‘It’s Just Like Watching Brazil’

‘It’s Just Like Watching Brazil’

Posted on September 2, 2011 in 'Juniors 2011'

ECU Under 11’s  5-0  Woodvale – Sunday 28th August
Now I know I may be getting a bit carried away with the headline but ECU under 11’s produced one of their best footballing display’s of the season to defeat Woodvale 5-0 and secure second spot in the North Green U12’s League.

Playing on the larger senior pitch (for the first time this season) seemed to suit the team as they discovered there was much more space to play some decent football and they duly obliged. The away team were immediately on the back foot and a couple of half chances were created. ECU went 1-0 up after 10 minutes when Harry Wilson crossed well from the right, the Woodvale goalkeeper missed the ball and a defender was unfortunate to have a penalty awarded against him for a handball. Harley Curran stepped up to confidently score into the corner.

Shortly after, Declan Hudson, after a good run, produced a superb cross which James Lawless failed to convert with his head from close range. Two long range efforts from Brad Jordan and some scrambles the the penalty box continued to put the visitors under pressure but the home team had to settle for a 1-0 half time lead.

Half Time  –  ECU  1-0  Woodvale

Within 5 minutes of the second half, it was 2-0 when Luke Antonio found Kieran Craig on the right and he finished superbly across the Woodvale goal keeper and 5 minutes later it was 3-0. Another through ball by Luke found James and he skillfully clipped the ball over the keeper.

At his point, ECU were playing some nice football, Brad and Oliver Ford formed a solid partnership in central midfield, Liam Hudson was dangerous on one wing and Kieran was finding the ball on a frequent basis on the other wing, well supported by Harry. With Harley influencing the game from the ‘hole’ position, scoring opportunities were being created at will. On the odd occasion, Woodvale broke away, the home defence was being well marshalled by Kieran Coyne.

After 20 minutes of the second half, and from a Harry throw, Kieran Craig again finished well from an acute angle to make the score 4-0. Soon after, Harley sent Kieran through on goal again and he completed his hat trick to make the final score 5-0.

A mention must go to goalkeeper Kyle McDonald, who despite the fact he didn’t have much work to do, he played the game with 10 stitches in a nasty leg wound, fortunately he suffered no further damage to his injury.

So with one game left (v UWA Nedlands away next Sunday), the boys have secured second spot in the league, a good achievement considering they are playing up a year and most opponents are physically bigger and stronger. It was good to see them return to play the kind of football we know they are more than capable of.