Spring Cup Final
By Phil Curran
Rainford Rangers Real U11s v Pavillions JFc U11 - Spring Cup Final
On a sunny but very windy day, Rainford Rangers Real U11s put in a stellar performance to come away with the Spring Cup. It was fantastic to see the boys get some reward for all their efforts over the season after coming so close over the last few years.
Real started playing against the very strong wind but quickly got into their stride as they pressed Pavillions from the off. Real created numerous chances in the first 15 minutes but a combination of the post, offsides and Pavillions excellent goalkeeping kept the scoreline to nil nil. The players needed something to settle them down and on 20 minutes this arrived when George Brewer chased the opposition right full back to half way before stealing the ball and setting off on a run which took him away from the other defenders and on to make a cool finish to give Real the lead. This seemed to settle the boys and minutes later after a fantastic one two between George and Clay, Clay fired home to make it two nil and give Real a comfortable lead as we entered half time.
The second half was one way traffic as now Real playing with the wind behind them had wave after wave of attack. within minutes of the restart it was 3 nil as Louie Clegg popped up unmarked from a throw in and popped a deft header over the advancing keeper. This was followed by the fourth gaol as George grabbed his second after some smart play by Louie and Clay on the right. This was quickly followed by goals five and six from George (completing his hat-trick) and Clay with his second. By this time, Pavillions where struggling to get out of there half and George scored his fourth to make it 7 nil. Real kept pressing for more and despite numerous chances going begging and some unlucky offside decisions an eighth goal came as Alfie slid in at the far post to convert a cross from the right.
The game ended with an 8 nil victory to Real but credit must go to Pavillions who never gave up and continued to try until the end. Man of the Match was George Brewer with his four goals which crowned an excellent end to the season for Real.
Parents, grandparents and supporters alike all cheered the boys as they lifted the cup.