youth team won it's second game in the UMBRO Tournament at
Keele University tonight beating Chasetown 2-1 in a tough
A strong test this for Mossley against a side
who's first team compete in the Evo-Stik Premier League. The
game was played at a very fast pace from start to finish.
Chasetown began at a blistering pace sending
Mossley on the back foot from the start. A quick well organised
oponenet quickly forced a number of free kicks midway into
Mossley's half and it was from one of these free kicks that
the Midlands outfit took a deserved lead after 5 mins. The
free kick was floated to the edge of the Mossley area and
with the defence totally flat footed a header floated over
the head of Nick Howard in the Mossley goal.
Chasetown continued to dominate the midfield and put the Mossley
defence under pressure but on 20 mins a reshuffle in midfield
saw Mossley began to get a foot hold in the game. The excellent
Connor Hampson set the tone with a number of excellent tackles
that seemed to inject the fighting spirit into Mossley that
had been missing.
Mossley were now dominating all over the pitch
with some slick passing and intelligent movement off the ball
which was rewarded in the 35th min when Brad Byrne burst into
the area following a neat one-two with Kyle McDonagh only
to be upended by the Chasetown full back. Brad Byrne picked
himself up to neatly dispatch the penalty kick into the bottom
right hand corner giving the keeper no chance.
Mossley were now dominating proceedings and should have gone
2-1 up on 40 mins when a great run and cross by Nathan Martin
down the Mossley left flank left Alex Byrne totally unmarked
but from 3 yards out facing an open goal he smashed the ball
against the Chasetown upright meaning the teams went in at
half time locked at 1-1.
The second half began very much as the first had ended with
Mossley on the front foot. Brad Byrne and Antony Dorney who
was on for Joe Heap were causing the Chasetown defence problems
with there strength and pace.
Tackles began to come in thick and fast and the game threatened
to boil over on 55 mins when a very late tackle from behind
on Matty Clarke in front of the Chasetown supporters led to
several players from both sides and Chasetown coaches getting
involved. This only served to knock Mossley out of their stride
and allow their opponents back in the game.
The tackles continued to reign in resulting in 3 bookings
for Chasetown and one for Mossley. With 20 mins left Mossley's
superior quality began to tell and on 73 mins the Chasetown
defence was breached in a move involving Brad Byrne and Antony
Dorney who cut through the heart of their defence with Dorney
smashing a low drive into the bottom corner of the goal.
Chasetown pressed for the equaliser with 15 mins to go and
created a few half chances but nothing that really threatened
the Mossley goal.
Report by Rob Byrne