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Saturday 14th May
North East Counties U15 Boys Festival
South Yorkshire 0 Cleveland 1,
South Yorkshire 0 Durham 1,
South Yorkshire 1 Northumberland 0,
South Yorkshire 0 Cumbria 1
South Yorkshire 1 North Yorkshire 2
On a day when no one caused South Yorkshire any major problems and South Yorkshire failed to cause their opponents any real concerns games slipped away from us due to sucker punches delivered at inopportune times.
South Yorkshire played 4 lovely passes in the first 10 seconds of the opening game, lost the ball with the 5th and were 0-1 down against Cleveland and that is the way it stayed despite an excellent long range effort from Josh Thorne.
In the second game both Durham and SY were more than capable of handling anything thrown at them until one long ball disected the SY defence and handed them another 0-1 defeat.
SY then delivered their own fast opening against Northumberland and went 1-0 up in the first minute and then nullified any attempt by Northumberland to equalise, the first time a SY U15/16 Boys team have defeated Northumberland in the last 8 years!
From the high of the previous game to the low of allowing Cumbria to play some nice intricate football infront of the defence without ever really breaking through until a vicious inswinging corner caught them off guard and led to our third 0-1 defeat.
The final game saw a 15 minute spell from North Yorkshire which produced some of the best football of the festival and gave them a deserved 2-0 lead with 2 excellent goals but South Yorkshire worked hard, as they had done all day, and responded with a goal of their own with 5 minutes to go but couldn't find the equalizer.
Four losses and one win did not really reflect the effort put in by our squad of 16. All 6 squads seemed to struggle with the structure and balance, understandable when players come together for a one off festival but the atmosphere and sportsmanship was excellent and some individual perfromances bode well for the future.
Thanks to a great set of well behaved South Yorkshire parents and supporters who travelled to Hurworth to support the boys during the matches.
Thursday 31st March
The legs begin to tire
Providence Day School 4 South Yorkshire U17 Girls 1
A 3rd game in 3 days and one which saw a tremendous rainstorm for 20 minutes at the end of the first half saw our girls give as good as they got for the first hour. Going 0-1 down in the first half South Yorkshire struggled to put together the flowing, passing football they had demonstrated 24 hours earlier. Providence Day had the same difficulty in a first half that really struggled to get going. A rainstorm took the players off for 20 minutes but the officials shortened the normally enforced 30 minute break and play resumed. South Yorkshire equalised 10 minutes into the 2nd half and looked to be back on the game until a failure to clear a long free kick and allowing the PD attacker time inside the box led to us falling 1-2 behind.
Two further goals for PD, orchestrated by excellent runs from the left hand side attacker left the squad 1-4 down and with little time to mount any sort of fight back.
The heavy rain, the first of the tour, continued through the night and ultimately led to the cancellation of our 7th and final game against Wilmington Hammerheads down at the beach.
Wednesday 30th March
Competitive and with real quality
Charlotte Country Day 0 South Yorkshire U17 Girls 5
It would have been a little disappointing to have ended the tour with a couple of wins, and a couple of losses but with no really outstanding periods of performance. That was put right this evening as the squad started on the front foot and finished on the front foot. A 4-0 lead at half time created by a couple of good finishes and the odd defensive mistake gave the South Yorkshire girls a base for which to play some excellent passing football and mature moves culminating with the goal of the tour in the second half. Passing from the back, through midfield, out on to the right where an excellent overlap and firmly hit cross to the far post was met by Izzy Williams header from 10 yards into the far corner. The team are on a bit of a roll and travel to Providence Day school this evening before their final game in Wilmington on Saturday afternoon.
Tuesday 29th March
South Yorkshire get REALLY competitive.
