Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on December 12, 2007
EB Lions U8 Blues - 0
Luton Borough Dragons Whites U8 - 5
Under testing conditions Lions bravely took on league top dogs Luton Borough Dragons.
An encouraging start had David Woods breaking away with Matt Kennell to threaten the visiting keeper and then, minutes later, a second run opened up as mid-fielders Robert Bunting and Connor Tough fed the ball through to the forwards again, setting up an impressive strike.
The weather showed no signs of turning, but the match was about to and following a brace of stunning saves from Ollie Mulcahy, the first ball slipped in. Defenders Daniel Challis, Jack Reynolds and MoM Bradley Hicks worked hard to keep the oppressive opposition at bay, successfully wresting the ball on more than one occasion but, following the half time break, three goals went against the Lions in quick succession.
Like so many matches, the scoreline ought to have been a lot closer, but the ultimate tally of 0-5 was nothing shameful: the Dragons are undefeated to date.
EB Lions Girls U12 - 0
Barton Rovers Girls U12 - 0
With the wind blowing strongly, icy cold rain and the playing surface slippery, this was always going to be one of those games that could be decided by a simple mistake by either team.
Lions' goalie Shannon had to contend with either the ball skidding fast as it approached her goal or almost stopping dead as it hit the mud just in front of goal.
Defenders Katie, Beth and Devon fended off a determined Barton attack, which they managed to do all match.
In midfield Lions had Megan, Emily and Elsa working against the wind, rain and mud to try and set up Darcy and Hattie up front to score the goal that they so deserved but conditions did not give the attack the breaks.
Even with their strikers coming back to try and create a goal scoring chance it was not to be for Lions and the match ended goalless.
Source: EB Lions
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