Opening Day Win for U14’s

Hunslet Club vs Woodkirk Valley (24th September 2017)

Following a tough preseason for our U14’s that included for the first time a number of dedicated fitness sessions, the lads were raring to get their league campaign underway.  The previous two Sunday’s saw our Garforth League team take on Sherburn White Rose and Whinmoor which resulted in two wins, 5-3 and 4-3 respectively.  The friendly’s were of real use as Woodkirk had been fortunate enough to have three new players in their squad for the 2017/18 season and the three lads have settled in really well to the teams style of play and work ethic.

Woodkirk’s first game of the 2017/18 season saw them face the team they beat in the Cup Final just a few months ago.  Hunslet’s pitch wasn’t in the greatest condition which was disappointing considering the time of year – it could maybe have benefited from a once over with the lawnmower to say the least.

Due to a couple of indiscretions away from football and an injury, Woodkirk were without three players who have been key to their success over recent season.  The lads have to learn that discipline away from football is as important as their time with the squad.  The starting eleven saw a number of players playing out of position but after 30 seconds of the game you would have struggled to guess this was the case as Sam Curley put Woodirk one nil up with a well taken strike from just inside the box. 0-1 Woodkirk.

The next 15 minutes were the stuff of nightmares from a Woodkirk perspective – the back four all too often lost their shape and the midfield offered little or no assistance in tracking their players.  The result was a well deserved two goals for Hunslet and Woodkirk starring defeat in the face. 2-1 Hunslet.

Woodkirk finally composed themselves and following a couple of substitutions the lads started to play their football with more confidence and fluidity.  They worked much better as a defensive unit which enabled the forward players to express themselves and on the half time whistle Woodkirk had stamped their authority on the game. They went into the break with four further goals – one for Dermot who has started his time with Woodkirk in impressive fashion, a second for Sam Curley who has also impressed, a delightful free kick from Ben and a well taken effort from Kofi.

2-5 Woodkirk at HT.

The second half was all Woodkirk’s but to be more precise it was all Captain Sam’s.  Woodkirk ran out 3-10 winners with all five of the second half goals coming form Sam Cowling. – a superb performance from the captain who always gives 100%.

3-10 Woodkitk FT

After the first 15 minutes the lads composed themselves and put in an impressive performance against a good Hunslet team. MoM went to Kofi who made many unselfish runs and did everything the manager asked from his number 9. After scoring five second half goals Sam can count himself unlucky not to pick up the award but as Captain and the epitome of a team player, I’m sure he’ll understand.

Well done lads!!