Saturday 19th January 2019 @ Sporting Khalsa FC, Willenhall
English Schools’ FA Midlands 9-a-side 2018/19
Team: Danny, Kian S, Jeval, Elijah, Ethan, Jack, Rhys, Markie, Callam, Toby, Tavani, Gonzalo and Romaeo
Goals: Callam x 2, Markie x 4, Toby, Romaeo x 2 and Jeval
Man of the Match: Toby – A performance befitting of a captain. Disciplined and selfless.
W 1-0 vs Dudley
W 1-0 vs Telford
W 2-1 vs Solihull
W 3-0 vs Wyre Forest
W 2-0 vs Wolverhampton
W 1-0 vs Solihull
What an amazing day! From start to finish, the boys did us proud. This was the best performance the boys have ever given the district. This was the most positive team performance the boys have ever given the district. Everything fell into place on a day when hard work and commitment were only matched by some ridiculously sublime finishing!
It’s pointless providing a breakdown of each game as each game was the same. We worked our socks off, played with unity and scored some amazing goals from great distances!
The defence were superbly marshalled by Kian S and Danny between the sticks. The two of them provided a rock like foundation for the rest of the team to attack in numbers. While the attackers rightly drew some of the loudest cheers and gasps on the day, it was a goal line clearance from Kian and top corner save from Danny that made all the difference in a tense final.
The fullbacks of Jack, Elijah, Ethan, Rhys and Jeval, none of whom play fullback on a Sunday, were exquisite as they worked tirelessly up and down the flanks.
In attack, Romaeo and Gonzalo pressed the opposition defence and worked hard to win back possession at every opportunity.
That allowed the midfield to work their magic and my word did they pull some tricks out of their bag! With shots fired in from every possible angle and tackles and blocks thrown in whenever required, the midfield four of Tavani, Toby, Callam and Markie were amazing! Toby showed immense discipline to Marshall the midfield and allow his three midfield peers to flood forward as a united force.
The goals of Callam, Jeval, Markie and Toby could all make valid claims for goal of the season, such was the audacity of them.
Once the ecstasy of the medal presentation faded into the Willenhall night sky, the boys sat and reflected on a remarkable day. Their relentless efforts throughout the afternoon had been rewarded with their third title of the season and a place in the national finals.
What a team!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!