A good team performance
The team put up a good performance against the league leaders with the defence working hard.
De la Salle tried to dominate the game from the start with a number of attacks and two corners in the first 5 minutes but defenders Lee Bagshaw and Callum Molloy worked hard to stop anything from counting.
After 10 minutes Roach got their first real attack of the game with a pass up by Reece Hamlett to Daniel Wright who put a lovely shot across goal which was picked up by Daniel Scholes who put a shot over the goal. Their keeper took a quick throw that fell to Connor Sugden but De la Salle won it back then Lee Bagshaw put the ball back up for Reece Hamlett and Connor Sugden to chase for but De la Salle got it back and went on the attack but the ball was put out by Callum Molloy.
De la Salle were then back on the attack and Lee Bagshaw and Thomas Rooney were unlucky not to stop them and they opened the score at 1-0. A minute later a Roach throw in taken by Lee Bagshaw was picked up by De la Salle and they sailed past our defence and took the score to 2-0.
They continued on the attack and it took some strong battling from Connor Sugden and Rafeal Lourenco to stop them.
Mitchell Clarke off Luke Pickles on
Daniel Scholes off, Jacob Pelham on.
A roach throw in taken by Jacob Pelham was picked up by Daniel Wright who crossed the ball over to Connor Sugden who took a shot at goal and took the score to 2-1.
Undaunted, De la Salle went on the attack and it took a brave run out by Niall Barnes to stop them scoring again. Straight after they were prevented from scoring from a corner by a clearance from Callum Molloy. The back 5 were put under pressure again with Niall Barnes running out to make a save but it coming out of his hands while he was on the floor leaving Lee Bagshaw and Callum Molloy to defend the goal and Thomas Rooney to clear the ball up the field but it was picked up again by De la Salle, requiring Niall Barnes to run out again to save it.
De la Salle continued with the attack and from a throw in possession of the ball ping ponged between the two teams until De la Salle finally broke through and scored again. 3-1.
Subs: Daniel Scholes and Connor Sugden.
In the first couple of minutes De la Salle scored from a throw in which was passed towards the goal. Niall Barnes made one save and was unable to get to the second shot which trickled in front of the goal and was then put in by De la Salle. 4-1.
Roach were then given a free kick for a tackle on Daniel Wright on the edge of the box. Daniel Wright took it with a powerful shot that only had one place to go – in the back of the net! 4-2.
Callum Molloy off, Daniel Scholes on
Reece Hamlett off, Connor Sugden on.
From a De la Salle goal kick they went on the attack Luke Pickles Harry Roche and Mitchell Clarke battled to get control of the ball but their player got past them all and did a high shot in which was beyond the reach of Keeper Niall Barnes. 5-2.
Moments later De la Salle had another attack on goal which was saved by a run out by Niall Barnes but his goal kick was picked back up by them on the bounce and they went past Thomas Rooney and Rafeal Lourenco to put the ball in the corner of the net. 6-2.
Luke Pickles off Reece Hamlett on.
There were hopes of a goal when a Roach throw in taken by Jacob Pelham was hit upfield by Harry Roche for Connor Sugden but their keeper ran out before he could get to it.
Daniel Wright off, Luke Pickles on.
Rafeal Lourenco off, Callum Molloy on.
We were then unlucky not to score from a lovely pass upfield from Daniel Scholes to Connor Sugden who took a shot on goal which just skimmed the post.
De la Salle were back on the attack again and a save by Niall Barnes left him out of goal when De la Salle attacked again and it took some good team work by Lee Bagshaw and Reece Hamlett to cover the goal and stop them scoring. Another attack following a free kick was stopped by a clearing header form Callum Molloy.
Luke Pickles off Rafeal Lourenco on.
Thomas Rooney on, Lee Bagshaw off
Final score 6-2.
In the post match talk Paul Wright said that we knew we had a tough match as they were top of the league and that for most of the game we held our won. The pitch was a bit big for us and midfield was off position at bit. All five defenders were put under the most pressure. The whole team did well but the back five worked really hard – Lee, Jacob, Callum particularly had an excellent performance, Thomas, Reece and Rafa – even Mitchell. Man of the match today went to Lee Bagshaw and Niall Barnes.