MENS DEVELOPMENT XI - 16/11/2019 VS HARLESTON MAGPIES (H)
TEAM: Mens Development XI
FIXTURE: Mens Development XI VS 16/11/2019
HEADLINE: Ended on a High
LEAGUE: NORFOLK DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
LEAGUE SPONSORS: EMPRESA LIMITED
RESULT: NCHC 3 - Harleston 4
This game was going to be a test of nerves for City Devs with Magpies looking ready and prepared to go, warming up with a buzz of confidence.
Both teams started off well with end to end play and in doing so making several chances.
Most of the play was very concentrated in the midfield so short sharp play into space was required and an even, well fought battle ensued between the players.
Magpies over time were more consistent with their basic space awareness style of play which lead to them taking the lead.
With persistent pressure against City and making more mistakes, Magpies created more chances and in doing so winning short corners which lead to two more goals making it 0-3.
Into the third quarter City kept playing well and worked hard on their basics of pass and move, creating space and communicating positively, eventually a short corner was won with some lovely passing into the D.
This ended the third quarter with a penalty corner goal and we were starting to turn the tide and confidence crept in. Being 1-4 down by then we realised that the last quarter was going to be a ‘give it everything and leave nothing behind’ but keep to what we discussed from the start, moving into space, keep our shape, be positive and constructive.
This is where City have to take self pride from the game because the last quarter was an incredible display of determination, skilful play and team work.
Working together City dominated the Magpies team leaving them to replace their young players with another adult to try and stop the constant and endless attacking play which lead to two more City goals as penalty corner after penalty were won.
City Devs were beaten on the day but I can honestly say they will take away a very positive attitude from today’s game into the next.
Well done chaps.