ECU Under 11’s Put Wind Up Sorrento

ECU Under 11’s Put Wind Up Sorrento

Posted on June 15, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

ECU 11’s v Sorrento 

Today was best summed up by Billy Connolly who once said “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. Whilst parents, siblings and coaches took what shelter they could find from the high winds the ECU under 11’s battled well to overcome Sorrento (2-0) in this local derby.

Almost straight from the kick-off some great work by Trent in the middle found Dylan out wide on the left, who delivered a great cross to Charlie who shot just pass the post from close range. In the early stages Josh (Mr. Consistency), Ollie and Trent linked up very well causing many problems for Sorrento’s defence.

In the fourth minute Charlie fed a clever ball out to Dylan who crossed well once again but no one was on hand for ECU to knock the ball home. After good strong use of his body, Ollie linked well with Trent forcing Sorrento’s keeper to come out to clear the ball away. Luckily for him his “sclaffed” clearance went just pass his on post. Reid decided to get in the act next when his clearance after 5 minutes found its way in to the arms of Sorrento’s keeper thanks to the high winds.

With the ever industrious Morgan (The Guv’nor) bossing the midfield allowing Trent to go close in the 10th minute, after good use of both feet, it was mid-way through the first half before Sorrento got a glimpse of ECU’s goal. The resulting shot flashed past ECU’s right hand post.

With ECU’s defensive trio of Josh, Evan and Ciaran shutting up shop at the back ECU continued to dominate play going forward. A great pass from Ciaran found Trent whose long range shot forced a good save from Sorrento’s keeper. With very tidy work in the midfield by Morgan and Ollie, ECU continued to try to play football on the floor in the worsening conditions. Ciaran, Dylan and Charlie made way for Jack, Kian (Millwall) and Ben. It wasn’t long before Ben’s bustling style forced a great block from Sorrento’s defence to prevent him getting his shot away, forcing a corner instead. With the often unsung hero at the back Evan “Rocky” Gurney having a great game Trent yet again saw his strong run through the middle end with a great save by Sorrento’s keeper’s legs just before half-time.

Half-time score (0-0)

Whilst parents took time during the break to adjust the multi-layers of assorted fashions adorned to keep the winter’s chill out, John delivered another of his stirring sermons on the mount to the boys. The second half began with Ben storming down the right and good use of his shoulder forced Sorrento’s left back to the floor. His pass found Jack whose shot was blocked well and with Ben about to pounce on the loose ball Sorrento’s defence somehow cleared the danger.

Sorrento began to get a grip of the game helped by the strong winds now at their backs. ECU found themselves bogged down in defence requiring Morgan and Kian to focus more on their defensive qualities. Great work by Ben tracking back from half-way put off Sorrento’s midfielder who long range effort went just over Reid’s bar in the 10th minute. After good work by Trent on the right allowed him to cross well, it took Sorrento’s keeper to punch the ball away just before Ben’s head connected with the ball. Ben was to

be the provider next when his great cross found Ciaran in space and when his shot was initially blocked, up popped Jack from nowhere to coolly slot the ball home for ECU’s first goal of the game. ECU (1) Sorrento (0).

Soon after the re-start Ben’s header from Trent’s corner went close. Ciaran and Trent were next to test the keeper from distance. Their shots both well saved by Sorrento’s keeper. Sorrento continued to threaten from distance and with their supporters vocally encouraging our match referee (Dave aka Stevie Wonder), the game entered a period not unlike AFL. Numerous Sorrento officials (???) entered the field of play from the side-lines to escort their battle-weary son’s from the field following tackles from the likes of Morgan and Ben.

In the midst of all the confusion up stepped Ciaran to quickly work the ball from right foot to left before drilling a shot beyond Sorrento’s keeper for ECU’s 2nd goal of the game. With the excellent Josh being replaced by Ben at right back Charlie took over as striker. With heavy rain making things even more unpleasant it took a brilliant goal line clearance from Dylan to deny Sorrento a goal near games end, after Sorrento had had a succession of corners going close several times. But they were sent home to think again when the whistle blew for full time. A well deserved victory by our ECU under 11’s in a bruising encounter in tough conditions.

Final score: ECU (2) Sorrento (0)