A fantastic performance from the Hereford FC Academy U12s saw them progress to the final of the Junior Premier League Cup Final, here’s a match report from U12 coach Ben Archer.
Saturday morning saw Hereford FC U12’s welcome North Somerset to Central Park for the Junior Premier League Cup semi final.
The game began with North Somerset on top and dominating possession showing some neat passing from defence through their middle three. The first major chance to score came after 8 minutes of the game when Somerset created some space after shrugging off the challenge of a defender, however the powerful shot hit the post, keeping the game at 0-0.
Hereford tried to force their way into the game but weren’t able to sustain any major pressure, their only chance in the first 15 minutes coming from a corner which ended up with a shot off target. Somerset were able to carve the better chances early on with Sam in the Hereford goal able to deal the efforts on target after a few other shots went wide.
20 minutes into the game and Hereford adapted to the threat of the opposition and were able to settle into the contest seeing more possession in the oppositions half. With Hereford looking to press high up the pitch North Somerset lost possession just outside their penalty box thanks to the high work rate of Olly and after winning the ball Hereford were awarded a free kick which was wonderfully finished into the bottom corner by Charlie to make it 1-0.
Hereford saw out the half and continued to improve their performances in the second period with an excellent work rate and a disciplined performance by the whole team. The Hereford players stepped up to the challenge and were able to keep the impressive midfield of North Somerset quieter, while pushing on to create a number of other chances on goal before finally closing out the game with goal number two.
It was Man of the match Cameron winning the ball in the middle third of the pitch and passing forward to allow the determined Zach to break away 1 on 1 with the opposition defender where he was taken down to earn a free kick. The goalkeeper made a brilliant first save direct from the kick and reacted quickly to the second shot however he could only parry the ball meaning Hereford’s Jacob followed up for a tap in and confirmed their deserved victory moving them into the final.
It was an entertaining game of football, which created a few nerves with what was on stake. North Somerset were a difficult opposition and really challenged our boys, but once again I can do nothing but praise their efforts and skills. These players did everything that was asked and they managed the game really well in the second half adapting to the pressures thrown at them. They deserve success and hopefully the future is bright.
Hereford FC will play AFC Bournemouth in the Junior Premier League Cup final on May 19th.