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Under 15 Juniors - Match centre

Brislington Juniors
Portishead Town FC
Unknown (12', 41', 51', 66')
Full time
J James (38'), E Halstead (62'), O Hayden (74'), H Selwyn (80', 80')
Sun 8 Oct 14:00 - League

Last Gasp Drama

Mistakes are costly, but team rescue a draw

Another week off was not great preparation as we are trying to get some rhythm, but we tried to get into our swing with another tricky looking away tie against an established Brislington side. Our injury list was one shorter as Elijah returned from his ankle problems and took his place up front allowing us to get Emmanuel back into the defence and Liam back into the midfield.

Our line up was Toby in goal behind Dex, Flynn, Emmanuel and Harry. Liam anchored midfield with Olly and Kyran. Joel wide left, Cody wide right and Elijah down the centre with Max and Josh on the bench. The first 10 minutes were not great with Brislington settling quicker than we did and their powerful centre forward was causing us problems. In fact when the opening goal came it was with a touch of fortune as a shot was deflected into the path of the Brislington forward who slotted the ball under the onrushing Toby. Thankfully our game picked up after that and we started to push Brislington back with Joel having a long range effort smash off the bar. One through ball saw Elijah break into the area and poke the ball beyond the keeper before being clattered. We were not getting a penalty despite a few minor Portishead protests. Another incisive ball over the top from Elijah sent Cody clear and he confidently lifted the ball over the Brislington keeper. However the long grass on the pitch held it up enough for the defender to clear it off the line stopping what was an otherwise certain goal. A corner at the end of the half gave us another chance and Liam floated a dangerous ball into the box. As the ball bounced around it hung near to Joel who reacted quickest and smashed home a volley to bring us level at half time.

Josh and Max came on for Dex and Olly, who were both given pointers on what to do when they came back on. The second half start was a disaster. From a game we looked like winning, we suddenly conceded two sloppy goals, the first from our own poor kick off and the second with really slack marking at a corner. In no time at all we were 3-1 down. We at least composed ourselves and started the task of getting back into the game. We scrapped and fought for the ball and did not allow ourselves to fall out of contention. Dex and Olly came back on with Cody and Flynn coming off. Olly especially performed his instructions to a tee, encouraged not to dwell on the ball, he slipped a perfect through ball to Elijah and he comfortably passed the ball into the bottom right corner past the Brislington keeper. We looked like coming roaring back, but once more some sloppy play in our own half saw us concede another preventable goal (three in one game!!).

So with 10 minutes to go we were 4-2 down and heading for defeat. Yet again we started to play, the midfield working well again and Liam especially at the centre of everything good that we did. We started to lay siege to the Brislington goal. Joel had a few efforts before a break down the left saw Elijah's shot blocked into the path of Olly. Running wide of the right post he angled his effort powerfully into the top right corner to half the deficit, quite the impact at the end of the game. The end came with three successive corners from Portishead, one on the left swung in by Kyran, one on the right from Liam - both close from Emmanuel. The final one from Kyran took a flick towards the back post where Harry was waiting like Harry always does and he headed the equaliser with the very last touch of the game to save a point for the team.

Cue delirious scenes as the team revelled in the comeback, but lets not forget that the mistakes put us in that position. Great fight, high drama, some good, some bad.

Man of the Match: Liam Noble - head and shoulders clear as our best player on the day, always composed, always looking to play the right way.

Key moments

12:00
Goal Goal for Brislington Juniors
38:00
Goal Joel James scores for Portishead Town FC
41:00
Goal Goal for Brislington Juniors
51:00
Goal Goal for Brislington Juniors
62:00
Goal Elijah Halstead scores for Portishead Town FC
66:00
Goal Goal for Brislington Juniors
74:00
Goal Oliver Hayden scores for Portishead Town FC
80:00
Goal Harry Selwyn scores for Portishead Town FC
80:00
Goal Harry Selwyn scores for Portishead Town FC

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Liam Noble is awarded player of the match for Portishead Town FC
80:00 Goal 4 - 5
Harry Selwyn scores for Portishead Town FC
80:00 Goal 4 - 4
Harry Selwyn scores for Portishead Town FC
80:00 Assist
Kyran Garrett makes an assist for Portishead Town FC
74:00 Assist
Elijah Halstead makes an assist for Portishead Town FC
74:00 Goal 4 - 3
Oliver Hayden scores for Portishead Town FC
66:00 Goal 4 - 2
Goal for Brislington Juniors
62:00 Goal 3 - 2
Elijah Halstead scores for Portishead Town FC
62:00 Assist
Oliver Hayden makes an assist for Portishead Town FC
60:00 Sub On
Oliver Hayden is substituted on for Portishead Town FC
60:00 Sub On
Dextar Kendall-Watts is substituted on for Portishead Town FC
60:00 Sub Off
Flynn Trueman is substituted off for Portishead Town FC
60:00 Sub Off
Cody Wood is substituted off for Portishead Town FC
51:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Brislington Juniors
41:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Brislington Juniors
40:00 Sub Off
Dextar Kendall-Watts is substituted off for Portishead Town FC
40:00 Sub On
Max Bracey is substituted on for Portishead Town FC
40:00 Sub On
Josh Friend is substituted on for Portishead Town FC
40:00 Sub Off
Oliver Hayden is substituted off for Portishead Town FC
End of period 1
38:00 Assist
Liam Noble makes an assist for Portishead Town FC
38:00 Goal 1 - 1
Joel James scores for Portishead Town FC
12:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Brislington Juniors
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Brislington Juniors
  • Portishead Town FC
  • 0
  • Goal 12:00'
  • Liam Noble Assist 38:00'
  • Joel James Goal 38:00'
  • Oliver Hayden Sub Off 40:00'
  • Josh Friend Sub On 40:00'
  • Max Bracey Sub On 40:00'
  • Dextar Kendall-Watts Sub Off 40:00'
  • Goal 41:00'
  • Goal 51:00'
  • Cody Wood Sub Off 60:00'
  • Flynn Trueman Sub Off 60:00'
  • Dextar Kendall-Watts Sub On 60:00'
  • Oliver Hayden Sub On 60:00'
  • Elijah Halstead Goal 62:00'
  • Oliver Hayden Assist 62:00'
  • Goal 66:00'
  • Oliver Hayden Goal 74:00'
  • Elijah Halstead Assist 74:00'
  • Kyran Garrett Assist 80:00'
  • Harry Selwyn Goal 80:00'
  • Harry Selwyn Goal 80:00'
  • Liam Noble Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Clark, Toby Clark, Toby
Kendall-Watts, Dextar Kendall-Watts, Dextar
Trueman, Flynn Trueman, Flynn
Wood, Cody Wood, Cody
Selwyn, Harry Selwyn, Harry
Choi, Emmanuel Choi, Emmanuel
Garrett, Kyran Garrett, Kyran
Noble, Liam Noble, Liam
James, Joel James, Joel
Hayden, Oliver Hayden, Oliver
Halstead, Elijah Halstead, Elijah

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