Saturday 3rd October 2020 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
BPSFA/WMCSFA Under 11s’ District League
Aston 0 – 7 Erdington and Saltley A
Team: Jack, Reo, Myiano, Rhys, Lennon, Dylan, Kyle, Omari, Uzi, Keon and Younussa
Goals: Lennon x 2, Dylan x 2, Rhys, Omari and Kyle
Man of the Match: Rhys – a menace in offence and a tyrant in defence!
Arden Forest 2 – 4 Erdington and Saltley B
Team: Jayden, Leeson, Shaun, Mathaar, Shane, Yaw, Mahliq, Daniel, Kian and Cairo
Goals: Daniel, Kian, Shaun and Shane
Man of the Match:
A half-volley from way outside the area. An unreal breakaway goal. A solid defensive performance. Growing confidence evident for all. Two birthdays. Two victories. What a morning!
The under 11s A team squared up against Aston in what turned out to be a full-blooded and exciting game. After racing into a three-goal lead in the opening ten minutes, the boys did not look back and opened their league campaign with three points.
On the adjacent pitch, the under 11s B team took on our friends Arden Forest, scoring four goals to claim the win after falling one-goal behind. The moment of the game coming from the boot of under 11 debutant Daniel who stepped up from the under 10s with a stunning long distance strike on his birthday!
After Dylan opened the scoring by stabbing home from three yards for the A team, Rhys stole the ‘moment of the half award’ with an excellent goal on the counter. Having repelled an Aston corner, Lennon carried the ball upfield before slotting in Rhys who’s burst down the right wing. The rapid full back headed straight for the box and blasted into the top corner from the edge of the area.
The second half saw another four goals scored and plenty of exciting action. A sweet Kyle strike from distance using the outside of his boot, a Lennon brace, on top of Omari scoring the the fourth successive game, saw the boys wrap up the game.
While the boys were excellent in attack, they were equally impressive when defending. Across the pitch, in all positions, the boys protected their clean sheet like their life depended on it. A superb save from Jack, tipping onto the roof of the net, was sandwiched between a number of excellent pieces of defending from the back three of Reo, Myiano and Rhys. With Keon covering every blade of artificial grass in midfield, Aston’s undeniable effort and commitment was repelled.
Including our pre-season games, yesterday was definitely our best team performance of 2020/21 and an indication of the exciting times that lie ahead!
In their first 9-a-side game as a team, the under 11s B team controlled the early exchanges against Shard End’s Arden Forest, only to see the boys in blue take the lead. Not to be deflated, the boys reasserted themselves and equalised moments after striking the woodwork.
However, Arden refused to lie down throughout the match and pulled themselves back into the encounter at 3-1 and 4-2.
Despite Arden’s endeavor, the Ton boys ploughed forward at every opportunity and should be incredibly proud of their first outing as a team, not least Leeson who was superb at the heart of the defence.
What a morning!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!