U14 Spirit 1 Chatham Attack 0, News, U14 Boys A, Boys Rep (Kitchener Soccer Club)

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U14 Spirit 1 Chatham Attack 0
Submitted By Mark Rebellato on Monday, June 3, 2019
In our third game in 7 days, Chatham made the long drive up to Woodside Park to go home with tough loss for the 2005 WRSL KSC Boys first victory on their home turf!

We took a couple of days off to rest injuries and give everyone a bit of a break, and overall our energy levels were a bit higher on this day then our last match vs Waterloo.  Chatham is an athletic squad demonstrating they are strong, fast and tough on the ball.  Although they are not as skilled as our players, their drive will keep them in games against all teams in WRSL.  We will need to remember this as this, as they will only get better as the year goes on.  

Overall our timing seemed a bit off on this  day where we give up quite few unforced turnovers on possession.  For some reason on the field we are not committed to making easier passes and switching the play.  We will definitely need to work on this in our upcoming training session.   

Although we had a bit more energy than this past Thursday, we still did not apply the same pressure we are capable of.  This is likely a result of ongoing injuries Ayman and Paul (leg), Nathan (foot) that continues to leave us with a short bench.  We also continue to unnecessarily kick the ball away and force untimely long ball passes.  On the plus side we did demonstrate more patience this game, sending the ball back to Brandon when necessary who continues to demonstrate strong plays from the back field.

Chizi Oboli had two breakaways this, and unfortunately the ball seemed to get away from him on both chances.  I feel this is a result of playing a lot of games on natural grass and we will look to get some turf time at Woodside leading up to Ontario Cup.

Our  eventual game winning goal came late in the game on a nice feed from Paul Rebellato to Naoto Yamada who read the play down the right side very well and broke in on goal to put one behind the Chatham goalkeeper!

Man of the Match: Naoto Yamada who got the game winner but also his amazing ability to read plays and follow-up.  Undoubtedly he is one of the most dependable and driven players on this team!

Filip Ratiu also had some nice reads on the field which lead to some sound shots on goal in the first half.  Roman Marinelli had a strong match throughout, coming in to finish off the game at center mid and sending a rocket shot on goal from about 25 yards out.  Unfortunately, Roman was issued a questionable yellow card, so he will have to be on best behavior in our next match vs Guelph Thursday June 6 at Woodside!

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