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City News

7th June 2019

A very successful season for the Nottingham Schools’ Under 11 representative side came to a climax when they won the English Schools’ F.A./ Danone Nations National title at St.Andrew’s, the home of Birmingham City. Nottingham had qualified by winning the Midland title in March and were one of eight Primary Associations in the National Finals tournament.

The teams played in two groups of four on a League basis with the top two in each group going through to the knock-out semi-finals. Nottingham’s first game was against Wirral in which they took an early lead through Taeneal Brandy but although dominating for much of the game could not capitalize, allowing Wirral to score a late equaliser. In the second game against South London, the City side created numerous chances and took two of them as they won 2-1. The winning goal was a scruffy finish from Dantel Hodges who was superb in a slick passing display by the whole team

The top two in the group would qualify for the knock out stages and Nottingham needed a point from their match against Slough while the latter needed to win. A missed penalty did not help the City side but a late goal from Jayden Morgan who poked in a cross from Brandy meant that they qualified in second place behind Wirral on goal difference.

Thurrock from Greater London who topped the other League group, were Nottingham’s semi-final opponents. The City met a goalkeeper in fine form who thwarted them in the first half but was eventually beaten by an excellent goal created with a cross from Isaac Davies that was met by Jordan Willows who controlled it with his first touch and hit the ball across the keeper to give his side the lead. They cllinched their place in the final with a second goal from a Will Thompson free-kick.

The final brought a re-match with Wirral who beat Erdington (West Midlands) in their semi-final. Wirral started the stronger while the City had the better of the second half but neither could break the deadlock so the game went to extra time. Zac Noon, Nottingham’s keeper, made a great save smothering a one-on-one chance and then came Nottingham’s moment of magic as Davies and Willows played an intricate one-two before Willows curled an exquisite effort into the far corner. 1-0 soon became 2-0 when Willows retrieved an apparent lost cause, centred across the goal with an own goal resulting from the confusion in defence. Wirral pulled one back with 30 seconds left but it was too late so Nottingham took the title of National Champions. The squad will now go on to represent England in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals in Barcelona in October against teams from 30 other countries. We wish them the best of luck !!

 

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