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Harborough Rowdies v Oadby Owls Eagles - 25th March 2012 (Group game)

The Eagles finished the season with a high tempo, high quality excursion at Market Harborough Town. After a sluggish start the Eagles started to make in-roads down the right as Harry tormented the Rowdies defenders. Myles and Oliver G had efforts charged down as Oadby pressed forward. At the back Oliver D and Austin snuffed out the Harborough attacks as they were restricted to long range pot shots. As the half drew to a conclusion Oliver G and Harry exchanged passes down the right. Harry then sliced through their midfield and drew both defenders before slipping the ball through to Myles. The in-form striker caressed the ball first time into the bottom right hand corner and the Eagles tails were up. The Rowdies were relieved to hear the half time whistle and needed to regroup.



Into the second half and the game was evenly balanced. Austin shaved the post with a long range free-kick. Luke pulled off a couple of superb saves including one point blank at the feet of the Rowdies striker. Ethan was in combative mood as he put in some trademark crunching challenges. His partner at the back, Austin, was fired up and battered into the Rowdies. Max and Oliver J provided the support from midfield but could not carve out a clear chance for Finlay now installed up front.

Shortly after an altercation between Austin and a Rowdie forward, Market Harborough broke through. Luke palmed a shot onto the post and Harborough got to the loose ball first. That was harsh on the eagles who had competed toe to toe with the high flying Rowdies.



With seconds left on the clock the eagles controversially had a bizarre own goal ruled out. Taking a throw in from the left, Austin launched the ball goal-wards, the ball bounced once into the goal as their keeper appeared to finger-tip the ball as it got to the line. In the absence of video replay technology, the referee (dressed amusingly as ‘Where’s Wally’) consulted the coaches and concluded that the throw should be taken again. At the end of the game we all reflected on how all of the boys had put in a magnificent effort, resulting in Assistant Manager Mike Jackson awarding Player of the Day to the whole team. 

Player of the Day: The whole team

Goals Scorers: Myles

Oadby Owls Eagle v Lutterworth Athletic Storm - 11th March 2012 (Group game)

In a week when Lionel Messi graced the Champions league with a record breaking five goal haul, Myles put away four crackers of his own to earn the Player of the day accolade. The contrast in conditions could not have been more vast from last week. The near Arctic swamp of last week was replaced by a Mediterranean feel, as the assembled spectators were able to swap their North Pole Coats for shirt sleeves.

The Eagles were slow to get going as Lutterworth pressed forward and applied all of the early pressure. Luke was resolute between the posts and Austin and Oliver D stood firm in front of him. Austin made the eagles in roads working with Oliver J down the Oadby left. This allowed Oadby to earn a succession of corners. From one such corner the Eagles opened the scoring. Austin’s perfect delivery found Myles right foot to volley first time from inside the area. The ball span off a Lutterworth boot and in off their helpless ‘keeper into the bottom right hand corner.

The Lutterworth response was immediate; within a couple of minutes a long clearance by their goalie looped over the Owls defence and left Luke outnumbered and unable to prevent their equaliser. The Owls were showed they too could have fast answer to conceding a goal. This time it was Max working down the Oadby right, feeding off an Oliver G pass he skilfully cut inside his defender and sent in a fizzing low cross. The ball rebounded to Myles feet, and he had no hesitation in planting the ball into the gaping net, to re-establish the Eagles advantage. The Eagles were able to take this lead into the halftime break.

Assistant Manager Michael Jackson was pleased with his troops first half performance, but was forced into subbing Andrew into goal, as Luke was unable to continue between the sticks. Further fresh legs and a pep talk sent the Eagles out with confidence, the slope and the wind at their backs. Harry immediately got to work down the right wing as he skipped past the Lutterworth defenders at will. He sent over some inviting through balls and crosses, but the Eagles could not quite add to their lead. However we did not have to wait too long for the next goal. Ethan produced one of his trademark crunching challenges to release Oliver G down the centre of the pitch. Oliver’s strong run saw him power past three Lutterworth defenders before placing a low shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net. The eagles were flying, and at the other end Andrew, the make-shift goalkeeper, had only seen one shot fly well wide of his goal.

The Eagles piled on the pressure as wave after wave of attacks bore down on their goal. Myles completed his hat-trick with a determined and dominant run through the heart of the Lutterworth rear-guard. He finished it off in some style as he blasted his shot into the top right-hand corner of the net. The now rampant Eagles were barely out of the Storm half, Harry hit the bar and Myles pinged the post as they searched for another goal. Myles was able to complete the scoring with the final kick of the game. Max was once again at the heart of things. His bustling run down the left produced a throw in just inside the Athletic half. Sensing the opportunity he took the throw quickly to Myles whose determination saw the ball smuggled over the line.

