the ball squeezed under the unfortunate keeper to give Westella an early goal. A superb cross then followed and Westella’s winger bullet headed a great effort inches wide. Full credit to Driffield as they rode the storm and held strong to half time. As the second half began the brave Driffield team went in search of the next goal, but tremendous safe hands and alertness by Westella’s goalkeeper coupled with first class distribution kept Driffield’s forward line at bay. Westella’s ‘captain fantastic’ then powered his way through the heart of the midfield and unleashed a magnificent left foot strike from distance across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner, a superb strike. Both teams looked as though they were tiring and Westella’s winger then capitalised on a clearance and smashed a shot onto the underside of the bar, with the Driffield keeper fully committed Westella’s striker was at hand to poke the ball home from close range. With seconds remaining another brilliant cross was turned in at the far post to cap off a memorable day of creativity and togetherness. Full respect goes out to Driffield Tigers for also playing some super football but the day belonged to the formidable Westella who for much of the day were quite simply unplayable. A big thanks goes to Driffield coach and manager who at the end of the game gave Westella praise of the highest calibre.
Parents man of the match went to Jack Hyam for an outstanding display of strength and composure as he had possibly a 100% success rate on tackles and picked some delightful passes out. Managers man of the match went to Noah Fox for amazing finishes, great awareness and his trade mark magical feet.
Westella Willerby u9s from J Caselton : F Davies : N Fox : L Goaten : B Holmes : J Hyam : D Jacobsen : T Lawson : R Laycock (capt).