|Arthur Terry U12's - West Mids 5-a-Side Runners-Up|
A squad of seven Y7 boys (pictured above) represented the Arthur Terry school as Aston, Erdington & Saltley SFA champions in the ESFA U12 Indoor 5-a-side area finals today, which were held at the Pride Park Soccer Dome in Derby.
The finals included 18 schools from all across the West Midlands region (inc. Telford, Wolverhampton, Stoke, Bromsgrove & Droitwich, Rugby, Shrewsbury, Burton, Hereford, Cannock, Halesowen & Stourbridge, Brierley Hill & Dudley, Nuneaton, Staffordshire, Sandwell, Redditch, Wyre Forest and Shropshire).
The tournament was set up into 3 groups of 6 teams. The winners of each group, after playing a round robin format of 5 games would progress into the semi finals - joined by the best runners-up from across the groups!
A summary of Arthur Terry's games!
The Arthur Terry team got off to a great start winning their first two games comfortably, but in game 3 the boys incurred a narrow defeat that left the group wide open! The team bounced back immediately in game 4 by securing the highest scoring tournament victory on the day, setting up a 'group deciding' match in the last game! With the knowledge that only a win would see the Arthur Terry team progress into the semi's, the boys performed brilliantly and they convincingly got the victory that gave them top spot in the group.
The semi-final was an extremely close match. After taking an early lead, the boys allowed the opponents to level from the spot after conceding a penalty kick with just minutes to spare. Star player Ryley Thomas netted the winner in extra-time though, booking the place in the final and taking his personal tally to 11 goals in the tournament (Arthur Terry's highest scorer on the day!).
Having played so well throughout the day and deservedly reaching the final, the Arthur Terry boys sadly came undone against a very strong Sandwell Academy team - who were admittedly the best team there on the day, having won all their games and conceding just three goals in the process.
It was a fantastic day out and an absolutely tremendous achievement for the boys! - Being ranked as the second best 5-a-side football team from all the schools in the West Midlands is something that they can be very proud of indeed!!
Group game results & scorers:
G1: AT 3 vs 1 Nicholas Chamberlain - O. Powell; M. Greenway; R. Thomas
G2: AT 2 vs 1 Stourport HS - A. Jones; R. Thomas
G3: AT 0 vs 1 Kingsmead
G4: AT 8 vs 0 Abbot Beyne - R. Lewis; O. Powell; R. Thomas x6
G5: AT 2 vs 0 Excel Academy - R. Thomas x2
Semi-Final result & scorers:
AT 2 vs 1 St Bedes - A. Jones; R. Thomas
NB: 1-1 FT; 2-1 A.E.T
Final result & scorer:
AT 1 vs 5 Sandwell Academy - M. Greenway