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Sunday, May 15, 2016

JPL Under 15's Final - Match Report



Junior Premier League National Final
Saturday 14th May 2016

Hereford FC U15s 3 – 1 Worcester City U15s
Today was Hereford U15s big day and it certainly lived up to its expectations with another trophy for the club!! There was a good crowd watching the final and as usual, the majority of the crowd was Hereford parents, family, friends and Hereford fans who all made plenty of noise!!
First half was difficult, playing down a slope with the wind against Hereford. Hereford defended exceptionally well against some good attacks from Worcester City but struggled to play the football everyone knows they can play. Worcester took the lead after 20 minutes, which resulted in Hereford making a small change to the tactics, bringing on Luke Marston who had an instant impact. With 4 minutes to go till half time, a great move saw Liam Bishop break into the penalty area, finishing very well, low into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Half time 1-1.




After a good half time team talk, Hereford settled down, nerves had gone and the belief that they could win the game now was very clear. Within a minute, Hereford had scored but the goal was disallowed as Jake Spink (who was excellent all game) was flagged offside. Worcester continued to be dangerous on the attack, hitting the post and kept defenders Hayes, Vanstone, Davies and Perkins really busy. Hereford had control of the game for the majority of the second half and started to play some great football, creating plenty of chances to score and came really close hitting the post direct from a Rhys Davies Free kick. Hereford then took the lead from another free kick from Davies which was headed in by Joe Mellars making it 2-1 Hereford. 




Herefords organisation was excellent and their fitness levels showed with a really good intensity throughout the game, making it difficult for Worcester by pressing the ball quickly, making some great tackles and keeping the ball very well. With 8 minutes to go, Liam Bishop received the ball from Jack Marston, and from 25 yards out hit an absolute screamer to make it 3-1 which went in off the bar which sparked some memorable celebrations with team mates and spectators on the sideline. 




Hereford continued to be in control and pressed Worcester city high up the pitch right till the end, stopping them from playing forward and forcing them into mistakes that continued to frustrate them. Final whilst blew, 3-1 Hereford win.

Liam Brewer: ‘Our Team target was to win the JPL national cup in the next 2 years. The target is now to retain it next year!! So proud of this group of players and our whole youth Academy who have all been brilliant this year. The U15s success is achieved through a great team-spirit, friendship and willingness to work hard and support each other. "Together Everyone Achieves More". Huge thank you to a number of HFC supporters who made the journey up, fantastic to see HFC shirts in the crowd watching... Thank you from all staff and players.... What a great season”


The JPL Cup Experience
The cup run not only provided some memorable football moments but it has also given the players a great experience which will live with them for a long time. The run saw them compete in 12 games in total, beating Bristol Rovers, Evesham United and Gloucester City twice and drawing and losing to Worcester City in the Group stages. They were then drawn at home to Birmingham City in the Last 16 which saw a good crowd watch them win 3-2 at Victoria Park. The Quarter final was a great experience for the boys, playing Wimborne Town Away. A long journey meant an over-night stay which provided some great preparation for what turned out to be a dramatic game, going 2-1 down with 5 minutes to go then equalising instantly, sending the game into extra time and then penalties where Hereford finally won 6-5. The semi-final will always hold great memories as Hereford were drawn at home to Newport County and the game was played at Edgar Street which was another great spectacle with around 170 spectators watching Hereford come from 1-0 down at half time to win 2-1 and progress to the final. The final was played at Lilleshall, a great venue and is the former England Football team training ground. Hereford knew they were in for a tough game, having played Worcester City twice this season, losing and drawing to them. As a squad, Hereford believed that this year “was their year” and knew it was their time to win and that’s exactly what they did!


Liam Brewer
Head Academy Coach U12s-U16s / Under 15s Manager