Newcastle City Inter U15...0 FC Amble Juniors U15...3
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AMBLE struggled to beat Newcastle City Inter away from home last season, so knew they had a battle in store on Sunday.
Quick out of the blocks, Ali Batey and Jordan King closed down the defence and the pressure paid off.
Inside 20 seconds, Batey won the ball and it bounced up to Jordan King, who hit a spectacular half-volley into the top corner of the net (0-1).
Inter bounced back straight away, though, and if it wasn’t for keeper Cameron Roper, Amble would have been back to square one.
Next, Max Anderson produced a long-range shot which was saved by the keeper. Amble kept up the pressure until Batey finished off a superb run with a great goal (0-2).
Amble kept going, realising that even though they were on the front foot, a goal from the opposition would put them straight back in it.
A James Oliver free-kick was cleared and a good strike from Ronan Straughn followed, but it went just wide.
Batey set the example all game with a tremendous battling spirit. A thunderous shot from Jason Imeson was matched by the opposition keeper with a great save.
Straughn was next to win the ball in defence and a good through-ball to King meant that the goalkeeper had to save from the placed shot.
Batey became involved even more and it resulted in another goal. He battled and eventually laid off the ball to Callum Fenwick, who fired past the keeper into the bottom corner of the net (0-3).
Surely a match winning performance from the Amble striker!
Inter ended the half with a good chance to score from a free-kick, but Roper gathered with ease.
In the second half, Newcastle City were first on the attack and again Roper came to the rescue like he has so many times this season.
Moving into the second half, Amble continued to attack the opposition goal, notably Imeson, who cut in on his right foot but his curling shot went wide.
The game finished with a free-kick to the hosts and Roper reached up to the corner of his goal to keep a well-deserved clean sheet.
Amble never looked like cracking and both teams realised that the yellow and blue army’s guile upfront was the difference between the sides.
Amble: C Roper, R Straughn, A Flanighan, M Hunter, M Anderson, J Oliver, J Imeson, B Little. C Fenwick, A Batey, J King, N Potts, J Aston. Man-of-the-match: Ali Batey. Match sponsor: Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club.