Posted on April 19, 2013 in 'Juniors 2013'

ECU u9’s v Hamersley U10’s – The ECU u9’s got their season off to a great start when they came up against a very big and strong Hamersley Rovers team.

Looking at the Hamersley team it was clear there was a full year age difference and the ECU boys were going to have to be strong to have any chance of doing well.

The lads seemed a bit flat in the warm up but fortunately they started well and got into their fluid passing style early on. Ryan and Eddie were seeing a lot of the ball in the opening few minutes and with some great link up play they were delivering some good crosses into the box.

The opening goal came from Ethan’s knee after a high ball by Danny. The ball looped over the keepers head and although he got a hand to it he couldn’t prevent it from crossing the line.

Moments later Sebastian made it 2-0, when he managed to squeeze a powerful shot under the diving keeper. He made it 3-0 shortly thereafter with the goal of the game with a well taken strike into the bottom corner giving the Hamersley keeper no chance. The half time score was 3-0.

The second half saw Sam come out of goal and inject a bit of lively pace into the game with Matthew going into goal as he wasn’t feeling the best. ECU continued to knock the ball around well and there were some lovely combination play down the right with Ethan, Danny, Aiki and Sam all involved. Seb was working very hard up front and was rewarded for his efforts when he got his hatrick.

For a period of the game there it looked like the ECU boys were starting to get tired, with Aston and Braydon away in Bali we only had 1 sub so the boys weren’t getting much rest. Hamersley started to enjoy their best period of the game and managed to score their only goal of the game. That goal seemed to spark the ECU boys back into life and they found their second wind. Sam’s liveliness around the box earned him a couple of goals with one a fantastic strike into the top corner. Paddy was working hard and seemed keen to push forward at any chance to try and get himself on the score sheet and Shade was his usual cool and calm self at the back breaking down a lot of the Hamersley play.

The final goal for ECU was scored by Ryan who deserved one after putting in a great performance. He could’ve added another late in the game when he found himself one on one with the keeper but his shot was finely saved by the Hamersley keeper.

The final score was 7-1 to ECU with Seb getting 3, Sam 2 and Ethan and Ryan 1 each.