University Challenge is a walk in the Park

University Challenge is a walk in the Park

Posted on May 18, 2012 in 'Juniors 2012'

UWA Nedlands Under 10s  0 – 12  ECU Joondalup Under 9s – Match Report: Dave Faichney

Nestled on the idyllic and salubrious northern banks of the Swan River estuary, Charles Court Reserve hosted the first encounter between UWA Under 10s and ECU Under 9s.

Shortly after kick off, deadlock was broken. Daniel was put through down the left wing and finished clinically into the keeper’s bottom left corner. This was followed by wave after wave of attacks, down the left flank, right flank and central areas. The interplay between the attack/ midfield of Harry, Regan, Reece, Daniel and Aidan was at times mesmerising. The UWA defence were disorientated but defended desperately, even valiantly. However like King Canute, as hard as they tried, they could not stop the flow. Pass and move, side to side and at rapid pace. This was total football and a joy to watch. Goal number 2 had a striker’s instinct. A predatory turn and finish by Harry. The keeper had no chance. More opportunities followed, on came Blair who added further steel to the midfield. The bigger, older boys of UWA had no

answers to the fearsome onslaught. Daniel then put Regan through for 3-0, a deflected shot from Reece made it 4-0. Daniel again crossed to set up Regan’s second for 5-0. Harry scored number 6, another ruthless finish following a cross which ricocheted to him off a hapless UWA defender. The play at times had been sublime. Mercurial skills, elusive wing wizardry down both flanks and thrusts through the middle. The defenders had also performed admirably exuding a calm, composed and serene authority. Well played Lewis, Euan, Ben and Matthew. HALF TIME: The scoreline was 6-0 to ECU.

The second half started in much the same way with a continuous bombardment of the UWA goal. It fortuitously survived the initial attacks but inevitably succumbed and normal service was quickly resumed. A rotation of positions resulted in Matthew moving further forward on the left, Massimo on the right wing and Joe in midfield. These lads took up the mantle and Harry made it 7-0 with another shot buried into the bottom corner. Hat tick for Harry ! Harry then headed into the top corner following a delightful cross from the right from Massimo. Four goals now to Harry and 8 – 0.

Reece and Joe then combined to put Massimo through to score. 9 – 0. Matthew then finished with a powerful shot into the top corner to make it 10 – 0 following more desperate UWA defending. Another rapier move down the right followed. Magnificent technique and combinations from Reece, Lewis and Massimo. It was soon 11-0 as Reece finished off another

fine move and then Joe put Massimo through for 12-0. FULL TIME: 12 – 0


It would be wholly unfair to dwell on individual performances as there were so many excellent ones. More importantly the team unit itself should be lauded as it contains a unique chemistry and a blend of all the necessary attributes required for further advancement. Played 4, Won 4 and with an astonishingly high goal difference.

ECU would be top of the league if there was one. The coach Brian McLatchie will be very proud of the team’s progress to date. A special mention to Brian, his hard work with the lads at training and matches is reaping huge dividends and every player is learning more and improving week by week. There is huge potential in this team and Brian is enthusiastically nurturing and developing it. A huge debt of gratitude is owed by the parents and boys alike to Brian. Well played lads !