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U13s - Match Report

Rovers 'v' Macc Boys

(Mark Arneil 19/02/2019)

13    Congleton Rovers JFC U13s
0    Macclesfield Junior Football Club Boys U13S

(Match Date: Sunday 17th February 2019)
Rovers entertained Macclesfield Boys in their final league game of the season, knowing that a win would guarantee them second place in the top division. After their excellent Cheshire cup run unluckily ended in a quarter final penalty shootout defeat, Rovers have responded superbly in the league with 3 wins from 3 and started the game brightly and full of confidence.
Hopkins released Riley who crossed for Negus, only to be denied by the Macc keeper, who was excellent in the previous clash in November. Riley soon responded quickest to his own through ball but shot narrowly wide. It only seemed a matter of time before the breakthrough. Statham released Negus who crossed and the ever lively Reardon was on hand to finish at the back post.
Rovers looked a constant threat and Wedgbury soon hit the post and was then denied by a goal line clearance after a superb Riley run. Statham won two challenges and played in Riley through the middle who ran through and coolly slotted home the second. Minutes later the excellent Moreno played a tremendous through ball to Riley down the left who burst into the box and curled his shot into the far corner to make it 3-0 after only 13 minutes. Rovers were in total control.
Hopkins and Johnston were dominant at the back and have formed an excellent partnership as the season has gone on. Behind them Sharpe had little to do but was alert off his line when needed and dealt comfortably with the odd long range effort.
Rovers continued to create and miss chances, with the away keeper also keeping the score down at times. Wedgbury found the bar with one chance but soon turned creator to allow Negus to slot home the fourth. Riley soon got another hat-trick to his name, adding the fifth with a trademark brilliant finish. Barely a minute later Negus got his second, a fantastic strike from distance after good work from Riley and Wedgbury. 6-0 after 24 minutes.
Macc had no answer to a dominant home side. J.Evans won everything in midfield and the team were playing some super football- great to watch. From a Negus corner, Riley quickly adjusted and produced a stunning overhead kick. The contact was as clean as you will see and the ball deflected into the net to make it seven and a fourth for Riley.
Wedgbury wasn’t to be denied for long, rifling home the eighth. There was still time for further chances and Statham-always looking to create, released Negus who crossed for Riley to flick home his fifth, via cheeky back heel. A nice piece of skill to round off the first half, a superb team effort.
Simpson, Walton and Edwards replaced Moreno, Negus and Reardon at the break and all quickly fitted in. To their credit Macc tried to keep going and managed to venture into the rovers half but the home back line was just too strong. Rovers had clearly learned from the away fixture at Macc, where they conceded a few early goals after the break after being 7-0 up. There was to be no repeat and the dominance continued. Great work from Walton gave the marauding Braisby a chance from the edge of the box and he superbly lifted the ball over the keeper to make it 10. Wedgbury soon danced his way into the box and his magical feet allowed him to beat the Macc defence and finish to make it 11-0.
The onslaught continued and Wedgbury-always a threat and involved since switching to through the middle-completed his hat-trick after more good work from Riley. Edwards soon got in on the act when he buried the ball into the net to make it 13-0.
There was still twenty minutes to go and the only thing that could stop Rovers would be the final whistle, which actually came sooner than expected. It was a brilliant attacking team performance to complete their league campaign. Rovers are the leagues top scorers and it is easy to see why with the football they play. They have continued to learn and progress while thoroughly enjoying their football, which is hugely helped by the excellent camaraderie the boys have.
A great performance today in what could have been a lot more than 13-0. They should be very proud of second place in their first season in division one.

Roy of the Rovers - Jack Riley