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News and Match Reports 2014-2015

Sunday 26 April - Development fixture Lost 3 - 8

Greemhill Game 1 (h) 3 - 5 Bob, Finn 2

Greenhill Game 2 (h) 0 - 3 

Game 1: Both teams contested a great battle where both teams were ahead at times. Will saved brilliantly in the first half to give Crosspool a lead, thanks to spectacular own goal that Bob had the final touch on, plus a great goal from Finn where Bob sprinted 40 yards to get a cross in. Captain Sam defended superbly while wingers Joshua and Bob caused the opposition problems all day. Ed and Kristian controlled the midfield well and were quite unlucky to lose against a strong Greenhill team. Finns cracking free kick hit the bar in a frenetic finale.

Game 2:  Some individual brilliance from Greenhill won the second game deservedly, with both goalkeepers from each side nearly scoring in an entertaining last few minutes. Jake kept goal well and went up front in the last few moments of the season, while it was Luke who came closest to getting the home side off the mark. Archie ran his socks off while Conall and Jack ran the midfield well against a solid Greenhill side. Paulo and Monty kept the ball out well until the last 10 minutes or so when Greenhill scored with a late flurry of goals. The boys enjoyed a friendly penalty shoot out at the end which they won thanks to some great saves from Jake in goal.

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Sunday 29 March - Development fixture Won 11 - 6

Brunsmeer Game 1 (h) 8 - 3 Luke 4, Jack, Finn 3

Brunsmeer Game 2 (h) 3 - 3 Kristian 2, Bob

Game 1: Crosspool started well with a great free kick from Luke into the top corner. Him and Finn both got hat tricks, while Jack scored the goal of the day with a great team move. Conall battled well again and nearly got on the end of a few half chances, while in defence Monty was strong and moved forward well. In goal, Paulo saved well a number of times.

Game 2: The second game was a great advert for mini-soccer. Crosspool dominated the first half but just tended to snap at their chances, while going down 3-0 into the second half, they kept digging in and pulled it back to 3-3 with seconds to go. Kristian got 2 and Bob got the other, while Joshua worked hard in midfield in terrible conditions. Sam defended brilliantly with some perfectly timed tackles, while Jake saved well in goal to keep Brunsmeer out.

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Sunday 22 March - Friendly Lost 11 - 2

Treeton Game 1 (h) 1 - 7 Kristian

Treeton Game 2 (h) 1 - 4 Finn

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Sunday 15 March - March Challenge cup Lost 11 - 3

Junior Tykes Game 1 (h) 3 - 7 Finn 2, Luke

Junior Tykes Game 2 (h) 0 - 4 

Game 1 Crosspool battled through the game but Junior Tykes were dominant throughout. Will kept goal really well, making some great saves, while Monty had a really tough task marking the oppositions forward who was dangerous throughout, but Monty defended well, making some good tackles and blocks. Finn scored one of his from a free kick on the edge of the box, while Luke got the other. Joshua was never far away from the action, winning a few free kicks from his direct running.

Game 2 The second team attacked well, always looking to pass and move. Jack played one of his most effective performances in midfield with plenty of running, while Kristian and Ed again looked dangerous with some neat moves. Conall battled well as ever, and dribbled well when he got the opportunity, while Jake in goal, and Sam in defence kept the scores down with some great blocks, tackles and saves.

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Sunday 8 March - March Challenge cup Lost 11 - 1

Treeton Game 1 (a) 0 - 8 

Treeton Game 2 (a) 1 - 3 Luke

Game 1 Despite conceding early goals, Crosspool started really well. They were clearly hungry and closed down well a very good opposition. The midfield and forward linked well, but had to do a lot of defending. Unfortunately the boys tired slightly and let in Treeton early in the second half. Although the score line was quite big, they never gave up and kept trying which was really commendable.

Game 2 Crosspool gave Treeton a real scare and could have won if it wasn't for the oppositions goalkeeper. Crosspool made a few chances and never gave up, and were a real credit to the team. Luke scored our only goal of the game with a neat finish, while Jake came out of his goal for the last ten minutes and looked dangerous.

