Mohawks 1-3 Cavaliers
Janis Z's goal wasn't enough for the U13 Mohawks, as they lost out by 3 goals to 1 on the opening day of the season.
The U13 Mohawks had a squad of 15 for their first ever competitive 11v11 match on Saturday. Ahmed E & Srihari S made their Woodley United debuts, as Dan R, Harry A & Joe A played their first Mohawks league fixtures.
The team lined up in a 1-4-4-1-1. Owen B started in goal, Ahmed E, Joe C, Matthew M & Alex C making up the back 4, Sam H, Nazir A, Yuvraj G & Joe A across midfield and Janis Z behind Leo F up top. Dan R, Harry A, Jamie M & Srihari S started from the new fold-up substitutes bench.
The first half was an even encounter. Both teams missed good chances and possession was shared equally.
Bracknell took the lead with a speculative effort and I dare say it was a fluke as it clipped the crossbar, then post before it went in. Owen B with no chance.
Jamie M made an impact after coming on with some good skill in midfield, he found space to play a delightful through ball to the on-running Janis Z who slotted the ball past the keeper.
Mohawks didn't start the second half well and were put under pressure by Bracknell straight away. Deserving so, Bracknell took the lead on the rebound to Woodley's disappointment.
In search of an equaliser Mohawks were caught on the break and lost the game 3-1.
Overall, a frustrating opening game for the team with plenty of things to improve on as we move into 11v11. We played some good football in the middle of the pitch but struggled to create many chances. Ultimately, Bracknell unlocked our door more often and were worthy of the 3 points. It's the first of many and the team will only improve.
The team have been training very well in the last few weeks, and I know we'll have results to show for it soon.
Man of the Match: Joe C. Richard & I both in agreement on this one. Arrived first on his bike, was vocal and led the team well, but more importantly he won every tackle on the day and was an easy choice in my opinion. Keep it up Joe!
Thank you to Martin for running the line.
League table: http://www.gotfootball.co.uk/events/results.aspx?EventID=1207&GroupID=2026&Gender=Coed&Age=13