Southside Star Cubs U8 - Cheltenham League Tournament 1 Week 2
Week 2 of the first league tournament and another good showing from our U8 Cubs
We had 3 teams on show again this week, with the leagues being grouped this week dependent on last week’s results.
I took care of the Lions this time round, a couple of no-shows leaving us with just the bare 5 players, meaning we played all our games with no subs. The squad for the day consisted of Teddy, Brendan, Adam, Oliver S and Harry E. This was a better week for the Lions and they started well in their first game and had the better of it throughout. The opposition keeper was inspired and kept out a number of shots from both Brendan and Adam, before he was finally beaten by a thumping shot from Brendan to win the game. In the next game we conceded a penalty after 15 seconds … and we kicked-off! The penalty was duly scored, but we then went on to completely dominate the game, but bizarrely fell 2 behind from a breakaway, which was pretty much just the second time the ball had been in our half! No matter, they boy’s heads did not go down and they rallied to win the game 3-2, with 2 more goals from Brendan sandwiching a goal from Adam.
Game 3 also finished 3-2 in our favour, with Brendan scoring his 4th and 5th goals of the day, with Teddy notching the other. Harry played his best game in this one, as he started to grow into it. With a point needed from the last game, we went down 1-0 in a tight game to a thunderbolt of a shot that gave keeper Adam no chance. He had already pulled-off a contender for save of the season by then, but we had chances of our own through Teddy and Brendan, but it was not to be, and we had to settle for 2nd place. The whole team played very well, special mention for Oliver who is showing the makings of a promising centre half, but man of the match went to Brendan for his goals and all-round energetic performance.
For the Tigers, Matt Middlecote again tool care of the team, with son Lennie, Noah, Trey, George M, Kaiyan and Seb making up the squad, with just Oliver C unavailable from the previous weeks’ team. Having come 2nd in their league last week they were placed in a tough group, but you wouldn’t have known as they romped home 3-0 in the first game, with 2 goals from George and another from Kaiyan. They then followed that up with a 2-0 win in game 2 with further goals from George and Kaiyan, before coming down to earth in game 3 with a 2-0 defeat. Game 4 started badly as we quickly fell 3 goals behind, but we rallied superbly just as I arrived to watch, with a tremendous strike from George from the edge of the box; with his left foot too! This was soon followed by a goal from slightly closer in from Noah, when he forced the ball over the line from 6 inches out following a corner! Overall, another good week for the Tigers with good performances all round, with Kaiyan taking the man of the match award.
For the Wildcats, Jim MacWhirter again did the honours, with an unchanged squad of son Jake, Sam, Jake S, Reuben, Freddie and Harry W. The team did the opposite of last week and this time went down by 4 goals in their first game, but undeterred they bounced back with a 3-1 win, courtesy of goals from Harry, Jake M and Jake S. Again, I was fortunate to catch the goal from Jake S, a booming left foot shot from outside the box. The 3rd game was a 1-0 defeat and 4th a 2-1 defeat, despite a goal from Freddy. Both games were keenly fought and could have gone either way, and the boys worked their socks off in both games. Man of the match went to Jake S, as voted for by the parents.
More great experience for the Cubs and lots of promising performances, especially considering we haven’t even had a training session yet this season!
Men of the Match: Brendan Thompson, Kaiyan Gosai & Jake Smyth