|2020 U12||1st August 11:00am||League Round 6||WWSC Main Pitch 1|
Round 6 saw Murray Bridge U12 Gold travel to Woodside to take on Warriors u12 Gold. After an unlucky 2_1 defeat and a hard_fought one all draw in their pass 2 encounters , the Warriors turned up this week with a determined focus to execute what they had rehearsed at training and compete from start to finish. That is just what they did!
Right from the opening whistle Woodside looked the stronger team. Their defensive line, battle_hardened from confronting a succession of larger, older opponents, operated like a well-drilled regiment. They structured up impeccably, covered when needed and cleared the ball from danger every time their nest was challenged Ther mid_field ran like blue_arsed flies, tearing up and down the pitch to support their backs and forwards with equal measure; And their forwards drove ahead, passing to space and creating a succession of opportunities. But Bridge hadn't made the long trip up the hill for a picnic and also looked determined to compete and strive for glory. Not long into the contest, the warriors were rewarded for their constant forward press, scoring their first goal after 6 minutes. This was followed soon after with a long range shot that deflected off a defender and put the home side up 2-0 . When you get down 2-0 early in a match , it is easy to get dejected, but if the Bridge challengers were feeling this way, they didn't show it. They just kept coming - tackling, clearing and getting the ball forward to set up a number of chances of their own. And although they threw everything into it they couldn't quite find the back of the net. By half_time , Woodside had extended their lead to 4 and were clearly in the box seat.
The second half progressed much like the first. Woodside looked dominant, but Bridge would not surrender They guarded their net with determination and grit, showing true character under fire. Despite this Woodside skillfully crafted another couple of goals in the second half to take the match 6-0 and put themselves into the winners circle.