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January 27th 2024. U11 Boys (A) beaten in Cup Semi Final.

The U11 Boys squad was divided into two teams for the purposes of The Daniel Sturridge Cup

6 a side competition and Team A were placed in Group 1 along with Aston A, Kings Norton A, and East Birmingham B. We began by facing a strong Aston outfit and, in a close contest with chances for both teams to score, Rory Butler eventually broke the deadlock by stabbing the ball past the keeper with the outside of his foot. The second group game against Kings Norton was also very difficult, and misplaced passes and poor decision making didn't help, but again the lads persisted and Rory produced some great quality on the ball to snatch the win for us with an unstoppable shot. On paper the third game was the easiest of the lot but East Birmingham took

an early lead after playing some excellent football and would have been out of sight but for some good goalkeeping by Armandas and the woodwork coming to our rscue. We eventually got our game together, however and Rory secured the equaliser after Theo had been denied by a super save. 

Squad: Armandas Jotka (Trinity), Theo Wood (Trinity), Evan Ikebuda (Bantock), Mason Dhillon (Villiers), Claudiu Flore (Trinity), Rory Butler (StJudes)

The knock-out Stages:

As group winners we faced Sutton Coldfield in the QF and took the lead when Rory beat a defender before smashing the ball into the net but we couldn't kill the game off and Sutton came back to secure a 1-1 draw. Best of three penalties and Armandas was the difference saving their first attempt whilst Mason, Theo and Rory made no mistake.South Birmingham next up for a place in the Final. This was the side who had beaten our B team in the Quarter Final and incidently the most successful Association in the history of The Daniel Sturridge Cup having won it for the last four years running. Both teams were determined, but it was South Birmingham who quickly went into a two goal lead with some clinical finishing and whilst we created chances they were able to contain us with a combination of excellent defending and some good goalkeeping. Mason did reduce the arrears but that was the closest we came and South Birmingham made the score 3-1 with the last kick of the match.

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