At last!! Our Sanktan J17 season is underway and we started on a chilly Sunday evening at Farsta IP with a match against KBK U17, who beat us twice last season. Obviously we were not happy with that, so this match was a good chance to put things right. We included several P01 boys who have started in our J17 trupp, its great to have them with us.
We started on the front foot and quickly got the ball into KBKs box, and a heavy tackle on Gabriel gave us a penalty after just 30 seconds of play! Unfortunately the penalty was under-hit and the KBK goalkeeper had to make very little effort to save it - a bad miss. We played our normal high-pressure style and 1 minute later Gabriel took the ball from the toes of a KBK defender and slotted it into the corner of the net.....1-0. We spent most of our time on the attack and had kept about 80% possession, but 2 long balls to their strikers gave KBK two very well-taken goals and exposed our defence. This is definitely something that we must work on. 1-2 down at half-time and we knew that we were making problems for ourselves. After some forthright talking during the break we came out as a different team in the 2nd half, and continued to press KBK back into their own half, where most of the football was being played. Good passing & movement created many chances for us and we scored 4 good goals before the end of the match.....but also missed even more chances. 5-2 was the final score.
Good to start our season with a win, but even more important to highlight the areas of our game on which we must focus and improve. Training hard and paying attention to our tactical theory is the way forward, and there is no doubt that we will get better as the season goes on.
We thank our friends from KBK and the referee for the match, which was played in a good, friendly spirit. We would also like to thank the parents that came to watch and cheer our boys on.
We plan to film all of our matches this season and we will put them up on our YouTube channel (Hammarby J17) as soon as possible after our matches.