The Sirius Academy West Year 9 Football boys battled into the evening on Friday to eventually see off a spirited Kelvin Hall side to lift the Hull Schools Plate after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. The team who were missing several “regulars” as they have been throughout a tough season, refused to give in, and spurred on by new-comers, thoroughly deserved their win.
The match started off in dream fashion with Harry Fenton pressuring from the kick-off to win the ball and feed Alfie Sumpton who slipped the ball under the goal-keeper to put Sirius 1-0 up after 30 seconds! However credit to Kelvin who didn’t let this start affect their game, and they gradually began to test the Sirius defence which was led superbly all night by Jack Young. Kelvin piled on the pressure with Leon Gray, Tanvir Toor and Daniel Hird, holding strong. Eventually pressure told and Kelvin forced the ball home to equalise at half-time.
Sirius again started the 2nd half strong with Carrington Walker putting in some telling touches from the centre of midfield. Ben Spencer, Callum Tadman and Owen Fletcher didn’t drop their work-rate despite the warm conditions. Hassan Alsheriafe in goal kept the score level with a superb 1-1 save before smart thinking by Fenton saw him play a neat short corner and after beating a defender, smashed the ball home to give Sirius a 2-1 lead. Back came Kelvin who equalised quickly and despite the best efforts of both teams, extra time was called.
Chances were few and far between during this period but Sumpton worked space in the box and stabbed the ball in to the net to give what he thought was Sirius the win. However the drama continued and in the last two minutes Kelvin scored to force penalties.
The stage was set for a hero and up stepped Hassan Alsheriafe. Two outstanding saves after some strange dance moves to put off the penalty takers saw Sirius home after Sumtpon, Tadman, Walker, Fletcher and Chadwick had all dispatched their spot-kicks.
Please congratulate the following boys on their attitude, behaviour and success:
Hassan Alsheriafe, Carrington Walker, Ben Spencer, Leon Gray, Jack Young, Daniel Hird, Tanvir Toor, Callum Tadman, Harry Fenton, Alfie Sumpton, Daniel Chadwick, Owen Fletcher, James Abdull, Camron Hartley.