Oldham Greenhill u16s Match reports

October 26, 2014



Having endured a difficult pre-season I wasn’t overly confident going into our first league game of the season. However I still felt the boys would raise their games for the first competitive game of the season. But the saying ‘failing to prepare, is preparing to fail’ was proved true. We were not at the races and ended up receiving a heavy thrashing. The final score was 8 – 0. We were not helped by a poor pitch and some questionable refereeing. However the team had let themselves down by not taking pre-season seriously.


Lost 8-0




After the disappointing result in the previous game it was important to regain our confidence with a better performance against Failsworth Dynamos at home. We told the players that we needed better organisation defensively to have a chance of winning games. Credit to the players they worked really hard and at half time the game was level at 0-0. Early in the second half Hamad Gul was clean through on goal, but was cynically brought down by a Failsworth defender. Shockingly the referee didn’t send off the player or even issue a caution. The game was a scrappy affair in large parts and I felt set-pieces would be the best chance of breaking the deadlock. So it proved, we switched off at a free kick from 20 yards to undue our hard work. Another long range effort made it 2-0 and the players were unable to find a way back in the game.


Even though the result did not go our way the Management was encouraged by the work rate and the effort shown by the players. We told the players that if we could replicate our first half defensive performance throughout the season we would be a difficult side to beat.


Lost 2-0




Me and Waqas were unable to take charge for this game as we had a wedding to attend, so Abid took up the reins. It proved a blessing as he guided the boys to a well needed win. It was not all plain sailing as we conceded an early penalty only for Hamza Khan to pull off a great save. The game was in the balance at half time as for the second game running the score was 0-0. An inspirational half time talk by Abid galvanised the players and they responded by scoring three goals in the 2nd half. A brace by Hamad Gul and a goal from substitute Amir Hussain helped the team to a 3-1 win.


It was an amazing effort by the boys considering we had been beaten comprehensively by the same team in pre-season.


Won 3-1




After getting their first win of the season the boys were in confident mood of following that up with another victory. We started the game on the front foot and had a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot. However, Sultan Rafique’s penalty was saved by the keeper. This miss was punished when 3Ds took the lead but the boys continued to go forward and we were awarded another penalty for a handball. This time Hamad Gul made no mistake,

powering the ball into the back of the net. However we went into half time a goal behind when the 3D Dynamos’ striker broke free to slot the ball past Hamza Khan.


During the half time team talk we asked the players to try to win the ball higher up the pitch. The players responded and we dominated the second half but were unable to find a way through a dogged defence until 15 minutes from time when Hamad Gul cut in from the left wing to fire an unstoppable shot into the left corner! With our tails up the boys searched for a winner and Safyan Ajaz was in the right place to tap the ball in from close range after good work from Captain Mohammed Rohail. However a speculative effort from long range with only a few minutes to go ensured the home side took something out of the game.


DRAW 3-3




Abid took charge for the second time this season. We were up against the runaway league leaders who had a 100% start to the season and having scored plenty of goals in the process. Therefore the players needed to be at their best to ensure we could compete against a really good side. The players did not disappoint. Some disciplined defending ensured that the teams were level at 0-0 at half time. However, shortly after the break the deadlock was broken. Good work by Hamad Gul resulted in Danyal Hanif scoring his first goal for the club. The team was on the way to a great victory until in-form Kyran Leigh unleashed a stunning strike in the dying minutes to salvage a point for Heyside.


The boys should be proud with their efforts and this result shows that they are capable of competing with any team in the league.


DRAW 1-1




After picking up some form in the league we now had a chance to take this confidence into the cup. We were up against a side that we were unbeaten against last season. So we had a good chance of progressing. We took an early lead thanks to another fine goal from the edge of the box from the inform Hamad Gul. However, we did not manage to keep this lead for too long as Audenshaw hit back when we failed to clear our lines. But we restored our lead thanks to the lively Sultan Rafique, who scored his first goal of the season, with the assist coming from Hamza Khan. We managed to take this lead into half time. If we kept our concentration and composure on the ball then I felt we would win the game. However, I was very disappointed with our second half performance and I feel we threw away a very good chance to progress to the next round of the cup. Audenshaw showed more desire after the break and deservedly progressed to the next round thanks to two goals in the second half.


Lost 3-2




We were expecting a reaction from the players after last week’s disappointing cup exit. We started really brightly and bossed the early exchanges but we went behind against the run of play. However we responded almost immediately when Sultan ran onto a ball over the top to head past the goalkeeper. Sultan continued to cause the away side problems but we were unable to take a lead into half time. The game became a feistier affair after the break with both teams fighting for every ball which resulted in the referee dishing out a few yellow cards. We got our reward for our efforts when Hamad Gul found the net for the sixth time this season when the Pendleton defence failed to clear the ball. Pendleton responded well to

falling behind and found an equaliser when the opposition striker ran into the box to score with a well taken low finish. The game became an end to end affair but neither side could find a winner.


A really good effort from the players who are now becoming a hard side to beat. The 12 players who played showed a lot of desire and fitness as we were unable to rotate the players due to a few players missing. Hopefully we can start converting these draws into wins!


DRAW 2-2

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