Poor trip to the coast

Coast Soccer U9...4 Alnwick Town Cobras U9...1

NMSL U9

COBRAS travelled to Coast Soccer on Sunday without J McNickle due to illness.

The home side started well and went in front from a goalmouth scramble (1-0).

Cobras attacked and were awarded a penalty when M McKinley was brought down in the box. A Smith stepped up for the penalty but the keeper saved it.

Coast Soccer were starting to take control of the game as Cobras seemed half asleep.

But a break saw McKinley slot the ball past the keeper to level the score (1-1).

Coast Soccer made it 2-1 with another defensive error.

Cobras had to lift their game if they were going to take something from it.

But it was Coast Soccer who got the third, from yet more bad marking (3-1).

The home side got the fourth from a goal-keeping error.

Cobras’ performance was poor, with no commitment, passing and bad defending.

Managers K Smith and D Middleton said J McNickle was a big miss in defence but said one man didn’t make a team.

They said this was Cobras’ worst team performance of the season and the players needed to realise you don’t just turn up to win games, you have to give 100 per cent every game.