Posted on April 25, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

Subiaco 2 ECU 3 – Match report by Alan Ostler

Conditions were perfect for the first game of the season at Subiaco. After a great pre-season ECU were eager to get started.

Subiaco started strongly with some quick passing. Evan, Kian and Josh all stood up to the earlier pressure. It wasn’t long before ECU started to take control of the game with Kian and Ciaran working well down the left wing.

The attack soon moved to the right with Ollie making a great run down the right. His cross is put out for a corner.

ECU continues to push forward. Morgan crosses the ball from the right and Ollie scores with a great header that mystifies the Subiaco keeper 1-0.

Subiaco look to get an equalizer straight away but Reid makes a good save and Evan clears the ball. Ben and Ollie work well down the right to put Morgan clear. His shot is deflected wide for a corner. Again Morgan gets in to space and his shot is saved well by the keeper.

ECU keeps Subiaco in their own half and Morgan has another shot saved by the keeper. Subiaco win a free kick on the half way line and against the run of play snatch a goal 1-1.

From the restart ECU go straight back into attack with great passing down the left this time. Kian and Morgan play some good one touch football and find Ciaran who shows some great skills to beat his opponent but his shot is wide.

When Subiaco try to push forward Josh, Evan and Kian stop any threat to Reid’s goal. Morgan backs them up well with some good tackling in midfield.

Ben gets the ball in midfield and beats a couple of defenders but another shot goes wide. ECU looks to get back in front with Charlie this time shooting wide. More great build up from the ECU boys with Charlie, Morgan and Ciaran all going close again but the half is over and it’s still 1-1.

The second starts and it’s the same as the first with Ben putting a great pass to Ciaran which beats all the defence. Ciaran puts his shot wide.

It wasn’t long for Ciaran to get another chance and this time he chips the ball out of the keepers reach into the corner. Great finish! 2-1.

Josh continues his great performance from the half with some good running down the left to support Ciaran. Trent and Morgan both put Ben free with superb passing, Ben goes wide and has his other effort saved by the keeper who has kept his team in the game.

Trent keeps the left back busy and whips in some great crosses. Morgan shoots wide from one and Ciaran heads just over the bar. Another fantastic finish from Ciaran makes it 3-1. He gets his shot wide of the keeper again and it hits the back of the net.

ECU looks like they want more goals and push forward. Dylan wins the ball near the half way line and gets it wide to Trent who crosses to Ciaran who shoots just over. Ben makes a good turn and his shot is just wide. As in the first half Subiaco grab a goal and make it 3-2.

Subiaco look to get on even terms but Josh puts in some hard tackles on the left. The game tightens up and Evan, Jack and Josh are kept busy by the Subiaco forwards. Evan makes some important tackles and clears the ball.

With Subiaco still in the game and pushing forward gaps were opening up and Trent finds the ball out wide on right. He puts in some great crosses with Morgan and Dylan both shooting wide.

ECU keep trying for another goal as the game is almost over and again Dylan and Trent both shoot over in the last minute.

The whistle is blown and ECU deservedly wins 3-2. A great first game by the boys and with a bit more composure in front of goal it could have been very one sided.