It was a massive day of derby action for Box Hill United’s junior boys, as they were up against Eastern Lions in the JBNPL opening round.
Here is how things unfolded at Wembley Park throughout the day:
U/13s: Box Hill United 2-1 Eastern Lions
Following a bright start to proceedings for Box Hill, the match petered out as the Lions regained their composure.
But the hosts nosed ahead thanks to Patrick Lavale’s calm close-range finish off a left-flank cross on 30 minutes.
Eastern Lions were rewarded a penalty in the second-half though, but they could not find the target. They, however, did equalise after our U/13s had failed to deal with a free-kick on 45 minutes.
But Box Hill juniors had the last laugh, as Thomas Jackson powered a header in off a corner six minutes later.
U/14s: Box Hill United 2-0 Eastern Lions
A first-half of domination did not result in goals for Box Hill, who even struck the crossbar.
But Matt Sultana’s charges returned for the second period looking much more intent, and captain Marc Petheriotis rose to the occasion superbly.
The wide-man netted first following a determined run on 46 minutes, and doubled the tally three minutes later with a low strike, after Box Hill had hit the crossbar yet again.
U/15s: Box Hill 4-0 Eastern Lions
After a composed start, Box Hill were deserved winners thanks to a two-man show. Aiden Brown and Luke Vickery each grabbed a brace either side of the breather to script a classic victory.
Brown latched onto a defence-splitting through pass on 17 minutes to round off the opposition keeper, while Vickery scored his first off a penalty.
The duo were at it once more after the break, with forward Brown finishing off following a free-kick routine. While winger Vickery completed the rout close to the final whistle.
U/16s: Box Hill United 1-2 Eastern Lions
It was a frustrating opening fixture for our U/16s, who failed to secure a favourable result in a proverbial game of two halves.
Box Hill were made to pay for starting off the blocks slowly, as Eastern Lions raced to a two-goal first-half lead.
But undeterred, the hosts turned the screw with an improved effort in the second, almost leading to a heroic turnaround.
Sehwan Chun rifled a spot kick into the top corner to halve the deficit for us. Jack Pope’s effort was parried onto the post by the Lions’ gloveman, while George Pal shot agonisingly wide from an acute angle.
The woodwork played spoilsport for Box Hill close to the final whistle, repelling a fine header off a free-kick from the right.
Eastern Lions were forced to finish the game a man light, following a red card in the second period.