Match Report
Moulsford Preparatory School 1st XI vs  Dragon School
On: Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024
Venue: at Home

Game Ends In Defeat, But Plenty Of Positive Learning Opportunities To Be Taken.

Today's match was a tough pill to swallow for us at Moulsford as we fell 7-3 to a strong Dragon side. Despite the disappointing result, there were valuable lessons learned and plenty of positives to take away from the encounter.

Heading into our first home game, we were already facing adversity with our Man of the Match vs. Caldicott in Inglis was sidelined due to illness. The team showed immense character, battling through coughs and sore throats to put in a commendable effort on the field.

Opting for a new 3-5-2 formation, we encountered some initial challenges in maintaining our shape, particularly evident in our struggles to defend set pieces. Dragon capitalised on this weakness, netting three goals from corners, which ultimately proved decisive in the outcome of the match.

However, there were bright moments for us amidst the adversity. Captain Hill displayed leadership and determination, seizing an opportunity to equalise with a clinical finish after capitalising on a loose ball. Hill thought he had scored before the half time whistle as his long ranger effort cannoned off the underside of the bar. Memories of Frank Lampard vs. Germany in 2010 spring to mind when watching it back on the Veo!

As the game progressed into the second half, we continued to create chances but were unfortunate in our finishing. Dragon's resilient defence, highlighted by two crucial goal-line clearances, denied us the opportunity to claw our way back into the game. Monahan's clever movement led to an own goal, keeping us in contention from a corner early in the second half.

Despite our best efforts, Dragon showcased their quality with well-worked goals and impressive long-range strikes, highlighting their prowess both offensively and defensively. Their unbeaten record since Under 9s speaks volumes about their calibre as a team.

Looking ahead, I'm eager for the opportunity to face Dragon again later in the term. There's a belief within our squad that we can compete and potentially secure a positive result against them if we were to pay again..

In terms of individual performances, Captain Hill rightfully earned Man of the Match honours for his influential display and goal-scoring contribution. Special mentions go to Monahan, Sedgwick, Taylor, and Harrison for their disciplined performances and valuable contributions throughout the match.

Overall, while the scoreline may not reflect it, there are certainly positives to take from today's game. It's a learning experience for us as a team, and I'm confident that we'll continue to grow and improve as the season progresses.