One Goal is enough for the 11s

One Goal is enough for the 11s

Posted on June 29, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

Balcatta 0 ECU 11′s 1 

The 11s had another tough match up against Balcatta but managed to grind out a 1-0 win. It was yet again a great team performance with all the boys fighting for every ball. The 11s dominated possession for most of the game and were unlucky not to add more to the score. After last week’s terrible weather the conditions were perfect for football.

Straight from the kick off the boys were on the attack. Dylan and Trent worked the ball down the right and Trent’s cross/shot is saved by the keeper. The Balcatta team had come to play and Reid was called into action early with a great save down to his right. With the Balcatta team pushing forward Morgan helps out the back three with his usual fierce defending. This allowed Ben some space in the midfield and his intelligent pass behind the defence almost finds Charlie.

The 11s were controlling the game and as most teams have seen this year the pace out wide can be hard to stop. Morgan and Ciaran play some nice football down the left and win a corner. Morgan receives the ball on the left and crosses the ball to Dylan but he can’t keep his shot down. The Balcatta team again have a break and Reid makes another good save to keep the game scoreless. It’s end to end and the boys win a corner after Charlie sees Ben’s  run but his pass is intercepted. Trent takes the corner and the defence do well to clear the ball but Morgan has placed himself in the perfect spot to collect the ball. He quickly shoots but after a deflection the keeper has no chance and its 1-0.

The Balcatta team keep trying to find a way through but Trent and Kian make great tackles at the back. More good work on then left from Morgan, Kian and Ciaran keeps the Balcatta defence busy. After some good one touch football between the three on the left Morgan has a shot which the keeper saves. Dylan is not out of the action for long and makes a number of dangerous crosses. Ben gets on the end of one but the Balcatta keeper saves again. Dylan again finds Trent in a good position on the right and he switches the ball out to Ciaran on the left. Ciaran shoots down low into the corner but the keeper is stopping everything.

The ever ready Evan is a lone figure at the back but he shows great concentration to head the ball clear and allow his teammates to push forward. Charlie makes a great turn with the ball and fires the ball at the keeper who has kept the Balcatta team in the game. Evan clears the ball again with a strong header and the last play of the half is Dylan beating his defender.

The Balcatta team start the second half looking for the equaliser. Evan and Dylan make good clearances in the air. Ciaran makes a good run and Trent shoots over. Kian is working hard at the back and in the middle Morgan is finding more space as the game opens up. The 11s are looking to increase the score and Dylan finds Trent in the middle, he passes to Morgan who gets it on target but the keeper is unbeaten again. Josh is back in defence and gets the ball out of his own half with some evasive running. Ollie is on the right side of midfield and helps Josh keep the Balcatta team from crossing the ball. Evan is still dominating the Balcatta forwards and it’s hard to see anyone getting past him.

Josh makes a break down the right and finds Trent who crosses the ball into Jack who heads just wide. The keeper would have struggled with that one if it had been on target. The same again as Trent puts in another cross, this time Jack throws himself at the ball but it’s just out of reach. With the half progressing the fitness levels will be tested but it’s the ECU boys that look more like scoring. Morgan makes a great run and finds Ciaran who shoots well but is saved. The Balcatta boys don’t give up and Kian does well to put the ball out for a corner. Ciaran and Morgan make strong challenges to win the ball in the air.

Ollie finds space out on the right, he makes a good run to relieve the Balcatta onslaught. It’s a tense last couple of minutes with Evan making some great tackles and clears the ball. Jack wins the ball and takes it up field as the final whistle is blown. A superb win over a very strong Balcatta team 1-0.