By Phil McNulty
First piece of silverware for the class of 2015
After a successful visit to Worksop in the previous round last week, Pogmoor U8s were rewarded with a home tie for this 3-way cup final fixture. The opposition on the day were 2 strong teams from Swinton and Sheffield North End.
The Reds were without key performer Dylan Booth on this occasion, though early rumours of injury were quickly quashed when it came to light that he was actually just away for the weekend with his Nannan.
The Poggy lads looked red-hot in the warm-up. Their enthusiasm was clear to see (and also exhausting at times) as they looked to win their first trophy for the club.
Pogmoor's first opponent was Swinton who had performed very well in their first game. This format of the league demands that each squad is split into 2 teams with 1 playing the first half, and the other the 2nd. Poggy lined-up for both games with Taylor in the nets, Whaling in defence, and a midfield/forward 3 of Lindley, Rice and Ross. The Reds wasted no time in getting their passing game going with the ball being switched from back to front and left to right with style. When Murray was introduced onto the right wing half way through the first half the chances and goals quickly followed. Whilst Taylor's decision making was exceptional, Whaling was also outstanding at the back. Midfield Maestros Rice and Ross were clearly enjoying their moment on the big stage with both driving the team forward time after time. Murray and Lindley proved to be great outlets on the wings, and it was Murray, Rice and Ross who converted the chances as they started to appear (not forgetting a fantastic 20 yard toe-poke by Whaling into the bottom corner).
The 2nd team lined-up with Pass between the sticks, Waters in defence, and McNulty, Rose and Scholey in the midfield/attacking positions; Mallinson started on the sidelines hoping to have the same impact that Murray had provided in the first half of both games. The 2nd team proved to be a mirror image of the first with Pass excellent as always, Waters commanding in defence, McNulty and Rose composed in the middle of the park, and Scholey and Mallinson fantastic outlets once again.
The scores were similar in both games with Pogmoor coming out on top in each. McNulty and Murray were exceptional in both games and both came away with Man of The Match awards. Rose produced his 5th 9/10 out of 10 performance and was rewarded with being the first to take the trophy home for the week.
This was another great morning of junior football with new friendships formed with the excellent players and management teams of Swinton and Sheffield North End. Big thanks must also go to the supporters of all 3 teams who bought every last item in the tuck-shop and contributed fantastically to the raffle. The takings on the day mean that the U8's are now the 3rd richest club in the country just behind Manchester City in 2nd place and Darren Howlett's Pogmoor U9s in 1st.
Its back to league duty at home against a team representing Aston Swallownest this coming Sunday. We can't wait!
Come On Poggy!!