Player of the Day: Myles

Goals Scorers: Myles (4) and Oliver G

Oadby Owls Eagles v Dunton & Broughton – 4th March 2012 (Group game)

In a bitterly cold downpour that threatened to relent but never did the Eagles put on a monumental display of grit and determination. The centre of the pitch was almost unplayable by the end of the game, which was sensibly shortened in the conditions. Luke had the unenviable task of being in goal in such torrential conditions, but he stuck to his task all game and performed brilliantly when called into action. At the back in the first half Oliver D and Ethan were solid in defence putting in some crunching tackles and rescuing the ball from the muddy centre of the field. These two made it very difficult for the D&B attackers, again deployed in the “Goal hanging” position, to break through. Ethan was unremitting in his tackles as he bit into the D&B attacks. Oliver D was his calm and assured self but was able to Austin was immense all throughout the game, and dictated play on the left hand wing. His second half double effort from a corner was very unlucky not to see the back of the net. He also swung in a succession of threatening corners on which Myles was unlucky not to knick a goal. Myles put in an awesome effort, he never tired from closing down the D&B defenders. He also broke through the D&B defense numerous times with some thundering runs, which were only held up by the ball getting stuck in the mud. Oliver G battled exceptionally hard in midfield and prevented D&B getting any momentum through midfield.

The boys talisman, and player of the day, was Finlay. He put in a Herculean effort in central midfield as he literally carried the team forward and put in a road block in front of the defence. Time after time he relentlessly knocked his way through the middle and even found time to exhibit some skills despite the impossible conditions. He thoroughly deserved his goal and the Player of the day award, on a day when every boy on the pitch put in a heroic effort. Latching on to a ball on the inside right midway through the first half, Finlay smashed a curling shot that left their goalkeeper no-where near the ball as it flew into the net.

In the second half the Eagles were bolstered by the arrival of fresh, and possibly more importantly dry, substitutes in the shape of Max and Oliver J. Max battled shoulder to shoulder with his team-mates, giving no quarter down his right wing. Oliver J gave D&B no-where to go down the left, as he got stuck into his tackles and was very unlucky to see the ball stabbed away from his toe when he was about the pull the trigger in the D&B box. The boys continued to battle throughout the game, never relenting in their willingness to press for another goal. The Eagles were simply magnificent.

Player of the Day: Finlay

Goal Scorers: Finlay

Rugby Town Pumas v Oadby Owls Eagles – 19th February 2012 (Group game)

After snow had disrupted the fixture list, the Eagles were back into their schedule with a away visit to Rugby. Comically the season nearly got off to a false restart when the referee started the match and needed to blow the game back as Rugby raced towards the Oadby net, where Luke was not. He was putting his gloves on over on the side-line. The same was only narrowly avoided at the start of the second half too.

The Eagles found chances hard to come by in the first half, as they were restricted to long range pot shots. Myles, Oliver G, Austin and Harry all had efforts comfortably saved. When Harry limped off before the end of the half, the Eagles were left with a bare 7 to finish the game off.

Oliver D, Oliver J and Oliver G battled hard in midfield as the balance of the game swung to the Eagles at the start of the second half. Oliver G was able ride the Rugby challenges down the Rugby right to create a couple of good openings but both drifted wide of the post. The Eagles best chance of the game when Oliver D and Oliver G exchanged passes outside the Rugby box. Oliver G evaded some desperate lunges and sent the ball in to the box where Myles and Austin were both stood unmarked from five yards out. Unfortunately Myles’ shot went inches wide of the left hand post, and the chance was gone. Finlay battled well at the back, often out numbered in Rugby attacks. Behind him Luke closed down the advancing strikers as Rugby created a succession of one-on-one opportunities.

Player of the Day: Finlay

Goal Scorers: N/A

Kingsway Rangers v Oadby Owls Eagles – 22nd January 2012 (Group game)

A strong wind blew straight down the bumpy muddy pitch, meaning this was likely to be a game of two halves. However, both teams created chances when playing into the wind despite playing with a ball that more resembled a potato than a football. The Eagles did not adapt well to the combination of these conditions. The Owls were at their business almost immediately. Early pressure down the right resulted in a Rangers goal kick. Myles latched onto the wayward kick and burst down the left. His shot was very well saved by, the impressive again, Kingsway goalkeeper. But Harry was on hand racing in from his wing to pass the ball into the empty net from two yards out. Kingsway’s response was swift as they levelled with two minutes.

