Match Report U14.4 – 30 July, 2006

vs Springwood
Opposition Score 2
Match Report Blue Mountains defence of Tim, Mitchell H, Will, Aden and Tom stood firm throughout the game to deny the strong-running Springwood forwards, restricting them to very few chances, with goalkeeper James collecting cleanly and clearing well on the few occasions the ball got past the defence. Midfielders Liam, Nick, Mitchell H and Steven kept running and tackling, working particularly well on the wide flanks. Forwards Ben, Otis and Rachel also ran well and challenged strongly but had difficulty creating chances against the strong Springwood defence.
Blue Mountains started promisingly, with three corners in the first 4 minutes. First Nick’s through ball found Liam who won a corner, then Nick’s throw-in was collected by Otis who gained a corner which a defender pushed behind to give a third corner.
The game then settled into a midfield struggle and it was Springfield who scored from a breakaway after 16 minutes play.
Blue Mountains continued to push forward, with Nick and Liam combining well on the flank and the ‘keeper just getting to Liam’s cross ahead of Rachel, and then Rachel winning a corner after connecting with a big clearance from James.
The close-fought struggle continued in the second half, and again it was Springwood who scored on a break after 12 minutes, with BM defenders still getting back into position after substitutes coming on to the field.
A minute later Blue Mountains went close after good work on the right flank by Tom and Steven, but the Springwood ‘keeper reached the ball just before Steven,
The remainder of the game continued in similar vein, with both defences holding firm. Springwood made one further breakthrough, but James was able to run out and smother the forward’s shot.
Goal Scorers
Player of the Match Tim