The South Yorkshire Ability Counts League is proud to be associated with Stocksbridge Park Steels, who are fundraising for the Stocksbridge Hub foodbank.
At the SYACL match days in December, at Concord Sports Centre and Goals Sheffield, a drop box will be available for the collection of important foodstuffs and hygiene products. If you prefer to make a cash donation, collection boxes will be available.
Non – perishable foodstuffs please : Teabags, Coffee, UHT Milk, Cartons of fruit juice, dried pasta, rice, tins of meat/tuna, tinned tomatoes, tinned beans, tinned/instant potatoes, tinned soup, jars of pasta sauce, breakfast cereal, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables.
The Hub is an independent foodbank, one of 2,500 food banks in the UK, and part of the Sheffield Foodbank network, which also includes the S6 and Philadelphia food banks. The Foodbank is operated by ten local volunteers and has been in operation for over ten years. During its life, the Foodbank has supported over four thousand families, from Stocksbridge and Oughtibridge, but also from Penistone and as far away as Rotherham.
The league hope that all our clubs and their individual teams make an effort to support such a wonderful cause. Please pass this message onto all your players / families / carers , so we can all help to collect as much foodstuffs, hygiene products and money, as possible .
Please all get involved and collect as much as you can. It will be very much appreciated – especially at this time of the year!
169 SYACL goals in a hectic 5-a-side afternoon at Goals Doncaster.
It was dry, but bitterly cold for Matchday 2 of the South Yorkshire Ability Counts held in front of a big crowd at Goals Doncaster on Sunday (21st November), and most of the players had their shooting boots on as the net bulged 169 times in over two hours of competition. As always, www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com Website Editor Margaret Gregory and her team of ace match reporters missed none of the action on another thrilling afternoon.
Three County Cup ties kicked off the afternoon, and the Wembley dream is still alive for City Knights (Red), Sheffield FC (Black) and Derek Dooley FC (White). Dooley (White) were up against Doncaster FC (Ladies), a game watched by Dooley’s Claire Cowlishaw, “The White team started the afternoon on their cup campaign against the Doncaster Ladies,” Claire told syacl.com. “This was a tough match; the Doncaster goalkeeper had an outstanding match and kept them in it for a while. Brandon opened the scoring and had one disallowed; the team did well and went on to win the match and progress into the quarter finals.”
Cup dream over then, for Titans ladies’ team. “The match started off with some lovely play between both sides and you wouldn’t have believed there is a league difference between each team. The game was played in a lovely nature and the Titans Ladies were very unlucky to concede the first goal. They put pressure on to get the equaliser, but Derek Dooley (White) scored another one to make it two.”
Derek Dooley Blue team exited the County Cup after a loss to Sheffield Black. Claire from Dooley again summed up the game. “The team started their cup campaign against Premier side Sheffield Black; this was a tough game for the 5 of them, with no subs. They started off with solid defending by Cody and great goalkeeping from Ryan. They took the double lead with good shots, but the heads didn’t go down and with a smile Believe scored, and there was some good play by Rueben and Adursh. The play was end-to-end and saw Sheffield take the lead to 6-3 with another goal from Rueben and Adursh. The cup dream is over.”
Cup defeat too for Spartans who went down bravely to Premier side City Knights White. “Spartans started off strongly,” their coach Darren Sharp explained. “They took the lead through a brilliant individual goal, however, soon after Knights equalised & quickly took control by taking a healthy 6-1 lead at half-time. In the second-half Spartans managed to claw a few goals back from Jacob & Matt, but City Knights eventually proved too strong.”
Into the Premier League, and a narrow win for Dooley White against Titans Blue. “This was a closer game and Luke opened the scoring,” Claire told us. “They equalised and there was some very good defending from Jordan B and good goalkeeping from Craig; the shots that did get past him were good shots, hard for him to stop. Dooley took the lead and then back to a draw, but they came out winners 3-2; this gave the lads a boost.”
Titans John Hibbert watched the same, thrilling game. “We got off to a good start; first Jamie scored assisted by Connor which made it 1 – 0,” John reported. “Connor scored to make it 2 – 0 and we thought we were going to win our first game, but Derek Dooley had other ideas. At half-time we were winning 2 – 0, but I changed some players and I think I maybe weakened the team and Derek Dooley scored to make it 2 – 1. We then got a free kick and Danny went for goal and the keeper saved it, and that gave them hope. They scored but just before the whistle they scored again which made it 3- 2 to Derek Dooley, but what a game!”
“This was the best the blue team has played all season.”
Bradford City DFC made a good start to the afternoon with a narrow win over Sheffield FC Black. Bradford’s Paul Jubb reported, “The Greens only had 5 players and started their day against joint leaders Sheffield FC. In a tight 1st-half man of the match Jason got the 1st goal, a wonder strike from half-way. Sheffield FC pulled 1 back. In the 2nd-half it was all one way, but the Sheffield FC keeper was unbelievable, pulling out save after save, but eventually we got the goal our play deserved with another great goal from Ethan.”
Dooley (White) finished their afternoon with a loss to City Knights [Red]. Here’s Claire’s take on the game from a Dooley perspective. “The final game in the cold against City Knights Red, was a harder match for the lads; they started well, working together, all needing to defend against a strong side. There was some lovely play by Birthday boy Mo but his shot was saved. They managed to get a shot past Craig, giving them a lead; they continued to battle hard and had to defend with Jordan B being solid in defence, but they took a 3-0 lead. We scored a consolation goal finishing 3-1, but this was the best performance of the day by the team despite the loss.”
“They showed good skills and teamwork by them all. Well, done lads!”
