ECU Under 12’s Win Grand Final

ECU Under 12’s Win Grand Final

Posted on October 31, 2013 in 'Juniors 2013'

Sunday 7th October – ECU 3-2 Sorrento
ECU under 12’s finished off a very impressive season with a hard fought victory over Sorrento at Grindleford Reserve in the top four play-off Grand Final. Considering both sides were missing players, the standard of the football was good although it was understandable that both sets of players seemed a bit nervous.

Both teams were coming off very good semi-final victories the previous weekend and it was Sorrento who struck first, when winger Danny swung in a cross from the left only for Joondalup defender Liam Owen, who unfortunately, turned the ball into his own net.
Despite the early setbacks, Joondalup settled well, and started to produce some nice football and were a threat, especially on the flanks.

After 10 minutes it was 1-1, from a Liam Hudson corner, Harley Curran rose above the Sorrento defence to head home.
Joondalup had the momentum, pushing forward at every given opportunity and creating openings. From a superbly weighted through pass by Brad Jordan, Liam Hudson finished brilliantly with crisp drive across the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net to make it 2-1 to Joondalup.

Within a few minutes it was 3-1, Oliver Ford won a header in midfield releasing Tom Eijgenhuizsen, whose through ball to Declan Hudson was again finished in emphatic style.
Half Time – ECU 3-1 Sorrento

Joondalup could have gone further ahead within seconds of the restart when Kieron Craig grazed the post with a lob over the keeper but then Sorrento woke up and were getting much more possession of the ball and Joondalup were starting to look a bit nervous.
Sorrento had a couple of shots over the bar and then with 15 minutes left, it was 3-2 when Joondalup failed to clear their lines, the ball finding its way through to Sorrento winger Danny who finished to set up an anxious finish to the match.

The same player then shot just over but then Joondalup went back to the same formation as in the first half and looked more comfortable in possession. Despite some nervy last few minutes and with some brilliant last grasp tackles by Tyler Uglow and Liam Owen (atoning for the og), they hung on to win a deserved victory, not just on the day but for the whole season.

Kieran Coyne superbly marshalled the back four, especially in the first half with a number of important interceptions and Ed Cook, Lewis Robinson, Luke Salmon also contributed to a marvellous all round team display. Thanks also to the two missing players on the day, Ethan Kerridge and James Lawless for all their valuable efforts this season as well.
Full Time – ECU 3-2 Sorrento
A big thanks must go to the coaches, John and Chris Coyne for all their coaching and advice throughout the whole season and their efforts have turned this team into a very good footballing side, whose performances have been very consistent and have improved as we have gone through the season. We now look forward to playing Sorrento again in this weekend’s Bunbury Cup.

Football West should also be congratulated as both the teams started life this season in Division 2 and they were both obviously too strong for that league. Three matches into the season, Football West took a brave decision, that wasn’t universally accepted by all clubs to promote both these two teams into the premier league and, despite, having played four games less than all the other teams, ECU managed to finish 2nd and Sorrento in 4th place. Both teams, no doubt, will be looking forward to next year with everyone starting from scratch.