Saturday 2nd October, 2021 @ Vale Stadium, Castle Vale
Erdington and Saltley 3 – 1 East Birmingham
Team: Remi, Oliver, Shae, Yassin, Pharelle, Reo, Ovander, Remell, Zacchaeus, Mako, Matharr and Endri
Goals: Ovander x 2 and Matharr
Man of the Match: Pharelle – a beast at the back!
After starting their season in style two weeks previously, the under 11s were unable to find the cohesion that characterised their opening-day victory over Aston. Against East, they lacked fluidity but still summoned enough magic to earn a great 3-1 victory over a talented East Birmingham side.
With the first half ending in a stalemate, The Ton boys knew they had to do better during the second period. This is exactly what they did when they burst out of the blocks in the second half and bagged a great team goal when Ovander slotted away following an excellent build up.
At this stage, the lads hoped to take control of the game once and for all, but East Birmingham had different ideas.
Bursting down the right, East’s Adaam struck a sweet shot past the superb Remi in the Erdington net. After taking the lead four minutes previously, Erdington were now all-square with East Birmingham.
The next twenty minutes were scrappy – very scrappy. The Ton were unable to find their flow and East Birmingham had several chances to take the lead, including a shot that thundered off the crossbar. However, Erdington and Saltley continued to believe in their quality, and with two minutes remaining, they finally conjured up some magic to take the lead through Matharr following a Mako corner. Not finished there, they then extended their lead after an incisive counter attack saw Ovander bag a brace.
The 3-1 scoreline was harsh on East Birmingham but we are proud of the boys for refusing to give up when things were not going their way. That is a sign of a great team!
Well done boys!
Up The Ton!