The rest of the half was a midfield battle, with both teams getting very physical in the centre third of the pitch and neither team creating a clear cut chance. Oliver J and Oliver G were joined by Finlay as the Owls started to take the wind advantageas the half drew on. The best chances fell to Myles and Austin. Austin had the chance to add a carbon copy goal to Harry’s opener by as he slid in at the far post he was unable to convert with an open goal at his mercy.

  

In the second half, the Owls pressed for a winner with their best opportunities falling to Oliver G and Finlay. Oliver G broke down the centre of the Kingsway defence, but he misfired when hitting the trigger and the ball bobbled wide of the post. Finlay had a similar opportunity, but with options to his left and right, he elected to shoot from range enabling the keeper to save down to his left. Oadby also picked up a number of free-kicks as Kingsway’s challenges more an more often found Oadby legs rather than the ball. Harry’s long range deliver found Oliver D and then Austin, but neither could get a shot on target. At the back Ethan and Austin kept out the Kingsway striker deployed high up the pitch, to latch onto the wind blow through balls.

 

In the final minute a Kingway defender cleared the ball tamely straight down the middle of the pitch. The ball seemed to be powered entirely by the wind as on and on it ran, till eventually the Kingsway striker managed to evade Ethan and Luke to stab it past them. The wind seemed to continue to carry the ball over the line, and into the Owls net.

Player of the Day: Finlay

Goal Scorers: Harry

Oadby Owls Eagles v Aylestone Park – 8th January 2012 (Group game)

The Eagles put in an excellent performance to open 2012. Early in the game Harry and Austin peppered the Aylestone goal with a series of well struck shots from all around the Aylestone box. The closest they came to scoring came when Harry was felled from behind just outside the Aylestone penalty area. Harry picked himself up and curled the free-kick into the top-left hand corner only to see the excellent Aylestone ‘keeper reach back to claw it away from the goal. Aylestone’s first attack into the Oadby half came seven minutes into the game where a throw in from the Oadby right deceived everyone and was stabbed home. Luke’s first touch of the ball was to pick the ball out of his net, completely against the run of play.

 

Oadby were shell-shocked, and took a while to get back into their rhythm. But, back into their stride shots rained in from Austin, Max and Oliver G. Each time their goalkeeper kept the Eagles out. With thirteen minutes on the clock, Aylestone finally got the ball out of their own half, but the ball put their forward clean through on Luke’s goal. A minute before Ethan had cut out a carbon-copy pass, but this time their attacker got the better of him. Luke’s second touch of the game was not enough to palm the ball away from the net as the strong toe-punted finish drifted into the top corner. Aylestone had had two attacks, two shot and two goals.

The Eagles have been here before and did not waiver from their relentless pressure on the Aylestone goal. With so many carefully crafted chances being kept out it was a peanly box scramble that gave the Eagles a goal back. Harry sent a cross over to find Austin coming in from the opposite wing, but the Aylestone defence intercepted it. Austin challenged the defender, allowing Oliver G to pick up the loose ball. Oliver G took two positive touches towards goal before sliding in to finish between two lunging defenders. This gave the Owls more confidence, Harry and Austin were combining well down the left as a series of great crosses were delivered into the Aylestone area, but the owls could not find a finish before half time.

 

The second half started in much the same way as the first. The passing and movement of the Eagles at time was equisite, and too many times to mention the inter-play between the boys was Premiership quality. I will describe only a few at the risk of running out of paper. Towards the beinning of the half Oliver D won a tackle in the Oadby right back position. He played the ball calmly to Oliver G, who surged forward down the right. He played the ball down the right channel to a sprinting Harry crossed first time onto Myles’ head. Myles header was punched away by the goal-keeper, where Austin picked the ball back up on the left hand side of the box he centred the ball to Harry who’s shot struck the outside of the right hand post. A minute later Oliver G again played in Harry down the right his low cross found Myles who’s finish found the exact same part of the post Harry had hit moments earlier.

