Charleston’s Under 14s back on Scoring Spree
Last week saw Charleston’s U14 boys football team play two league fixtures. On Monday night they hosted Glenurquhart High School. This was the first game since getting beat by Millburn the previous week 3-0. The boys were hungry for 3 points and eager to get back to winning form.
The teams were evenly matched from the off with much of the play taking place in the middle third. After a lengthy spell of Charleston possession Glenurquhart went on the counter attack and took the lead. It didn’t take long for Charleston to fight back and equalise through a shot from Calum Mead.
At half time the score was 1-1 and a few substitutions were made to try and turn the game around. Iain Mackenzie proved to be a handful in the first half and was pushed up to centre midfield.
Iain showed his strength early on and scored a goal to put Charleston in the lead 2-1. Glenurquhart then switched tactics and started to play a long ball game. Charleston’s defence stood up to the many attacks, that was until the final minute of the game. Glenurquhart won a throw in the attacking third and they ended up shooting from distance. The shot fizzed past Aiden MacKenzie in goal to end up in the top corner of the net. The score ended 2-2 with Charleston and Glenurquhart taking a share of the points.
Man of the match was David Grant for his efforts in defence.
Thursday night saw Charleston’s luck in front of goal change. The game was yet another home fixture this time versus Invergordon Academy.
The game started well for Charleston with Lewis Jamieson and Kevin Johnstone having plenty of the ball. Charleston had a few efforts on goal turned wide or over.
One of the best efforts came from Lewis Jamieson. Lewis played a shot in from a well worked corner that came back out off the post. Another close effort came from yet another corner and this time Cameron Kent. Cameron came very close with a header that left their keeper scrabbling for the ball inches before the line. Similar circumstances to Monday night saw Charleston go behind. Invergordon went on the break and took the lead 1-0. The score remained 1-0 as teams went in for half time.
Iain Mackenzie was pushed into attack again for the second half with Lewis Jamieson playing as striker. The pair worked well together. They created a handful of chances within the first 5 minutes. However, it was not until the final 20 minutes until Charleston equalised. Four substitutions had just been made and the boys were going all out attack. Iain Mackenzie equalised and followed this up shortly after with a second. The boys learnt a lesson from Monday night and did not want a repeat of the result. Mark Kelly kept the back line solid and with Jamie Penwright’s height seeing away any long balls this made the goal keeper feel more at ease.
More good dominant play saw Lewis Jamieson and Ross Watson add their names to the score sheet. Invergordon tried to peg another goal back but with no success. The game ended 4-1 and left the boys feeling a lot more positive about facing Golspie next week.
Man of the match was Iain MacKenzie with his ability to take the bull by the horns and turn the game around.
Mr Alex Mezals, Technical Department and Under 14 Coach