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Yesterday's teams overcame the challenge of injuries, illness and late dropouts to win the club's second trophy in their second competitive tournament; congratulations to this week's Lions for winning the Paddock Wood Under 8s tournament yesterday ! See attached picture of the victorious team.
Our Red Sox , a less experienced Chipstead team , led by Andrew House , put up a fine show in probably the strongest group. Worse was to come when they lost Archie to injury in the first game, so were down to 6 players. They battled hard and pulled off one fine victory with a goal from Alex House and strong goal keeping from Max.
The Braves, led by Ian, only had 6 players to start with , but played tremendously well to qualify for the knock-out stages with 2 wins and 4 draws, goals from Alec Schaeffer, Kristian E-M, Finlay Mac (x2) and Lewis Miller. In their last group match against Sevenoaks, they played the first half with only 5 players, but still managed to secure the draw. In the quarter final (against the team which were runners up at Langton Green tournament), they lost a tight game 1-0.
The Lions, led by Ashley, won all of their (6 ) group games, also going down to 6 men early when Ben W had to retire due to illness during the 2nd game. The goals came from Hamish (x9), Freddie (x2), Jed and Ben. Well done to Oscar, a successful product from our Summer GK coaching course , who did brilliantly well to keep a succession of clean sheets. In the quarter finals v TW Foresters, Freddie and Hamish shared the goals in a comfortable 4-0 win, in the semis they cruised past Sevenoaks 4-1 (Hamish x2; Henry; Freddie) then faced Gravesham Borough Red in the final - a very strong team who had yet to concede a goal all afternoon. It was a thrilling final , both teams creating chances, with the best of them probably falling to Chipstead , but, having hit the plasticwork several times, it looked like it wasn't going to be our day. At the final whistle, the score was 0-0, so we moved to 5 minutes of "golden goal" extra time before a penalty shoot-out. In the last minute of extra time a sweeping move from the back saw Freddie race onto the through ball to loop an exquisite 20 yard shot over the keeper and into the net . Cue celebrations all round, especially from the parents since it was already past 7pm...Well done again to all the boys on what was a long, hot afternoon.