Bradford & Keighley 5v5 Football Festival

The Year 3/4 Squad

You know when you have been in the ‘Group of Death’ when you concede only one goal in five games yet still finish in 3rd place in your group: just missing out on a quarter final place in the process.

However, the boys represented their school with pride. Their sportsmanship was unmatched and the support they showed for each other was something many adult teams could learn from.

Here is the story of their tournament.

Myrtle Park 0-0 Silsden Primary

The tournament started with an entertaining but goalless draw against Myrtle Park. The boys were penned back in their half for much of the game but the energy of Alfie R and Jaydan’s wonderful reading of the game from defence meant the Silsden goal was rarely threatened. However, the boys struggled to break in numbers and the game ended scoreless.

Silsden Primary 2-0 Merlin Top

The boys were asked to show their attacking flair and the result was an emphatic win. Early in the game a couple of chances fell to Alfie B but he wasn’t quite able to convert them. However, when Kaito cut inside from the right he was able to find a defence splitting pass for Alfie to convert with confidence. Moments later the lead was doubled when Kaito again cut inside but this time drilled a hard low shot into the corner.

Silsden Primary 1-0 Our Lady & St Brendan’s

Match three saw the boys face the early pacesetters, who had won both their opening games, but put in a sterling team performance to win. Early on, Silsden dominated both possession and territory so it was no surprise when Oliver threaded the ball through to Alfie B who was, again, able to finish with aplomb. Our Lady pressed hard afterwards but the Silsden defence held firm for a fine win.

Cavendish 1-0 Silsden Primary

In a very tight game a freak goal was all that split the sides. Silsden were giving as good as they got against the eventual group winners when the Cavendish right winger’s boot came flying off in a tackle. Everyone stopped to watch for a second. All, that is, except the one footed winger, who was then able to run on and cross, where a team mate cheekily back heeled into the Silsden goal.

Silsden Primary 0-0 Harden

Despite their performances so far, the final game was a must win one for Silsden. Early in the game the Silsden boys pressed strongly and the Harden keeper was forced into a string of great saves to keep his side in it. As the game entered its final stages though, it was Harden who began to get on top and Silsden needed a fantastic goal line block from Bobby to keep them out. Unfortunately, time ran out for Silsden but they could hold their heads high after their performances.

The Silsden squad was: Alfie B, Oliver, Bobby, Alfie R, Kaito and Jaydan.

Alfie and Oliver practice their set pieces and drills

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