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Match Report

   

3.00pm Saturday 7th February 2015

Galaxy Lancashire League

Abraham Moss High School, Crescent road, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5UF


FCUM Reserves

0 - 2

Stalybridge Celtic

 

Attendance: N/K

FCUM Reserves 0

Stalybridge Celtic 2



Attendance: N/K
Match Report

Disregarding events some 250 miles away, the Reserves decamped to the Abraham Moss School to take on Stalybridge Celtic at the weekend but, despite a good performance, lost 2-0.

A young team gave their all on a compact pitch where the result was always going to depend on a momentary lapse of concentration; where chances would be hard to create. Stalybridge punished two such moments in the FC defence, whilst offering little else beyond defensive organisation and dogged determination.

The Reds dominated possession, always trying to play their way out of defence, even when a hurried clearance would seem the best way out, the balls were in to space in a way that gave a red shirt every chance to create something. More often than not the only reason they didn’t score was a performance of calm edge of the box tidying up by Anthony Windle in the visitors’ goal.

A compact pitch meant that in the first half chances were few and far between, players unable to create the space for clear cut opportunities. Keenan Tuck had perhaps the best chances for the home side, Dean Hope went close just before the break in a sustained spell of pressure. Unfortunately it was the home side that cracked, moments before half time when Jordan Leach took advantage of a loose touch to go on and round Ben Jupp in the home goal and slot in.

The visitors doubled their lead early in the second half, a clearing header dropped to Adam Massey just outside the box and with a controlling touch was able to fire in to the corner of the goal. The rest of the second half was virtually all United as they tried to find a way back in to the game. On perhaps half a dozen occasions players found themselves with only the keeper to beat. The only other Stalybridge chance of note came midway through a seven minute added time period when Kevin Lettany had a run and shot just wide.

On a day; in a game where part time players can be within ten minutes of taking full time professionals to what would have been a deserved replay, where unlike other sports, the best side doesn’t always win. It would be harsh to criticise the small margins of error involved, especially when a display shows they have the talent to learn from them, to not repeat them.

When a stronger touch, or one step forward in clearing a defensive line would be enough to stop a goal being conceded. When a starting eleven contains five under 18 academy players getting a taste of what is mainly an under 21, but basically open age league, the future is brighter than one result might suggest.

Remember the names below and one day you might remember where you saw them first; when you are wondering why they don’t have a song of their own.

FC United of Manchester: 1. Ben Jupp 2. Charlie Doyle 3. Ryan Saxon 4. Chris Hill 5. Nathan Chorlton 6. Toby Wright 7. Josh Smethurst 8. Dean Hope 9. Sam Summerbee 10. Keenan Tuck 11. Lee Green Substitutes 12. Leo Magnone (for 7, 64 mins) 14. Jordan Rutter (for 6, 76 mins) 15. Rhodri Giggs 16. Jacob Holt (for 3, 54 mins)

Stalybridge Celtic: 1. Anthony Windle 2. Oladimeni Odesanya 3. Declan McNamara 4. Scott Foster 5. Aaron Feming 6. Adam Massey 7. Jordan Anderson 8. Cessire Lingoubra 9. Jordan Leach 10. Kevin Lettany 11. Aleem Salim Substitutes 12. Jordan Tevlin 14. Moriba Npohgomdu 15. Jack Carroll.

Match Report

Disregarding events some 250 miles away, the Reserves decamped to the Abraham Moss School to take on Stalybridge Celtic at the weekend but, despite a good performance, lost 2-0.

A young team gave their all on a compact pitch where the result was always going to depend on a momentary lapse of concentration; where chances would be hard to create. Stalybridge punished two such moments in the FC defence, whilst offering little else beyond defensive organisation and dogged determination.

The Reds dominated possession, always trying to play their way out of defence, even when a hurried clearance would seem the best way out, the balls were in to space in a way that gave a red shirt every chance to create something. More often than not the only reason they didn’t score was a performance of calm edge of the box tidying up by Anthony Windle in the visitors’ goal.

A compact pitch meant that in the first half chances were few and far between, players unable to create the space for clear cut opportunities. Keenan Tuck had perhaps the best chances for the home side, Dean Hope went close just before the break in a sustained spell of pressure. Unfortunately it was the home side that cracked, moments before half time when Jordan Leach took advantage of a loose touch to go on and round Ben Jupp in the home goal and slot in.

The visitors doubled their lead early in the second half, a clearing header dropped to Adam Massey just outside the box and with a controlling touch was able to fire in to the corner of the goal. The rest of the second half was virtually all United as they tried to find a way back in to the game. On perhaps half a dozen occasions players found themselves with only the keeper to beat. The only other Stalybridge chance of note came midway through a seven minute added time period when Kevin Lettany had a run and shot just wide.

On a day; in a game where part time players can be within ten minutes of taking full time professionals to what would have been a deserved replay, where unlike other sports, the best side doesn’t always win. It would be harsh to criticise the small margins of error involved, especially when a display shows they have the talent to learn from them, to not repeat them.

When a stronger touch, or one step forward in clearing a defensive line would be enough to stop a goal being conceded. When a starting eleven contains five under 18 academy players getting a taste of what is mainly an under 21, but basically open age league, the future is brighter than one result might suggest.

Remember the names below and one day you might remember where you saw them first; when you are wondering why they don’t have a song of their own.

FC United of Manchester: 1. Ben Jupp 2. Charlie Doyle 3. Ryan Saxon 4. Chris Hill 5. Nathan Chorlton 6. Toby Wright 7. Josh Smethurst 8. Dean Hope 9. Sam Summerbee 10. Keenan Tuck 11. Lee Green Substitutes 12. Leo Magnone (for 7, 64 mins) 14. Jordan Rutter (for 6, 76 mins) 15. Rhodri Giggs 16. Jacob Holt (for 3, 54 mins)

Stalybridge Celtic: 1. Anthony Windle 2. Oladimeni Odesanya 3. Declan McNamara 4. Scott Foster 5. Aaron Feming 6. Adam Massey 7. Jordan Anderson 8. Cessire Lingoubra 9. Jordan Leach 10. Kevin Lettany 11. Aleem Salim Substitutes 12. Jordan Tevlin 14. Moriba Npohgomdu 15. Jack Carroll.