Saturday 4th January 2020 @ Play Football Arena
Birmingham Primary Schools FA Futsal Championship
Under 10s: Jack, Andrius, Ebrima, Reo, Omari, Younussa, Yaw, Dylan, George, Cairo and Uzi
Goals: Ebrima x 3, George x 3, Reo x 2, Dylan x 2 and Andrius
Under 11s: Cory, Danny, Jahkadi, Kortney, Oscar, Kaiden, Chase, Hughey, Joshua, Kayden, Markie, Lennon, Jason, Keon and Ethan
Goals: Lennon x 9, Markie x 7, Kortney x 6, Jason x 3 and Keon x 3
Two futsal competitions. Two runners-up spots. Lots of huge positives to take from the opening day of 2020.
The under 10s went toe-to-toe with South Birmingham under 10s for much of the morning until an untimely injury in the pivotal game swung the tie in South’s favour with the scores evenly poised at 1-1. Throughout the morning, both teams showed all in attendance their undoubted talent. Yet while we came ever so close to claiming the title, it is hard to deny that the boys from the south of Brum deserved their second title in succession.
On the adjacent futsal pitches, three u11 teams gave it their all for The Ton.
With Kortney in great goal scoring form, ably supported by the tireless duo Jahkadi and Oscar, the C team made a great start to their morning with a pair of wins. Even more pleasing was the debut of u10 Kaiden who starred at the back and the masterful shot stopping demonstration of Cory.
The B team found it a little trickier to get going and didn’t fully get into their stride until late in the day. Although once they did, it was a thing of beauty!
The third and final under 10s side stormed through the league, scoring a number of classy goals, including a hat trick from midfield dynamo Lennon. With Keon and Jason excelling out wide, Ethan repelling everything that was thrown at him (four clean sheets from the opening four games) and Danny confident in goal, captain Markie was afforded the freedom to dictate play from up top.
Everything went according to plan until the final.
After a superb victory over South Birmingham in the semi-final, the boys squared up against a resurgent Aston side with both teams eyeing the first trophy of 2020.
Unfortunately for us, Aston took the lead within the first minute and from then on, we simply didn’t have luck on our side and found an Aston keeper in imperious form. As shots bounced off the woodwork, the Aston keeper pulled off several stunning saves to thwart us in our relentless attempt to level the game. Throw into the mix a superb acrobatic goal line clearance from Lennon and it’s easy to see why the huge crowd in attendance were on the edge of their seat.
Football is about fine margins. This simply wasn’t our day but there will be plenty more days that are ours in 2020.
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!