The ‘Adam Heslop Cup’ Boys’ Qualifiers finished on Friday at North Bridge Leisure Centre. The competition is in its fourth year, with this year being the first to have qualifying rounds and a girl’s competition. The format uses a form of Futsal to encourage players to play with an emphasis on attack. Teams need to have good control of the football and use dribbling and short passing to create shooting chances. The quality of the second qualifier was high with twice winners Copley and current Champions Carr Green both looking to make it through to the Halifax area Finals.
Copley had an impressive day, winning all five of their games, including a 3-1 win over Carr Green. Their striker Kean W finished as top scorer on the day with 10 goals.
Carr Green had a tough road to the finals, finding themselves in a mini league with Savile Park and St. Joseph’s (Hx). They all managed one win and one defeat against each other, so goal difference came into play to decide who would qualify for the finals. Carr Green’s superior goal difference of +14 saw them through against Savile Park with +7 and St. Joseph’s with 0.
In ‘Group B’ late additions Old Town were unexpected winners, finishing with the same record as Copley with five wins out of five. Reece H’s eight goals were important to get Old Town through, as most of their games were close matches.
St. Chad’s managed to fight off stiff competition from St. Augustine’s, Withinfields and Parkinson Lane to move on to the finals. Their tough defence only conceded four goals all day, helping them to build a base for some important results. They also benefited from three Own Goals, one of which was the only goal in a game against Withinfields. Both teams admitting it should have been more but the Withinfields goalkeeper was having the game of his life.
With 248 goals across the 52 qualifying games (nearly 5 a game) the attacking emphasis of Futsal has been brilliantly put on show by Calderdale primary schools. Copley, Carr Green, Old Town and St. Chad’s will now join All Saints, Old Earth, Walsden and West Vale for the finals on 2nd March at North Bridge. Who will get to represent FC Halifax Town at the regional competition?
The Girl’s qualifier takes place on 16th February, all the competitions are run in partnership with The National League, Brooksbank School and Trinity Academy School Games Organisers and with help from RSA.
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