The final Premier Division game of the afternoon saw Titans (Blue) go down after a terrific battle with Bradford City (Green). Titans’ John Hibbert reports. “First Conner scored 1 – 0 then they scored. They got a penalty and scored 2 – 1 then Bradford was awarded a free kick and scored; 3 – 1 at half time. I subbed Addison for Connor and he scored again, so then it was 3 – 2 but they got a wayward shot which the lads thought was going wide, but it crept in so Bradford won 4 – 2.”
Bradford’s Paul Jubb added, “in our Greens second game, we were too strong for Club Doncaster Titans; Charlie 2, Ethan & Jason were the scorers. The opposition keeper again making numerous saves.
In other Premier fixtures, City Knights(Red) won their first fixture of the afternoon against Sheffield Black by 3-1.
After two match days and four games, Bradford Green head the table with a one hundred percent record; they lead City Knights Red by just three points. Sheffield FC (Black) are three further points behind, and Dooley White are fourth with their one win. The improving Titans Blue will look forward to getting off the mark in December’s fixtures.
Into the Championship then, and a narrow defeat for Club Doncaster Titans Ladies at the hands of Sheffield FC Purple. Titan’s Martin Taylor told syacl.com. “This was another really close game between teams. Both keepers were pulling off save after save keeping it level; but the game was turned by a goal to Sheffield FC. Titan’s Ladies kept battling on, but unfortunately could not get the equaliser to get the draw they deserved.”
Bradford City DFC Fuchsia went down to Sheffield FC Purple after a cracking game. “The ladies team only had 4 players on the day,” Paul Jubb told us, “and went down 3 – 0 in the 1st-half, Sheffield FC then went down to 4 players and the Ladies scored 3 goals in the second half, Harriet with 2, and Anna the scorers.”
Title chasing Inter Barton Inclusive Football Club were convincing winners over Bradford City Diamonds. “Barton were too strong on the day,” Bradford’s Paul Jubb admitted, “and nothing seemed to go right for the Diamonds. Despite some good saves from Mark, they still lost 4- 0.” Barton marched on with a good win over Bradford City DFC Fuchsia, watched by Paul Jubb. ”The ladies again played with just 4 players and lost 6 – 3 to top of the table Barton who again played just 4 players. The girls did themselves proud and were all stars on the day. Anna scored two and there was an own goal.”
Titans’ Ladies final game of the day saw them reach a fantastic landmark – their first point of the campaign after it finished Bradford City (Diamonds) 3 – 3 Club Doncaster Titans Ladies. “Titans Ladies kept fighting, like they have been doing all day, and it paid off for them as we scored first with a goal by Nikita and an assist by Sheridan,” Martin explained. “Both teams kept battling on and Bradford managed to equalise making it 1 – 1. The game stepped up another level and Titans Ladies managed to score another goal from Nikita; and then Bradford managed to equalised to make it 2 – 2 at half-time. Bradford started the second-half the better team, but some brilliant saves by Kaz Roberts in the Titans net kept the score level, however a fluke goal by Bradford made it 3 – 2. The Titans Ladies kept battling on and deserved an equaliser; with more brilliant saves from Kaz Roberts keeping them in the game. Then the Titans Ladies broke away and Sheridan passed the ball Nikita who scored her third goal and completed a hat trick, making the game 3 – 3 at the final whistle.”
“I was so proud of each of the Ladies in getting their first points of the campaign. It was great to stand in again, as their manager on the day,” Martin summed up.
Bradford’s Paul Jubb admitted that it had been a wonderful game with a fair result. “In a great game of end to end football; Harry, Matty and Hashim scored the goals, but the Doncaster ladies kept battling to deservedly get their first point of the season.”
Barton Inter head the table with four wins from four games, giving them a six-point advantage over Bradford City Women’s team and Sheffield FC (Purple). Bradford Diamonds have four points, and Titans’ Ladies are off the mark after that stunning draw with the Diamonds.
In League One, Derek Dooley Blue had a good win over Spartans. “It was a League game next for Dooley Blue against Spartans, who played more of their players, and this was a good-natured game which saw them take the lead from Believe and Rueben,” Claire toldus. “It saw some good defending by Cody and good goalkeeping by Ryan. Believe got his hat trick and also Rueben and Adursh scored with the game finishing 9-3. Rueben ended up with a ball to the face, which put him out for the next match.”
Spartans Martin Sharp admitted that it had been a tough twenty minutes. “Spartans were indebted to Jake for some brilliant goalkeeping and defensive interceptions by Sam & Dom & Oliver, which kept the score fairly close. A couple of early goals by Matt kept Spartans in the match during the first-half, but as in their first match the players were struggling with their opponent’s superiority.”
Dooley Blue rounded off the afternoon with another brilliant encounter against Rawmarsh St. Joseph’s Social Eyes Green. “The Dooley team tried the hardest with 4 players and was a good match,” Claire told us. “Within 3 minutes it was 1 – 1; then Believe scored with a toe poke taking it to 2 – 1 and then he got his hat trick taking it to 3 – 1. Ryan made some good saves and with solid defending by Cody, they brought it back to 3 – 3. The game then swung in the favour of Rawmarsh 4 – 3, Adursh equalled it up, 4 – 4, Rawmarsh scored again and then Believe scored again with the score going to 5 – 4, then 5 – 5 and the last-minute saw Rawmarsh take the lead to win 6 – 5. The team of 4 did show amazing perseverance, so well done to all our players!”
Elsewhere in League One, City Knights (White) went down to Social Eyes Green in a thrilling encounter but beat Aston Swallownest in their next game.
