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JSL XMAS TOURNAMENT

posted Dec 29, 2011, 11:25 AM by stephen moth   [ updated Dec 29, 2011, 11:54 AM ]

JSL XMAS TOURNAMENT

U7

Ged, William, Joe, Reiss, Harley, Harvey, Roman, Jayden, Owen

The under 7 tourney was a little bit strange to be honest, mainly due to me not understanding the format! !!! The boys did brilliantly to win their first 3 matches against some very good opposition. Despite not playing together has a team, they really did gel superbly!!! Ged and William did absolutely brilliant in the goal sharing game time. Joe and Reiss were immense at the back and Harley, Harvey, Roman , Jayden and Owen Terrorised the defences of all the other teams!!! After beating Teams such as Fletcher Moss, Brazilian Soccer Schools and Stalybridge, we played our final group game against very good opposition in Failsworth West. The boys found themselves 2-0 down mainly due to my tinkering of the system, which in hindsight maybe I should have left. By the time we got used to the system which was starting to work, time was against us. We did however finish strong and pulled a goal back, and maybe a little more time and we surely would of got on top!! A massive well done to all, won 3, Lost 1  scored 16 and conceded only 4!


U8

Mason, Josh, Sam, Cameron, Kairon, Harley, Jayden

The u8 section was highly regarded as the toughest age group to play in, due to the standard of the teams involved!! Out of the two groups involved the technix boys found themselves in the toughest pot!!! With a bare minimum of players, we was forced to call upon 2 under 7 players to help out with the numbers. Despite the standard of opposition and the crisis of numbers, the boys did brilliantly to battle on. Mason was outstanding in the goal, pulling off some brilliant saves!!! Sam, Josh and Kairon did brilliantly at the back and tried to play football where they could. Cameron was playing the centre midfield role, and closed the opposition down all day, as well as trying to play forward when he got the chance. Harley and Jayden worked tirelessly for the team, despite just playing a full u7 tourny themselves!! All in all the boys shown tremendous spirit to battle on despite playing amongst what could easily of been described as an academy group of players!! Well done boys!!

U9

Last minute head count due to some people not turning up meant we was a little disorganised for this one! With late arrivals, we was forced to pick 2 teams very quickly to avoid forfeiting the points for our first game!! We did however come up with 2 evenly matched teams that performed absolutely brilliant all day!! Team 1, featured; Mark (kindly volunteered to go in goal) Luis, Lewis, Ellis (hat trick 1 game) and Cameron, whom all did absolutely brill in every game I am told. John was full of praise for all involved and on another day we might have qualified out of the group.  Team 2; Kade, Kane, Ben, Hayden and Dean, who again Lee tells me were very unfortunate not to qualify out of our group, and were really finding their feet towards the end. Well done boys!!!!

U10

Reece,Lewis, Dan, Luke, Jordon

Again, we were down to the bare bones with the u10s with last minute drop outs etc. The biggest miss was our goalkeeper, whom in his defence, tried his best to get their but his sat nav begged to differ!! This meant we had to rotate the goalies, but the boys did not seem to mind. I was quietly confident that this team could do well as we had some very good players at our disposal, but even I couldn’t have imagined what we was about to witness!!!  I had the previledge of sitting in the stands for this one, which overlooked the pitch we were playing on, John and Lee called the shots !! The football that ensued before my eyes was glorious, beating team after team with some outstanding stuff. Right from minute one, the boys just steam rolled through the tourney, whoever played in goal, whoever played out, it did not seem to alter the style of the boys play. As a unit, Lewis, Reece, Dan, Jordon and Luke were awesome!! By the time we reached the final versus Brazilian Soccer Schools we had scored 22 goals and conceded just the 1!!! The final however, turned out to be a massive anti climax to what we had shown previously!! A mad 60 seconds which seen us concede 2 goals right from the kick off seemed to knock the stuffing out of the boys!! You would never of thought this was the same team, and I think if we could play the game again, the boys would have reversed the 6 nil scoreline!! We gave up, but having played so brilliantly over the course of the day, the boys can be rightly proud of their efforts!! Technically and tactically this age group is really starting to bear fruit!! Well done boys!!!


U12

Jayden, Charlie, Callum, Reece, Josh, Dylan.

This team consisted of the latest recruits to technix and I was very much looking forward to seeing how well they would gel together as a unit.  However, I did not expect the standard of opposition they would face to be as stiff ,for their opening tournament The u12 section of this tournament was of the highest standard  and I could not see one weak team through out!! The boys took their first game to get to know each other, but even at such an early stage the signs looked promising… Jayden kindly volunteered in net, and turned out to be one of the men of the tournament!! Callum and Charlie shared the defensive duties in defence and both did absolutely brill at the back. Josh and Reece were menacing in the midfield and really did look top draw at times!! Dylan linked up brilliantly with Josh, Charlie and Reece and  by the end of the group stages, this team really did look like a force to be reckoned with!!  Despite non qualification for knockout stages, this team can be very proud of their efforts, and count themselves very unlucky with some shocking refereeing decisions costing them points!!! Well done boys!! John was full of praise and just like me, cant wait to work with them in the future!!

U12

Joe, Ben, Ben, John, Bobby, Josh

 As I mentioned earlier, the standard of teams in this age group, was awesome!!  Arrogant as this may seem, I sometimes think, the Technix name attracts this type of opposition. This team in particular as done as much if not more than most, to establish and promote the Technix name. They epitomise exactly what we are trying to achieve; excellent technical ability, quality workmanship, team spirit, fair play and above all individual player development.

This tournament seen the inclusion of teams from all over the North West; Whiston Juniors, Sale Communities, Prestwich Marauders, Appleton Aces (holders), Hough End and not forgetting the tournament hosts Heside to name a few!!

However, as is the norm with this team, the boys did not seem fazed to start with and set about their first game versus none other than Prestwich, whom recently beat us in an hard fought final in another tourney!! The game was of the highest standard, and many thought that this was to be the eventual final!! The game ended 2-2 and was just as hard fought as our previous encounter.  Two more extremely tough games followed with the boys facing and beating Sale and hosts Heyside, both epic encounters!! Despite the standard of opposition the boys were playing some quality stuff, with every individual showing their value to the team. Some quality individual and team goals were a joy to watch and it seemed we were on top of our game.  With the standard intensifying, we faced holders Appleton Aces, a team we knew little about, but respected as the tourney holders. This was however, their second team, so when we found ourselves 3-1 down,  we wondered how good the actual first team might be!! Tempers started to frey!!, we started arguing amongst ourselves!! (Technix NO NO!!) and I wondered have we found the tourney to break us!! We recaptured our composure and set about rescuing the point and duly did so with tremendous character!! The game eended 3-3 but tension was still rising after the game, which just shows the desire within the camp!! Another unknown team next up, Whiston Juniors, we did know that they was unbeaten and had won all their games prior to this!! The boys were still producing performances, but you wandered for how long against such quality opposition and the obvious signs of stress creeping in!! Whiston was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the boys cracked under pressure against such opposition!! We were beaten for the first time!! 2-0 and the wheels just seemed to be falling off!!! Arguments, sloppy play, u name it, we produced it in this game!! Would we buckle???

After checking the scoreboard worryingly, we needed to rely on others to draw and win ourselves to qualify!! For as long as I have known this team, we have never relied on anybody but ourselves. I chose to watch the deciding game which was Prestwich v Heyside as opposed any of our technix sides. Both teams needed to win to qualify to go through ahead of us, and when Prestwich scored with ten seconds remaining my heart sunk!!!... Heyside were out, we were out!!....or was we??? Heyside,  decided a pass and a shot was the only option to score, I watched the ball and clock simultaneously as it spun towards goal, it was like one of those basketball moments I swear!!!!! The clock ticked zero as the net rippled and I have never cheered as loud inside in my entire life!!!!!!! GAME ON!!!!  With Lee taking the time in the last game to set an example with a couple of players, I could not be sure whether we had won, which we did 3-1 to take us through to the knockout on goal difference!!!!!

Semi Final Versus Appleton Aces (1)

To give you a sense of the standard, 1 loss out of 6 games and we had to rely on goal difference to secure this semi versus the current holders, whos 2nd team had already run us close!!! The boys were feeling a sense of when will it end!!! With a much needed pep talk on board, I could see that the boys were intent on making amends, showing the world that they would not go down without a fight!! Appleton rightly deserved the respect of the boys, but I sensed the boys wanted to earn the same respect off them. An epic encounter ensued, and the boys truly stepped up to the plate, the old technix started shining through and the cream slowly rose to the top!!!  The 2 bens were amazing, grafting as hard as I have seen them, bobby was showing exactly why we rate him so highly as a footballer, tenacious and hard working, Josh was box to box , Joe and John whom had come under some harsh criticism in the previous couple of games were back in the moment  for the team!! An absolute joy to behold, back up off the canvass, punching at their optimum weight… Technix were back!!!! Appleton matched us in every department, but when Buck put us 1 nil up, they was never going to have the heart of the technix boys to come back, and our boys professionally seen the job out!!!!!   1-0 to the boys and another Technix final to savour!!!!!!!

Final versus Whiston Juniors

If ever we needed a performance of epic variety, then this would be that time. I was highly impressed with Whiston all day, and their performance against us previously probably put them slight favourites. However, that performance was against a technix team that had just drew against a weaker team and emotional ly unstable to say the least. The boys were determined to reverse the result, and I knew this Whiston team would have to step up to beat us!! If they was going to rely on their previous performance to beat us then im sorry, they would be in for an almighty shock. The boys set straight about the Whiston lads , crunching every tackle, winning every 50-50, and hit them beautifully on the counter!! The game was end to end and an absolute master class of a final!! The roof nearly came off when Ben Ingham rifled a bullet in to the bottom corner to put us 1 up!!!!! Get in!!!!! Whiston WERE WOUNDED…WHERE HAD WE GOT THIS CHARACTER? WAS IT THE SAME TEAM? ?....They threw everything at us, and everyone of the boys had to be totally focused on the job at hand . Joe reserved his very best for last, save after save as well as being our 5th outfield player, sweeping to great effect and pin point distribution immaculate. Ben Frost was the utter professional at the back with a performance of the highest standard. Ben Ingham was occupying the left flank to maximum effect in both directions. Josh wasn`t giving anybody a moments rest in possession and was snapping at ankles the full game. John played the tip of the diamond as well as he did all day which meant we wasn’t inviting unwelcome pressure to our own defence, playing his part superb whilst allowing others to share the workload, Bobby was absolutely delightful in possession, so graceful even in the lion`s den of a five a side arena…..Whiston finally cracked our defence with a well earned  if not fortunate equaliser!!! The scouse half of the crowd erupted, you could sense the relief in players and supporters…….1-1…..Game on! 2 mins to go!!!!! Before the buoyant scouse crowd could get back in their seats, Ben Ingham had calmly slotted in Buck to put us instantly back in front!!!!! The place was absolutely rockin……….bang!!!!! the boys were back in front were not going to let it slip again!!!!!!! The crowd was urging Whiston to push, Technix to hit the corners, it was absolute pandemonium…….the ref finally blew for full time!!!!!  2-1 to the boys and a final of the highest order was finally settled!!!!!!!

SOCATECHNIX U12…JSL TOURNY WINNERS 2011!!!!!!!!!GET INNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TECHNIX RIPPIN IT UP FOR THE WINTER!!!!!!!!!!


This is probably the sweetest tournament win for this age group. Not just for the standard of opposition, but for the character shown by the team and every individual in it. Well done boys!!!!!!!!

Personal Thanks from me goes to all the players, parents of all age groups, Lee ,John and Rach…..Summer can`t come fast enough.

A massive big Thanks to Kevin and all the JSL staff for hosting such a fabulous days footie!!!

Major thanks to Jack Dunkerley for providing the goal of the day versus Prestwich in the last ten seconds!!!!!!!! Gawjuss!!!

Kade of the `ROVERS`

posted Nov 20, 2011, 11:40 AM by stephen moth




Congratulations to Kade Hargreaves u9 who has secured a 3 year contract with Premiership club Blackburn Rovers!! Kade has done brilliantly since joining Socatechnix and as improved in every aspect of his game.  Kade as played for Junior clubs such as Avro JFC and Chaddy End FC since the age of 6yr old, but as never had any academy experience. Coach Steve Moth first spotted Kade playing a game versus older opposition for Chaddy End and instantly knew he had something to work with. He sent  Kade along on trial with Liverpool Football Club as well as inviting him in to technix for further technical coaching. Despite a near succesful trial with Liverpool, Kade finally got academic recognition when Blackburn instantly snapped him up after a succesful 6 week trial. Kade is a fine example of a player; fast (with and without the ball) excellent close control, makes good decisions and above all a has a tremendouis attitude and willingness to learn!! Well done Kade!! we wish you every success for the future!!

