Mohawks Hold on to Beat Henley
The U13 Mohawks kept their first clean sheet of the season when they beat AFC Henley 1-0 away from home.
After a morning of rain the U13 Mohawks made the short trip to a wet Henley. Alex C was the only absentee (injured) as the team got ready for what was sure to be a competitve match.
The first blow for Woodley came as Sam H had to be replaced by Yuvraj G after twisting his knee, but despite this Mohawks had a slight dominance. The Henley goalkeeper made a few comfortable saves and also saw an effort from Jamie M go just off target.
Mohawks took the early lead when Jamie M's attempted through ball was only intercepted as far as Yuvraj G, who smartly played a pass into the feet of Nazir A and he steered it past the goalkeeper.
Woodley continued to have most of the ball, but Henley were looking particularly dangerous on the break. Owen B, like the Henley keeper, was forced into a couple of comfortable saves.
Dan R replaced Harry A & Sam H returned to action replacing Nazir A. Dan R brought alot of composure to the defence and had a big impact on the game very quickly.
Ruwail H came very close with a shot across goal, as did Joe A when he made a great run from the right hand side. At the other end Ahmed E and Matthew M made some notable interceptions and tackles which were very important.
Leo F arrived 5 minutes before half-time after running late and came on just as Henley started gaining some momentum. Henley would have their best chance of the game just before the break as Owen B made himself look big enough in a 1v1 for the striker to drag his effort wide. He should of scored and it was a massive let off.
Ruwail H & Joe C came off at half-time to take a break.
Woodley knew they were in a game after the first half and would have to work hard to earn the win.
Throughout the second half I don't recall Henley entering the Woodley penalty area, never mind taking a shot. Nazir A joined Harry A & Matthew M in defence and they were all fantastic. Henley were strongest down the left-hand side and Joe A, Janis Z & Leo F all carried out defensive duties brilliantly to nullify the threat. Yuvraj G, Sam H & Dan R were brilliant on the ball and look so composed. Joe C & Ahmed E gave the back 3 more than adaquate protection. Jamie M, Leo F and Ruwail H were very dangerous going forward and we could have had more! Owen B was quiet with his hands but played from the back nicely with his feet.
If I could describe our second half performance in a few words it would be calm, composed and hard working. Perfect game management.
Man of the Match: Dan R - He was outstanding. Defined the teams whole performance and had a huge impact on the game. Well Done Dan R!
Also a special mention for Matthew M, who in the first half especially had a very good game.
The first clean sheet of the season, and hopefully we can get some more!!
Thank you to Richard and Ibrahim for running the line. Much appreciated!