Saturday 17th September 2016 @ Heartlands Academy
BPSFA 6-a-side Championship
Erdington and Saltley – Winners!
A Team: Tyrese, Cian T, Taylor, Ilani, Cameron, William, Blessing and Liam
B Team: Gerard, Danny, Tiarno, Jaiy, Toby, Kian and Che
|A Team||B Team|
|Aston||Won 1-0||Won 1-0|
|Bath and Wiltshire||Drew 0-0||Lost 2-1|
|East Birmingham||Won 2-0||Won 1-0|
|Harborne||Won 3-0||Drew 0-0|
|Sutton Coldfield||Won 2-0||Lost 1-0|
A Team 0-0 Harborne (Lost on pens)
B Team 1-0 Bath and Wiltshire
B Team 1-0 Harborne
B Team 1-0 Sutton Coldfield
Liam x 2
Blessing x 2
Toby x 3
Che x 3
Ilani x 6
Cameron x 1
Kian x 1
On a morning of ups and downs, the boys from the mighty Ton ended the morning as BPSFA 6-a-side champions for the third year in four. However the winning team was not the one that many predicted, with the B Team claiming a stunning victory in the final against old rivals Sutton Coldfield.
After six games, the A Team had still to concede a goal and had impressed all with their stunning play. Often playing with four attacking players, the A Team beat all before them before falling at the quarter final stage to the dreaded lottery that is penalties.
Conversely the B Team stumbled out of the group stage, after failing to find any rhythm until their final group game against East Birmingham. However they knew that the morning was more of a marathon than a sprint and clicked into top gear just in time for the knock out stage. With four clean sheets in their final four games, the B Team woke up following a few truthful words and a telling off from their captain Kian B.
In the final they rode their luck a little, with Gerard making three class saves and the woodwork saving them on another occasion. With one minute of extra time remaining, the boys reclaimed possession when the youngest player in the tournament Toby won the ball in midfield and drove forward towards the Sutton goal. Closing in on the keeper, he unleashed a shot from distance that struck Che on its way to nestling in the back of the Sutton net. Quickly regaining their composure, the lads saw out the final minute to claim their second title of the season after lifting the Bath International Cup a few weeks ago.
My personal highlight of the day was the fact that Kian B wanted Ilani to go up with him to collect the trophy. A sign of the close friendship that symbolises this great set of lads!
A morning of stunning football, heartbreak, hard work and unadulterated joy! Football is a funny old game!
Men of the match: Ilani and Kian B
Up The Ton!