Saturday 4th September 2021 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
Team: Jack, Oliver, Yassin, Rio, Shae, Remell, Endri, Matharr, Pharrell, Zacchaeus and Cairo
Goals: Matharr x 3
The 2021/22 campaign kicked off with a roller-coaster of emotions as the under 11s were knocked out of the BPSFA 7-a-side Championship on penalties in the semi-final stage.
After progressing from their group in second position, the boys’ confidence was sky high. Having played three games, the boys had still to concede a goal as they locked horns with Kings Norton in the quarter final stage.
Just as he had done in the opening few games, it was Matharr who found the back of the net to give the boys the lead in what was a cagey knock-out affair. Unfortunately, the Tonn were unable to defend their lead as they conceded their first (and only) goal of the morning. With the scores level and the two teams inseparable after a period of extra-time, penalties were required to determine who would line up in the semi-final.
A nerve jangling shootout ensued but it was The Ton who progressed to the final-four after claiming victory when the shootout went to sudden death.
Another faultless defensive display in the last four meant the under 11s faced penalties once again if they were to make it to the final. However, despite the boys’ heroics, they lost out to Sutton Coldfield when the pennos once again went to sudden death.
Despite the loss, the boys rightly held their heads up high. Five games played, no defeats (other than on pens) and four clean sheets – not a bad start to what promises to be an exciting season!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!