U8s Shine at the Ossett Town Gala, July 6 2013
We entered three squads into the gala, competing in two competitions against 21 other teams. Both formats included two leagues of six teams, with the top four from each group going into the quarter-finals for a knock-out tournament.
The Phantoms – produced a marvellous display of football, full of energy, drive and skill. In their group matches they beat Norristhorpe, Altofts, Upperthong and Hiendley, drawing their final game v Kirkheaton to qualify as convincing group winners. The group games featured some fantastic passing football and brilliant goals – one long range effort from Charlie had to be the goal of the day.
They dominated their quarter-final v Rastrick, but after several near misses, and the woodwork not helping during extra-time, the game ended in stalemate and we had our first experience of a penalty shoot out! Goal-keeper Lucas H saved all three Rastrick penalties and the Phantoms slotted all three of theirs to progress through to the semi-finals.
A very good Bingley side now stood between the Phantoms and a shot at glory in the final. In a tight, tense encounter, the Phantoms knicked it in the dying minutes as leading goal-scorer Eddie finished from close range to send the Phantoms through to face Northowram in the final.
Again the boys faced a well organised, talented team, and there was nothing between the two sides as they both looked to create a clear-cut opening to pinch the title; however, the winner came from an unexpected source, as penalty shoot-out hero Lucas decided not to roll the ball out to our defenders and instead produced a long goal kick that the unfortunate Northowram keeper misjudged and it ended up in the back of the net.
The final whistle blew not long after, which sparked some fabulous celebrations after a fantastic days football.
Championeee, championeee, olay, olay, olay….. 🙂
Well done to the Phantoms squad Lucas, Ben, Samuel, Jayden, Jamaine, Alexander, Charlie, Jamie and Eddie – for all performing to such a high standard in sweltering conditions. Brilliant.
Goal-scorers on the day were Eddie 7, Charlie 3, Alexander 2 and Lucas 1..!
The Warriors – battled hard in the hot conditions during their group games. After a slow start and a narrow defeat to Rastrick B, they played their best football against the strongest sides in their group as they beat Thornhill A with a long range effort from Seth and drew tight games with Honley A and Brighouse B 0-0. Despite losing their last group game to the odd goal in three, after Oscar had put them ahead, they had done just enough to qualify for the knock-out stages.
They faced Northowram B in the quarter-finals, the group winners from the other league and a tough challenge; however, as is so often the case with this Warriors team, they rose to the challenge and again produced a brilliant performance as they pinned Northowram back in their own half, running out 1-0 winners as Oscar produced a determined finish from some lovely build-up play. Further chances could have made the scoreline more comfortable, but nevertheless a brilliant win for the lads.
In the semi-final they faced the eventual tournament winners Honley A, who we had drawn with earlier in the group games. This time the Honley side proved a little bit too strong as they progressed through to the final where they edged out Wakefield Jets. Well done to Steve and all the lads at Honley.
Despite being dis-appointed not to progress through to the final, the Warriors could hold their heads high today and should be proud of a good performance in difficult conditions.
Well done to James, George, Lucas, Seth, Thomas, Cai, Oscar and Tyler! Oscar bagged 2 goals on the day and Seth 1.
The Harriers – faced a tough challenge today facing a mix of A and B teams in a strong group.
As ever, the lads produced a fantastic, hard working effort and never let their heads drop, playing some nice passing football.
They beat Upperthong B 1-0, with Archie bagging the winner and one of his two goals today.
Despite narrowly losing the rest of their group games, and just missing out on qualification, the Harriers should be proud of their performance today.
Well done to Benjamin, Matthew, Max, Emmanuel, Calum, McKye, Archie, Bailey and Rowan.
Well done to all of the lads – the coaches, your parents and grand-parents are very proud of you all! 🙂
Enjoy the summer break and see you all on August 24 at Haggs Hill 10-11.