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Sunday 1 March - Development fixture Won 12 - 7

Penistone Church Game 1 (h) 5 - 5 Joshua, Finn, Luke 2, Jake

Penistone Church Game 2 (h) 7 - 2 Ed 3, Kristian 3, Bob

Game 1 What an entertaining game! Penistone Church had a lot of quality and deserved to go ahead, but Crosspool dug in and improved through the game. Sam tackled well and Jake saved well, the latter even scored from a goal kick! Luke also scored a spectacular goal, chipping the goalkeeper from outside of the box. Jack and Joshua ran their socks off and Finn went close a few times. The game was marred by the awful weather but both teams coped bravely.

Game 2 Crosspool controlled the second game, and could have scored more. Ed looked dangerous every time he got the ball, while Kristian and Conall got forward well; Kristian scoring a hat trick including a sweet left foot drive. Conall ran and ran at the opposition and was really unlucky not to score because he worked so hard all game. Bob was his usual busy self, helping out in defence and going on a few marauding runs! Will kept goal smartly and came out in the second half when it got to arctic conditions, with Bob kindly offering to swap.

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Sunday 22 February - Development fixture Lost 18 - 2

Treeton Game 1 (a) 0 - 8

Treeton Game 2 (a) 2 - 10 Luke, Finn

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Sunday 15 February - Development fixture Won 7 - 2

Brunsmeer Game 1 (a) 1 - 1

Brunsmeer Game 2 (a) 6 - 1 Ed 3, Bob, Finn 2

Game 1 The first half was very open, with both teams creating lots of chances. Jake in goal saved well, while backed up by some great tackling from Paulo and Sam. Jack and Kristian were clever in their attacking play, while Luke deserved getting on on the score sheet, although his cross was turned in by a Brunsmeer defender. Luke had previously scored after the ball hit the bar and then went into the net, however the referee didn't see it. Either team could have won the game but a draw was probably about fair.

Game 2 Crosspool blew Brunsmeer away in the second game thanks to some clinical finishing. Bob, Ed and Finn all deserved their goals, showing great determination and finishing skills. Possibly goal of the day was Finn's glancing header from Bob's corner. Monty was steady as ever in goal, while Will looked comfortable in goal. 

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Sunday 8 February - Development fixture Won 7 - 4

Penistone Church Game 1 (a) 0 - 1

Penistone Church Game 2 (a) 7 - 3 Finn 3, Luke 3, Conall

Game 1 Penistone started really strongly and had the majority of the possession and chances but found it difficult to get past Jake in goal who pulled off numerous great saves. The Crosspool players, and in particular Paulo in defence, defended so well and blocked everything, but did begin to tire towards the end and conceded a goal eventually. Credit to them for keeping going, they had a lot of ground to cover and battled until the end. To be fair, they had a few chances on the break themselves, with their keeper saving well from Ed, Bob and Kristian. Will captained the side after a great performance in training last time round, and can be very proud of his teams performance.

Game 2 Crosspool were more in control of the second game, where some fantastic finishing from Finn and Luke won the game. Conall was delighted to score, having forced the ball over the line through sheer bravery. Jack and those 3 forwards all swapped around positions in midfield and showed their versatility. Even Monty who played the game in defence posed an attacking threat with his forward runs. They perhaps didn't have it as tough as the boys in the first game but did fantastically to win the game from a losing start.

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Sunday 18 January - Development fixture Lost 2 - 12

Treeton Game 1 (h) 0 - 4

Treeton Game 2 (h) 2 - 8 Ed 2

Game 1 Despite Treeton's quality, Crosspool held strong all half but unfortunately conceded just before half time. It was a real battle but they certainly had patches in the half where they matched the away side and could have scored with some clever breaks from Will, Luke and Finn. Finn had to spend long periods of the game only half way up the pitch because of how well Treeton kept pressing us in our own half. Only a few lapses in concentration were the difference in the score line but Crosspool can take heart from the first game in difficult conditions. Sam had another solid game in defence, while Jack and Bob were their usual busy selves, getting a few bruises a long the way I'm sure.

