Fixtures for the divisional 5-a-side tournament at Sheffield Goals Centre

Below are the fixtures for the divisional 5-a-side tournament at Sheffield Goals Centre, on the 10th April. Please note that the matches will start earlier than usual at 11.00 and I will confirm the pitch numbers for each division closer to the date above.

All matches will be played one-way with no half-time and the duration of the Premier & Championship divisions will be much shorter than usual . Please ensure your team(s) are pitch side for quick changeovers after each match, teams delaying the start of matches will have to forfeit points to their opponents. A keepsake trophy will be presented to the winning team of each division and medals to all participants – up to a maximum of 10 per team.

Bradford Green lift the Premier Title in head-to-head with City Knights Red

Inter Barton take the Championship Trophy home along the M180

Social Eyes Green edge League One from Derek Dooley Blue

It’s Dooley Green by a nose from Doncaster Titans Yellow in League Two

Darren Warner Fair Play Trophy goes to Derek Dooley Blue

Bradford Greens and Derek Dooley White set County Cup Final date.

So on to Goals Doncaster for the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League, and the delayed final matchday for the four 5-a-side Divisions.

It was a glorious afternoon as the matches got under way; but first there was the little matter of the two County Cup Semi-Finals to be resolved, so a great afternoon’s football was pretty much guaranteed. Most of the Leagues were delicately poised going into the final round of matches, so it was no real surprise when most of the competitions went down to the wire, and in the case of the Premier Division, beyond the wire. More of that later.

As always, our  www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com editor, Margaret Gregory fielded all the match reports from pitch side. There are hundreds of photos from the afternoon in the gallery section of the website.

Bradford Greens stormed into the County Cup final with a convincing win over City Knights White on Pitch 7, watched by Bradford coach Paul Jubb. “Greens were playing a team two Leagues below them,“ Paul explained, “we won the game easily in the end and are through to the County Cup Final.”

The other semi-final, played on Pitch 10 and expertly refereed by Sean Wright, was much closer and resulted in a 4-2 win for Derek Dooley White.

Claire Cowlishaw for Derek Dooley reporting. “The afternoon started with a cup semi-final against City Knights Red. The lads started off well with a goal from Brandon, taking the lead. There was some good passing between Brandon and Keiron with some good saves from Craig in the goal. Brandon scored again taking the lead to 2 – 0. They started off again passing and good defending from Jordan to maintain the lead and Mo scored taking it to 3. Knights came back with scoring past Craig but the lads didn’t let their heads down. Some good passing again and Keiron scores in the last minute for a 4-2 win.” 

“They are through to the final!!”

So, on April 24th, at a time and venue to be confirmed, the County Cup 5-a-side Final sees Derek Dooley White take on Bradford Green in an all  Premier League, winner takes all shoot out.

In Premier League action, the two clubs played a dress rehearsal in the third match on Pitch 10, with Bradford Greens taking a 3-0 win. Bradford Greens were also in the hunt for the title, and needed the win, as Paul Jubb explains.  “In a very close first half the game was 0 – 0 and we started to worry if we would get the win that we desperately needed to win the League,” Paul admitted. “In the second half we came out stronger and won 3 – 0 thanks to some amazing goals from Lucas, Ethan and  Charlie.”

Club Doncaster Titans Blues took on  City Knights Red in a friendly match. “The game started slowly, then we started to pass the ball more freely, then Conner scored to make it 1 – 0,” Titans’ John Hibbert reported. “Conner scored again to make it 2 – 0, and again to make it  3 – 0 by half time. Jamie assisted Conner and scored again, then they scored to make it  4 – 1. Then Jamie scored to make it 5 – 1 which is how the game finished.”

Titans Blue then faced title  chasing Bradford City Green. “We thought we held our own but both teams were panicking and kicking the ball anywhere,” John Hibbert explained. “Bradford managed to get a foothold in the game and won 4 – 0.”  Bradford Green went into that final League match knowing they had to win.  “In our last game against  Titans Blues we again needed to win, a draw would lose us the title,” Paul Jubb explained.  “Again we struggled first half, but second half turned on the style and eventually won the game with more great goals from the team. Matt Lucas Ethan Charlie and Charlie all scored some great goals.”

