Under 18’s slip up against The Lions

Under 18’s slip up against The Lions

Posted on August 2, 2011 in 'Reports'

ECU 1 v STIRLING LIONS 2 – 30 JULY 2011 – Report by Trevor Chapman

This was a below-par performance from the boys after the great performance against Perth two weeks ago and the resounding 11-1 win against Mandurah last Saturday (which I missed hence the missing Match Report).  And it was certainly a disappointing result given we are currently top of the league and keen to finish League Champions. No disrespect to Stirling, who have now taken six points from us this season, but they should have been 3-0 down by half time and the game would have been over, but dominant possession once again did not result in goals for ECU.

The game started brightly enough with ECU once again receiving an early penalty award to ease the nerves.  Liam Chapman duly drilled the penalty home into the corner of the net and gave ECU a 22 minute lead.  They continued to dominate play in the first half with Danny Dixon having an outstanding game on the left and the midfield and forwards linking well.  The defence looked solid once again and Ellis Compton dealt comfortably with anything that came near the box.  A half time lead of 1-0 was scant reward for the ECU dominance.

Half times can change a game and this proved to be the case in this one as Stirling came out with a much more confident attitude.  They were sitting in fifth place and had nothing to lose so they were obviously told to ‘go out and have a go at ECU’ by their Coach.  Our boys seemed to come out thinking the game was won and they would breeze through the second half.

They got what should have been a wake-up call in the 63rd minutes when a long flighted ball into the ECU box deceived both Jamie Blue and Jack Strachan and the Stirling winger controlled it beautifully before driving a firm shot past Compton. Three minutes later ECU played a suicidal ball across the back four on the edge of their own penalty area and in stepped the Stirling Centre Forward for probably his easiest strike of the season.  ECU were suddenly 2-1 down and struggling.  To be fair, they never looked like pulling a goal back despite the majority of possession.  No-one seemed able to supply that killer pass or that bit of magic to turn the game.

The game finished 2-1 to Stirling,who became the first team to do the double over ECU this season.

Hopefully the boys can lift themselves for two big games against Sorrento at home and Floreat away in the next two weeks.

TOM DURR QUOTE OF THE WEEK: (When meeting my Daughter’s dog, Ollie, a 4 month old Bichon Frise, who made his first appearance at an ECU home game):

‘He looks like he has just been through a washing machine on a fast spin’.

Understandably, my Daughter Emma no longer speaks to Mr Durr.