Saturday 2nd December 2017 @ Hollyfields Club. Erdington
Erdington and Saltley A 1- 1 Sutton Coldfield (Erdington won 2-1 on pens)
Erdington and Saltley B 1-7 Gloucester
A Team: Remi, Savannah, Millie, Liberty, Rihanna, Lacy and Javeigh
B Team: Remi, Taija, Amne, Kayla, Rosie, Shay-Leigh and Sophie
Girl of the Match: Savannah – energy and passion. A driving force from midfield and great foil for Liberty in the centre of midfield.
Two very different results but one very similar feeling – proud! With a number of girls falling down ill on the day of the games, both teams had a patched-up look about them.Yet despite this, both teams worked as hard as possible, showing what it meant to them to pull on the jersey of their community.
The A team locked horns with Sutton Coldfield for the third time this season. After drawing 4-4 in the first encounter and then winning 1-0 in the final of the first BPSFA tournament of the season, it was another tight affair with Erdington once again prevailing.
The opening half of the game saw The Ton girls camped in the Sutton half, with our opponents first attack coming in the closing minutes from the spot after a Rihanna foul gifted them a penalty. Fortunately for us, Sutton missed their penalty and the score remained 0-0 at half-time.
Captain Liberty broke the deadlock from the narrowest of angles and at that stage it seemed like The Ton were going to progress to the semi-final of the Midlands Cup. Yet Sutton refused to lie down and equalised soon after Liberty’s opener following a brilliant team move.
With light fading and the score still level, it was straight to penalties. Rihanna donned the keeper’s jersey and saved the first two Sutton penalties to put The Ton in a commanding position with two chances to wrap up the tie. The winning penalty came from Lacy who rifled low and hard into the corner of the net. Next up in the cup for The Ton girls is South Birmingham A.
After watching their teammates pick up a victory, the B team took on Gloucester in the final match of the day. The opening exchanges were fairly even, with Taija scoring a brilliant individual goal to level the scoreline at 1-1. However, with the team battling away against a quality Gloucester side, they were dealt a blow when their southern opponents scored a couple of goals in quick succession to retake the lead.
The second half saw Gloucester score several more goals and despite our valiant efforts, it was hard to deny that the classy Gloucester side fully deserved their victory. Nevertheless our girls should be immensely proud of their efforts, rather than worrying about the scoreline.
Overall it was a great day for our great district!
Well done girls!
Up The Ton!