That narrow win preserved Rawmarsh St. Joseph Social Eyes Green’s unbeaten record and they lead the table by three points from City Knights (White) and Derek Dooley (Blue), both of whom have nine points. Aston Swallownest and Spartans will be looking forward to getting off the mark at Goals Sheffield next month.
In League Two, Titans Yellow won a high scoring battle with Rawmarsh Social Eyes White. “First shot for Titans and Christian scored to make it 1 – 0; Christian then made it 2 – 0 and Barney made it 3 – 0 with a great goal,” Liam Taylor told us. “Barney scored to make 4 – 0 and Social eyes made it 4 – 1. Brad then saved a penalty and Social Eyes scored making it 5 – 2. Barney completed his hat trick to make 6 – 2 and Paul scored 7 – 2. Social Eyes had another penalty and Brad saved it again, then Thomas scored to make it 8 – 2. Social eyes made it 8 -3 and Titans made it 9 – 3 thanks to Paul’s hat trick.”
“It was a great performance from the Titans yellow team: I am really proud of each and every one of them – they played great.”
Derek Dooley Green started their afternoon with a League match against Bradford Emeralds,” Claire from Derek Dooley told syacl.com. “Bethany had a good half in the goal stopping many shots, Dooley took the lead by a good run up from Ben. Then some good defending by Stephen, who had a good run up the left and scored taking it to a 2 – 0 lead. Bradford got a deflection bringing it to 2 – 1 and then a good shot bringing it back to 2 – 2. Then came some lovely passing between Ben and Stephen and up to Natalie who scored, taking them back in the lead. In the second-half Bradford then had a lapse of memory and scored in the wrong net. Stephen went in goal and Shaq came on. This was end-to-end and each run up the pitch saw another goal, Woody scored a great goal from the right 5 – 4, Bradford got it back to 5 – 5 and then Shaq scored in the right net and went to 6 – 5, and then again to take it to 7 – 6 with his loud goal celebration. Woody had another run up and scored, with them winning 8 – 6.”
“It was a good match and all of them enjoyed the game.”
Bradford’s Paul Jubb agreed. “Wow what a game,” Paul told us. “In an evenly matched game, the goals just kept flying in! First Derek Dooley would score then the Emeralds scored, but the decisive goal of the game came from hat trick hero Darren who, unfortunately, scored in his own goal after forgetting we had changed ends!! Ha Ha; 6 – 7 our scorers were Katrina with 2, Darren with 3, and Simon and Francis with one goal each.”
In the other League Two fixture, Bradford Green beat Social Eyes White in a high scoring battle on Pitch 5. “Another evenly fought game,” Paul Jubb told us. “The Emeralds took a 3 goal lead; Social Eyes brought on the extra player and started to pull goals back, but the Emeralds held out for their 1st win of the season, by 6 – 5, thanks to goals from Simon with 2, Darren, Debbie, Katrina and Francis.”
Three games in then, and Titans Yellow have a three-point lead over Dooley Green. Bradford City Emerald are a further three points adrift, with Social Eyes White improving every week.
Away from League competition, Derek Dooley (Green) enjoyed a friendly with Titans Yellow. Claire Cowlishaw told syacl.com, “Our next match was a friendly against Titans Yellow and with it being cold we played all the players to stop them getting cold. There was some good play by them all with Woody showing his skills taking the run up and scoring taking the lead 1 – 0. The kick-off saw some good defending by Ben, passing up to Woody who scored again, 2 – 0. The Titans went up and scored past Bethany who had a good try to save it, 2 – 1. There was some lovely play and Ben had a super shot from halfway that looped up and into the bottom corner, 3 – 1. Titans played some good football, but Shaq took the ball and scored 4 – 1, Woody had another good run up and scored again taking it to 5 – 1.”
“This was a great performance from all the players.”
Liam Taylor summed up the game from a Titans viewpoint, “Derek Dooley scored to make 1 – 0 and Matt Blackham scored for the Titans to make it 1 – 1; Derek scored to make it 2 – 1, then 3 – 1 and Derek Dooley scored again to make it 4 – 1.”
So, the floodlights fade on another cracking afternoon of South Yorkshire Ability Counts football. We have a week or two to get our breath back before the Junior Leagues are back in action. Thanks to all of our fantastic players, coaches, and spectators for another thrilling spectacle.
A special word too for our referees – Sean, Gary, Dennis, and Andrew (who stepped in as a reserve referee on Pitch 5). Many thanks guys, as always.
Barton and Wheatley stay unbeaten at Concord Sports Centre.
Photos from the day are over on our gallery page.
It was almost impossible to know where to look at Concord Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon as the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League 7-a-side competition roared back into life after a month’s break. It was a tremendous afternoon of football, and all the teams played their part in a brilliant spectacle in front of a good crowd. As usual, www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com Editor Margaret Gregory and sidekick Colin Muncie picked the bones out of the high-calibre reports from our teams.
The Remembrance Sunday match day began with a short poem and a minute’s silence in tribute to those brave men and women who lost their lives defending and protecting our freedoms.
The League fixtures were preceded by three County Cup ties, one of which saw Derek Dooley Orange bow out of the competition after a tough battle with Aston Swallownest Red.
Dooley’s Claire Cowlishaw was pitch side. “Our Orange team started their Cup campaign against Aston Red,” Claire reported. “This was a close game with some great defending by Clarke and some super saves by Nathan. The team had only 7 players so there was no let up for them and they were missing their coach & captain Nathan. The first-half was a good run by Josh, but it was saved. Then we saw some lovely passing between Richard to Josh and onto Jamie Lee, unfortunately he shot wide. There were still no goals at half-time so there was still hope that they could go on and win. Not long into the second-half, after a good shot from Jamie Lee, Aston had a corner and had a great shot which went past Nathan. The lads didn’t give up and kept trying to get a goal back, Josh had another run that went wide.”