Charlotte Latin 0 South Yorkshire U17 Girls 1
Although the squad had started to improve and find their feet over the last 7 days they knew that tonights game against the reigning State Champions was always going to be a big ask, but a confident and disciplined start with shape and balance the key ingredient the squad gained more and more confidence the deeper into the first half they went. Half chances were evenly distributed between the two teams and half time came with a 0-0 deadlock. A slight change to 4-4-2 in the second half with Britt Sanderson dropping into holding midfield and Louise McCreadie simply outstanding in defence the game ebbed and flowed and neither team deserved to lose, but with 2 minutes left on the clock Amy Woodruff took the full back on, beat her for pace, attacked the keeper and scored the winner. This was a huge step forward for the side and should give them great confidence for their remaining 3 games of the tour.
Saturday 26th March
South Yorkshire get competitive!
Charlotte United FC 1 South Yorkshire U17 Girls 1
Right from the start of this Saturday morning kick off at the Palisades sports ground South Yorkshire had a renewed energy and a desire to go and attack the opposition. Our first goal of the tour gave us the lead after 20 minutes when Amy Woodruff got on the end of a little chipped pass into the box from Britt Sanderson and that is the way it stayed until half time.
We lost our way a little in the second half, our centre backs got dragged wide and the ball into the middle found the Charlotte Unioted attacker who finished easily to equalize. Both sides struggled to put together major passing moves and the game fizzled out to a draw.
3 tough games next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before we travel to the beach next weekend.
Thursday 24th March
Tougher opposition. better performance
Charlotte Soccer Academy 4 South Yorkshire U17 Girls 0
Another tough game against a team capable of moving the ball quickly around the pitch but this time the additional 24 hours rest, a sound sleep, and a different team selection meant that we were competitive and were down 0-2 at half time but with a feeling of job well done. The second half was more of the same with excellent defending and breaking out to attack on the odd occasion that our possession allowed us to do so. A soft 3rd gaol took the game beyond our reach and a 4th goal 5 minute from time may have flattered the home team slightly but in general there was a feeling of improvement.
Wednesday 23rd March
At the home of the world champions!
Myers Park High School 6 South Yorkshire U17 Girls 0
With all due respect to our North of England colleagues in Lancashire, Durham and Northumberland, this was a different ball game!! Fresh off a 25 hour journey across the Atlantic and straight into a game that saw our opposition move the ball around the pitch with speed, accuracy and athleticism the Girls County squad did so well to be only 0-2 at half time, and two soft goals at that.
A 10 minute spell in the second half in which we shipped 3 more goals led to a bit of a mauling compounded by a 6th goal 5 minutes from the end. Welcome to America, the home of the Womens World Champions!!!
Thursday 17th March
Girls Inter School County Finals
Lets just go straight to penalties!
The U13 and U15 Girls Inter School Finals were played at Balby Carr Sports College this afternoon and another feast was served up for the neutral.
In the U15 game Don Valley quickly jumped into a 1-0 lead against Birley CC from Sheffield and then the game settled down as the defences dominated but Birley equalised just before half time to make it 1-1, whilst in the U13 match on the pitch next door it was also tied up at 0-0 when the whistle came for half time. In the second half Wales took the early lead only to fall behind to two strikes from Horizon CC whilst Birley were also going 2-1 up aganst Don Valley. That is the way it stayed on both pitches until the last 5 minutes when first Don Valley and then Wales equalised on their respective pitches to leave both games locked at 2-2.
The U13 penalty shoot out saw both teams level after the first 5 kicks, 4-4, the Birley keeper saved the next kick, the Don Valley keeper saved the next and then again the Birley keeper saved. It was left to the Birley team to score with their 7th penalty to take the U15 title.
The U13 shoot out had Wales High School obey the first law of penalty taking as they hit the target with their first 4 kicks only to see the Horizon keeper save all 4 enabling the Barnsley SFA team to bring the trophy home 2-0.
