Honors Even in U15’s Season Opener

Our Under 15’s came away with a point in their first outing of the 2018/19 season.  In truth it felt like a loss after conceding in the last few minutes in what was a strange game of football that finished 6-6.

After going 2 nil down early in the game Woodkirk were level by the 22nd minute following goals from Harrison and an OG following good work and a cross by Tulips.  Harrison’s effort was a well taken freekick that went in-off the post. 2-2 on 22 mins.

However, the status quo didn’t last long and on 25 mins some sloppy defending lead to West End edging in front again.  2-3 at HT.

Despite Woodkirk trailing at the interval the half time team talk was positive.  Woodkirk were playing some good football and but for 2 defensive errors they could have easily found themselves in front.  The message from the manager was more of the same from a football perspective and to cut out the mistakes.

Following the restart West End deservedly extended their advantage but Woodkirk then clicked into gear and scored two quick fire goals on 53 and 55 minutes.  Tulips was first up with a penalty after Louie was taken down in the area then Fyn equalised with a long range effort. 4-4 on 55 mins.

Another error gave the advantage back to West End before Tulips scored the goal of the game on 57 minutes.  After some good work in midfield by Louie the ball was played out to Alex who delivered a fine cross into the box for Tulips to head into the bottom corner.  5-5 on 57 mins.

Woodkirk continued to pile on the pressure and a minute later took the lead for the first time in the game.  Dermot found himself on the end of a well timed through ball from Tulips and he calmly slotted it past the onrushing keeper. 6-5 on 58 mins.

Woodkirk were now well on top and playing some nice football but with 4 minutes left West End capitalised on another defensive defensive mistake and leveled the score. 6-6 on 76 mins.

Both teams pressed in the final minutes but the game ended in a draw.  6-6 at FT.       

Individual mistakes cost Woodkirk the 3 points today where perhaps the score should have been 6-2.  The pleasing thing to see was the acceptance by the players that they win, lose and draw together – no blame was apportioned and they supported each other fantastically.

MoM went to Sam Thewlis who had a fine debut.

Next week Woodkirk are away to Sherburn White Rose.