Hardie tri­umph for Macc’s u11s

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - JU­NIOR FOOT­BALL

HIGH Lane was the venue for the Hardie foot­ball tour­na­ment re­cently where Mac­cles­field RUFC’s un­der 11s emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

In a for­mat which saw nine teams from across Greater Manch­ester com­pete in group stages fol­lowed by knock­out rounds, Mac­cles­field ex­celled.

Af­ter an open­ing match loss in the group stages, Mac­cles­field went on to pro­duce three out­stand­ing per­for­mances to win the re­main­ing three fix­tures to top the group.

The sec­ond of these wins came cour­tesy of a last-minute win­ner which sparked wild cel­e­bra­tions from coaches, par­ents and play­ers alike.

The third match was won in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion in­clud­ing a 15-min- ute hat-trick from Zak Mousa.

The fi­nal group game typ­i­fied the char­ac­ter of the side re­cov­er­ing from a goal down to win 2-1, in which a com­bat­ive per­for­mance from cap­tain Leon Falero was es­sen­tial.

What fol­lowed was an in­cred­i­bly tense foot­ball match which ended 1-1 AET in the semi-fi­nals which re­sulted in penal­ties. Play­ing Marple, Mac- cles­field took their penal­ties sec­ond.

Af­ter misses from both sides and some heroic goal­keep­ing from Ben Ash­ton it was down to Noah Hud­son score the win­ner.

The nerves hit ev­ery­one as both coaches and nu­mer­ous par­ents couldn’t even look!

The penalty was scored and the play­ers ran and hud­dled each other in joy­ous scenes.

Play­ing the fi­nal against pre­vi­ous win­ners and a very con­fi­dent Queens­gate was not go­ing to be easy.

A classy strike from Fen­ton Bray was re­quired to hand Mac­cles­field the vic­tory – cue deliri­ous scenes on the fi­nal whis­tle.

Af­ter a se­ries of runs and down the wings, Harry Cle­ments was awarded player of the tour­na­ment.

Mac­cles­field RUFC un­der 11s foot­ball team fol­low­ing their win at the High Lane Hardie tour­na­ment

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