Lads’ determined display


FC Amble Juniors...3

Ashington Colliers...0

AMBLE served their intent in this match with their first marauding attack down the left side.

Joseph Flanighan won the ball and played up to Brandon McCann, who headed towards goal. The Colliers defender did well, forcing the ball out of play.

Amble’s next attack came down the right with Ross Ramsay finding Brandon McCann to score a well-taken goal (1-0).

The Colliers attacked from the kick-off, with Amble’s Benjamin Southward blocking a shot on target. Niall Black pulled off a good save for Amble, with the ball heading for the top corner. Black got his fingers to the ball to deny the visitors.

Wilf Campbell, playing at right-back, put in another tackle to stop Ashington once again, then found Mathew Thompson, who charged forward down the wing. Amble went on the attack again and Brandon McCann earned a free-kick just outside the area. He picked himself up and placed the ball on target. A flick-on by David Purvis was enough to divert the ball past the keeper (2-0).

The Colliers played their way upfield with the ball being put out for a corner. It was whipped in at pace with Niall Black palming out to the edge of the area. The Colliers hit a first-time shot that was blocked by Amble’s Mathew Thompson to deny the visitors once more.

Brandon McCann slipped the ball between two defenders for David Purvis to smash it high into the roof of the net for a three-goal cushion, giving their keeper little chance to save (3-0).

Mathew Thompson surged into the Colliers’ half of the pitch, then switched the ball to Joseph Flanighan, who hit it first time just wide of the goal.

Benjamin Southward, always in the right place at the right time, made some crunching tackles, timing them all to perfection to deny the visitors a shot on target in the third quarter.

Zack Davison again showed his battling qualities, putting in a couple of good tackles and winning the ball at the back to stop their lively forwards. Thompson had two good strikes on goal, both of which were well saved by their keeper.

Niall Black played full of energy outfield and tracked back to make a good interception and win the ball.

Robert Straughan, in the nets for the last two quarters, pulled off three good saves and off his line quickly to prevent more Colliers chances.

Amble: N Black, W Campbell, B Southward, Z Davison, R Straughan, R Ramsay, M Thompson, B McCann, D Purvis, J Flanighan. Amble man-of-the-match: Brandon McCann. Amble match sponsor: Sterlingsilk.