Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on February 6, 2008
EB Lions U8 Blues - 4
Memorial Park U8 - 3
In a match that ebbed and flowed throughout, Memorial opened first, but their lead was reeled in as David Wood and Matt Kennell upped the Lions' goal tally to go into the second half ahead.
Stand-in keepers Toby McGee and Robert Bunting had a torrid time of it though, adeptly fending shots from a stubbornly persistent Memorial strike force.
Defenders Sam Bramston, Daniel Challis, and MoM Connor Tough, who battled the length and breadth of the pitch to defeat wave after wave of attack, ensured their opposition were frustrated at every turn.
Just as a 3-1 victory looked possible, Memorial squeezed through to score twice in a matter of minutes, and Lions had a fight on their hands.
It was a challenge they would rise to meet, defender Jack Reynolds shearing the crossbar with a long, looping shot from beyond the penalty area, and ultimately David netted again to clinch an electrifying win.
EB Lions U14 - 2
Shefford Saints U14 - 2
Shefford were a physical team but seemed unable to take advantage of the slope and strong following wind in the first half.Good defensive play by Lions and effective goalkeeping by Cavendish prevented Saints from scoring but Lions struggled to produce any good attacking moves.
The second half was much more exciting.
Lions were caught out by a first minute goal from Saints, the shot coming from wide on the right wing.
Saints quickly repeated the move to score again and Lions countered with renewed energy.
Dear moved up to midfield for Lions and was soon linking up with Audouard to feed balls through to the forwards.
Auduoard (well deserved MOM) took the ball through and lobbed the keeper to score.
Moriarty took a corner for Lions and Audouard was perfectly positioned at the far post to knock in his second goal.
Lions applied relentless pressure but were unable to secure the winner.
EB Lions U12 (Girls) - 0
Sacred Heart U12 (Girls) - 1
Lions controlled the match from the start with every player giving their all.
Darcy (GoM) was all over the pitch with some great attempts on goal along with partner, Hattie.
Hattie kept pushing forward and looked like she was going to score but twisted her ankle and had to come off.
Meg kept taking the game to the opposition whilst Emily and Elsa covered well making good passes.
In defence, Katy played a faultless game as sweeper, Beth and Devon looked solid and Nancy in goal coped with everything that came her way.
Lions brought on Abbie and Shannon in defense in the second half and continued to keep control of the game but against the run of play a scrappy goal from a corner gave Sacred Heart the lead.
Despite constant pressure and more attempts on goal, the game ended in an undeserved defeat for Lions.
Source: EB Lions
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