Technix u9 v LFC u8 `Elite`

posted Nov 7, 2011, 5:48 PM by stephen moth   [ updated Nov 7, 2011, 6:05 PM ]

Another `FANTASTIC` day was had by all down at Liverpool Football Academy!!! At short notice our under 9 section was invited down to the fabulous facilities at the Kirkby Academy, to play Liverpool FC U8 `Elite` squad.

After rallying round for players, we headed down the M62 with 10 very excited players, and equally excited parents. It was a glorious day, and the buzz in the camp was brilliant. We arrived around 1pm and the look in the boy`s faces was an absolute picture. Every single player was beaming with excitement, and I knew if they never got a chance to experience this feeling again they would definitely cherish their memories.

Liverpool were tremendous in their welcome; providing us with warm up equipment and footballs, and giving us the use of their fabulous indoor 3g facilities to warm up. The boys were in total awe of the surroundings but managed to contain their excitement and set about putting some of their technix skills to use in some turning and shooting drills.

1.25PM and we got the instruction to make our way to the outdoor grass pitches, where the boys would play their 4 x 15 min matches against the crème de le femme of the North West u8 section. We made our way through the grounds of the superb complex, passing the premiership standard outdoor 3g pitch, the multi million pound rehabilitation and education centre, before finally arriving to what must have seemed like the Wembley playing surface to the boys. The pitches were absolutely pristine; even though I see them 4 0r 5 times a week they never cease to amaze me.  

After another 5 minute warm up on the pitch, the boys set up in their 8 a side formation for what normally would have been the most nerve wracking game of their life. I say normally, because the boy`s were under no illusion as to what to expect. Although not here just to make the numbers up, we had a good chat and pointed out that result`s were absolutely not on the agenda. We talked about putting into the game what we are trying to achieve individually at technix, enjoying the moment, and playing with a smile on our face. We knew that this would be a stiff task; not being used to playing as a team and with such good opposition to contain.

The game on the whole was just a tremendous spectacle, Liverpool played really well in front of us and the boy`s countered superbly. Kade in goal was absolutely brilliant, save after save, top corners, bottom corners, blocking at feet with tremendous bravery and his quick distribution was EXCELLENT. The boys rotated in position and game time and were clearly enjoying themselves. Ben, Cameron and Declan were very calm at the back and shown a real maturity and resilience in their defensive duties. Kane was fighting for every ball and driving from midfield at every opportunity. Mikey (U8), easily matched his u8 counterparts on the opposite team, with his determined runs and intelligent passing. Ellis, Hayden and Luis Wilson was driving at fullbacks, using their technix skills to very good effect. Mark played the holding midfield role to very good effect linking really well with his team mates and trying to pass at the right times. Luis Roberts and Ryan (u8) were menacing up top, and kept the opposition defence thinking all the time with their mazy runs, tricks and skills; Ryan scored an absolute peach of a goal, 20 yards out acute angle , top bags, keeper nowhere near in sight!!. Kade Hargreaves made a late entrance due to playing a full game in the morning for non less than BLACKBURN ROVERS, and quickly set about scoring 2 excellent goals; the first came after a brilliant run which involved several turns and forward moves to beat 5 different defenders and a quality finish!! 15 seconds on the pitch!! Quality!!

I think overall the game ended up around 7-3 to Liverpool but I cannot praise the boys highly enough for their spirit, determination, work rate or enthusiasm. The boy`s shook hands with the opposition at the end and I never seen anything but smiles on their faces. After a very short warm down! We took some time out for pictures on the pitch. As I snapped the shutter on my camera, I knew this would be a day the boy`s would always remember fondly………..A great big thank you to all the parents for providing travel and support for your child, also to Liverpool FC for being such welcoming host, and allowing the boys to experience such a special day.

Kade: Pulled off some wonderful stops and saves to deny Liverpool a greater goal tally! He was brave, vocal, organised and distributed the ball really well; all characteristics of a very good goalkeeper. Well done Kade.

Ben: Super cool on the ball, sensed danger and read the game really well. Technically he was very good, he shown a very good first touch, passed the ball really well and made the correct decisions in possession. Well done Ben.

Declan: Was an excellent defensive partner for Ben, both worked really well together. He shown tremendous discipline to get back and defend when venturing forward. Declan put a tireless shift in, he never stopped working and again, made some very good decisions in his play. Well done Dec.

Cameron: Cameron as worked really well at technix on his technical ability and it was very evident in this game. He was very relaxed on the ball, always looked to take a touch, got his head up straight away and passed the ball really well. Well done Cam

Ellis: Another technically good performance from Ellis. He never stopped working down the left, got back to defend and was a constant danger to their defence. Most pleasing aspect to Ellis`s game was once he beat the man, he headed straight for the space, got his head up and delivered a telling pass or cross to the target. Well done Ellis.

Kane: Kane`s performance was probably the best I have seen him play. He loved it out there, diving in to the tackle, breaking things down, dribbling and driving at the defence, trying his skills, absolutely growing in confidence as the game wore on. Well done Kano.

Mikey: Like Ben and Kade (gk), Mikey was guesting for us today and this was only the second time I had witnessed him play. On both occasions he has really surprised me with his work rate, intelligence on the ball and commitment to the cause. Mikey makes very good decisions in possession and linked up really well with the forwards. Well done Mikey.

Mark: Relatively new to technix, Mark is still getting to know his team mates within the group. However this was not evident today; Mark played a great defensive midfield role, tackling well, passing well and communicating really well with his team mates. I was told by his parents prior to the game that Mark plays a defensive role for his club and that quality was clearly evident in his game. Well done Mark.

Luis W: Luis played down the right wing mainly, and was a constant outlet for Kade and his team mates in very good spaces. As the game wore on, Luis grew in confidence, really trying to have a go at their defence. Luis shows very good technique in his game, and I think this may be the game that gives him the confidence to go and attack defenders, and belief that he is good enough to get passed them.  Well done Luis.

Hayden: Having travelled straight from Preston North End, where he played a full game for Rochdale FC u9, Hayden could be forgiven for being a little tired. Despite his fatigue, Hayden put a really good shift in for the boys. Hayden showed a real maturity down the wing, and some really good foot work. The opposition showed him the ultimate respect by doubling up players to mark him when he had possession, but despite this he wriggled free on numerous occasions. Well done Hayden.

Louis R: A constant outlet for midfielders, Luis wanted the ball at every opportunity. His confidence at technix is really starting to shine through and this was very evident in the game. A beautiful turn and spin on one occasion nearly created him a BEAUTIFUL goal, but he was unlucky to have his shot blocked! Luis grew as the game wore on and was trying skills confidently around the penalty area, which is a measure of his ever growing confidence. Well done Louis.

Ryan: Ryan (u8)as gone from strength to strength in the past 6 months; technically, mentally and socially. His confidence is very evident of late which clearly reflects in his game, and his goal was a just another measure of his self belief. Beating two players in the corner with great skill, picking his head up on the edge of the box, and then executing such a sweet strike in the top corner with little effort was an absolute joy to watch. Well done Ryan.

Kade H: Kade, just like Hayden, had played a full game in the morning, at Barnsley FC for Blackburn Rovers, where he is currently on a 6 week trial, hence his late arrival. Technically Kade is very good and it was not long before he proved this by scoring within 30 seconds of making his entrance, beating 5 players in the process. It wasn`t long before he notched his second either with another beautiful individual goal. The opposition could not get near him, and I couldn’t see where he got his energy. I later found out that after the game in the morning, Blackburn offered him a 3 year playing contract at their club!!! No wonder he was full of beans……Quality Kade!! Everybody at technix wishes you every success in the future.

U12 LIVERPOOL ACADEMY!!

posted Oct 14, 2011, 4:11 AM by stephen moth   [ updated Oct 14, 2011, 5:28 AM ]


Our long awaited trip to Liverpool Football Club Academy had finally arrived. We was due in Kirkby for a 6.15pm K.O, and I for one was highly excited for the boys. I had spoken and agreed with Lee and John, that they would handle the team on the night as I knew the Liverpool staff would preoccupy me and did not want to compromise the Boy`s attention.

We had been invited down a couple of weeks earlier, but as luck would have it, the local schools were running their trial nights on the same evening, so had to cancel.

The boy`s were gutted to have missed the first game, so I was even more determined to get this game on, as I knew it promised to be a special night for the boys, John, Lee and Myself.

From 6 players on a wet Broadhurst field 18 months ago, to 50 players on the register over 5 age groups and a 12 man squad playing a night match at the famous Liverpool Football Club Academy (18 League championships, 5 European cups, 7 FA cups, 7 League cups, 3 Super cups and 15 Charity shields) as a coach it does not get any better than that!

Technix is all about the players; teaching them new things, boosting and enhancing their confidence, giving them opportunities they might never get, showing them sides of life that they  knew existed, but thought only the chosen few were able to enjoy.

The boys were late in arrival due to traffic etc, and I was getting quite anxious as I waited in our designated dressing room for Lee and the boy`s (John would follow later). In a way I was rather glad we was late, as the night had just set in and the Academy is an absolute wonderful sight at night with the neon lights of the club crest, floodlights everywhere, mist over the pitches etc..There is an electric atmosphere in the air that even as an academy player or staff member sends a wonderful chill down the back of your spine!

As Lee and the boys come bouncing through the gates in their full technix attire, I could see the excitement in their faces; the wow factor had set in!  Lee was beaming with pride as he knew as well as me that whatever happened on the football pitch did not matter, as these boys would never forget this moment regardless…..

Squad: Joe, Jack, Ben F, Kardel, Klaeton, Josh, John, Dillon, Bobby, Jayden, Callum

LFC Dev V TECHNIX (GAME 1 )

As the boys stood toe to toe with some of the North West’s finest who were kitted out in full LFC attire, I looked at their faces and wondered whether they would be up for the challenge. Would they freeze like rabbits in the headlights on this chilly evening or rise to the challenge as I have seen them do throughout the summer in various tournaments? Within 2 seconds of the first whistle I had my answer, John Buckley charged straight in to intercept the kick and I knew…Game on!

The boys got straight at LFC who knew were in for a game when after 3 passes we was bearing down on their goal, not quite a goal but a real statement from the boys that they was here to play. Joe in net, Jack, Ben in defence, Jayden right, Bobby left, John and Josh in the centre and Klaeton and Kardel up top was the line up, with Callum and Dillon saved for the next game. The game went super fast due to the exciting play before us, Technix were clearly on the front foot with LFC playing some very good counter stuff. We was however knocking the ball about superbly and created numerous chances for Klae and Kardel who`s partnership worked brilliantly! John and Josh pinned them in and were finding our wingers Jayden and Bobby with some wonderful passes.  The goal had to come and duly did by way of a corner kick on to the head of Josh Burrows who`s bullet header had the keeper all hands up and a deserved lead for the boys. LFC were rocked and shocked with the quality of their opposition and the coaching staff sent me a look of bemusement as I could only stand and applaud the quality of our play. LFC came at us, but the rock solid defence was being organised by an extremely hyped and vocal Joe Boyling who seemed in his element in the goal and clearly loved the chance to express his worth in the goal against quality opposition. Jack and Ben were showing a tremendous maturity at the back, solid tackles, good positioning, well timed interceptions and shielding balls out in every instance. Instances they got caught out, Jayden or Bobby would come round and clear or Joe would charge out to smother or clear his lines. As the referee blew for the final whistle, the boys were buoyant and fully deserved their win.

GAME 2

Lee rested the front pairing of Klaeton and Kardel in this one and went like for like up top with Dillon and Callum, who are new to Technix but nevertheless deserved as much as anyone to play their part. The game kicked off with LFC clearly rocked by the first half, going straight on the attack, and to be fair put us under quite a lot of pressure in the opening 5 minutes and had a real go at our defence. Like I said we was solid in defence, but under heavier pressure. The ever impressive Joe Boyling was in inspired mood though, and was pulling off some wonderful stops; Top bags, down low ,in the stomach, bottom left, bottom right…. proper “FIFA” STUFF!! With LFC flexing their muscles up top and Joes handling and distribution superb, we was able to counter attack really well and did so at every opportunity. Buckers was a tremendous outlet for Joe, with his box to box energy and calmness on the ball, he was able to thread balls through to Dillon and Callum who did brilliantly in Klae and Kardel`s absence up top. They were a constant outlet and threat and had they been more attuned to each other and their new team mates they would have clicked even better. Bobby and Jayden linked brilliantly with Buck and Josh who is an excellent player on the whole, but clearly saved his best for this. Josh was at the heart of everything in this one, picking up loose balls, short 1-2`s, long balls out wide, thru balls to forwards, contested everything in the air and battled tirelessly in the midfield to allow Buck to get forward. This game was the most exciting of the 3 games, mainly because it was end to end and gave all the boys chance to show their best qualities. When a corner came in from LFC, Joe rose like a salmon to claim effortlessly and immediately looked to set the forwards free with a humongous kick upfield, everybody rushed out and although the ball ran harmlessly through to the goalkeeper near the corner flag, Dillon didn’t give up the lost cause and charged towards the goalie!! The goalie realising he was under pressure kicked the ball up field across the ground and immediately scampered back to his net. Josh Burrows once more arrived to the ball first on the half way line and as I got my head up to see who was available for him to pass to, he unleashed a shot with such venom that had the keeper scampering and diving into his net  with absolute no chance of saving…what a goal!! The boy’s mobbed Josh, whose face was redder than usual as he beamed with joy to celebrate his second goal of the night. Lfc were clearly seething and came at us with passion and desire, what a game we was witnessing!! They just could not break us down until eventually they squeezed one over the impressive Joe`s line!! Joe and the defence came under increasing pressure towards the end of the game, but held firm to take another well deserved draw out of the game, the only slight was that Joe, after coming out to claim yet another 50/50 ball took a knock to the head which seen him a little dazed for a couple of minutes but he soldiered on!!

