Under 13’s Struggle to Defeat Local Rivals

Under 13’s Struggle to Defeat Local Rivals

Posted on May 25, 2013 in 'Juniors 2013'

Westside 1-2 ECU Joondalup – Sunday 19th May – Premier League

Photo – Lewis Robinson in action – They often say in football that, it doesn’t matter where teams are placed in the table, if they are local rivals, the games will always be close and that’s exactly what happened at Prince Regent Park on this occasion. Coming in to this game, ECU were well placed in second, Westside at the foot of the ladder but it was the home side who showed the greater endeavour and they will be disappointed not to get anything out of the match.

On a narrow pitch, ECU were not allowed to get into their stride, the work rate of the hosts being far greater in the early stages. There were very few chances created and the visitors only had a couple of long range efforts from Declan Hudson and Brad Jordan to show for a very frustrating half.

Half Time – Westside 0-0 ECU Joondalup

Westside continued to work hard in the second half but, at last, ECU stepped up their work rate and began to create chances and get a foothold in the game. The home side hit the post and just, minutes later, ECU were ahead, following a Harley Curran corner, Westside failed to clear and Luke Salmon scrambled the ball home. Back came Westside to equalise almost immediately when ECU failed to stop a cross coming in from their right and Ellis Heslop steered the ball, low into the corner to make it 1-1.

The goal flurry continued, Luke’s shot/cross was deflected over the impressive home goal keeper for Kieron Craig to toe poke, what turned out to be the winner. The second goal seemed to deflate the home side, ECU were now on top and created a number of good chances to seal the game, between them, Luke and Liam Hudson it the post three times in as many minutes.

Full Time – Westside 1-2 ECU Joondalup

ECU just about did enough to win the game, Westside should be proud of their efforts and will feel aggrieved that they lost another close encounter. Next week (26/5), ECU host another local rival in Whitford City while Westside travel to Cockburn City.