Hull U14s vs Harrogate
Captain: C Atkin
The first league game for these boys. Missing out last year due to covid, we were keen to start the season on a high. A few players missing. Our kit wasn’t ready. Not the ideal start to a new season. For a prestigious club, representing the City of Hull!
We kicked off, going uphill, against the wind. Quickly pinned back by Harrogate saw them get awarded 3 corners in just a couple of minutes. Whilst on the back foot, the 4 man defence coped excellent. Backed by the safe hands of Hunter.
Unusually panicky on the ball. Misplaced passes allowed Harrogate to score on the 5 minute mark and take an early lead.
The pressure from Harrogate continued. Hull just couldn’t handle the high intensity pressing from Harrogate. Harrogate, a well drilled, hard working side got their reward with a 2nd goal in under 10 minutes.
After a bit of inspiration from Maskell, eventually finding his way through for a shot off target, appeared to be just enough to settle the boys. We were able to play higher up the pitch and deflect the pressure back onto Harrogate.
Hull’s first goal came on 14 minutes with captain Atkin, applying pressure in midfield, winning the ball that took somewhat of a lucky deflection off him which turned into a great through ball – making its way through 2 Harrogate defenders and past Maskell. Fortunately, Forlow was there to beat the last defender. Faced with a rushing, on-coming keeper. He managed to get a toe to it and poke it straight through the keeper’s legs. 2-1 Harrogate.
Whilst not having any chances on goal, forward, Moon pressured the Harrogate players constantly, forcing them to make mistakes and panic – work rate was superb!
This seemed to energise the boys. Playing nice little 1-2 passes through the middle of midfield. Looking more comfortable on the ball, more vocal, this was the Hull side that we’re used to seeing.
After some cracking saves from Hunter, the Hull keeper.
Hull looked deadlier going forward. Some excellent football played by the Hull midfield of Maskell, Laycock, and Atkin. Jalloh received a great pass from Maskell as he was darting into the penalty area – fouled by the Harrogate defense. PENALTY.
Jalloh, not one for normally feeling confident in taking penalties, smashed it as far into the top left corner as it could possibly go!! GAME ON 2-2.
Harrogate attacked quickly from the kick off, a dangerous shot from just outside the area see’s the ball miss the target. We looked composed. Defensively solid with Jack and Kai cleaning everything up, putting in some intelligent, solid tackles. Foston and Onoh playing in unfamiliar positions as wingbacks, doing a sterling job. Making sure to drive forward, involving themselves in the attack when possible. Foston’s feet going forward were especially pleasing on the eyes.
Tired legs from Forlow saw substitute Whitfield take his place. No more than 5 seconds later, he found himself inside the box in front of an open goal after Maskell’s dazzling dribble, playing it across goal for an easy tap in for Whitfield. Hull take the lead to 3-2 after being 2-0 down.
Half time comes. The last 20 minutes of the first half were brilliant! Calm, creative, hard working football. Hull started to enjoy this.
After some half time changes, slight change in formation to accommodate players that were playing out of position, Hull left their football boots on the players bench. It was all Harrogate in the 2nd half, piling pressure on Hull. We came close on occasions. Maskell’s dribble past 3 or 4 Harrogate players earned him a well deserved shot that hit the side netting.
Laycock continued to work hard in the centre of midfield, putting in good, strong tackles, along with Edmonson having never played as a wingback before, he did a great job of cutting any dangerous balls out.
Adamson was back after a few games missing, and boy did we miss him. It was great to see him back in action. Fearless, great tackles, great communication.
Harrogate continued to force mistakes from Hull, scoring in the 50th minute making it 3-3. An attacking mixup saw us squander a fairly straight forward finish. Some nice attacking passes didn’t quite meet their end target. It just wasn’t to be. Tactical error. Lessons were learned. Harrogate finished the game off with a late goal, leaving them to walk away as deserved winners. Hunter made several great saves throughout the match, excellent, strong hands, never let the ball go once.
MOM: Mamudu, a great, solid game. Freely expressing himself, with excellent work rate today.
Final score: Harrogate 4 – 3 Hull.
Scorers: Forlow (Atkin), Jalloh (PEN), Whitfield (Maskell)