GAME 3

The games were played at a very high tempo and demonstrated quality throughout; a great showcase for 2nd tier football. Liverpool`s finest trialist’s were playing their hearts out, and our boy`s did not look out of place in every department. The only thing that distinguished the 2 sides was the yellow bibs we was forced to wear due to a kit clash! Despite our requests that Liverpool wear the bibs…haha! Due to Traffic on motorway, John had missed the first 2 games which I was truly gutted about!! John as been an integral part of Technix and I so wanted him to enjoy the experience with the rest of us! The boys were clearly enjoying themselves by now as you could imagine, winning 1 game and drawing the next against LFC in a multi million pound facility, does life get any better? The boys may as well been playing against Stevie G and Carra in their heads, they were loving it!! We had been told that we would play 4 x 20 minute games, but LFC officials came across to say this would be the last game due to a game being played on the same pitch straight after!! Lee was gutted as he had planned to share the game time equally and this clearly would compromise this. The 3rd game was just as exciting as the previous 2 for different reasons. We were the team relying on counter attacks with LFC clearly gaining the upper hand. They peppered our goal with shots; Joe still a little dazed from the previous game was doing absolute wonders in the goal. Shots were raining down on him but he would smother, gather or catch, get straight up and launch a counter attack the other way. Klae, restored up top was proving a real handful for their defence and moved their back line really well. With the game being played at such an intensity we was inevitably going to tire, and that is exactly what happened in this game. It was like 2 heavy weights who had punched themselves drunk, with one throwing a sudden flurry of blows now and then, what a game. Posts hit, bars rattled, quality saves, exciting counters, full bloodied tackles, these games had it all!!

Tired minds and tired legs eventually cost us in this game, one quality counter attack and 2 poorly marked corners cost us 3 goals, but this was not a true reflection on the game as Technix had ample opportunities down the other end, but were unable to convert or recover to defend. That said, we were absolutely delighted with our overall performance!!! Every single player came out of this game to tremendous acclaim from me, Lee and John as well as the Liverpool coaching and scouting staff. The boy`s were thanked and congratulated for their attendance and performance at the end of the game by all the Liverpool players and staff. Despite the defeat in the last game, the boy`s were beaming with pride and joy at the end. I could see the different emotions in John and Lee’s face; John was gutted to have missed the start, but buzzing that the boy’s were enjoying themselves. Lee could see exactly what it meant to some of these boy`s who have not had an opportunity to witness or play in such an amazing environment, that he see`s week in, week out with his own lad.

After the game, the boy`s were full of themselves in the dressing room. I gave one of those meaningless team talks that you just know is not needed, because the boy`s knew they had more than justified their attendance, and gave LFC their biggest test to date (their words!). We took a few pictures of the team in the indoor facility before heading home to reflect on a wonderful night which seen the SocaTechnix name further enhanced by the ever improving under 12 section!!! Well Done Boy`s!!!

 

Joe Boyling: Extremely pleased for Joe! Training outfield in sessions and playing in goal for technix in tournaments etc, he rarely gets the chance to show his worth in a competitive environment, due to the dominant nature of our games. This game gave him that opportunity and he took it with both hands. Absolute mustard in every department!! STAR MAN!!

Ben Frost: A real gritty performance by Ben! Tournament play and training allows Ben to get forward which he does really well, but this game needed and shown the defensive Ben!! And he showed why Oldham Athletic has invested their time and effort in to developing him further!!

Jack Stockwell: Jack comes across as a bit of a lad at times, but you know when he is on his game, he is really on it!! This was by far Jacks best performance in a Technix shirt, he was immense at the back at times and shown the qualities of a very good defender in the making; composed, assured, confident, solid and compact!!

Bobby Faulkner: Bobby was an ever present down the right wing over the summer, and one of our most influential attacking players. This game shown the other side to Bob`s game, the defensive side. Bobby was superb on the ball and provided excellent cover to Jack on the left. Bobby is super cool on the ball and always makes good decisions in the game!!

Jayden: Reasonably new to Technix, Jayden as settled in superbly!! Jayden is a versatile player that will play anywhere!! As with Bobby to Jack, Jayden was a constant help to Ben at the back and played with a great enthusiasm throughout. He`s give and go play to get behind the defence was brilliant to see going forward and I am looking forward to seeing his development in the future!!

John Buckley: John knows nothing but 100% in whatever he does! He as unbelievable fitness levels! John played an un-sung part in this game; he mixed it up physically with all their heavy weights, was super cool in possession, played it very simple when he had to and brought the rest of the players in to the game brilliantly!! Academy class stamped all over him!!

Josh Burrows: With the industry of Buckers alongside him, Josh was a joy to watch in this game! He shown every quality you need in a midfielder; combative, aerial prowess, composure, alertness, creativity and energy! Josh was immense in this game, goals apart was an absolute joy to watch.

Klaeton Coley: Another jack the lad character, Klae shown in this game his true qualities his game possesses; speed, guile, pass and movement! Klaeton on his game is up there with the best! First on your team sheet in this mood, and the positions he finds himself in sometimes is natural instinct and awareness of space!!

Kardel Smith: Kardel was again, immense up top and provided an excellent outlet for the rest. Kardel shown a different side to his game today, his direct running at defenders down the channels and his tremendous partnership with Klae up top, they seemed almost telepathic at times and they may have got a goal or 2 between them on a different day!!

Callum: I have not really had time to assess Callum`s abilities at technix, but judging by this game, he has plenty to work with. He did very well on the ball, shown some good dribbling abilities, was really confident  with the ball and I was looking forward to seeing more of him in the 4th game that never was!!

Dillon: For any u12 player to play in such an high intensity game would have been some ask, the fact Dillon played and did very well despite being a year younger speaks volumes. Dillon as very good technical ability and when he settles in further within the group, he will go from strength to strength. Some great link up plays with Callum and I look forward to working more closely with both!!

 

 

As a kid, the Holy Grail for me was to be spotted by a local football scout, playing the game I loved most, which was football. I would practice night after night with my friends or on my own on the green outside our house or in the local park. I played for a local team at a weekend, and would often be seen staring towards the side lines and wondering if this could be the day. I remember one day I had played a particular good match  and to my surprise I seen the manager deep in conversation with a very well known football club scout during the game and was wondering if they was discussing myself. At half time, the managers team talk focused on this conversation, stating that.. “if we continue to play this well, I am sure I will have to tell more scouts to stop trying to poach our players!!!”

That junior club went on to do good things and the manager shouted it from the highest of rooftops, failing to acknowledge or appreciate the reasons behind he`s blind ignorance!!..the kids!!

Technix stands for everything that coach doesn’t!! 


Players of the month!

posted Sep 11, 2011, 9:30 AM by stephen moth

Congratulations to Ben Ingham (u12), Reece Gibbison (U10), Ellis Thomas (U9),  Ryan Frost (U8) and Harvey Roberts (U7) on winning this months achievement awards. All players have shown a very good attitude, attendance and progression within the sessions, and have made notable progression within their junior clubs. Well done to all!!

"Can you test our boys?"

posted Aug 18, 2011, 11:45 AM by stephen moth   [ updated Aug 18, 2011, 12:09 PM ]

The Socatechnix bandwagon continued to gather speed and rolled in to the Sale JFC tournament last weekend in the shape of our u12 section. The under 12’s have featured in four tournaments this summer and have never failed to impress. Has individuals they are improving tremendously on a weekly basis, and as a group they get better and better by the day through their junior club camaraderie.

As most people are aware our u12 section is made up of either past, present or future Failsworth West players which has made these tournaments that bit more easier to organise and supervise. Whenever I am asked to enter these tournaments on their behalf I am happy to oblige.  Throughout the summer, purely by popular demand they have asked me to enter them in as many tournaments as possible, such is their desire to play. Lee and the boys would go to the opening of a door if invited!

Failsworth are venturing in to their debut season at 11 a side and Coach Lee Boyling asked me to enter them in to this tournament in preparation for next season. I was only too happy to oblige as this truly is a special group of players, and a joy to watch on any given day.

I am fortunate to share a good understanding with Lee, who trusts in me to work with the boys on a weekly basis, helping him to improve their technique, confidence and self belief.

Although we are working towards one goal with his team, Lee and I have never actually worked together pitch side; so I thought it would be nice to put some lengthy telephone conversations in to practice and asked Lee to assist me with the team management on the day.

With Lee at my side and the boys in a buoyant mood we were all looking forward to the football ahead. Lee was looking to test his tactical whit; looking for weaknesses and strengths in his own team, as well as that of the testing opposition they would face. I was looking for improved technique, decision making, confidence etc…Would we be satisfied?

Registration.

The brief we had from the hosts upon invitation in to this tournament was to provide them with a stern test for their up and coming 11 a side season. “you can bring 11 academy players if you like, we will play anyone!” was the parting statement on the telephone I had from their manager. Although a little tongue in cheek, I found it very refreshing he was so confident and open towards kids with academic ability; actively promoting kids of all abilities mixing together as a form of inspiration.

Somehow I don’t think he`d had the same conversation with the other managers on the day, as the sheer sight of the technix boys seemed to get people in a tither. Failsworth’s local rivals Heyside, and beaten county cup finalists Urmston Meadowside were just two teams that were reported to me by the hosts as not being happy at our participation. This was confounded when a deafly silence and a parting of the waves became very evident on my approach to the registration cabin ;-). Talk about the burning of the ears!!

JOE© BEN I, KARDEL, JACK, BEN F, JAMES, JOSH, JOHN, BOBBY, KLAETON, MARLEY, TYLER

 Our thought process for the day was to play our own game and impose our game on the opposition whoever they were. We was very much going to use this to do some refinement for the future. With straight 17 minute matches there was ample time for any changes if we needed to adjust, after gauging the opposition. Still adjusting to this management business, I was mindful of my mistakes which contributed to the loss of our last tournament; I would definitely consider the opposition and everybody would get on the pitch in every game regardless. Joe (gk) was captain for the day; another ritual I should have maintained in the last tournament. 2 Ben`s as F/B’s, Jack and Kardel  C/H`s, James L/W, Bobby R/W, Josh D/M, John A/M, Marley in the hole at number 10, and Klaeton as a lone striker up top. Tyler started on the bench but would come on at equal times throughout the games in various positions.

