Manager: Richard Bruce
Mother’s Day Weekend Games
March 29th and 30th, 2014
On an absolutely gorgeous weekend for football, both the Premier League and the Surrey Youth under ten’s championship were poised for top of the table crunch matches.
The mighty KPR reds were set for two tough matches against Molesey Junior Hawks on Saturday and, top of the table, Claygate Royals Swans on Sunday.
The squad consisted of Pip, Eddie, Jack, Alex, Sacha, Ben, Jackson and captain Tarun.
Molesey Junior Hawks: 5-1 loss
Perhaps it was the anticipation of the big game the next day, perhaps it was Chelsea’s slip up against palace, or perhaps it was the fact that we missed a bit of balance in the squad with Joe’s calmness and Henryk’s weaving runs…..
Simple fact is that for the first time this season, our boys were simply out passed and out played at every position, except goalkeeper, by an inspired Molesey team.
Molesey played with more energy and desire and were quicker to the ball. They played the passing game we are so used to seeing our lads play. If it were not for some heroic keeping by Pip it could have been a lot worse, because Molesey had 15 shots on goal versus KPR’s 8 (and most of those were long range efforts).
Molesey’s pressure created a bit of luck on two of the goals, with the ball landing at one of their players after penalty area scrambles. However, the other two goals were well worked and resulted from good football.
At 4-0 down, KPR did show a bit of character, getting a goal back after a fast flowing move involving Alex and Tarun and a good finish from Ben. Seconds later Ben had a chance for a second only to be denied by the keeper. If that had gone in, the game might have been interesting again.
Molesey soon stopped that notion with a potential goal of the season curler into the top right hand corner.
A win thoroughly deserved by Molesey.
Claygate Royals Swans: 2-2 draw
So after the disappointment of the day before, the mother’s were wondering which KPR team would show up on their day for the top of the table clash. The coaches asked the boys to focus on passing and to play with a smile.
WOW ….. what a difference! KPR were in the game from the start, with desire and the beautiful passing game.
Every player showed up today and this soon resulted in a couple of KPR chances. The first KPR goal came from an attack down the left and Jackson cutting back inside, looking up and finding the open man Jack, who did a Rooney into the far corner.
Claygate looked dangerous down the right themselves and soon came back to level it at 1:1.
In the second half, KPR managed to take the lead again, when Tarun controlled a long ball like Bergkamp and unselfishly laid off to Ben for a long-range effort, which flew over the outstretched arms of the Claygate keeper. Tarun deserves a special mention for his defensive efforts, tracking back many times (hope van Persie was watching).
Claygate wouldn’t be top of the table by letting their heads drop at this stage. They didn’t, they levelled it at 2:2 and if it wasn’t for an unbelievable Pip reflex save, they could have taken the lead. Still don’t know how he did that.
A draw it remained and that was a fair result on the day. A very entertaining match.
Claygate were great hosts and decided a penalty shoot-out between the two teams that have so courageously fought for the title all season was just what the boys deserved. With Pip in goal, there was always only going to be one winner – KPR. Most of the lads managed to do what coach Phil couldn’t; that is score!
Claygate should now go on and win the league and we congratulate them for doing it in style and with grace.
We are immensely proud of our boys, for bouncing back so well after Saturday and for playing well all season. Let’s see if we can secure second place; that would be a tremendous achievement after getting promoted only last year.
Congratulations to Pip for winning both man of the match awards. We’ll call him the titan of mother’s day weekend.