Altofts Under-10s 2 Goole Town Tigers Under-10s Yellow 3
Goole Town Tigers Under-10s Yellow always knew the Champions League final was going to be an uphill battle against a strong Altofts team.
Outside the ground, a 10 per cent gradient sign was a clear reference to the pitch. With echoes of final nerves and memories of previous significant losses, the Tigers lined up to start the first half facing the said 10 per cent incline into a significant head wind. To add to the task, Altofts clearly had a strong appetite for the trophy and presented a mammoth force with many players towering over the Tigers. It was time for teamwork, character and bravery which the Tigers had in abundance.
Victor Atanasov, Kasper Krzyzac and Martin under pressure did not not give an inch with 100 per cent commitment and composure beyond their years. The midfield and attack started to control the game before a lapse in momentum saw Charlie Welsh step up to the occasion with some massively significant saves. The second half commenced with a welcome descent down to goal and tail-wind advantage. What followed was a 15-minute period of outstanding football.
A midfield masterclass in full force with passing and movement a beautiful sight to see. Magic feet from Kasper Gozdik, showing outstanding technical ability, whilst Liam Wheldrake proved an absolute headache for Altofts on the left wing, linking up with Charlie Hamilton in central midfield who was fantastic in pulling the strings in a playmaker role. Mason Marshall, bossing the pitch upfront, soon broke the deadlock showing his leadership qualities as he rallied his team mates. Further brilliance followed with a true team goal which words can not do justice.
Ping Pong-esque passing resulted in Wheldrake smashing in the second from outside the box to set the scene. Altofts were having none of it as they continued to attack, but Thomas Woodall repeatedly closed the door using his experience and a calm, collected approach to take the sting out of the game going into the final quarter. Two goals ahead, surely one hand was on the trophy - but Altofts had other ideas. An unfortunate bounce led to Tigers conceding a goal. Brave scenes ensued as kasper Krzyzac put Hamilton on his way as he whipped in a clinical cross met by Marshall as he bagged his second goal and a reward for relentless pressure and determination. Once again Altofts threatened to add another goal despite 100 per cent commitment from the Tigers.
This trend followed for the final minutes - controlled possession with an element of strategic professional time management as the final whistle blew to see Under-10s Yellows win the Champions League final for the second year running. Jubilant scenes and unforgettable memories for the Tigers.
The Yellows celebrate their victory. (25-11-306 SU)