Saturday 10th November 2018 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
Birmingham Primary Schools’ FA League
East Birmingham 1 – 4 Erdington and Saltley Gold
Team: Danny, Wiktor, Hughey, Oscar, Sean, Elijah, Joshua, Kian C, Kyran, Kayden and Chase
Goals: Kyran x 3 and Kayden
Man of the Match: Kyran – it’s a tough one as a number of lads could make a claim for the accolade, including Elijah in midfield and Kayden on the wing. However it’s the hat-trick hero Kyran who takes the award this week.
After being beat 7-1 by Gloucester in their last competitive outing, the Gold team bounced back in style with an excellent team performance against East Birmingham. With four key players missing, the boys stepped up to the mark with a performance full of teamwork and unity.
Every player gave their all in a stunning example of the fine team spirit that’s been developed this season between the boys in gold. Not one player sought personal glory at the expense of the team. The good of the collective was prioritised ahead of individual pride.
After an even opening ten minutes, the lads used the pace of Kyran to their benefit by playing the Birches Green sharpshooter through on goal. After evading the challenge of the keeper, the striker slotted calmly past the keeper to give the boys a 1-0 lead at the close of the first twenty.
Kyran’s second goal wasn’t far behind, although this time it came from a sweet left footed strike rather than a one-on-one with the keeper. After watching his initial right footed strike bounce off the East defender, Kyran lashed the rebound in with his left peg to make it 2-0 to The Ton.
The ridiculously intelligent Kayden got in on the action after linking up superbly with Elijah and Joshua on a number of occasions. The diminutive midfielder played a series of superb balls throughout his 45 minutes of action. His goal was no less than he deserved and just rewards for arguably his best performance of the season to date.
With the boys in complete control of the game, East grabbed a goal to reduce the arrears, although the boys were honest enough to admit they could have done better to help Danny defend his clean sheet.
Not to be undone by the East strike, the boys regrouped to take a three goal lead once again in the final third of the game. Again the goal came from the inform Kyran, although is owed much to the excellent work of Sean and Kian who both carried the ball up the pitch before setting Kyran up for his hat-trick.
All over the pitch there were examples of just what we want from district footballers – commitment, pride, teamwork and enthusiasm.
Furthermore, both sets of players were the epitome of respect as they played the whole 60 minutes without questioning one decision or arguing amongst each other. They were perfect!
What a game!
What a great group of lads!
Well done lads!
Up The Ton!