Bellfield Royals U13s vs. Tass Thistle Braves U13s
Bellfield Estate Park, 11.00am kick off
Ross Mitchell reports...
Bellfield in their red and black strip kicked off the game again Tass who were playing in yellow and blue on a sodden park, early on Sunday morning. The game got off to a flying start, within 4 minutes Tass’ Darren McCann drilled the first shot of the game into the Bellfield net from just outside the area. Bellfield reacted immediately with Daniel Dixon playing a great through ball to Luke Campbell, whose shot was saved well by Tass keeper Jordan McNaught. In the 7th minute Tass doubled their lead through Fraser Burns. A mistake inside the Bellfield defence allowed the ball to run through to Declan Smith on the right wing, who played a great ball along the floor across the six-yard box. It was missed by Leo McDermid but the ball carried to Fraser Burns who, coming in from the left flank, side footed the ball into the back of the net.
At 2-0 up Tass continued to play attractive football and create good opportunities, their best chance coming when Morrison drove into the box menacingly only for Bellfield’s Steven Easton to win the ball well. Midway through the first half Bellfield began to have the better of play. Good work in the heart of midfield by Luke Campbell allowed him to play a great ball which was cut out and cleared by Lee Farrely inside his own penalty area. Bellfield continued their good spell, eventually winning a free kick dangerously positioned around 25 yards from goal. Luke Campbell fired a fierce shot straight from the kick which was parried by keeper McNaught, the rebound was lobbed over the keeper and hit the bar with the ball falling to Bellfield again, ending up wide.
As Bellfield pressed they left spaces at the back. Tass exploited this with a brilliant move going from defence to attack in seconds down their right hand side which fizzled out before anything could really develop. The next real chance in the game fell to Bellfield. A sliced clearance in the Tass box fell to Caleb McGhee who did not get the connection he would have wanted on his shot. In response, Tass’ Dylan Keogh played a great ball from right back to McDermid up front who laid the ball off to Darren McCann. He sprayed a lovely ball out to the left wing to Burns who got inside the area and hit a powerful shot which was well saved by the Bellfield’s Connor Shearer.
As the half neared a close Tass began to get the better of the play again. Zack Simpson won the ball in midfield and played a short pass to McCann who got the ball wide to Burns on the left wing. Burns crossed the ball towards Marc Hood who hit a good shot which was well saved by Shearer.
The next chance fell to Bellfield and was a result of a foul throw from Tass in their left back position. Bellfield took the throw in quickly and Jordan Doolan got the cross away. Aarron Watters won the ball inside the area and got his shot away which was a simple save for the keeper. For the remainder of the half Tass were on top but could only create half chances, the best of which fell to McDermid on the edge of the area. He turned and shot but it went wide and the keeper was never troubled.
At half time Tass deserved their lead. They created the more clear cut chances and could have scored a lot more goals than they did. Bellfield deserved to and probably should have scored as they were on top for a long period in the half.
Tass kicked off the second half and straight away went on the attack down their right hand side, a cross from Burns which was held by Shearer. The first few minutes of the second half were played mainly in the middle of the park with no chances going to either side. The first opportunity of the second half came after good pressing from Tass in the final third. Burns won the ball and fizzed a cross into the area but no one was on the end of it and the ball went out for a throw in to Bellfield. For the rest of the half Tass were mainly on top creating small, half chances but not troubling the Bellfield keeper. Bellfield’s first real attack of the half came from a cross from the left hand side which caused confusion in the Tass defence. After a couple of headers back and forth between the attackers and defenders a free kick was given to Tass and the attack was over.
Bellfield began to come more and more into the half after that attack but were hit with a sucker punch when Tass went 3-0 despite having good possession in their own half. The goal deflated the Bellfield players and allowed Tass to have more possession. This possession led to Bellfield’s next chance. A misplaced pass from Fraser Burns ran through to Jason Murray who drove towards goal. He was 1 on 1 with the keeper who pushed it onto the post and then gathered the rebound. The chance spurred Bellfield on and they tried their best to get on top of the game. Their efforts led to a great save from Tass keeper McNaught. Bellfield’s Luke Campbell got the ball 20 yards from goal. He hit a fierce shot towards goal which was superbly saved by McNaught. Another foul throw resulted in the final chance of the game. Bellfield’s Robbie Walsh committed the offence, conceding possession. Burns received the quickly taken throw in for Tass and drove towards the by line. He cut the ball back towards the penalty spot where Dennon Fisher was running on to the ball, he did not connect with the shot and the ball was cleared. The final whistle went shortly after the attack.
Overall, Tass deserved their victory. Bellfield will feel that the score line unfairly reflects their chances and possession throughout the game.