A night game under floodlights, it doesn’t get much better than that. With probably the biggest crowd of the LNJSA season in to watch a clash against last year’s league winners and a skilful and technical LNJSA Development Squad, the large crowd wasn’t disappointed. Having seen the Dev team play against Capel last Friday GBFC had to be on their game from the start and they all looked sharp and focused during warm up.
The game got off to a frantic pace with both teams creating nice passages of football and chances in front of goal, with the development team unlucky not to take the lead. GBFC looked strong in defence and powerful in midfield with Justin covering just about every blade of grass on the pitch, exactly what I asked him to do. The first goal came through the speed of Evan who followed it up with a clinical finish. Matt also showed his speed for the second goal and his pinpoint cross was finished off with a cute close-range volley from Ryan.
Half time 2-0 but the development squad would not let this stop them playing good football and they started the second half the stronger of the two teams. It wasn’t long before their hard work paid off and scored a great header from a corner. This set up the game perfectly for either team to take the points.
The game continued on edge however the power and speed of GBFC tipped the balance in their favour when Evan headed his second from a corner and Jack scoring from long range. Final result a thrilling 4-1 win to GBFC, with LNJSA thoroughly deserving of another goal or two.
The main aim of the development squad is not result based rather to give identified players in the region additional challenges and game knowledge. A special mention goes to several of these players. Culzean and Noah in midfield who looked skilful and dangerous every time they had the ball, Jabba was dominant at the back as well as strong performances from Angus H, Joel, Seb and Alesia.
Final Notes. Aiden with the gloves on for the whole match adding that extra security for the defenders. A few weeks ago George asked for advice when being the captain. Lead the team, be loud and commanding, he did exactly that tonight, worthy player for the ‘elusive’ trophy, nearly scored passed Aiden at the end too…George’ s reply “that could have ended my career “.
Development Squad 14 for this game were:
Dunsbrough : Stephen Ryall, Jasper Reynolds, Angus Hutchinson, Joel James , Culzean Spence,Angus Melsom, Tex Baxter
Cornerstone : Alesia Riches, Seb McGuiness
GMAS : Dexter Guppy, Lucas Harper
McKillop : Nicholas Hay
Margaret River : Noah Goodwi