Right from kick off in game 1 versus Audenshaw the boys set out their stall for the day; immediately they made the opposition work hard for the ball. They moved the ball around the pitch with ease and assurance. We had watched the first game prior to this one and pointed out to the boys that all the players on the pitch were still showing signs of mini soccer; swarming after the ball, out of position, disjointed as a unit!. We wondered if they would take this on board and we had absolutely nothing to fear! They were a real unit! Almost mechanical! Every player needed very little guidance in the positional sense. Lee orchestrated the Back 5 with their Joe ;-) and I concentrated on the waist up with Tyla ;-) I was highly impressed with the movement of the team, Joe was as vocal as I’ve ever seen him, the 2 bens at F/B were pulling the ball down and moving it quickly and wisely, Jack and Kardel were showing a great understanding as a defensive pairing. We looked solid at the back! which gave the rest of the team confidence to express them self`s. The goal was only a matter of time and duly came via a super effort from our attacking midfielder John Buckley. Tyla came on at half time and deputised superbly at L/B for Ben whom we pushed in to James`s L/W position for further experience in the opposition half. First win under our belt 1-0! 3 pts

We had watched the hosts Sale, prior to this game, and knew this was the team to beat in our group. It was clear they had some bright, nippy players and seemed to work quite well as a team if a little disjointed. I mentioned to Lee that we would have to be a little weary with these and although I shouldn`t have been surprised, he`s confidence really set my mind at ease….”Nah! We are too strong for em”… I was still airing on the side of caution, but was looking forward to kick off. True to form Lee was right! The boy`s shown not one jot of nerves, continuing in the same vein as the previous game. Josh (Defensive SCHOLES) and Buckers (Attacking SCHOLES) ran the show in centre mid and truly complimented each other; one sits, the other pushes. Josh shown great discipline and was an outlet for every ball, whilst Buckers went probing into the opposition, threading through balls and attacking the heart of their defence. Bobby and James were measured in their passing, mixing their game superbly with one twos and dribbles at the right times, keeping the fullbacks guessing. Marley worked the number 10 position superbly, knowing exactly when to link up with midfield and when to become the second striker. Klaeton was running the channels, spinning off, holding the ball up well and was working in tandem with Marley to excellent effect. Tyla is growing in confidence with each and every minute he is on the pitch and is now starting to show an assurance in his game. The composure of the whole team in possession was an absolute joy to behold. Sporadic attacks from Sale were easily dealt with by the highly impressive back line that Lee was inspiring. Kardel (Jaap Stam) and Jack (Nemanja) were like rocks at the back, nothing got past!. Anything over the top was dealt with by Joe, who too was controlling the ball out the air and playing out to his full backs nice and composed. The inevitable goal came from Marley and was just reward for his and the teams efforts. 1-0 win! 6 pts

Our third and final group game was against Moston Valley, A likeable team we know well locally. There manager Lee is a very nice chap and was without a few of his team on the day, but still happy to be pitting his boys (and girl) against good opposition. We decided we would use this game as an `overlapping fullback` exercise which seemed to go down well with the 2 Ben`s. A little bit too well with Ben I, whom was already at the back post of the Valley net as the ref sounded his whistle to kick off!!..HAHA! With the Valley goal living a charmed life they could do nothing but retreat further and further back, nullifying any opportunity to get the 2 Bens in behind their defence, so that little exercise never actually materialised. The boys were getting frustrated for the first time all day and Valley were actually hitting us a little bit on the counter `having a right go!` Tyla had replaced Ben F at R/B and the boys were doing their utmost to score but to no avail. We had mentally settled for a draw after a tremendous worldy of a run from Buckers starting at the half way line and taking 6 valley men on, rounding the keeper (maradona v England!!) and slotting home superbly!!! Was ruled out by the ref for offside..yes offside!! With a couple of mins to go, We decided to give Bobby a break and get Ben Frost some experience in the final third. With almost his first venture forward he beat his man with a drop of the shoulder and hit the by line before pulling back superbly for Klaeton who spared our blushes with a superb finish! 1-0 win! 9 pts……To the refs credit he apologised to the boys after for ruling John`s goal out.

With 3 wins out of 3 in the group stages we qualified to the semi final as winners of our group and would face the runner up in the other group. Clearly we was the team to beat and there was a real scramble to top the other group, not for the sake of winning, but avoiding this technix team that was going from strength to strength. Heyside rightly contested with the tournament organisers who arded them the runners up spot, and after counting goal difference for the umpteenth time were duly elected to top spot by way of stewards enquiry, which meant Urmston Meadowside had to play us in a semi. 

Urmston were rightly sick of the sight of the boys by now, having met them in the county cup final and a couple of tourneys over the summer, the boys had come out on top every time. The boys were not going to take this for granted though, but knew we had the psychological edge. I was loving how unfazed and comfortable the boys were, which really did show in their game. They set their stall out right from the first minute with a bombardment of shots on their goal and some great pressure. Urmston must have been thinking what an earth they had to do to stop them. The possession and control of the pace of the game was a great indicator to where this team is heading, EVEN WITHOUT THE BOYS THAT WILL BE MISSING NEXT TERM. Persistent pressure and a solid performance from the back five all culminated in to one brilliant display that was capped by a brilliant team goal finished off by John Buckley. The technix bandwagon had steam rollered in to the final! And boy was we loving it!!

The only thing left to do was to find out who we were playing in the final. Sale v Heyside was a scrappy affair which came inevitably to penalty kicks. The penalties seemed to last forever. Most notable thing was that both managers seemed a little apprehensive about winning, whether this was because they knew their final opponents already I do not know.

Sale finally won the longest sudden death I have watched in a while and we was happy to play against them in the final having already beat them in our group.

On reflection this was always going to be the final. The two best footballing teams with the best players deserved to be there and I was very much looking forward to the game. We did however give Sale a footballing lesson in the first game but a final is a different ball game altogether, anything could happen!! The game kicked off to thunderous start, tackles went flying in at every opportunity. It was clear Sales intentions right from the off. Strong arm tactics by opposing finalist as been a pattern of this summer and can only be a compliment to our boys for making teams resort to this. Every time we had the ball the opposition were all over us like a rash. The ref was a Sale representative and I was pleasantly surprised in his UN biased approach to the game. HE blew up for everything and added to a great game of football. Although being kicked to death, we was still on top of the game and was nullifying any attack by Sale through our sheer determination to play the game the correct way. Halfway through the first half, much to my delight we was awarded a penalty for a foul in the box. John Buckley stepped up to the plate, and my mortgage was duly put on his back to score. It couldn’t have been going any better when took his 10 yard run up to glory. I was watching for the net to ripple when suddenly I heard a groan of a passing dog!! John had scuffed his shot wide and the match remained level. I wondered how this would affect Johns game, he had played a blinder as our attacking midfielder all day and we needed him to be focused for this one. Just as good as John was attacking, Josh was playing just as good as his defensive foil in midfield. This was the best I have had the pleasure of watching Josh and shown attributes I had not seen in his game before; Disciplined, strong in the air and his range of passing had me marvelling at times. It was only fitting that Josh should pop up with the goal that would ease John`s tension and send us in to the lead that we truly deserved. At the half time break, myself and Lee had nothing but praise for the boys and were eager for them to carry on in the same vein in the second half. Sale came at us all guns blazing in the 2nd half, resorting to the long ball route as early as the first minute. Jack and Kardel were notably busy but comfortable, such was their growing confidence. True to form though, the ref spotted what he thought was a foul in the box and awarded Sale a penalty.  I was as confident as John in hitting the net as I was in Joe saving this penalty. Joe cuts a daunting figure to opposing takers and is a brilliant shot stopper to have in your sticks. The taker looked almost scared stiff in his demeanour and thought that the only way was scoring was to try and send Joe through the net with the ball. He absolutely smashed the pen down Joe’s throat who was very unlucky to palm it into the roof of the net. 1-1 and it was game on, Sale threw the kitchen sink at us for a couple of mins, with Joe making some outstanding stops to keep them out. I seen a little bit of panic in the boys, who were maybe a little bit too eager to try and rescue the lead they were comfortably protecting prior to the pen. We was pushing too high up, although we did break through a couple of times, we were getting hit on the counter via the long balls. As Tyla warmed up on the sidelines, the boys could sense they needed to readjust or risk being beat. With a longish break for an injured player, it gave us time for a welcome chat with the boys. Keep your positions and don’t rush the final ball and we would get back on top. On the restart and with calm restored, the boys set about getting back on top and started to show the assurance and calmness we had enjoyed all day. Countless chances were carved out, and it looked like we would get the winner on numerous occasions, but it was not coming!! Mindful of Tyla missing out in the last final we was happy that he is now showing the character and confidence within the group to be able to share the responsibility of playing in these big games. Tyla partnered Marley up front and was told to defend from the front. Straight away he made an impact with a great 1-2 with buckers that nearly created a goal!! What would it take?....with the clock ticking down we was starting to get a little frustrated when James hit a wonderful ball in that deserved better than to ricochet back to him…James instinctly shot goal wards to bring a great save from their keeper who could only spurn the ball out….then… out of a melee of players I watched in amazement as Tyla shrugged two defenders off to get to the ball first and power it across the line!!! The whole place erupted!!! Getttt inn!!! I couldn’t contain myself and ran fully 50 yards to congratulate Tyla who was highly embarrassed such is his demeanour, he was mobbed and I for one was extremely chuffed for him. In my rear view mirror I could see Lee high fiving the parents and Jumping for Joy!! You couldn’t have wrote the script better…The boys seen out the last minute or so and upon the final whistle was greeted to a standing ovation from both sets of fans……..a day to remember!!

I can’t tell you how many positives we drew from this tournament; Individually…. Joe`s overwhelming influence from the goal, Ben Inghams improved short game, Jack and Kardels defensive partnership, Ben Frost’s creative passing and movement, James’s much improved work rate and positive wing play, Josh’s discipline, creative and intelligent play, Buckers trust in his team mates and freedom to play without the weight of the team on his shoulders, Klaetons touch, instinctive vision and link up play, Marley’s deft touch under pressure and quality in and around the box, Tyla’s ever improving confidence on and off the pitch!!....Collectively…. Team spirit was phenomenal, assured and composed in defence and attack, trust in each and every individual team mate, decision making spot on…. best of all, respect from every player/team/manager we played against which tells a very good story in itself!!!

Great big thanks from myself and Lee to everybody involved!!! Two wins and two beaten finalists out of four played in, definitely means the Technix boys have ripped it up for the summer!!!!! Get innnnn!!!!

Good Luck to the West boys next season for 11 a side, I’m sure you will take heart from this tourney and can look forward to what lies ahead.

The Socatechnix bandwagon continued to gather speed and rolled in to the Sale JFC tournament last weekend in the shape of our u12 section. The under 12’s have featured in four tournaments this summer and have never failed to impress. Has individuals they are improving tremendously on a weekly basis, and as a group they get better and better by the day through their junior club camaraderie.

As most people are aware our u12 section is made up of either past, present or future Failsworth West players which has made these tournaments that bit more easier to organise and supervise. Whenever I am asked to enter these tournaments on their behalf I am happy to oblige.  Throughout the summer, purely by popular demand they have asked me to enter them in as many tournaments as possible, such is their desire to play. Lee and the boys would go to the opening of a door if invited!

Failsworth are venturing in to their debut season at 11 a side and Coach Lee Boyling asked me to enter them in to this tournament in preparation for next season. I was only too happy to oblige as this truly is a special group of players, and a joy to watch on any given day.

I am fortunate to share a good understanding with Lee, who trusts in me to work with the boys on a weekly basis, helping him to improve their technique, confidence and self belief.

Although we are working towards one goal with his team, Lee and I have never actually worked together pitch side; so I thought it would be nice to put some lengthy telephone conversations in to practice and asked Lee to assist me with the team management on the day.

With Lee at my side and the boys in a buoyant mood we were all looking forward to the football ahead. Lee was looking to test his tactical whit; looking for weaknesses and strengths in his own team, as well as that of the testing opposition they would face. I was looking for improved technique, decision making, confidence etc…Would we be satisfied?

Registration.

The brief we had from the hosts upon invitation in to this tournament was to provide them with a stern test for their up and coming 11 a side season. “you can bring 11 academy players if you like, we will play anyone!” was the parting statement on the telephone I had from their manager. Although a little tongue in cheek, I found it very refreshing he was so confident and open towards kids with academic ability; actively promoting kids of all abilities mixing together as a form of inspiration.

Somehow I don’t think he`d had the same conversation with the other managers on the day, as the sheer sight of the technix boys seemed to get people in a tither. Failsworth’s local rivals Heyside, and beaten county cup finalists Urmston Meadowside were just two teams that were reported to me by the hosts as not being happy at our participation. This was confounded when a deafly silence and a parting of the waves became very evident on my approach to the registration cabin ;-). Talk about the burning of the ears!!

JOE© BEN I, KARDEL, JACK, BEN F, JAMES, JOSH, JOHN, BOBBY, KLAETON, MARLEY, TYLER

 Our thought process for the day was to play our own game and impose our game on the opposition whoever they were. We was very much going to use this to do some refinement for the future. With straight 17 minute matches there was ample time for any changes if we needed to adjust, after gauging the opposition. Still adjusting to this management business, I was mindful of my mistakes which contributed to the loss of our last tournament; I would definitely consider the opposition and everybody would get on the pitch in every game regardless. Joe (gk) was captain for the day; another ritual I should have maintained in the last tournament. 2 Ben`s as F/B’s, Jack and Kardel  C/H`s, James L/W, Bobby R/W, Josh D/M, John A/M, Marley in the hole at number 10, and Klaeton as a lone striker up top. Tyler started on the bench but would come on at equal times throughout the games in various positions.

