Copthorne U13 6-a-side Football Tournament

Monday 11th October turned out to be a real beauty in terms of weather; lovely and sunny, if a little windy; ideal conditions for hosting our annual 6 a side football tournament.  The standard of football was as high as ever, and we had 10 teams from 9 schools in total participating.  With short games of 6 minutes each way and small pitches and goals, teams needed to play well to score and get the vital 3 points reward for winning.  Congratulations to the eventual winners, Cumnor House.

Copthorne  2  Brambletye  0
We got off to a great start scoring within a minute against Brambletye and never looked uncomfortable during
this game.  Two good finishes from Jordan gave us revenge for our narrow defeat in the 11-a-side match played
a month or so ago.
Copthorne  0  Cumnor Bs  1
Perhaps we got complacent after our good start, because we switched off for 10 seconds, let one opponent
escape our attentions and were punished.  Otherwise a closely matched game with the eventual runners up.
Copthorne  1  Duke of Kent  1
This well contested match saw us go behind, but we fought back strongly to secure a draw with a goal close to
the final whistle.
Copthorne  0  Ashdown  0
We really needed a win here to get a place in the semi finals, and unfortunately could not get the vital goal that
would have taken us there.  We were slightly dominant in this match, but not on our best form.
As a result we found ourselves in the 5th/6th place playoff, missing out by 1 point and having conceeded only
2 goals in 4 games.  Here we meet the dangerous under-achievers Ardingly who had been impressive but not
consistently so in their group games.
Copthorne  1  Ardingly  0
Our best game of the tournament unfortunately only earned us 5th place overall.  Ardingly displayed good
skills, but our uncompromising defending and teamwork saw us snatch a good goal on the break and hold on
for a great win.
The whole 8 man squad deserves a mention; they were excellent all afternoon:
In goal – Oscar
Defenders – Harry, Nils and Jamie
Midfielders – Andrew, Edward and Jamie
Striker – Jordan
Andrew and Harry were voted as our joint players of the tournament, and Jordan deserves praise too for his
great finishing; he scored all four of our goals!  Well played boys!
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