Match Report
Shrewsbury International School, Riverside Boys-U13 Gold vs  Harrow Football Youth Cup
On: Saturday, 14 Nov 2020
Venue: Away

SHB 2-0 ICS - Goals: Kiyan, JJ

SHB 0-0 Patana

SHB 1-0 St Andrews - Goal: Kiyan

SHB 1-0 Harrow - Goal: Poon-Poon

SHB 1-0 Bangkok Prep - Goal: Poom

Final: SHB 2-0 Bangkok Prep - Goals: Poom, JJ

Overall, an excellent tournament and finally some gold medals for Shrewsbury's perennial 2nd place finishers. Reverting to a somewhat new 1-2-3-1 formation, the Shrewsbury boys have adapted well and shown their versatility with lots of players being asked to play in at least 2 different positions. Pote was fantastic in goal throughout, making some excellent saves, quick off his line to repel any potential goal threat and also very capable with the ball at his feet. This allowed us to create a platform to play out from the back via our two CB's. Poon-Poon dominated the RCB position and (much like his older brother), defends on the front foot, reading the game very well and making great interceptions. He is also very quick to recover and is easily capable to sweep up any ball that are played in behind out back line. Nile and Kyrie, alternated down the left-hand side in LCB and LW positions, both showing excellent technical ability on the ball and work rate off it when we lost possession. JJ impressed with and without the ball, making great recovery runs to help his teammates out and linking up play really well all over the pitch. He also scored the crucial 2nd goal in the final against Bangkok Prep. Kiyan was fantastic throughout the tournament, covering a lot of ground in the solitary CM position, making important interceptions to break up play and receiving it in tight areas when we tried to play through the thirds. His goal against St. Andrews was pure class. Quickly shifting the ball from his right to his left before unleashing an incredible shot into the top corner. Poom is improving with every match as he begins to understand the role of a no.9. So strong and quick he causes defenders massive problems. He is beginning to recognise when to run in behind to stretch defences and when to drop in to receive on the half-turn and link play. Shrewsbury's press was intelligent, well-timed and aggressive. Poom would often show opposition play down one side, where the closest winger, central midfielder and CB could then close off the space and win the ball back in the opposition half. Despite its energy-sapping nature, our counter-press was also fantastic. In the first few seconds after losing the ball, Shrewsbury would hunt in packs with such intensity that opposition players had no time to get their heads up to look for a pass and we could steal the ball and maintain our attacks, often high up the pitch. It was this relentless pressure that inevitably was too much for teams to handle.

Player of the tournament was Pote for 6 clean sheets in 6 games - great work.

Next up is a friendly against ICS away on the 19th November.