U12 Warriors started out on their summer tournament campaign today and were Runners-Up in the Mytchett Athletic FC U12 Plate Tournament, narrowly missing out 2-1 in the Final to Bedfont Eagles Red.
The team – comprising Joe, Charlie, Tyler, Cristiano, Leon, Jack and Emily – were a little slow to get out of the traps, drawing 1-1 in their first group game to Plate Finalists Bedfont Eagles Red and with Jack scoring the only goal for Warriors.
Match 2 saw Warriors defeated 1-0 against Cup Finalists Rushmoor Community Yellows (not a bad result in itself).
Match 3 saw Warriors victorious over Camberley Boys Maroons, with Jack and Emily adding to the tally.
A narrow 2-3 defeat in Match 4 against South Reading FC saw Emily then Charlie on the scoresheet and finally, group Match 5 saw Warriors defeated by another one-goal margin 2-1 against North Wanborough Youth Phantoms, with Jack conjuring up Warriors’ only goal.
With four points to their name (see table), Warriors were placed in the Plate Competition and then the fun really started….
The Quarter Final saw Warriors draw 1-1 AET against Alton United, with Jack once again supplying the Warriors’ goal. At this point however, in-keeping with the Mytchett Tournament tradition, player removal was the name of the game and with 4v4, the score stayed at 1-1. Emily was the hero when it reduced to 3v3 and ended the match 2-1 to Warriors!
The Semi-Final against Liphook United Samurai was Warriors’ for the taking. A 4-0 win, with goals from Emily, Jack (2) and Joe.
And so to the Plate Final. It was a close call: Bedfont went ahead in the fourth minute and Cristiano levelled for Warriors two minutes later. However, celebrations were short-lived as Bedfont delivered the killer blow from a corner in the seventh minute and there was no way back for Warriors. However, a great start to the tournament season and a big thank you to the Mytchett Athletic FC tournament organisers for yet another extremely well-run event.