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The blues lost their semi-final against Whitworth Valley but can hold their heads up high in the way they played and behaved. The boys never recovered from the first 10 minutes when they found themselves 3-0 down. Goals from Teddy and Isaac offered the boys a glimmer of hope but it wasn’t to be.

Finding the ground was a challenge. I followed Darrell, who then followed me, as I went to the wrong place. We came back to find all the parents driving around in circles! Eventually we got to the school and discovered one of the strangest pitches in the league. Sloping down a hill with big craters and no markings… at least the sun was shining.

The boys did a cracking warm up and at times it was a little too intense. Teddy let fly with one of his usual rockets and the unsuspecting Jacob took it straight on the schnozzle. Luckily it didn’t permanently damage his film star good looks but the bloody nose was hardly the best preparation for the match.

Corey did his usual first shift in net with Isaac playing an unfamiliar defensive role. Marcus and Teddy were in midfield supporting Gabriel up front. To say it wasn’t the best start is an understatement. The blues got caught out twice pushing up the field and found themselves 2-0 within five minutes. Whitworth were playing the aerial game and it was working. Long kick after long kick eventually told as the green and whites took a 3-0 lead into the second quarter.

With Jacob in goal and Lucas at the back the blues started to look a lot more solid. Teddy scored a lovely goal to make it 3-1. From a tight position Ted did a brilliant Cruyff turn before putting the ball into the net. Teddy nearly turned provider for Marcus as he raced through onto one of Teds passes but the goalkeeper came out and made a good save. Unfortunately, Whitworth went straight up the other end and made it 4-1. A slight bit of hesitancy between Lucas and Jacob allowed Whitworth to score another goal that on another day could have been avoided.

The blues have found themselves behind a few times in recent weeks and they always seem to react well. The best move of the game led to Isaac scoring to make it 4-2. Lucas found Marcus who fed the ball to Isaac. It looked like master Wride had been pushed too wide but he managed to find the bottom left hand corner (his favourite) with laser like accuracy. Game on! Or so we thought…  Just before half time another long ball from Whitworth made it 5-2.

Half time and Corey and Gabriel replaced Marcus and Teddy with Lucas heading into the goal and Jacob at the back. The blues played some lovely football and most of that good work was coming from Gabriel and Corey. It’s not always been easy for those two this season but a performance like this should be a real confidence booster going into the last few games. It was good to see Gabriel using his skill and speed to create chances for himself and Corey clearly had the bit between his teeth as he kept on running at defenders with the ball. The only thing missing was a goal. It would be remiss of me not to mention Lucas’ save from the big no.11’s free kick as well.

So, no goals in the 3rd quarter and only one in the 4th. Unfortunately, it was an own goal for Whitworth and we reminded our boys to try and not laugh at other people’s misfortune as that could be them next week. The blues pushed for more but couldn’t find a way through as Whitworth came closest to scoring rattling the post late on.

Great support from our parents again and so nice to see lots of the Reds there as well. It gave the game a special atmosphere but it was just not meant to be. Corey won the man of the match award and it was well deserved as he played one of his best games in a green and yellow shirt.

When the boys all played in their preferred positions we looked a good team but our weakness, as it has been all season, is between the sticks. I think we are all going to have to be on the lookout for a permanent goalkeeper for next season so send your scouting reports to Chris!!!

By Alex South