It was a Huge Cup Weekend for Colts…
( Report by the Colts Management )
The weekend of the 18th & 19th of April, saw the Colts trophy cabinet groaning with the weight of new additions.
First, Dom Tyler and Phil Warner took their Under 10’s squad to the annual Paul Westby Tournament at Gurnard. They became worthy winners, not conceding a goal in any of their games. However, it was down to goalkeeper Arren Warner to be the hero, saving a number of penalties in the final. A further accolade was given to Jamie Hartill, who was named player of the tournament.
Sunday saw the Under 11’s and 13’s return to East Cowes for the Island Cup Finals. Both teams were no strangers to the Vic’s ground, the U13’s reaching their third final in 4 seasons and the U11’s returning for a third consecutive year. However, both had points to prove, after enduring the agony of losing on penalties last year, the U13’s to the same opponents.
The Under 13 Final against West Wight, was a tight affair, but Brading proved to be too strong, running out 2-0 winners. A very solid defence and hard working midfield, ensured that the opposition were held at arms length for most of the game. Earning a deserved clean sheet .However, it was the superb Aidan Radford, who carried a real threat all game, scoring a goal in each half to clinch the win.
Special mention should be made for Managers Simon Bligh and Marc Archer, who had juggled a large squad, but ensured that all players made a contribution in the teams’ triumph.
With ‘ The Treble ’ now on, Kev and Steve Read headed into the afternoon match again with a large but full strength squad.
Following the team all season has been our Journalist-in-Chief, Mark Downer, who contributed this report –
v Vectis Youth U11s.
Under 11s Cup Final 19th April 2015
Starting Line Up
Subs: Harry Burton, Harvey Fuller, Harri Thavaseelan, Charlie Wood
Two years ago it was there was a sense of nervous excitement, last year it was a sense of expectation, this year there was a steely determination amongst the Under 11s to regain the cup which was agonisingly surrendered twelve months ago thanks to the lottery of a penalty shoot-out. The niggling injury worries had cleared up prior to the final allowing manager Kev Read to pick his preferred starting IX.
Any pre-match nerves were surely banished moments after the referee blew to commence proceedings. Brading launched into an attack and Jack harried the Vectis defenders forcing them to miscue a clearance which fell to Jenson, advancing towards the Vectis penalty area. He picked his spot and lifted the ball into the top of the net. One minute played and 1-0 to Brading.
The boys worked hard to continue this momentum, with Henry firing close; George played Jack into the left channel; he used his strength to hold off a stiff challenge, before crossing to Kallum who fired just over the bar.
On 9 minutes, Vectis were back on terms; not for the first time, Brading were caught out by a long ball over the top, which landed between Tai and George. A swift Vectis striker pounced in between the pair and poked the ball home. Brading 1-1 Vectis Youth.
The goal was a stark warning that the boys had to remain vigilante whilst continuing to assert their authority in the attacking third of the pitch. On 13 minutes, Jack forced a great save from the Vectis ‘keeper followed by Jenson and Jack further peppering the Vectis goal with shots.
Kieran cooly played the ball out of defence and advance meaningfully into the Vectis half; his progress was cut short as he was unceremoniously upended by a Vectis defender. Jenson floated the free kick high into the Vectis penalty area; Charlie rose and skilfully back-headed past the Vectis keeper into the net. A vital contribution from Charlie as half-time approached. Brading 2-1 Vectis Youth.
As in the recent ‘dress-rehearsals,’ Vectis were proving a tough nut to crack; they immediately searched for an equaliser. Brading conceded a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area. A shot was firmly drilled towards goal, but Tai was equal to it.
Jack had been a constant threat throughout the half and was thwarted by a great save from the Vectis ‘keeper at the end of the half.
Half Time: Brading 2-1 Vectis
Brading kicked off the second half and were soon awarded another free kick; on this occasion Jenson failed to trouble the goalkeeper as the ball sailed over the crossbar. Perhaps he was finding his range? On 35 minutes, Jenson curled another free-kick goal bound, but the ball was expertly tipped round the post by the Vectis goalkeeper.
An inspirational performance from the goalkeeper ensured that Vectis were not going to give in quietly. Indeed, it required a piece of quality to keeping from Tai to keep the Vectis strikers at bay.
Harvey had entered the fray and had immediately formed a formidable partnership with Jack. His tenacious and forceful approach was the perfect foil for Jack’s pace. This combination almost paid dividends as Harvey put Jack through on goal only to be abruptly halted by a late flag. Nevertheless, Harvey and Jack continued to unnerve the Vectis defenders and Jack won the team a corner. Jenson, floated the ball from the right hand quadrant picking out Harry on the edge of the Vectis penalty area. The diminutive winger controlled the ball beautifully and lofted the ball over the crowded penalty area; the ball hit the crossbar, bounced onto the goal line and somehow managed to stay out.
With 5 minutes to go, Jack and the tireless Rafferty worked the ball cleverly down the right wing before crossing into the box, the ball was then played back into the path of Henry, who (as he has been executing all season) smashed the ball through a crowd of players into the net. Brading 3-1 Vectis.
In typical Brading fashion, there was still time to tease the nerves of their supporters. With a minute on the clock, a Vectis striker outpaced the Brading defence and slotted home past Tai. Brading 3-2 Vectis.
The fourth official signalled 2 minutes of stoppage time immediately after the restart, which the boys very professionally kept hold of possession, to realise another hard-fought 3-2 victory against a gallant Vectis Youth.
This was the third 3-2 success against Vectis Youth in just over a month. However, this important victory provided Brading with a piece of silverware which rewarded not only this performance, but a cup run which started back on the 28th September, the commitment of the supporters who had braced the vagaries of the English weather all season, the dedication and coaching skills of Kev and Steve Read and above all the hard work, quality, determination and team spirit of a terrific group of boys.
Although basking in the glory of a sunny yet windy Beatrice Avenue, Kev reminded the boys that there remains 3 more cup finals to play, to enable Brading Under 11s to achieve a much-deserved double. Therefore, the double- decker bus remains in the garage for the moment, although the engine is running……………………
So concluded an amazing weekend for the Club, as it heads for its most successful season ever.