Youth Team Report: Carlisle United 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

The Young Whites suffered a defeat this past weekend, at the hands of Carlisle United.

Three set piece goals were enough to give the hosts a comfortable victory in the EFL Youth Alliance league.

Wanderers never got to grips with the direct nature of Carlisle’s long ball style and struggled to adapt to it.

The ball was in the air more often than not, with Bolton losing too many headers and unable to react quick enough to second balls.

On the few occasions, the Young Whites got the ball on the floor and managed to play through Carlisle with ease but then lacked composure under pressure in the final third.

The game was not one for the neutral and it was no surprise when Carlisle took the lead from a set piece on the half hour mark, when a long ball was put into the box and Carlisle won the header to put the ball back across the goal for a tap in at the back post.

The second half started exactly the same as the first, as Carlisle came forward in a highly direct fashion yet again.

The away side did improve slightly and managed to keep the hosts at bay. However, two more set pieces finished the game off as Carlisle converted two corners at the back post.


U18 Coach Dave Gardiner said: "Today we could not adapt our game and stand up to the challenge that Carlisle gave us.

“They were so direct but it was very effective for them. We needed to be braver on the ball to play our game and at the same time be competitive to win headers and second balls.

“All credit to Carlisle as they pressed us very well and took all three points but today is a great learning lesson for our young players.

“They have got to earn the right to play football. They have got work harder than the opposition, be brave going into tackles and want to win more than the opposition.”


Team Line up: Jack Dallimore, Ryan Colvin, Max Conway, Noah Halford, Abdul Kamara, Matthew Tweedley, Arran Pettifer, Lamine Toure, Mitchell Henry, Max Wilcox, Danny Jones

Subs: Adam Beardsworth, Joel Burgess, Sonny Sharles, Rio McAvoy, Wesley Frimpong

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