The Sharks are still trying to find a system that suits them that will encourage them to pass the ball as well as give them enough numbers to push on and score goals but also enable them to defend when needed.
As the game started, it became clear that this was going to be a free scoring game, as within the first 2/3minutes the opposition broke up the field catching the Sharks lacking in defense to take the lead with a well taken goal. But with this early set back the Sharks remained positive and began to get to grips with the new formation and the game in hand.
With Jack and Giacomo doing some very good defensive work between them at the back, and with Freddie, Aidan and Laim also working hard in the midfield the Sharks managed to draw themselves level. This was through some dodged work from Caleb upfront and a good couple of passes in midfield to create the space for Freddie to break through and score his third goal of the season.
The Sharks were hoping to kick on now, but once again they found themselves behind, this time through some excellent play from the opposition, breaking through the Sharks defense and scoring past an oncoming Jake that was keeping goal today. I was always aware that the Sharks may concede more goals playing this system, but it is a learning process and it is something that we are going to stick to and try and learn from.
With the Sharks trailing again, the boys had to pick themselves up, and try and find an equalizer, this dually came through Laim, working hard within midfield, not always sticking to the position he had been given but his effort and desire is always welcomed. Liam managed to pick the ball up just in his own half, and have a shot from distance, as this might have caught the oppositions goal keeper napping as it managed to find its way into the bottom right had corner, but as they say they all count.
With our tails now up and the momentum with the Sharks we managed to take the lead for the first time in the match. With some good play from Harry and Dylan freshening up the play and giving us some more energy, they managed to square the ball to Josh who controlled the ball well, and then he managed to play an excellent through ball to Freddie who raced onto it, controlled it and then fired the ball into the oppositions net, a very well worked goal and well deserved for the team’s efforts.
But the scoring wasn’t done for the first half, putting fans and players alike through another twist as the opposition stole the ball high in the Sharks half surged towards our goal and managed to draw the game level before the half time whistle went.
Giacomo volunteer to take the gloves from Jake, this is always a hard decision to make, as Giacomo brings lots of energy and goal threat to the Sharks midfield, but with Jake entering the field of play we might lose a little energy but he brings a massive goal threat as he has proven in the past.
As the Second half got underway, the Sharks looked more comfortable and more likely to score, with Dylan coming in and playing in defense Jack was able to push up the field and carry the ball more. This was the key to winning the midfield battle, with Laim and Aidan providing width and Jake making forward runs the Sharks managed to pin the opposition back restricting their chance. With Jack’s new found freedom, he managed to pick the ball up and play a good ball down the line that Jake managed to control and then lash the ball into the back of the net giving the Sharks a slight advantage.
This advantage doubled soon after, again from some brilliant play from Harry, Aidan, Jack and Liam. The ball broke to Jack and with a little luck and some skill managed to play another good ball to Jake who wasn’t going to give up another chance in scoring, this time scoring at a tight angle giving the opposition keeper no chance, this was Jake’s second and third goals of the season and it was nice to see the smile back on his face.
The Sharks had a number of chances to put the game to bed. No better was the chance that fell to Freddie, with some good play from Josh again, playing the ball to Jake, who danced round a challenge and unselfishly squared the ball to Freddie, who unfortunately couldn’t sort his feet on time to tap the ball into an unguarded net. That would have been his third goal of the game but it wasn’t to be.
With time running out, the opposition managed to make it very uncomfortable for the Sharks by pulling another goal back, but the Sharks managed to hold onto the win. It was a thrilling game to win, but if we learn to take our chances and manage the game better we will be able to win more games than we lose.
So onto next week with the hope of building on this result and get another victory.