Today’s match against Wales Supporters XI was a very exciting affair. Well done to everyone who found the venue and for playing and standing around in the cold. We may have lost 11-1 but our spirits are not dampened. We are very proud of our team and you look fantastic in in the UiD kit.
An excellent fun day out – THANK YOU
A word from Martin the coach.
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Thanks to all who helped make this possible. To the UID volunteers who helped with transport, to our many supporters who came to watch on a cold windy day. Special thanks to Exotica Foods (St.Helens rd) for their kind donation of our half time oranges. Thanks to all our players who kept going throughout the game.
Sadly plans were changed by late arrivals and a couple of players who did not even make it to the ground. UID were unable to field their strongest team. Many of the problems in the first half were caused by the lack of organisation due to players in unfamiliar roles. Whilst some individual skills stood out, far too often the Wales XI found themselves with time and space. Their shooting was first class and they scored some great long range goals. Chances were missed for UID which might have seen a closer scoreline had calmness prevailed at the right moment. A little more power and a little more accuracy was needed up front. UID did look dangerous when they could move the ball in attacking areas but shots were well covered by the Wales XI defence.
A 0 – 5 half time scoreline saw some changes of personnel for UID with much of the midfield changed.
The second half saw improvement from UID as they enjoyed more possession. The Wales supporters XI continued to give a lesson in finishing as they continued to add to their goal tally. Dimbar finally managed to score for UID and it signalled a period when the team spent longer on the ball as their opponents tired. For all their pressure it was not to be as the Wales XI defense drew tighter and worked hard to close down. Some good passing combinations particularly down the left for UID showed signs that the team had stabilised but all too late. It must however be noted that the players kept going til the very end and were complimented on their character by the triumphant Wales supportes XI. The final stages showed what might have been if the right players had been available as the majority of possession was with UID. A defeat from which lessons must be taken.
Finally thanks to our supporters who came along to cheer our team. It was great to see so many of you there. We will do better in the next one.