Echo Whitecaps 2 vs 3 aet Concord Rangers u12  (HT 0-0) (FT 2-2)

Concord Rangers u12 met Ecko Whitecaps in a fiercely hard fought battle between two in form teams.  The wind again was causing some issues for both teams but the Game was played in good spirit by both teams. But the game was evenly contested with Concord winning the midfield battle with Sam, BaileyP, Ellis, max and Romie putting in a good shift.. There was some hefty tackling by Ecko as Sam was targeted several times in the first half. But some close moments at both ends eventually came to nothing and we reached half time at 0-0.

 

Second half Concord had an enforced change with Ben replacing Max on the left. But Concord continued to win the midfield battle and created several chances but couldn’t quite add the finishing touch..

 

But yet another foul on Sam came a free kick wide right was swung into the area and Nathan rose above the defence to loop a header over the keeper 0-1!  But Ecko got back in the game with a stray pass being intercepted and the player broke forward  and just got a toe to a 50:50 chase with Joe in goal, the ball ran across the box with two Concord defenders and an Ecko player, but the Ecko player just managed to bundle the ball home 1-1.  Concord continued to drive forward and with 5 minutes to go gained another free kick just inside the half way line. Romie stepped up and drove the free kick that the keeper seemed to have it covered but fortunately let the ball under his body into the net 1-2.  But with only 2 minutes left of normal time Ecko equalised with a stunning shot in off the post.  2-2 Extra time!

 

Concord could have collapsed but the team spirt was exceptional and they continued to press forward, and from a long throw in on Romie was chased in under the bar by BaileyP and two defenders and the former got the important touch to cap a fine performance. Concord saw the game out to win 2-3 booking their deserved place in the final on 8 May vs Horndon.

 

Congratulations to the team:

Joe, BaileyR, Freddy, Max, Ellis, Sam, Romie, BaileyP, Nathan, Ben