Lions roar to 10-goal rout away from home

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Seaton Delaval Moscow U13s 0 Morpeth Lions U13s 10

AFTER an encouraging cup win at the weekend against KYPC Panthers, the Lions faced Seaton Delaval Moscow for their first league away trip of the season.

A strong crosswind was likely to make the game a test for both sides but it was the Lions who adapted to the conditions best, although both teams created early chances to take the lead.

Magneron in the Morpeth goal made a couple of important saves during the early exchanges, while both David Thompson and Nicholson both went close to giving the visitors the lead. The deadlock was eventually broken when Bowden released McLean down the left and his crisp shot found the back of the net off the inside of a post.

Both teams continued to play good attacking football and Jordan Thompson and Campbell had to be at their best in the centre of defence to cope with a number of long balls which were made difficult to defend against due to the swirling wind.

The half-time whistle saw Morpeth go into the break with their noses just in front and the game very much still in the balance. The second half started in the same vein with both teams pushing forward, but it would be the Lions who extended their lead when Milburn released Nicholson who rounded the home team’s keeper to side foot into the empty net.

Almost immediately from the restart Milburn won the ball and his pass in behind the defence was met by Nicholson to score his second of the game and the Lions’ third.

The whole tempo of the game changed from this point and while Huxter, Brown and Young still had to be at their best in defence to snuff out Delaval’s counter attacks, up-front and in midfield the Lions were now completely dominant.

McLean scored his second of the game from a solo run down the left and Nicholson rounded off his hat-trick when he met Hill’s cross from the right to curl his left foot shot into the roof of the net to make it five.

The Lions were now playing with total confidence and David Thompson was soon on the scoresheet when he headed in Milburn’s teasing cross from the left and this was soon followed by Bowden who smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

Morpeth were not finished there with Hill and Brown combining down the left to release Thompson through the middle and his low shot found the bottom corner. Smith who had been pulling all the strings in the centre of the park alongside Bowden was desperate to get on the scoresheet and his chance eventually arrived when he surged into the box to meet a low cross from Milburn to chip the home team’s keeper into an empty net.

While the skies darkened there was just time for Bowden to hit another rocket from the edge of the box into the top corner to round off a very accomplished display by all the lads. The pleasing thing from the Lions was that although they were in total control of the game going forward, their defence kept their concentration throughout to keep a clean sheet.