Saturday 2nd December 2017 @ Hollfields Club, Erdington
Midlands Challenge Cup
Erdington and Saltley 8 – 0 Aston
Team: Padraig, Rhys, Ethan, Jeval, Daniel, Callam, Che, Tavani, Romaoe and Alfie
Goals: Alfie x 3, Tavani, Daniel, Romaoe x 2 and Callam
Man of the Match: Daniel – captained the side and drove the team on throughout the game. Amazing attitude!
In the first of three Ton games yesterday, the under 10s turned on the style to put on a showing of scintilating attacking play. Four Ton goals in the first twenty minutes seemed to knock the stuffing out of Aston, only for the visitors to bounce back valiantly during the middle third to create chances of their own, including a missed penalty, before The Ton raced out of sight in the final 20 minutes of the game.
From start to finish the boys played as a team, defending in numbers and countering with pace and aggression. In fact, the manner in which the team countered every Aston attack was possibly the most pleasing thing about the performance.
Throughout the team there were performances to marvel. From captain Daniel running the show in centre midfield to the youngest player Ethan producing the kind of ball playing defensive display that Bobby Moore would have been proud of! Out wide, Che was a menace, especially during the first twenty minutes, while Tavani and Romaoe continuously switched positions to bamboozle the Aston back line. With quality finishes, Callam and Alfie proved a thorn in the side of Aston throughout. At the back Rhys and Jeval were a composed and balanced pair, despite the latters protests that he isn’t a defender! Between the posts, Padraig collected his second clean sheet in two games thanks to a number of good saves and a slice of luck here and there.
Overall it was a brilliant performance and one to be incredibly proud of.
While the eight unanswered goals rightly reflects our superiority during the game, it doesn’t do Aston justice in the sense that they battled their hearts out and bounced back during the middle third after falling four behind. With a missed penalty (Padraig saved it) and goal line clearance (thanks to Ethan) they would have got on the score sheet on another day.
Nevertheless the day belonged to The Ton!
Well done lads!
Up The Ton!