U16s vs Shadwell

The under 16's took on a free scoring Shadwell in today's 10:00 kick off at Manley Park. Shadwell's 6th position in the league belies their quality, and they were definitely up for bringing the OWLS' 7 game unbeaten run to an end. With title rivals Durkar losing heavily last week, the lads needed to make it 8 in a row to keep up the pressure going in to the crucial six pointer in a fortnight's time. despite having only 1 sub available, Shadwell made a real fight of this one in what proved to be a scrappy game that nevertheless, made for interesting viewing.

The first 20 minutes were end to end and OWLS found themselves at the end of some relentless pressure in their own half, as the gap between defence and midfield became a little stretched. It was the home team however, who broke the deadlock as Ethan Felkin slotted home the first of his two goals. Shadwell were soon back on level terms from the corner ,as their quality movement in the OWLS penalty area wrong footed everyone and saw the ball scrambled in to the back of the net. 1-1!

A tactical substitution saw a more defensive minded midfield close the space and today's MOM, Lewis managed to slot home to put OWLS in the lead before a speculative ball from Shadwell took an unexpected swerve to tie the game 2-2 at half time.

The game stayed deadlocked well in to the second half with an even mixture of both scrappy, and quality football from both sides. Shadwell had the better chance of this period and were kept out by a magnificent save from OWLS' keeper, James.

With injuries on both sides, OWLS benefitted from having no less than five subs and the fresh legs proved beneficial as the Shadwell defence conceded a dubious penalty 15 minutes from time. This gaves OWLS the advantage and after 70 minutes of intense battling, Shadwell's resilience crumbled as their push for an equaliser opened up some space for Eddie to slot a sublime ball through for Lewis's 2nd. 4-2 OWLS!

A good result against good opposition today which extends the unbeaten run to 8 games. However this should be a good lesson for the boys, that they can't let confidence turn to complacency. There's 10 games left, and with the return trip to Shadwell, and games against Farsley, Sherburn, and Durkar still to play, the road ahead is still a long one. One game at a time though, and for now it's a big well done! UTO🙂🦉⚽

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