Congratulations to all 4 teams for an excellent afternoon of entertainment. Thanks yet again to Balby Carr Sports College, the officials, the staff and parents and most of all the players who have participated in the Cup competitions this season.
above - Birley Community College U15 Girls - South Yorkshire Champions 2015-16
above - Horizon CC U13 Girls - South Yorkshire Champions 2015-16
Tuesday 15th March
Boys Inter School County Finals
Although the weather was kind to us despite a slight nip in the air the 5 County Cup Finals did not provide us with a our customary close run affairs across the board and the language and attitudes shown by one or two players and teams left a lot to be desired, but there were some excellent individual displays and one real ding dong final to savour. That came in the U12 Boys Final when Ecclesfield moved into a 2-0 half time lead and appeared to have command of the game but Hungerhill fought back strongly in the second half to equalize and take the game to a penalty shoot out which eventually saw Ecclesfield victorious 5-4.
Above - Ecclesfield U12 Boys - South Yorkshire U12 Champions 2015-16
The U13 competition had seen Wickersley knock out an excellent Meadoewhead side (who are through to the National Semi Finals) 2-1 in the County semi finals and they subsequently proved too strong for a Darton side that worked hard to stem the flow despite being 4-0 down at half time. Darton missed chances of their own but two further goals from Wickersley in the second half emphasised their dominance with a 6-0 victory.
At U14 level a very strong Westfield side who are through to the ESFA National Final were pitched against an equally dominant Wales High School. It was Westfield who took their chances to create a 2-0 lead in the first half and despite some inappropriate behaviour and poor use of language they increased their lead in the second half to run out worthy winners 3-0.
Wath School from Rotherham met Horizon ALC from Barnsley at U15 level and this game ebbed and flowed as Horizon took a 3-2 lead. 2 further strikes from the Barnsley school were met by another goal from Wath and that was the way it stayed with a 5-3 win.
Above - Horizon ALC U15 Boys - South Yorkshire Champions 2015-16
Despite pre match requests to concentrate on playing football rather than the verbals both Maltby Academy and Barnsley College attempted to use a variety of skill, petulance, shirt tugging and offensive language to gain the upper hand. When good football did break through Barnsley put together some well worked passing sequences and showed more precision infront of goal scoring twice in each half to take the U18 Trophy 4-0.
South Yorkshire Schools FA would like to thank Balby Carr Sports College for their support in staging the Finals, all officials who did an excellent job today and the staff and parents of the schools who have fully supported County inter school football during season 2015-16.
Saturday 12th March
U14 Girls Inter County invitational event
Great weather, punctual teams, pitches that had dried out and an excellent set of parents, grandparents and spectators made for the perfect setting for the 2nd annual NCSFA U14 Inter County U14 Girls Festival held at Balby Carr Sports College this afternoon. 6 teams playing in a round robin programme of 5 x 22 minute matches and in the 1st block of games Durham hit 6 against Cumbria, the Cheshire goalkeeper produced heroics against South Yorkshire to create a 2-1 win and Lancashire did what they do well, won 1-0 against Merseyside.
In the 2nd block Cumbria recoverd superbly to push South Yorkshire all the way in a 1-1 draw. Durham and Merseyside drew 1-1 and Lancashire won .... 1-0 .... against Cheshire.
The 3rd block saw Cumbria breach the Lancashire defence for what was to be the only time in the afternoon but went down 1-3, South Yorkshire went 0-1 down to Durham who then missed a golden chance under the bar and SY immediately went down the other end to equalize and Cheshire developed the Lancashire habit and won ... 1-0
Legs began to tire as we moved into the 4th block of games but Lancashire returned to winning 1-0 against Durham, South Yorkshire scored their first win 1-0 against Merseyside and Cheshire beat Cumbria 3-0.
Despite moving, in effect, into extra time in the 5th block the girls served up some excellent stuff with Durham and Cheshire sharing 4 goals, Merseyside getting their first win 1-0 over Cumbria and South Yorkshire attempted to take the first points off Lancashire but conceded with 3 minutes left to lose .... 1-0
So it was Lancashire who took the honours in terms of results but the real winner was girls football which again showed the tremendous progress being made in terms of technical skill, physical commitment and structural shape. The goal keepers were all complimented for their outstanding shot stopping and bravery.
Congratulations and thanks to all concerned, Balby Carr Sports College, officials, County FA's and Team Managers, parents and spectators, and players for a great afteroons entertainment.
