Friday 15th May 2020 (Match Date)
SWLFC U11’s 2019/20 season review....
Next up on our series on reviews are our U11’s who have had another great season under the leadership of Michael Colton and Craig Benson.
Manager Michael reports:
Obviously we can’t report on all our results due to FA rules, but all in all it was a brilliant season for the U11’s. We got to our second Cup final in consecutive seasons only to come up short in what was a close game against a very good Barnsley Red team.
At the start of the season we had 2 road trips away to tournaments in Blackpool and Redcar, sandwiched in between those where tournaments at Westend Terriers and Thorncliffe SGP. Where we where defending Champions from the year before.
We successfully defended those tournaments winning both without conceding a single goal. We also got invited to take part in a Tournament on the Sheffield Wednesday pitch, It was an all boys tournament but we reached the semi-finals, great experience been out on the pitch of the team we all support.
Blackpool was a chance for a fun weekend away and to test ourselves against the likes of Preston North End, Norton & Stockton, Lumley Ladies and Blackpool Ladies. After 2 days of brilliant football we where to play Norton & Stockton in the final, who we had beaten in the group stage earlier on in the tournament 2-0. It was a very tight game but Norton & Stockton on this occasion came away the winners in a 1-0 victory, this was the only goal we had conceded in two days of football. This wasn’t to be the last time we played Norton & Stockton, as they entered the Redcar tournament.
Redcar which is know as the Corus Cup, we came up against some fantastic teams. Middlesbourgh, Hartlepool, Norton & Stockton to name a few. With a new signing in the squad Alesha Burton playing in her first games for the team. We won our group winning 4 and drawing 1 in a very hard game against Middlesbourgh. In the Semi final we played our old friends Norton & Stockton, this time it was us who came out on top with a 2-0 victory, to set up a final against Middlesbourgh. The final ended up 0-0 after extra time, with Middlesbourgh taking the victory in sudden death penalties.
Our competitive season didn’t kickoff until November when our cup run started, we won our group scoring 38 goals without conceding, our group included Eckington, Millmoor, Chesterfield and us. This set up a round one knock out Steel City Derby against Sheffield United in which we run out comfortable 13-1 winners.
In the quarter finals we played a very much improved Barnsley Blue team. This was a very good game played In the right way, we ran out 4-0 winners on that day.
The semi-final was then to come against Doncaster Belles. This was a repeat of the season before’s final where Doncaster beat us on penalties. The semi-final against Doncaster Belles was our best game of the season by far, where everything we had be doing on the training pitch just all came together. We played some brilliant football, and won the game 1-0, with our Number 1 Libby Drabble saving a last minute penalty, which was Doncaster Belles only shot on target in the whole game.
The Final against Barnsley Red our last game before the Covid-19 hit us all. Was a game of 2 half’s. Barnsley came out of the traps in the first half scoring 2 brilliant goals. But at half time I still thought if we could nick an early goal we would be in with a chance. It went our way, we made it 2-1. We had our chances to win the game, but Barnsley came back and scored the goal of the game. 3-1. We still pressed and made it 3-2, but the Barnsley keeper made a few good saves and it wasn’t meant to be. All in all we couldn’t complain Barnsley deserved the win, so well done to them.
As I’m not allowed to recap on all the season I thought id write a little bit about each of my players and their development through the season.
Goalkeeper- Libby Drabble. Brilliant season for Libby always improving, brilliant shot stopper and very brave. Contributed to the best defence in the cup and with that penalty save in the Semi-final to send us through to the final. (Kieron Westwood)
Defender - Miley-Grace Colton, Miley has had a disrupted season. She fractured her skull pretty bad in august just after the pre-season and wasn’t able to play until December. Solid defender, and a proper captain. (Nigel Pearson)
Defender- Emmeline Hooper, My very own Des Walker. Good in the tackle, very quick and always seems to get there when called upon. (Des Walker)
Defensive midfield - Lyla Powell, Lyla has had to play in defence for quite a while this season and she is so calm on the ball, her passing is amazing. And scored an amazing header this season aswell. (John Sheridan)
Midfield - Elisha Whitaker, very talented. Scores goals, sets goals up, has become a very good team player can strike a ball with that left foot better than most boys at her age. (Barry Bannan)
Midfield- Emily Wade, never ever stops working. What an engine she’s got. Chipped in with some very important goals aswell, and has also stood in as my reserve keeper on a few occasions. (Fernando Foresteri)
Midfield - Sofia Manfredi, has skill in abundance, got a lovely right foot. Gets crosses in takes people on and takes a brilliant penalty. (Benito Carbone)
Midfield - Elsie Neville, joined us half way through the season, Tough tackling midfielder, good on the ball. (Sam Hutchinson )
Midfield/Forward - Alesha Burton, right footed who loves to play on the left, cutting in. Works her socks off and has an eye for a goal, brilliant first season. (Chris Waddle)
Forward - Eliza Benson, Scores goals for fun, holds the ball up well and works the line a proper centre forward. (David Hirst)
As we move up to the U12’s next season and the competitive aspect of the game, which I know the girls are looking forward too. I’d like to thank all the parents for their support through out the season, the girls who are always at training and games come rain or shine, (and we all know how bad it it up at Chaucer)
Hopefully next season we can sign a few new players, and keep improving week after week, whilst enjoying our Football.
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