Game 2 The second game didn't start very well for Crosspool but they quickly got them selves back in the game, displaying a good attitude, hard work and determination. They closed down the opposition much better as the game went on and thoroughly deserved their two goals. Ed displayed some good finishing, while the Treeton goalkeeper pulled off a great save from Kristian. At the other end Jake kept the ball out time after time with an outstanding performance. Monty and Paulo shared defensive duties well, while Joshua continues to grow game by game, showing fantastic energy levels. Conall lead the line up front for most of the game, which was really tough for him because they never really had long spells of possession in the opponents half, but he certainly worked hard all game and defended well from the front.

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Sunday 11 January - Friendly Lost 0 - 8

Dronfield Game 1 (a) 0 - 1

Dronfield  Game 2 (a) 0 - 7

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Sunday 7 December - Friendly Won 12 - 11

Hillsborough Puma's Game 1 (a) 10 - 7 Finn 5, Luke 2, Kristian 3

Hillsborough Puma's  Game 2 (a) 2 - 4 Jake 2

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Sunday 30 November - Development fixture Won 14 - 10

Brunsmeer Game 1 (a) 9 - 2 Finn 6, Jack 2, Bob

Brunsmeer Game 2 (a) 5 - 8 Ed 2, Luke 2 (1 pen), Kristian

Game 1: Crosspool went behind early but showed great spirit and determination to get hold of the game and put in a good team performance. The away side were thankful to Jake in goal who pulled of some fine saves throughout the game, including guessing the right way on a penalty. Captain Will was full of energy and caused Brunsmeer all sorts of problems getting forward time after time. Finn showed great skill running with the ball and finishing on a boggy pitch that made it difficult for everyone. Jack deserved his poachers goals after showing great tenacity to get forward and look for rebounds. Sam shone yet again in defence making so many brave tackles. His reading of the game is improving with every minute he plays. And nothing would have stopped Bob scoring today, I think he barged his way through just about everyone on the field to get that one!

Game 2: Yet again it was a story of heroic goalkeeping with captain Paulo pulling off some wonder saves through out the game. Luke showed some great skill winning his penalty and super vision when he found Kristian in space with a raking ball through the midfield. Ed finished really smartly twice for his goals, showing just why a midfielder needs to be able to get beyond the forward. Conall again put in a great performance in midfield despite the big pitch and much bigger opposition, which was always going to difficult for them. Monty saved the day a few times with some last ditch tackles and was unlucky to get more of a go second half but it was difficult to take Joshua out of defence because he was putting in some really strong tackles when he changed positions. Kristian deserved his goal with some clever play, having swapped roles with Luke during the second half. Credit to them for not stopping despite the score line getting closer and closer but they dug in on an increasingly muddy pitch that made running very tough.

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Sunday 23 November - Development fixture Won 17 - 5

Killamarsh Game 1 (h) 10 - 2 Luke 8, Jack, Joshua

Killamarsh Game 2 (h) 7 - 3 Kristian, Finn 4, Will, Ed

Game 1 Crosspool thoroughly deserved their game 1 lead in an all action display against Killamarsh. Despite their dominance, they have Jake in goal to thank who made 5 or 6 top quality saves from a very good counter attacking Killamarsh team. Luke produced his best display in the green shirt, but it wasn't just for his well taken goals. Some of his first touches completely put off balance his opponents; and his positional play was a huge improvement playing off their last man at most opportunities. He was a threat all day with his direct and powerful running. The rotated midfield of Conall, Jack and Joshua were a joy to watch getting up and down on a huge pitch, and thoroughly deserved their ten minute rests. Conall showed huge promise with some neat touches. When he gets the confidence to dribble and run past defenders he will no doubt cause havoc in the oppositions half. Jack and Joshua both deserved their goals, and never stopped running with a smile on their face. Even a ball 'where it hurts ' didn't stop Jack getting back to help defend despite seemingly running with one leg momentarily. Joshua's rocket into the top of the net summed his day up. He was calm on the ball and showed great desire to help out his defenders and also to get into the opponents box. When Joshua is focused and playing with his head up he is a real terror to the opposition. Along with Jakes saves, Sam also saved Crosspool time after time with some great interceptions and brave tackling. Sam is really beginning to read the game well and more often than not timed his runs and tackles to perfection.

