Thursday, 15 April 2010

The cup - how it actually happened

It appears there may still be some slight flaws in my cup predictor....

First my write up of our games then Jay's overall writeup:

2 draws and one defeat, not a bad result for the NVA in the cup, especially as we scored our ever first cup goal against the eventual tournament winners. First match, against ONE10 we were defensive, but did so very well and also managed the odd well constructed counter attack. A 0 - 0 finish to the match seemed a fair result.

Straight up with no rest we took on Weighton, the eventual winners of the tournament. This match started badly due to a little confusion with our formation. I had swapped out of goal with Al and was going up front, however Dave was far too loved up to listen to this fact and was wandering around near their penalty area muttering 'Da, Da' to himself. This left us somewhat understaffed at the back and the first goal for Weighton went in shortly afterwards. We replied well resulting in an excellent save by their keeper to deny Rob, which stopped us levelling at 1 - 1. Being a goal down in such a short game we had to attack and this led to some wonderful work down the right wing by Chris, robbing one of their players and going passed three others before crossing, yup Chris crossed after one of his runs, for Rob K to fire home. Our first ever cup goal. We eventually lost 3 - 1, a scoreline which flattered them a little.
Finally we took on Weighton sunday, who kicked us around the park for 10 minutes with the ref seemingly too distracted to notice. Finally one of them was shown a
yellow card, but I think the ref was actually reaching into his pocket for a lolly and accidentally grabbed the card instead. This match also ended in a 0 - 0 draw, leaving us joint third.
We played well overall, and if it wasn't for the confusion over the formation and an excellent save from their keeper I think we could have held our own against the tournament winners. With the league being split into two for this season we have a real chance of doing well.
On a final note our new signing, Pete, did some excellent work in the midfield and showed some talent, taking the big step up from the Black sox with consummate ease. Just don't expect him to header anything.

See ya all in the new season.

Jay's write up:

Congratulations to Weighton Utd, new Soccer Sixes Cup Winners.

Market Weighton Utd added to their second place league finish by winning the end of season cup. Weighton finished top of their group along with AJ's and Waterside, with Shanghi progressing as best 2nd place team.

The semi finals saw Weighton beat AJ's 1-0 after a fine finish by Tom Shaunessey. In the other semi, Waterside drew 0-0 with Shanghi for the second time in the night. Only a great save from the Shanghi keeper could seperate the teams, with the reigning cup holder progressing into the final to face Weighton Utd.

The final was another close match. Both teams had a few half chances, and a big collision on 6 minutes saw Weighton lose Tom shaunessey to injury. Neither team could break the deadlock, so the game went to penalties. Step up Nathan Mather, the Weighton keeper. 3 saves from 3 penalties saw Weighton take the honours, and so began the jubilant celebrations.

Review of the results:

Group One
Weighton Utd 0 v 0 MW Sunday
Not Very Athletic 0 v 0 ONE10
Weighton Utd 3 v 1 Not Very Athletic
MW Sunday 0 v 1 ONE10
Weighton Utd 1 v 0 ONE10
MW Sunday 0 v 0 Not Very Athletic
* Weighton progress to semis as group winners

Group Two
AJ's 0 v 0 Reservoir Trogs
Beverley Knights 0 v 0 Deportivo
Reservoir Trogs 1 v 0 Deportivo
AJ's 0 v 0 Beverley Knights
AJ's 2 v 0 Deportivo
Beverley Knight 0 v 0 Reservoir Trogs
* AJ's progress to semis as group winners

Group Three
Shanghi 2 v 0 Borussia Teeth
Angel 0 v 1 Waterside
Shanghi 0 v 0 Angel
Borussia Teeth 0 v 1 Waterside
Borrusia Teeth 0 v 0 Angel
Shanghi 0 v 0 Waterside
* Waterside progress to semis as group winners
* Shanghi progress to semis as best 2nd place

Semi Finals
Shanghi 0 v 0 Waterside
* Shanghi win 3 - 2 on penalties

Weighton Utd 1 v 0 AJ's

Weighton 0 v 0 Shanghi
* Weighton win 2 - 0 on penalties

Thanks to all the teams who took part. League starts Wed 28 April

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