Year 8 Boys’ Football
Aldersley 2-6 Smestow
Wednesday 8 February 2017
On a cold night, on a mud bath of a pitch, the Smestow Year 8 lads put in an outstanding performance to see off Aldersley School and book their place in the final of the Cup for the second year in a row.
The boys started the game by dominating possession for the first 15 minutes of the game. Everything was in their performance apart from a goal, until Josh Cooke picked the ball up in the centre of the field and played a great through ball which Connor Parker latched onto and tucked home underneath the onrushing goalkeeper. The second goal shortly followed, Josh Cooke went from provider of the first to finisher of the second with a very well taken goal; slotting the ball home into the bottom right corner after beating two defenders on the edge of the box.
Aldersley were threatening on the break but again and again Lucas Westwood, Avery Livingstone, Tom Lane & Lawson Taylor were colossal in defence, breaking up play and setting Smestow on the attack. Smestow should have had more in the first half, and were made to pay for wasted chances just before half time when Aldersley pulled one back from a breakaway goal.
It was crucial that the boys didn’t let the opposition back into the game. A tactical switch at half time looked to have done it as they started the second half in the same manner as the first. Half time sub Kaviel Noel showed some great skill down the left, drilling the ball across the goal and, with the help of a goalkeeping mistake, made it 3-1 to Smestow. It looked like the boys were to go on and win comfortably, however Aldersley scored straight from the kick off.
It was time for the boys to step up and ensure that Aldersley were not allowed back into the game, and we started to dominate possession and all of the play. Two classy finishes from Josh Cooke in quick succession made the score 5-2 and the boys looked out of sight. Both of Josh’s goals were the same; quality footwork to beat two or three players on the edge of the box and confident finishes into the bottom corner.
The boys then managed the game superbly, keeping the ball and not letting the opposition back into the game. Saif Mohammed polished the win off towards the end of the match with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box that the goalkeeper had no chance with. 6-2 the final score and the boys go into the final looking to defend the title they successfully won last year.
Mr Webb would like to congratulate all of the squad and express that they all a credit to themselves and the school the way they conducted themselves on and off the football pitch!
Josh Cooke (3)