Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on October 19, 2009
Sundon Athletic U9 - 0
EB Lions U9 Blues - 4
Lions commenced their season in earnest, securing top spot in league division two with a clinical victory at Sundon Athletic.
Stand-in keeper Toby McGee retained a clean sheet with a display of clattering saves and intelligent deflections, while striker and MOM Joe Rabey began his hat-trick early in the first and completed it in the second with a brace of no-nonsense deliveries.
Strong attacks from 011ie West and Sam Carter piled pressure onto the outgunned hosts, but it was forward Myles Frederick who slammed in the third of four goals for the visiting side.
Full backs Sam Bramston, Joe Thorne and James Glover presented a robust and mobile defensive line, with some rigorous tackles to neutralise the Sundon goal threat.
Brickhill Wanderers Youth - 6
EB Lions U12- 1
Lions showed tenacity and some encouraging signs of improvement against league two side Brickhill Wanderers in their away cup fixture.
Refusing to recognise the lofty ranking of their experienced opponents, Lions dominated much of the opening half, defenders Dominic Ryan, Tom Horner, Jake Draper and Aarin Johnson setting about a series of crunching tackles that grabbed the attention of the Brickhill forwards from the opening whistle.
With 10 minutes of the half to run, a slicing cross found Sean Woodhouse, who netted confidently to finis a tight opening stanza 2-1 down. Forwards James Hurley and Will Juster pressed into the Brickhill box on several occasions but, like Charlie Nevitt's marathon runs, these dynamic attacking plays were ultimately thwarted by the resilient defence of the hosts.
Mason Ashby, Chris McGee and MOM Adam Bradley nimbly worked the centre of the pitch during the second, while Aaron Gauntlett and Alex Poynter reinforced the back line.
Smart keeping from Dan Kennell kept the Lions in the match up until the final 10 minutes, when a string of opposing goals fell in to hand Brickhill an unassailable lead.
Source: EB Lions
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