Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on February 12, 2008
EB Lions U8 Blues - 1
St Josephs U8 - 5
A second half David Wood goal retained the spirits of a determined Lions side in a tough game versus second place St. Josephs.
The scoreline belied a close and competitive match, which saw the home side up tempo after the break to establish a real threat to the talented visitors.
Positioning was excellent, not least from MoM Jack Reynolds who was finding space in anticipation of the next attack.
Daniel Challis played his usual effective style, powering the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, while Connor Tough worked hard to feed the ball forwards and Toby McGee delivered a handful of impressive shots on goal.
Keeper 011ie Mulcahy made some accomplished saves, snatching the ball from the air time and again during a torrid first half which saw four goals go against Lions.
Stiff defensive work by Robert Bunting and Bradley Hicks applied the brakes to the harried St Josephs strikers as the game progressed.
EB Lions U8 Reds - 4
St Martins Blues U8 - 0
Lions are settling into their new formation well and right from the start were in control of the match.
An early goal from Harri got them off to a great start.
With Dax up front keeping the pressure on the St Martins defense and Jack, George, Charlie and Harri controlling the centre of the pitch Lions looked comfortable.
Freddie was in charge at the back and in goal Toby dealt with anything that came his way.
Lions brought on Karl at half time and continued to push forward.
Six minutes into the second half, after a corner, George got Lions' second.
An on form St Martins keeper was all that kept the score line at 2-0 until five minutes from the end when Dax got two more.
In a match where it was difficult to award MoM it was decided to give it to Dax and George.
EB Lions U11 - 3
Flamstead Youth B U11 - 3
The Lions returned to form in this exciting encounter.
The boys started well when Scotty Mercer's persistence blocked the keeper's clearance and he rolled the ball into the net.
Flamstead got an equaliser when their speedy striker outpaced the Lions defence to a long pass and slotted home.
The same player scored a similar goal to put Flamstead ahead.
He almost added a third, this time his shot was cleared off the line by Jakob Knappitt.
The Lions were the stronger team in the second half.
Scotty scored the best goal of the match to equalise, a superb shot from the edge of the box into the top corner.
A period of Lions pressure resulted in MoM Scotty's third with another great strike.
However the Lions could not hang on and with a few minutes remaining Flamstead's striker scored from close range for the second hat-trick of a great match.
EB Lions U14 - 8
Stopsley Sports U14 - 0
Lions applied pressure from the start and a long throw from Coates allowed Crace to flick the ball past the keeper to score within two minutes.
Dear scored the second from a corner, but though their defence struggled Stopsley were persistent and had their chances.
Lions scored three more before halftime; Thorne calmly lobbed the advancing goalie from well outside the box, Auduoard connected with a great corner from Moriarty and Thorne blasted in his second.
Lions lost momentum after the break and Stopsley went on the attack but Taylor and Lancefield were solid in Lions' defence.
Lions scored three more; Thiel knocked in another of Moriarty's corners, Scott-Lewis scored from a neat series of passes culminating in a superb cross by O'Connell and Moriarty (MOM) finally found the back of the net.
It was a great performance by Lions and Stopsley showed great spirit in never giving up until the final whistle.
Source: EB Lions
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