Right from kick off in game 1 versus Audenshaw the boys set out their stall for the day; immediately they made the opposition work hard for the ball. They moved the ball around the pitch with ease and assurance. We had watched the first game prior to this one and pointed out to the boys that all the players on the pitch were still showing signs of mini soccer; swarming after the ball, out of position, disjointed as a unit!. We wondered if they would take this on board and we had absolutely nothing to fear! They were a real unit! Almost mechanical! Every player needed very little guidance in the positional sense. Lee orchestrated the Back 5 with their Joe ;-) and I concentrated on the waist up with Tyla ;-) I was highly impressed with the movement of the team, Joe was as vocal as I’ve ever seen him, the 2 bens at F/B were pulling the ball down and moving it quickly and wisely, Jack and Kardel were showing a great understanding as a defensive pairing. We looked solid at the back! which gave the rest of the team confidence to express them self`s. The goal was only a matter of time and duly came via a super effort from our attacking midfielder John Buckley. Tyla came on at half time and deputised superbly at L/B for Ben whom we pushed in to James`s L/W position for further experience in the opposition half. First win under our belt 1-0! 3 pts

We had watched the hosts Sale, prior to this game, and knew this was the team to beat in our group. It was clear they had some bright, nippy players and seemed to work quite well as a team if a little disjointed. I mentioned to Lee that we would have to be a little weary with these and although I shouldn`t have been surprised, he`s confidence really set my mind at ease….”Nah! We are too strong for em”… I was still airing on the side of caution, but was looking forward to kick off. True to form Lee was right! The boy`s shown not one jot of nerves, continuing in the same vein as the previous game. Josh (Defensive SCHOLES) and Buckers (Attacking SCHOLES) ran the show in centre mid and truly complimented each other; one sits, the other pushes. Josh shown great discipline and was an outlet for every ball, whilst Buckers went probing into the opposition, threading through balls and attacking the heart of their defence. Bobby and James were measured in their passing, mixing their game superbly with one twos and dribbles at the right times, keeping the fullbacks guessing. Marley worked the number 10 position superbly, knowing exactly when to link up with midfield and when to become the second striker. Klaeton was running the channels, spinning off, holding the ball up well and was working in tandem with Marley to excellent effect. Tyla is growing in confidence with each and every minute he is on the pitch and is now starting to show an assurance in his game. The composure of the whole team in possession was an absolute joy to behold. Sporadic attacks from Sale were easily dealt with by the highly impressive back line that Lee was inspiring. Kardel (Jaap Stam) and Jack (Nemanja) were like rocks at the back, nothing got past!. Anything over the top was dealt with by Joe, who too was controlling the ball out the air and playing out to his full backs nice and composed. The inevitable goal came from Marley and was just reward for his and the teams efforts. 1-0 win! 6 pts

Our third and final group game was against Moston Valley, A likeable team we know well locally. There manager Lee is a very nice chap and was without a few of his team on the day, but still happy to be pitting his boys (and girl) against good opposition. We decided we would use this game as an `overlapping fullback` exercise which seemed to go down well with the 2 Ben`s. A little bit too well with Ben I, whom was already at the back post of the Valley net as the ref sounded his whistle to kick off!!..HAHA! With the Valley goal living a charmed life they could do nothing but retreat further and further back, nullifying any opportunity to get the 2 Bens in behind their defence, so that little exercise never actually materialised. The boys were getting frustrated for the first time all day and Valley were actually hitting us a little bit on the counter `having a right go!` Tyla had replaced Ben F at R/B and the boys were doing their utmost to score but to no avail. We had mentally settled for a draw after a tremendous worldy of a run from Buckers starting at the half way line and taking 6 valley men on, rounding the keeper (maradona v England!!) and slotting home superbly!!! Was ruled out by the ref for offside..yes offside!! With a couple of mins to go, We decided to give Bobby a break and get Ben Frost some experience in the final third. With almost his first venture forward he beat his man with a drop of the shoulder and hit the by line before pulling back superbly for Klaeton who spared our blushes with a superb finish! 1-0 win! 9 pts……To the refs credit he apologised to the boys after for ruling John`s goal out.

With 3 wins out of 3 in the group stages we qualified to the semi final as winners of our group and would face the runner up in the other group. Clearly we was the team to beat and there was a real scramble to top the other group, not for the sake of winning, but avoiding this technix team that was going from strength to strength. Heyside rightly contested with the tournament organisers who arded them the runners up spot, and after counting goal difference for the umpteenth time were duly elected to top spot by way of stewards enquiry, which meant Urmston Meadowside had to play us in a semi. 

Urmston were rightly sick of the sight of the boys by now, having met them in the county cup final and a couple of tourneys over the summer, the boys had come out on top every time. The boys were not going to take this for granted though, but knew we had the psychological edge. I was loving how unfazed and comfortable the boys were, which really did show in their game. They set their stall out right from the first minute with a bombardment of shots on their goal and some great pressure. Urmston must have been thinking what an earth they had to do to stop them. The possession and control of the pace of the game was a great indicator to where this team is heading, EVEN WITHOUT THE BOYS THAT WILL BE MISSING NEXT TERM. Persistent pressure and a solid performance from the back five all culminated in to one brilliant display that was capped by a brilliant team goal finished off by John Buckley. The technix bandwagon had steam rollered in to the final! And boy was we loving it!!

The only thing left to do was to find out who we were playing in the final. Sale v Heyside was a scrappy affair which came inevitably to penalty kicks. The penalties seemed to last forever. Most notable thing was that both managers seemed a little apprehensive about winning, whether this was because they knew their final opponents already I do not know.

Sale finally won the longest sudden death I have watched in a while and we was happy to play against them in the final having already beat them in our group.

On reflection this was always going to be the final. The two best footballing teams with the best players deserved to be there and I was very much looking forward to the game. We did however give Sale a footballing lesson in the first game but a final is a different ball game altogether, anything could happen!! The game kicked off to thunderous start, tackles went flying in at every opportunity. It was clear Sales intentions right from the off. Strong arm tactics by opposing finalist as been a pattern of this summer and can only be a compliment to our boys for making teams resort to this. Every time we had the ball the opposition were all over us like a rash. The ref was a Sale representative and I was pleasantly surprised in his UN biased approach to the game. HE blew up for everything and added to a great game of football. Although being kicked to death, we was still on top of the game and was nullifying any attack by Sale through our sheer determination to play the game the correct way. Halfway through the first half, much to my delight we was awarded a penalty for a foul in the box. John Buckley stepped up to the plate, and my mortgage was duly put on his back to score. It couldn’t have been going any better when took his 10 yard run up to glory. I was watching for the net to ripple when suddenly I heard a groan of a passing dog!! John had scuffed his shot wide and the match remained level. I wondered how this would affect Johns game, he had played a blinder as our attacking midfielder all day and we needed him to be focused for this one. Just as good as John was attacking, Josh was playing just as good as his defensive foil in midfield. This was the best I have had the pleasure of watching Josh and shown attributes I had not seen in his game before; Disciplined, strong in the air and his range of passing had me marvelling at times. It was only fitting that Josh should pop up with the goal that would ease John`s tension and send us in to the lead that we truly deserved. At the half time break, myself and Lee had nothing but praise for the boys and were eager for them to carry on in the same vein in the second half. Sale came at us all guns blazing in the 2nd half, resorting to the long ball route as early as the first minute. Jack and Kardel were notably busy but comfortable, such was their growing confidence. True to form though, the ref spotted what he thought was a foul in the box and awarded Sale a penalty.  I was as confident as John in hitting the net as I was in Joe saving this penalty. Joe cuts a daunting figure to opposing takers and is a brilliant shot stopper to have in your sticks. The taker looked almost scared stiff in his demeanour and thought that the only way was scoring was to try and send Joe through the net with the ball. He absolutely smashed the pen down Joe’s throat who was very unlucky to palm it into the roof of the net. 1-1 and it was game on, Sale threw the kitchen sink at us for a couple of mins, with Joe making some outstanding stops to keep them out. I seen a little bit of panic in the boys, who were maybe a little bit too eager to try and rescue the lead they were comfortably protecting prior to the pen. We was pushing too high up, although we did break through a couple of times, we were getting hit on the counter via the long balls. As Tyla warmed up on the sidelines, the boys could sense they needed to readjust or risk being beat. With a longish break for an injured player, it gave us time for a welcome chat with the boys. Keep your positions and don’t rush the final ball and we would get back on top. On the restart and with calm restored, the boys set about getting back on top and started to show the assurance and calmness we had enjoyed all day. Countless chances were carved out, and it looked like we would get the winner on numerous occasions, but it was not coming!! Mindful of Tyla missing out in the last final we was happy that he is now showing the character and confidence within the group to be able to share the responsibility of playing in these big games. Tyla partnered Marley up front and was told to defend from the front. Straight away he made an impact with a great 1-2 with buckers that nearly created a goal!! What would it take?....with the clock ticking down we was starting to get a little frustrated when James hit a wonderful ball in that deserved better than to ricochet back to him…James instinctly shot goal wards to bring a great save from their keeper who could only spurn the ball out….then… out of a melee of players I watched in amazement as Tyla shrugged two defenders off to get to the ball first and power it across the line!!! The whole place erupted!!! Getttt inn!!! I couldn’t contain myself and ran fully 50 yards to congratulate Tyla who was highly embarrassed such is his demeanour, he was mobbed and I for one was extremely chuffed for him. In my rear view mirror I could see Lee high fiving the parents and Jumping for Joy!! You couldn’t have wrote the script better…The boys seen out the last minute or so and upon the final whistle was greeted to a standing ovation from both sets of fans……..a day to remember!!

I can’t tell you how many positives we drew from this tournament; Individually…. Joe`s overwhelming influence from the goal, Ben Inghams improved short game, Jack and Kardels defensive partnership, Ben Frost’s creative passing and movement, James’s much improved work rate and positive wing play, Josh’s discipline, creative and intelligent play, Buckers trust in his team mates and freedom to play without the weight of the team on his shoulders, Klaetons touch, instinctive vision and link up play, Marley’s deft touch under pressure and quality in and around the box, Tyla’s ever improving confidence on and off the pitch!!....Collectively…. Team spirit was phenomenal, assured and composed in defence and attack, trust in each and every individual team mate, decision making spot on…. best of all, respect from every player/team/manager we played against which tells a very good story in itself!!!

Great big thanks from myself and Lee to everybody involved!!! Two wins and two beaten finalists out of four played in, definitely means the Technix boys have ripped it up for the summer!!!!! Get innnnn!!!!

Good Luck to the West boys next season for 11 a side, I’m sure you will take heart from this tourney and can look forward to what lies ahead.

u7 Unicorn Tourny

posted Jul 26, 2011, 7:01 PM by stephen moth   [ updated Jul 26, 2011, 7:30 PM ]

Socatechnix had two teams in the Unicorn tournament  on Saturday. U7 and U9 age groups were making their debuts in the summer tournament campaign and I for one was really looking forward to it. No pressure was put on the lads to win, we was looking to further develop the players technically and socially. The main aim of these tournys are to build the lads confidence by putting what they have learned in the sessions into practice amongst each other.

It was decided that John would take the u9 team and I would take the u7’s. We wanted to give the boy`s consistent leadership and thought it may be confusing if we was to share roles. Due to the fact we was on opposite ends of the field I did not catch much of the u9`s but I will do a separate and brief report on completion of this one.

Our younger age groups have really started to swell in numbers of late, and the boys that featured in this tournament were mainly made up of regular technix players with a couple brought in to give some much needed experience. This was always intended to be a fun day for our 7`s and I was intent on making sure they had a great time!

Team: Jack (GK), Mason, Josh, Kairon, Cayden, Ryan, Cameron, Harvey

Format: 5v5  16 minute games

Group A: Unicorn Dynamos, Brooklands JFC, Socatechnix, Beechfield Utd

GAME 1 V BEECHFIELD

2 groups of 4 meant that each team played each other twice in the group stages before the top 4 went through to knockout stages. The boy`s were really looking forward to this competitive format, and were surprisingly optimistic about their chances…bless! I have to say I really didn’t know what the day held in store for the boys, I have obviously seen them individually, but to play together as a team for the first time was a massive ask. We had a mixture of West `A`, West `B`, Moston Brook and Avro players! I picked the first technix u7 team to ever don the jersey in a competitive match and held my breath to hear the ref blow his whistle for kick off! Here we go, Ryan to Cayden, Cayden to Josh, Josh to Ryan, Ryan to Kairon, jeez! we are really trying to play! Now Beechfield were no mugs and I could tell they had played together a while. They had a couple of really good players but our lads were really havin a go! Despite the early pressure they scored against the run of play and we found ourselves 1 down. The lads got to their first half time very unlucky to be behind. I let them know they was doing really well and not to worry about the score! They were having none of it! Second half they went out and played some really good stuff; Josh was super strong at the back, Cayden and Ryan were flying in midfield, Harvey had come on for Kairon and was just as effective up top! Cayden bagged our 1st and 2nd technix goals and we ran out tremendous value for our first ever win! Get innnnn! Super footie!! …..2-1 win 3 pts!

