U16s vs. Beeston Juniors

The under 16’s travelled to Cardinal Square to face Beeston Juniors this morning in a match that was to prove a scrappy affair.

With OWLS and Beeston both with a striker in contention for the leagues golden boot, neither team found much of a rhythm until deep in to the first half, with no real chances and the majority of play seeing the ball pinging around midfield.

The game had the feel that it could go either way as both teams probed the others defensive lines, the best chances falling to the OWLS.

The breakthrough came from a scrappy encounter in the Beeston penalty area as sheer perseverance paid off and rewarded today’s MOM, Ethan with his first of a hat trick, 10 minutes before the break.

This galvanised both teams and Beeston edged in to the game, taking advantage of some OWLS reluctance to be first to the ball, only denied an equaliser by some brave goalkeeping from Corey.

Two minutes from the break saw another scramble in the Beeston box and from out of nowhere, OWLS went two up at the perfect time.

After the restart it was one way traffic, and despite the ball still pinging around midfield, OWLS had the upper hand.

Beeston threw more players forward as they tried to overload the OWLS defence but our two centre backs, Jamie M and Lennie proved to be a brick wall that Beeston just couldn’t break down. This also gave the two wing backs, Will and Jamie W the chance to exploit the space in front of them and put through some superb passes to the midfield of Aidan, Max, and subs Jack, Josh, Tom H, and Eddie, who’s fresh legs gave the OWLS the edge in the war of attrition developing in the middle of the park.

Half way in to the second period and the OWLS chances were coming thick and fast as the Beeston attacks faltered due to strong tackles from CDM’s Mason and Connor, who set up some strong counter attacks.

Ethans hat trick and the OWLS third was the real heart breaker and Beeston’s only reply was to throw more players at the brick wall of the OWLS defence.

With the game won, a speculative venture in to the box by Tom K saw a contender for goal of the season as he skipped past a glut of Beeston defenders and slotted home to make it 4-0.

That’s the way it finished, with OWLS dealing with a last minute assault from Beeston with ease.

The result keeps the pressure on league leaders Durkar. Not one of the tidiest games but a great result against a potential banana skin team.

Another big well done to the boys for grinding out another result. UTO!

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