With a mid-season break in the Primary Schools half time competition it was the battle of the Crossley Juniors Under 9s at The Shay Stadium, but despite the lack of tournament triumph both sides made for an entertaining spectacle.
The boys began the day with a question and answer session with the suspended Josh Wilson. Here they got the chance to throw a range of questions at him in order to find out about his footballing career. After the Q+A session the boys created a guard of honour for the 2 teams before getting ready for their half time game.
The sides lined up with identical kits with only green bibs distinguishing the two, but it was the side in green who made the brighter start, forcing a save from the side in red and white stripes early on. Despite this early opening the game became cagey, with neither side grabbing a foothold in the game until the green winger cut inside, and played a pass into the middle allowing the striker to tap home from close range. The greens had chances for a second but the outside of the post denied an impressive solo run. But the side in red weren’t going to lie down and let their team mates beat them, and an inspired comeback was to commence. The Red number 7 ran down the right wing with the ball and not once, not twice, but three times scored with almost identical goals to propel his side into the lead following on from the early deficit. He later turned provider with a late goal to secure the victory by coming in from the left hand side, pulling the ball back to a teammate who scored from range, wrapping up the 4-1 victory.
A big thank you to Crossley Juniors u9’s for coming down to play on the pitch and also thank you to Josh Wilson for doing the Q+A session before the game.
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