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FMK 2 - 3 U17

It had been a rainy day, and no more than 202 were scattered around Filip Vtori to see the game. While a boggy pitch like this was an advantage for physical players, it really didn't help those who relied on speed or technique. The picks for today were: Kostadinovski - Manevski, Zhupanoski - Lahtevski, Mengücek, Ilievski, Iğla, Zafirovski - Trifunov, Gjergji, Llubani.

The coach fielded the following talents: Belko - Bajger, Kadlec - Suchánek, Váradi, Valenta, Pištora, Votava - Dymák, Bartusek, Lžičař.

As the teams prepared to start the match, they both lined up in a 2-5-3 formation. FMK were eager to get ahead in the game and after 4 minutes Bozhidar Zafirovski cut in from the right to unleash a shot that almost ended up in the net. After several obvious shirt pulling incidents, FMK's Najden Ilievski got himself booked. FMK had a chance to take the lead on Genti Llubani's dazzling drive up the left, but the opportunity fizzled away as his shot went just over the bar 33 minutes into the match. After 35 minutes, it looked like U17 had an attack coming, but Evren Iğla nipped all that in the bud with a powerful tackle. Kelmend Gjergji's name was on everyone's lips after his goal 36 minutes into the game. It was a combination through the middle putting FMK ahead 1 - 0. U17 did not seem very confident about what to do on the pitch, the organisation level having broken down to passable. 40 minutes into the fray U17's Vojtěch Lžičař came through the middle and sneaked through a gap in the home side's central defence. He scored by sliding the ball between the keeper's legs - nutmeg! - making it 1 - 1. Lacking experience with the current tactics, the players of U17 kept running into each other on the pitch. They only managed a passable level of organisation. 1 - 1 was the score after the first half. In this half FMK were the most energetic, keeping the ball to themselves for 52 percent of the time.

The boys of U17 were eager to get some feedback from their coach. His tactical review helped raise the team organisation to solid. U17 had a great opportunity after 57 minutes as Antonín Valenta found a gap in the defence, and the goalkeeper standing off his line. His lob sailed slowly towards the top corner, but it drifted onto the crossbar and bounced out of play. FMK's Sasko Lahtevski took a knock to the head after 66 minutes, due to a badly executed header. He took a few uneasy steps, but got dizzy and then taken off the field. This gave Zoki Chekarov a chance to take to the field instead. Sasko Lahtevski was coming off, and had placed his last free kick for the day. That meant that Sotir Zhupanoski got the chance to showcase his dead ball skills. Jaromír Váradi charged through the defensive line after 72 minutes and despite almost losing his balance due to a harsh tackle, he still managed to squeeze the ball in. 1 - 2 was the new score for the visiting team. Did someone forget the pre-match briefing today? The U17 lads didn't seem to have a clue what to do, and their organisation level dropped to inadequate. FMK wanted the equaliser, and kept trying long plays towards their target man up front. The visitors' defence were able to keep in control, though. U17's Jiří Pištora was shown a yellow card after 82 minutes for using his elbow in an aerial duel with an opposing player. Close call for FMK as that fine header from Najden Ilievski grazed the bar and went out. The coach of U17 was embarrassed to see his players fail the tactical setup. Many played out of position and the organisation level of the team dropped to inadequate. After 88 minutes, Jaromír Váradi of U17 fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. However, the referee was not impressed by the young lad's acting skills and booked him for diving. U17's Jaromír Váradi took advantage of an overly powerful header back to the keeper 89 minutes into the game, and tapped the ball into the empty net for 1 - 3. 89 minutes into the match the referee recorded another goal. That kick from FMK's Genti Llubani after some good work down the right flank narrowed the score to 2 - 3, and look at that smile on his face! 89 minutes into the game, U17's Miloslav Bajger rolled over in pain after taking a forceful blow to his upper chest. After bandaging his collarbone, the medics led him off the field. Kevin Šulík tried to hide a smile as he entered the field. He had not expected to get a chance this day. Stanislav Dymák eagerly took over as the new captain of U17. At the final whistle, the score is 2 - 3. This half the FMK boys hung on to the ball, with 54 percent of possession.

The spectators agreed that the most impressive boy in FMK today had been Genti Llubani. The coach took Kelmend Gjergji aside after the game, telling him it is okay to have a bad day on the pitch as long as you keep trying. Jaromír Váradi performed especially well for U17 - this one could be a candidate for the senior squad one day. Jiří Pištora needs a lot of extra training, however.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (very low) weak (high) 17 15 5/20 4/20
Right defence passable (very high) passable (low) 24 22 6/20 6/20
Central defence inadequate (very high) passable (very high) 20 24 5/20 6/20
Left defence inadequate (very high) passable (very high) 20 24 5/20 6/20
Right attack excellent (very low) passable (very low) 29 21 8/20 6/20
Central attack solid (low) solid (high) 26 27 7/20 7/20
Left attack passable (low) solid (very low) 22 25 6/20 7/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence solid (very low) solid (very low) 25 25 7/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (very high) solid (very low) 20 25 5/20 7/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)
 

Possession

52%
48%
54%
46%

Chance distribution

Home Away
7 5

1 Left attack 0
3 Central attack 3
2 Right attack 0
0 Other 2
1 Special events 0

Rating details

Please note that the percentages above are meant to guide you, but they do not equate to the exact probabilities (to score for example) used in the match engine.

Indirect set pieces

Defence solid (very low) solid (very low) 25 25 7/20 7/20
Attack inadequate (very high) solid (very low) 20 25 5/20 7/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience disastrous (very high) disastrous (high) 4 3 1/20 1/20
Average midfield inadequate (very low) weak (high) 17 15 5/20 4/20
Average defence passable (very low) passable (high) 21 23 6/20 6/20
Average attack solid (low) passable (very high) 26 24 7/20 6/20
Total average passable (very low) passable (very low) 21 21 6/20 6/20
The youth player ratings presented here show ratings as they were at the end of the match.

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