Updated Match Report from Coach Andy now added.....
Lovely movement off the ball and neat confident passing early on enabled the Cobras to create the best of the chances with Ben striking the crossbar with a rising rasping shot and Sam being denied by some brave keeping. Ewhurst only rarely threatening the Cobras goal due to defensive heroics from Kelsey, Fin, Marco and an ever alert Barney.
The Cobras continued to press in the 2nd half with chances created from well rehearsed corner set pieces thanks to excellent distribution from Angus, Kelsey, Willem and Sam but a resolute Ewhurst stood firm. Further Cobras chances came and went without being converted, with time nearly up a rare defensive lapse in dealing with a loose ball enabled Ewhurst to sneak in at the back post to slide in a winner to the despair of the home crowd.
A harsh result for the Cobras based on effort and determination, not to get something for their much improved display, which was probably their best performance since returning from the lock down break.
Game 1: Cobras 0 Ewhurst 1
Game 2: Cobras 0 Ewhurst 2
Watching game 2 I thought the effort was excellent and the organisation good. Players in their positions and holding them well. Ben extremely strong in midfield, Harry danger wherever and whoever he plays for and Slyvester very assured were the highlights noted. Sam was a constant danger and may have had more success if he released the ball earlier towards goal just to give teammates the opportunity to gamble on the rebound as well as giving their keeper something to think about.
The difference in the end was that the Ewhurst players gave more passing options with their movement off the ball to whoever had possession. The boys didn't tire, didn't give in and really were unlucky to not get a goal that their endevours deserved.
Well done lads! Its a while since I have seen a Cobras game and there is tons of progress!