After the first day's play, Blue Hornets were the most successful club ending with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed team.
The U10 Girls were really unfortunate to come only 2nd. Having beaten the eventual champions (Canterbury), they were very unlucky to be pipped to the post on goal difference (by one goal).
The U10 Boys were very young (many were U9s) and played extremely well to come 3rd. They will now look forward to being much stronger next year.
The U12 Girls however rounded off the day as champions. Having won their group with 4 convincing victories, they went on to beat Reading (2-1) and Hertford (3-1) in a convincing manner in the play-offs.
The U12 boys played extremely well to win bronze today. They were very unfortunate to come second in their qualifying pool, drawing 0-0 to Canterbury and losing the top slot to them on goal difference (by only one goal). They then went onto win the bronze with a comfortable win over Hertford. This was a young team who should look to greater success next year………and notably did not let in a goal during the whole tournament (Well Done Tom Salter!!!). It was just a shame that Canterbury had such an easy win over the top of the other pool to take gold.
Perhaps the most commendable performance of the day came from the U14 girls who came fifth. They had impressive wins over Chelmsford and Brentwood in the qualifying group and did not give up against strong opposition from Old Loughts and Harleston Magpies (both teams who would expect to be in National Finals at U16 level). The most pleasing performance was the manner in which they gave Crostyx a 5-0 thrashing to make 5th slot (out of 10 teams).
The U14 boys completed a successful day by becoming champions!! They decided to take the difficult route to the final, slipping up to Canterbury 1-0 in the qualifying round despite controlling most of the game. However, after grinding out strong wins against Brentwood, Crostyx and Old Elthamians, they ended top of their group. In the final, they confirmed their position as the best team by beating Hertford 3-0 in a convincing manner. Well Done lads!!
The Under 16 boys finished 4th.