Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on February 6, 2007
EB Lions U8 - 1
Sacred Hearts U8 - 2
This match reflected the gloriously sunny weather and was one of the most exciting of the season.
Sacred Hearts went one up after two minutes, but an equaliser looked on the cards a few minutes later as a result of superb passing between Charles Gamble and Dylan Karavadra. The opportunity was narrowly missed, but Dylan equalised just before half-time.
Jack Cook, in goal, made excellent saves and clearances under extreme pressure from Sacred Hearts. This continued into the second half with several spectacular saves from Jack and a timely clearance from Archie Bunker.
Jack Nevitt nearly scored for the Lions, who unfortunately conceded another goal due to slack marking.
The final result was 1-2 to Sacred Hearts and Man of the Match was Jack Cook.
The squad comprised: Jack Cook, Thomas Rainbow, Jack Nevitt, Dylan Karavadra, Archie Bunker, Charles Gamble, Callum Gardner, James Pratt.
Eaton Bray Lions U11 - 3
Square Rangers U11 - 5
A bright but cold morning set the scene. The Lions started well and were soon applying pressure to the Rangers.
Jake Higgs kicked a great long ball that soared right over the keeper's head and landed in the top corner of the net.
Rangers were not to be beaten and made a great run up the field and equalled the score. After a more evenly matched 10 minutes, Vincenzo Lombardo scored a second for the Lions.
The second half saw a very determined Rangers side and soon they had equalised with a well-orchestrated corner move.
Soon the Lions had scored again, only for the Rangers to execute another superb corner and score again.
The Rangers continued to apply pressure and looked the better side. The Lions' defence continued to show weakness and this was confirmed as the Rangers scored 2 further goals.
EB Lions Man of the Match James Patriako.
EB Lions U13 - 3
Flitwick Eagles B - 3
Early pressure from Flitwick meant lots of saves performed by the EBL goalkeeper, but eventually his luck dwindled and Flitwick went ahead after 15 minutes.
Eaton Bray weren't fazed and started to grab hold of the game. Runs down the middle were always being stopped by a solid Flitwick defence and so Lions needed to try the wings or lob the ball over the top and run onto it. This was duly done and an equalizer came from Jack Coates.
One more from Jonnie Moriarty and another from Coates meant EBL went 3-1 up.
A late flurry by Flitwick saw frantic Lions' defending, but the home advantage stayed at half-time.
The tempo in the second half was much quicker and this suited Flitwick more. Lions didn't seem to realise that a lot of work was needed to keep their lead, so Flitwick got two more goals. MoM Andy Broughton for excellent defending.
Dunstable St Mary's U15 - 4
EB Lions U15 - 3
Dunstable took full advantage of the sloping pitch in the first half, scoring an early goal from a speedy downhill run.
Lions missed several chances but equalised when a great pass from Ed Poole set up Dylan Taylor for a shot. Dunstable scored three more before half-time but Lions staged a comeback in the second half.
Danny Law's first shot was just wide but he made up for it with a beautiful long shot into the top corner. Under pressure, Dunstable's defence handled the ball in the area and Lion's captain, Rob Gadsden, scored an impressive penalty. Lions threw everything into the last fifteen minutes, with great play from Sam Blumsom, Gareth Hemming and Alex Smith, but the equaliser eluded them.
Lions' MoM was Rob Gadsden for his inspiring captain's performance.
Source: EB Lions
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