YAL Supreme Division
Bradford United 2-2 Gildersome Spurs
1st v 2nd today was we hosted Gildersome Spurs. Lads knew we were in for a game which showed from the start. High tempo, every 50-50 ball contested with heart and desire from both teams.
But it was Bradford United who took the lead. Umar converting from the spot. Truly deserved as we came close to breaking the deadlock on 2/3 occasions before this only to be denied by some brilliant saves. A few moments later Buba went on a mazy run from defence somewhat confused why he’s been able to drive with the ball 50-60 yards unchallenged unleashed a venomous strike which left the keeper with no chance. 2-0.
Gildersomes frantic and ferocious pace undone with even bigger heart and work rate from our lads seeing us out for a 2-0 lead at HT. Second half started like the first. Very high tempo yet controlled from our side which on another day would have seen us go 3-0 up.
Credit to Gildersome who kept going where they got own back from a free kick. A soft one from our side. However the game changed when our CB had a moment of madness berating the referee over a 50/50 seeing him see a red card. From there we were under the cosh yet saw it out until the last minute where a long throw trickled in. Heartbreak. Hard one to take but massively proud of all the lads.
Umar Ali Zahoor ⚽️
Bubacary Conteh ⚽️
Bubacary Conteh 🌟
Shire Academics Res 1-2 Bradford United U23s
A few changes made to the line up from last game as we looked to get back to winning ways. Ray, maheen and zain into the starting 11.
We started off well with the right desire and hunger. Totally dominated the first 30 minutes of the game. As we kept pushing for the lead, our first goal came from a delightful ball from MUAWIYAH from the right hand side with GREENY jumping highest to head home. The next 5 minutes we looked confident and stepped it up with us hitting the post and bar from the edge of the box. We always knew they would be a threat from set pieces and they proved to be on the 40th minute with us not dealing with a corner. Shire academies continued with the long ball tactic but we stood strong to take it to half time 1-1.
Started the second half very well and started combining well from back to front. We created further half chances but their keeper saved well at the front post. 65th minute, set Piece to us from the right, MUAWIYAH played another fantastic in swinger and Greeny headed home again. 2-1
After taking the lead we continued playing well for the next 10 minutes. The last 10 minutes they threw everything at us but we showed heart to keep the lead. We had 3/4 opportunities to hit them on the break but we weren’t able to play the right final ball.
Ryan Greenwood ⚽️⚽️
Ryan Greenwood 🌟
Mount St Mary’s 3-2 Bradford United 21s
The lads went into the game knowing the opponents were a few divisions higher and last years county cup runners up however that didn’t bother the lads one bit. The lads were superb from the start in their build up play and battle on the pitch. 30 minutes in a mistake lead to the home side taking the lead 1-0 which we didn’t deserve at all. It was time for courage and character and the lads had shown that throughout the game. HT 1-0
The second half the game plan was simple to keep doing what we are doing and be smarter in our approach offensively. This was executed when Sulaiq latched onto a loose ball to put us level in the game 1-1. We didn’t stop there we kept battling and matching the home side in the game only for sulaiq to put Adil through who rounded the keeper and slotted home. 2-1. It could have been 3-1 and game over but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Two mistakes in the last 7 minutes left the lads wounded. FT 3-2