My name is Joe and I’m a 15 year old up and coming journalist hopeful. I recently entered a sports Journalist rugby competition, and got through to the next round. For this round i have to write another match report, with the best match report going to Wembley and writing another one for the official site. Here take a lot at it yourself http://www.therfl.co.uk/challengecup/news_item.php?id=14751 to progress to the next round i’ve realised i need some help and advice from others, who know about the profession. So i’ve written a match report all be it on football. If you could let me know what you think and gave me advice on how to improve (please be truthful, even if it is criticism) please comment. Any piece of advice i’d be most greatful.
Despite growing frustration in the transfer market, with just one signing this summer. City didn’t look at all out of place, passing the ball well on a number of occasions, against a Beijing side in the middle of their season at the top of the Chinese Super League, with the Tigers ended up winners on penalties, after the game ended all square.
City made a great start, when on 9 minutes Brazilian Geovanni showed some of his early season form from last year, by waltzing his way past the Beijing defence and produce one of his trademark right footed shots into the Beijing goalkeepers Yang Zhi’s top right hand corner, typical of the little maestro.
And “Geo” to what he’s more notably known to the Tiger faithful almost scored another, after a counter attack from a Beijing corner, only just missing the bottom right hand corner, after again weaving his way through the Beijing defence.
Hungarian Peter Halmosi, yet to convince the City crowd, that he is Premier league material, also went close in the first half only for his left footed shot to be cleared off the line by defender William Paul Modibo.
Hull didn’t have it all their own way in the first half however. Beijing’s number 10 Emil Martinez who looked a threat throughout the game, and possibly a player for Boss Phil Brown to look at closely, went close on 30 minutes, when his free kick was unconvincingly saved by City’s second choice keeper Matt Duke.
After the break, Beijing started like a house on fire, scoring on 46 minutes by fans favourite Modibo, after a mix up between Anthony Gardner and Goalkeeper Duke, made it easy for Modibo to equalise for Beijing.
In fact defensive mistakes were the main theme throughout the game for the Tigers, all though Brown claims that his striking force is the clubs biggest worry. The defence were caught out at a number of times by a no more than decent Beijing attack.
Beijing continued their dominance throughout the second half. Zhou ting went close from a bullet shot, and Martinez continued to trouble the City backline with the dead ball, with a sweet left footed strike, to catch even his own players out, luckily Duke read it well and just about tipped it over the bar.
The Tigers did have one chance in the second half. Frenchman Bernard Mendy sprung to life, to weave past the Beijing defence, for the first time in the game and square it to Geovanni, who struck a bullet shot, only for the Goalkeeper Yang Zhi to parry for a corner.
Despite it only being friendly, tempers flared several times in the game, and reckless challenges were plenty throughout the 90 minutes. A total of Four yellow cards were handed out altogether.
Although Beijing dominated the second half, at ninety minutes the game ended all square, with no extra time set up, the game went straight to penalties. Not the usual dreaded pressure of a penalty shootout, but it was important for both teams to progress to the next stage of the competition. After five penalties, the two teams still couldn’t be separated. Dean Marneys penalty was well saved, while Sui Dongliang blasted his effort over. The teams were only separated by a sudden death shoot out, Beijings number 20 Zhang Xinxin missed with his penalty, meaning City to progress to the next round.