 

As the Eagles searched for another goal in the last few minutes of the half, Oliver G collected the ball in midfield and played the ball to Myles feet. Myles took a touch and perfectly weighted a pass the a flying Harry down the right. Harry took a couple of touched before flashing the ball over the top right hand corner from eight yards out. Oliver G was unlucky not to add to his tally on the day, as another flowing passing move initiated by the diminutive Oliver D found Harry who played in Oliver G who’s shot was cleared off the line. Harry also had a late free-kick from 25 yards cleared off the line with Myles, Oliver G and Oliver J following up having shots blocked by the desperate defending of Aylestone. I have not mentioned Luke very much in this report, that is because his third touch of the ball came twelve minutes into the second half! Luke did see off a couple of Aylestone attack after that, but the Reds had to resort to packing their box and had no-one at all playing up front. I for one am looking forward to 2012.

Player of the Day: Harry

Goal Scorers: Oliver G

Blaby & Whetstone Rockets v Oadby Owls Eagles – 11th December 2011 (Group game)

These two teams last met on the first game of the season and it was going to be interesting how the teams had progressed over the autumn schedule. On a tight pitch, long grass and a strong wind, the Eagles still persisted with their passing game that has stood them so well this year. Blaby were first to make inroads with a neat passing move of their own, and their eventual hat-trick hero was clean through on Luke only 5 yards out but scuffed his shot wide. Getting into their stride, the Eagles first attack saw the outstanding Oliver D link with Oliver G in midfield, his through ball found Myles in the box, but the ball drifted wide of the post. However, from the resulting goal kick, Oliver G latched onto the loose clearance and rifled a low shot to the keepers’ left. He got down to parry well but Myles quickly latched onto the rebound to slam home before the keeper could react.

 

The game found a pattern of Oadby pressure followed by quick Blaby breaks. Finlay and Andrew were able to mop up the attacks at the halfway line with Oliver D and Austin providing cover on the wings. But a goal against the run of the play pegged Oadby back, as an innocuous cross seamed to beat every defensive foot and found a willing Blaby boot 3 yards out leaving Luke no chance. Oadby’s best work was being done down the right at this stage of the game and it was another Oliver D & Oliver G combination that forced a throw-in down the right. Oliver G’s long throw this time missed every Blaby boot and Austin, coming off the opposite wing, snaffled up the inviting centre with a neat close range finish.

 

Back came Blaby again, and the previously redundant Luke, was called into three great saves in succession, separated by Andrews clearance of a corner off the line. At the other end Oliver G again found Myles who’s shot again drifted just wide, this time of the right hand upright. Again picking up the wayward goal-kick, Oliver G hit a looping long range shot that Myles darted in to reach. But the ball beat Myles and the Blaby keeper to bounce into the far corner, and the eagles had some daylight. The eagles were now bouncing with confidence while Blaby were rocked. The Oliver D to Oliver G combination worked again and Myles was agin on the end of their industry. He lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper but he saw his effort slap against the near post. Pressing forward for another goal before half time, Myles and Austin combined well to force another Oadby corner. Austins curling delivery found Oliver G who smashed the ball into the net from just inside the box. An emphatic twenty minutes.

 

Into the second half, and the Eagles appeared to being resting on their lead, and may have been guilty of trying to over pass the ball. Blaby on the other hand came out fired up like a wounded cat. Player of the day Finlay was forced to head off the line from a corner and Blaby also hit the bar in an impressive spell more reminiscent of how they played at Coombe Park. They were rewarded when a long throw from the Oadby right was finished well from inside the box. Oadby woke up and started to play again, with Oliver G linking up well with Harry up front. This combination found the net when Oliver G picked up another goal kick and played the ball into Harry on the right. Harry beat his man and thumped the ball past the keeper at his near post.

Player of the Day: Finlay

Goal Scorers: Myles, Austin, Oliver G (2) and Harry

Dunton & Broughton v Oadby Owls Eagles – 27th November 2011 (Group game)

The opening move of the match was the best any of us have seen at this age group. Myles and Austin took the kick-off and played the ball back to Finlay. Finlay played it square to Harry, who played a one-two with Oliver D. Harry played the ball up the right wing to the flying Myles who raced down the wing before delivering a perfect cross to the waiting Austin on the penalty spot. Austin’s shot was saved by the legs of their goalkeeper, but would have been team goal of the season had it hit the net. Moments later Finlay picked the ball up in the right of midfield played the ball to Harry, whose shot was pushed wide of the left hand post. From the resulting corner Harry missed the right hand post. But that was to be it for another 10 or so minutes.

 

With the bare minimum of seven fit players and playing into the strong wind, Oadby were pushed back into their own half. D&B had a succession of corners without creating any clear chances. Ethan and Oliver D had to be on their guard as D&B played their centre forward just a few yards in front of Luke, in a ‘playground goal hanger’ position. This left them very short in midfield allowing Oadby to make use of the space left once the ball was won. Oadby suffered from a succession of late challenges, leaving Harry in particular struggling. It was from one such agricultural and late challenge that Oadby eventually got a free-kick awarded just outside the D&B box. Austin’s carefully crafted curling free-kick flew into the D&B goal as the goalkeeper was left rooted to the spot.

