Bromley Cross FC

Crusaders (Under 17) v Daisy Hill - Match Report

Date H/A Opposition Competition Venue F A
17/10/2009 09:30 H Daisy Hill League Barlow Park 2 4
Player Started/Sub/Sub Not Used Goals Yellow Red
Alex Bates (MOM) Started - - -
Bill Barwood Started - - -
Chris King Started - - -
Jack Ashton Started - - -
James Dady Started - - -
Joseph Mullan  (C) Started - - -
Paul Speed Started 1 - -
Tom Warburton Started 1 - -
Kingsley Brewer Not Used - - -
Lewis Byrne Not Used - - -
Matthew Kay Not Used - - -
Samuel Banister Not Used - - -
Match Report
Only 8 players available...
3 of them less than 100% fit...
Fearing the worst...

8 Men-of-the-Match...

If we play like this when we have a full squad available then the wins will come. We matched a bigger, more physical side in every area despite being a man down, Daisy Hill admitted they had been in a tough game and had been fortunate to win.
Special mention must go to Tom who played with a really sore throat but still managed to give the Daisy Hill defence a lot to think about and capped it with a goal. The re-hashed defence of Alex, Chris and James gave an accomplished performance which belied their combined lack of experience.
Paul opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick from about 15 yards but the Devils pulled a goal back 10 minutes later when Bill, with the sun in his eyes, couldn't hold onto a long range shot. The Devils then exploited the inevitable gaps in defence and scored 3 times either side of half time.
The Crusaders showed a lot more resolve than in recent weeks and continued to battle hard with Alex and Joe in particular tackling everything that moved! Bill made some superb saves when the Devils threatened and Tom, Jack and Paul showed good movement and provided an outlet for the clearances. The Crusaders continued to threaten the goal, the Devils could not relax and were defending hard when Tom broke through from Joe's pass and finished confidently, giving us a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately the 8 men were unable to summon the strength to turn the glimmer into a flame and we were grateful to hear the final whistle confirm a respectable 4-2 defeat.
Alex took home the trophy for showing terrific determination throughout the match.