Astonishingly, City Knights Red took the win in their final match with Derek Dooley White to see Knights and Bradford finish level on 19 points. “We came joint top on points with City Knights, but won the League on head to head against them, as we had won and drawn in the league games!” Paul Jubb explained. “Well done the Greens! Championies! Championies! Champonies! Ole Ole Ole Ole!!Well done Bradford City DFC Greens – South Yorkshire Ability Counts Premier League 5-a-side Champions 2022,” Paul beamed. “Into the Sheffield & Hallamshire 5-a-side County Cup Final too!”

Claire again with her report. “League action next was against the leaders Bradford Green. There was some good team work with Tom, Brandon and Luke, with solid defending from Jordan, but a great shot from Bradford got past Craig, they took the lead. The lads swapped round giving Mo & Keiron a chance to bring it back but Bradford was too strong and scored again through a mix up at the back. The lads unfortunately lost to another great shot, losing 3 – 0 but to the League winners. 

Claire continued. “The last game was against City Knight Red, who started a lot stronger and they scored first. The lads kept trying and Kieron had shot high and Brandon had a shot saved but they scored past Craig and they took the lead. The lads kept trying and solid defending by Jordan again but they got another past Craig but they kept trying and a shot from Luke brought it back to 2-1. Well done lads!!”

City Knights Red were presented with their runners-up medals by Emma, the Goals Centre Manager, and Greens took the medals and the trophy. Well done though to all our Premier teams, players, coaches, and spectators.

So, the final Premier 5-a-side League table couldn’t have been closer.

Premier 5’s Final Table

PosTeamPWDLGDPTS
1Bradford City FITC Disability Green 8611519
2City Knights Red 8611519
3Derek Dooley Football Academy White 8305-29
4Sheffield FC Disability 5-a-side (Black) 8305-29
5Club Doncaster Titans FC (Adult) Blue 8107-63

In the Championship, Barton Inclusive Inter and Sheffield FC Purple continued their season-long battle into the final day.

Club Doncaster Titans Ladies got the Championship afternoon under way with a thrilling match against Bradford Disability Womens’.  “This was a good game played by both teams. Bradford started on the front foot and created many chances,” Titan’s coach Steph Hall told us. “ Bradford pulled ahead with a two goal lead going into half time. CDT came out the second half and started playing some brilliant football. Nikita scored our first goal with Helen assisting her. Kaz kept us in the game by producing some brilliant saves including a fantastic double save. We pulled level with another goal by Nikita and Helen getting the assist. CDT started pulling ahead when we scored again, this time Helen scored, and Nikita assisted her. Shortly after we scored again with Kaz assisting and Helen scoring. Bradford got a goal back which made it a nervous finish to the game, but then Helen completed her hat-trick with Nikita assisting her. CDT Ladies held on and got their first win of the season!”  

Paul Jubb commented on the game, “The Fuchsias played Donny Ladies, always a great game to watch and they took a 2 – 0 half time lead. In the second half the Doncaster Ladies team came out stronger and scored 5 goals; the Fuchsias did get one back but lost 3 – 5.”

Sheffield Purple kept Inter Barton in their sights with a convincing 5-2 win before Bradford Diamonds defeated Bradford Women’s.  “the Fuchsias then played our own Diamonds team who were fresh from not playing,” Paul Jubb told us.  “We struggled to keep up with them losing 2-7. The Diamonds beat a very tired Fuchsias team after they had given their all against Donny Ladies,” Paul continued,  “some great team play from them all, with Hashim, Harvinder and Matty all scoring goals.”

Crucially, then Titans Ladies took a point from Sheffield Purple, a game which featured some fantastic goalkeeping at both ends, watched by Titan’s Steph Hall. “This was a tough but good game,” Steph reported. “CDT started on the front foot with Helen and Nikita creating many chances, but Sheffield got the first goal of the game. Kaz then made some good saves to keep us in the game. Sheffield went into half time with the lead. Straight into the second half CDT continued creating chances with the Sheffield GK pulling off a brilliant double save. Sheffield then scored their second goal of the game. Shortly after, CDT took advantage of a mix up in the Sheffield defence and Helen scored. Both teams continued to create chances. Helen then scored again to draw CDT level. Sheffield created many more chances, but Kaz continued to produce brilliant saves to keep CDT in the game. CDT Ladies then held on for a point in the final game of the season.”

Inter Barton were closing in on the title and edged nearer to glory with a 4 – 2 win over Bradford Diamonds, watched by Paul Jubb. “In their final game Diamonds played Barton Inclusive who ended up League winners,”  Paul told us. “Again they were too strong for the Diamonds, despite a couple of late goals from Matty and Hashim.”

