Saturday 3rd April 2021 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
Birmingham Primary Schools’ FA League
Erdington and Saltley A 8 – 1 Erdington and Saltley B
A Team: Jack, Reo, Rhys, Uzi, Younussa, Yaw, Omari, Kyle, Ebrima, Dylan, Keon, Rion and Jason
Scorers: Jason x 3, Keon x 2, Omari, Younussa and Dylan
B Team: Bryan, Leeson, Tobi, Cairo, Jeremiah, Shaun, Sean, Shane, Mathaar, Michael and Kian
Man of the Match: Jason – Hat-trick hero!
After three long months without football, the BPSFA league restarted (again) with a ding-dong all-Erdington derby! And what a game it was!
The A team started the game full of energy and looked to stamp their authority on the fixture from the off. However, not to be outdone, the B team matched their fellow Ton players and broke through the A team defence on a couple of occasions. The first goal came from the left boot of marauding fullback Younussa who stabbed the ball home for his seventh goal of an impressive campaign. Shortly after taking the lead, the A team extended their command when Jason cut in from the left-wing and slotted past the keeper after superbly weaving his way into the box.
To their credit, the B team had the better of the middle period and were unfortunate to only score one goal – but what a goal it was! Whizzing down the right, defensive warrior Tobi lobbed a screamer of a shot from outside of the box. His rasping drive looped over the out-stretched Jack who later pulled off an incredible double save.
Screamers are like buses. You wait for one and two come along at the same time.
Despite playing with one eye, the wing wizard thrashed the ball home with venom from outside of the area to rival Tobi for ‘Goal of the Game’.
As the game entered the third and final period, the scoreline was finely poised at 3-1 to the A team.
The final twenty-minutes saw the game get out of reach for the B team. Despite several moments of quality and an undeniably excellent work rate, the B team found the A team too hot to handle as the goals flew in and the A team raced into an 8-1 lead. Captain Keon coolly placed the ball past the out-rushing keeper on his way to a brilliant brace and Dylan rifled home for his 15th goal of an outstanding season. But it was man-of-the-match Jason who stole the show with a hat-trick oozing in quality and a performance brimming with excitement.
While the scoreline obviously meant a great deal to the A team, it was the attitude and effort of the boys (both teams) that was most pleasing. It was obvious for all to see that the lads were excited to be back playing for the district. From every Kyle flick and trick to the lung busting runs of Cairo, the past three months had evidently stoked the fires within the boys’ bellies!
We can’t wait for the remainder of the season!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!