To view results please click here
Tuesday 8th March
Northern Counties U16 Girls Cup Final
Beaten by the better team but not disgraced
Lancashire U14 Girls 3 South Yorkshire U14 Girls 0
The girls travelled to Padiham FC hoping to be the first girls team and only the second South Yorkshire squad to be crowned Northern Counties Champions but when, having already been in the Lancashire penalty area twice, they were hit with the sucker punch after conceding two corners in quick succession Lancashire headed home to go 1-0 up after 5 minutes.
The game then flowed backwards and forwards but Lancashire always seemd to be producing the more well constructed and one of the best passes of the season inside our left back for their winger to attack and convert with skill. 0-2 down after 25 minutes leaves you with a mountain to climb but South Yorkshire stuck at it, defended resolutely and tried to gain the occasional knock down chance.
With 10 minutes left Britt Sanderson got clear and created a half chance for herself which she couldn't quite convert to make it 2-1 and 3 minutes later Lancashire scored a 3rd which possibly flattered them a little although they thoroughly deserved to be crowned NCSFA Champions yet again.
A great season for the South Yorkshire girls who now leave for a 7 game tour of North Carolina, USA.
Saturday 5th March
U11 NORTH OF ENGLAND REGIONAL FINALS
Easington and St Benedicts qualify in Mixed Schools Finals
I have long been a believer that much of the behaviour and attitude shown on the pitch by players, particularly school players, is directly related to the way in which the spectators handle the situation. So it was today when South Yorkshire hosted the U11 North of England Regional Finals which saw the coming together of 10 County Champions hoping to win one of two places available for the National Finals later this season.
The relatives and spectators offered nothing but warm praise for everything they saw and we were treated to a demonstration of teamwork and individual skill and a great deal of sportsmanship by a host of talented 11 year olds.
In the boys/mixed competition in the morning Mossley got off to a real flier and ended up heading Group 1 with 10 points from their 4 games with St Marys in 2nd place on 7 points. Group B was a tighter affair but it was Easington and St Benedicts that won their final group game to top the group on 8 points with only goal difference to split them.
In the semi final play offs St Benedicts caused a bit of an upset to beat the strongly fancied Mossley while Easington came through against St Marys by virtue of penalty kicks.
Easington and St Benedicts had drawn 0-0 in their group game but it was Easington who scored the solitary goal to take the North of England title and it is these two teams who will represent the North in the National Finals.
To see all results please click here
St Edwards sneak Girls title as Easington qualify again
The girls competition started slowly with all four games in the first block of matches seeing the girls finding difficulty in keeping their shape and finding good space, but in the 2nd block of games the standard rose sharply and we saw a lot of girls playing some very mature football. In Group A Longtown set the early pace but were overhauled and finished 2nd to St Teresa's. In Group B St Edwards, after a slow start and a 0-0 draw then produced 3 straight wins to lead the group on 10 points. Easington lost heavily in their 3rd group game to St Edwards 0-3 and could have been overhauled by Gladstone Road in their last game but a 0-1 defeat for them meant St Edwards and Easington qualified.
In the semi finals St Edwards put paid to Longtown's chances with a 1-0 win and Easington followed in their boys footsteps by making the Final, 5-4 on penalties against St Teresa's. In the final a penalty kick awarded with a couple of minutes left gave St Edwards the win and denied Easington a victorious double.
South Yorkshire CSFA would like to thank Maltby Academy for the use of their excellent facility, the CSFA's in the North of England for thier support in providing qualifying teams, the staff, parents and supporters of all the teams for their first class support and the players themselves for providing an excellent day's football.
To see all results please click here
Monday 15th February
So close ..... for the umpteenth time!!
Staffordshire Girls U16 4 South Yorkshire U16 3
If the neutral supporter has followed South Yorkshire this season they will have been treated to any number of epic games that ebbed and flowed to the final whistle. This ESFA Cup Quarter Final was no different.
