Year 9s Storm to Cup Final Win!

Under 14 South Birmingham Football Cup Final: STACS 7, Archbishop Ilsley 2.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Year 9 football team went to the Birmingham City training ground at Wast Hills for the Under 14 South Birmingham Cup Final against Archbishop Ilsley. Having won the last 2 rounds 6-1 and 5-0 respectively, they knew a sterner test would await them in the final and so it proved as Ilsley started the brighter team. STACS however, took the lead on the counter attack with a tidy close range finish from Miracle Okafor. Ilsley's strong physical presence was making life hard for the STACS back four though, and it was through a set piece that they equalised, only for Sam Williams to race through to give STACS the lead again. As an end to end encounter enthralled the many STACS student, parent and staff spectators, Ilsley equalised again following a long ball over the top. However, STACS re-took the lead for the third time with an exquisite 20-yard free-kick from Delayni Woodcock, going in at half time 3-2 up, despite not being at their best.

The second half saw STACS take more control of the ball in key areas and begin to cope more easily with the Ilsley attacking threat, and their pressure eventually told as Miracle Okafor scored his second of the game to give STACS some breathing space. From there, STACS never looked back! An outstanding display of improved defensive organisation led by Ciaran Healy, a hard-working midfield driven on by Matthew Higgins' tireless work rate, and pace and power in attacking areas saw STACS begin to take total control. Their dominance was well rewarded with another clinical Sam Williams finish and a brace from Amari Richards, to make the full time score 7-2! An incredible display, especially in the second half and a well-deserved trophy to end a successful season. Congratulations to all the boys involved!

Mr Eburah
Head of Physical Education


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