Dynamic Duo seal hat-tricks
Gorman and Hanley cap fine team display
Ashington began their campaign in the HDYFL u12 Plate with an 8-0 victory against Partridge Green. This came courtesy of a performance brimming with verve, poise and panache – one that very much demonstrated the potential of the team.
Ashington recorded their first clean sheet in five games. As a unit they restricted the opposition to a couple of chances throughout, none clear cut. More importantly, the defence constantly won their challenges, remained calm in possession and pass the ball wide to the midfield to begin the attack. They have embraced the ‘high press’ and all now look to win possession as high up as possible and use the half way line as the mark that they seek to control the opposition from. Well done to Angus Alcott, Austen Blackburn, Fin Goodchild, Jamie Mace, Ollie Lowdell and ever-present Goalkeeper Sam Wheatley.
Ashington started brightly, pressing high up the pitch with a real thirst to create chances. Their pressing and control suffocated any attempt by Partridge Green to play out.
This bold approach was rewarded with arguably the team goal of the season. Winning possession high up in the opposition half Booth played a low pass into Hanley, with his back to goal he laid the ball back to Booth. Wing wizard Morgan was on his toes and had started his arcing run in behind the full back. Booth weighted the through pass to perfection and Morgan race onto it. Morgan then allowed the ball to run across his body and walloped a rising drive high into the left top corner. A fine example of using the third runner to breakdown a deep defence. 1-0 to Ashington.
Gorman, playing in tandem with Booth in Central midfield, demonstrated what a talented and powerful footballer he is. He made many surging runs in the final third and is showing great improvement at laying off simple passes whilst building attacks. This allowed him to move into the next phase of play with some intelligent runs. He was rewarded for this intelligence by accelerating onto a through ball behind the defence. Now one on one with the keeper he attempted a deft chip, this was clawed away, but Gorman followed up to dispatch the rebound. Well done 2-0.
Easdale and Booth again performed well. Proving the heartbeat of the team display with metronomic precision to everything they did. Linking defence and attack, they didn’t score on the day, but added four assists between them.
Gorman added a second before half time 3-0 to Ashington.
After an unselfish display in the first half, where he was unlucky not to score, a second half hat-trick, saw Hanley add his 19th, 20th and 21st goals of the season.
Hanley put to good use the practice of the pre match one v one ‘la Masia’ drill the team practice.
His first two goals coming from 1 v 1’s against the goalie.
His first, rounding the keeper to the right and finished with his right foot.
His second, a replica of a finish he executed in the warm up, rounding the keeper to his left, with a right footed roll-over, and low left footed finish. All evidence that practice makes perfect!
His third, assisted by Easdale, was a hooked right footed Volley from the edge of the box over the stranded keeper.
A Man of the Match display from Hanley.
Lowdell played on the left wing in the second half, Alcott and Blackburn proving able at sweeper. Lowdell used his pace to get behind the defence and he capped a fine display with a good individual effort. Dashing down the left he cut in side two players, rounded the keeper and slotted home.
Fatigue began to play a part and the attackers began to enjoy space and another goal, crafted with help from Hanley, was finished with curling finesse by Gorman to complete his Hat-trick. Well done on scoring his 15th league/cup goal of the season.
Wheatley went off injured after saving bravely low at the forwards feet. Alcott went in goal, he and the defenders stayed resolute and didn’t switch off. Earning their 3rd clean sheet of the season.
Miraculously, Wheatley recovered and got a 5 minute cameo in midfield! His right ankle, although bearing 2 deep stud marks and some heavy bruising, did not preventing him breaking away late on for a chance against the onrushing keeper. Using his underrated and deceptive pace to break clear he tried to go round the keeper to the right but a defender nipped the ball away. Great effort Sam and unlucky but, don’t give up the day job!
Well done to the side and we await the draw for the next round.
Captain: Tom Easdale
MOM: Brendan Hanley