Championship 5’s Final table

PosTeamPWDLGDPTS
1Barton Inclusive Football Club Inter Bar 8701621
2Sheffield FC 5’s (Purple) 8512316
3Bradford City FITC Disability Diamonds 8314-110
4Bradford City FITC Disability Women’s 8206-46
5Club Doncaster Titans FC (Adult) Ladies 8125-45

So, many congratulations to all of our Championship  teams. As the League neared its final matches, there was a lovely moment where Bradford Disability Fuchsia and Club Doncaster Titans Ladies shared a photograph on Pitch 9. [Picture can be found on the League website.]

Glory though to Barton Inclusive who finished 5 points clear of Sheffield FC Purple in a closely-fought Division. Congratulations to both clubs on terrific seasons.

In League One, it was an incredibly close-run thing  between Social Eyes Green and Derek Dooley Blue, who beat the Rawmarsh team in a frantic first game on Pitch 7.

Claire Cowlishaw reporting for Derk Dooley. “The team had 4 players and worked really hard in their matches and received the Darren Warner Fair Play Award for the season and came second in the League, so a great afternoon. The first game was against Social Eyes Green and there were a lot of goals. Believe was on fire and scored 5 and Reuben scored 2, there was some solid defending from Cody and Ryan only let 2 in. The team worked well together. The next game was a tighter game against City Knights White and straight from the kick off Believe had a shot saved. They did well with a player less, but they kept on trying and Believe scored taking the lead. He then scored again, then Ryan couldn’t quite save the shot from going in to bring it back to 2 – 1, but Believe shot again and it went to 3 – 1. City came back to a draw at 3 – 3 but then Believe scored twice and they came out winners. The last game was against Spartans which is always a well mannered game and they kept scoring in a 6-4 win. The team played as a team for the whole afternoon and all gave 100%.

Well done on finishing second in the League, losing out on a point. 

Immediately after this game, Derek Dooley Blue were presented with the Darren Warner  Fair play Trophy after the club were adjudged as the most sporting throughout the season by SYACL Committee members. Congratulations and well deserved, and you can see the presentation on the Website picture gallery. 

City Knights White lost a close fought battle with Derek Dooley Blue, before the prolific Spartans took on Social Eyes Green in a rerun of one of the best matches seen in our last matchday at Goals Centre Sheffield. Incredibly, the watching spectators saw another goal festival. Spartans Coach Darren Sharp looked on, “Spartans came extremely close to gaining their first points of the season in their first match against Social Eyes Green,” Darren told us, “It was another high scoring match between the teams, but the eventual winners of the division managed to squeeze 2 late goals to secure the victory.”

Spartans then took on City Knights White.  “Our next match against City Knights White was another close encounter; with Spartans  losing by the odd goal,” Darren told us. “Dominic, Paul & Jake all came close to levelling the score, but unfortunately were unable to find the back of the net.”

Spartans last game was against title chasing Derek Dooley Blue. “In the final match Spartans had a close match with Dooley Blue, with goals scored by Matt & Jacob. Terrific defending by Sam prevented Dooley from overrunning the Spartans,” Darren explained.

“Despite finishing with no points at the end of the league season, Spartans players thoroughly enjoyed all the match days.”

To win the Division One title then, Social Eyes Green had to win their final match against City Knights White; and they did, by 6 – 4 in a thrilling game with a nervous finish.

So, it’s congratulations to the team from Social Eyes White and commiserations to the brave Derek Dooley Blue, who can console themselves with their medals and that Darren Warner Fair Play Trophy. City Knights White have also had a great campaign, and how Spartans haven’t secured a win, despite their goalscoring heroics, will be a mystery to anyone who watched them.

League One 5’s Final Table

PosTeamPWDLGDPTS
1Rawmarsh St Joseph’s J.F.C. Social Eyes 9702521
2Derek Dooley Football Academy Blue 9612419
3City Knights White 9414013
4Spartans FC 9009-90

In League Two, it promised to be a thrilling race to the line between Derek Dooley Green and Club Doncaster Titans Yellow, and so it proved.

Bradford Emeralds got the afternoon off to a fast start with a 3 – 0 win over Social Eyes White. Their day was summed up by Bradford’s Paul Jubb. “The Emeralds played 3 games on the day and beat Social Eyes White, but lost the other games to Doncaster Titans and Derek Dooley – the eventual League winners.”

