Saturday 10th June 2017 @ Holyfields Club, Erdington
Erdington and Saltley 2 – 1 Aston
Team: Gerard, Taylor, Tiarno, Danny, Cian T, Cameron, Che, Blessing, Reece, Aidan and Toby
Goals: Aidan and Cian T
Man of the Match: Aidan
With Brierley Hill and Dudley just around the corner, the boys stepped up their preparation for the final game of the season – the WMCSFA Cup Final – by taking on Aston district in an entertaining encounter.
On a beautiful surface at Holyfields, the game started frantically with the ball bouncing around at 100 mph. Few chances were produced by either side in a scrappy opening quarter.
Thankfully the boys grew in terms of composure as the second quarter got under way. Their passing was more composed and this ensured they held onto the ball for longer. Yet despite this, very few clear cut chances were created and the score remained 0-0.
Then everything changed in the blink of an eye! As the game restarted for the third 15 minutes, Aston took a chance from the kick off and it paid off in spectacular style! Immediately from kick off, the Aston player spotted an opening and went for it, with the ball sailing past Gerard and into the top corner of the net. Eat your heart out Beckham!
The goal proved a wake up call to the boys and sparked them into life, as they went on to create five clear cut chances over the next 15 minutes. Unfortunately only one of these chances was converted although the improvement in our play more than made up for any disappointment we felt thanks to the missed chances. The goal came from a Cian tap-in, although the build up play involved some excellent wing wizardry from Blessing and then Cameron.
With the wind behind their sails, the boys went for victory during the last period of the game and were rewarded when the brilliant Aidan burst forward from centre midfield to score the winning goal. Striding forward from defence, Tiarno linked up superbly with Che to play Aidan through on goal, before the Abbey midfielder finished brilliantly.
On another day we might have scored more than two, especially as the wordwork was hit on two occasions, although Aston could also make the same claim. This was an excellent game and a great advert for schools’ football!
Well done boys!
Roll on Saturday!
Up The Ton!