Hardie triumph for Macc’s u11s
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