Youth Football: Eaton Bray Lions
Posted on November 30, 2009
EB Lions U9 Blues - 0
St Martin's U9 Whites - 0
Lions turned in a scintillating display against St Martin's to secure a valuable point and retain second spot in the league table.
Despite the goalless scoreline, there was eye-catching football at both ends. Stout defending from James Glover and mobile rear guards Joe Thorne and Sam Bramston ensured a quiet game for keeper Cameron -Burchill, who was nevertheless reliable on those rare occasions he was called upon.
Intelligent passing from midfielders Joe Rabey, 011ie Ward and Myles Frederick culminated in a string of strikes at goal, and shots from Toby McGee and Sam Carter might have put a goal on the scoreboard, but ultimately the stalemate remained intact, so equally matched were the two sides.
EB Lions U12 - 2
Langford U12 B - 3
Lions found themselves well contained for the most part in a match which they could have won but for a lack of co-ordination and some frequent errors.
Threatened time and again by an effective Langford strike force, the midfield were finally able to break loose as Chris McGee made a run and fired in a cross to be completed by a perfect Sean Woodhouse touch. Charlie Nevitt scored immediately afterwards, finishing his own 40-yard run with a fine strike on goal.
Almost as quickly as they had reasserted themselves, the hosts once again surrendered possession and Langford hit back twice to level the match at the break.
The second half saw Langford continue their dominance, testing the back line of Aarin Johnson, Jake Draper, Mason Ashby, Alex Poynter and Adam Bradley.
Dan Kennel showed safe hands as a sequence of well placed corners and long range lobs came his way, but the visitors were able to land a third to go ahead.
Enterprising runs from James Hurley and Will Juster, along with some neat link-ups between Aaron Gauntlett, Sean Woodhouse and Tom Horner almost resulted in the equaliser.
Tireless midfield work from MoM Ben Roberts helped maintain momentum and a mis-struck Dominic Ryan kick passed just wide of a post but Lions could not grasp the opportunity to draw level before the whistle.
Source: EB Lions
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