U15's MGS 8's Football Competition
This Thursday we were able to take a mixed U15 / U14 boys football side to The Manchester Grammar School, to take part in their Dylan Samuels memorial 8’s competition. This is an annual competition that is held in memory of Dylan Samuels, a former Yr. 10 MGS student, who sadly passed away in 2015 from leukaemia. This is a tournament that now plays host to 15 schools from across the North West for an 8 a-side competition involving 12-minute games, no half time.
This was the first time AKS have been involved in the tournament and it took the boys the first 7 minutes of the opening game to get used to the quality and pace of the competition. Unfortunately, this meant that they found themselves 1-0 down to a Lymm High School side who were playing some excellent football. The final 5 minutes of the game was a complete turn around with AKS finding their confidence, their rhythm and plenty of space between the opposition defenders. The only thing missing was the all-important equaliser which did not quite come despite some excellent chances.
With this performance came confidence and the boys really did find their rhythm and the back of the net in their second match, beating Wilmslow High School 1-0 after a superb strike by Mitchel on the edge of the area, into the bottom left hand corner. The score line could have been even better if not for a strong goal keeping performance by the opposition.
Going into the third game confidence was high but the boys went down 1-0 to a well taken goal by Hazel Grove. Though AKS dominated possession and territory, the change of pitch from a large open space to a far smaller pitch, meant that the boys struggled to get in behind the opposition and didn’t adjust their game accordingly. Still, the performance was extremely positive, and we went on to beat Crompton House 3-0 after goals from Mitch, Kyle and Kobe.
This win meant that AKS finished the group in third place and went into the plate semi final against Stockport Grammar School. Facing into a very strong wind and driving rain, we were open to the ball over the top and it was this that gave Stockport a 2-0 win in the end. I fully believe that had we won the toss and played the game with our backs to the wind our boys would have progressed into the plate final, such was the performance they gave.
The team should be extremely proud of themselves and can reflect on some marginal losses that would have meant us progressing in the cup competition, but more so on what they have learnt with the Yr. 9 contingent able to go again next year.