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Report by Mick McCarron

 
  Sunday 3rd February 2008

Under 15s - Burton Junior Football League - Friel Homes Division One.

Moira United Woulds 1 Rocester Elkes Eagles 1

Eagles travelled to Moira on Sunday morning for a top of the table clash against Moira United Woulds.

Moira have been league champions for the previous two season and are currently level at the top of the table this season with Eagles.

The swirling wind that greeted the players threatened to play a major part in the final result.

Eagles, having a game plan to contain their counterparts, started with only Matt Redshaw up front knowing that victory was more essential to Moira.
 
As expected, from the kick off Moira took the game to Eagles, without really creating too many chances for debutant Eagles keeper, Jack Smith.

Eagles themselves failed to carve out any real chances during the opening quarter.
 
Eagles took the lead in 16 minutes through Michael McCarron. Jez Redlar was fouled about 35 yards from goal and from the resulting free kick McCarron hit his shot under the bar to put Eagles one up.

For the remainder of the half neither side created any clear chances.
 
HT 0 : 1
 
Moira started strongly again in the second half but chances remained few and far between.

Moira eventually equalised after 57 minutes when their centre forward turned well on the edge of the box and, despite being under pressure from Greg Fearn, managed to get his shot in and the ball found the bottom corner of the Eagles net.
 
The last quarter of the game became a real 'cat and mouse' affair as both sides pushed forward trying to score the winner.

Eagles should have scored right at the death, however Ross Bentley took one touch too many when a first time shot from ten yards may have been a better decision.
 
FT 1 : 1
 
An excellent football match which was very well officiated by Referee Tom Sim, saw Eagles remain unbeaten against Moira in the previous two seasons.

As already mentioned, Eagles went to Moira with a game plan to contain the opposition, and to hit on the break. This plan worked as Eagles discipline was very evident. This along with the effort attained by the players shows that their normal attacking game can be changed to suit the opposition. Well Done lads.

 
Team: J.Smith; C.Jones; M.McCarron; M.Sanders; G.Fearn; J.Handforth; H.Coley-Fisher; B.Price; A.Johnson; M.Redshaw; J.Redlar: Subs(used) S.Dunion; R.Bentley; L.Mills; G.Sucksmith
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