 

However, within a minute, D&B’s ‘advanced forward’ won them a throw down the left and they stabbed the resulting throw-in past Luke, who performed brilliantly again. As half-time was called Oadby were now playing with six as Harry was now off with his injury.

 

 

Player of the Day: Myles

Goal Scorers: Austin

Oadby Owls Eagles v Rugby Pumas – 13th November 2011 (Group game)

Playing with the wind and the Coombe Park slope, the Eagles created the early pressure, as the pattern of the first half unfolded. Ethan was needed early to snuff out a Rugby break, but these were few in number compared to the barrage of shots on the Rugby goal. Harry could have had a first half hat-trick, but was denied first by the goalkeeper, then the post and finally having a shot cleared off the line. It was Oliver G who broke the Rugby resistance following up his own parried shot he crashed the ball home low into the bottom left hand corner. Oadby continued to lay siege in the Rugby half. Finlay came closest when his low shot hit the post. But the Rugby breaks pressed further and further in to the Oadby half, and when their right winger crossed for their left winger to tap in, the game was back in the balance.

Oadby pressed forward again down the left, Austin’s long throw bounced through a crowd of players and fell for Finlay just in front of the penalty spot. He took a touch to steady himself and then powered the ball past the already over-worked ‘keeper. Again Rugby came back at the Eagles and again the best work came down their right. In an almost carbon copy of first their goal they looked to have scored again but for a well-timed lunge from Oliver D who deflected the ball onto the post and into the arms of a relieved Luke. Austin, Oliver D and Ethan put in a solid defensive performance by getting their tackles in high up the Eagles half.

With the wind and slope advantage reversed in the second half Oadby faced a stiff task to hang on to their slender lead. The pattern of the game changed as it was now Rugby finding spaces behind Austin and Andrew. Luke came quickly off his line to block a well hit drive from almost point blank range. A minute later he combined with Andrew to keep out a goal mouth scramble in which they were outnumbered 4 to 2. A couple of minutes later a low shot beat everyone only to have a Rugby forward block the ball on the Oadby line! The Eagles eventually started to get themselves back into the game, Max’s run and cross from the right found Harry, arriving from the left, in the box only to be foiled again by the superb Rugby goalie. This time he dived full length to tip the ball around the base of his right hand post. However, this was to be the precursor to the goal of the game. Once again the Eagles pulled off a move worthy of the analysis of Messer’s Linekar and Hansen on a Saturday night.

Collecting the ball from a corner in his own box, Austin dribbled to the edge of the area and played an intelligent pass to Harry almost on the centre circle. Harry evaded the first lunging challenge and laid the ball through for Oliver G. Oliver G accelerated past two Rugby defenders and then curled the ball inside the left hand post, past the advancing goalkeeper. Beautiful.

There was just time for Luke to ‘entertain’ the crowd with a save through his own legs, leaving coach Kevin requesting blood pressure treatments to be made ready. Myles brought the game to a close with a run at full pace down the left wing. Near the corner flag he back heeled a turn and passed to Oliver G, who’s shot was charged down just before the final whistle sounded.

Player of the Day: Max

Goal Scorers: Oliver G (2) and Finlay

Kibworth & Smeeton Juniors v Oadby Owls Eagles – 6th November 2011 (Friendly)

The Eagles filled a spare week in their fixture list with a friendly against local rivals Kibworth & Smeeton Juniors. The early exchanges were even as both teams competed well, especially were classroom rivalries were at stake. But slowly the Eagles started to edge the possession as their superior passing football got into it’s stride. The opening goal came from a weaving run through the Kibworth defence by Oliver G, which he ended with a powerfully guided shot. The Kibworth goalkeeper was called into action several times throughout the remainder of the half. Centre forward Myles doubled the Eagles goal tally following neat work from a corner. Harry took the ball along the by-line and crossed temptingly across the Juniors goal-line. Myles gratefully accepted the invitation passing the ball into the inviting onion bag for his second goal of the season.

In the second half the Eagles started at a vigorous and relentless pace. First Austin, saw a free-kick parried away by the excellent Kibworth goalkeeper. Then, out of nowhere, Finlay let off a rocketing shot from 20 yards that flew into the top of the net. Max and the three Oliver’s D, J and G were controlling midfield by this point, directing the attacks with well crafted passes. Austin, Ethan and Oliver D kept things very tight at the back. Luke was able to palm away the only threatening long range shot of the second half with his usual degree of assurance.

