Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on October 26, 2009
EB Lions U9 Blues - 3
Sacred Heart U9 - 0
Lions recorded their second victory in as many games this season, besting third place holders Sacred Heart in a scintillating encounter which saw the first half end on a stalemate.
Despite a string of shooting chances from Joe Rabey, Sam Carter and Toby McGee, the hosts were unable to score for the opening 20 minutes, and Sacred Heart maintained a goal threat on the counter attack, keeping defenders Joe Thorne and James Glover busy.
Lions maintained their strategic passing game in the second and patiently nurtured a string of strike opportunities as MOM 011ie West fed through to the forwards, allowing Joe Rabey to score twice and Myles Frederick to add a third.
Keeper Cameron Burchill maintained Lions' clean sheet this season with adept saves both on the line and at the limits of his area, ensuring the team's place at the top of the league.
EB Lions U12 - 7
Eastcotts U12 - 1
A Dominic Ryan hat-trick and goals from James Hurley, Mason Ashby and Charlie Nevitt saw Lions ease to their maiden win of the season against a resolute Eastcotts side.
Slotting Lions ahead inside the first 10 minutes, Mason gave the hosts a lead which added spark to the team and ignited an occasionally dormant potential. Well executed passes followed as midfielders added structure to the game, linking up with defenders Jake Draper, Tom Horner, Aarin Johnson, Ben Roberts and Adam Bradley to secure the back sectors of the pitch.
Eastcotts levelled the scoring before the break but a resurgent Lions hit back in the second, a brace of strikes from James opening a lead, extended by Dominic's three and Charlie's bottom-right corner shot, defeating a well-tested keeper.
There had been scoring opportunities throughout, with attempts on goal from Will Juster and Aaron Gauntlett, but smart defending from Alex Poynter, confident saves from Dan Kennel) and strategic positioning by Chris McGee held Eastcotts to a single goal.
Source: EB Lions
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