In the other ties there were wins for Barton Inclusive and Aston Swallownest Blue.
And so, to the League, and in the Premier Division, Club Doncaster Titans went down toBradford City Amber. Bradford’s Paul Jubb told www.syacl.com, “This was a really close game, end-to-end some great defending plus a brilliant goalkeeping display from John Bigmore. We swapped it around a bit in the second-half with George going up and Mackenzie dropping back; we created a few more chances and eventually got the breakthrough via a penalty due to a sliding challenge and a handball. George calmly slotted the ball in the corner sending the keeper the wrong way for the lead. We held out for the last 2 minutes to win 1-0. Our star man was John Bigmore.”
Titans (Whites) Martin Taylor was disappointed but delighted by his team’s display. “It was a brilliant game of football by both sides, end-to-end all the way,” Martin noted. “Nothing could separate both teams and the first half ended 0 – 0. The second half started in the same fashion, and it looked like it was going to end up a 0 – 0 draw but Bradford was awarded a penalty with 30 seconds to go which Bradford City (Amber) converted to make the score 0 – 1. Titans were unlucky to not have got the point, which they deserved.”
Sheffield FC Blue got off to a good start with a win over Aston. Sheffield’s Lee Higgins told the website, “Sheffield FC Blue opened with a closely fought game against Aston Swallownest. Sheffield FC opened the scoring but were quickly pulled back to 1-1. In the second-half Sheffield FC applied pressure and managed to get the winner.”
Game three saw Titan’s White lose in another close match with City Knights Black. “The game started fast and furious and end-to-end,” Titan’s coach Martin told us. “Both teams had equal amounts of opportunities to score, but City Knights broke away and scored making it 1 – 0. Then City Knights started to control the game, but on the break Titans (Whites) equalised by Aaron scoring with an assist by Joseph, and it ended 1 – 1 at half-time. The second-half started like the first-half finished. City Knights scored a second goal after a long-range shot crept in through a crowd of players. Titans kept their heads up and started looking for the equaliser, however, City Knights scored again on the break to make the final score 3 – 1.”
City Knights Sharon Lavender commented, “Well done guys in both your matches, great team work, you all played well against tough competition you showed determination and grit for your team and club. This resulted in winning both your matches. Doncaster Titans White 1 City Knights Black 3 Sheffield Blue 1 City Knights Black 2 So proud of you all!
Sheffield FC Red shared the points after a thrilling draw with Bradford City Amber. “We played Bradford in our first match and secured a battling 3-3 draw,” Reds Peter Duxbury told the website. With a player short we struggled throughout the game; however, we ran ourselves into the ground with a goal from Archie and a brace from George.”
Bradford’s Paul Jubb was delighted by his side’s fighting spirit. “This was an exciting game, with Sheffield taking the lead 3 times but we equalised 3 times and nearly got a winning goal. Mentions for Henry, Jordan, James, Eddie and John too; George scoring 2 and Mackenzie getting the other one. Our star man was George Dubej.”
“Everyone’s attitude was brilliant today and they showed they can recover from going behind,” Paul added. “Well done to everyone and thank you for your behaviour and attitude. You did yourselves proud. Our star man for the day was ‘keeper John Bigmore.”
“Sheffield FC Blue’s 2nd game was against reigning champions City Knights,” Lee Higgins reports. “It was another close match, but some sloppy defending allowed Knights to take the lead. We pulled one back before the break; tired legs led to Knights scoring the winner early in the 2nd half and whilst we dug deep, we couldn’t find a second equaliser.”
The last Match on Pitch 1 took place under the lights. Sheffield FC Reds Peter Duxbury takes up the story, “we played Aston Swallownest where our passing game shone through, and we looked more organised in defence. George scored another brace with Jordan chipping in with a spectacular brace from distance. Despite having a player short our players showed character and worked hard.”
So, after two matchdays and four fixtures each, the top three sides are covered by a single point, with City Knights Black and Sheffield FC Red both on ten points, and Sheffield Blue just a point behind. Titans and Aston have one win each, with Bradford Amber still looking for that first win after losing their points due to an administrative error in registration.
In the Championship, there were four matches on Pitch 3. In the first, Brunsmeer Awareness got their afternoon off to the best possible start with a win over Bradford City (Blue). Bradford coach, Danny told the website, “it was a really close game between the two teams with Bradford not putting their chances away. The only goal in the game came from a shot that the keeper saved from close range, but the ball came back off him and a lucky deflection took the ball into the back off the net, with Brunsmeer coming out of the game 1 – 0 winners.”
Next up, the impressive Barton Inclusive won an outstanding game of football with Derek Dooley Football Academy. Here’s Dooley coach Claire, “Reds started the day playing Barton. The game started at a fast pace with Dooley needing to defend, which Jack S was on top form today stopping the ball getting through. Then Stephen had a good run up front to Elliott who shot went wide. Dom was solid in defence and got the ball up to Aiden who won a corner, this was saved, and Barton broke up front but made a great save by Shaun. Elliott won a free kick; he had a shot that was saved. A corner from Jack across the goal, but no one to put it in. Barton went ahead just before half-time. The second-half saw Barton go up, but a double save by Shaun kept them out. He passed out to Jack on the wing who passed to Adam who passed back to Jack, and he ran up, but shot wide. Barton went up and scored making it 2-0 but the lads didn’t give up and kept on trying, with Aiden having a shot going wide. Shaun saved twice but it went in making it 3 – 0. Thank you to Barton who then allowed our 2 extra players on.”
“The team valiantly kept on pushing but couldn’t get the ball in the net.”
