Under 14 Football Success

Charleston Academy’s Under 14 Boys team have made excellent progress in another cup competition.

Charleston Academy 3 – 1 Millburn Academy

Last Thursday night saw Charleston’s U14 boys go head to head with Millburn Academy for a second time this season.  Having been on the end of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Millburn in the league, the boys were a little pessimistic about the tie.  A few injuries within the squad gave some boys their first start of the season.

Mr Mezals felt it necessary to not only have the normal warm up and talk about tactics but also a little pep talk to motivate the boys before the game.  The boys were told to work hard, press the ball and give 100% from the whistle.  Mr Mezals also used Sunderland as an example having beaten Man Utd on penalties the night before.

Millburn won the toss and took the centre.  The boys did what was asked of them and gave Millburn very little time on the ball. Closing down players with the ball and forcing them to make the mistake.  Due to the grit and determination shown by Charleston they dominated much of the first half.  The Millburn keeper was called into action several times in the first 15 minutes.  Iain MacKenzie was dropped back into defence for this game to give a little more stability and height to the back four.  Jamie Penwright, Mark Kelly and David Grant completed the defence and they all worked extremely well along side one another. Iain played the position of full back really well, not only defending but also going forward on a number of darting runs to provide crosses into the box.

Charleston took the lead in the first half.  The goal was well deserved for all the effort the boys were giving.  Cameron Kent picked the ball up in the centre circle and, using his body, shielded the ball well to hold up play.  Lewis MacGillivray made a run into space and Cameron played the ball forward.  The pass was a little long but Lewis showed that he wanted the ball more and managed to get a toe to it.  The ball then fell to Ross Waston.  Ross skipped past two defenders and hit a shot from 20 yards into the net. 1-0 Charleston.

With 10 minutes still to play of first half Millburn began to come into the game more.  Several long balls towards their striker saw Aiden MacKenzie in goals pull off a couple of fantastic saves.  The defence stood strong and Charleston went in ahead at half time.

The boys were all given praise for their first half effort and more of the same was asked of in the second half.  Millburn were out sharp and clearly wanted to get back into the tie.

Charleston continued to have more possession and chances in the second half.  It was a short while into the half when Charleston scored another.  From a Charleston corner the referee awarded a penalty for a hand ball in the box from a Millburn defender.  Iain MacKenzie was confident and stepped up to take the spot kick.  He hit it low and hard into the bottom left hand corner.  It looked as if it was going to hit the post and come back out.  Luckily for Iain, there was enough power on the ball to send it into the net.  2-0 Charleston.

Stuart Lamont has featured in all games this season but as a substitute.  He managed to make it into the starting 11 and was rewarded with a goal.  Stuart scored a classic centre forward goal.  A shot was hit by Cameron Kent and the keeper was equal to his effort but spilled the ball into the path of on coming Stuart Lamont.  Stuart just had to compose himself and had an easy side footed effort from 3 yards out.  3-0 Charleston.

Millburn then changed tactics and started to play a lot further up the park. It was at this point all 3 of Charleston’s subs were used and we opted for a more defensive formation.  With 15 minutes to play, Millburn were awarded a penalty.  Cameron Kent was doing well to track back will the Millburn forward but then made a clumsy challenge in from behind.  Bringing the Millburn player crashing down in the box.  Cameron was shown a red card and sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity.  Millburn converted their penalty and made the score now 3-1.  The team were now in for a nervous final 15 minutes.  Millburn won a few more free kicks around Charleston’s 18 yard box as well as corners.  The defence remained strong, has they had done for the whole game, and saw away any threat from Millburn.

The final whistle went and the game ended 3-1.  Charleston now await their opponents in the semi finals of the Highland Schools Cup.  It would be unfair to single out just one player for the man of the match award.  Every player had a great game and all showed fantastic team spirit.  Well done boys!

Mr Alex Mezals, Maths Teacher and Under 14 Coach

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