Game 2 of the new season away to AFC Corsham Leopards.
The sun was shining and we were all still buzzing from last weeks game. We were keen to follow on from that great performance and continue to move forward in a positive fashion, using the passing game, saving energy and focussing on how each player affects the game off the ball.
Once again MYFC started the game in a strong manner looking to keep possession and work the ball in every area of the pitch. Our passing was looking slick and we were opening up the width of the pitch leading to good through passes in an attacking style.
It seemed to be a mirror image of last weeks game in the first half. A strong start, a little dip in the middle of the half again but thanks to brilliant and confident defending, MYFC looked strong back there and leak proof most of the time. In my opinion, the hardest position to play is in defence as there is a pure skill to it and all defenders have my complete admiration! Our defending players have come a long way and should be proud of their achievements.
The first half saw 2 well worked goals from MYFC. Patient passing play leading to goals of pure quality.
Throughout the whole game MYFC were producing great football. High standard goalkeeping from a keeper who was looking for the quick short option of passing the ball out first before any other option, calm, strong defending, working as a unit by vocally organising, covering and supporting each other and wonderful passing football in the middle third from MYFC creating chances all game long. This lead to 2 more MYFC goals of great build up standard and technically great finishes.
We have reached a very significant point in the teams development. Most players are now starting to understand the reasoning behind our coaching and the reasons behind what we want them to do – from delaying an oponants attack by not diving in and holding them up to covering a team mate who is out of position. One of the most important things is understanding how each players movement off the ball affects the game and the player on the ball.
The players now understand that 99% of goals come from several players even if they have not even touched the ball. The movemnent off the ball is so important to the outcome of the game. They now are starting to understand how they can help their team mates by their movement off the ball and how that effects the oppossisions shape and positioning.
They should be very proud of themselves at this point and if they continue to listen to the coaches and continue to put the effort in it will only get better and better.
It was a brilliant MYFC performance that warranted the above few lines so parents can understand exactly what the achievements are and realise that a good game is so much more than how many times they touch the ball.
It was a great game played in great spirit by both teams. Man of the Match went to a player who showed good understanding of the game throughout and their role within the team with maximum effort.
Players – keep playing this fabulous style of football, keep wanting to learn and improve and you will have very happy coaches!
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