U9A Win Premier League Cup!
Horsley U9A 1; Elm Grove Colts U9A 0
Congratulations to the boys for a job well done on Saturday on finals day at Coulsdon. The missed call from the Purves household at 7.40am was an ominous sign. Mark who had been very instrumental in the semi final victory against wolves was sick and unable to travel. He would be missed.
The boys started steadily but with the wind and the slope in their favour, they never really got hold of the ball to set the right tone. A half chance for each side came and went and apart from 2 or 3 nice runs and crosses from Orlando Anker, Horsley didn’t really get going. That said Elm Grove didn’t threaten the Horsley goal. However, the boys were very calm at half time and as during the league season you knew that at some stage it would click.
The back three of Aaron Owen, Harry Mead and Ethan Salter imposed themselves from the start of the second half and from then on it seemed unlikely Elm Grove would trouble the Horsley goal. Dominic Clark and George Sellick came on and immediately started completing short passes and reminding the boys how they usually play. Hector Platt and Toby Hernandez started causing Elm Grove problems down the right and Paul Dewey started to impose himself in central midfield. It was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken and when it came it was worth waiting for.
After a few passes in midfield, the ball dropped to Paul Dewey who rifled the ball low and hard into the corner from outside of the box, a sweet strike. After that it was one way traffic, George Sellick and Dominic Clark went close, Hector Platt started unleashing shots from distance and Toby and Orlando both went close. The Elm Grove keeper was in excellent form and kept the red wave at bay.
The final whistle was a signal for 9 happy boys to celebrate. Fair to say they need to work on the celebration a little. Most seemed keener to know if there was any champagne to spray and if we were stopping at a pub on the way home....
Commiserations to Elm Grove who have been amongst our hardest opponents this season and whose players and supporters are always fair and generous to the opposition.