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Jude Gauntlett (not pictured) hits the bar with a free-kick
Prague too good for WA boys
Football West News
The Gold Fields Under 15 State Team played their final group game of the Jinshan International Youth Football Championship today against Slavia Prague.
After successive 1-1 draws against both the India and China national youth teams, the match against the Czech side always promised to be their stiffest test.
And that is how it proved, with Slavia Prague winning 4-0.
WA head coach Garry Church made no excuses and praised his players for sticking to their task after conceding four goals in the first half against a side that have been together for a number of years.
They even threatened a couple of times in the second period, Jude Gauntlett coming closest when his free-kick hit the bar.
“We knew it was going to be the toughest game we have played so far but going off our last few games and the results we achieved, the players were up for it,” Church said.
“However, we conceded inside the opening 10 minutes through a misunderstanding at the back and shortly afterwards another mistake allowed the Czech side to grab a second. From there it was uphill and at half-time we were 4-0 down.
“We threw on some fresh legs for the second half and the boys battled their way through the heat, coming close a couple of times by hitting the woodwork twice.
“Prague are a good side certainly the best we have played so far. They were well organised, strong and technically good but credit to the WA boys too. They dug deep and not conceding a goal in the second half was a great achievement when it could have gone totally the opposite way and the score might have blown out.”
The WA side have their last match of the tournament on Wednesday, with their opponents from the other group to be confirmed later today.
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