As usual for tournaments we mixed up our two normal teams so that everybody gets the chance to be in a team with different players and play under a different coach. The Daventry Town tournament was no exception and I even had a new team name for the day, the Boca Juniors.
The Boca’s went to Daventry after just missing out on a place in the final of their two previous tournaments and there were 16 teams in 4 groups vying for the cup and the Boca’s made heavy going of their first two group games coming away with 2 goalless draws.
Their last group game was a tense affair and when our main striker Harrison had a screaming left foot shot saved by the goalie it looked like it would not be our day. The boys kept on pressing and a great through ball from Harrison to Robert who then managed to round the keeper and slot home was enough to send us through to the knockout stage.
Into the Quarter Finals. It was a tight game, 0-0 after extra time. The boys slotted home their penalties in style and strode on to the Semis where they met a team from Rugby. After a bright start dominating the play the boys relaxed a little and let the opposition back into the game. A very tense affair was won with a great goal from a free kick taken by Ethan and a last minute clearance off of our own goal line. They’d made the final and the boys celebrated like they’d just won it.
The final was against Northampton Soccer Stars and it was a close hard battling game with no inch being given. A few good chances were created by each team with Brixworth hitting the cross bar and Soccer Stars missing an open goal. And so after a fiercely competitive game that threatened to boil over a couple of times it finished 0-0 after Extra Time. Penalties again. Best of 3. Ethan stepped up and drove the ball high into the net, our goalie Will stepped into goal, scared the life out of their player and he drilled the ball past the left hand post. 1-0. Stirling stepped up and was unlucky to be saved by their goalie, especially after the awesome game he had just played as sweeper. Will moved back into goal and he must have really frightened the next player as his penalty sailed over the cross bar with Will just watching it and smiling at it. Liam made the long walk to the penalty spot, placed the ball on the spot, stepped back, looked at the ref and then sending the keeper the wrong way stroked the ball into the goal.
I’ve never seen 8 boys erupt into such extravagant celebration at exactly the same time. Even one of the boys older brothers got dragged into the melee. It truly was a moment to behold. They more than deserved the victory and their first ever tournament cup to go with it. A happy to start to their Summer Holidays indeed.
Team: Tom, Liam, Robert, Josh, Harrison, Will, Ethan, Stirling.
Coaches: Andy & Rob.
Tournament took place on the 20th July 2014.