Midland Floodlit Youth League Eastern Division
Phillips 66 Community Stadium
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Young Brakes second half goal blitz

Leamington under 18's climbed to the top of the table with a devastating second half performance of 7 goals in an 8-0 win over Coton Green at a windy Phillips 66 Community Stadium.

The rain that had been threatening all day long duly arrived just 10 minutes before kick off, and with the gale force south easterly wind it made conditions less than ideal for a game of football.

Brakes kicked off against the wind kicking towards the Harbury Lane End wearing gold and black with 'Green ' in all red.Neither side was able to create any clear cut chances in the difficult conditions but on 12 minutes Powell in the visitors goal was called upon to make three vital reaction saves in quick succession, firstly an excellent first touch pass let in Patryck Swiercz whose effort was deflected by a good block by the keeper. From the rebound he pulled out another fine save rising from the floor to punch Winiarski's shot clear. A free kick resulted from a foul on the edge of the box from the clearance and the stopper was on hand yet again with a good save at the far post from the goal bound effort.

Minutes later Coton Green should have taken the lead when a long ball was not fully dealt with by Brakes keeper Hopkinson and Alex Nelson fired a first time shot wide from a narrow angle.

Brakes were being repeatedly caught offside as the wind was holding up the high ball in the air as Coton Green pressed high up to the halfway line in the difficult conditions, and on 23 minutes William Hall unleashed a shot from 25 yards which flew just over the crossbar. The Brakes were adapting to the conditions and were getting better results from running with the ball and the visitors' Thomas Clarke put in a timely challenge to thwart the lively Patryck Swiercz who had run 25 yards and dribbled past two defenders as he shaped to shoot.

At the other end Cotons' Daniel Day missed a sitter shooting wide with the goal gaping. On 29 minutes Jack Winiarski produced a little bit of magic when turning his close marker and producing a confident finish to make it 1-0 to Brakes.

A soft shot from Coton Greens' number 9 took a horrible bounce just in front of Hopkinson who recovered well to keep it out. The persistent running and pace of Swiercz was causing problems to the Coten Green defence and he was royally upended in the penalty area as he set to shoot...Incredibly no penalty given, play switched to the other end and Coton Green went close on several occasions as they enjoyed a purple patch, pushing back a nervous looking Brakes defence who conceded needless corners and made wayward clearances under the spell of pressure as the first half came to a close.
Half Time: 1-0 Leamington.

It was 2-0 on 49 minutes as Swiercz was brought down again in the box, centre back Clarke receiving a yellow from Referee Ian Crostan. Swiercz got up to bury the penalty .Brakes were now able to utilise the strong wind to their favour and it was 3-0 on 58 minutes as Lewis Annals latched onto a long ball wide left to beat the fullback and play a perfect square ball for Winiarski to comfortably put away at the near post.

In a Rare Coton Green attack Billet hit a free kick from wide right which evaded everyone in a crowded 6 yard box to skim the far post. Again it was Swiercz whose pace took him past three defenders before he was hacked down in the penalty area, Luke Thomas receiving a yellow for his sins and Swiercz made it 4-0 on 68 from the spot.

Chances were missed at both ends but Winiarski made it 5-0 on 86 minutes with a neat finish at the near post from a cross from the right. Swiercz rounded off a fine performance with a hat trick, finishing off a good move by Adam Peepal to make it 6-0.

On 89 minutes Joe Bridge - Brown rose highest to head in a corner to make it 7-0. Patryck Swiercz was again hacked down after another mazy run had taken him past three defenders, Adam Billet receiving the third yellow of the night from the busy referee. From the free kick Dodd made it 8-0 knocking in through a crowded box, and there was still time for Shay Nicholson to go within a whisker from 35 yards from a free kick that carried on the wind. Full Time: Leamington 8 Coton Green 0.

Keith Hancock

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