Redskins Shutout the Red Barrons

On Wednesday, October 16th, your Manteo Redskins made the long trek up into Gates County to take on the Red Barrons. In their previous encounter at Manteo, the Redskins trounced the Barrons by a score of 10-1 to end the game at half time. The rematch would not be as easy for Manteo and the game would last full time.

Manteo dominated possession from the start. The Barrons packed back into a defensive shell in front of the 18-yard box. With the narrow football field as the playing surface, open space was at a premium in the final third against eight defenders at all times. Manteo looked to utilize overloads out wide to find space and either drive the ball into the box or to turn the corner before cutting balls back off the end line.

Manteo took a lot of shots in the first half but almost all were either saved, off-target or they were blocked by one of the bodies of the many defenders packed into the box. The ball rarely ever crossed the midline on Manteo’s defensive side. Manteo won almost every single 50/50 ball off of the plethora of goal kicks that were taken in the first half.

At a certain point, it almost seemed like a good strategy to let the Red Barron’s have the ball on the other side of the midline just so their formation might be urged to press forward and leave space in their defensive third for Manteo to exploit on a counter-attack.

Manteo’s first goal midway through the first half did occur off a longer punt by the Gate’s goalkeeper. The lofty punt was brought down by Manteo’s center-back, Yeifer Perez. Perez played a forward diagonal ball to Noah Goetsch showing in the midfield. Goetsch one touched it back to the right-back, Pearce Gregory. Gregory got it going forward again with a pass down the right flank to the winger, Brayan Hernandez. Hernandez executed a one-two combination with Goetsch to pass around his defender. Hernandez beat a second defender on the dribble before laying off a pass inside to center attacking midfielder, Carter Calvio. Calvio turned inward and found Goetsch overlapping towards goal. Calvio played to Goetsch’s feet. Goetsch took a collecting touch towards the goal, executed a faint to cause the defender in front to turn his back to the ball, pushed the ball aside to his shooting foot and then drove it low and hard across the goal from 20 yards out. The ball was slotted nicely in the side netting to give Manteo a 1-0 lead.

The finishing struggles would continue for Manteo throughout the first half. With less than thirty seconds remaining in the half, Calvio earned a penalty kick for Manteo after he was shoved to the ground while dribbling through the edge of the box. Calvio took the penalty kick and placed it nicely in the corner for a 2-0 lead entering half-time.

Unhappy with their first-half performance, Manteo brought forth a bit more energy to start the second half. Manteo continued to dominate the run of play, barely allowing Gates to do anything more than touch the ball long enough to briefly clear the ball of danger on occasion.

Five minutes into the second half, Manteo earned one of their 11 corner kicks. While the Red Barron’s were taking their time to organize, Goetsch quickly passed the ball into Calvio just outside the 18-yard box. Calvio took one touch towards goal and then fired off a shot at a narrow-angle. The ball struck an unprepared goalkeeper in the chest and bounced into the goal to make it a 3-0 scoreline.

Manteo seemingly put the game far out of reach for the Red Barron’s with a fourth goal from Andrew Hayman. Hayman initially crossed the ball to the far post, finding the head of his brother, Trent Hayman. Trent Hayman headed the ball back to the top of the box and Calvio attempted to volley it on target. Calvio’s volley was off the mark and sent the ball scurrying wide of the left post. As the ball entered the corner of the six-yard box, Andrew Hayman made a well-timed run from deep to one-time the ball into the back of the net.

With the game in hand, Manteo looked to add a few more for good measure as the game heated up a bit with some chippy fouls.

Noah Goetsch won a goal kick taken by the Red Barron’s goalkeeper with a strong header forward to Calvio. Calvio squared Goetsch and then made a diagonal run forward into the final third to open up space for Goetsch. Goetsch looked to set up a deep shot but he was closed too quickly by a defender and opted to pass back to Calvio. The pass was a bit off the mark and forced Calvio to come back to the ball with his back to the goal. Calvio completed a back-heel flick around the defender, back to Goetsch. Goetsch took a collecting touch to his left foot and then buried another low and hard shot in the back of the net.

With eighteen minutes remaining in the game, Trent Haymn would finish off a far-post cross from Pearce Gregory to give the game a 6-0 scoreline. The Redskins continued to press the issue with varying subs for the remainder of the game but failed to add any more goals.

Team Stats
MHS
GCH
Possession %
65.2%
34.8%
Attacking Transitions
88
34
Goals
6
0
Shots
45
1
Crosses
38
1
Corners
11
0
Free Kicks
10
9
Passes
395
131
Successful Passes
295
39
Pass Success Rate
75%
30%

Coach Cleaver stated after the game, “Our style of play is there, but we are still missing the finishing focus in the final third. I know it’s tough to get up for a game after mercy ruling the team in the fixture before, but we need to desire and demand excellence from each other at all times, no matter the opponent. Scoring only six times out of 45 shots is not high-quality finishing. We need to do better than that.”

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