GAME 2 V UNICORN DYNAMOS

Unicorn were next up, was it a fluke? Were we lucky? Could we repeat? All sorts of questions flying round my head! When I heard we had 16 mins for each game I just wanted to give everybody plenty of playing time so rotated every game at 4 minute intervals. Just enjoy! I can honestly say by game 2 I was in no doubt that every player was playing for the team and really was trying and succeeding to play as a unit. Cayden and Ryan have had plenty of experience in these competitive games and they really were helping the others adapt. Josh, Mason,  Cameron and Harvey were growing in confidence and we was starting to really look like we`d played together before. I honestly could not believe what I was witnessing!! Unicorn were just as stunned and the boys were excellent again! Eventually running out 4-0 winners! Goals from Cayden (2) Cameron (1) and Kairon (1)… W4-0 6pts!

GAME 3 V BROOKLANDS

The boy’s were absolutely buzzing by now, both on and off the pitch and I thought to myself if they don’t win another game they have done their selves really proud and have had a brilliant time! I took the opportunity in this one to really mess about with their positions. Jack, Mason, Ryan, Josh and Cameron started and I wanted to see how much they have progressed technically. Josh was running really free with the ball, pull push and kicking on, Mason was trying his little drag backs and playing backwards, Ryan was dropping his shoulder, shifting the ball and powering past players, Cameron was trying all sorts of little tricks to beat his man and succeeding, going on mazy dribbles! Cayden was blinding defenders with his double scissors followed by ronaldo chop and nutmeg! Harvey was trying allsorts that defied his 5 year old age, absolute livewire!!  They were absolutely oozing confidence!! And to top it all they was all making good decisions, when to pass, shoot, or dribble! Brooklands turned out to be a decent team and really had a go. Jack had little to do up until this game and was starting to show why he was so highly recommended. He was diving for everything, kicking really well, setting up quick counter attacks and organising his defence really well. 2 goals did squeeze past him in this one but the boys had already had the game won with 7 goals in our favour!!! Ryan (2)Cayden (2) Kairon (1) Harvey (1) Josh (1) ……W 7-2 9PTS! DREAMWORLD!

GAME 4 V BEECHFIELD

The boys were itching by this point to get on the pitch and play, why wouldn’t they be? They had played out of their skin! Everything had gone superb, we had rotated really well, everybody was getting plenty of footy, we was scoring plenty of goals and had won every game and had already surpassed everybody’s expectations! What could possibly go wrong? ……BANG!....Beechfield got right out the traps! 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 down!! The boys just did not know what had hit them! They was absolutely shocked at half time…..It was apparent that Beechfield did not want to lose again to us and had introduced a really good player that is well known to all the academies. Added to their very decent team this was a really tough ask for the boys. Some of the boys were in tears at half time and it took some time to calm them down! I was at a loss how to build their confidence and just told them the first half was lost but not to worry coz we was still winning by two halves to one so don’t worry just relax and try and win the second half. Either way you have beaten them once they can only be drawing by the end of the game! The boys shown some real spirit in the second half but was clearly still a little stunned by the first! The new lad was just too strong whilst the boys were in this state and managed to notch a couple more. We ended up losing 7-0 overall but I was really proud of the boys for fighting on in the face of adversity and gloating players and parents on the sideline!! I remember thinking when I was walking off; I hope we meet these in a tournament at a later date elsewhere! 7-0L   9PTS…..It happens boys don’t worry!!

GAME 5 V UNICORN DYNAMOS

With the Beechfield result and parents still ringing in their ears, the boy`s took to the field in this one surprisingly upbeat! It seemed the bitter taste of defeat had been washed down with the hotdogs, burgers and fizzy drinks in the lunchtime interval. I was personally relieved that they had forgotten it as I couldn’t bear seeing them so upset! Credit to all the boy`s in this one for jumping straight back on the bike and getting right back on with it! The football was absolutely superb, just as in the earlier games the boys were really playing as a unit. Josh was growing in confidence with each and every game and I was really pleased in his overall progression. Mason and Cammie (who had taken the time in the lunch break to dye his hair technix red and black) were both really impressing with their enthusiasm and commitment to the cause. Kairon was thriving in his role upfront around the net and showing in great positions for the ball. Harvey was an absolute revelation when he was on the field, there is no end to his confidence for a 5 year old child, fearless! Ryan and Cayden were different class all day and it is easy to see why they do so well for their junior club; Both are extremely technical and complimented each other on opposite wings, a good balance to the team. The person hurt the most in the previous game was Cayden, mainly coz he hates losing, and I was extremely pleased for selfish reasons when he hit his hat trick in this one! I needed a happy Cayden for later games and this 3-1 win helped him and the rest of the lads to forget all about the previous loss! Well done boys on a stunning reaction! Cayden (3)…W3-1  12 PTS!

GAME6 V BROOKLANDS

I honestly had not thought about knockout stages, mainly because I did not think there was any and I was more than happy with the boys thus far. I would happily of gone home on cloud 9 after this game pleased as punch with everybody. The boys, however, just did not want to stop, they was on a roll and once I knew we had qualified  into the knockout stages I knew the emotional rollercoaster was going to hit new heights. The boys ended the group stages against Brooklands in exactly the same style as they started it…Flying! A convincing 5-0 win took us into the knockout stages having finished 2nd in our group on goal difference to Beechfield. What an absolute brilliant way to finish with goals from Ryan (1) Josh (2), Cayden (1) and Harvey (1)….W5-0 15PTS! Quality Boys!

QF V UNICORN TORNADOS

Wow how good are we?........Knockouts in our very first tourney! Everybody was really proud of the boys and I could sense the atmosphere and mood had changed. The boys and parents were now in ultra competitive mood and I knew they wanted to go real deep . They were showing a real calmness and was totally focused on the next game. We had practiced penaltys prior to the game and talked as a team on tactics believe it or not..lol! I had not spoke about or given any tactical advice all day, concentrating mainly on encouragement and praise. As soon as the whistle blew in this one the boys were like a team possessed! They lay siege on the opposition goal and never once retreated into our own half. The goalie was scared stiff of kicking it out as all he could see was red and black! I kid you not when I say the keeper had the ball for 4 mins of the half! In the end the boys breezed through this tie with a 3-0 win. Cayden bagged 2 and Ryan got the other. I cannot tell you how much buzz was flying round the pitch at the end of this one! The boys must have felt like kings!!....W3-0 Cayden(2)Ryan (1)….Semi final here we come!!

SEMI V BROOKLANDS `A`

Having watched our u9s unluckily crash out at the QF stage on pens after the previous game I was determined to make sure that the technix boys would feature in at least one final! So I made sure the boys were really pumped up for this one! Even though I was absolutely bricking it myself! Honestly you had to be there to feel the tension!! The atmosphere was electric!! I had forgotten all about the other semi final and the prospect of facing Beechfield again until the ref blew to kick off our game. No word of a lie, I thought I had seen it all until a possie of parents and coaches tried to get our game stopped!! Claiming it was unfair that Beechfields A and B team had to contest a semi final! They was ill with it and was extremely thuggish in their behaviour towards our referee and tournament officials!….these guys wanted to win at all costs!! The boys settled in to their semi brilliantly but knew that they had to play well as Brooklands were a good team. They really did ask questions of Jack who on more than once came to our rescue. Our football on the counter though was superb, and I had to marvel at the maturity of these 5/6/7 year olds were showing. After a period of tit for tat the boys got their goal through Cayden, quickly followed by another from Ryan. I seen out the match with a series of substitutions and looked forward to introducing our very first u7 technix finalists! I felt like jumping in my car there and then as I couldn’t imagine it could get any better! I was beaming with pride. I TOOK A STEP BACK AS THE BOYS WALKED OFF THE PITCH AND SEEN THE OBVIOUS PRIDE IN EVERY PARENTS EYES, THEY WAS ECSTATIC AND PROUD FOR THEIR BOY AND RIGHTLY SO!!!!  2-0W CAYDEN(1)RYAN(1)……….TECHNIX BOYS!!!FINAL!!!!

FINAL V BEECHFIELD

After the earlier drubbing by Beechfield I never thought we would be meeting them again, let alone in such a high profile game so soon!! I wanted to meet them again but I honestly did not want to put the boys through what they had endured earlier so soon. I was however convinced that without the player who was the orchestrator of their win, we were more than a match for them. The kid in question stood a good foot taller than any of our boys and questions were asked all day of his eligibility!! It was time to think on our feet. I sat all the players down and told them how proud I was of each and every one. I reminded them of all the tears that were shed after the last game and asked them if they wanted to go through all that again. Each and everyone said no!!! but we want to play the game!. I said right you will have to trust me when I say we will have to play with 4 men…….The boys all looked at me in amazement!! All except 1…. Cayden Kelly knew what I was talking about as we had spoken earlier about how he could make himself an hero by sacrificing his own attacking threat to stop the threat of another. He was totally up for the challenge, he wasn’t going to come this far without a fight. From a scouting perspective this boy had the height and strength on Cayden but he did not have the intelligence or speed. We agreed as a team that Cayden would play his game, and the other 4 would play theirs, and that in itself was no easy task. The atmosphere was even more intense as this was the last final and we had 2 teams of irate Beechfield players and parents who were still trying to get our previous fixture replayed! And 2 teams of Technix parents and players amongst others who had stayed. It must have felt like the SAN SIRO to the players!. I couldn’t hear myself think.

Beechfield kicked off and straight away the big kid headed straight for our goal, I thought `oh no here we go again!!`…. when suddenly out of nowhere one all mighty whack from Cayden!!! Absolute solid and fair challenge! The rest of the boys looked in amazement and I really could see the respect in their eyes. They knew Cayden was going to do his part, and set about the task of doing theirs! Every player dug really deep and this really was going to be a mammoth effort. Every time they got the ball they was told to give it the big lad, they didn’t realise that Cayden was stuck to him like glue, he was like a little terrier round his ankles, he was using his speed and intelligence to brilliant effect! The other boys were camped in also, Ryan, Josh and Kairon were just as disciplined and never gave the rest of the team a moment to settle!! I thought to myself this is madness, where are they getting this inner strength from!! As the half wore on they were growing increasingly frustrated, especially the big kid who just could not shake Cayden at all!! He was throwing elbows, he`d try barging, anything! but Cayden was just too wily for him. Towards the end of the half the parents and coaches, who were by this point going wilder and wilder had twigged that there was a plan of action in place and it wasn’t on their part. The ref blew for half time and it erupted on the sideline with their parents! The big kid was in floods of tears and in a deep argument with a parent! I got the boys in and told them to take a good look pointing out how they felt after the last game. Keep going boys! Once they got the big kid back on the field we kicked off the 2nd half and they pegged us back again, Jack was magnificent in the goals!!  Josh was brilliant on the left wing, Ryan the same on the right, Kairon was defending really deep from the front, Cayden was all over the pitch with the big lad…amazing! With about 2 or 3 mins to go I could see they were absolutely frustrated and at each other’s throats, so I decided to try and take advantage. Screaming at the top of my voice on their corner to Kairon to push right up to their goal, mainly to take some bodies out the danger area but I knew if they didn’t retreat there was a good chance Kairon could nick us one. The corner came in and was smothered by jack who quickly set Ryan off who in turn fed Kairon……Please! Kairon set off and was one on one with the goalie, rounded him but his little legs just couldn’t get it in!! rebounds went everywhere we was pushing right at the death for the winner but the ref blew and we was headed for extra time!!!

EXTRA TIME

Half time I told the lads that they are expecting us sit in again, they think its just about them getting the goal, that we are here to win on penaltys. Lets surprise em, we can beat these!!! lets get at em in extra time. I asked Cayden to remain disciplined but when the times right, turn the tables on the big kid and attack, he was bright enough to know what I meant. Extra time kicked off and we went straight on the offensive with Josh taking half their team on, and setting panic near their net, the rest of the boys followed up and pegged them right back, they was stunned! For the first 2mins we was camped in their half hitting shot after shot it just wouldn’t go in. Eventually the ball found its way back to Jack in goal, and I swear I seen a bubble in Caydens head say “enough is enough!” He left the big kid to receive the ball off Jack, the big kid was oblivious, he had enough and was still in floods of tears. Cayden danced round the oncoming player and set a nice through ball to Josh who in turn sent a better one to Ryan, with Harvey and 2 of their defenders snapping at his heels Ryan ran through on goal and hit the sweetest shot past the goalie!!!! I couldn’t see the ball and was just waiting for the net to ripple which took an absolute age!!! The crowd suddenly went absolutely mental on the side lines and I jumped about 50ft in the air!!!!! Get innnn!!! 1-000000000000 to the technix boys!!!! WE HAD 30 SECONDS TO GO!!! CMON BOYS HOLD ON!!! The whistle went and everyone went mad……then it daunt on me we had to play a further 3 mins 2nd half!!!!! I quickly got the boys in and told em, its not over and we would have another 3 mins to hold out and lift the trophy. They went straight back out there, planted their feet and awaited the opposition who again were in deep arguments with one and other. We eventually kicked off and it intensified even more, this time our parents were starting to see the finish line and were kicking every ball with their child. Every player was dead on their feet but just wouldnt give up! With about a minute to go the big lad who by this time had got a second wind was shooting out of frustration from anywhere! With about 30 seconds to go and under extreme pressure the big lad who had bundled Cayden over ! was bearing down on Jack in goal and my heart sank, he had absolutely bombarded Jack in the previous game and I honestly didn’t see what  happened next coming. He shaped to shoot, Jack dived but the ball never came!! He had sold him a dummy and opted go round him…………it had goal written all over it when I seen out of the corner of my eye Jack re-diving at his feet taking the ball first and the player with it……what an absolute cracking save!!!! I just couldn’t believe it! Jack cleared the ball to the corner flag and the referee finally put us and them out of our misery!!! Every single parent and player was jumping for joy! I could not believe what I had just witnessed! The boys were treated to a standing ovation from everybody pitch side including Beechfield parents and players and were truly deservant of their victory!! Credit to Beechfield they played their part in an absolute quality final and im sure the big lad will have plenty of finals to come in the future as he was a very good player.

