24 Oct 2015
Lisbon Day 2

U15 Match Report by Alex Bibbs:

We had our first game against Benfica Soccer Schools. The game was on a nippy Astro turf with no referees. The first 20 minutes we were under pressure and didn't get into the game until O'Callaghan scored his first of the game with a tap in off the keeper. From this point on we started to dominate the game. Then Scott scored a screamer only to be disallowed for an earlier foul. Next Procter scored a quality goal into the bottom corner. The half ended 2-0 with Forest in control. Soon after half time O'Callaghan scored his second to make it 3-0 with another rebound. Then Khelifi scored to make it 4-0 with a good pass from Hearne. Proctor then scored again to make it 5-0 after a superb pass from Khelifi. O'Callaghan rounded off the game with his hatrick to make the score 6-0. This was a good performance from us in our first game in Portugal. However we look to our next game and hope for more of a challenge then our first one.

U13 Match Report

For our first game we played host to Benfica soccer school, it was a 30 minute journey to the facility, the same one Benfica's 2nd team plays at. Upon entering we saw two U9 sides that clearly showed that they had a bright future playing very tactically and we knew our opponents would be simillar. And after watching the U15's we began. After having played them for 5 minutes or so, we soon realised that they were a side that are much different to the ones we play in England. Their technical ability and tactical minds meant it would be a hard game to win. But after a long half with many chances at each end we took the lead 1-0 with a goal from Alex Back. And going into the second half we had much more confidence. As positions started to change we managed to win a penalty, calmly finished by Sam Miller. And although we conceded an unlucky goal, we managed to stay calm and it lead to a well created team goal finished by Joe Hamley to ensure a 3-1 victory. And overall it was a very good game, where we learnt a lot and experienced a different culture of football. Special mentions to Henry S and Sikiru for a rock solid defence, Our wide men: Tom and Viktor and Noah Hebbs our captain (and the birthday boy!)