FC Amble Juniors U15...3 Ellington Juniors U15...2
Pin Point Recruitment U15 Divisional Cup, Semi-final
LAST season’s encounter, between these two team’s ended 5-5.
With Ellington leading 5-1 just after the break, Amble bounced back with four second-half goals to earn themselves a hard-fought point. If that game was anything to go off, this would be a cracker, with the added incentive of playing in the final.
This time around, Amble were the team in front throughout in a classic cup tie.
Both teams started with attack on their minds, Brad Little playing in Callum Fenwick with his shot going wide.
Max Anderson was next to test the Ellington keeper with his free-kick going wide. Amble won the ball back and eventually won a throw-in. James Oliver launched a huge throw, with the ball falling to birthday boy Fenwick’s feet to prod it past the keeper at the back-post (1-0).
Minutes later, Ellington pulled a goal back with a header from a long-range free-kick (1-1).
This, however, only galvanised Amble to up their work-rate. Ellington had a shot that fizzed across the face of the goal.
Amble then won the ball in midfield, Jason Imeson playing the ball to Ali Batey who cleverly let the ball run through his legs to Jordan King who showed great composure to round the keeper and tap the ball in from an acute angle (2-1).
Amble pressed to get the third goal before half-time, with James Oliver striking just wide, followed by Batey and King going close. They didn’t get that goal but still went into the interval a goal to the good.
They went out in the second half and got off to another good start.
Ali Batey broke away but again the recovering defender made a good tackle.
Good link play between Little, Batey and King, led to an Oliver free-kick going just wide. Batey headed over from an Anderson corner. Ellington broke away on the counter, with Jake Aldworth holding onto a long-range effort. Max Anderson played in Jordan King who again took his time picking out Batey who slotted the ball home (3-1).
Ellington kept attacking, looking for their second goal. Amble’s back four was Straughan, Flanighan, Anderson and Potts, who was terrific throughout the game flinging himself into every tackle to keep the two-goal advantage.
Ali Batey had a goal disallowed before Ellington pressed forward and got their second goal to make it 3-2 when a long ball was played through to the impressive Ashcroft who tucked the ball away.
Amble: J Aldworth, R Straughan, A Flanighan, N Potts, M Anderson, C Fenwick, J Imeson, B Little, J Oliver, A Batey, J King, J Aston. Man-of-the-match: Nathan Potts. Match sponsor: Amble and Warkworth Rotary Club.