Game 2 The Game 2 team finished the game off with a good display, particularly because they had no subs and no goalkeeper until Will volunteered to get between the sticks. Will really summed up the togetherness needed in a squad to develop to their potential - Top man! Kristian opened the scoring with his 20th goal from midfield, a fantastic effort. With a bit more self belief Kristian will be even more dominant in the middle of the park. In Ed’s previous game against Killamarsh saw him get fouled a lot so it was brilliant to see such a brave performance from him in midfield - I don't recall him getting knocked off the ball once! Ed and Will, returning to midfield for the second half, both scored similar close range goals. While they have both scored more spectacular goals this season, they were as impressive as any of the goals scored on the day because of the desire they showed getting beyond the forward and getting into the penalty area. In defence, Monty was his usual steady self. He reads the game superbly beyond his years, and shows great confidence running the ball out of defence. One particular highlight was when he won the ball and could have broke past the half way line and in behind the Killamarsh defence, but he looked up and held his position so the team wouldn’t get caught on the break. It was a very ‘team’ decision he made, however, when he gains in confidence it would be great to see him trust his initial instinct and go and join the attack! It would have also been interesting to see if the midfielders would have been on the same wave length and slotted in to cover him. Finn created a lot space and showed some good skills dribbling. Up against a lot of big lads, he showed great strength keeping the ball under pressure. It was noticeable how he is more aware than most of the space around him because he will look behind and to the side before he receives the ball or when running with it.

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Sunday 16 November - Development fixture Won 10 - 9

Brunsmeer Game 1 (h) 7 - 4 Finn 6, Kristian

Brunsmeer Game 2 (h) 3 - 5 Luke 3

Game 1 - Crosspool controlled game 1 in the main but Brunsmeer were very dangerous on the break and got better as the game went on so Paulo and Monty had to be in fine form when swapping goalkeeping and defensive roles. Kristian and Bob showed great determination, energy and skill throughout the game, while Will drove forward often and looked dangerous. Birthday boy Archie contributed well when he came on, while Finn scored the majority of the goals with some smart finishing. The whole team played well as a unit and looked very together as a group.

Game 2 - Crosspool just held on thanks to some heroics in game 2. Jake in goal saved superbly time after time, while Sam did really well at the back, despite playing on such a big pitch. Midfield was the toughest position to play today due to the size of the pitch and the quality of the opposition; and Jack, Ed, Joshua and Conall rotated well and dug in deep to ensure they kept the home side in the game. Their hard work paid off, with a lot thanks to Luke with some good finishing. The second half was a real battle but the boys ran their socks off and will learn a lot from playing against such good opposition and playing on a bigger pitch.

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Sunday 2 November - Development fixture Won 33 - 5

Mosborough Game 1 (h) 15 - 3 Joshua 2, Finn 10, Bob 2, Will 

Mosborough Game 2 (h) 18 - 2 Jack 3, Luke 10, Kristian 3, Ed 2

Game 1: Crosspool dominated from the start and even though Finn will get the headlines for scoring an incredible triple hat-trick, it was a good all round performance from the team. The midfielders had lots of joy getting beyond Finn up-front and contributed lots of goal scoring opportunities and goal themselves. Archie had his best game in a Crosspool shirt, often getting into the oppositions box and was unlucky not to score. Bob, Joshua and Will deserved their goals with some penetrating runs; on more than one occasion Bob seemed to out sprint every player on the pitch and was a constant threat going forward. Joshua and Will both scored from some distance while Paulo put in a steady shift in defence.