Late on it was Myles turn to sparkle once more. With the ball bouncing around in the area he span like a Catherine Wheel (do you see what I did there, the morning after Guy Forkes night) and hit a precise volley past the stunned Kibworth ‘keeper.

Player of the Day: Oliver D

Goal Scorers: Oliver G and Finlay and Miles (2)

Lutterworth Athletic Storm v Oadby Owls Eagles – 30th October 2011 (Group game)

The Eagles put on another accomplished passing exhibition in a tense game away to Lutterworth. The Eagles scored two well taken goals in the first half through Oliver G and Harry. Enjoying possession of the ball in the opening moments of the game, the Eagles quickly go into their passing game and started to string a number of well constructed attacks together. After five minutes, Harry won a throw in down the Oadby left, which he quickly took picking out Myles. Myles forced the ball from the by-line to the advancing Oliver G on the edge of the area. Oliver took a neat touch to take himself away from the defender and then unleashed a swerving bullet from 15 yards out that whistled past the Lutterworth ’keeper. Playing with revived confidence, Oadby pressed forward and Harry was unlucky to see his fizzing right foot shot ping off the left-hand post. Lutterworth started to respond as they were able to break with Oadby pushed up into their half. A corner from their left hand side was snuffed out by Finlay who played in Oliver G just outside his own box. With a quick look up Oliver G picked a long range pass to the centre circle, where Myles collected the ball and fed the racing Harry down the Oadby left. Harry took a couple of touches before guiding the ball firmly into the bottom right hand corner of the Storm net. The Eagles had turned defence into attack from one corner of the pitch to the other in a matter of 3 passes, it was a breath-taking team goal.

Four minutes later, another foray down the Lutterworth right saw Myles and Harry combine again. This time Myles fed Harry from the left and Harry buried the ball into the same spot as he had found earlier. However the goal was called back as the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line as Myles pulled it back.

Chances in the first half had come thick and fast, with Myles, Oliver G, Finlay, Austin, Harry and Oliver J all having shots at the home side’s goal. Oadby were carving Lutterworth apart at will with neat passing using lateral passes across the pitch before getting the ball into their opponents box. At the back Max and Oliver G ably supported Austin and Finlay in giving Luke a quiet first 20 minutes. Luke was only being called upon to mop up the occasional cross from Lutterworth whose biggest threat was coming from corners.

The second half was more of the same. Ethan introduced himself to the game with a crunching tackle on the halfway line. Oliver D provided industry down the right as the Eagles midfield poured forward in search of another goal. Harry went closest when put clean through by Oliver G, but his attempt to dribble around the goalkeeper was snuffed out by the recovering defenders. All of a sudden Lutterworth had a two-on-one break which resulted in a free-kick being awarded right on the edge of the Eagles box. The free-kick flew into the top left hand corner and the pattern of the game immediately changed. It was now Lutterworth that pressed forward for the first time in the game Luke was called upon several times including a full length parry to prevent the ball from hitting his bottom left-hand corner. In the end the Eagles were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Player of the Day: Harry

Goal Scorers: Oliver G and Harry

Oadby Owls Eagles v Kingsway Rangers – 16th October 2011 (Group game)

The Eagles played some excellent passing football in an even contest with Kingsway Celtic on a crisp autumn morning. The first half display was the best witnessed so far this season. The Eagles strung together some assured passing moves, especially when playing in their opponents half leaving Luke a complete spectator for over 15 minutes of the half. Austin and Harry put together some inviting crosses for Myles, Finlay and Oliver G to latch onto. With the Kingsway goal getting peppered only their impressive goalkeeper kept the scores level at half time. The best move of the game came when Oliver played Harry down the left wing. Harry deceived the defender before lining up a left footed for cross for Austin arriving from the other wing. Austin’s rifled drive pinged over the bar at the end of the move that would have been team goal of the season had it found the net.

After the re-start Kingsway took an early advantage completely against the run of play. A tame corner appeared to dumbfound the entire defence and a Kingsway boot sent the ball bobbling slowly into the bottom right hand corner. The Eagles, as has happened so may times before, came back at Kingway immediately from the kick-off. A short corner paid dividends restoring the rightful order to the score-line. Soon afterwards a similar combination saw the same output with a well taken finish from almost exactly the same spot.

