Midland FLoodlit Youth League Eastern Division
Phillips 66 Community Stadium
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Young Brakes stay unbeaten with 6 wins from 6 games and put in a storming second half performance at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium at home to Highgate United to stay joint top with Sutton Coldfield, both sides having identical goal difference records.
On a calm but cold night with a heavy dew and fog descending the Brakes U18 s returned to league action with the visit of near neighbours Highgate United. It was a lively start with Brakes kicking toward the Harbury Lane End playing quick passes out of midfield to the pacey front runners Winiarski and Swiercz.
Highgate playing in all red were countering to good effect with the excellent number 3 James Coleman running out of defence and playing some accurate passes wide to stretch the Brakes defence. In the 11 th minute only some solid defensive work blocked out a good effort following a free kick after the Highgate winger Loatham was brought down on the edge of the box.
On 12 minutes yet another accurate ball from Coleman found Shay Doyle wide on the left who neatly placed the ball past Brakes Keeper Kollie to make it 1-0 Highgate United. Brakes stuck to their game plan with balls from midfield for the front pairing to chase and after several attempts at goal Brakes were rewarded in the 18th minute with a well worked goal as Jack Winiarski headed a long ball across goal for Adam Peepal to finish at the far post..1-1.
On 21 minutes Winiarski latched onto a through ball to outpace the full back and lay on a super pass for Patryck Swiercz, whose neat chip was well taken under the bar by the Highgate keeper. Brakes keeper Patrick Kollie was called into action and unchariteristically mishandled a cross but recovered to make a reaction save from the rebound. He then produced an excellent punched clearance whilst under pressure from another cross.
The lively Winiarski's pace took him past his marker and cleverly attempted to chip the keeper who made a fingertip save. And from the resultant corner the Brakes number nine was a whisker away with a header which skimmed the bar. Highgate's 9 was denied at the other end by yet more good work by Kollie first saving at the near post and then confidently holding a cross from the resultant corner. Half Time 1-1
Brakes were out early for the second half and were doing some drills by the dugouts as the officials and Highgate came out for the restart.Brakes bolstered up their midfield with the arrival of Nathan Dodd. Swiercz made a bursting run to go close with a rasping shot, whilst at the other end "Gates" Dyson turned his defender and unleashed a shot from the edge of the box which slammed against the post.
A mazy run by Dodd culminated in a fierce shot that drew a fine save from Burnett in the "gate" goal. Moments later a free kick from 30 yards out was beautifully driven high into the penalty area by William Evans and eluded everyone as it flew high into the top corner of the North Bank net. A Ronaldinho esque goal. 2-1 to Leamington.
On 66 minutes yet another devestating solo run by Swiercz produced a deadly finish to bury the ball hard and low into the net. 3-1 Brakes.
Highgate rallied and on 70 minutes Jack Cole played a super ball into the Leamington box only for Kollie to bravely save at the feet of Doyle. Brakes Dodd fired in a fierce shot which skimmed the bar from 18 yards and a minute later Winarski fired in an identical effort as the Highgate defence began to tire under the relentless pace of the Brakes front runners.
On 80 minutes Jack Winiarski was rewarded for his excellent contribution on the night to wrap it up at 4-1 with a header from a cross under the bar.The Brakes keeper rounded off another top performance with a delightful cameo when calling for the ball,came out of his box, missed the clearance but recovered with a super tackle to close down the danger. The Referee Joe Clarke played 3 minutes of added time before blowing the whistle to end a lively and entertaining evening in this Midland Floodlit Youth League Eastern Division encounter.