The U18’s wasted numerous golden opportunities en route to a frustrating 2-2 draw against Bishops Cleeve U18’s.
The U18’s hosted Bishops Cleeve, looking to better the previous meeting between the two, and carry the exciting performances of recents weeks into this evenings fixture.
The Reds started brightly, threatening the opposition defence with lighting pace, power and precision. Their bright start was rewarded, in the 30th minute, when Captain Liam Harding struck a superb strike from 25 yards out to fire the Reds into the lead! 1-0.
The barrage continued from the Reds, and their constant pressure reaped the rewards again, in the 35th minute when Owusu scored yet again to double the lead for the Reds! 2-0. The Reds went into half time with lead, extremely pleased with their efforts, looking to add more to their lead and comfortably win the game.
The second half began in similar fashion, with the blistering pace and directness of the the Reds’ attack proving too much to handle, creating numerous chances, but were unable to convert to add to the lead.
Despite the run of play, Bishops Cleeve struck back in the 58th minute, scoring from a corner to get back into the game. 2-1. The visitors displayed their quality from set pieces again, scoring directly from a free kick in the 70th minute to level the game and punish the Reds for squandering so many chances. 2-2.
Chances upon chances were laid on a plate for the Reds attack to take advantage of in order to bury the game, but their wastefulness continued and were unable to convert, with the final whistle being blown at 2-2.
Another bright performance from the U18’s, displaying their ability to create an abundance of chances. However, the Reds must begin to take their chances in order to continue their development, and gain the points their performances deserve. The U18’s return to action next Friday under the lights at the Trico Stadium, hosting Pegasus Juniors.