Lightning v. ESPA Juinors - Giants
3 - 4
What a great day to play
cricket football. Clear blue skies and gentle sun making a perfect backdrop for Lightning's second match at Udney Park.
The team welcomed four debutantes, Tioba, Joseph, James and Luke. Three of the four started. Like the previous week it took a short while for the team to gel but the boys worked hard and quickly had the upper hand with most of the attacking play coming from the home side. A goal would surely come. Some powerful running by Tioba, supported well by Ben and Ned, the team were bound to score. We have two great corner takers in Cosmo and Louis and despite a couple of missed chances we eventually scored our first. Quite soon afterwards Tioba, with a clear goal scoring chance was tripped be the opposition goalkeeper and a penalty duly awarded. A strong but ever so slightly misplaced shot kept the opposition in the game. A fabulous save from James and subsequent clearance by Louis kept the Lightning advantage. A second goal for Tioba left the home side leading 2-0 at halftime and looking comfortable. Possibly too comfortable.
The second half saw James replaced by Stefanos in goal.
The Giants started the stronger side but their first goal was still against the run of play. A good cross from the left found their right sided midfielder in front of an open goal. The goal gave Giants momentum as we slightly wilted in the heat. However, their equalising goal was due more to misfortune on our part than great skill from them. A foul midway in the Lightning half, a decent free kick and although Luke lept bravely to block, the ball skimmed off the top of his head, confusing Stefanos as the the flight of the ball changed and Giants were level. Still everything to fight for though. Chances were coming to both sides now and Giants were first to make the most of theirs, giving them a deserved lead.
Once again Lightning dug deep and lovely goal rewarded Luke for his persistence with the opposition defence.
On the break again, Giants scored a fourth and despite continuous pressure from Lightning, including three corners in the last minute of the game, we couldn’t force an equaliser.
Overall, another great game to watch, all the boys played with passion and heart from start to finish.
Man of the match: Louis
Goals Tioba (2), Luke
Finally a special thanks to George and Vansh our super fans of the day!