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Hearts FC Ligers U13's - Match centre

BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
Unknown (4', 18', 23', 26', 31', 32', 37', 44', 47', 52', 60')
Full time
G Perez-Medina (13')
Sat 27 Jan 09:30 - East Berkshire Football League - Under 12 Division 4

Red Kites Soar Away From Tigers

U12 Tigers mauled by birds of prey

The Tigers suffered a mauling at the hands of old foes Berks County Red Kites. A 3-0 defeat earlier in the season did nothing to prepare the U12s for this turn of events. Previous seasons have seen Tigers regularly come out on top in this fixture but Saturday saw a very different story being written.

On a cold winter's morning. Hearts arrived in Sunninghill short of a goalie, Matt having pulled out with an ankle injury. So just one substitute on the bench provided parity with the home side and the game started off as a fairly balanced affair. Red Kites showed some clever early touches, with drag-backs particularly paying dividends. Tigers were a little more straightforward in application but their defensive line was well-drilled and Joe looked particularly sure-footed in goal and, following a couple of admonishments from the sidelines, subsequently sure-handed too. However, a swift Red Kites counter attack did open the scoring after 4 minutes but it barely ruffled the visitors who continued to press high and catch the Berks attack offside on several occasions. At the other end, Gabe was looking slightly subdued: he struggled to out-muscle or outrun the defenders and could neither find the pass to his support runners nor the opening to take a shot. In fact he probably got in more blocks and tackles in the Tigers' penalty area than he did raids into Red Hawks' box. When it eventually came, Tigers' equaliser was a somewhat scrappy affair as George bore down on the Berks County keeper, whose hurried clearance kick rebounded off George and into the net. Unfortunately, that heralded the end of Tigers' threat. With Gabe off-colour there was no one in the orange shirts who had the composure or power to get a shot on target.

The Tigers defence and midfield were doing a good job for the most part, and Joe comfortably handled anything that did break through. But three more rapid counter-attacks resulted in three more goals for Red Kites, as Tigers struggled with transition and the simple pace to get back ahead of the attackers.

Tigers finished the half with a period in the home team's box but John barely connected with a volley on the edge of the six-yard box with the goal gaping, and Toby powered the follow-up header into the field, from approximately two-yards out! Sam had an effort that flew across the face of the goal but a handful of corners failed to pressurise the home goalie.

Turning round at 1-4 down, Tigers found the second half a real struggle. Gabriel took over in goal and was to make a handful of outstanding saves. He certainly wasn't at fault for any of the 7 that were scored. In fact, Red Kites grew in composure and tactical awareness whilst Tigers seemed to regress. Joe slotted into central defence but as we've seen in the past, dropped deeper and deeper without taking his fellow defenders with him. Inevitably this meant there were no offsides at all in the second half, and Joe often found himself facing three forwards with his team mates stranded up the pitch. This is all about communication and confidence. Moving forward, Frazer, who latterly withdrew with an ankle injury, and the hard-working John struggled to find runners to pass to. Sam and Rufus often found themselves in space but didn't tell anyone; Tommy and Ilyas often started in space but would then find themselves swamped by defenders and did not move to find new space. Too often, when Tigers lost the ball, there was no one working to get back to either recover possession or bolster the defence. And, as Red Kites lead increased, the home team started to play eight across midfield but not once did Tigers launch the ball over them and try to run through a turning defence.

Regardless of the scoreline, the boys still enjoyed the contest and 60 minutes football, whatever the result, is more fun than almost anything else a twelve year-old can do and a 56 year-old - Ed. The one takeaway that might be worth considering is just how much real football do our boys bother to watch because, tactically, they seem to be falling behind their peers

Key moments

3:45
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
13:00
Goal George Perez-Medina scores for HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
17:49
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
22:55
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
25:19
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
30:20
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
31:45
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
36:08
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
43:50
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
46:31
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
51:57
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
59:11
Goal Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES

Highlights

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59:11 Goal 11 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
51:57 Goal 10 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
46:31 Goal 9 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
43:50 Goal 8 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
42:00 Saved Shot
Gabe Sinclair has a shot saved for HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
36:08 Goal 7 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
31:45 Goal 6 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
30:20 Goal 5 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
End of period 1
25:19 Goal 4 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
22:55 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
17:49 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
16:00 Missed Shot
Thomas Fondie misses a shot for HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
13:00 Goal 1 - 1
George Perez-Medina scores for HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
3:45 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
  • HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
  • 0
  • Goal 3:45'
  • George Perez-Medina Goal 13:00'
  • Goal 17:49'
  • Goal 22:55'
  • Goal 25:19'
  • Goal 30:20'
  • Goal 31:45'
  • Goal 36:08'
  • Goal 43:50'
  • Goal 46:31'
  • Goal 51:57'
  • Goal 59:11'

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League round up

Other Under 12 Division 4 results

ASCOT UNITED CHARGERS
2
0
FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
1
0
WINDSOR YOUTH EAGLES PANTHERS
4
3
WHITEGROVE TIGERS
SPENCERS WOOD SPITFIRES
3
1
MARLOW UNITED
BRACKNELL CAVALIERS FC COLTS
READING WOMEN

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# Team Pl Pts
8. BRACKNELL CAVALIERS FC COLTS 18 21
9. SPENCERS WOOD SPITFIRES 8 17
10. READING WOMEN 7 10
11. MARLOW UNITED 19 10
12. HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS 20 8
13. BRACKNELL ATHLETIC HAWKS 7 1
14. HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN WILDCATS 8 0

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