ECU Under 11’s Dominant Run Continues

ECU Under 11’s Dominant Run Continues

Posted on August 10, 2013 in 'Juniors 2013'

ECU (11’s) 8 v Westside (11’s) 1 – Sunday August 4th 2013

ECU took only 2 minutes to open the scoring against near neighbours Westside on a somewhat heated Sunday morning. A lovely threaded pass from Joey split the middle of the Westside defence and found Luke who lofted the ball brilliantly over the keeper. ECU (1), Westside (0).

Luke went close again shortly after when Nathan worked an opening well on the right before crossing the ball to Luke. Unfortunately Luke needed a couple of inches more in stature to connect with the ball for what would surely have been a second goal. With the game settling a bit ECU continued to dominate play with Matt slotting in nicely and calmly in defence with some great headed clearances and Wes was putting in a strong shift in the middle of the defence once again. After 7 minutes the game saw its best move so far with Aaron, Nathan and Zak linking up well in a sweeping move that left the Westside defence trailing in its wake. A bit more composure and the resultant cross would have created a goal scoring chance for Joey.

A minute later Joey picked the pockets of a defender and his pass found Luke whose excellent shot was saved well by the Westside goalie. A quick line up shuffle introduced Dayan to the proceedings and it only took him a minute to drill the ball home for the game’s second goal in the 9th minute after good combination play in the ECU midfield. ECU (2), Westside (0).

The next few minutes saw both Riley and Joey have shots well saved by the Westside keeper. The team’s long throw specialist, Aaron, allowed ECU to constantly press up the right touchline forcing a string of corners in the first half. The ECU team line up was ever changing with Tommy doing more changes than you would see at a Lady Gaga concert, making it hard to keep track of the substitutions so apologies if any errors in names creep in from this point on.

Westside began to play their way in to the game with their coach marshalling them well and were rewarded after 13 minutes when a breakaway move down the right saw them score with a great finish despite Kai narrowing the angle well. ECU (2), Westside (1)

When the game restarted Harry had replaced Zak on the right wing. His wizardry in the 16th minute baffled a Westside defender allowing him to cross the ball in and find Riley unmarked who knocked the ball home for ECU’s third goal. ECU (3), Westside (1)

In the eighteenth minute a poor Westside clearance found its way to Harry whose snap shot forced a brilliant one handed save over the bar from the Westside keeper. The resultant corner was met by the head of Aaron but was deflected off the back of the head of a defender on to the bar before dropping down and somehow booted off the line. Aaron’s still having sleepless nights about it.

Riley was hunting for his second goal and after a great turn created an opening saw his shot saved well at the expense of another corner. He was soon smiling though when he headed Luke’s well taken corner in to the goal from close range.

ECU (4), Westside (1).

At the other end Kai wasn’t having too quiet a day, as he was soon called in to action when he came off his line well to clear a dangerous run from Westside’s centre forward. Wes put in a super tackle to deny Westside a sniff at goal. On the stroke of half-time a great reverse pass from Riley found Zak on the left who “sclaffed” (Scottish for mis-hit) his shot but saw it loop up and over the Westside keeper’s despairing leap for ECU’s 5th goal of the game.

Half –time score: ECU (5), Westside (1)

It was tit for tat at the start of the second half with Nathan doing well to force a corner one minute and Aaron having to slide tackle well to prevent a goal scoring opportunity for Westside the next. Joey also hit a great first time volley just over the bar from Zak’s cross and had a header go close as well from a great cross by Luke. Harry was buzzing down the right, at one point jumping like a gazelle to head the ball forward to continue one of his runs. Kai dove well to his right in the 6th minute to smother the ball well from a speculative Westside effort on goal.

Wes was surprisingly moved in to a midfield partnership with Riley and had a great mazy run through most of the Westside team before passing to Luke, whose shot went close. Aaron now in the centre of defence was working hard and blocked two shots well to keep Westside from increasing their goal tally. In the 12th minute Joey’s tricky run across the Westside box carved open a chance but his shot was miraculously blocked on the line by a defender’s outstretched leg.

After 15 minutes Wes and Riley played a lovely one two and Wes took his time before stroking the ball home for a rare goal from him and ECU’s sixth of the game. ECU (6), Westside (1).

Another great cross by Harry from a tight angle on the Westside touchline (byline if your Scottish) in the sixteenth minute was clinically dispatched in to the goal by Riley to complete his hat-trick.

ECU (7), Westside (1)

Harry cheekily ‘megged” a defender a minute later, before sliding a pinpoint cross to Riley who tapped it home for his fourth of the game – ECU (8), Westside (1)

Riley then turned provider when his pass let in Luke but his great shot was well saved again by the Westside keeper. Good strength and skill by Matt created a half chance but his shot was well blocked. Another great sweeping move, similar to that in the first half, out of defence saw the team have 3 quick passes to open up right of the Westside defence before the final shot went just past.

On the stroke of full-time the Westside keeper saved his best for last when he had another one handed wonder save from Luke’s powerful shot. Westside to their credit battled well but were outplayed for most of the game by the ECU boys.

Final score ECU (8), Westside (1)