Match Report – Aston Manor vs Wolves FC (friendly) 06/12/20
Wednesday 09 December 2020
Having only played a friendly so far this season, Aston Manor second term were really keen to get some minutes under their belts, no better to come over to a strong outfit in the black country to test themselves. It’s brilliant to see that this team features five Aston Manor internal students. Year 12’s Vishnu Roberts, Demico Burton, Miass Suliman, Mohamed Hussain and Sudey’s Moalim all get a place in the starting line-up.
The squad have been training extremely hard since the start of the school year and with the lack of games due to lockdown they have managed to keep themselves fit and well-motivated. This definitely showed today as we were a much fitter and physically dominant team throughout the game.
Aston Manor started off with a 1-4-5-1 formation and stuck to this well from the start, a very organised performance, which was managed well by our experienced year 13 starters in Kyle O’Brien, Josh Kniveton, Thierry Davis and Franco Crean.
From kick off the Aston Manor side were much in control and dominated possession, a great passage of play straight from training on Tuesday put Sudeys Moalim through after 2 minutes, only for him to hit the shot wide, a very positive start. Wolves tactic seemed to be to hit the ball long into the channels for one of their two small, quick strikers to try and get onto and cause us problems in behind. It was the 7th minute when direct ball came over the top of our defence into the path of the Wolves #9, he took a good first touch ran towards goal but his shot was weak and didn’t cause many problems for experienced goalkeeper Kyle. This tactic was soon squashed as Aston Villa coach Callum recognised and straight away organised out centre backs Mohammed and Thierry to drop when Wolves hit the long ball, this tactic was then easily put to bed from the start.
In the 26th minute Aston Manor won a corner on the righthand side, this was superbly whipped in by Sudey’s Moalim and met with a nice glancing header by the dominant figure of Demico Burton in the box, only for it to sneak just past the post, great chance!
In the 34th minute a great ball put #9 Franco Crean through on goal, but possible a touch too many enabled the goalkeeper to come out and close down and shot was well saved. Surely, we were to get a lead soon?
In the 40th minute we saw Wolves test goalkeeper Kyle O’Brien when the striker found himself inside the box, Kyle stood well and palmed the ball out for a Wolves corner.
In the 41st minute the lively #10 Vishnu Roberts, who had been working extremely hard in and out of possession throughout the game found himself through on goal and calmly passed the ball into the back of the net, great composed finish.
Half Time 0-1
A couple of substitutes at half time saw Jordan Whitehouse give way for Emmanuel and Mohammed Musa come on for Mohamed Hussain. Josh Kniveton dropped into centre back and Sudeys switched over to the right side of midfield.
The second half was much of the same as the first, lots of possession for the Aston Manor side, who passed the ball well and showed that they had been training hard since the start of the season. A chance was created early on in the second half, which saw Franco Crean clear through with only the goalkeeper beat, it wasn’t to be his day today as his shot was hit wide from close range. Very unlucky.
Aston Manor seemed very composed on the ball and were unfortunate to concede in the second half, a mix up between centre half Josh Kniveton and goalkeeper Kyle O’Brien saw a pass back beat Kyle and into their own net, own goal, much against the run of play. 1-1.
It didn’t take Aston Manor long to get back on top, a fantastic run by Vishnu Roberts saw him create his own chance for a shot on goal, which he again coolly placed past the Wolves goalkeeper into the back of the net. Aston Manor 2-1 up!
This could have been 3-1 up and a hattrick for Vishnu not long after, but clear through on the goalkeeper saw Vishnu take a touch too many and put the ball wide.
The third goal didn’t take much longer to arrive, as tricky winger Sudeys created his own chance on goal to put the ball in the back of the net with a touch of class! Aston Manor 3-1 up.
5 minutes later a collision with Franco Crean and Wolves goalkeeper saw the Wolves goalkeeper go down. It looked like nothing but the keeper didn’t seem happy, he jumped up and confronted our #9 who stood firm, the Wolves keeper lashed out and was given his marching orders, very disciplined by Franco and Wolves down to ten men.
The game was rounded off with a well finished goal by substitute Mohammed Musa, who connected with a cross from the right-hand side. 4-1.
A brilliant, well-disciplined and solid performance by Aston Manor, which showed that the lads had been working hard in training – which paid off, well done.
Full Time 1-4
Aston Manor 1st team continued their fine run of form with a 6-0 win against Wolves 1st team at home, goals from Holy x2, striker Daniel Henry, midfielders Kieran and Andy and an own goal. Great win, great performance.
Next up for the 1st team is a trip to Derby next week and a rest for the 2nd team.
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