YAL – Supreme Division
Bradford United 6-0 Alwoodley
What a difference 12 months makes. Same opposition, same pitch, game ended up 2-2. Fast forward today; 6-0 it ended. Truth be told, there was only 1 winner from minute 1. In the end scoreline flattered them and could have been so much more.
Alwoodley credit to them never stopped working all game. Started bravely with a high line & we’re caught out early. Kas played an Alonso-esque ball over the top with Umar making no mistake having only the keeper to beat. More goals should have been added but lacked of composure in the final moment. Crossbar, keeper, defender or just poor finishing. 1-0 HT.
Second half was total domination. Lovely football with the finishing touches. Kas started us off with a mazy run to make it 2, beautiful goal. Umar made it 3 & 4 with some lovely finishes. But we weren’t done just there, the star of the show Akeel Khan who puts a 7-8/10 wherever he is played got 2 goals of his own sprinkling that little bit of stardust on the performance.
The first was like watching Liverpool; one full back to the other. Harris crossing in for Akeel to head in back post. The second not so much but once again, Harris shooting after working a great position but it was Akeel who was most alert tapping in the rebound.
A massive positive was the mood in the camp. Nothing but positivity & encouragement. Worked wonders for us as we’ve possibly had our best performance to date.
YAL – Championship
Bradford United u23s 2- 2 Wortley
After 5 wins on the bounce, the lads were looking to continue the winning streak.
2 changes made to the starting 11. Rooney in for the injured mahine and New signing Naeem came in for his first appearance to replace Micheal.
The game started exactly as we expected. Wortley kicked and threw long at every given opportunity but the lads stood strong and dealt with it. Bradford United tried playing on the floor but proved difficult due to the pitch conditions. There was no real flow to the game which led to a stalemate till the 40th minute. Having a quiet game for his usual standards, Rooney showed his class inside the box going past 2 defenders and slotting home low to the keepers right. 1-0 to Bradford United.
Half time 1-0
Second half started exactly how we expected as Wortley came out of the traps, determined to not let us settle on the ball. After some sloppy play giving 2 set pieces away, Wortley made the second one count with a deep cross to the back post with was headed by their centre half. The opposition made it 2-1 from what looked blatantly offside. Our lads standing still, with arms in the air, waiting for the ref to blow the whistle but it wasn’t to be as Wortley took the lead.
With 20 minutes left, we played some good football passing through the lines, but didn’t make the most of the half chances created.
1 minute to go, we won a freekick at the edge of the box. Rooney steps up shooting low to the keepers right who parried the ball into the path of the oncoming Muj who made no mistake to earn us a well deserved draw. FT 2-2
YAL – Division 4
Bradford United III vs Shire Academics III
A bad patch for the lads recently and they knew what was at stake and what they needed to do to overcome this.
The last set out very well however 5 minutes in gifted shire the lead with an error. 1-0 shire. That didn’t stop the lads from keeping the ball and creating chances which we then executed when Sulaiq put Adil in and he slotted superbly in the bottom corner 1-1.
We then started to dominate the game however another silly error gifted shire yet another scrappy goal. 2-1 Shire. The lead didn’t last long again dominated possession in which Ramzan pulls a great pass back to Adil who again slotted home with ease to make it 2-2.
Skipper wanted to make up for an error and he sure did that with a monster header from a great corner kick from Sahil. HT 3-2.
The second half we were again in control of possession creating many chances. Ramzan superbly brushed aside 2 defenders only to smack the crossbar in what would have been the goal of the game so unlucky.
A fair few chances missed and then shire get a corner and put the header away with nobody marking him. 3-3
Last 15 minutes the lads were eager for another as they kept pushing and pushing but just couldn’t find the back of net.
We then got a bit of luck after it was all going shires way with luck. The ball comes to Sahil on the edge of the box who tries to drive the ball in the box and there was that man Sulaiq poaching like Ruud Van Nistelrooy and give the boys a well deserved lead after such a dominant performance. FT 4-3