17 Jun The second Pitchero Aces weekend turns on the style
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of June saw four more age groups battle for the prestigious title of national champions.
Despite the weather, which couldn’t decide to be hot or a downpour, the U9, U10, U13 and U14’s all turned up with one aim, winning it.
Over 120 teams graced our pitches on the riverside and only 4 could claim the prize.
Saturday saw the U9’s and U13’s turn-up the heat and showboat through game after game.
Edmonton’s U9’s became the stuff of legend with their Brazil-esque kit and style of play.
Many games, including the final, were decided by penalties and although penalties aren’t the best way to settle tight games, we do need finalists and winners.
However, being in the Aces at any stage is an amazing accomplishment and as advocates for youth football, we are so proud of all the teams who compete at our tournament.
The final of the U9’s was decided by penalties with West Brom taking the winner’s trophy after slotting 4 out of 4 away against Manchester; the shootout finished 4-3.
The other Saturday age group, the U13’s, was sorted in regular time in the ‘all Midland’ final with Solihull beating Leicester 1-0.
Both Solihull and Leicester finished top of their groups and scored regularly in the build-up to the final, which was cagey and settled by a single strike.
Moving to Sunday, the u10’s winners – Enfield finished top of their group.
Their final opponents Loughborough equally finished top of their group with three wins and a draw in the group stage.
Semi-finalists Crawley finished 2ndin Loughborough’s group and played great football in the run up to their semi-final defeat to the eventual winners.
Enfield’s final was a very cagey affair with very few chances. Both teams fought extraordinarily hard for the title and it was settled in a penalty shootout.
However, even the penalty shootout was very even, and it eventually came down to the keepers to settle it.
The U14 title was different however with London Colney Colts of St Albans beating Durham 4-0 in normal time.
It was a game that started out very even but soon turned into a goal-fest.
After a 10-hour day and many games, London Colney pressed the ball like it was their first.
Their coaches willed them on and after some heavy pressing and great passing movements the deadlock was broken.
They quickly took advantage of the game and after some great set pieces, aerial dominance and pace up front the final score was 4-0.
Durham played an amazing tournament and were deserved finalists after beating Walsall in the Last 16, keeping their cool and winning the longest penalty shootout of the day 6-5 then beating a great Bracknell side in the semi-finals.
It was an amazing weekend of football and four new champions.
We now look forward to next weekend with four more age groups playing for the same title that Enfield, London Colney Colts, Solihull and West Brom earned this weekend – Pitchero ACES National Champions.