Year 8 Boys are County Cup Champions!May 25, 2016 4:21 pm
Ellis Guilford 4 – 1 George Spencer
Match report by Mr Lever
On Tuesday 24th May 2016 a small piece of history was made. The Y8 boys football team have had a fantastic season so far, narrowly missing out on the City Cup finals by one result and making it all the way in the County competition. A squad of 16 travelled to The Poplars in Burton Joyce to compete against a strong George Spencer team for the cup.
The team sheets were in, and this is how Ellis lined up: Ryan Lloyd, Brandon Bates (c), Tyler Sturdy, George Sharman, Josh Eaton, Ty Langley, Silvio Bello, Kyrhys McDonald-Bamford, Equaughn Eves, Ewan Betts, Elliot Morley, Jordan Thorne, Jahrel Maitland, Jozef Underwood-Archer, Charlie Fox and Matthew Sunderland.
Ellis spent most of the first half on top. The game started at a ferocious pace with both teams throwing everything into every tackle, and it was George Spencer who took the early initiative with winger hitting a shot low for Ryan Lloyd to save and striker hitting the crossbar from nowhere. The George Spencer back four started well, which forced a tactical switch, pushing Elliot Morley up front and Kyrhys McDonald-Bamford to the left wing, which instantly proved its worth. Elliot picked up a loose ball, nutmegged the right back, cut back on another player and smashed home into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that, a long ball from Ryan Lloyd was brought down superbly by Elliot, who played a brilliant through ball for Ewan Betts to run on to and chip over the Spencer keeper to take a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes. The first half faded out with no real clear cut opportunities for either team, a couple of counter attacks proving Spencer’s only real threat to Ryan’s goal.
One half time change saw Ryan Lloyd go off to be replaced by Jordan Thorne after playing rock paper scissors to see which goalkeeper would start. Jordan was instantly called into action after (3) carved the Ellis defence apart and force a great block from Tyler Sturdy and a great save low to his right from Jordan. As the half progressed Ty Langley, Silvio Bello and Equaughn Eves took real charge of the midfield battle. The Spencer striker (8) grabbed a rare opportunity to get back into the game but smashed a certain goal straight over the crossbar. Jozef Underwood-Archer latched onto some neat play down the left to put Elliot in again, who muscled off the defender and beat the keeper with a great curling finish to take the lead to 3-0.
At this point, legs were tiring and a number of changes were made. Charlie Fox came on to give Betts a rest and Josh Eaton made was after a strong game at centre back to allow Matty Sunderland 15 minutes at right back with skipper Brandon Bates moving into the vacant centre back role. Thorne was called into action again and blocked another big opportunity for Spencer with a great one on one save. With ten minutes to go Ellis sealed the deal with arguably the best play of the game. Ty Langley took on two Spencer midfielders to play Fox in, who headed on to Morley who carried the ball up past the last defender and smashed home into the bottom corner for an unimaginable 4-0 lead. As time ticked down Spencer thew all they could at Ellis, winning a free kick on the edge of the box, which the left winger curled into the top corner for nothing but a consolation goal.
Ellis saw out the game and the full time whistle saw celebrations from all the boys on a fantastic win. Elliot Morley was deservedly given praise from the officials and spectators for his performance, and took the Man of the Match award after leading from the front.
As coach, manager, teacher or spectator, all of which I felt like at some point during the game, I am immensely proud to have the pleasure to coach these lads and they deserve immense praise for the way they performed and represented Ellis Guilford School. Let’s hope this is just the beginning for all of our teams as Team Ellis begin to dominate not only the City across number sports, but the County, and maybe even the Country!