Bexhill College in association with Eastbourne Borough Football Club and Chelsea Football Club Foundation lost 4-2 away to Met Police in the National Alliance Under 19 League.
In tight opening with both teams sharing possession and creating opportunities Met Police were awarded a contentious penalty which they duly converted before shortly doubling their advantage following an error in the Eastbourne defence. To their credit, Eastbourne continued to press the Met Police and wasted several opportunities before Finlay Jack scored with a close-range header from a corner. Eastbourne levelled the game on the stroke of half time through Charlie Gibson who scored directly from another corner kick routine.
The 2nd half continued in much the same format as the first half with both teams creating clear cut chances which included Eastbourne missing an open goal from their first attack of the half. Met Police were correctly awarded a penalty following a quick counterattack caught out the Eastbourne defence which was brilliantly saved by Finlay Holter to keep the scores level.
Met Police took the lead again before extending the lead further with 20 minutes remaining. Again, Eastbourne continued to press for further goals to turn the result in their favour and created several opportunities with Charlie Gibson striking the cross bar for the 2nd time in the after Alfie Simmons had also tested the goal frame in the first half.
The game ended 4-2 to Met Police who played some good football and contested the game in the right spirit.
Academy Coach Sean Noble commented on the result, “Our players could not have done much more to secure a positive result against a well organised and coached opposition. We were the makers of our downfall though with individual errors costing the team once again, this is part of the learning process for these players and provided we learn and improve on these mistakes then it a valuable lesson for the players.”
Player of the match was awarded to Finlay Tarrant for producing an excellent performance at right wing back showing good levels of maturity in both the defensive and attacking elements of his play.
Special mention should also go to Jack Taylor and Finlay Jack who both had excellent games at the heart of the Eastbourne midfield.
Eastbourne Team: Holter, Tarrant, Mason, Duah, Spice, De Retuerto, Taylor, Jack, Simmons, Elliot, Gibson.
Subs: Howard, E. Howard, C.
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