Yesterday saw our Y8 football team go across to the home of football in the district at West Riding County FA in Woodlesford. This was to play in the final of the West Yorkshire Schools Cup.
The boys arrived early for the fixture and did their cup final walk on the pitch, pre match to get them in the mood for this massive fixture. The opponents for the day were Roundhay from Leeds who turned up looking very professional and ready for a good fight!
The team talk was all about ensuring the high press and having a good attitude like the all conquering Manchester City.
SBSJ started the game really well with plenty of aggression and speed making it really difficult for Roundhay to string a couple of passes together without having it taken from them. The pressure was constant and this told after 10 minutes when Dom Kirton stole the ball from the central defender and passed it to Alex Rushworth who smashed home from the angle! 1-0
Again SBSJ piled on the pressure from the kick off and this again caused a sloppy pass from Roundhay and allowed Adrian Mangdulabnan to slip in Kirton to open his account with a neatly placed finish. 2-0
SBSJ then continued to press the Roundhay defence and even their coach was getting worried and continually shouting for his team to go long, overtime they received the ball. This showed how SBSJ were really taking the game to their opponents like they had in their previous fixture hitting them for 12. This pressure told again with Kirton putting the goalkeeper under pressure taking the ball from him and slotting into an empty goal! 3-0
Roundhay came into the game with a neat passage of football and scored a shock goal from distance! 3-1
SBSJ responded immediately with a lovely piece of football built from the back which was turned home by Ian Abe at the back post making the game 4-1 at half time!
The second half was a much tighter affair with some good football being played by both teams and at times the scene looking like a WW1 battlefield with bodies strewn all over the pitch in cramp and tiredness. The pitch was a monster for both sets of players and this told as the pace of the game slowed. SBSJ then showed their class and got the better of a faltering Roundhay with Mangdulabnan being slipped through and he applied the finish in emphatic style. 5-1
Again a carbon copy move of number 5 set Mangdulabnan free and he put the afterburners on to leave the Roundhay defence for dead and slide the ball under an advancing keeper. 6-1
MOM - All of the team!
The boys have brought home the first piece of county silverware of the season and this is a significant piece as I don’t think this trophy has been won by SBSJ or St Bede’s for a number of years! Not only have the boys taken a major trophy but the attitude and behaviour whilst playing in this trophy has been exceptional. This makes this victory all the more sweeter!
Thanks Liam (Pep) King