24 Jun Coventry Utd become the first boys back to back champions in Pitchero Aces Nationals history
Coventry Utd have lifted the U11 title, becoming the first ever boys back to back champions in Pitchero Aces Nationals History.
This weekend saw more of the UK’s top teams face off in the U11, U12, U15 and U16 groups of this year’s Pitchero Aces Nationals.
Four more of these teams earned their title as 2019 Pitchero Aces Nationals national champions.
It’s very hard to pick highlights of this weekend in particular, as the football on show was exceptional across the board, with many teams giving immense performances against the best of the best.
Coventry lifted the cup for the U11’s after a close final full of edging chances – eventually beating their opponents, Peterborough, 3-2 on penalties.
This was a re-run of last years U10 final, where the same two teams met, with the same penalty result.
Coventry played great football throughout the day culminating in an outstanding performance in the semi-finals, beating Manchester 5-0 and then celebrating their historical successful defence and continuation as Pitchero Aces Nationals Champions.
Saturday saw the U15’s battle it out for their chance to play for the title which ended up in a Dorset-Leeds final that the boys from Portland won 3-0 to the joy of their fans.
Dorset had a strong day, beating a number of top teams by multiple goals and their only stumbling block came in the shape of a stubborn Sheffield team that gave as much as they got. Dorset eventually won 4-3 in the penalty shootout.
Moving to Sunday, we saw the U12’s and the U16’s play for their respective titles and all day we saw quality from both age groups.
The day wasn’t quite as sunny, but the football made up for that.
Gloucester’s route to the final put them up against some of the best teams in the country.
They topped their group, saw off Nottingham in the quarter finals and Marlow in the Semi finals, they eventually came up against Berkhamsted in the final.
However, this wasn’t the first time they had played each other on the day, as Berkhamsted finished 2ndin the same group to Gloucester, losing 1-0 to them in the early stages of the day.
The final saw them face off for the second time and a physical game saw Gloucester come out on top, winning 1-0 in standard time.
The U12’s saw Harrow and Watford compete for their final and what a game it was.
Harrow conceded first from a good move by the boys from Watford, but then equalised with a fantastic strike from range, lobbing the keeper and sending the team wild.
Harrow then looked to gain a foothold in the game but after a mistake at the back, they gave Watford a penalty, which resulted in them chasing a 2-1 Watford lead in the second half.
The game started to slow down a little as legs began to become tired, but at the death a Harrow corner found its way to one of the boys in the middle of the box who threw his leg in the air and bicycle-kicked it straight into the top corner.
This took the game to spot-kicks.
finally, after two amazing equalisers and five penalties to four, Harrow became U12 National Champions.
Next weekend sees the girls compete across the board for their cities.
Can it top this weekend? We will have to wait and see.
If you want to see what happened last week click here