SAW 6 – Minsthorpe 2
Victory in the last round against Fulford secured a home tie with Minsthorpe Community College from Wakefield. Familiar foes from 2019 and Year 7. 3-0 and 3-1 victories were enough then to progress in both versions of the National Cup.
Back on a favourable playing surface, after dealing with the difficulties of a grass pitch in York, the boys had limited excuses to not perform.
It was Minsthorpe that settled quicker though and posed numerous problems with some excellent football and early possession.
The boys grew into the game and nearly scored twice from two dangerous corners from Charlie Birsdall. Cohen Cass going close on both occasions to opening the scoring. It was third time lucky for SAW though when the towering Jay Dawson powered another Birdsall corner into the net. 1-0.
It was soon 2-0 when Cass was fouled just outside the area. Alfie Maskell stepped up and curled the resulting free-kick into the top corner.
The key for the second-half was to keep the ball and continue to maintain possession. However, despite two or three chances to extend the lead, Minsthorpe got back into the game with a deserved goal to make it 2-1. It then took an excellent same from Jake Jones-Williams to preserve the lead.
Any concerns about the result were soon eased when Liam Triffitt scored his customary goals. Two direct runs and instinctive finishes took his tally to six goals in only four games. The goals sandwiched another Maskell gem. His fierce shot from outside the area rebounding in off the crossbar. 5-1.
There was still time for Minsthorpe to get their second, via a penalty, after a handball in the area. Lucas Forlow then provided a goal of the season contender with a powerful drive from 30yrds. This after he’d only been thwarted an even better goal by an amazing save from the Minsthorpe goalkeeper.
The boys now await the victor of Garforth Academy (Leeds) and Wath Academy (Rotherham) in the next round.
Please congratulate the boys if you see them. Thank you to Mr Lightfoot for his continued support, and to Mr Smith, Mr Clark and Mr Moment for coming to cheer the boys on too.
Team: Jake Jones-Williams, Jason-Leigh Litten, Charlie Birdsall, Alfie Welton, Regan Lowthorpe, Alfie Maskell, Brooklyn Haywood, Filip Szkoda, Cohen Cass, Liam Triffit, Lucas Forlow, Jay Dawson, Kai Clark and Theo Mainprize.
R1: Hornesa 0 – Sirius Academy West 2
R2: Wolfreton 3 – Sirius Academy West 3 (0-3 on penalties)
R3: Fulford 0 – Sirius Academy West 3
R4: Sirius Academy West 6 – Minsthorpe 2