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Northwood U18 0  Dorking Wanderers U18 5

Thursday 17th September 2015

 

NORTHWOOD UNDER 18 Lucas Fettes Cup
 
 
   
Team line-up

 

1 Charley McInerney
2 Pearse White
3 Jordan Gargani
4 Will Holland ©
5 Charlie Carroll
6 Myles Martin
7 Jamie Roche
8 Louis Moriarty
9 Michael Brown
10 Jack McDonnell  
11 Danny O’Driscoll  
Substitutes  
12 Fred Buckley  
14 George Adams  
15 Ben Spires  
16 Phillip Daniels  
17 Jordan Williams  
     
There was a bright enough start to this game by Northwood, creating some good early scoring opportunities, with Michael Brown bringing a good save from the Dorking keeper. However, on 12 minutes they lost Jack McDonnell to a slight hamstring strain, shortly followed by captain Will Holland complaining of a niggling groin strain; this without doubt unsettled the young Northwood side.

Northwood competed well but again but lacked any real coordination, passing moves were broken up easily and they had no real penetration up front. Shortly before half time Dorking took a deserved lead, with their left winger finishing well at the back post, past Charley McInerney, who had a superb 45 minutes in his first start of the season.

After the break, it was important that Northwood held onto possession and gradually get back into the game. But on 52 minutes, a good shot well saved by Charley, only for the ball to be fired back into the danger area. Northwood had the opportunity to clear the ball, only for it to hit another defender on the back, and it fell nicely for the Dorking forward to finish  past the stranded McInerney.

The Woods rallied slightly but could not create a good scoring opportunity as  Dorking controlled possession, winning the lion’s share of first and second phase ball. By the 70th minute Dorking had increased their lead, scoring two more goals in quick procession, again following mistakes from Northwood in midfield and in defence leading to their own downfall.

Northwood finally got the message about passing their way upfield, and after a 15-pass move, Danny O’Driscoll fed Freddie Buckley, who cleared the first defender but had his shot well saved by the Dorking keeper. The resulting corner saw Northwood go close, but Dorking then scored their fifth goal slightly against the run of play.

The home side saved their best for the last 10 minutes, as they held onto possession well, led by Myles Martin who had stepped into the back four to replace Will Holland, and both Freddie Buckley and Jamie Roche were on the end of reasonable chances. Danny O’Driscoll had a long range effort stopped, but it was all too little, too late for a very disappointing Northwood performance.

Report by GARRY MORIARTY