U14’s Finish with a Fine Performance

Colton vs Woodkirk Valley – 13th May 2018

Since their home game against Colton where Woodkirk required 4 wins from 4 games to be guaranteed of first place in the league, much water has passed under bridge which meant Woodkirk  required 3 points from todays game to finish second and 1 point behind champions Farsley Celtic.

With the sun beating down on a superb pitch both teams had no excuses.  The first half was a fairly even affair which Woodkirk edged through a goal from Brad on 18 mins after a some great play on the left and fine ball in from Tino. 0-1 Woodkirk at HT.

At half time the lads knew they could step up a gear and the first move of the half saw a fourteen pass team effort end with a shot on goal which was well saved by the Colton keeper.  Woodkirk immediately won the ball back from the goal kick and another fine move saw Adam play the ball to Fyn on the right who crossed for Kofi to finish with an instinctive volley. 0-2 Woodkirk on 38 mins.

Woodkirk scored two further goals; Dermot on 59 mins from a scrambled corner and Brad scored his second of the game from a Harrison free kick. 0-4 Woodkirk at FT.  

Our U14’s have played some spectacular football this season and the final eight weeks of stop start games have been difficult for them to build up any momentum during the run in.  The ‘what if’ game of the season came against the 10 men of Wigton Moor in November and a 4 nil loss, how things could have been so different.  The lads have learnt a great deal this season and although the disappointment of losing out on the championship by one point is tangible they can be extremely proud of their efforts.

Todays MoM went to Captain Sam who encouraged his teammates from the first to the final whistle, a fine captains performance. 

Manager’s comments “I’d like to thank the lads for their efforts on the field and the parents for their support this season.  With four game to go we had high hopes of being crowned champions and although we all may feel a little deflated, second place in Division 2 is an outstanding achievement considering where we have come from.  As the season comes to an end it is with great sadness I have to announce that Harry has played his last game for the club.  During his nine years with the club Harry played pretty much every position for me, apart from goalkeeper, which makes sense of his decision to follow his passion for rugby!  Harry is a firm favourite amongst the lads and while we are sad to see him go we wish him all the best, there is always a place for him at Woodkirk.  Lastly, a big thanks to the lads for making this season so enjoyable for me personally.”