Under 11’s Snatch Last Minute Winner

Under 11’s Snatch Last Minute Winner

Posted on June 20, 2011 in 'Juniors 2011'

Woodvale  1-2  ECU – Sunday 12th June

ECU under 11’s snatched a late winner to beat a spirited Woodvale team at Chichester Park on Sunday 12th June. The boys were keen at the start the match as they had not played a game for four weeks, due to two teams pulling out of the league and a general lack of logic with regard to the fixture list.

ECU were quickly on the offensive, a pattern for most of the match and they tested the home team when Kieran Craig ran onto the end of a brilliant through ball by Tyler Uglow but only managed to poke the ball just wide of the post. With Ben Bates looking dangerous on the left wing, the away team created a number of opportunities but didn’t really test the Woodvale goalkeeper. At the other end, Kyle MacDonald made a good save from a Woodvale forward in a rare attack.

After 20 minutes, ECU took the lead when Harry Wilson, shot from the edge of the area, the goalkeeper fumbled and Harley Curran was quick to react to score from close range. Soon after Harley nearly made it two when the home keeper made a great save from a very good strike.

Half Time – Woodvale  0-1  ECU

At the start of the second half, ECU again, had the bulk of the possession without playing fluently or creating too many clear cut chances. They were denied a clear penalty when James Lawless was fouled as he was just about to shoot past the goalkeeper. Against the run of play, the home side broke away and the Woodvale forward scored into the corner to make the score 1-1.

ECU were getting increasingly frustrated, half chances were created and missed, Liam Hudson, playing on the right wing produced one very good save from the home goalkeeper and then two minutes later, hit the crossbar with the keeper well beaten.

In fact, all of the away side’s best chances were being created down the right by Liam’s pace and crossing ability. With literally seconds left on the clock, Liam crossed brilliantly, the chance looked to have gone when no ECU player could get on the end but the ball fell to Brad Jordan, who from an acute angle, hooked the ball into the roof of the net to deservedly give the away team all three points.

The reaction of the players at the end was one of relief and joy and the result keeps up the pressure on the league leaders Stirling who ECU visit in a couple of weeks time. Even though the boys were getting frustrated, they kept trying and never gave up and achieved the result they fully deserved.

Next Match – Home v UWA Nedlands – Sunday 19th June at ECU – 10.30am KO

Report by Nick Ford