On a pitch where the majority of it was perfect but the area under the stand was hard, and in temperatures close to freezing, both teams played it carefully initially but it was Staffordshire who took the lead when the advancing midfielder wasn't closed down and a shot struck from 20 yards hit the top corner. That is the way things stayed until half time with neither defence offering anything other than a couple of half chances.
The second half saw South Yorkshire equalize when Britt Sanderson put a long free kick just under the bar and the resulting rebound was finally tucked away by Izzy Williams. This gave the away team real confidence and they went 2-1 up when Britt Sanderson again attacked the Staffordshire defence and struck a low firm ball into the corner. As time ticked on South Yorkshire had one foot in the semi final but a corner for the home team with 1 minute remaining on the clock was pounced on to give Staffordshire renewed hope.
Extra time came and up stepped Molly Corke from left back to latch onto a corner that found its way to the far post and she struck the ball sweetly to put SY 3-2 up. Legs were tiring by this point and the Staffordshire equalizer brought the prospect of penalties, but the home team had different ideas and sure enough, with 4 minutes remaining, they took the lead when a ball which the away team thought had gone out of play was recycled back into the penalty area and bundled over the line.
Congratulations to Staffordshire and thanks yet again to all the South Yorkshire supporters for making the 170 mile round trip on a cold Monday evening.
To watch the whole match please right click on the link below
Saturday 30th January
Finishing on a high note
South Yorkshire CSFA U18 Boys 8 North Yorkshire CSFA 1
South Yorkshire U18 Boys started this game very much on the front foot determined to end the season in style against 10 man North Yorkshire (their 11th player came on after 35 minutes) and took the lead inside 5 minutes with a smartly taken goal. The home side continued to press but it was a vicious free kick from distance that flew on the wind hitting the underside of the bar and providing North Yorkshire with the equaliser. This didn't appear to stop SY with their 3-5-2 formation gonig forward and 2 further goals towards the end of the half provided them with a buffer at half time.
Sometimes games swing on one incident and sure enough a NY shot across the home keeper hit the post and bounced across the goal, spinning out of play by the other post for a goal kick. South Yorkshire went down to the other end and got the 4th goal that seemed to break the North Yorkshire resistance and the last 30 minutes then saw some fast flowing football as the County scored 4 more to add to their tally and produce a very positive finish to a season that again saw them come so close to qualifying for the play offs.
South Yorkshire CSFA would like to thank all players, parents and supporters for the time they have given to the U18 squad this year. Well done, all of you.
Wednesday 27th January
A little bit of history
South Yorkshire U16 Girls 3 Cheshire CSFA 2
For the first time ever South Yorkshire U16 Girls qualified for the Northern Counties SFA Final with a 3-2 win over Cheshire CSFA at Balby Carr Sports College tonight.
In a game that was always going to be a close affair South Yorkshire started strongly with a half chance in the first 30 seconds that just got away from Esme Morgan but when Esme pounced on a parried shot from Brittany Sanderson and then was alert again 10 minutes later to put the home team 2 up playing slightly uphill and into the wind the game seemed to be going their way. Cheshire responded strongly and eventually scored from close range after Sam Boulton had twice defended her goal bravely. Then, just before half time, a ball that seemed to be going over the goal line was retrieved by Cheshire and a shot from the corner of the box caught SY napping and put Cheshire back on level terms.
The home team pressed hard in the second half but Cheshire played some technically sound and incisive footbal that made them a threat at all times. Excellent defending maintained the 2-2 scoreline and led to Brittany Sanderson producing an excellent and very determined solo run which ultimately produced the winning goal.
The County also win through to the Quarter Final stage of the ESFA U16 Inter County Trophy and have an away draw in Staffordshire.
Thank you once again to Balby Carr Sports College and all parents and supporters. Well done everyone.
Saturday 23rd January
Too much respect?
Northumberland CSFA U18 Boys 3 South Yorkshire U18 1
When you look at the past history a County like Northumberland you see teams that have dominated the East side of the NCSFA programme and sometimes you travel to places with the firm intention of staying in the game and trying to catch your opponents on the break. Totally understandably that was the game plan today and real effort and thought went into achieving a result. One slight lapse in concentration put South Yorkshire behind after 20 minutes but still they battled.
