The bank holiday weekend promised a festival of football at the prestigious FA Walton Hall Park pitches. The Springfield JFC under 15’s cup final delivered an enthralling game enjoyed by two sets of well behaved loyal supporters.
Kirkby under 15s are a big strong athletic well drilled team with excellent individuals who play a high-energy direct style.
Woolton power were smaller and played to their strength of possession football.This conflict in styles made for a great game.
Kirkby hit their stride from the first whistle and enjoyed the better of the early exchanges resulting in a well taken and deserved lead scored by their quick and combative centre forward who latched onto a long diagonal ball to convert the chance.
Woolton power allowed neither the occasion or scoreline to deter them from the footballing values instilled into them by their coaches Andy Smallwood and Colin Ravenscroft.
Their neat incisive football changed the games momentum and they equalised through a sharp header from Patrick Craig at the end of a flowing move. A deserved second goal was added by Xenon Bahoola who converted another well crafted chance.
A 2-1 interval lead was well deserved.
The Woolton power coaches persisted with their policy that every player gets at least a half, irrespective of scoreline or occasion.
This brave policy was richly rewarded as the four changes did not diminish quality simply bringing different options.
Kirkby continued their aerial onslaught on the Woolton power penalty area but a superb defence marshalled by goalkeeper Joe Backhouse both denied any further scoring opportunities and became a springboard for the sharp, slick passing, counter-attacks that produced four clear-cut chances without a goal before one of the half-time substitutes Matt Grivosti sealed the win with a well-deserved third goal. Kirkby lost nothing in defeat.
Woolton Power did not have a man of the match reflecting what was very much a squad effort to overcome a good Kirkby team.
Our thanks go to all those parents, volunteer league staff, and of course referees and assistants without whom our children would not be able to enjoy a game of football.
Finally, a special word of thanks and praise to Andrew Smallwood who despite having a double hip operation this season has continued to play an active part in the running and coaching of Woolton power.
They say you don’t have to be mad to coach kids to play football…
Woolton Power Win Springfield JFC under 15’s cup final!!!