Now it was Kingsway coming back at the Eagles, as they put together some promising breaks and started to put together several opportunities for themselves. Andrew was again in fine form with Oliver and Finlay providing plenty of support. Harry, Myles and Austin all went close before the end of the game. Both teams had put on a creditable display of team-work and battling.

Player of the Day: Harry

Goal Scorers: Finlay and Harry

Aylestone Park v Oadby Owls Eagles – 2nd October 2011 (Group game)

On a scorching hot October day the Eagles ran out narrow losers against a well organised Aylestone team. The first half started with Aylestone piling on the pressure in the first ten minutes earning a succession of corners. However the combined defence and strength of Austin and Andrew in defence ensured the headed attempts on goal were dropping tamely wide from Luke’s goal. In turn when Aylestone did break through Luke made good saves to his left and right with out looking under any pressure. Eventually the midfield of “The Olivers” started to get to grips with their hosts. Harry’s cross nearly found Oliver D before Harry had a volleyed effort of his own sail over the bar from 20 yards out.

All square, and even hotter, at half time the Eagles came more and more into the game. Myles installed up front harried and closed down the Aylestone back-line which earned the Owls some early corners. Myles went close himself twice latching onto the end of Finlay and Oliver D through balls. However, as the Owls pressed forward, they were caught on the break and conceded a goal five minutes into the second half at the end of a neat passing move. Oadby pressed hard for an equaliser as Oliver G, Max and Austin all fired in pot shots at the Aylestone goal without hitting the target. As time ran down Oadby were once again caught on the break against the run of play and Aylestone converted their second goal of the game. This gave the final score-line a harsh feel as Oadby had on the most battled toe to toe with Aylestone whose 100% start to the season now continues into the next week.

After the game the two teams took part in a penalty shoot-out which the Eagles won.

Player of the Day: Myles

Goal Scorers: Myles

GNG Lions v Oadby Owls Eagles – 25th September 2011 (Group game)

On a tight and bumpy pitch, both teams struggled to carve out opportunities in the first half. The Eagles best chances were long range efforts from Cameron and Myles, with neither finding the target. At the other end GNG squandered some good attacks and Luke pulled a full length dive to deny the Lions the opener on the stroke of half time.

The half time pep-talk appeared to do the trick as the Eagles surged through from the kick-off allowing Cameron to slot home from Oliver G’s cross. This settled the nerves and the Owls looked more solid at the back with Austin and Finlay providing a more solid wall to Luke’s goal. When Oliver G’s long range effort was unnecessarily handled in the box the Eagles were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Myles, without a shred of doubt he crashed the penalty to the left of their keeper who was rooted to the spot.

To their credit GNG pressed harder to get a goal back. Once again Luke was needed to claw the ball away from the top corner of his net, this time palming the ball onto the post before calmly collecting the ball on his line. Moments later Myles picked up Luke’s long clearance and played Cameron in but his shot eased wide as their keeper scrambled back between the sticks. As it turned out this miss was just a dress rehearsal for the next goal. Five minutes later, again Myles held up the ball, this time from a Cameron through ball. This time Myles shot past the goalkeeper, but as the ball headed towards the inside of the post, Cameron stole up to tap in from a foot out. Oliver D, Max and Oliver G helped see out the game with some great defensive team battling in midfield. Austin nearly added to the scoreline with another long range free-kick but this time the GNG goalkeeper touched it over the bar.

Player of the Day: Luke

Goal Scorers: Cameron (2) and Myles (pen)

Oadby Owls Eagles v Harborough Town Rowdies – 11th September 2011 (Group game)

With a strong wind blowing up the pitch this was always going to be a game of two halves, however this time it was the team playing into the wind that dominated each half. Harborough started as quickly as Blaby last week with their playmaker, number 7, forcing Luke into an early reaction save and a follow-up that rattled against the post. A couple of minutes later a low well struck shot from the Harborough number 9 gave them a deserved lead. The Eagles response was almost instant as their best move of the game saw Oliver G link with Harry who passed to Myles who in turn picked out Austin. Austin’s low drive pinged the left hand post, and the Rowdies scrambled the ball away. A succession of corners followed with Austin’s deliveries causing mayhem as the ball was pin-balled over the bar and then the next crept just wide of the upright. Austin and Oliver G upped the pressure on the Harborough goal with successive long shots, bringing out saves from the Rowdies ‘keeper. At the other end Andrew, Oliver G and Finlay put in some superb defensive work. When the skilful Rowdies front-line did manage to negotiate a path to go they found Luke in excellent form. Myles was unlucky not to latch onto two through balls late on the half, but it was the Rowdies who hit the net before half time.

