Celtic u11s took on Elite Whites at a bright and sunny Belle Vue
It was clear for all to see that we are still making progress as each matchday passes. Straight from the kick-off a move of almost 15 passes without a single Elite player touching the ball led to the first effort on goal for Celtic which is quality at whatever level you play at. The width of the pitch used in its entirety with Fin and Corey always available stretched Elite and our boys pretty much dominated most of the first half. George was full of tricks and is always on the half turn when he receives the ball losing his markers with contempt, Billy made his way into the game more using his physique to boss his way into the final third; the only criticism is that he and some of his team mates were too unselfish and passed when they could have let a shot off. No risk no reward.
As so often happens a momentary lapse of concentration following a substitution gave Elite a chance on goal they didn’t turn down. Back came Celtic which earlier in the season would have seen heads drop, Lewis was mopping everything up at the back and Celtic didn’t look like conceding again however needed the woodwork to save them a couple of times as Elite had a shoot on sight philosophy.
The second half possession was again dominated by Celtic putting more and more moves together and the rewards soon came with a Corey ‘special K ‘ strike which was well deserved. Jody had just made an excellent clearance off the line and its stuff like that which gives everybody a boost and deflates the opposition a little especially in such a tight game. Unfortunately, midway through the half, an unmarked Elite winger picked the ball up and struck before the defence could respond.
Its great to see the boys playing so positively and for each other again with every week seeing an improvement in different areas which must be great reward for the coaches even when the result doesn’t always go our way.
Final thought – Football always offers us a second chance- it’s called next week!
Team: Devon (GK) Jack (GK) Will, Elliot, Jody, Charlie, Billy, Lewis, Harlee, Corey, George, Finlay, Mason, Joe
Man of the Match: Devon
Words: Graham Mitchell