Whitstable Town Under 18s 1 Sheppey United Under 18s 2

Kent Youth League Under 18 South

Sunday 7th February 2016

The u18s suffered a disappointing defeat today at the hands of Sheppey United.

Town flew out the blocks and made the break through after 59 seconds. From kick off, the Oysters immediately looked to set the tempo they wanted to play and ran at the Sheppey defence. After a couple of passes and a couple of interceptions the ball broke to Liam Minter, who played in Josh Howland who slotted past the keeper in the bottom corner. Bizarrely, scoring so early in the game seemed to have a negative effect on the team. The feeling that the game was going to be easy from then on could not have been more wrong as Sheppey worked hard to impose themselves on the game. Sheppey began to win more tackles, pass the ball better, run harder and ultimately got what they deserved by equalising.

The game continued in a scrappy manner throughout the second half, with no real football being played by either side, although Sheppey looked the more likely to grab a winner as the game wore on. Town did however have a 10 minute spell towards the end of the game where they started to look like threatening the Sheppey goal, and with both teams going for the win it could have gone either way. It was Sheppey who struck the killer blow on 88 minutes after some poor decision making from Town left a three versus one situation at the back. Sheppey held out the last seconds for the win, and whilst it was a tight game probably deserved the three points in the end.

This was a typical example of one side taking the basic principles of the game and executing them better than their opposition to win a tight game. A lesson learnt by the young Oyster boys.

Team: Birch, Kupperblatt, Phelps, Davies, Fitt, Webb, Foulger, Bale ©, Howland, Bartlett, Minter. Subs: Allen, Peppiat, Alshamri, Black