The turning point was an excellent cross to the far post that was finished in 'Van Basten' style with the last kick of the first half to leave SY trailing 0-2 at half time. Body language and concern at needing 3 goals in the second half led to a sloppy 3rd goal, but with substitutions brought about through injury and a major change in tactics produced a last 30 minutes that no one really expected as South Yorkshire lifted their energy levels and began attacking with real vigour and took a chance that a 3 man back line could hold the fort.
A smartly taken goal by Lewis Kirk and any number of excellent moves creating 4 or 5 clear cut and half chances led the team, managers and supporters wondering what would have happened with that appraoch from the off. Northumberland deserved the win but SY came away from the game with their heads held high having contributed fully to an enjoyable trip away.
Last game of the season next week at home to North Yorkshire, DVC 4G, 11am kick off
Saturday 16th January
Nearly a clean sweep
South Yorkshire U18 Boys 6 Cumbria 2
South Yorkshire U16 Boys 5 Cumbria 0
South Yorkshire U16 Girls 5 Cumbria 0
Hertfordshire U14 Girls 5 South Yorkshire 0
Our U18 Boys can still qualify for the NCSFA Play offs after they did a sound job in winning 3 points earlier today. A slow start saw them 0-1 down but an equaliser right on half time redressed the balance and the second half saw 4 more goals for the home side before 2 goals shared by each team produced a final 6-2 scoreline in this NCSFA league game. The U18's go to Northumberland next Saturday and complete their programme with a home game on the 30th against North Yorkshire. 2 wins will see them qualify.
The U16 Boys have lost their way a little bit in their last 2 or 3 games after showing real competitiveness in the early part of the season. Today was a chance to finish on a high and they did just that by scoring 5 goals without reply in a comprehensive victory. The County would like to thank a number of players who have covered for us superbly in the last couple of weeks.
The U16 Girls had already qualified for the play offs but today required a 3 goal winning margin to give them the home draw in the semi finals and they made their manager sweat when they had only hit the back of the net twice with 7 minutes remaining. Quality football finally brought the goals it deserved with 3 in those last 7 minutes but they will need to find their cutting edge if they hope to progress further and make the National Quarter Finals.
The Under 14 girls had a long journey south after their good win against Cleveland in the previous round but they came up against some real quality individuals in Hertfordshire where, despite working hard as a team, they slipped behind 0-2. 3 further goals flattered Hertfordshire a little but there is enough quality in our side for players to develop. Their next commiment is the Inter County Festival on the 12th March at Dearne Valley College.
Saturday 9th January
South Yorkshire U16 Boys 0 Northumberland 3
In what has been a difficult week for the U16 boys with 5 withdrawals from the squad, some at late notice, but with strong support from Barnsley SFA, just getting a fit squad on the pitch to entertain a Northumberland side chasing play off qualifciation was the main objective. The boys did more than that by taking the game to a slightly out of sorts visiting squad and applying good pressure and creating a number of good chances. The story of their season continued however when it was their opponents who took the lead against the run of play and held a 1-0 advantage at half time. 2 further goals for Northumberland wrapped things up in the second half and even a consolation goal eluded the home team with chances late on.
South Yorkshire U16 Girls 1 Northumberland U16 Girls 1
Back in November it always looked as though this game would decide first and second place in the league this year as two teams with 100% records met this morning and in a game where defences and goalkeepers looked dominant a strike from Britt Sanderson after 15 minutes gave the home team, looking for at least a draw to leave them in the driving seat, split the two teams for much of the game. Northumberland played a good passing game but it wasn't until they got wide that they looked dangerous and that width provided the equaliser with 15 minutes left. Both teams had chances towards the end of the game but South Yorkshire are left needing a 3 goal victory next week against Cumbria if they want to finish top of the table and gain a home draw in the play offs.
