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U14 Spirit 1 Waterloo United 1
Submitted By Mark Rebellato on Friday, July 12, 2019
In a game that officially marked the half way point of the season, we were looking for revenge from losing 1-0 against Waterloo on our home field just over one month ago.  Unfortunately, despite controlling play most of the game we would walk away with only one point on this fine summer's evening!

I am convinced we undoubtedly have the most talent and athleticism in the U14 WRSL.  We have dominated play against teams an age group older than us, and each team in our league fears our strength, speed and talent.  It was apparent in this game vs Waterloo.  We knew going in, the U14 United team is disciplined defensively, where they bend but don't break easily.  They deploy the principles of play very well on the defensive side of the ball. Their attack side of the ball does not have the same strategy or intensity.  Without much effort we were able to easily force turnovers and control play most of the game.  

Naoto Yamada would open up scoring in the second half, following up on a rebound on a shot from Milos Koprivica.  Naoto consistently demonstrates that he is read of the pitch is one of the best on the team. Waterloo wasted no time to even up the score, with a goal on misplayed ball in the back field.  Although we maintained possession for most of the game we found it difficult to break the compact Waterloo defense and would not be able to generate anymore goals on this night.

As we practiced and carried out in Tillsonburg, we are progressing well in building up patience, and we have reduced long ball attempts with no purpose.  We use shorter faster plays to make our way up the field, and when we are in the oppositions end, we make a much better effort to maintain possession with quick easier plays.  Our challenge is finding a way to read the field better and creating space especially our strikers. Some of us still think it is better to hold on on to the the ball longer than we should rather than:
  =>  working a quick 1-2 play; or
  => following through on an overlap; or 
  => making a pass and moving into space to get the ball back or draw the defending team of their game.
Our communication is improving, however we are still not loud enough on the field to use creatively use it as a distraction to the other team.  Attacking players are not making runs on the field, and loudly calling for passes to draw the opposition our off their formation. Creativity is a principle of play on the attack, and we need to think of creative ways to generate more offence.  

This week after the game vs Waterloo we have been practicing shooting and finishing. It is quite obvious from our shooting that we are not putting in enough personal training time outside of practice.  Our shooting and finishing needs work as I give it is a C- grade.  I highly recommend players find their way to the closest field everyday and spend some time working on some shooting drills we worked on in practice. 
Here is a great link at looking at the pros warming up and practicing shots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fa9LOGdUi0

Man of the match on this day was Cullen Derry for his relentless efforts on both sides of the ball, where we saw him create turnovers and looks to make great plays to his teammates.  All throughout the season Cullen's play has been exemplary.

Next game vs London Whitecaps Tuesday July 16th @ Woodside.  

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