All Square Against Vitesse
By Cameron Tilley
GTFC U18's 0 - 0 Vitesse Arnhem U17's
Today, the Young Mariners faced Vitesse Arnhem, one of the oldest Dutch football clubs. Nicknamed ‘the Hollywood on the Rhine’, Vitesse have one of the highest rated academies in the Netherlands and were sure to be a tough test for the Town Youngsters.The game was played in three periods.
The Young Mariners were off to a quick start against Vitesse Arnhem, challenging with a high press breaking down Vitesse’s style of play. A couple of half chances stemmed from the Young Mariners’ intensity, but nothing came of them. After a good diagonal ball from Mattie Pollock, Ollie Saunders gained possession on the left hand side and won the Young Mariners a free kick. It was a well worked routine from Kyle Richardson and Brandon Buckley, eventually producing a well hit strike, but the Vitesse goalkeeper denied the goal with a low save. Town kept pressing, leading to another close chance, courtesy of Joe Starbuck, who managed to force a two on one situation along with Rumarn Burrell. The chance eventually led to a goal kick, though, and a missed opportunity for the Young Mariners.
End of First Period: Vitesse Arnhem Under 17’s 0 – 0 GTFC U18’s
As the second period began, the Young Mariners picked up where they had left off, with a good intensity to the game. The Vitesse Goalkeeper prevented Town from scoring, yet again, following Kyle Richardson’s sweeping counter attack which led to a mean strike from Conley Poynter. More Town dominance followed when Tom Jamieson played a neat ball into Rumarn Burrell who pulled the ball back to Joe Starbuck who struck the ball low and hard, only to be denied again by the Vitesse keeper.
As time went on, Town’s chances increased, with a pin point through ball from Joe Starbuck leading to Jock Curran being one on one with the goalkeeper, only to have his shot tipped over the bar. Soon after, Vitesse came forward and managed to get a shot away, forcing Ollie Battersby to produce a good save down to his right, parrying it away.
End of Second Period: Vitesse Arnhem Under 17’s 0 – 0 GTFC U18’s
Several substitutions were made at the start of the third period, with Lewis Derrick on for Kyle Richardson , Brandon McPherson on for Ollie Saunders , Cameron Painter on for Brandon Buckley, Lennon Stead on for Mattie Pollock and Reese Jahoo on for Rumarn Burrell. As the third and final quarter began Reese Jahoo nearly caught the Vitesse goalkeeper in possession, but the goalkeeper luckily managed to regain possession of the ball. Soon after, Cameron Painter gained possession of the ball on the edge of the Vitesse 18 yard box and managed to get away a shot, which was blocked, and the ball eventually fell to Brandon McPherson inside the 18 yard box, he let off a shot, but hit the post.
Vitesse eventually won a throw-in in Town’s half, and played the ball into the 18 yard box. Tom Jamieson’s challenge inside the box led to a penalty being awarded to Vitesse. As the Vitesse striker stepped up and hit it, Ollie Battersby made a spectacular save from the penalty, keeping the score at 0-0. Town tried to press following the penalty, but the attack came to nothing, and not long after, the final third was over.
Full Time: Vitesse Arnhem Under 17’s 0 – 0 GTFC U18’s
1. O Battersby
2. T Jamieson
3. O Saunders
4. J Curran
5. M Pollock
6. E Powles
7. J Starbuck
8. K Richardson
9. R Burrell
10. B Buckley
11. C Poynter
12. L Derrick
14. C Painter
15. D Owoeye
16. R Jahoo
17. L Stead
18. B McPherson
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Article Co-Written with Joey Hope and Hugo Banks