Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on November 5, 2007
EB Lions U8 Blues - 2
EB Lions U8 Whites - 0
The agile U8 Blues went two for two with an impressive win over their village counterparts in an anticipated derby match.
The Whites fought from the outset but were outgunned as the Blues hogged possession for a chunk of the game. Several searing shots sliced just off-target or else were absorbed by accomplished keeping; an impressive header from Toby McGee brushed the post, while David Wood and Robert Bunting made imposing progress.
Any Blues player could have scored, with shots driven forward by Daniel Challis and Sam Bramston. Ultimately Connor Tough placed a neat ball between the keeper's feet before the break, a lead consolidated in the second by Matt Kennell, powering in a decisive ball after ten minutes.
Guarding the Blues' net, Ollie Mulcahy made short work of occasional incoming shots, but a challenging task was ameliorated by outstanding defensive work courtesy of Jack Reynolds and Bradley Hicks.
EB Lions U8 Reds - 3
AFC Luton U8 - 1
In the quarter final of the League Cup Lions went one down after two minutes. Once Lions had got over the early goal they settled down and started to play some really good football.
Nearly all the pressure was coming from Lions with shots hitting the post, bar and near misses for most of the first half.
Just before half time Dax Roe scored a well deserved equalizer and Lions could have scored again before the break.
Lions started the second half by pushing forward and trying to find a way through a packed defense. After five minutes Dax scored his second and three minutes later Lee Saunders (MOM) got Lions' third. Lions were totally in control of the game and again hit the post and bar many times.
This was a great team effort with some strong individual performances. Lions passed well and moved the ball quickly.
EB Lions U10 - 2
Lewsey Centre U10 - 1
An unseasonably dazzling November morning submitted to more appropriately drab conditions as Lions got underway, looking to brighten their league status vs. Lewsey Central on Saturday.
Possession was divided equally between the two versatile sides for much of the opening half, with good forward work from Dominic and Adam, as well as some agile progress courtesy of Chris and Thomas.
Once again Aarin and Ben proved their worth, nabbing the ball at every opportunity and making decisive plays towards the Lewsey end, but it was MoM Charlie's moment of glory midway through that put the Lions in front for the first time this season.
Lewsey were down but not out, stealing a goal back after the break, threatening to overturn the score. Stunning saves from Dan, though, held their tally at one, and when debut scorer Mason slotted home a shot in the closing minutes the victory was sealed.
EB Lions U11 - 7
Clifton U11 - 0
The Lions started slowly but once Jayden Newman fired them into the lead after twenty minutes they dominated the remainder of the match.
The second goal came when Matt Glover's pass into the area was turned past his own keeper by an unfortunate Clifton defender. The Lions scored their third of the half when Ben Flitton headed in a corner.
After the break Jayden scored his second shooting in from the right. Matt G's great run and cross set up Scotty Mercer to score the fifth. Matt Bramston scored the next with a trademark finish after being released through on goal.
The last goal was the best, Jayden - completing his hat trick with some great skill followed by a terrific volley into the top corner.
A superb team performance from the Lions, with the added bonus of a clean sheet. MoM was Matt Glover who was outstanding in midfield.
Barton Rovers U12 - 1
EB Lions U12 - 3
Only five minutes into the first half and a solid pass from Lions' Nathan to Will S enabled Will to out-manoeuvre the keeper to score.
Lions continued to put pressure on Barton making several attempts on goal. Their patience paid off after James took control of the ball, turned and flicked it to Will who played a long ball past the keeper.
Will D came on and immediately made his presence known with some great passes. Barton dug their heels in and their number 8 made a good run past the Lions' defence only to be beaten by the goal post.
The second half saw James dribble the ball up the field play a cross to Spud who tapped the ball in the net. Barton continued to show a fighting spirit and their determination paid off. A good run up the pitch and Barton's captain kicked the ball past the keeper.
Bramingham U14 - 1
EB Lions U14 - 5
Bramingham's number seven kicked an impressive shot into the top corner within the first couple of minutes but Lions soon retaliated, with Gus Thorne scoring with one of his trademark long shots. For the remainder of the first half both teams worked hard but neither came close to scoring.
Lions increased their work rate in the second half. James Thiel and Andy Broughton did well to contain Bramingham's talented and quick number seven, whilst Andy Dear and Matt Audouard worked hard in mid-field to feed the ball to the Lions' forwards. Thorne scored a second and Jack Coates ran into the box only to be pushed off the ball by a defender.
Jonnie Moriarty scored confidently from the resulting penalty and soon after took the ball round the goalie and scored with a cracking left foot shot. Finally a good pass from Sam Marshall set MoM Thorne up for his hat-trick.
Source: EB Lions
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