The Sirius Academy Year 9 Football team produced one of their best displays in their Sirius careers to overcome a difficult 2nd Round tie away at Driffield High School. The boys produced a full 70 minute display to limit their opponents to rare attempts at goal, despite the opposition side containing three Hull City players. The boys now face another away trip to a side who reached the 6th Round of last season’s National Cup, Headlands (Bridlington).
The team started the match well, with the five across mid-field working tirelessly, and the back three of Robbie Hird, Jordan Wardell and Brandon Leigh cutting out any counter-attacks. With Luke Salas using the ball effectively he found willing wingers in Kenan Stephenson and Lukas Mikoliunas who constantly beat the full-backs and created chances which Olly Russell and Will Murphy were unlucky not to finish. When Driffield did push forward the excellent pairing of Callum Magee and Lochlan Fitzgerald cut out the dangerous play-maker from the opposition and used the ball well to launch many good attacks. Against the run of play the Driffield striker found space to prod the ball past Kieran Bartlett for an un-deserved 1-0 lead. Credit to the team who refused to panic and continued to use the ball well on the large pitch, and chances fell to Russell who forced saves and Salas who clipped the post. Bartlett at the other end commanded his box well and cleverly distributed the ball wide. On the stroke of half-time Salas found space on the edge of the box to smash his twenty yard shot past the keeper with a class finish to level at 1-1 at half-time.
The 2nd half should have been more challenging for Sirius who were playing up a steep slope, but with excellent control and discipline the boys kept possession well and again continued to create chances. With Chris Brown thrown on up-front to impose his physical size on the two central defenders, it was Salas who fed through Brown who hit his shot against the post. With Hird, Wardell and Leigh dealing with any threats, this gave Magee and Fitzgerald time to feed Salas who played in Brown who sent Stephenson wide and his cross was turned into Russell’s path who finished well for 2-1. Younis Al Shimmiri and Luke Collingwood were put on and added extra energy to chase down any Driffield attacks. Credit to Driffield who pushed forward but Bartlett was calm under pressure, and with limited time left Brown who had already had a controversial goal disallowed, raced through and beat the keeper on the 2nd chance to give Sirius a totally deserved 3-1 win.
Special thanks to Janice Hall for driving the bus and supporting the boys.
Please congratulate the following boys on their performance, success and behaviour:
Kieran Bartlett, Robbie Hird, Jordan Wardell, Brandon Leigh, Kenan Stephenson, Lochlan Fitzgerald, Callum Magee, Luke Salas (c), Lukas Mikoliunas, Will Murphy, Olly Russell, Luke Collingwood, Younis Al Shimmiri, Chris Brown.