Thursday, 3 December 2009

U19 Cup Final Match Report - by Peter Forster

Sunday 29.11.09 the final match of the U19 league and Timperley players knew that a win would see them lift the trophy for the first time in the club's history. In the event, as closest rivals Brooklands lost in the match immediately before, Timperley had won the trophy before their own match started. But the players wanted to go out with a clean sheet of wins.
Cheadle had other ideas and quickly took a two goal lead but the Timperley players continued playing with the inner belief that cream rises to the top and soon the Cheadle keeper had to make two good saves but then Greg Sandy with a burst of speed drove from behind the goal and scored. 1 - 2

Elliot Shaw hit the post at the start of the second quarter, then Ollie White gave the final pass to Elliot who scored and Jack Brook who shot narrowly wide. Cheadle were rocked back by the force and power of the Timperley attacks which came at them from all angles with Tommy Kirkland getting the third goal to take the lead and then it was one way traffic with Jay Armstrong winning all the faces. "Rob Nob" Edwards, Jim Anderson and Will Hawksley all played their part in the dominance with Ross McDermott being denied by a great save from the keeper but Timperley added another three for a score at half time of 6 - 2.

Mike Smith got in on the act supporting the attack with his long stick in the third quarter and more goals came with the Timperley defence of Tommy, Matt Raven, Larry Poole and Pig Forster keeping Cheadle chances to a minimum. The quarter ended with Ollie shooting and diving at the same time but the goal was disallowed. Ollie looked good whilst doing it though !! 8 - 3

Coaches Justin and Rory did not let Timperley relax in the last quarter and more flowing moves saw another two goals, although at one point the Timperley defence were down to a three man zone with Mike, Ross and the Mighty Pig trying valiantly to keep Cheadle out which they managed to do for almost a minute, but Cheadle scored late on in the penalty. Will Hawksley took a face and showed he perhaps should have taken more in the league with a good effort. Final score 10 - 4.

The celebrations afterwards showed how much winning the league meant to the players and they had done it in style coming through some tough matches by playing excellent lacrosse. The team remained cool and calm when in a close match and is a sign of their collective maturity. They fully deserved the trophy.

36 shots, 24 on target, 10 goals (good display by the Cheadle keeper).
17 face offs, 12 won.

10.5 minutes penalties.
Stats by "Statto" Toby Hawksley, drier than last week.

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