The Boys were an absolute credit all day and there were far too many highlights to put in a short report like this!! To turn a 7-0 defeat into a 1-0 win was an absolute achievement in itself let alone in a final!! It was an absolute pleasure being in this company and you wouldn’t have found a prouder person than me when the announcer announced…….”2011 U7  Unicorn tournament champions……..SOCATECHNIX!!!!!!”……… QUALITY!......... TECHNIX BOYS RIPPIN IT UP FOR THE SUMMER!!!

Technix u11 Boys rippin it up at Stockport!

posted Jul 25, 2011, 9:00 AM by stephen moth


 

After very short notice on Saturday I was asked to put a team or 2 into the Stockport Junior Blues on the Sunday. After rallying round for players, mainly by Lee at Failsworth (big thanks) we managed to get 9 players that could make such short notice and decided to go with just the 1 team. The team were comprised of 9 regular technix players and was especially pleasing.

Team…Joe Boyling, Jack Stockwell, Ben Frost, Ben Ingham, John Buckley, Bobby Faulkner, Kardel Smith, James Dewhirst and Klaeton Coley.

Wilmslow High School was a beautiful setting and I was confident the boys would go deep in the tournament having had the pleasure of coaching them in previous tournys. The format 6 v 6 and was 6 mins one way on grass pitches and 5 a side goals.

Personally I was looking forward to sharing the day with my son Dylan as well as the lads who had been home for the weekend before heading back to Liverpool str8 after the tourney. After registering the team we took stock of the opponents we would  be facing and we knew very little about any of them, which added that extra spice.

Stockport JR Blues A, Hazel Grove Utd, Tytherington Jrs, Brookfield Jrs, Marple Athletic, Queensgate, Wilmslow Town, and 2 later comers in Socatechnix and Failsworth Villa made up a group of 9 teams.

Game 1 v Queensgate

The usual slow points start with our first game a 0-0 draw against unknown opposition. I cannot tell you much about this game as I spent 5 of the 6 mins looking over the shoulder of a SJB official who had come over to act on an allegation we were fielding ineligible players! (Academy) I pointed out that I run a soccer school and do not know background of all the players within the school and refered him to our parents. The response I got was that if the team were deemed to be doing too well then they would have no alternative but to disqualify us! I was fuming, as being a local scout I knew at least 3 teams were carrying academy players! All the parents had an inkling where these allegations came from but this did nothing to ease my tension… 0-0 1 point

Game 2 v Marple

Still very much under duress from the threat of being slung out of the tourney, I settled nervously on the sideline to watch the boys destroy a very gd marple side. Shots were raining in on the Marple goal and I was praying that they would not go in!! How twisted is that! I wanted the boys to take it easy, but,  they are not programmed for that, naturally. I needed to shake myself out of this state, for the sake of the boys. John Buckley put paid to any thoughts I had of hiding the quality in the team when he hit the goal of the day by a country mile! Chipping the ball over the goalkeeper from the half way line with a delightful and effortless lob!!! I nearly had an heart attack! Wot a goal, in five a side goals against quality opposition! The goal settled the match but not my nerves, my very own lad came over and said, “Dad, if they seen that goal, you may as well get ure coat now!” …………. 1-0w 4pts

Game 3 v Hazel Grove

On top of all this furore of ineligible players, we had to deal with an extra player we had brought due to not wanting to let anybody down. My original plan was to approach the organisers and appeal to their compassionate side. Read the above and tell me you would have found a compassionate side! So it was decided 1 player would sit out a game on a rotation basis which the boys were more than happy to put up with. Sub consciously the boys had picked up on my anxiety and I could tell this was affecting them in the games. I needed to make a decision, either go whole hearted or not at all! Let`s have it!!!! Let`s stick it to the spiteful people who want to deprive a primary school kid the chance to play some footy with his mates, who for 90 percent of the calendar year sacrifices a good portion of his child hood to achieve his dream!! I decided to jump on the wavelength of the boys and play for the moment, if they sling us then so be it. Hard format timescales meant 1 goal would always win the game and neither side managed 1 in this game……. 0-0 5 points

Game 4 v Brookfield

This is where the tournament started for me.. It was time to let the beast off the leesh!! Buckers sat this one out ironically which gave me the chance to try out Jack in the middle. With their coach whole heartedly onside the boys set about laying siege on Brookfield. Post, bar everything but the net! Jack was deputizing superb for buckers in the centre ben ingham and Bobby  were flying down the wings, Ben Frost mopping any countered threat up and Joe was orchestrating from his massive penalty area. Klaeton was hunting down everything up top, we was like a team possessed! Ben Ingham finally broke the deadlock with a superb strike and a well deserved win! Technix are in the house!... 1-0w 8pts

Game 5 v Princes Villa

After checking the score board and seeing the team we were facing here had not notched a single point!, I made the drastic mistake of taking the game for granted! Although the boys did not see it the same they were absolutely battering the team when a freak break seen their forward one on one with Joe who could not do anything with the forward taking it early outside the box where Joe could not roam. All hands to the pump 1 nil down, Frosty and Kardel came on and had an immediate effect on the right, Ben ghosting in to finish off a very gd team goal. It looked like we were set for a draw with 5 seconds to go when the ball fell into the path of Ben Ingham, left footed he cocked his leg back and as he did the hooter sounded for the end of the game, by the time the hooter had stopped the back of the net was rippling from a super winning goal!!! Phew!......2-1w  11 pts

Game 6 v Wilmslow

The boys were full of confidence now and team selection was becoming ever harder as every player was hungry to play! Whoever took to the field played with real passion and desire. I was seeing new qualities in each player. Joe was like a lion let out of a cage enjoying his new habitat of a massive penalty area to command. I caught him peeing up his post as if marking his territory and warning against any unwelcome predators!! Ben F was like a man possessed, using strength and picking passes at every opportunity. Ben Ingham was mixing his game really well, easy pass followed by 30 yard pin point ping at the right times.  Buckers was stepping back and seeing the bigger picture, letting the headless opposition in front of him be busy fools whilst concentrating on quality! James was a different player totally! He is really bonding with the rest and it is starting to show in his game, I was highly impressed with his new work rate and decision making. Klaeton was another that shown that extra ounce of passion and defended from the front brilliantly. Kardel shown his strength and versatily in defence and upfront and I was especially pleased with his first touch with all parts of his body. Jack is ultra relaxed which is a good trait to have, but today he added that bit of urgency in his movement that will stand him in good stead in the future. I will reserve my assessment of Bobby till the end of this report. Ben Ingham once again settled this game with a thunder bolt of a left footed shot! ….1-0w 14 pts

Game 7v SJB

With the Rolls Royce starting to purr and slipping into third gear, the last opposition you want is the tournament hosts! Someone was due a real hiding and I did not want it to be these! How right could I have been, both teams were on the pitch early for this one and the SJB players were in full voice on how they was going to set about us and boasting of their 100% record thus far, not lost a game! Now these were very big lads!! Even I was intimidated. The boys did very well to humour them and were totally professional in their attitude. In a group huddle I could not believe the calm assurance of how they was about to inflict their first defeat, never in doubt!! Straight from the off the boys set about them, pressing every ball out of possession and moving the ball quickly in possession it was total football. Bobby Faulkner was amazing all day long but he reserved his best for this. Up, down, touch was superb, didn’t give the ball away once and shown some brilliant vision and craft. Bang, Bang, Bang! 3 nil up in 4 minutes! Klaeton completing an hat trick with a penalty! Awesome! You could see the embarrassment on the SJB players faces, they did not know what hit them! Ben Ingham rounded the rout off with another superb strike! 4-0! I thought we were goners having spanked the Hosts bum, but by now I had realised they was only acting on information and had to be seen to be doing something!!  Fair play!.....4-0 w 17pts

Game 7 v Failsworth Villa

All the boys in this age group have had, or have a connection with Failsworth West and it is my experience that this local derby versus Villa has a certain stigma and edge attached! Although I don’t subscribe to this us and them mentality, players of any club are welcome to our sessions, I was intrigued, curious and extremely interested in how this game would pan out. I knew my boys were highly motivated against any opposition but seemed even more hyped for this one! Every player wanted to play, in fact I even caught a couple texting their mates seeing if they wanted to play! Every man and his dog wanted to play! The game itself proved to be an anti climax due to the set up of the opposition 1-4-1. They seemed to show our boys the ultimate respect by camping on their own goal line and hoping for the best. One nervy moment at the end was all they could muster but the ever reliable Joe Boyling was never going let them score and made a great save to avoid what would have been an unlikely defeat. ….0-0…18pts

Game 8 v Tytherington Jrs

Back to Back matches meant we was a little disrupted for this one, but with qualification in the bag the boys allowed thereselves a little defeat to ensure they didn’t want the same feeling in the knockouts. Bad refereeing all day was a constant thorn in our side. This game proved to me why Kardel smith has a good future with Failsworth West next season. He played up top for this one and shown great qualities throughout. He was moving at angles, showing in space, but best of all retaining the ball really well with his obvious power and strength. After a glorious ball over the top , Kardel went shoulder to shoulder on the spin with their last man. He did what every good forward would do and gave a slight but fair nudge of the shoulder unbalancing the defender. Kardel won the race and powered a shot into the goal for what should have been 1-0! Ref deemed the barge a foul and chalked it off! After frustration set in a little we dropped our guard and they managed to be fair a good goal on the break…..0-1l 18pts.

QF v Beechfield

                We have crossed swords a lot recently with Beechfield and are always a tough team to play against. This game was no different; both teams played some excellent stuff in what was a really entertaining 6 MINUTE QF! The match could not be decided in time so went to penaltys! I absolute dread pens despite having technically good players and a solid goalie in Joe, it is a lottery. First comp I have come across that the win would be decided over 6 pens instead of 5 but never mind! We opted to go 2nd. I couldn’t watch, they blazed over, Joe made some cracking saves but we could not capitalise despite being in the driving seat all the way. We missed a couple to take it to sudden after joe had calmly slotted his pen home. The player who blazed stepped up and I could see Joe had sensed his nerves, bottom left, Joe sprung like a gazelle and saved magnificently! Buckers did more running in that penalty shootout than he did in any game over the day..lol! even before balls were hittin the back of the net he was shaking hands or commiserating players..lol I told him it was his turn to be the hero, now go and end this game now, never in doubt….he bagged superbly and was duly mobbed by his elated team mates!!!.......I have total respect for Beechfield after this one, their team were extremely respectful of our lads and vice versa.  There manager was the best I come across all day and wish them very good luck in the future.

SEMI V Hazel Grove?

Forgive me for not remembering this team by name, but I definitely remember their play. This team were the best opposition we played all day and our boys knew they was in a game! Not only were they big and physical, they had some very good players who could play. However we also have some very good players who can play and we moved into over drive. We did a lot of frantic stuff in this one which was half the problem We was getting drawn in to chasing them down, jumping in to tackles, moaning at the ref etc. I needed an intelligent head that could take a step back and produce a moment of genius!! Arise Sir John Buckley!! John took my advice on board and took the second half by storm, he was picking lose balls up, pinging it long, playing quality through balls etc and really shown his true class! With a couple of minutes to go John hit a thunderous shot from the half way line which surprised everyone on the pitch not least the goalkeeper who it flew past!! 1-0 get in! The boys knew they were 60 seconds from the final and shown a real determination to see it out despite some heavy pressure! Final whistle and yet another final appearance pending….get innnnn!!!!

