|2021 U12||19th June 9:00am||League Round 10||MBUSC SSRP Pitch 1|
Mount Barker U12 hosted Woodside Warriors on the synthetic Summit pitch for the early game. Both sides have had a fairly successful season so far with the Warriors only loosing to ladder leaders Stirling Districts Blue and the recently departed Hahndorf SC, and Barker sitting well up the table with a collection of memorable victories.
But it was Woodside who dominated this contest. Right from the outset Woodside were able to take control of the match and set camp in oppositions territory. Their passing game was exquisite as they chipped the ball around, probing for a way to break through the line. They did this on numerous occasions, with a flurry of early chances fading wide, hitting the post or being saved by the talented Barker gloveman. When Barker countered they looked every chance to goal as they sent the ball long and got behind the Woodside defensive line. This strategy was aided by the superfast synthetic pitch and the greasy conditions brought on by persistent drizzle. But Woodside were able to adapt to the conditions, defending from a little deeper in their own half to nullify the through-ball and covering well, with the second and third defenders anticipating every pass-through-the-line and arriving in time to stop the Barker advance. And when Woodside took possession they followed their patterns – beating their opponent, looking for support and clearing to a team-mate. The midfielders too were on their game, creating a wall behind their forwards to intercept every Barker clearance and return it with interest. It must be said that the Warriors were wasteful in front of goal again this week, converting 5 out of 23 shots for the match, but poise and accuracy in front of goal comes with experience and that can only come with time. The impressive thing from Woodside is their willingness to play their designated role and build a game for mutual benefit. With three goals in the first half, another two after half-time and a clean sheet for their goalies, Woodside were deserved winners in this contest.