|Match Report ||Cranebrook started strongly, pressuring Blue Mountains defence from the start and scoring after 7 minutes. Blue Mountains’ defensive discipline improved, with Tom, Steven and Ben clearing well, Sarah putting the ball out to break up several attacks and James performing reliably in a dusty goal area. After 15 minutes Steve scored a fine individual goal, breaking clear in the centre circle and outpacing several defenders, finishing with a strong left foot shot to equalise. But 4 minutes later Cranebrook regained the lead, scoring from a goalmouth melee after a corner. Blue Mountains midfield of Micthell H, Mitchell C, Scott and Rachel became more dominant as the game progressed, feeding Liam 5 minutes before half time who combined with Tim on the left flank but Tim’s shot was blocked. |
Blue Mountains midfield became more dominant in the second half, augmented by Steven and Sarah. Two attacks up the left flank in the first 6 minutes resulting in a corner and then a header from Rachel which was just wide of the post. Then Steve beat a defender twice in a run up the right, crossed to Otis whose shot was pushed behind for a corner. 22 minutes into the second half Blue Mountains reward came, Rachel pushing the ball through, Steven won it and his strong shot again beat the keeper. Blue Mountains kept pressing for a winner, with Otis’ cross being reached by the keeper with Steve pressing and a succession of corners in the closing minutes. But in the end a draw was a fair result.