Final V SJB ‘B’

As a scout you will always find me pitch side at many local tournament finals. This is because I believe the cream always rises to the top and all the best players are usually at the latter stages of all tournaments. So I don’t need to remind this bunch of players that the reason they are consistently getting to finals is because they are very good players who also play extremely well collectively as a team. Not much coaching needed, as we are replacing like for like in most cases and each and everyone trust the bones of the person beside them. I was extremely confident we could pull this one out of the bag, perhaps too confident! I mentioned to a couple of parents that I made a few mistakes over the course of this tournament, and felt I let myself down a little with a bit of decision making here and there and personally I take full responsibility for us losing this game. Despite our convincing win over SJB `A` team I knew there was a red herring with their `B` team reaching the final. This was a total different game to the first game, they had a game plan and I should have acted accordingly with shape, personnel etc as soon as I noticed it. They was not going to let us settle, played 2 at the back and 3 in midfield. Every time we got the ball they was pulling, pushing and kicking us off the ball! They really tried intimidating our players and to some extent did, but we were getting absolutely no protection from the stockport refs at all! Bruising tackles were flying in at will and our boys had no alternative but to retaliate. We just couldn’t get a flow going at all. Once theey took the lead I wondered if we out left in the tank to come back. To the boys credit they really pushed for the equaliser going very close on numerous occasions! Somehow I knew it wasn’t our day when buckers smashed the post with a pile driver which rebounded to klaeton with an open net and just when he was about to pull the trigger their defender clearly barged him to the ground!!! Ref????  We pushed hard and grew increasingly frustrated, we was dead on our feet when they hit us on the counter and popped a second which was the nail in the coffin! ….Final whistle 2-0 defeat!

Massive apology to Kardel who never got on in the final when clearly this game was crying out for your qualities. Like I said, I made a few mistakes over the course of the day and with hindsight I would have done a few things differently. Sorry Pal!

Well done to Stockport Junior Blues they clearly had a game plan which worked! No sour grapes on our part, and it`s an excellent learning curve for our boys and Myself.

On the whole it was a great day and all the boys did brilliant to reach yet another final for Socatechnix. The sun was shining, footie was superb and it was a pleasure sharing your company.

Player of the tournie went to Bobby Faulkner for a spectacular performance in wing play. Bobby is going from strength to strength at the moment, at technix and in life his dad tells me. His desire, skill, creativity, decision making and true grit were very evident in every single game today and it was a pleasure to witness it at close hand! Well done Bobby!

Finally I would just like to say shame on you to the person who tried getting us thrown out of the tournie before a ball had even been kicked.  The scale of your envy is bordering on jealousy and if that is the way  an 11 year old boy makes you feel, I am afraid you are in the wrong game. Some serious child protection issues surrounding this tournament all day, parents fighting amongst themselves, children being verbally abused by adults to the point they had to be physically restrained for their own good before they did serious harm to the child!! Yet all I heard that was reported was Joe and John playin footie with their local junior team mates. Sad state of affairs if you ask me!

 

Urmston Tournie Report

posted Jun 29, 2011, 1:03 PM by stephen moth   [ updated Jun 29, 2011, 1:18 PM ]


Another fantastic day at the office for Socatechnix at the Urmston tournament on Sunday! We had two great teams in the u11 section and I was truly looking forward to the whole day. I was especially looking forward to being able to utilise Ben, James and Kardel who missed out on a fantastic day at Flixton and I know they was gutted they couldn’t attend.

To avoid disappointment and maximise game time was my thinking behind entering 2 teams, with only 1 substitute for both sides. The only recognised technix u11 missing was Max whom had done a brilliant job on the left side in the first tournament. Jayden, Elliot, and Ben Ingham kindly guested for us and proved to be excellent additions on the day. Josh was also playing his first tournie and again was pivotal in the balance of both teams.

With our First trophy in the bag a couple of weeks prior, I was looking forward to a more relaxed day on this one! I countered the 2nd team fixture problem by asking John (technix coach) to come along and help look me run things, which turned out to be a massive decision. John was superb with the boys all day, and with the teams playing at exactly the same time he was a great help to call on!

On arrival at the ground I was relaxed and optimistic at what lay ahead. At registration all the team managers were very respectful this time round; we even overheard a couple of managers fretting at our presence! Quality! Especially as the team managers in question had their team packed with signed center players! Socatechnix well and truly on the map!

After a frantic scramble round for goalie gloves (massive oversight!) and the tracking down of 3 players that thought they was on a sponsored drive around the  M60!! (LOL!)  We could finally set about the business of playing football…..

Team 1….Kardel, Ben F (c), James, Josh, Elliot, Klaeton, Jayden.

Game 1 v Urmston Meadowside

After some last minute reshuffling due to late arrivals, I thought we were going to take time to get into our rhythm in our first match. To my surprise we were straight on it, and straight on the attack. Urmston were decent, but with Elliot hitting the woodwork twice early doors I was happy that we were comfortable and should have enough to take the points. Such is tournament football, 7 minute games; the first goal is usually the winner. A quick counter by Urmston proved just that! 1 nil up they camped in for the remaining minute and won the game. Very unlucky!                                                        L 1-0  0 POINTS

Game 2 v St Johns

Very unlucky to have been beaten in the first game the boys shown a great character to bounce back with a great performance. Within a minute they got their first goal of the tournie and were playing with a real confidence. Ben was a rock at the back, Josh was showing great creativity in the center, James and Elliot were looking to attack at every opportunity down the flanks and Klaeton was buzzing about up top linking play really well. We ran out 4 nil winners with goals from Elliot, James, Josh and Klaeton. Quality!                                                                                                                                          W4-0 3 POINTS

Game 3 v Prestwich Marauders

Big test for the boys in this one against a very good Prestwich side packed with Centre of excellence players. We went in to this one knowing that if we could contain them, we had the players to cause enough damage ourselves on the counter. Match report from John was that the boys applied themselves really well but the opposition clearly benefited from playing together on a regular basis. Our heads dropped a little when we went one down and it was always an uphill struggle against quality opposition with only 7 minutes to play. We created a couple of chances of our own that may have gone in on another day. Hard luck, it’s all part of the learning curve.                                                  L3-0  3 POINTS

Game 4 v Urmston Town

The boys knew that a very good Prestwich side and a very unlucky result against Urmston meant they were probably playing their last game in this one! I wanted to see how they would perform with this in mind. I soon got my answer! Within a minute Jayden put us 1 nil up from a great move that involved every player on the pitch. The football the boys displayed in this game was a joy to behold! Ben was relaxed and really positive on the ball, Josh was bossing the midfield; Elliot and James were providing great width and linked up really well with Klaeton who was having the game of his life!. Quick, slick one touch passing and moving off the ball really killed the opposition as an attacking threat. Elliot banged a cracking shot into the top corner to make it 2 nil! Everybody agreed that this was performance of the day by both teams, and I am sure if we qualified this team would have went from strength to strength as they was growing in confidence! Absolute quality!                                                                                                             W2-0 6 POINTS  

Group B Team 2…… Joe ( c ), Jack, John, Ben I, Tyla, Bobby, Marley

Game 1 v Urmston Meadowside

Urmston must be sick of the sight of this technix team! At one point their manager asked whether we were called SOCAWEST or FAILSWORTH TECHNIX! The boys knew they had to get out the traps early doors in this one and that’s exactly what they did. Match report from John was that the game was always ours to lose. The boys retained the ball well, put them straight on the back foot and created numerous chances in a comfortable 2 nil win! Goals from John and Ben,,,Great start!         W2-0 3 POINTS

Game 2 v Sale Utd

Flying high from their first game win the boys were looking very confident in this game. Straight from the off we set up camp in the opposition half, creating numerous chances and we were really toying with the opposition. Chance after chance went a begging and I was starting to get an awful feeling before our 1 nil specialist John Buckley calmed my nerves with a great goal! That goal ended any doubts we would win and we continued to string chance after chance with Ben, Bobby, Marley and Tyla going very close with good efforts.  Quality!                                                                                                   W1-0 6 POINTS

Game 3 v Urmston Town Lightning

The boys were by now flying! Some quality stuff being played. Joe was dictating the tempo from the back, Jack was super cool in defence, and really impressing me with his calmness in possession. Ben and Bobby were really opening their legs down the wings. John was instrumental in every attack, feeding the wingers at will. Marley was showing great intelligence and speed in his play. This game was the game that Marley stamped his mark on the tournament, he was top draw. His first goal was a superb solo effort, knocking the ball past the last defender on a quick counter, he shown great desire to hold the defender off at speed getting goal side, running the full length of the field, before calmly rounding the advancing goalie and finishing from a very cute angle! Quality! Marley went on to hit his hat trick in this game and was quality throughout! Other highlights in this game were Tyla rising like a salmon at the back post to fire just over and Joe making a TV save from a 2MPH Jack back pass out of boredom!!!John hit a great fourth to round a very good performance 4-0! Superb!                                                                                                                      W4-0 9 POINTS

Game 4 v Urmston Town Hyenas

With qualification in the bag, the boys had cantered to the final group game blitzing all in their path. Each and every player was showing a real desire to do well and they truly were a joy to watch. By this point the heat had been turned up both on and off the pitch and with hindsight I may have rested a few to avoid any burnout situation. Fourth game on both pitches made me proud to have such a great bunch of quality players within the group. Goal after goal was going in, everyone was smiling and the boys did us proud with a great 7-0 performance. Ben Ingham hit four to cap a great individual performance, the Industrious Bobby got the goal his play warranted, the ever impressive Marley got his ritual goal and John needed no invitation to hit the 7th from the spot after the referee had ruled a goal from highly improving Tyla Green! 7 MINS, 7 GOALS! Quality!                                                           W7-0 12 points

Semi Final v Urmston Meadowside

By the time this one kicked off we had the added bonus of Team 1 to cheer the boys on after narrowly going out on goal difference in the other group to the team we were about to play! This had been the fixture that ultimately lost them their place in the semis after dominating their game they had been undone by a late counter attack in their very first game. Team 2 had to reverse the result in order to qualify for the final and they quickly set about doing just that! Urmston didn’t know what hit them, 2 quick fire goals in the first half from Ben and Marley saw us take a commanding lead into the second half and the game was really never in doubt. Urmston did have a couple of chances but with the ever professional Joe Boyling between the sticks and the ultra defensive Jack Stockwell I was never worried we would concede. Final whistle blew and we were in our second Final!! Could we do it again! Quality!                                                                                                                                                              W2-0 FIANALISTS!

FINAL v Prestwich Marauders

The boys were really up for this final, not one of them shown an ounce of fear during the pre match talk and I was really confident they had the hunger to do a job on a very good Prestwich side. I told them if we took our quality to them, they could not prove their own. The ball belongs to us and if they have it, then they have stole it! Prestwich had some very good flair players, who given time and space could intimidate the opposition. Time and space are words not in the technix vocabulary and we instantly set about getting around them. In a 10 minute game, with two very good teams chances were always going to be sparse. To my surprise and Prestwich’s we carved out 2 very good situations early doors and might have done a little better. We had them on the rack and I was confident we would take a chance sooner or later. We were snapping at their ankles, closing everything down and hitting them on some super counter attacks. Everything was set up for a technix win! Prestwich were threatening and shown their class on the odd time we lost our discipline but other than that we were there to win it!  When they took their forward off for a defender with 2 mins to go it was clear they was worried, and was playing for extra time. A rare attack seen them awarded with a set piece late on and a mass of bodies flocked to our penalty area to defend or attack! With the initial attack blocked, everybody piled out of the area except their forward who must have thought it was his lucky day when the ball ricocheted back into his path all alone! Joe was stranded one on one and did his very best to close him down early but it slipped under him! 1-0 to Prestwich with 45 seconds to go! How unlucky is that! All hands to the pump and unlike the last final when we endured the longest 45 seconds in history, these flew by! The ref blew and the boy’s were extremely unlucky to have lost! Credit to Prestwich they deserved their final place, they were very good in most their games but even their manager said they was quite fortunate in this one.

Runners Up……..quality boys you can be very proud!

Overall the day was absolutely fantastic!......... Sun was beaming, every boy shown a great desire for the cause, shown a good progression in ability, and the football from both teams was a joy to watch! Although it is nice to win, the development of the boys is paramount and I can safely say they are going in the right direction. Well done to Josh and Marley who thoroughly deserved their player of the tournament awards! Both were top draw all day for their respective teams!

Thanks to all the parents, Rachael, John and a major thanks to the West boys for helping us out with the numbers. Steve     

 

 

          

 

 

Failsworth and Hollinwood reign Supreme!

posted Jun 14, 2011, 4:04 AM by stephen moth

CONGRATULATIONS! to Ben Frost, Kardel Smith and James Dewhirst who represented and won their school sports festival on Saturday. Failsworth and Hollinwood won the overall event , Ben,  Kardel and James featured in their  soccer team that played 10 games overall, winning 7,  drawing 1 and only losing 2 matches.  Failsworth and Hollinwood also participated in Rugby, Tennis,  Cricket and Basketball and have clearly got some talented stars of the future! Sounds like a great day had by all and Well Done! to all 3 of you on a great achievement!

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