Under 13’s Open Their Account

Under 13’s Open Their Account

Posted on April 25, 2013 in 'Juniors 2013'

Fremantle Utd  0-2  ECU Joondalup – Sunday 21st April – Premier League – Report by Nick Ford

After last week’s disappointing defeat to Perth, ECU under 13’s had another difficult game away to Fremantle Utd, and as with last week, were missing a number of players.

The home started well and forced a number of corners in the opening minutes but having survived that, ECU then gradually got into the game and started to create chances themselves, especially on the break. After 13 minutes the visitors took the lead, a free kick from Ethan Kerridge was not cleared properly, Luke Salmon (right in action) helped the ball on and Harley Curran finished from close range.

ECU then hit the post through Tom Eijgenhuijsen but then the same player made it 2-0, scoring with a sweet volley from just inside the penalty box. Just before half time, Fremantle hit the post but the visitors held on to take a lead into the break.

Half Time – Fremantle Utd  0-2  ECU Joondalup

The visitors stared really well in the second half and created a couple of good chances inside the first few minutes, Kieron Craig and Luke both firing wide. Fremantle then had a goal disallowed, the Freo forward scoring with a header but adjudged to have fouled ECU keeper, Ed Cook in the process. To rub salt into the Freo wounds, ECU were then awarded a penalty but Kieran Coyne hit the post and the game stayed in the balance. ECU defended well as a team and reduced Fremantle to shooting from distance while at the other end, the away team created a number of opportunities to seal the game completely.

Full time – Fremantle Utd  0-2  ECU Joondalup

Considering the boys were down to the bare bones in terms of players available and coming off an opening round defeat, this was a tremendous team performance with every player working hard and contributing to the performance. Not wanting to highlight any individuals, mention has to made of Ethan Kerridge’s display at the heart of ECU’s defence, which was outstanding.

A very good display by all the boys and an excellent result against a very good side who will not drop many points this season. Next week ECU host Inglewood Utd at home, a repeat of last seasons play off semi final, which ECU won convincingly.