Game 2: Despite conditions getting worse, Crosspool were comfortable winners thanks to 10 goals from Luke; although everybody chipped in. Jack, Kristian, Conall and Ed controlled the midfield creating chance after chance, while Sam was very steady in defence and Jake in goal was composed when called upon. Luke later moved into midfield and covered a lot of the pitch while the other midfielders swapped turns in going forward. Unfortunately the many changes and substitutions somewhat ruined the flow of the game but it was a good run out from all with some clever passing and neat touches on display. Credit goes to Mosborough for not stopping and deserved their goals.

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Sunday 26 October - Development fixture Won 10 - 3

Nether Green Game 1 (a) 6 - 1 Luke 4, Will 2

Nether Green Game 2 (a) 4 - 2 Joshua, Finn 3

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Sunday 19 October - Development fixture Won 15 - 5

Aston Swallownest Game 1 (h) 11 - 2 Luke 7, Kristian 2, Conall, Bob

Aston Swallownest Game 2 (h) 4 - 3 Finn 4

Game 1: The conditions of the pitch made it difficult for the players to get going but they coped admirably. Bob and Kristian shared goalkeeping duties, with Bob making the save of the game when he almost caught the ball with his knees. Luke and Conall were a constant threat up front, and worked short corners well by getting a lot of quick shots on goal. Sam completed the whole game in defence and did brilliantly against some good attacking play from the opposition. Kristian and Archie kept strong in midfield despite the boggy pitch while Bob created a great chance for himself by dribbling through but the Aston Swallownest made a great save - the goalkeeper had no chance a few minutes later when he ran through again and belted it in for a well deserved goal.

Game 2: Finn’s goals secured the win but it was a very tight affair in the second game. Crosspool had no subs so were understandably tiring by the end. Will and Joshua did brilliantly in goal, while Jack marshalled the defence very well with a captains performance. Ed linked up with the midfield and Finn up front well, but by the time the pitch had had over a hour played on it, it was becoming very difficult to pass the ball with accuracy and speed. 

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Sunday 12 October - Challenge Cup finals

Brunsmeer (a) 4 - 3 Ed 2, Finn 2

Stocksbridge (a) 5 - 2 Finn 2, Luke 2, Joshua

The first of Crosspools tight affairs was against an excellent Brunsmeer team who very nearly fought back to get a draw. Ed and Finn were a constant threat to the Brunsmeer defence, getting two goals each. Crosspool deserved the lead at the break with Bob, Sam and Monty keeping them out at one end and Conall and Kristian pulling the strings in the midfield. The second half saw Crosspool hold onto the lead thanks to some fantastic saves by Jake and some strong defending by Paulo and Jack.

The deciding game was against the probably the most impressive team we have played this season Stocksbridge. They passed the ball very nicely and were very well organised. After going behind, Finn’s penalty got Crosspool back into the game and Luke earned a couple of goals thanks to some non-stop running while Will, Joshua and Archie did brilliantly in midfield in a really close game. Joshua’s determination got him a goal late on but it was ultimately won because of a great team performance; they never stopped running and encouraging each other. 

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Sunday 5 October - Challenge Cup semi finals

Aston Swallownest (a) 10 - 1 Conall, Jake 3, Ed 2, Finn 4

Mosborough (a) 12 - 2 Jack 4, Luke 3, Jake 3, Ed, Finn

Crosspool are through the Challenge cup finals after two good wins against much improved opposition from previous games with them in the league. Both games were well contested and entertaining. Jake, usually a goalkeeper, played outfield in both games and bagged a hat trick in each of them. Goalkeeping duties were shared between 5 different players, and all did very well in the cold.

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Sunday 28 September - Development fixture Won 25 - 2

Mosborough Game 1 (a) 7 - 2 Kristian 5, Archie, Monty

Mosborough Game 2 (a) 18 - 0 Joshua 2, Luke 6, Finn 7, Jack 2, Paulo

Game 1: Crosspool did very well to come back from two goals down at the break, with Kristian scoring the majority from midfield. Archie and Monty grew in confidence as the game went on and fully deserved their first goals for the club. Conall worked tirelessly up front in the heat while Will and Bob battled well in midfield and were instrumental at keeping the deficit at 2 before the floodgates opened in the second half. 

