Three-goal burst leads Phoenix bamboozled

A LATE three-goal burst helped Fishburn’s under 12s to a great result against league leaders Phoenix.

Their strong attacking play throughout the first half led to many missed chances that they would later regret.

Fishburn defended fantastically, cutting out passes and blocking shots.

Keeper Kieran Purvis pulled off some spectacular saves to deny the visitors the lead.

Fishburn had two good chances to take the lead themselves in the first half but the ball would not sit right for them. We are still wondering how Jack Gale’s effort trickled wide.

The second half was where the action began. Within the first minute, Phoenix pounced on a loose Fishburn pass at the back which led to their first goal.

Fishburn hit back immediately from the restart. Jamie Entwistle played a perfect pass to Callum Halley who stormed through the entire Phoenix team towards goal.

The only way of stopping Halley was for the keeper to bring him down inside the area leading to a penalty kick. Halley’s powerful shot into the bottom corner made the score 1-1.

Two minutes later another Halley run led to the next goal. Halley’s shot was parried into the path of Gale who unselfishly passed the ball across goal to Joe Cook to tap in Fishburn’s second.

Gale was then involved in Fishburn’s third goal as his pass set up Halley beautifully to chip the ball over the keeper’s head from six yards out. With just five minutes of the second half played the score was already 3-1.

Phoenix then got two goals back to leave the remaining six minutes of the game tense at 3-3.

Fishburn could have chosen to sit back and settle for a point against the leaders but Halley had other ideas. Gale and Halley again linked up for Halley to score another great team goal, making it 4-3.

At this point, Phoenix players and coaches let themselves down - instead of getting on with the game and pushing for an equaliser they fell to pieces.

With two minutes to go another determined Halley run led to him being brought down in the box by the keeper. Halley again stepped up to convert the penalty.

There was still more to come in the very last minute of the game when debutant Ben Braim turned the Phoenix defence and burst into the box.

Braim was pulled back by the defender and the third penalty of the game was awarded.

Halley took the penalty, this time shooting higher and out of the keeper’s reach to secure the three points and a very satisfying scoreline.

A resilient team display which saw Fishburn dig deep and show their determination to win games.

Man of the match: Nathan Foster

Fishburn Park U12s: Purvis, Foster, Grant, Richardson, Kelly, Gale, Atkinson, Halley, Duckling, Cook, Entwistle, Pike, Braim.

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