Woodkirk U14’s vs Whinmoor – 11th February 2018
To say the lads, manager and supporters had been looking forward to this game would be an extreme understatement – with the business end of the season upon us 3 point against Whinmoor was a must and having beaten Whinmoor twice already this season, once in a friendly and away in the reverse league fixture, Woodkirk were under no illusions that they would have revenge on the menu.
On a bitterly cold morning Woodkirk started well and were on the front foot from the first whistle. Much work had been done in training over the last few weeks on taking opportunities to shoot when they are presented – Woodkirk should have scored far more goals this season considering the number of chances they create.
After a number of early opportunities went begging Woodkirk took the lead on 12 mins after Fyn stepped up and hit a speculative effort from 20 yards which the keeper was unable to hold. 1-0 Woodkirk.
It was a huge surprise to everyone involved with Woodkirk how they were able to dominate Whinmoor with such ease and control the game. Games between the two sides are usually highly competitive where the winners can often be decided at the flip of a coin. Today, however, Woodkirk never looked in danger and were playing some fine football on a heavy pitch but it took until 22 mins for them to increase their advantage. Dermot, who was making his first start for a couple of weeks, picked up the ball in the middle of Whinmoor’s half and beat 3 men before hitting a low left foot shot past the keeper. A fine way for Dermot to introduce himself back into the squad. 2-0 Woodkirk.
Woodkirk were now in total control but complacency can be dangerous in football and a minute before the half time whistle a defensive error presented Whinmoor with a one-on-one with JP and he despatched an unstoppable effort into the top left corner of the goal. Whinmoors first attack of the game which resulted in their first goal. 2-1 Woodkirk.
2-1 Woodkirk at HT.
The wind picked up at the start of the second half and with Woodkirk playing into the wind it was feared that Whinmoor would have far greater territorial advantage and on the back of their late first half goal would be much more of a threat. Thankfully Woodkirk didn’t allow this to happen and but for a 5 minute spell, Whinmoor had to focus on their defensive efforts.
Woodkirk sealed the win on 55 mins via the head of Louie, to the surprise of everyone. Being one of the smallest in the squad it was with both shock and delight that Louie found himself in the box to rise like a salmon and meet Fyn’s cross to head past the keeper. 3-1 Woodkirk.
3-1 Woodkirk at FT.
Woodkirk’s performance today was first class and every one of the lads can be pleased with both their individual performance and the team as a whole. Before the game the manager asked the lads to win their individual battles and I’m sure our supporters will agree that Woodkirk were not second best to anything. There were some fantastic performances today; Farahn had a superb first half as did Adam, both looked to make forward runs from fullback and provide options. Curley was unlucky not to get on the score sheet today but his footwork and ball control on such a heavy pitch was impressive, he even got a couple of nutmegs in. Today’s MoM went to Louie who had an inspired all round game and scored a goal that will stick long in his and all Woodkirk supporters memories.
The result leaves Woodkirk 6 points clear at the top of the table with 5 games left to play.