Under 15’s progress to the semi finals of the OMFL Knockout Cup winning away at Crowmarsh. 12th January 12pm ko
Starting line up: Cameron, Tom, Josh, Ciaran (Capt) Brian, Zac, Matt, Alex, Jack, Jaja, Fish, Subs: Alexis, Mede
The under 15’s faced local rivals Crowmarsh Youth in the Quarter final of the U15 Knockout Cup, Crowmarsh kicked off the first half, the first major attack came on 5mins with Jaja making one of his customary strong runs and getting his shot away, the shot was blocked by the Crowmarsh defence the loose ball ending up with Zac whose shot from 25yds out going over the bar, 2 minutes later and Jaja was again the provider for H&H’s opening goal his fine cut back pass enabled fish to slot the ball into the net for 1 nil H&H, almost immediately fish nearly had his second goal from a similar move this time from Zac on the left, fish’s shot just drifting the wrong side of the post. H&H kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a corner, the corner was cleared off the line fortunately Jack was in the right place to poke the ball home to make the score 2 nil. With 15 minutes played a quick pass between fish and Alex allowed Alex to shoot, the goal bound strike was blocked by the Crowmarsh defender again the ball fortuitously came to Jack to score his second and H&H’s third goal. 6 minutes later and it was Jaja’s turn to get on the score sheet smashing the ball into the net to take the score to 4 nil. H&H continued to keep the pressure up with Crowmarsh barely able to get the ball into the H&H half and it wasn’t until the 29th minute that Crowmarsh were able to register a serious attack on the H&H goal, with 10 minutes to half time new signing Alexis made his H&H debut to replace the jet lagged Fish who had just returned from a ski trip in Canada. Minutes later Jaja made the score 5 nil to H&H with headed goal from a well taken corner by Zac, H&H pressed for more goals and chances by Jack and Alex both cleared the bar, half time came and the score remained 5 nil.
H&H started the second half in the same vein they ended the first – pressing for goals, barely a minute played and Jaja brought a great save from the Crowmarsh keeper to keep the score at 5 nil, Zac scored the 6th goal of the game picking the ball up on the left he took on the defender and struck a fierce shot past the keeper, 2 minutes later and Jaja scored his hatrick goal using his strength and perseverance to put the ball into the net for 7 nil, H&H made another substitution bringing on Mede for his H&H debut to replace Jack, quarter of an hour played and Crowmarsh created their 2nd attack on the Harwell goal, H&H defence coping well with the threat . With Alexis getting used to the Harwell way, it wasn’t long before he made his presence felt, neat passing between him and Jaja ended with Zac just shooting wide of the goal. Despite dominating the passage of play for several minutes H&H couldn’t improve the score line until Alex scored H&H’s 8 goal with a fine solo effort rounding 4 Crowmarsh players and shooting into the top left corner, with 5 minutes of the game left Alex made way for Jack to come back on the pitch, shortly after Jack made the Crowmarsh keeper pull off another great save , the game ended with H&H winning 8 nil
Scorers: Crowmarsh none H&H, Fish, Jaja 3, Jack 2, Zac, Alex