Official Dover Athletic Football Club - Youth Teams - Canterbury City U13s 4-2 DAFC U13s
Canterbury City U13s 4-2 DAFC U13s Paul Evison | Mon 31st Oct 2011
Dover Athletic Under 13’s 6 game winning running streak came to a shuddering halt with their first defeat of the season losing 4-2 away to Canterbury City.
On this Halloween weekend the omens for this game were not good when Dover’s Keeper Jack Brady went down ill the day before with a dose of tonsillitis which lead to Reece Graham stepping in to the keepers position. But with confidence high within the Dover camp the boys were in good spirits going into this game looking to make it a straight 7 wins out of 7 against Canterbury City and as the match started the whites began brightly enough going forward and taking the game to the Canterbury team.
It was not long before Dover took the lead when after a fine headed clearance from Liam Jelly who’s pass found Kieran Jones who after beating one player played a fine pass that found Eddie Woolston who fired a shot into the bottom left hand corner to make it 1-0 to the whites.
With the tail between their legs Dover continued to go forward and made further chances with Kane Randall blazing over the bar and a fierce cross from Woolston into the box which none of his team mates could get on to the end of.
It was during the next passage’s of play that will really give the Dover Management some Halloween night terrors with some uncharismatic show of poor defending which allowed Canterbury to make it 1-1. To then make matters worse, with the Dover midfield caught napping and the defence again failing to clear the lines which led to a mistimed tackle in the area the referee awarded City a penalty which the Dover boys were thankful to see the resulting effort blazed over the bar.
This was Dover’s get out of Jail card but did they take it? No? The complacency and lack of effort from the Dover players were clear to see as Canterbury finally scored their 2nd goal making it 2-1 going into HT.
With some very stern words about the complacency and lack of effort on show the Dover management were looking for a reaction from their team and they got one, their performance got worse. This lead to 2 quick goals in succession from Canterbury who were now winning 4-1 against a very despondent and shell shocked looking Dover team who fine form so far this season had totally deserted them.
Dover managed to pull one back when a decent ball from Woolston who found Lever Lewis who finished superbly to make it 4-2 but it was to little to late. The Dover lads all know that they took this game to lightly and their performance showed a real case of complacency but the Dover manager was quick to remind the team that he would of taken 6 wins out 6 at the start of the season and this was just a very bad day at the office for all concerned. The mark of any good side is how you react to a defeat and with a cup game against Canterbury Youth coming up there is no better way to prove that today’s Rocky Horror Show was purely a one off.