Mixed Feelings for U13 Boys: Mini-Tournament Review

The U13 Boys ended their first of two mini-tournaments in 3rd place with the group consisting of Bromsgrove, Regents, and Wells on Monday afternoon at the Wolves Den. Teams will play each other once in a round-robin format and the results from both tournaments will decide the eventual league champion.

The boys had their first game against Bromsgrove and started off shakily after conceding an early goal. However, Thunder pulled one right back after collecting a beautiful through pass from Nol which he then coolly slotted the ball home. With Harry’s big save right at the end of first-half the boys looked confident in getting a win going into the break.

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THUNDERBOLT: Thunder (White) attempts to sprint past the Bromsgrove defence

However, sloppy defending from an attempted cross gave Bromsgrove the lead minutes into the second-half. And despite thunder equalising again this time from a towering header from a corner. Bromsgrove responded back straight away with a low long shot drilled into the bottom corner giving Harry in goal no chance.

Searching for a goal to get their momentum back, the boys put more numbers forward and launched counter-attacks a lot and they should have scored with 4 minutes to go before full-time as first Thunder took a shot which rattled the post then Pawin who went for a rebound tap-in was miraculously blocked by the Bromsgrove defence. Despite the late push, the boys started off their tournament in a promising, yet disappointing 2-3 defeat.

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IN IT TO PAWIN IT: Pawin (Number 83) tries to find a pass to his teammates

In the second game, the boys played wells at looked to bounce back from earlier defeat and they couldn’t ask for a better start as Pawin gave them a lead within just 3 minutes. The boys later got too complacent though as they conceded minutes after as Wells’ passing went through the defence too easily to give the Seahawks an equaliser. The boys then became focused and dominated all throughout the second half but Jacob, Kengo, and Nol’s clear chances from close range somehow did not find the back of the net. The boys looked frustrated with their missed chances during the half, but thankfully Nikki managed to give the Wolves a lead right before the half-time break as he blasted the shot into the bottom corner which relieved some of the pressure off the young Wolves.

The second half was an absolute goal-fest as Wells scored a goal from a counter-attack few minutes after the break, but that did not last long as Pawin scored back to give the boys the lead. The game looked to have settled but the boys were too hungry for more goals that they were easily exposed in defence allowing Wells to tie the game at 3-3 with 4 minutes left and nearly suffered a comeback loss after Harry made a beautiful save to deny Wells’ winner with 30 seconds to go. With the clock ticking down, the young wolves got their last chance from a corner and it ended with an absolute scramble drama as the ball deflected around in the penalty box which then fell right in front of Luke who tapped it home and secured a dramatic 4-3 win for the Wolves!

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JACK ON TRACK: Jacob (Left) slides past the incoming Wells’ Challenge

The boys then had their last game against hot-form Regents who score 16 goals in the past two games. The boys looked like they had a chance to seal the last game with a win thanks to Nol’s goal trailing by only 2-1 at the break but Regents were merciless as the game went on resulting in 6-1 defeat for the Wolves ending their first tournament in 3rd place.

Despite some results not going to their favour the boys will definitely be aiming to turn the results around when the travel away for their second mini-tournament! Remember to always cheer for the Wolves and a special good luck to U13 Girls and Senior Girls in their mini-tournaments on Wednesday and next Monday! COME ON YOU WOLVES!

U13 Boys Mini-Tournament 1 Results @KIS

Bromsgrove 1: 0 Wells

KIS 2:3 Bromsgrove

Wells 0:9 Regents

Regents 7: 2 Bromsgrove

KIS 4:3 Wells

KIS 1:6 Regents

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