Our year 7 boys progressed into the final of the Bradford Cup by beating Beckfoot Thornton on their own patch 4 goals to 2. A close game between two good sides on a lovely afternoon made excellent viewing. We spoke about being difficult to score against before the game and the tactics were to be narrow with both wide midfielders tucking in when we didn't have possession. 1-0 down after 10 mins was not part of the plan!
However, the other tactic of hitting them on the counter-attack did work: 1-1 with Sahil Bashir scuffing one in off the post.
In the second half our plan worked a treat; Sahil scoring again with a fabulous left foot strike. And we didn't stop there, Israel Webber started and finished another fantastic counter-attack that reminded me of Man City's goal against Arsenal at the Emirates this season. Beautiful touch on the half way line feeding Sahil and then Israel continued his run to smash in the rebound from Sahil's shot.
Sahil then broke clear to complete his hat-trick and claim the man of the match award.
Thornton pulled one back but it wasn't going to be enough to stop our boys from claiming victory. Our final is at UAK this Friday against Beckfoot.
Impressive performances from Reuben (our Captain), Alex Phillips and Felix Ukandu.
The Team: Jackson Green, Alex Phillips, Israel Webber, Lewis Crompton, Christy Newton, Nana Twum, Awaal Ayofe, Tommy McCurry, Max Palmer, Sahil Bashir, Reuben Laporta White, Felix Ukandu, Sam Adams
Report by Mr P Cheetham