Amble tumble from shield at Milan

PINPOINT RECRUITMENT U15 CHALLENGE SHIELD

Whitley Bay Milan...5 FC Amble Juniors...1

(Sunday, November 13)

AMBLE went into this cup game hoping to book a place in the quarter-final.

However, this was against a team who were flying high in the league.

Amble got off to a good start, with Ali Batey producing a deflected shot on goal. In the 10th minute, the hosts took the lead through a venomous shot from their striker, which zipped into the far corner of the net (1-0).

Next, Ronan Straughn played the ball up the line for Batey, who got away from the defender. But his left-footed shot was wide of the goal.

Amble soon had a free-kick to try to take advantage. Max Anderson took it quickly but the goalkeeper got to it first with an acrobatic punch.

In the next five minutes, Whitley Bay doubled their lead, before emphatically producing a third, which gave Amble a mountain to climb (3-0).

The visitors had a chance to reduce the deficit, but Jordan King’s shot was saved after Brad Little concocted a through-ball.

With the first half over, Amble obviously needed an early goal to get back in the game and ultimately mount some pressure on Milan.

Amble’s forward duo of Batey and King created a chance after some good combination play. Batey won the ball and played in King who went for the lob. Great ingenuity, but the keeper collected easily.

Next, an Anderson free-kick led to Batey heading towards goal. But it went just over. Batey was again involved and his jinking run gave him the space to shoot, but the ball clattered against the post. Jason Imeson made the keeper palm it away and King hit the bar from the rebound.

It just wasn’t Amble’s day but a good penalty from Batey gave Amble some hope (3-1).

But Milan regained their three-goal advantage after a good headed goal (4-1) before wrapping up the scoring.

Amble: C Roper, R Straughn, A Flanighan, M Hunter, M Anderson, C Fenwick, J Imeson, B Little, J Oliver, A Batey, J King, J Aston, N Potts. Match sponsor: Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club.