It had been a tough week for Barton leading up to match day and it was all about the team showing togetherness and displaying the incredible team spirit they have at the football club.
Our first game was a tough cup match against Sheffield Blue who was top of the Premier League. We had a game plan with our formation that we hoped would frustrate such a good premier league team and disrupt them form playing their great football.
Right from the first whistle Barton was incredible. Everyone had good early touches on the ball, lead by our captain Ryan, who’s leadership from the back provided encouragement to his team.
Our goalkeeper Jay had the ball and played it to Barton’s Messi (Jamie) and Messi played a brilliant through ball to Seb who ran onto it and fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner. Seb’s movement and finishing has been world class and it was great to have him back in the team. The game restarts and Sheffield have some powerful long range efforts that was brilliantly saved by Jay. Jay was on a mission to keep a clean sheet and his important saves keeps Barton in front. Then a break away for Barton. A brilliant bit of skill and a perfect through ball from Bentinio (Ben) and our super striker Seb was there to put the ball in the net again.
I have been asking Bentinio recently to clear his thoughts and show us how much he loves football through his play. He was outstanding. His first touch and ability to find space in a tough midfield battle was exceptional. His passing and vision was outstanding. This is the best I have seen this young man play and it was great to see.
At the start of the second half we knew Sheffield would have a good go at us and that is exactly what they did. Our solid defensive partnership, Shaun and Ryan stood tall, blocking shots and not letting anyone passed them. Barton had made a sub resting Bentinio and making his debut was Celtic fan, Andy. Andy has been at the club a short time but has fit straight in with a great team attitude. Andy involves himself in the game immediately and his movement and work rate cause Sheffield problems. He soon gets his reward. Great play from Tim our General in midfield, and Andy fires home with a powerful strike. Not a bad start to his Barton career. Shortly after this goal it got even better for Barton. Great play from Messi and there was Andy again ready to flick the ball passed the keeper.
The final whistle went and it was Barton through to the next round of the cup. I would like to thank the referee and Sheffield in what was a great game of football. We wish Sheffield well for the rest of their season.
To quote our Captain, Ryan “We played crazy good football”
Barton’s next game was a league game against an in form Derek Dooley side. Both teams started confidently with chances created at both ends, but then Barton’s Messi goes down injured with his knee causing concern to all. Thankfully, after a few minutes on the side he was ok to return to the game. Super striker Seb finds space and puts in a brilliant cross to Messi who side foots it passed the keeper. His goal showed he was fine after what initially looked like a bad knee injury. Messi’s work rate and skill to go passed players is second to none and Barton are so lucky to have him play for our club.
The second half begins with Derek Dooley working hard to level the score only for Shaun, Ryan and Jay to rise to the challenge. Barton had a different type of threat going forward now with giving Seb a well deserved rest and bringing on Dave Firmino who was just coming back from a bad leg injury and praying he would get through the half ok. Dave’s first touch was from a great through ball and he fires a hard and low shot only for Dooley keeper to make a brilliant save. But Dave Firmino didn’t have to wait long for his next chance. Great play from Andy and Dave unleashed a powerful shot from close range that flew into the net. More impressively, that powerful shot came from his injured leg and we knew how much that goal meant to him. There wasn’t long left but still enough time for Barton to score one more. Great play from our captain ‘Sergio Ryan’ and the ball fell to Messi who hit a powerful shot passed the keeper.
Thank you to the referee and to Derek Dooley. We wish you all the best for the rest of the season.
And as for Barton, I am so proud of the players. It was special to see them enjoying the game and watching them discover just how good they can be when everyone plays with togetherness as a team.
Well done to Ryan who won an award for his leadership and encouragement of his team mates and to Bentinio who was awarded for his skills and showing us his love of the game.
Next up, Brunsmeer took their second win of the afternoon, beating Derek Dooley (Orange). “Our second game was against Brunsmeer, who were having a good afternoon,” Dooley coach Claire told Syacl.com. “It wasn’t a good start as Brunsmeer had a good shot and it hit the post and bounced off Nathan’s back into the goal, giving them the lead. The lads didn’t let their heads go down and kept trying; there was another from Josh, but it went wide. Richard passed up front to Gregg, who was fouled as he went to shoot. Unfortunately, the penalty went over the top, Brunsmeer then set off on another run up and got it past Nathan to give them a 2-goal lead. Once again, the lads didn’t give up and we saw some good defending and then Josh had a run and passed to Jamie Lee who passed back to Josh who scored taking it to 2 – 1. The boys passing between each other and showing some good defending.”
“Well done for their performance today and to keep trying, and the win will come. “In the final Championship match of the afternoon, the points went to Bradford City Blue with a win over Derek Dooley Football Academy. Bradford coach Danny described his team’s win. “Bradford came out, off the back of a defeat, and a tactical change from the management team saw Bradford take an early lead, with a kick in up field from Stephen, saw the ball reach Dale who fired home. The second goal came from a similar kick in, which saw Luke in front of the goal convert, despite the keeper getting a touch to it. The third goal came from a good counter attack from Luke and Ethan, Luke squared the ball to Ethan who hit the post, but luckily Luke was there to slot the ball home. The fourth goal came from Ethan who hitthe ball with a sweet shot and scored. Although, Derek Dooley managed to score late on, Bradford won 4-1.”
“Our Player of the day was Jed,” Danny added. “Fantastic defending!”
