Walley Hits Swift Double Whammy for U10’s Whites
Buntingford Cougars U10’s Whites 2 Bishop Stortford Swifts U10’s 0
Cougars U10’s entertained Bishop Stortford Swifts on Sunday in what was an exciting and mostly even encounter. Cougar’s started the brightest of the two sides as Luke Goodchild was not just solid at the back but also played some intelligent passes from defensive positions to create early chances for the home side.
It was one of these passes from the defence by Goodchild that found Evan Howard early on and the diminutive midfielder glided past an opponent before finding George Godfrey but the lively striker could only fire wide after the visitor’s guardian rushed out to narrow the angle. The same keeper did well shortly after to save from a Kameron Weston strike from the edge of the area.
It was not however all one way traffic as Swifts started to create some chances with their pacey midfielders breaking into the channels. On two occasions in the early stages the host’s keeper Sam Daly was called into action and dealt with the trouble.
As Cougars made some changes the game opened up and in the 20th minute a pass from the back found Hayden Walley on the right. The determined midfielder shrugged off a challenge and whilst everyone including the Swifts keeper expected him to cross from the right he cleverly drove the ball home at the near post to open the scoring.
It was five minutes later that a similar move found Walley again and after some good movement from other players around him opened up the space he pushed forward and shot to double his goal tally for the match.
In the second half of the match as legs tired the match opened up further and for Cougars George Hegarty and Josh Lucas were called upon several times to make some crucial challenges to keep the visitors at bay.
The final 10 minutes could have seen goals for both sides but again the quality keeping on show between the sticks for both teams meant that the match remained a two nil win for the Buntingford boys.
After the match a delighted U10’s Manager Richard Daly said “I thought there were fantastic performances today, both as individuals and as a team. I think it was probably the best display of the season for the Whites. The boys are progressing so well as young footballers.”