12th Grade at Papakura Tournament

Both 12th grade ECB teams (Elliott and Tulley) attended the Papakura tournament and represented the club well.


Pool play started with a good 2-0 for Team Elliott over one of the many Western Springs teams. Some great football to start the day with and the team were looking confident. Turnaround on the games was pretty quick and the next team up was a very tidy looking Onehunga. They had won their first game of the day 3-0 and when our boys took the pitch they look a bit daunted by them Or maybe it was the 6 foot 12 year old playing full ball that did it. A few squandered chances and a couple of mistakes at the back, led to us losing this game 2-0.


This left us with an all important final pool play game that we had to win if we would have any chance of making the plate play offs. The game was against a Birkenhead team and we fancied our chances. Onehunga were playing Western Springs on the field next to us. We handled the game very well and went 2-0 up in the first half. the first goal was a ridiculous overhead bicycle kick from about 20 meters which stunned not only the Birkenhead goalkeeper but everybody on the sidelines too. Stephanos Georgiou you can be proud of that one lad. We added another in the second and were comfortably on our way to the Plate semis. 


Then we heard a roar of celebration form the field next to us and low and behold, Western Springs were 1-0 up against Onehunga. If that stayed as the result, we neede one more goal to proceed to the Championship Semis. The message was sent onto the pitch and we pressed forward to score again. The games finished like that meaning we finished top of the group and Onheunga second on goals scored. Onto the semis.


Team Tulley progressed comfortably through their pool and also finished top and were in the semis too. So Team Elliott against Greenhithe and Team Tulley against another Western Springs team.


The semi was played on a terrible pitch with both teams struggling to put 3 passes together as a result. This resulted in few chances in the game or in extra time so off to sudden death penalties it went. Stephanos and Kyle Thompson both took their penalties slotting them safely in the corners and Greenhithe scored both theirs. Liam Walls then got a great touch on the ball and pushed it into the bar and James Heys stepped up and calmly put us through to the finals.


Over on the other field, Team Tulley held Western Springs to 0-0 and headed to penalties as well. They lost 1-0 there so we met Western Springs on the finals.


The final was tough and we had a chance or two early on, but in the end we ran out of puff against a very good Western Springs team and they scored late in the second half of extra time to beat us 1-0.


The lads put in a cracking effort and can certainly hold their heads up high. Some good football was played and we are definitely looking forward challenge of playing full pitch 11v11 at the 13th grade Northern Cup.


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