Westella & Willerby u9s produced possibly performance of the day in the top league with a footballing masterclass in game 1 in their opening home fixture on Sunday September 25th against a quality Afc Kingston Lions u9s.
From the first whistle Westella began like a steam train as they pushed forward at every opportunity with driving runs from midfield and determined defending.
Westella opened the scoring on 3 minutes as a cross was well met at the far post. The lead was quickly doubled as a through ball was clinically finished. Kingston then had a couple of half chances as Westella counter attacked with pace and scored once more. 10 minutes in and another swift breakaway by Westella was rewarded with another goal for superb persistence. The half was capped off with another counter attacking goal which put Westella out of sight by half time and left a battling Kingston shell shocked.
The brave Kingston outfit never stopped probing the Westella back line in the second half, as the hosts began to play a more defensive and deeper game. Afc Kingston then scored a deserved goal midway through the half which proved to be the only goal of a tight half as both defences held strong. A competitive game well played by both sides.
The second game began like the first as Westella dominated the early exchanges and scored 2 early goals with 2 sublime finishes. Many teams would have thrown the towel in at this stage but a huge amount of credit has to go to Kingston for never giving up and they were duly rewarded with strike of the day midway through the half, a great long distance goal in to the top corner leaving Westella’s keeper no chance. Westella responded well and 2 minutes later a great strike hit the cross bar. With a couple of minutes left of the half Kingston were millimetres from scoring as a great strike from the edge of the area smashed onto the underside of the bar, bounced down and was scrambled to safety by a Westella defender.
The second half really was game on as two of the best attack minded teams in the league went in search of the vital next goal. Terrific goalkeeping from both teams coupled with resilient defending kept the strikers from scoring. The game became more stretched towards the latter stages as both teams had put in a monumental effort and there were certainly many tired legs out on the pitch. One last push from Kingston with a fine through ball down the left saw their impressive striker one on one with the goalkeeper and he finished well into the bottom corner. Both teams had a final flourish in the last 2 minutes and ended the game with more brilliant football. Both teams were given a huge ovation everyone watching for the outstanding talent and stamina which was on show. All the boys made every parent proud of being part of the Hull and District Youth Football League.
Parents man of the match went to captain Riley Laycock for running the midfield, covering every blade of grass and scoring some wonderful goals. Managers man of the match went to Liam Goaten for being a constant threat in the oppositions half, goal scoring and goal assisting.
Westella Willerby u9s from J Caselton : F Davies : N Fox : B Holmes : J Hyam : L Goaten : D Jacobsen : T Lawson : R Laycock (capt) : L Williamson.