League and cup double in Christian youth finals
The u10 and u14 cup finals of the Norfolk Christian Football League were played at Sale Road on Saturday May 7.
The weather had finally turned to Sunny Saturday for the first of two Finals days for youth teams in the Norfolk Christian Football League.
At Sale Road, in the under 14 final the league winners Heartsease Whites played 2nd place Brooke Adventures. Under the coaching of Mike Liggins the Brooke team challenged strongly and matched Heartsease for goal chances throughout the game. Both goalkeepers played brilliantly to keep the opposition at bay. Heartsease took the lead with a brilliant free kick from the captain Kian Smith. Brooke were quick to reply and at half time ended at 1 goal apiece.
The second half followed a similar pattern with both teams creating chances, but Heartsease Whites finally showed why they were the league winners with a brace of goals from Danny Loftus, winning 3-1. Both teams are to be congratulated on a great performance played in a good competitive spirit, a good example for our Christian League.
A special thank you for managers Mike Liggins, and Gary Woodhouse of Heartsease for all their hard work this season to produce such good teams.
Congratulations to Thomas Musson, Heartsease Whites who top scored in u14 league with 47 goals.
Congratulations to Heartsease Youth who completed the u14 League and Cup double. They scored an early goal, before being pegged back by Brooke for a 1-1 half-time score. Two second half goals won the cup for Heartsease.
A great standard of football was seen in the u10 matches. Thorpe Rovers won the Cup Final with 4 goals to Stoke United’s 0. This was a much closer final than the scoreline suggests. Thorpe took an early lead but the match was very even until three goals in quick succession in the second half sealed the game for Thorpe.
The u10 Trophy Final was a keenly contested match throughout. Old Catton took the lead through Ethan Brown midway through the first half. Brooke equalised with a penalty from Harry Smith before half-time and then took the lead through Joe Allcock in the second half. Old Catton continued to press. One shot hit the bar and the save of the match from Brooke goalkeeper Finlay Lane in the final minute, meant Brooke were the cup winners with a score of 2 to Old Catton Juniors’ 1.
The fellowship fairplay trophy went to Stoke United who showed excellent tram spirit and sportsmanship throughout the season.
The u12, u14 and u16 finals will kick off at 10:00am on Saturday May 14 at Sale Road.
U10s Cup Final
Thorpe Rovers 4 (Scorers: Joshua Loveday (2), Freddie Rawlings, Aston Culling) Stoke United 0
U10s Trophy Final
Brooke Adventurers 2 (Harry Smith (pen), Joe Allcock) Old Catton Juniors 1 (Ethan Brown)
Heartsease Youth White 3 (Kian Smith, Danny Loftus (2) Brooke Adventurers 1 (Harry Woodhouse)