AKS Junior Hockey are celebrating a superb ‘treble’ as they lifted the Lancashire U11 Trophy for the third year running in some style winning all of their games and scoring 21 goals without conceding!
First opponents were local rivals Rossall. The team knew it was vital to score as early as possible to settle the nerves and they did so, after just 30 seconds when Kirtika S found the net. From that goal onwards we dominated the possession and four more goals from Kirtika S , mostly finishing off well worked moves from the right by Ruby C and Lisa P made it a comfortable half time score 5 - 0. After the break we continued to dominate the game and scored five more goals, all from the stick of Lisa P to make it the perfect winning start.
The second match saw AKS pitched against our other rivals, Kirkham, and once again AKS dominated with Layla W controlling the game. The link play between Layla W, Sophia M and Lisa P was exceptional and resulted in another comfortable 8-0 victory with the goals scored by Lisa P ( 5 ), Kirtika S (2) and Layla W ( 1 ).
With two wins out of two we went into the final game with the top prize in our sights. Pitted against St Mary’s Hall with Mr Hodgkinson in charge we knew it was going to be a tough match and so it proved to be. We enjoyed a lot of the ball but SMH defended well. The deadlock was finally broken with a well worked goal starting from Esther T in defence and finished off by Kirtika S on the left post. The second goal was the best of the day with Lisa P and Layla W linking superbly and passing between themselves all the way down the pitch, with Layla W finally pushing it past the keeper to make it 2 - 0. The defence of Connie S, Layla W, Esther T and Sophia M kept SMH at bay and forwards Lisa P, Ruby C, Kirtika S and Lucy W were always a threat up front. The game was put beyond doubt with a final strike from Kirtika S before the final whistle to make it 3 – 0 and winners medals and the trophy were secured.
The team produced some very impressive hockey, working as a unit and everyone, including Niamh M in goal, playing their part. The way they played made everyone involved with the team and school extremely proud of them and having scored 21 goals and not conceded any they were deservedly crowned Lancashire U11 Champions and now progress to represent Lancashire in the Northwest Finals next month.