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19 Aug 2017 - 15:00Frank Holohan Soccer Complex

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Eastern Lions u14s 1 – Springvale White Eagles u14s 0 This week, the Eastern Lions u14s hosted Springvale White Eagles in a slightly earlier start than the boys are used too. Nevertheless, it was n...

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Eastern Lions u14s 1 – Springvale White Eagles u14s 0

This week, the Eastern Lions u14s hosted Springvale White Eagles in a slightly earlier start than the boys are used too. Nevertheless, it was nice bright pre-spring morning and the boys were eager to avenge the 2-1 defeat from earlier in the season. A game, incidentally, where our boys threw away a 1-0 lead in a game they dominated for the most part but, credit to Springvale, who got back into the game and won through hard work and effort.
This week, much like the last game, the Lions started brightly and had the Eagles camped in their own half for much of the opening 30 mins. Kris P and Max were busy upfront, causing their big defenders all sorts of headaches with some great runs and physical battles. Only 5 or 6 mins in and Lachie whipped in corner from the left-hand side. It was low and hard and Kris P (he claimed) managed to get a nick on the ball which then diverted off the head of one of their defenders into the back of the net. Much debate about who touched the ball last, with both Lachie and Kris P claiming it, however the ref gave it to Kris!
The dominating pattern continued with the Lions coming close on several occasions. Marcus made a great run down the left and sent in a great cross that Kris P got on the end of, but was only able to put it over the bar. Max had a couple of good attempts go wide and Tristan was making great runs down the right flank as a wing back, causing them all sort of problems. The Lions midfield controlled the game for the most part of the first half. They had a couple of very dangerous players, with one of their Number 7’s (not sure how the ref didn’t spot they had 2 on the pitch) on the left wing and Tristan at right wing back having a great battle. They managed to make one clear cut chance near half time when their number 9 (suspiciously off side) was one on one with goalkeeper Jack coming in from the right-hand side. Jack narrowed the angle well and kept his feet, forcing the striker to only hit the ball into one area of the goal. Jack did a great save and kept the lions 1-0 up! A result they more than deserved going into half time.
The second half was a very even battle, mostly fought in the midfield. They pushed to create a few more chances but the Lions defence of Marcus, Niv, Blake and Tristan/Nick coped with any attack they created. Half way through the second half, they got a breakaway ball through the middle and with their number 9 bearing down on our 18 yard line, Tristan (now playing at left wing back), covered across and produced a fine goal saving tackle! Fantastic awareness and reading of the play by Tristan. The game wore on and not many more chances were created by both sides, with both defences dealing with any attack coming their way.
1-0 the final score for the Lions. It was a deserved victory and set the boys up for the next 2 weeks where we play a couple of the top of the table sides. Winnable games should the boys play to their potential. Go Lions!
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Dandenong Thunder 2 Eastern Lions 0

This week the u14s traveled to play 3rd placed Dandy Thunder. Playing on the main pitch, the boys were ready and looking forward to playing Thunder in what we expected, and what turned out to be, a physical contest. Thunder have only been beaten 5 times this season, with one of those to us, 5-2, on the second game of the season. So, while they are the form team, our boys went in to the game with some confidence.

Even though the boys were up, we started a bit tentatively. They have a couple of big physical lads up front who they rely on and from the start, they played that card. Straight away, the ball was being pushed to them and their presence caused problems early. After about 5 mins, they got the breakthrough. After a block by our goalie Jack, the ball was knocked high and they won the header, with the ball falling into the path of one their midfielders who managed to put it away through a congested box. Not the start we wanted but the boys to their credit, go back into the game quickly. Max sprinted onto a lovely through ball from Dimitri to just hit it over the bar and not long after had a left foot shot slightly blocked. The block took the sting out of it and it was then an easy save for their keeper. We kept trying to play football with Marcus, JJ, Luca and Jake often combining well with some nice interplay, but unfortunately, we couldn’t carve out too many chances. Not long before half time, Dimitri connected with a great header at the front post from a Lachie corner that looked initially like it was going to drop under the bar, but went wide. With only a couple of minutes of the half remaining, they broke through the midfield and played a speculative ball through to one of their strikers. Jack came to meet the 50/50 ball at the edge of his box. In what was to be a controversial refereeing decision, Jack got his hands to the ball only for him to be bundled over and kicked by their striker. As the ball broke loose, the striker had kept his feet and slotted the ball into our net. The ref waved away all protests! You could hear the murmurs in the crowd…did Jack have control of the ball? Would it have been a penalty if Jack pushed the striker over? Where is the protection for the goalies? That’s been our luck this year unfortunately. 2-0 to them at Half Time.

The boys dusted themselves down at half time and started positively. Lachie had a couple of good long-range shots early in the half but unfortunately, they didn’t hit the target…but the intent was there and showed our boys where not going to give up! As the game wore on, a bit of niggle started to creep in and they also started to step up their physical side of the game. Even at the NPL standard, where it’s the most talented boys in the state, it’s a shame to see over physical play creeping into game. Their star striker was trying to impose himself but Blake and Niv where up to the task, with Niv stopping his runs time and again. Blake started to lead from the front and was giving as good as he was getting, but unfortunately, he was booked for an innocuous challenge after their boy should been booked for challenge on Blake in the same passage of play. The physical stuff lifted to another level. Jack and a striker both ended up on the ground after a 50/50 in the box that left both trainers looking for the magic sponge! Both boys dusted themselves off and got on with it. Adam started to really impose himself, making some great runs as well as showing his strength and physicality…none of our boys where taking a step backwards but unfortunately it was all just too late. With only a couple of minutes to go, their star striker picked up the ball just inside our half. He turned beautifully and put on the after burners. Niv was tracking him and holding him up. He would have had to have been Usain Bolt to get past Niv. Blake was on his tail and just as Blake slid in to toe the ball away, their striker pulled back to kick the ball. Blake unfortunately caught him as he attempted to kick the ball…second yellow and sent off! Their star striker had to be stretchered off which what looked like a bad injury. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and the lad is back playing again soon.

Goalless second half. 2-0 Full time to Dandy Thunder.
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