Alder Hay Cup champions!!

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Alder Hay Cup champions!!

Posted by admin on March 22, 2012

Ecclesfield Spartans J.F.C. won their first piece of silverware in their first season in a charity tournament - the Alder Hay Cup.

The tournament was played at Power League in Sheffeld on 3G five-a-side pitches. The format was two groups of 5 teams, then a knockout round with the winners of each group contesting the championship.

The Spartans usual team 1 went through the group stages in spectacular fashion, putting each team to the sword in ruthless fashion and only conceding a single goal in all four games.

Team 2 had a slightly tougher job, managing 3 wins, but still scoring plenty along the way and really working hard from front to back. Each player really appliying themself.

The playoff round was where the real work started - win two games and we're in the final!

Team 1 played out a tough game against the fourth placed group team and coming through it with a clean sheet while team 2 had a slightly more straightforward passage to the semi final.

Could the two teams meet in the final.

Team 1 played first. Going behind early the boys had to dig in, play good football and stay focussed. They turned around the deficit and finished a couple of goals clear - one down, one to go... Could team 2 manage it.

This was a tough game, both teams having loads of chances and some spectacular saves from Kian being one of the highlights of the day. In the end an unlucky goal over the Spartans goalies head was the only thing separating them from meeting team one in the final.

The final was just like the other playoff round games, tight. Chances at both ends. Freekicks just going over the bar from Dylan, the Rothwell goalie pulling off a couple of great saves - was it going to happen?

Eventually - the break through. Spartans Score! Now, keep it tight.

In the dying minutes of the game, the Spartans defence and goalie were kept busy, with the last shot of the game being saved by James seconds before the whistle. Spartans win!!

Cue the celebrations, the whole team where on the pitch to celebrate and Josh received the Alder Hay Cup. Well deserved and hopefully the first of many.

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