Great credit must go to Derek Dooley Football Academy for offering to start this last match with just five players. “Our next game was against Bradford Blues,” Claire told the website. “This started with 5 against 5 whilst the rest of Bradford team arrived on pitch. Bradford started the quicker and got it past Shaun to take the lead. The team was back to 7-aside and saw lots of shots saved from the Bradford goalkeeper. There was some good passing between Nick and Jack and solid defending by Dom, Aiden and Adam. Bradford scored past Shaun to make it 2-0. We made a substitution with Dean coming on for Aiden. There was a great pass from Dom to Adam who passed on to Aiden with a shot saved again and another corner. Bradford broke again and Shaun saved, but couldn’t save the rebound so putting them 3-0 up. Dooley added another player on. The team were inspired by Jack’s run up and Elliott’s shot was saved, with Bradford breaking up front to make it 4-0. From kick-off Jack broke up front and passed to Elliott who scored to make it 4-1.”
Claire was proud of her team, “the lads did well today with key players missing with Covid and injury,” she pointed out. “Hopefully they will be back to full strength for our next matches in December.”
After the last whistle, welcome League newcomers Barton Inclusive lead the way in the Championship with three wins from their three games so far. They head a resurgent Brunsmeer Awareness and Bradford City FC (Blue) by just three points, with the two Dooley Clubs a little further back.
In League One, there were five matches with Bradford City FC (Claret) unable to make the trip to Sheffield. In the first game, Sheffield FC (White) took the points with a victory over Club Doncaster Titans (Red).
Sheffield’s Kevin Marsh summed up the game for www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com. “The game started even with Sheffield FC carving out chances, but finding Titan’s goalkeeper in excellent form. Doncaster got the first goal of the game in the first-half. Sheffield continued to apply pressure and still found Titans keeper hard to beat but managed to grab 2 second-half goals from Lewis and Adam (both were their first goals for the adult team!). “
Titan’s coach Daniel Hall gave his perspective on the game. “The game started out great- end-to-end action in the first-half. A cross came in to the Sheffield box for Titans Jeffrey to slot one in to make it 1-0 to Titans. The second-half started the same with end-to-end action, but Sheffield equalised to make it 1-1. Then just before full-time a goal keeper error from Titans made it 2-1 to Sheffield FC White.”
Aston Swallownest took a win over City Knights Blue, then Wheatley Wanderers joined the action with a three-point haul after beating Club Doncaster Titans Red. Wheatley’s Chris Pow summed up the win. “We started very eagerly today,” Chris said. “Titans were organised and dangerous on the break. At half-time it was 0-0, but we had a lot more chances in the second half and scored a patient goal.”
Titans Red’s Daniel Hall agreed that it had been a close game. “With Wheatley being top of the table we had to try play better than we did the first time we met,” said Daniel. “It was end-to-end action in the first-half and we worked very well as a team. In the second-half Wheatley Wanderers got a goal which Titan’s keeper did save, but it was too powerful to hold on to. Titans pestered and pestered their defence, but could not break the deadlock and the game ended 1-0 to Wheatley Wanderers.”
City Knights took the points in their next game with a win over Sheffield FC (White) “The second game was another closely fought game with Sheffield FC taking the lead through Danny Black, after a swift passing move,” Sheffield’s Kevin Marsh told us. “Knights soon levelled with an excellent strike in the first-half. The second-half was tight with Knights scoring the eventual winner.”
The match was marred by an injury to one of City Knights players just after he had scored the best goal of the afternoon. Our best wishes go out to both club and player.
City Knights Sharon Lavender commented,“Guys, your first Cup match of the competition, you should be proud! That game was one of your best this season, great team work. This resulted in us winning the match! Aston Blue 0 City Knights 3
The first league game of the day didn’t down too well, but the second match was better, except for one of our players getting injured, our team pulled together and won the game 2-1 against Sheffield White. So proud of you all!“
The latest news on the injured player, Warren, he had an X-ray and he has not broken his ankle but he has to use crutches and have physio. He has an appointment today. Many thanks to the staff, they were amazing!
The last match in League One saw the second victory of the afternoon for Wheatley Wanderers, beating Aston Swallownest. Chris Pow told Syacl.com that his team got off to a fast start, “our striker Asten scored after 18 seconds,” Chris reported, “and another of the players got on the scoresheet too. We played with more composure in this game, with Joshy scoring his first League goal. It was a good sporting game.”
It’s Chris’s Wanderers who’ll carry an eight-point lead into the December match day after yesterday’s two wins, giving them a super one hundred percent record after five games. Sheffield FC (White) are a deserved second, just ahead of Aston Swallownest and Titans Red. City Knights Blue have four points, leaving Bradford Claret with ground to make up when they hopefully get back into action.
Thanks, as always to our brilliant referees, Sean, Gary and Mike, and to all our teams for their pictures and match reports.
It’s five-a-side Match Day 2 next Sunday, when our teams head off to Goals Doncaster. If you can’t watch the action in person, youcan catch up on the latest news, reports and pictures on the Website, or by following us on Twitter.
All those lives that were lost in conflict and during Covid
SYACL remembers them
James Morgan’s  poem, Forever Nineteen (The Somme)
I crouch by your gravestone, and I can see, You joined The Great War when you were only nineteen, I hope you died well and I hope you died clean, And not suffered for hours – slow and obscene. The sorrow, the horrors, the glory, the pain, The wounding and dying were not done in vain, And for all you young soldiers, who died on that day, You’re in our hearts forever, for the price that you paid.
Hornets buzzing but Titans head the Under-16’s table
The Goals venue in Sheffield saw a thrilling Matchday 2 for our South Yorkshire Ability Counts League Under 12’s and Under 16’s, watched by another fantastic crowd of carers and parents. There were nine fixtures in the Under 12’s competition, and five in the Under 16’s Division; and when all the dust had settled, three teams sat within a point of each other at the top of the Under 12’s; and Club Doncaster Titans had eked out some daylight between themselves and a ferocious chasing pack in the Under-16’s.
