EFA goes to Gothia
Early game, and off to Grimbo for our final pool game. Today we faced FC Skara, a Swedish side who were gunning for a chance to get in to the A group final 16 with a win over us.
Today was the first day of the tournament the boys started to play their own game, finding a lot more passes and some better go forward.
Some un lucky shots of goal kept Skara in the game until we gave away an easy goal caught out of position by an overhead cross. Half time came and went the boys confident they could pull it back with some great leadership from Harry Pedlow in the middle who had played his best game of the tournament to this point.
The boys stayed focused and kept pressing in to the second half, before another easy goal was let in from a similar situation to the first. Skara’s third goal went in late in the second half which put a nail in the coffin and they were through to the final 16.
The second game of the day was for the knockout tournament in the B group and chance to extend our tournament in to the rest of the week.
What a game, down 1-0, Ali Quyyam put in a free kick that blew through the keeper and in to the bottom right corner, all tied at 1-1, the boys came to life and started applying a lot of pressure. Some seriously poor officiating again cost us and we went in to the half 2-1 down.
An early penalty spot goal to our opposition again from a very poor decision and we were down 3-1. Something sparked and some coaching genius of swapping our Captain to striker from centre back and we climbed back with 2 goals to George Warren only to fall short in the final minutes to lose 3-4.
A really tough loss for the boys to take, probably more so as they knew this was their last chance in the cup, and they felt should have won. Unfortunately, a bad injury to Ali meant we had to take him in the Ambulance to the hospital to be cleared by a doctor and the Swedish nurses of any problematic damage in what appeared to be caused by an over-zealous celebration by teammates of the Academy’s first goal in the Gothia Tournament.
Ali, was returned to his teammates in style in the back of a Mercedes taxi along with coach Jason, after being cleared with a badly pulled back muscle although this did seem to get significantly better once he arrived back in time for the end of the disco at the school.
Amazing the restorative powers of young people these days.