Ebdon's late brace leaves Gotherington snookered
GOTHERINGTON JAGUARS U-11s 2 CLEEVE COLTS U-11s 3
GOTHERINGTON opened their season with defeat as Cleeve Colts edged a five-goal thriller.
Trailing 2-1 with five minutes to play, Cleeve brought on Cheltenham Academy player Alex Ebdon who took advantage of two pieces of defensive indifference within 60 seconds, to turn the game on its head and give Cleeve the victory.
This year, Under-11s play on a three-quarter size pitch, with three-quarter goals and for the first time they encountered the offside rule.
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Cleeve Colts soon took advantage of a defensive error to take the lead.
Gotherington eventually got back into the game when awarded a free kick on 25 minutes. Tombo Gordon's kick was palmed onto the bar and Adam Sprigmore was quickest to react hitting the rebound home from a yard out.
With their tails up, Gotherington attacked from the kick off with Ben Major driving into the area before being tripped, the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Harrison Hendy-Isaac converted from 12-yards.
Gotherington had a couple of chances early in the second half, but Cleeve came back into it and Blake saved from a cross shot. With five minutes remaining Cleeve brought on Ebdon and his predatory instincts rewarded him with two goals in a minute.
The first goal came as the Gotherington defence allowed the ball to bounce on the six-yard line and Ebdon was first to react and sweep the ball into the corner.
Then, a lack of communication a minute later was enough to give Ebdon the chance he needed and he finished off Gotherington with a well-taken strike.