As always though, these simple statistics are underpinned by a couple of hours of fierce competition, so Website Editor Margaret Gregory and Colin Muncie picked out the best of the match reports from all our clubs for www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com.
In the Under 12’s division, the action started with Sheffield FC taking on Bradford City Claret, with the team from the world’s oldest Football club taking the points.
“The Under 12 Clarets were missing their star player Freddie and lost to Sheffield Reds 4-1,” Bradford’s Paul Jubb told us. “Alex scored his first ever goal for the team. They then lost to our own Wildcats 1-0; the last game of the day was a top of the table clash with the Blues, who came out winners on the day 2-3. The Clarets, though, are only one point behind the leaders.”
Sheffield coaches Chris Morris and Charlie Hicks summed up the win. “Bradford started strongly taking the lead until half time, but Sheffield FCD came back strongly with great team spirit and some individual skill from 4 goal hero Kyle Inkles, which included a 20-yd rocket shot.”
Hillsborough Hornets started the afternoon by winning a thrilling encounter against Bradford Wildcats. “It was a brilliant game from both sides,” Hornets Olivia, Zoe and Sally told www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com. “Hadley scored a brace and got his first 2 goals for the club in a League game and scored the first 2 goals for the Hornets U12 EVER!!! This was an amazing game and gave the Hornets some confidence, Bailey played excellent in defence and Jonathan enjoyed his very first League game, making excellent contributions to the game. Henry was super-fast, and Oliver was amazing in goal. Evan and Mickey had some great touches, and the first match was a vast improvement on their last League experience.”
Club Doncaster Titans got their afternoon off to a tough start against Bradford City Clarets, as Titans’ coach Steph Hall explained. “This was a good game played between the two teams. The Titans played very well and battled hard against a particularly good Bradford Blue team. In the end the better team won.”
Paul Jubb added, “the Under 12’s Blue won their first game against Doncaster Titans, Patrick & Callum scoring 2 goals each.
Game four saw an all-Bradford clash between Clarets and the Wildcats, and Paul summed the day up for SYACL.com. “The Wildcats won all three of their games on the day and played really well, especially Skye who scored four goals in the final game against Club Doncaster Titans.”
Bradford Blues went down to Sheffield Reds before claiming an important win in their last game. “They then lost 2-3 to Sheffield Reds in a close game,” Paul Jubb reported. “ In their last game they won against our own Claret team 3-2, which put them joint top of the league with Sheffield Reds.”
Sheffield’s Chris Morris and Charlie Hicks agreed that it had been a tight battle. “A great early goal from Cameron, who curled in a lovely left footer, with Noah making it 2-0 to Sheffield,” they told us. “Bradford then pulled a goal back before half-time and then went onto valiantly equalise to level up the scores. We lost a couple of players to tiredness and injury in the second-half, but kept on trying with the winner coming from young Kyle just before the final whistle. A brilliant end-to-end and equally matched game against our Bradford friends.”
“Meanwhile, Hillsborough Hornets maintained their thrilling resurgence when they took on Club Doncaster Titans. Olivia, Zoe and Sally take up the story. “It was an excellent game again,” they told www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com; Jonathan scored his first ever goal and Hadley added to the score sheet scoring his 3rd of the day. Doncaster scored a great goal and Oliver was super in the net. The Hornets took the overall win and it was amazing to see the smiles and teamwork from the players. This is a match they’ll remember for a while. The Hornets game has improved so much since their first League matches back in October, it was great to see the confidence and the players putting their training into practice.”
Titan’s Steph Hall agreed that it had been a wonderful game. “A fantastic game played by both teams as they played brilliantly and battled hard. It was an end-to-end game,” Steph noted. Hillsborough went two goals up, but we pulled one back with what will likely be the goal of the season! Jacob R shot from the right side of the halfway line, the ball flew through the air and dipped just under the crossbar into the goal! Our team continued to push for an equaliser, but unfortunately it didn’t come due, to a fantastic performance by Hillsborough’s goalkeeper.”
Next up for Titans was a tough fixture with Bradford Wildcats. “It was a brilliant end-to-end game played by both teams,” Steph, the Under-12’s coach told us. “Some wonderful goals scored by Jacob B, Jacob R and Zach got us into the lead; then a late comeback from Bradford Wildcats gave them the win.”
Hillsborough Hornets finished a memorable day going down narrowly to title-chasing Sheffield Reds, and Olivia, Zoe and Sally were pitch side for SYACL.com. “Hornets played a very good Sheffield FC side in their final match; Oliver made some really great saves and was able to stop even more shots from Sheffield FC going in the back of the net.”
“All the teams played with passion and enthusiasm and supported each other throughout the game,” the girls summarised. “A great day was had by all, and we can’t wait to come back and do it all again in December. #demhornets.
Sheffield’s coaches were delighted with the win. “A great solo goal from Noah made it 1-0 and continued attacking pressure resulted in another goal for Noah, with a first-time effort from a rebound to make the score 2-0.” Chris and Charlie told us. “A second half hat-trick for striker of the day Kyle made it 5-0 backed by a solid defensive display from Henry and Charlie.”
So, after two matchdays and six games each, it couldn’t be tighter at the top of the Under-12’s Division. Bradford Blues and Sheffield Red lead the way with thirteen points apiece, but Bradford Claret are right behind with twelve. Hornets two wins sees them close in on Club Doncaster Titans; and it can’t be long before Bradford City Wildcats get off the mark.