Friday 17th December
Ecclesfield take title for fourth successive year
Ecclesfield 6 Outwood Shafton 0
New records were set as Ecclesfield's U16 squad reached their 5th consecutive County Cup Final recording 4 wins and only ever losing one County Cup game when they were beaten by Meadowhead in Year 7. It was always going to be a tough task then for Outwood Shafton to upset that kind of record but they started well and defended soundly for the first 35 minutes keeping Ecclesfield to a one goal lead scored midway through the first half.
The crucial period appeared to be those last 5 minutes of the 1st half when the Shafton defence was breached twice more and there seemed no way back for the Barnsley SFA side in the second half chasing a 0-3 scoreline. Shafton were pressed further and further back into defence and limited to the occasional long range effort but they battled hard to minimise the arrears typified by a brilliant point blank save from their keeper with seconds left but ultimately there was nothing they could do to prevent the Trophy once again going to one of the strongest school sides to play in the County Cup over recent years.
A photo of the winning Ecclesfield squad will appear here shortly.
Saturday 12th December
Outplayed by a strong North Yorkshire
South Yorkshire U16 Boys 1 North Yorkshire U16 Boys 4
Maybe the thought of continuous rain on a cold and miserable Saturday afternoon prevented South Yorkshire from getting into the mood but it certainly didn't stop North Yorkshire from travelling south and claiming the points in this important NCSFA League game.
Two squad players missing meant the sdie were going to have to work hard to beast a well organised NY side woh played some slick, ball on the ground, football and took the lead after 12 minutes. The situation was made harder when a second goal for the visitors came 10 minutes before half time. It seemed to be more of the same in the second half as South Yorkshire struggled to put flowing moves together despite their desire to work harder and harder to try and get back into the match. North Yorkshire's lively front line tested our boys for pace over and over again and two further strikes threatened to leave the home team facing a very heavy scoreline but it is always heartening when the team on the receiving end still manage to score the last goal which offered a bit of reward for their undoubted efforts.
Pride is now on the line in our remaining games against Northumberland and Cumbria in the new year.
Friday 11th December
Determined and clinical
South Yorkshire CSFA U14 Girls 3 Cleveland CSFA U14 Girls 0
One of the difficulties in County schools football is meeting up with teams that you have no real idea as to their strengths and abilities due to them being a new squad. Such was the situation last night when our new U14 Girls squad met a Cleveland side who had defeated Staffordshire 2-1 in the previous round of the ESFA Inter County Knock Out.
It therefore required the girls to be considered in their approach and be strong defensively until they became aware of the relative strengths of the two teams. So the first half comprised of South Yorkshire defending very solidly, with a couple of pieces of luck on occasions coupled with some excellent goalkeeping from Isobel Taylor, but also looking very capable of catching Cleveland on the break and creating 2 or 3 very good chances of their own. Half time arrived with a 0-0 scoreline. Our girls confidence was growing though and the half time team talk was very positive with the girls determined to prove their manager, who thought Cleveland were 1 goal better than them, wrong!!
And prove him wrong they did!! After a couple of minutes another excellent corner kick created a little bit of confusion in the Cleveland defence and led to an own goal. South Yorkshire had switched to 4-4-2 and Danielle Parker and Anna Davis looked lively and quick up front getting on the end of some excellent diagonal passes from Jade Butcher and Emily Burgin. Parker's urgency was rewarded with a goal that put a bit of distance between us and Cleveland and Lorna Lewis curled a left footed strike in the corner late on to flatter the hosts a little with a 3-0 scoreline.
Our thanks to Cleveland and their supporters for their travel and commitment on a cool night and also to Dearne Valley College again for the use of the facilities.
Saturday 28th November
'So close' needs to become success!
Hertfordshire CSFA U16 Boys 4 South Yorkshire U16 Boys 3
This game started with a big bang and finished with an even bigger bang as two teams who looked unsure in defence swapped goals with amazing regularity. Hertfordshire took the lead after 90 seconds when SY failed to prevent the cross and then clear the subsequent loose ball but Adam Pocock equalized with a flicked header at the near post from a 4th minute corner.
