On Monday 6 May Pocklingtion Town under-11s defeated Poppleton under-11s 4-1 to lift the York & District FA Cup at Tockwith. Steve McCann reports below, and has also sent us a video of the boys lifting the cup. Send us your videos ... find out how by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Pocklington u11 vs Poppleton u11
Report by Steve McCann
Bank Holiday Monday saw the boys travel to Tockwith for the under-11s FA Cup Final.
Pocklington got the game under way and were clearly fired up for the occasion having the majority of the early play, Jamie Walker and Harry Cooper stretching Poppleton with some good play down both flanks. Tom Snowball looked solid in midfield and was unlucky to see his early shot saved by the keeper.
Poppleton tried to respond to Pocklington’s pressure but were thwarted on the half way line by Elliot Driver who then found Will Snook, Will pushing forward to Jack creaser who forced a good save from the keeper. From the clearance the ball was hit over the top, the Poppleton forward lucky to get away with what looked like an offside position, clipped the ball passed the advancing Mattie Warne in the Pocklington Goal, Charlie Buckle tracking back well just couldn’t stop it trickling over the line, Poppleton 1-0 up totally against the run of play.
Poppleton fired up pressed Pocklington from the re start but were thwarted as Ryan McCann rose to head down to Will Snook in Midfield, Will looking up to play a lovely ball out to Harry Cooper on the wing, Harry releasing Josh Broadbent who made a good run before crossing, Jack creaser unlucky in front of goal. Poppleton responded but Mattie Warne came out well in the Pocklington goal making a good save.
Pocklington attacked with Jamie Walker causing repeated problems for the with his runs down the right wing before Harry Cooper going close with a good effort. Jack Creaser was using his physical presence well and was unlucky to see is shot headed off the line, Pocklington piled on the pressure and thought they had levelled as the defender stood inside the goal cleared a shot that had clearly crossed the line but goal claims were waved away by the referee.
Pocklington do have a great attitude and despite the setback continued to pressure Poppleton and were clearly dominating the game, Josh Broadbent unlucky as his fine shot was punched off the line by the keeper who was now almost singlehandedly keeping Poppleton in the game.
At the start of the second half Pocklington made some changes with Will Ella and Charlie Cahill coming on as well as Lewis Gilmour replacing Mattie in goal, Pocklington were quickly on the attack again, Will Snook drawing a good save from the keeper, with Josh Broadbent on hand to pick up the loose ball and level at 1-1.
Poppleton tried to respond but Lewis Gilmour used his height in goal to pluck the ball out of the air before releasing the ball for Pocklington to push forward, Will Snook soon on the score sheet following some intricate footwork dancing passed defenders as he rifled his shot off the underside of the cross bar into the goal to make it 2-1 to Pocklington.
Poppleton responded well pushing forward but Ryan McCann who had been solid in defence throughout was there to hold off challenges from two Poppleton forwards to see the ball safely out of play.
Charlie Buckle at Left Back pushed higher up the pitch to support Charlie Cahill on the left wing and their combined play was troubling Poppleton as they created several chances, Jack creaser clashing with the keeper from one of the attacks as they both challenged for the ball.
Will Ella’s pace was telling as he pushed through midfield supported by Luke Kirby who was playing well in the centre of defence, Will firing a ball across which was met by Jack Creaser forcing another corner as the keeper got a hand to it to push it around the post.
Josh swung the corner in and as the ball came out Will Ella was there to fire it home for Pocklington’s third making it 3-1. From the restart Poppleton pushed forward but Elliot was there to cover at right back having a great game on his return from injury, pushing forward but Poppleton defended well.
Poppleton could see the game slipping away from them and reverted to long high balls but Ryan McCann was there again to meet the goalkeeper clearance heading away the danger, Harry Cooper picking the ball up and pressing forward to force another Pocklington Corner.
Poppleton simply couldn’t clear their half such was the pressure being put on the by the Pocklington Team, Harry Cooper again in the thick of it, laying a neat ball off to Jack Creaser who netted Pocklington’s fourth to put the game beyond doubt at 4-1 with only minutes remaining.
This was another tough battling performance by the boys, who had played lovely football throughout and was a fitting end to what has been a great first season at 11 a side.
Final score: Pocklington 4 Poppleton 1