Josh Burns scored a late winner for London Lions U21’s as they booked their place in the second round of the Peter Morrison Trophy, as they defeated Scrabble 1-0.
Peter Morrison Trophy First Round:
Scrabble 0 London Lions U21 1
Sunday, 23 October, 2016
Following a strong start in the league, the young lions were keen to impress in the prestigious Peter Morrison Trophy and with 12 boys to chose from, and an average age of 17, the game was sure to be a learning curve.
The first 30 minutes was a battle of styles, as Lions looked most threatening when keeping possession, whilst Scrabble had two or three glorious chances to score from set pieces.
The home side’s aerial presence was a true test, one that was overcome by the tenacious pairing of young Anders and more experienced partner Jackson, both of whom played a key part in the rare feat of a Sunday morning clean sheet. As the half drew to a close, it became clear that one moment was likely to be decisive in a fiercely competitive game.
The second half ticked on and the young legs of Lions took control. Following two splendid saves and a commanding performance from Rabstein, Lions began dominating possession and secured a constant territorial advantage.
The breakthrough arrived in the 80th minute. Following good play from Mattey, the ball fell to Kyte’s feet, he unselfishly squared to 16-year-old Burns who had the composure to whip the ball past the goalkeeper. A sense of elation and relief in the Lions camp as they secured a deserved lead. The young side controlled the final ten minutes and saw out a fine result that included top performances across the pitch.
The tireless work of coach Mark Damici has instilled a confidence and quality within this young side who continue to improve.