The second half started as badly as the first, with Harborough adding a close range tap in the further extend their lead. The Eagles showed tremendous guts and team spirit to just keep going at their opponents. Oliver D battled hard for every ball and was brought down near midfield for an Eagles free-kick. Austin’s centre found Oliver J who just couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch. Spurred on Oliver J this time was the one leading the charge towards the Rowdies net, eventually being crowded out. From the resulting throw in Oliver D was first to react to the bouncing ball and smuggled it home at the near post for his first Eagles league goal. Two minutes later and the deficit was cut to a single goal. Once again Oliver D was tripped in the Rowdies half. Austin stepped to plant a ‘Beckham’-esque curler high into the goal, despite the best efforts of the diving defender to keep it out. Harborough were forced to restore their rested players to the field to defend their now slender advantage. Hit was Harborough who created the better chances as the game closed out as first the post and then a stand-out save from Luke kept them at bay.

The Eagles had shown great heart and put in an excellent team performance in the second half.

Player of the Day: Oliver G

Goal Scorers: Oliver D and Austin

Oadby Owls Eagles v Blaby Rockets - 4th September 2011 (Group Game)

After much preparation over the summer and a shuffle bringing new players to the squad, the Eagles were ready to get the season underway hosting Blaby & Whetstone Rockets. New additions Oliver D and Finlay were in the starting line-up whilst Max was ready and waiting on the bench.

 

 

Blaby got off to a flying start catching the Eagles cold and somewhat shell-shocked. Their talented number 8 twice skipped down the right hand wing cutting in on goal to put away two unstoppable shots inside the first five minutes. The Eagles needed to get to grips with this player, and show some of the strong tackling being put in by their visitors. Captain, and eventual player of the day, Austin showed his team the way closing down the Blaby advances allowing Oadby to explore forwards for the first time in the match. Harry picked up the pieces after Oliver G and Oliver J had scrapped for possession in midfield, and launched a speculative effort from the left hand edge of the area. The makeshift Blaby ‘keeper allowed the ball to squirm through his hands to give the Eagles a chink of light after 15 minutes. However, within a couple of minutes the flying Blaby number 8 had once again progressed down the right, this time delivering a great cross for their number 5 to tap in just before the half.

 

 

Re-grouping at half time the Eagles showed a great deal more determination and fight, however that number 8 again undid the defence with a though ball that their number 2 turned first time past the rapidly on-rushing Luke. A lot of teams would have lost heart at this point and crumbled away. The Eagles did the opposite. Blaby only had one more shot at goal for the rest of the second half whilst the Eagles peppered their visitors. Myles, put through on goal by Austin saw his shot saved by the feet of the ‘keeper. From the resulting corner Austin’s curling centre was nearly turned into his own net by, guess who, the number 8. A couple of corners later and Myles again was unlucky to see his stabbed effort in a goal-mouth scramble ease wide of the left hand post. A minute later Austin fizzed an 18 yarder narrowly over the bar. Myles again shot wide from inside the box and Andrew, up from centre-half, also saw his effort drift wide of the right hand upright. Ethan, Andrew, Max and Finlay all kept the illustrious number 8 and his team-mates well away from the Eagles box, leaving Luke almost a complete spectator for the second half. But the consolation goal their efforts completely deserved did not come. This Group is going to be tough this season.

 

 

Player of the Day: Austin

Goal Scorers: Harry

Fixtures

 

Date

Time

Play Against

Home/Away

04/09/2011 11:30 Blaby & Whetstone Rockets Home
11/09/2011 11:30 Harborough Town Roadies Home
25/09/2011 12:00 GNG Away
02/10/2011 TBA Aylestone Park '94 Away
16/10/2011 11:30 Kingsway Rangers Home
30/10/2011 TBA Lutterworth Athletic Away
13/11/2011 11:30 Rugby Town Pumas Home
27/11/2011 TBA Dunton & Broughton Away
04/12/2011 TBA Blaby & Whetstone Away
18/12/2011 TBA Harborough Town Away
08/01/2012 11:30 Aylestone Park '94 Home
22/01/2012 TBA Kingsway Rangers Away
05/02/2012 11:30 Lutterworth Athletic Storm Home
19/02/2012 TBA Rugby Town Pumas Away
04/03/2012 11:30 Dunton & Broughton Lions Home

Team Notices

Training is now at Beauchamp College between 6pm and 7pm