Southampton Cup

Kenya Football Federation Under-14s vs Isle of Man Under-14s

The Isle of Man FC were unable to capitalise on their victory over Chelsea on Tuesday after they suffered a 1-0 loss to The Kenyan Football Federation.

Despite the extremely wet conditions, Kenya came out of the blocks all guns blazing, firing off a shot in the opening minute which was sent sky-high over bar.

Just minutes later, The Kenyans number ten bulldozed his way through the defense to comfortably slot the ball home; A dream start for the African side. 

This was a wake up call for the Isle of Man, who began to form attacks of their own, almost leveling the tie from a headed effort. 

Ten minutes in, Kenya, who were sporting their green jersey, managed to find the net yet again, however to the relief of The Yellows, the linesman ruled the goal offside.

The rain continued to poor down vigorously, rendering it difficult for the sides to get the ball under control and create any sort of rhythm. 

In spite of this, Kenya were able to float a sublime ball into the target-man, who steered the ball wide of the mark minutes before the half time whistle was blown.

The weather conditions were adamant to take centre stage, as more rain began to fall just before the second half kicked off. 

The Yellows looked a different side to the one that started the match, with clear intent from the off to get the equalizer early. 

Kenya seemed content with soaking up the pressure and bombing forward when the opportunity presented itself. 

Isle of Man's right winger found space numerous times, but each cross was met by a body determined to maintain the lead. 

Drama consumed the match when a fifty-fifty challenge in the box resulted in the Kenyan stopper crying out in pain, much to the dismay of the Isle of Man support who were clearly riled up by the decision being given in the Green side's favour. 

The rain began to settle allowing ideal conditions for the trailing side to equalize; and they almost did with ten minutes left of play, had it not been for the heroics of the keeper. 

There were two new introductions late on from the Kenyan's, as they looked to see the game over the line. 

The Yellows began to play with haste; realising time was ticking with a chance of the quarterfinals at stake. 

In the dyeing moments of the game, a corner kick flew over to the back post, where an Isle of Man player came towering in, but the ball was sent just inches wide of the post.

One last attack saw the Kenyan keeper come sprinting off his line to wipe out the Yellows forward by the corner flag, resulting in a stern word or two from the ref, and a free-kick in a dangerous area. 

However, once again, the ball was scrambled away.

Despite their best efforts, the final whistle blew, sending Isle of Man crashing out of the tournament.