Under 18’s back to winning ways

Under 18’s back to winning ways

Posted on August 13, 2011 in 'Reports'

ECU 2 v SORRENTO 0 – 6 AUGUST 2011 – Report by Trevor Chapman

A good result for title chasing ECU against a stubborn, well-organised Sorrento side in a tight local derby.

Sorrento had the better of the early play taking advantage of ECU’s reputation as slow starters and they had most of the early possession and a couple of goal mouth incidents, but no genuine goal scoring opportunities.

ECU moved Gareth Hamilton into the centre back role he has occupied a few times this season, alongside Liam Chapman.  Young Jack Jones returned from his injury scare of last week to play another accomplished game at full back, along with Jack Strachan.  Coach Willie McNally paired Henry Durr and Declan Hargreaves in the heart of midfield with Danny Dixon and Liam McGurk filling the wide roles.  Lee James and Alex Paddon provided the fire power up front.  The changes to the starting line-up possibly caused the hesitant start but Sorrento certainly looked the more hungry of the two teams.

Danny Dixon once again looked the most dangerous for ECU with his ability to get down the line and he and Paddon combined after 12 minutes to create ECU’s first chance, but the shot went wide.  Apart from a long-range effort from Henry Durr in the 19th minute, which went also wide of the post, we had to wait until the 40th minute for ECUs next serious attempt on goal, and once again it was a great long range effort form Dixon.  0-0 at half time and no real signs of an opening goal.

ECU certainly came out a little more fired up in the second half and took the early initiative,  Sorrento seemed to tire after an industrious first half and it was ECU doing most of the attacking with Sorrento trying to respond on the occasional breakaway or via long range free kicks.  The game looked to be heading for a tame 0-0 draw until the 82nd minute when another ECU attack resulted in the first real shot on goal for the half.  Liam McGurk unleashed a 25 metre drive which dipped under an unfortunate Sorrento keeper and into the net to give ECU a 1-0 lead.

Confidence was high and a few fresh substitutions sparked ECU into life for the last ten minutes and it was perhaps no surprise when their lead was doubled in the 84th minute.  Another great run down the left from Dixon and a teasing ball into  the box allowed ‘Gonzo’ Paddon to demonstrate his dynamic pace once again to dash in and place his firm shot into the back of the net, with Sorrento defenders still looking on.

A 2-0 win for ECU against local rivals Sorrento then in a hard fought derby match.  This keeps ECU at the top of the league and maintains the pressure on Perth and Floreat to keep winning their outstanding games.

TOM DURR QUOTE OF THE WEEK  (after witnessing what he thought was a slight lack of commitment by one said player):

‘If he was my team mate, and he pulled out of a tackle like that, I would belt him – never mind the opposition Centre Half’.