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Hearts FC Ligers U13's - Match centre

HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
Unknown (32', 34', 38', 44', 46', 52', 27', 53')
Full time
Sat 3 Feb 09:30 - East Berkshire Football League - Under 12 Division 4

U12 TIGERS SUFFER 30 MINUTE ROUT IN GAME OF TWO HALVES

Best 30 minutes over-shadowed by second half blitz

Tigers played their best football of the season for 27 minutes. A fortunate and contentious goal just before half-time sadly opened the floodgates for a second half slaughter.

A cold February morning was brightened considerably by the return of Hayden and Eli to the Tigers line-up. An electrifying start had visitors Holyport under all sorts of pressure and really struggling to get out of their own half. Tigers displayed neat passing and great running into space; the communication between the players was unparalled and Gabriel was marshalling the lines vociferously. Sam had one of his most influential performances on the right and with Eli and Gabriel bursting into the box, it appeared to be a case of how many rather than when Tigers would score. Hayden and John were playing superbly in midfield and Frazer and Toby were bringing the ball up confidently, ably backed up by Joe. Matt was seldom troubled at the back but when Cobras did attack, he narrowed the angles and forced the opposition to play in front of him rather than shoot. But Cobras also boast an outstanding keeper (who has replaced the outstanding keeper they had back in the autumn) and he was equal to everything Gabe and Eli threw at him.

An injury to Toby did diminish Tigers' strength and speed in defence and although Rufus slotted in well on the left, Cobras were eventually to exploit Tigers' soft centre.

As the game approached half time, and the Cobras' technical area became increasingly fraught, the visitors did manage to force a couple of corners. The second of these saw a scruffy shot screw off the post up on to the crossbar and back down and just over the line, much to the chagrin of the Tigers defenders. It seemed brutally unfair that Tigers went into the break a goal down and Coach simon was more glowing than concerned in his half-time team talk.

The whistle blew for the re-start and Tigers completely unravelled. It was as if the absence of half-time oranges had completely emptied the Tigers' tank. Within two minutes, Cobras were bursting through a defence that now appeared disjointed and had completely stopped talking to each other. Hayden, Gabriel and Eli were getting very little opportunity going forward and the game seemed to pass by Tommy, John and Sam. It almost felt like every attack resulted in a goal for the visitors. It was an unbelievable turnaround and at the full-time whistle the Holyport coaches seemed almost embarrassed to have won so easily.

There were nevertheless, massive positives to take from Tigers' first half performance. The passing and movement, and the communication was a joy to behold. And this was against a team who are flying high on top of the table. If Tigers can play like that for the full hour, and not be affected by dubious goals, the period after half-term looks very promising.

Key moments

27:00
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
32:00
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
34:00
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
38:00
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
43:27
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
45:31
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
51:35
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
53:00
Goal Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS

Highlights

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53:00 Goal 0 - 8
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
51:35 Goal 0 - 7
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
45:31 Goal 0 - 6
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
43:27 Goal 0 - 5
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
38:00 Goal 0 - 4
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
34:00 Goal 0 - 3
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
32:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
End of period 1
27:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIAN TIGERS
  • FC HOLYPORT COBRAS
  • 0
  • Goal 27:00'
  • Goal 32:00'
  • Goal 34:00'
  • Goal 38:00'
  • Goal 43:27'
  • Goal 45:31'
  • Goal 51:35'
  • Goal 53:00'

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League round up

Other Under 12 Division 4 results

4
2
BERKS COUNTY RED KITES
MARLOW UNITED
0
1
ASCOT UNITED CHARGERS
WINDSOR YOUTH EAGLES PANTHERS
3
2
BRACKNELL CAVALIERS FC COLTS
WHITEGROVE TIGERS
0
3
SPENCERS WOOD SPITFIRES

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League table

# 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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