ECU edge out Freo

ECU edge out Freo

Posted on May 7, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

ECU 4 East Fremantle 2 – 06 May 2012 – 9.45

A partly cloudy 19 degree, fresh morning saw ECU play against East Fremantle.

A frantic start by both teams with two great saves by both goalies in the first two minutes. A good through ball found Sam on the left wing who crossed it through to Declan, who’s shot just went over the cross bar. After 4 minutes Ryan’s through ball to Sam this time found Luke in the box who put it away past the left hand side of the goalie for ECU’s opening goal. East Fremantle soon replied with a huge goal kick that bounced and found the centre forward, who’s shot was deflected by Kyle into the top right hand corner, evening up the score.

ECU was quick to come back with an attack where Ayden passed to Rhodesy whose shot was just wide of the left hand goal post. East Fremantle then got a free kick ten yards inside ECU’s half in the 18th minute where their large centre back just managed to knock it over Kyle’s head. 2-1 to East Fremantle. This put our boys under pressure now and a good corner kick from Sam found Rhodesy, whose header hit the side net. Our boys were coming back strong. A big presence from our defense thwarted East Fremantle’s striking runs.

In the 25th minute Fitzy’s throw in from the left hand touch line found Rhodesy who maneuvered past two defenders and with a brilliant, low, casual shot found the back of the net to make it 2 all. Minutes later, another free kick from virtually the same place where Freo scored their 2nd goal was defused by a brilliant header to safety from Matteo. Kyle then pulled off a massive save after another powerful free kick which looked certain to go in. Some good midfield play by Joe and Ayden saw a great cross to Sam who headed it just outside of the right hand post.

At the other end, Kyle made another two brilliant saves. With continuous forward’s pressure an opening was made for Ayden to pass to Ryan who tucked it away into the back of the net. 3-2. ECU then got a free kick on the right hand wing and a clever 1,2 between Sam and Brent saw Sam’s shot saved by a brilliant dive from the goalie.

HALF TIME……

ECU came out determined, putting relentless pressure on Freemantle’s defense with 5 corners conceded by Freo in the first 10 minutes. A brilliant run by Sam down the left wing found Aiden who knocked it onto Brent whose shot was deflected by the goalie over the bar. A solid defense by Ryan B, James, Stefan and Matteo kept the Freo attack to a minimum. A clash of heads sent Sam off the field. A pivoting turn by Ryan in the mid field released Brent to stretch his legs down the right wing and cross it back in to Ryan again to head home a brilliant goal.

4-2.  ECU’s final attempt was a cross from the right wing who found Fitzy in the box and despite his good double header, was saved by the goalie. A good hard game for our boys who played well together as a team.