In the Under-sixteen’s League, the afternoon got off to the best possible start with a goal fest between Bradford City Amber and Hillsborough Hornets Black, with Hornets edging the win. Olivia, Zoe and Sally commented, “the Hornets started the first half strong with Glodi and Jacob scoring their first League goals for their team. Mackenzie made some amazing saves this half, but couldn’t stop them all. Bradford played well to bring it back level and then overtook the Hornets to make the score 3-2 to Bradford. Luke scored the equaliser with a great shot, Bradford fought hard to score another before half-time meaning the Hornets went into the break trailing by one goal 3-4. Nathan and Jamie again made a great wall in defence and prevented even more goals being scored by Bradford, Alice was great in midfield and made some great tackles.”
“After the break, the Hornets started strong but gave a penalty away which Bradford took well taking the score to 5-3, this is where the Hornets team dug deep. Zach played some great balls in and worked hard retrieving the ball, with great crosses from the corner positions. Jacob came on and went on to score a further three goals giving him a ‘Haul’ finishing the match 6-5 to the Hornets. What a game, the atmosphere was amazing, and all the players were understandably shattered after a very well-played game from both sides. Hornets Goal-Keeper Mackenzie saved fourteen shots in this game! 14!”
Bradford’s Paul Jubb said, “the Under 16’s first game was against Hillsborough Hornets team and they went into a 2-0 lead straight away, but we managed to pull a couple back. Johnathan scored his first hat-trick of his Under 16’s career and was asking for the match ball, Hillsborough were too big and strong in the end and went on to win the game easily.”
Hillsborough Hornets Yellow got off to a fast start against Sheffield FC and never looked back. “Both teams started strong and were playing for their shirts,” Olivia, Zoe and Sally told http://www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com. “Zakir scored the first goal and Coley scored from a free kick taking the score to 2-0 to the Hornets. Both teams had some good shots, and the first-half was played well. Leah was again a machine in defence and Kaitlin was showing off her skills on the pitch. Sam was great in the net and was protected well by his team. In the second-half, Hornets again started well. Alex scored to make it 3-0, Lewis then scored the next three goals getting his first League hat-trick and dedicated his goals to his Nan who he sadly lost last week. At 6-0 Zakir shot and scored the seventh goal giving him a “Brace” in his first League match. Sheffield FC fought hard to keep the Hornets at bay, but Coley and Enrique sealed the game with two late goals. Max made some great tackles and had a couple of attempts on goal.”
From Sheffield’s coach Carl Richardson, there were words of praise for his brave keeper. “A special mention to our goalkeeper Alex who, despite the score line, played and tried brilliantly before having to come off with injury – a credit to his team.”
Club Doncaster Titans got their afternoon underway with a narrow win over Bradford Amber. “First we were just kicking anywhere, then we got control of game,” coach John Hibbert told us. “Danny Hall scored first and the second goal for Danny was assisted by Owen Robson. Then Levi Benson scored; then Owen got a rebound off the wall to score his first goal and they scored an own goal. Then after half-time their coach had a word with them, and they scored; then our lads’ heads went down and they got control of the game, but it ended 5-4 win to Titans.”
For Bradford, it was a tough loss. “The second game was against club Doncaster Titans and again our young team struggled against a stronger and older team,” reported Paul Jubb. “We went 4-1 down after 2 unfortunate own goals, including a rebound off the back board; which allowed us to bring an extra player on to pull it back to 4-3, but Doncaster just stepped up their game and won 5-4 in the end. The star of the day was Daniel who gave his all in both games, but we were proud of all the team on the day.”
The next fixture saw an all-Hornets derby between their Black and Yellow sides, and the Hornets’ girl reporting trio summed up the clash. “The first half started slowly from both sides,” Olivia, Zoe and Sally said, “it was the first time playing each other in a competition and nerves were high. Mackie made two excellent saves in the first half and both teams played well putting into practice their training skills and using the boards to their advantage. The match went into the half-time break at 0-0.”
“A few substitutions were made at half-time and Lewis was first on the score sheet followed by another great save by Mackenzie. The second goal came from Enrique meaning the Yellow’s led 2-0. Lewis scored a further goal giving him five goals scored over two games! Zakir fired a third goal into the net for the Yellow’s bringing his goal tally to three for the day. Hornets’ Black’s fought valiantly, and Luke came through to score a cracking goal just before the end of the game, meaning the Yellow’s won 3-1 in a very evenly matched and well fought game.”
The final game of the day saw Club Doncaster Titans take the three points against Sheffield FC. “Danny scored first, Owen scored then Levi scored,” John Hibbert reported. “Danny got an assist from Devon and scored his second in the match. Then Danny got his hat trick, Levi took a free kick and scored. And Sheffield FC got three back on the trot, but the game ended in a 6-3 win to Titans.”
Sheffield’s Carl Richardson was philosophical in defeat, “Doncaster took the lead with 2 goals by half-time despite great goalkeeping from Alex,” Carl told us. “Rudy scored a penalty to bring the score to 2-1, before Doncaster went on to score another 4 goals with a brilliant display. Sheffield didn’t give up with Kaiden scoring 2 great goals late on.”
So, with all five teams having played four matches each, it’s John Hibbert’s Titans who lead the way with that 100% record and twelve points. Hornets Yellow sit second, just three points adrift, with Hornets Black three points further behind on six points. Bradford Amber has that one win, with Sheffield FC Blue keen to get off the mark.
So, after another thrilling afternoon and fourteen thrilling games, the Under-12’s and Under 16’s will be back in action on 5th December. For safety reasons, however, the matches will take place at Sheffield Goals and not indoor at Pontefract. The action starts at 11.00a.m.
Next week, the focus switches to Concord Sports Centre, when our 7-a-side Leagues will be back in action. In the meantime, thanks to all our guest reporters; and for latest news and reports, visit the website at http://www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com.