U14 Titans run out of steam at Seacroft

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The TItans travelled across Leeds to Seacroft looking forward to getting back into football action again after a 3 week break. With a heavy pitch and a strong wind the conditions were always going to be a factor and the first 10 minutes were fairly even until the home side took the lead. Titans then suffered a major blow when influential centre-half Jamie had to retire from the game with a shoulder injury. However they levelled matters on 25 minutes when the ball broke loose on the edge of the penalty area and Paul hit a great first-time shot through a crowd of players and into the net. Seacroft rallied before the break though and added 2 quick goals to go in at half-time with a 3-1 lead.

Titans got back into the game within a minute of the restart when the Colts keeper failed to hold onto the ball, which bobbled through for Matty to race onto and knock it into an empty net. The Seacroft players seemed rattled by the goal and the referee awarded a series of free-kicks against them. However their physical approach to the game saw them out-muscle the TItans defenders and as their breaks forward became more frequent they added a fourth on 48 minutes. Titans weren’t done yet though and made several raids forward of their own. It was from one of these that their keeper made a great save and when the ball bounced out towards the dead-ball line it looked as though the danger had passed. However Paul chased the ball down and when he chipped a lovely shot back across the face of the goal and over the keeper it curled under the crossbar and in by the far post – 4-3!

With 20 minutes remaining there was still plenty of time for Titans to scrap for a result. However the heavy pitch and strong wind seemed to take its toll, and when keeper Ewan suffered a recurrence of his previous injury and had to come off it looked as though fate was against them. Seacroft were still looking strong and added 3 more goals to their tally to make the final score 7-3.

Man of the match was Lily for sticking to her task, especially in the second half when the pressure was on.