3G, Three Goals and Three Points
By Gary Tustin
Sunday afternoon kick off in rain, hail and on a 3G artificial surface were not ideal conditions but SASS U17 ran out comfortable winners.
The difficult weather and unusual pitch were handled well by SASS who produced a confident display to beat St. Ives three one.
SASS created many chances in the first half hour and also had potential opportunities go missing due to the team not being quite used to the pitch.
Ollie B shot wide, Louie couldn’t quite get to a cross from James. Ollie F hit a superb curling effort just wide. All these chances were created with controlled passing football and a very dominant display.
However St. Ives almost took the lead when some direct play got a player free down their right and a superb ball across the six yard line, luckily for SASS, eluded everybody. A touch off a defender would have been an own goal for sure.
SASS took the lead after thirty five minutes. Jake came off the bench to produce a really special inside out ball that somehow James reached and finished from an acute angle. How James got there was amazing and the ball through was sublime.
Five minutes later Jake put a fantastic free into the box and James headed powerfully home. Jake to James who scores was a bit of a theme earlier in the season and we are happy to see it return.
The second half saw SASS come out and dominate possession, territory and chances but were unable to find the net.
This lack of finishing prowess was costly as St. Ives, against the run of play, scored to make the game a contest again. A long ball through was no danger as Aidan came shouting ‘keeper’s’, the defence left it for the keeper to completely mess it up and tap it to a surprised St. Ives striker who hit the empty net.
After the game Aidan’s excuses, of which there were many, were heard by the Jury (me, Daniel, Lawrence and Aidan himself) and found not to be mitigating circumstances and he was therefore found guilty of a shocking error.
Luckily the team are made of strong stuff and they duly passed the ball around to regain their composure and then scored to regain their two goal lead.
Jake (yes again) fed Ollie B who controlled the ball well and fired home. Ollie deserved his goal for a really good display but again credit has to go to Jake for the vision and weight of pass to create the opportunity.
SASS created many more chances but failed to capitalise. SASS almost made the last few minutes uncomfortable when St. Ives looked as if they were about to score only for Louie, making his debut at left back, to make an incredible challenge and save the day.
The game ended with Sam M making a great run and almost scoring but it was not to be. Three one was the minimum SASS deserved.
Good football in difficult conditions and a win. Cannot ask for more. Great team performance but Jake should get top billing for his three assists. I have said before and I hopefully will continue to say ‘the boy has magic in those boots’.
Eynesbury up next, some game that promises to be.