ECU 11’s Lose Against Perth

ECU 11’s Lose Against Perth

Posted on August 11, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

A very close contest which saw ECU go down 2-1 to Perth after conceding two second half goals. The 11s came to play and dominated the first half with numerous scoring opportunities. The fast tempo that the boys set saw them score first after Ben’s low shot was pushed out by the keeper into Charlie’s path. He calmly beat the keeper to make it 1-0.

It wasn’t all ECU with Josh, Trent and Kian having to work hard in defence. All three making superb tackles and using the ball well. Kian made a great headed clearance. Dylan saved a certain goal when he cleared the ball of the line. With the Perth team attacking Morgan, Ollie and Dylan helped the back three get out of some dangerous situations.

Dylan and Charlie use each over well to win a corner. The ball is cleared to Morgan 10 yards out and he spots the keeper off his line but his shot creeps just over the bar. ECU win a free kick 15 yards from goal. The keeper tips the ball over the bar from Trent’s effort. Ollie heads the ball clear from a corner to stop any goal scoring opportunities for the opposition. Trent and Dylan have some shots late in the half but the keeper stops them.

Dylan and Trent keep the pressure on Perth early in the second half when they win a corner. Morgan, Jack and Ollie play some good football in the middle and the 11s look in control of the game. Perth push forward but Evan is last man and he’s not going to be beaten easily. Perth grab a goal to even up the score 1-1. It’s a double knockout with Perth scoring from a corner 2-1. ECU have to look for a goal now. Josh makes a great run beating two defenders but shooting wide. Trent gets to the line and crosses to Ben who heads just over. Ciaran tries the same from the left with a great cross and this time Ollie’s on target with his head but the keeper is in the right position to make a good save.

Perth move forward to relieve the pressure but they run straight into Kian and Evan. The boys are working hard but it just isn’t their day. Ben, Trent and Dylan all shoot wide. It’s desperate stuff with Perth moving everyone behind the ball trying to hold on to a good win. ECU win a corner with the game almost over. The ball finds its way to Ciaran who shoots and hits the post. That sums up the day for the boys who had so many chances but couldn’t find the goals they needed.

The boys worked so hard for each other but the scoreboard was against them. With most of the possession the score could have been very different but a great effort by all the boys.