U14 Titans triumph against league leaders

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Titans travelled to league leaders Wortley on a bright but windy day looking to regain some winning form after last week’s heavy defeat. On an uneven sloping pitch the conditions were difficult and the game was a pretty even affair for the first 20 minutes. Titans were looking to take the game to Wortley though, and when Bens’ strong run and shot saw the ball break loose in the Wortley penalty area Mikey was on hand to coolly slot home his first goal for the club and give Titans the lead. Titans were working hard and Ben doubled the lead with a strong shot, before Matty added a third after latching onto a great through ball from Callum. There was then a lengthy delay as one of the Wortley players received treatment for a suspected broken wrist, and after the restart it was the home side who pulled one back to make it 1-3 at half time.

Titans reshuffled the team at half-time and immediately signalled their intentions by putting pressure on the Wortley goal. It wasn’t long before Ben added his second of the game with a run and shot, and then Matty made it 1-5 with a fine strike from the edge of the area that left the home keeper with no chance. Titans were now well on top of the game and the Wortley players looked rattled at being behind. However when they pulled another goal back Titans seemed to stop doing all the good things that had given them such a commanding lead, and with renewed belief Wortley bagged another 2 to reduce the deficit to a single goal at 4-5. The Titans’ goal was now the one coming under pressure and there were signs of panic in their defence. Fortunately keeper Ewan kept them in the game with a string of fine saves to deny the league leaders, and to everyone’s relief the clock ran down and the referee blew to signal a terrific victory.

There were lots of positives to take from this performance in all areas, and the win was a result of a great squad effort overall. Man-of-the-match was a tough choice, but the award went to keeper Ewan for a calm and confident display when the pressure was on near the end.