U11A Dair House Tournament
The U11A Dair House Tournament was a tight competition where our boys played well, here’s the match report by Mr Martyn Goddard:
CCJB U11A Vs Gayhurst
Won 2-1 (Goals: Lopez, Stewart. Assists: Babcock 2)
Trailing 0-1 at the interval, CCJB bounced back in style. Babcock in fine form setting up both goals and Stewart ‘pulling the strings’ in midfield. A great result considering we had lost twice to Gayhurst earlier in the season.
CCJB U11A vs Dair House
Won 4-0 (Goals: Sands 2, Babcock 2. Assists: Greenwood 3, Lopez)
In a four goal rout of the tournament holders, Sands made impressive runs from deep and his finishing on the back post from Greenwood crosses were a joy to watch. This was a team performance with the boys demonstrating neat passing and strong attacking.
CCJB U11A vs Caldicott
Drew 1-1 (Goal: Greenwood. Assist: Stewart)
Trailing again at half time. An excellent performance saw the boys score the only goal Caldicott conceded all day. ‘They all count’ describes captain Greenwood’s equaliser. After we scored Dempster produced one of the finest double saves I’ve ever seen at U11 level, the second one from point blank range. Shepherd and Moorby defended admirably.
CCJB U11A vs Thorpe House
Won 2-1 (Goals: Lopez 2. Assists: Dempster, Stewart)
Behind (again) at half time. We left it late on this one. Our never-say-die attitude, in particular from Jones and Jackson in midfield and defence, saw us score two (very) late goals to see us in with a chance of reaching the final. A rare Dempster assist when our goalkeeper went up for a corner set-up Lopez for the equaliser. From the resulting kick-off, Stewart threaded Lopez through to score with an impressive finish, his second of the match, just before the final whistle.
The final Group table below shows how close we were to going through to the final.
CCJB U11A vs Davenies
Lost 2-3 (Goals: Stewart (pen), Greenwood. Assists: Stewart 2)
In our fifth consecutive match without a break our weary legs saw the boys narrowly lose to a strong Davenies side. The game was finely balanced: 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3. Stewart won and confidently converted a penalty to draw us level at 2-2. Maybe a draw would have been a fairer result, however, the defence could not hold out and we lost to a goal of quality.
The boys didn’t ever give up on the field and drew level on five different occasions. They were equally gracious off it. The group match performances were superb and demonstrated how far they have come this season.