Match Report
Moulsford Preparatory School Boys-U9B vs  Dragon School
On: Tuesday, 06 Feb 2024
Venue: Away

Moulsford’s experience in the Dragon’s Den is a positive learning curve!

In a closely contested match down at Bardwell Road, Moulsford Prep's U9B team suffered a 3-1 defeat against Dragon U9B. Despite a valiant effort from our boys, it was the Dragons who emerged victorious, showcasing their clinical finishing prowess.

The game started with Moulsford Prep displaying promising attacking football, building on the strategies we've been refining over the past two weeks. Our boys executed well, exploring overloads and utilising wing play to create opportunities. Carter showcased exceptional defensive skills, while Houghton efficiently managed the defensive line, distributing the ball with precision to our wide areas.

Hannigan and Warren provided dynamic width, constantly moving the ball and finding space to exploit. Our attacking line, led by Houlihan-Smith, displayed remarkable pace and determination. His goal in the 9th minute exemplified our early dominance, with Morris initiating the play from the goal kick, Carter finding Warren on the left wing, who then cleverly set up Houlihan-Smith to smash past the keeper.

Throughout the first half, Moulsford Prep maintained relentless pressure, amassing around 14 attempts on goal compared to Dragons' mere 3. However, despite our dominance in possession and chances created, we faltered in front of goal, lacking the clinical edge needed to capitalise on our opportunities.

As the second half commenced, our determination to score intensified. Despite our continued offensive onslaught, Dragons' goalkeeper proved to be formidable, pulling off dramatic saves reminiscent of the previous week's heroics by Morris. Despite our best efforts, luck was not on our side, and Dragons capitalised on their limited opportunities, punishing us with three well-taken goals.

Although the result didn't go our way, I cannot fault the effort and commitment displayed by our boys. We implemented the tactics we've been tirelessly working on in training, moving the ball fluidly and creating space off the ball. While the outcome may not reflect our dominance on the field, the beauty of football lies in its unpredictability.

I extend my gratitude to all the supporters who travelled to cheer our boys on and commend the players for their wonderful effort throughout this half of the term. While today may not have been our day, I am confident that with continued dedication and hard work, victories will soon come our way. Onwards and upwards boys!

Squad - Carter, Warren, Morris, Hannigan, Houlihan-Smith and Houghton

Mr Chaffey