Westella Willerby u9s once again proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the HDYFL as they demonstrated exquisite pass and move football at home to North Ferriby United Whites on Sunday October 9th.
Game 1 started in true Westella style as they played with passion and purpose in closing the opposition down and building masterfully from the back. After hitting the woodwork early on the deadlock was broken as a training ground move was well executed by Westella’s striker after superb build up play. Ferriby responded well and scored within minutes after their striker never gave up and deserved his goal for persistence. The pendulum swung again 3 minutes later as a great cross was laid off perfectly and Westella’s striker finished a chance with his magical feet once more. Westella then hit the woodwork again, before their forward was denied by a great save from Ferriby’s keeper but sheer determination saw him cooly slot home the rebound. Ferriby responded well but Westella’s keeper this time produced a magnificent save.
The second half saw a rampant Westella, yet again their captain led by example dominating the midfield. Westella’s excellent winger was then on hand to score. A foul midway through the half just outside the area gave Westella the opportunity to score again. Up stepped Westella’s striker to whip the ball over the wall and into the top corner for a terrific goal of high quality – a hard technique to execute made to look simple, outstanding football. Westella’s winger then found space down the left and his cross was well met by an advancing Westella defender to power home with a precise finish. By this stage Westella had the upmost confidence and their winger unleashed a thunder bolt from distance straight into the top corner… what a strike! Ferriby then pushed forward and after a handball from a Westella player in the area a penalty was awarded. A great strike from Ferriby as Westella’s keeper got a good hand to it but couldn’t keep it out. Westella almost scored again before full time, but the woodwork again came to Ferriby’s rescue.
Game 2 saw excellent defending from both teams as the half ended stalemate with Westella coming closest hitting a post.
The second half saw Westella with the bit between their teeth as Ferriby found it extremely difficult to deal with Westella’s pace and power all over the pitch. Westella scored early on as the striker to winger combination worked well and looked very easy on the eye. Another fantastic move gave Westella a goal as Ferriby started to play a higher line. Ferriby’s long goalkeeper clearances were supremely met with style and elegance from a rock solid defensive line where a lot of the moves started from. The 2 Westella strikers then combined well and pass after pass created openings and they were duly rewarded with a fine goal. 2 more excellent goals would follow for Westella.
A long ball through gave Ferriby hope but the crossbar this time rescued Westella. Possibly move of the game was saved until last. After the ball bounced down the Westella defender didn’t panic, he calmly played the ball down the left to midfield, the winger passed across to the other side of the pitch, and 4 intricate passes later he receives the ball again and slots it home to round off a memorable day for Westella and Willerby under 9s.
The boys yet again produced a sublime performance on the day with all of them putting in a major shift. As the boys came over to applaud the parents for their support both the Westella and the Ferriby parents gave them a stunning well deserved ovation, a big thank you goes out to Ferriby parents for that – a really nice touch. A huge amount of credit goes out also to the boys from Ferriby United as they too produced some excellent football on the day.
Parents man of the match went to Finlay Davies for his strength, composure and some delightful goals. Managers man of the match went to Jacob Caselton for his brilliant decision making, passing accuracy and stamina.
Westella u9s from J Caselton : F Davies : N Fox : L Goaten : B Holmes : J Hyam : D Jacobsen : T Lawson : R Laycock (capt) : L Williamson.