ECU Brave in Defeat at Whitfords

ECU Brave in Defeat at Whitfords

Posted on September 10, 2011 in 'Juniors 2011'

Whitfords 2   0 ECU – Round 14- Sunday 28th August

ECU took to the field hoping to repeat their earlier win in the season against Whitfords. The conditions were perfect at Warrandyte Reserve.

Ben started the game in goal. It was a bright start to the game from ECU who looked to attack from the whistle. A good run down the right wing from Trent who was unable to find the head of Ciaran from his cross showed the Whitfords team that they would have to be on their toes. Whitfords pushed forward themselves only to find Evan, Harry and Lennon in great form. Evan put in some great tackles to deny the Whitfords team any momentum. Ciaran kept the opposition busy with his movement off the ball. Against the run of play Whitfords took the lead with a fierce shot that Ben made a great effort to stop 1-0.

ECU kept to their passing game and immediately won a corner. Charlie found Ciaran 6 yards out and his shot is deflected wide. The next corner was a repeat with Ciaran’s shot again deflected. The next corner Charlie plays the ball short to Trent who finds Harry free on the edge of the box. Harry strikes the ball well but the keeper makes a good save. ECU keeps the play in Whitfords half and Ciaran comes close to scoring after a good run through the middle but his shot is just wide. The Whitfords keeper is kept busy with good attempts from Charlie and Trent. Morgan wins the ball in mid field and finds Trent whose cross is deflected towards goal but the keeper had it covered again. Lennon was providing some good balls to the ECU forwards after winning the ball in defence. Charlie and Lennon are replaced by Ollie and Kian.

Whitfords broke free down the right and Harry covers well to win the ball. He then finds Morgan in space who puts a great pass through to Ciaran. Ciaran beats a defender and finds Aaron whose low shot is just wide. Ben makes some good saves to keep ECU in the game. At the other end Aaron makes a good run to go clear and the keeper again proves he’s not going to be beaten saving Aaron’s low shot. Half time was called and ECU was unlucky to be down 1-0.

Aaron takes over in goal for the second half. Another quality move from ECU opens the second half. Harry, Trent and Ben combine to confuse the defence and set up Morgan whose long range shot is just over the cross bar. The second half carried on like the first with the Whitfords keeper saving everything. Ollie wins the ball and gets into a great position but his shot is saved. Morgan is unlucky again as the keeper makes another save. Evan wins the ball with another hard tackle and his pass puts Trent free but his shot is just wide. Morgan and Harry kept up the pressure with good tackles.  ECU kept pushing for the equalizer. It seemed the keeper was unbeatable with Ollie, Ben, Trent and Ciaran all having shots saved. Harry and Trent replaced by Charlie and Lennon.

Whitfords score again a superb strike that gave Aaron no chance of saving 2-0. Evan and Ollie make some good tackles as Whitfords try to get another goal. ECU still keep up the passing, good work between Charlie and Ollie puts Ciaran into space and his shot beats the keeper but hits the side net. In defence Kian and Evan work hard to keep out Whitfords. Kian and Charlie pass the ball down the left side but the game is over 2-0.

ECU fought to the end and the difference was the Whitfords keeper who deservedly kept a clean sheet. The boys played some great football and were unlucky to go down 2-0.