Planet’s long unbeaten run came to a halt in this game, losing 2-0 to a hardworking Navy Jnr team. Navy started the game at a fast pace and looked determined to cause Planet problems from the off, pressing the ball high up the pitch from their new striker and their midfield working as a unit to make it difficult for Planet to hold possession for any decent period of time. Navy were winning every loose ball, what was worrying for Planet was their players did not fancy the physical challenge, even shying away from tackles at times. Navy opened the scoring early in the first half when the ball was pulled back to the edge of the box for their midfielder who with far too much time picked his spot beyond the diving Joe. Planet’s defense found it very difficult to deal with Navy’s powerful forward, with each long ball from the opposition directed towards him, this meant Eoin playing in the middle for Planet had to drop right back to support David and Daniel in defense leaving a lot of space in the middle of the pitch. With Planet struggling to get any fluidity in their game and Navy playing long ball, it wasn’t very pretty at times with play breaking up quickly. Planet came close to scoring an equalizer when Eoin crashed his free kick off the bar, with the ball falling kindly to Nicky he headed straight at the keeper and his follow up somehow ended up wide of the post when he surely should have found the net. Eoin had another effort from the edge of the box which on another occasion you would of expected better but the ball flew well wide of the post leaving Navy with a slender 1-0 lead at the break. Planet come out the second half and looked to have stepped up their efforts, new player Robert now on the left side for Leo made a difference. He added a bit more work rate to the team and Planet started to look the team in control, hitting the post early in the half when Nicky latched onto Taylor’s cut back with the ball going out for a Navy throw. Nicky then had another chance when Robert found the striker who cut inside, but his shot dragged tamely wide of the left post. It was clear that it was not Planet’s day when soon after Eoin scuffed his free kick into the ground from a decent angle and out for a goal kick. With only a minute or so on the clock and time running out Planet won a free kick right in the middle of the goal, you could sense this was the final chance for the equalizer, up stepped Taylor who struck the ball straight at the wall with a tame effort. Navy pumped the ball forward again and with their first real chance of the half found the back of the net, their striker coolly slotting through Joe’s legs, giving Navy a 2-0 win in what surely would be the title decider. Coach Mark says: Navy started the game really well and was on us from the start, their players looked up for it from the whistle and caused a lot of problems early on, they shut the ball down quickly and gave us no time to play our usual passing game. I thought the opposition easily won the physical battle today and it was disappointing to see the reaction of some Planet players when finally up against a team with more presence, some players just didn’t fancy it. We did improve in the second half and were the better team, we certainly should of found the net on more than one occasion but it wasn’t our day. Fair play to Navy they turned up with a plan and it worked, it wasn’t pretty but they wanted it more and their hard work paid off and got the victory. Hopefully this will be a good lesson for the team as its been a long time since anybody has took points from them in the league, it shows what determination and teamwork can do, Navy showed that today.
|March 15, 2015||1:20 am||UNDER 13’S||UNDER 13'S LEAGUE — Cycle 1 2015||90'|