U16s vs. Garforth Rangers

It was a top v bottom clash at Manley Park this morning as 2nd placed U16’s took on 11th placed Garforth Rangers.

OWLS should have learned from last week that despite a 9 game winning streak, they couldn’t just rock up expecting to win. However, OWLS weren’t exactly flying out of the blocks and Garforth showed that despite being at the bottom of the table, they have much potential, no real stand out weakness, and bags of determination and enthusiasm to show OWLS that they couldn’t ‘just rock up expecting to walk all over them’!

A less than sharp start from the boys, saw Garforth take advantage and have the better of the play and the chances, in the first 20 minutes.

In the end, the deadlock was broken by a beautifully taken free kick from Corey, who weighted the shot perfectly to steer the ball between the keeper and the cross bar.

1-0 OWLS!

The goal did little to spark life in to the home team and a few minutes later, Garforth’s left winger skipped past no less than two OWLS players unchallenged, only to be brought down in a dangerous position on the edge of the OWLS area. Another really well taken free kick saw the equaliser rocket in to the roof of the net.


I’d like to say this lit the touch paper but the final score line wasn’t a true reflection of the game which was in large parts a bit static and one sided with OWLS playing the better football, but Garforth countering with more determination to get to the ball first.

No real stand outs in todays game but certainly a solid team performance with everyone offering contributions at various points and no less than 5 goal scorers:

Player of the match Lewis 3

Ethan 2

Connor 1

Corey 1

Will 1

The final score,

OWLS 8-1 Garforth

Next week is the reverse leg and we will certainly be working on motivation in training and looking to see more desire in the game. Not a lot wrong with the football overall though and good to notch another win which keeps us in contention at the top of what’s proving to be a very tight, and competitive division.

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