|2020 U12||26th September 9:00am||League Round 14||MB Beatty Tce|
Woodside Warriors Under 12 Red travelled again to Murray Bridge United for the second week in a row this time facing Murray Bridge Blue. A win would guarantee the Warriors fourth place and the team was busting to get onto the pitch and close out a very good first year in the Under 12 league.
Play for was very even for the first 10 minutes with both sides showing good intent when going forward. Jordan Virgara, Nate Dealtry, Deagen Arnold and Finn Randell held the defensive line for the Warriors and had their hands full as United Blue pressed the ball positively deep into the danger zone.
The Warriors held their nerve and absorbed the pressure and started to change the narrative by working the ball up the left wings through Nikos Asalanidis and Finn Cradock. Josh Constable started to impose himself on the game and the United Blue keeper was called into action numerous times. At the other end Axel Vassos patrolled the Warriors goal line and skillfully mopped up and loose balls that dangerously bopped around his goal line. Elliot Klein, Jamie Spooner and Rojo Nambiar linked up in midfield and controlled most of the balls in dispute to negate United Blues counter attacks. Eventually, the Warrior’s broke the deadlock and Craddock expertly pushed the ball through two defenders to rack up a well deserved first goal. The Warriors went into half time with their noses just in front with a slim 1-0 lead. The Warrior’s coach noticed that some of his defenders were starting to tire as they had endured a very intense first half and this saw the introduction of Gracie Lloyd into attack. Craddock dropped back into left back which allowed Spooner to maintain pressure on United’s defenders. The fantastic link up play started to accelerate the Warrior’s hunger to capitalise on the numerous scoring opportunities that the Warriors midfielder engine constantly created. In the blink of the eye Klein had scored 2 goals and Constable who had worked tirelessly all morning also bagged 2 goals. The Warriors assumed total control of the game and again we witnessed another well balanced contribution from all 1 Warrior’s players on the pitch. Arnold finished the season with some great defensive form from right back and Vassos’s goal keeping was outstanding and was complemented with a clean sheet for his hard work. Virgara held the Centre Back role expertly and this allowed Nambiar, Asalanidis, Klein and Spooner to wreak havoc throughout the midfield. Full time score Warriors 5, Murray Bridge 0.