BERFC U17 vs OAs
By pete hofmann
Great performance by our Barnet boys against the best team we have played to date.
Playing a side like OAs As at county cup level was always going to be a tough game for Barnet but as a parent and manger I would like to start by saying just how proud I am of our boys and I know the whole coaching team agree .
Indeed it seems irrelevant that we lost because the boys played their hearts out , as a team and as mates and their conduct and discipline was excellent today . Thanks to the referee who managed the tempo perfectly and earned the respect of the boys in the opening minutes of the game .
Oas started very strongly scoring in the opening minutes with some superb passing at pace , and are quick to capitalise on a penalty 5 minutes later to go 10 ahead . Barnet kept their composure and whilst most of the play took place in the Barnet half some good runs by Dylan Jinmi and some brave drives ( and dives ) from Albert and Louie kept the score to 10-0 at half time .
Barnet were still very motivated and an unlucky bounce saw OAs score again in the first minute of the second half . This might normally be the point where Barnet's heads go down but today they dug deep and some relentless driving saw Dylan Jinmi scores from a great maul . Some great defending by Barnet and quick thinking from Jacob released Tom Watt who was unlucky not to score and some more great runs by Cameron , Leevin and Ted eventually saw Barnet over the line again being awarded a penalty try to come within a point of OAs .
Sadly the speed of the OAs backs was just a bit too much down the wing and OAs pulled another try at 50 mins and despite some great efforts from Reece OAs finally sealed the game with a final try at the whistle .
Men of the Match go to Albert and Reece .