Pumas power to victory

Morpeth Sporting Pumas U10s 5 Cramlington Town Yellows U10s 0

MORPETH looked to continue their winning ways against Cramlington Town Yellows on a dull and wet Sunday morning.

Barry was given the captain’s armband and he Jordan and Sanderson linked up well with Henderson upfront early on to create a number of half-chances which unfortunately failed to find the target.

It wasn’t too long before the deadlock was broken. Barry collected a Cramlington goal-kick on the halfway line and played the ball through to Henderson, who made no mistake in firing past the keeper.

A second goal quickly followed after some good work in the middle of the pitch by Sanderson led to the ball being played to Barry on the left-wing. His quick thinking spotted the keeper off his line and a long-range shot flew into the back of the net.

At the back Eke and MacDonald were preventing any Cramlington attackers from getting any sniffs at the Pumas goal, making Eadington nothing more than a spectator in goal.

Unfortunately for MacDonald, his first half was cut short after he blocked a long-range effort from a Cramlington forward and had to leave the field injured, although replacement Telfer also made sure that Eadington did not have to make any saves.

The Pumas’ third goal came from a great move starting with Eadington playing a short goal kick to Eke, who found Barry before he played in Henderson to slot the ball home.

The half-time whistle followed shortly afterwards and Sanderson took over from Eadington in goal, along with Yates and Priest coming on for Eke and Barry.

In the second half, MacDonald returned to the field having recovered from his earlier injury, replacing the tireless Jordan, and quickly found himself with a great opportunity in front of goal, only to push his effort just wide as the Pumas continued to carve out chances.

Having been denied on a couple of occasions, Eadington was showing great determination to grab a goal.

He did just that after picking the ball up on the halfway line and running directly at the Cramlington defenders, before cleverly poking the ball into the bottom corner.

Sanderson was having an equally quiet time in goal as Eadington had in the first half as Yates and Priest were cutting any danger out well before the box.

Henderson was replaced by Barry upfront and it was Barry who managed to create a couple of chances for himself only to be denied once again by the Cramlington keeper.

Yates was pushed forward into midfield after swapping places with Telfer and soon made it 5-0.

Eadington picked up the ball on the left hand side and played a great crossfield pass to Yates, whose touch took it beyond his marker allowing him to hit a half-volley across the keeper and into the far corner.

The full-time whistle followed shortly after and Barry was named man-of-the-match.

• Three days earlier, Morpeth recorded an excellent 10-0 victory at home to the Ponteland Pumas U10s.

After a couple of near misses it was Brunton who opened the scoring when, after a good run, he found himself clear on goal to make it 1-0.

The goal gave the Pumas the incentive to press on and after a great tackle from the impressive Walker, he played a quick pass up to Henderson who was standing alone on the halfway line.

He calmly ran with the ball to the edge of the box before slotting the ball past the advancing keeper. Henderson soon got his second and Morpeth’s third to put them in command.

The next goal came when Jordan and Henderson combined to set up Barry, who made no mistake.

Not to be outdone, MacDonald started the next move from defence when he broke up a Ponteland attack before finding Henderson who set up Barry to make it 5–0 just before half-time.

Walker took over from Eadington in nets for the second half and it was Eadington who immediately became involved in winning a corner from the restart.

He took it himself and found Barry, who powered home a great header to complete his hat-trick.

A good run and shot from Brunton brought about the seventh goal when after hitting the bar, Eadington followed up the rebound to hit the bar again before Sanderson deservedly nipped in to head home for his first goal of the season.

Brunton poked Eadington’s goalward ball from a tight angle over the line to make it 8–0.

In another assist, Eadington won the ball in midfield and passed to Barry who made no mistake with his shot.

Barry wasn’t finished there and after a bit of indecision in the Ponteland defence, the ball ricocheted to him to score his fifth and the team’s tenth to cement his man-of-the-match performance.