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May 10, 2021

Under 14 Boys vs South Yorkshire - Match Report


U14 National Quarter-Final: South Yorkshire SFA 3 Staffordshire SCFA 1

The new U14 boys side endured biblically rainy conditions on Saturday, but essentially their lack of familiarity and cohesion meant that they could not muster enough to get past a physically robust South Yorkshire side.

The game started as it meant to go on - a slightly nervy and clumsy affair, with longer sequences of passing quality not easy to come by. However, Staffs dug in, organised themselves and tried to establish some sort of hold on the game. This was made more difficult by a debatable penalty decision in South Yorks’ favour, which their player finished emphatically into the roof of the net. Fortunately, the outstanding Alfie Gillion was on hand to reply just before half-time, finishing from close range after a moment of madness in the 18-yard box.

With honours even at half-time, it was anyone’s game. Sadly, in the second half Staffs struggled to secure possession, and it became quite hit and hope. After going 2-1 down with less than 10mins to go, they went all out to try and bag an equaliser. Unfortunately, but unimportantly, this style led to Yorkshire scoring again, then seeing the game out in aggressive and safe fashion.

Whilst always disappointing to lose, the way that this brand new side established and familiarised themselves throughout the course of the game was truly impressive, and within 70mins went from looking like strangers to a side with formidable potential. MOTM goes jointly to Jamie Maddocks-Brown and Alfie Gillion.

We offer our sincere gratitude to South Yorkshire/Sheffield Hallam Sports Park for being such welcoming hosts. Thanks as always also go to the parents/carers for travelling and supporting so well, and to Stafford Rangers, who were kind enough to lend us their minibus so that the coaching staff and equipment had plenty of space to travel in style! 

A good performance from a team that are definitely ones to watch...