Madrid turn up the heat

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Morpeth SC FC U14 1 Morpeth SC Madrid U14 5

WITH both Morpeth sides looking to stake a claim for this league competition and top Morpeth team at this age group, the derby game was evenly balanced.

With a large supporting contingent from both sides in attendance, the game began with Madrid making the early running. FC were put under pressure and the early warnings came when Smith and Barry had efforts saved by Parkin.

Madrid took the lead through some good play by Wilson, who laid off Barry and his 20-yard shot gave the keeper no chance. (0-1)

Madrid doubled their advantage when Scott picked up a pass from Thompson, outpaced the defence and crossed for Smith, whose initial shot was saved but, with the keeper stranded, made no mistake with the rebound. (0-2)

Madrid were in control and with the back four of Gascoigne, Campbell, Riley and Thompson soaking up the FC attacks.

Madrid were content to catch FC on the break and the third goal came when Robertson won the ball in midfield and passed to Barry, who switched play from right to left picking out Scott who ran clear to blast past Parkin. (0-3)

The second half saw FC come into the game more and a good free-kick was tipped over by Brown.

The FC forwards thought that luck had deserted them as a speculative shot hit the post and went out for a goal-kick.

Clapperton and Tachiguchi linked well to free Smith but this time a well-timed tackle averted the danger. FC reduced the deficit with a shot from outside the box which Brown took to be going wide only to see it hit the inside of the post and cross the line. (1-3)

Madrid lifted their game again and a Gascoigne corner was somehow scrambled clear but the respite was short lived as Hodge sent Smith clear, Parkin did well to stop the shot but it spun to Wilson who bundled it across the line. (1-4)

Madrid wrapped up the game when Smith hit a dipping shot which cannoned up off the bar and Wilson was again on hand to head the dropping ball into the open goal. (1-5)

Both sides produced an excellent game played in the right spirit, however on this occasion it was Madrid who deservedly took the spoils.

Madrid squad: Brown, Thompson, Campbell, Riley, Gascoigne, Robertson, Hodge, Wilson, Scott, Barry, Smith, Tachiguchi, Clapperton.