Kyle Wordsworth was on target yet again to give South Yorkshire a well deserved lead but 3 chances in a goalmouth melee weren't converted by the away team and there was the feeling that may come back to haunt them. Sure enough a soft equaliser brought Hertfordshire back in to the game with a score of 2-2 at half time. Lyndon Devoy then pounced on a long punt downfield to strike a firm shot into the bottom corner to give SY the lead again but with 12 minutes left a low 25 yarder evaded our defence and Jordan Spears to make it 3-3 as we headed towards extra time. SY had a corner with 3 minutes to go which they failed to convert, the ball went quickly downfield and Jordan saved the first strike only for the rebound to fall invitingly at the feet of the Hertfordshire CF who converted for his hat trick and put the home team through, or so they thought. With the last attack of the match Joel Tomlinson jinked past the last defender only to be tripped and give SY a penalty with the last kick of the match. Kyle Wordsworth was strong enough to step up and take the kick but his on target strike was parried by the keeper and the referee immediately blew for the end of the game.
Thank you to all parents and supporters for making the 5 hour round trip on a particualarly cold morning.
Next game is the U18 Cup match v Essex on the 5th December at DVC,4G kick off 1.30pm
Saturday 21st November
Increasingly competitive and determined not to be beaten
When you are due to travel away to play a Cleveland CSFA that has started the season so strongly and the weather outside is bitingly cold with snowy blissards and sleet forecast the day does seem as if it is going to be a real test. The away changing rooms however suggested a real feel of determination and desire to put right the disappointments that the boys teams had suffered a month earlier against Durham CSFA and the girls squad had a confident air about it.
40 minutes later the half time news reflected that determination. The girls had come up against stiff resistance from the home team but went in 3-2 up, and the boys U16 and U18 squads had both taken the game to their opponents and led 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. A strong, well balanced girls team then set about Cleveland in the second half and produced an excellent display of ball winning, passing and moving to score 6 more times without reply. The U16 Boys conceded with 8 minutes left to draw 1-1 and the U18 squad slipped behind 2-3 wth 15 minutes left and it felt as if it could be 'Durham' all over again. This time however there was the strength and resolve to take the game back to their hosts and the conversion of a penalty gave Josh Dockinson his hat trick and the team a very important point which may provide them with a platform to build a challenge for the play offs in their remaining 3 home fixtures.
Our next league games are for the two boys teams on the 12th December against North Yorkshire at home.
Friday 20th November
Thorpe Hesley hold their nerve to sneak it
U11 Boys County Finals can be very competitive and can, occasionally, produce the odd silly comment from the touchlines. Todays event saw an excellent, competitive event without the silly comments from the touchline. The weather tried to ruin things with a heavy squally shower during the welcome but then, generally, left us alone to concentrate on watching some very skilful and well organised football from all the teams.
It wasn't until the 7th block that 4 teams began to break free and press for 1st place but Kirk Sandall's loss to Thorpe Hesley and Maltby's draw with Brierley set them back and left Thorpe and Marlcliffe to fight it out. Both teams won their last two games to leave goal difference spiltting the top two for the first time during this weeks finals. Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham SFA, claimed top spot and the right to go forward and represent the County in the Regional Finals early next year.
Big thanks from the County to Balby Carr Sports College for the use of their facilities, thanks to all our officials this week and to all schools, players, staff, parents and grandparents who have supported our Finals in such a positive way.
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SOUTH YORKSHIRE U11 BOYS CHAMPIONS 2015 - THORPE HESLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL, ROTHERHAM SFA
Thursday 19th November
Holy Trinity stay strong defensively to take U11 Girls trophy
It is often said that winning teams are built on sound defence and so it proved today as Holy Trinity U11 Girls took the County title conceding just one goal, late in their last game, during 49 minutes of 7 a side football. As ever their is an important game somewhere in the proceedings that decides the result and in this instnace it was a 1-0 victory for Holy Trinity over a powerful and attack minded Southey Green side in the 8th block of matches that determined the ultimate outcome.
No team struggled as the points were distributed evenly in the first half of the tournament but Southey Green and Holy Trinity always looked to be the two domin