1st Feb 2019 – Home to East Riding
A friendly 11 aside game played at St Marys on a windy but dry morning.
Today’s starting line up was: Marsh, Westy, Clarke, Sewell, Zskoda, Whitfield, Oskar, Petty, Forlow, Maskell, and Bibby.
Almost immediately, Maskell unleashed a shot that was easily caught by the East Riding keeper. East Riding compose themselves after a quick start from Hull. Only for moments later Bibby to test the GK who makes a great save and deflects it wide for a corner. A well taken corner by Forlow, forces another corner instantly.
4 minutes in, and Hull grab their first goal as Oskar calmly slips it past the goalkeeper after a fine pass from Westy.
East Riding are facing waves of attacks now. Oskar has a fantastic effort saved, creating another corner.
Some excellent high pressing football is played by Hull that prevents East Riding from escaping their own half. Maskell dances into the area, past 1, past 2, then wham! Penalty. Without hesitation, Maskell puts away the penalty making it 2-0 within 5 minutes.
East Riding are on the defence now, struggling to get into the Hull half. Some neat passing, 1-2s, and excellent movement creates another corner for Hull.
This corner though, taken by Forlow is met by Oskar who smashes it into the roof of the net from close range. 3-0. Hull are oozing confidence now. Maskell, Bibby, and Forlow causing havoc amongst the East Riding defence. Not even 10 minutes into the game, and 3-0 up.
Whitfield receives the ball on the edge of the area and tries his luck with an excellent ranged effort, off target this one. But we love it. Nothing wrong with shooting from there. East Riding do get a break, but some cool defensive work keeps them at bay. Hull with a very high defensive line, and excellent work rate from the midfield makes difficult for East Riding to penetrate. They have a little go, but everything is mopped up quickly.
East Riding come again, a lack of concentration this time though allows East Riding to slot into the far corner. A great goal. 3-1. Deserved after the short spell they had.Is this the start of a come back?
Hull get reorganised and go on the attack straight away. After some exquisite passing exchanges in midfield, the ball finds itself with Maskell who unselfishly, squares the ball to Bibby who gets his first goal of the game. 4-1.Hull still pressing high, closing down every possible passing angle available, win the ball back high up the field. Bibby on the ball this time, returns the favour and sets Maskell up for his 2nd goal making it 5-1. The floodgates have opened.
East Riding do threaten a few times on the left hand side where they were greeted by Skoda. Trying a new position at RB, not feeling 100% confident, but his pace did the talking. Locking out any danger from East Riding.
6 minutes from half time sees our LB, Westy drive forwards from deep with the ball and plays an absolutely outstanding scooped pass through to Bibby beating 2 defenders on the way, dummies the keeper and finds the bottom corner. This was our Futsal work coming out right there 😉
We think we’re going into halftime with a 6-1 lead but Maskell has other ideas. Using his strength and trickery, he adds another goal to claim a hat-trick. The whistle blows for half time. 7-1 to Hull.
The 2nd half saw a chance for a bit of experimental work. We had a change of formation, with a few kids shuffling around. We can see this needs some work. East Riding came out for the 2nd half as a different team. They were much more composed on the ball, spreading play a little more. They managed to add a 2nd goal to their tally after some defensive mixups. A great interception by East Riding. A deserved goal for reading the play well.
We reverted back to our original formation with players in more familiar roles. Straight away, we were on the attack again, able to apply pressure. Though at times, we tried to walk the ball into the goal instead of the normal instinctive finishing we’re so used to seeing.
Skzoda started to grow in confidence in his new role. Picking the ball up deep, using that blistering pace and driving forwards, beating 1, 2, 3 men before releasing the ball.
Aided by Forlow, it was Whitfield who drove forward from the LB position showing great agility and awareness, who squared the ball to Maskell just inside the area who, as expected, added a 4th goal to his name.
East Riding break and play some great counter attacking football. Whitfield slides in for a last ditch tackle but takes the man down in the penalty area. Penalty to East Riding. Marsh dives to his right, keeping low and saves the penalty! Excellent goalkeeping.
A superb defensive display by Marsh, Clarke, Hutch, Westy, Skzoda, and Sewell when needed. But today was all about the more advanced players, and how Petty, Oskar, Whitfield, controlled the midfield.
Whilst both teams had players missing. East Riding far from their strongest, the football on show at times was mouthwatering. Given the short space of time they’ve been together, the levels of commitment, work rate, and determination to succeed shows. The future is looking bright for these youngsters.
End results: Hull 8 – 2 East Riding.
Goals: Oskar (2), Maskell (4), Bibby (2)
Assists: Forlow, Maskell, Westy, Whitfield, Bibby.