Today saw the Under 9 Whites face another team that had started the season with back to back wins so we knew it was going to be a tough one. The lads started well but found themselves a goal down as the opposition fired in from the rebound after a well worked corner. After this it was one way traffic and we played some of the best football I’ve seen from the team, cutting the opposition open time and time again, only to be denied by a very good keeper. Eventually the pressure told and we equalised – Thomas did well to control the ball as it was going out of play on the byeline before stabbing the ball past the keeper with a great finish. The opposition hardly managed to get out of their half but somehow found themselves 2-1 up on the stroke of half time after they were awarded a penalty. As soon as the whistle blew for the second half they were 3-1 up as we were caught napping in defence. Again we continued to drive forward, playing some really good football and dominating the game. We soon drew level after Thomas thumped in his second of the game and Ollie applied a fine finish to his solo run from the back. At this point there only looked like there could be one winner but somehow the opposition scored twice close to the final whistle with a couple of excellent long range strikes. Harsh on the lads but they can take great credit from the way they played – really good passing and moving against a very good team. Every single one of them played really well but the man of the match went to Ollie Loan who was not only solid in defence but also made several fantastic attacking runs, topped off with a goal.