Game 2: Joshua scored two quick goals and was full of his usual energy in midfield, while Luke and Finn had a rare outing together and looked very good with some neat moves. Jack, captaining the team for the first time, held the midfield together well while Paulo got stronger and stronger as the game went on in defence. The goal of the game had to be Paulo's, who ran with the ball the length of the pitch and before powering home. Jake distribution was good from the back, despite not having the busiest days in goal.

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Sunday 21 September - Development fixture Won 9 - 4

Killamarsh Game 1 (a) 8 - 2 Finn 5, Kristian 3

Killamarsh Game 2 (a) 1 - 2 Luke

Game 1: Some great finishing from Finn and Kristian will be the headlines of the first game but it was very much a whole team performance. Kristian pulled the strings in the midfield with some fantastic passages of play with and without the ball from fellow midfielders Conall and Archie. Jake made two particularly smart saves in both halves, and Sam made some important tackles in defence.

Game 2: The second game was very competitive against a good side and the team coped very well. Joshua and Will shared goalkeeping duties and both made great saves to keep Crosspool in the game. Both were also instrumental in midfield where they showed great energy, particularly as Crosspool had no substitutes. Ed and Luke also looked threatening going forward and were unlucky not to get more goals, with Luke hitting the bar in the final moments with a thunderous free kick. Monty probably stole the show with some fantastic defensive work, while comfortably bringing the ball out and starting attacks.

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Sunday 14 September - Development fixture Won 17 - 5

Nether Green Game 1 (h) 4 - 3 Jack, Luke 3

Nether Green Game 2 (h) 13 - 2 Ed 4. Finn 5, Conall 2, Will 2

Game 1: Crosspool survived the oppositions late comeback after going 4-1 up at the break. Jack opened the scoring with a fantastic long ranger, and Luke continued where he left off last week with some great finishing. Young Archie and Sam did brilliantly, with Archie nearly scoring with his right foot after showing great determination getting into the box. Joshua and Bob kept the ball well in midfield while goalkeeper Paulo made a string of great saves to stop Nether Green getting a draw.

Game 2: Ed opened the scoring early and deserved his 4 goals. Finn topped off a great goalscoring display by saving his best until last with a free kick from distance. Will finished superbly twice for 2 goals and Conall got a double too, with his second from around the half way after noticing their goalkeeper was distracted. Monty had another solid game in defence and Kristian looked comfortable in midfield showing some good ball skills. In goal, Jake started a lot of Crosspool attacks and kept the ball out a number of times. He was unlucky to concede a second after the ball seemed to be kicked out of his hands. 

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Sunday 7 September - Development fixture Won 28 - 1

Aston Swallownest Game 1 (a) 7 - 1 Finn 7

Aston Swallownest Game 2 (a) 21 - 0 Jack 4, Luke 11, Kristian 5, Jake

Game 1: Finn got all the goals but it was a real team effort. Ed was captain and linked up brilliantly with the forwards and was very unlucky not to be on the scoresheet with plenty of great efforts. Paulo did an excellent job passing or rolling it out from the back, while Bob did well in defence helping out young Sam on some good positioning habits. Bob and Finn's quick thinking led to one of the moves of the match when his short corner with Finn led to a smart save from the Aston Swallownest goalkeeper after Ed's first time shot. Archie and Conall did brilliantly to get up and down the pitch all day, playing in a number of positions with great energy.

Game 2: Luke, Jack and birthday boy captain Kristian scored a lot of goals but the most pleasing thing was how all of the them played as a team. Jack scored a great header to open the scoring and Will caused the opposition defenders problems all game with some clever running off the ball, twice setting up goals with some very unselfish and clever runs. Monty played very calmly in defence despite a bee sting and Joshua showed great energy in midfield getting up and back. Goalkeeper Jake came out of goal for the last ten minutes thanks to Joshua's kind offer to go in the net and scored with a smart finish. Luke may remember this day for a while!

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