ECU 11’s Gain Revenge On Quinns FC

ECU 11’s Gain Revenge On Quinns FC

Posted on July 6, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

Quinns 0 ECU 11’s 3

The last time these two teams met at ECU in week 2, it was Quinn’s day. There was to be no repeat this time around at Peter Moyes. ECU dominated play in the first half with Morgan (Guv’nor) Cooper grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck. The ECU boys were the first to every loose ball and won the majority of the tackles pushing Quinns back deep in to their own half. After a while, the Subbuteo size of pitch seemed to suit ECU’s passing style of play better with Quinns looking a bit flat at the start. Ben (WWE) was first to break clear of the Quinn’s defence but an unfortunate sudden draught blew the ball out of play. Someone must have opened a door. After good work by Ben forced a corner off the Quinn’s solid defence, Trent (Dash) whipped in a dangerous cross which was booted to safety. Soon after, Morgan broke free from midfield and saw his goal bound shot crucially blocked by the stoic Quinn’s defence. ECU’s defence were mopping up all that came in their direction with Josh (Mr. Consistent), Evan (Rocky) and Kian (Millwall) timing their challenges well. This left Quinns the only option but to shoot from their own half.

The one time ECU lost a 50/50 ball saw Quinns have a great shot blocked for their first corner of the game. The resultant cross was dealt with comfortably by Reid. Although a speculative lob from distance by Quinns shortly after went narrowly wide. With Ciaran’s great passing and intelligent play down the left matching the great work rate by Morgan and Trent in the midfield it was in the 12th minute that ECU broke the deadlock. Morgan, after yet again breaking up a Quinns move before it started, burst free and drove a fierce shot beyond the diving keeper in to the bottom right corner of the net. Yes, he can keep them low when he wants to. (ECU 1, Quinns 0). Soon after the re-start Charlie magnificently turned the Quinns defender inside out only to see his shot superbly pushed on to the bar by the Quinn’s goalkeeper. (Reminder to self – must buy some retic pipe for the garden). The loose ball was whipped back in and Charlie came close again with a diving header going just past the left post.

Ciaran then went close with the Quinns keeper positioning himself well to save. Josh was next to have go, after good use of both feet, with his shot fizzing past the right post. Trent then showed the Quinn’s defence a clean (if not dayglo pink) pair of heels down the right before crashing his shot in to the side net. Ben should have made it 2-0 shortly after when a great lay off from Charlie put him through, but saw his shot well saved by the keeper’s legs. Quinns continued to shoot from distance with Evan and Josh heading to safety. Kian’s (Mr Motivator – remember him?) constant encouragement of his team mates drew praise from the Quinn’s supporters. Well done mate. With the first half drawing to a close and Quinns dreaming of half time oranges and lollies, ECU carved open their defence for goal number 2. It was coming. Charlie’s clever little pass saw Ben turning superbly before setting himself up well to smack a long range shot, with goal written all over it (he told me to write that bit), in to the bottom right of the goal.

(Half time score: ECU 2, Quinns 0)

The interval saw John presenting his thoughts of the day to the eager boys and Lee dishing out the lollies, although his one for you two for me tactics didn’t please all. Even the sick Dylan was flabbergasted. Well done Dylan for coming along to support the team. The second half started with Ben and Trent making way for Ollie and Jack. Despite feeling unwell before the game it was good to see Ollie shrugging it off to play.

However, it was Quinns who started the better team, no doubt after some good vocal Liverpudlian encouragement by their coach Gary. Their striker (Jia – no 23) showed great skill and determination to get past Evan and Josh (no easy feat as we all know) before cracking a shot just pass Reid’s left post. Reid looked to have it covered but a great individual effort non-the-less. With Morgan continuing to play the ball well on the floor Charlie soon had a good effort from distance before finding Jack well in front of goal. Good positioning from Jack but he was unable to gather the ball on this occasion. With Kian trying hard to make things happen down the left, a piece of brilliance by Ciaran saw him rob two Quinns defenders of the ball before superbly testing the keeper from distance. Good work by Ollie down the right saw his low cross met by Charlie who’s flick went narrowly wide. Jack then found Charlie in space who thumped his shot just passed the post.

With John screaming something in Birminghamese (made that up) from the sidelines and Josh seeming to interpret it as “have a go from distance”, he duly did – going close once again. Whilst the ECU four legged mascots were asked to vacate the plush Peter Moyes grass, Jack’s blocked goal bound shot fell to Charlie whose effort narrowly went over the bar. Good to see Dave leaving his pooch’s pink toggled coat at home for a change. Charlie and Kian took a deservedly well-earned rest, making way for the dynamic duo (Ben and Trent) to reappear. It wasn’t long before Ben said hello again to Lennon by almost shouldering him in to next week. Quinns well taken resultant free kick was brilliantly cleared by the head of Josh. It was Josh who soon turned provider with a great cross to Jack who’s header went just the wrong side of the post.

A little bit of hesitation crept in to ECU’s game allowing a couple of half chances to fall to Quinns late in the game. But with the Quinn’s defence turning to thoughts of full-time bacon rolls Trent broke free from midfield before slotting a ball to Ben who was left all alone in front of goal. After narrowly avoiding falling over his own feet, Ben controlled the ball and himself before coolly dispatching the ball past the keeper for the third goal.

The excellent referee soon blew for full-time allowing the pitch to be rolled up and the goals to be put away in the box before the ECU faithfully were told to clear off. A great result for ECU proving once again that revenge (who watches that tripe anyway) is a dish best served cold. Anyway, bacon rolls sounds a good alternative to me.

Full time score (ECU 3, Quinns 0)