Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on March 17, 2008
EB Lions U8 Blues - 3
EB Lions U8 Whites - 1
Play swung back and forth as Matt Kennel) and Toby McGee drove the ball forwards for Blues and created some superb strikes, but it was Whites who landed first to go ahead within ten minutes.
Connor Tough replied with a stunning shot to level the match and defenders Sam Bramston and Daniel Challis effectively closed down any further attacks before the break.
Blues settled into their rhythm in the second half, hogging possession throughout. Keeper 011ie Mulcahy traded with Daniel to get some on-pitch time, putting in some adept defensive work and working forwards to place an impressive shot that fell just short.
Jack Reynolds, Luke Jearrad and Robert Bunting slotted some neat passes in between the Whites defence to open up more opportunities, and Bradley Hicks dispossessed the occasional attacker to ensure the opposing goal tally remained at one. Ultimately MoM Connor scored again as did David Wood to compound a clear. victory.
EB Lions U8 Reds - 4
Crawley Green Crusaders U8 - 0
It seemed as if it was going to be a repeat of last week where Lions totally controlled the game with all the pressure coming from the Lions, but the ball would just not go in. The bar, posts and a well positioned goalkeeper simply kept the Lions out.
But with only 2 minutes to go of the first half Charlie Giblin put Lions ahead and they went in 1-0 up at half time.
Lions started the second half strongly with a goal from Dax Roe and two from Karl Shrowder in the first nine minutes. With strong performances from George and Jack in midfield and Freddy, Lee and Harrison working well together there wasn't much for Lions' goalkeeper Toby to do.
In a match that they dominated from start to finish this was a good result for the Lions.
Oakley Rangers U10 - 1
EB Lions U10 - 2
Lions notched up their first win of 2008 as they finally overpowered a game Oakley side in an enthralling encounter which the first of a brace of decisive goals.
Defenders Ben and James ran down every attack and countered with their usual scything clearances, while MoM Aarin took on all comers and made noteworthy inroads deep into Oakley territory.
The second half kicked off at the same frenetic pace and had onlookers gasping as shots winged the nets at each end. Mason and Charlie put together some accomplished passing moves that threatened the Oakley back line, while Adam and Chris worked hard to chase down every ball.
Finally, it was Sean's laser-guided corner into Dominic that resulted in the winning goal, although a seemingly never-ending half saw keeper Dan well tested forcing him into some truly textbook save-making.
Sandy Colts U12 Girls - 0
EB Lions U12 Girls - 2
Another great match and a super win, this one away from home, giving the Lions a run of four consecutive wins.
Lions started strongly with a goal after six minutes from Hattie and continued to control the match right up to half time and were unlucky not to have scored again. Lions used Shannon as reserve keeper after Nancy had to come off but the team pulled together and kept a clean sheet.
Six minutes into the second half Megan scored Lions' second. Again Lions' midfield of Darcy, Emily and Elsa were strong and in total control despite some unexpected decisions going against them. In defence Katie was in control with good support from Devon and Beth. The recent results are well deserved for a team that has worked hard and pulled together and never given up. It is a real achievement for their first season together.
Source: EB Lions
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