Next, Titans Yellow faced Derek Dooley Green watched by Titans Liam Taylor.  “Derek Dooley 1 – 0 and Derek Dooley made it 2 – 0. Derek Dooley made it 3 – 0 and Titans made it 1 – 3 through Shaun and Shaun made it 2 – 3. Titans had their chances to make it 3 – 3 but Derek Dooley kept it out and Derek Dooley won 3 – 2 after a brilliant game.”

Titans Yellow stayed on and were rewarded with three points.  “Titans start well, and Christian made 1 – 0,”  Liam Taylor told us. “ Social Eyes  White scored to made it 1 – 1. Then Christian scored to make it 2 – 1 to Titans. Christian made it 3 – 1 to the Titans [ his hat trick] and Titans won 3 – 1. A great performance for everyone and well played too.”

Claire Cowlishaw again reports. “The first game was against the joint leaders Doncaster Titans, they got off to a good start with Woody taking the ball and dribbling past the defenders and scoring. There was some good play from Ben, Stephen and Shaq with Bethany saving many shots in goal. The team went in the lead from Stephen and Woody taking it to 3 – 0, Woody came off for rest and the 4 kept trying and Doncaster got back to 3 – 2, Woody came back on and he started where he left off, scoring another, it finished 4 – 2.”

“The next game was against Bradford Emeralds and this was a good match with Woody stealing the show with 4 goals. Stephen had a good game in the goal. The last game was against Social Eyes White  and this was a well even match which saw a good draw of 3 – 3 which saw more goals from Woody. The team all tried their hardest and this brought the title to the Green team. Well done to Woody, Stephen, Ben, Shaq and Bethany, promotion for them!!” 

Dooley Green took a 4 – 0 win over Bradford Emeralds before sharing the points with Social Eyes White  meaning that even if they won their final match, Dooley could not quite be caught.

Here’s Liam Taylor on that final match, which Titans won by 4 – 0 to clinch second spot.

“Christian scored from the kick off to make it 1 – 0 to Titans,” Liam reported.  “Then Barney scored to make it 2 – 0 to Titans then Barney made it 3 – 0. Barney scored again to make it 4 – 0 and scored to clinch his hat trick and to win the game 4 – 0.”

“It was a great game and a great performance to make us runners up by 1 point,” Liam summed up, “and I am proud of each of them.”

So, it’s glory for Derek Dooley Academy Green by just that single point from Club Doncaster Titans Yellow, but our congratulations go to all our teams.

League 2 5’s Final table

PosTeamPWDLGDPTS
1Derek Dooley Football Academy Green 9711622
2Club Doncaster Titans FC (Adult) Yellow 9702521
3Bradford City FITC Disability Emeralds 9306-39
4Rawmarsh St Joseph’s J.F.C. Social Eyes 9018-81
5City Knights White 000000

The 5-a-side League season is over; with the Divisional Cup set for the 10th April at Goals Sheffield. For now though, the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League would like to thank all of our clubs, players, coaches, spectators, and referees.

In the meantime, Martin Taylor, Head Coach with Club Doncaster Titans has the final word. Martin, a close friend of former SYACL Chairman and Secretary asked if we would publish his letter to the League Website, which we do with great pleasure.

“Hi Colin 

I would like to thank Mike and Colin from the League for a brilliant season in the 7/5-a-sides Leagues again, for all their hard work to make it work. I also want to thank all the referees too for all their hard work. 

Finally, well done to all the teams involved in the 7/5-a-sides Leagues too for making today possible. Also, well done to all the Winners and Runners up of this League.

But the main winner was the brilliant game called football. 

Here’s to next season!

Many Thanks 

Martin Taylor (Head Coach of Club Doncaster Titans)”

Ability Counts League family pays their respects to the family of Ewan Hadfield

Sheffield Red takes control of the Premier Division Cup

Glory for Dooley Kicks in the Championship tournament

A real nail biter as Titans’ Red edge the honours in League One Trophy.

Season’s end for the 7-a-side coaches, players, referees, and spectators at Concord Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon; but only after three thunderous Divisional Competitions, played in typically sporting fashion by all our participants.

The afternoon was preceded by a beautifully and impeccably observed tribute by the League to one of our family, the late Ewan Hadfield of City Knights, taken at such a young age. Ewan’s coach, Sharon Lavender, led the tributes with her memories of Ewan, and his parents and other family members then joined in a minute’s silence followed by a minute’s applause. The League and clubs presented cards and donations to Ewan’s Mum and Dad, which they will pass on to Ewan’s favourite charities.

As the family took their leave – they will of course be welcome at any of our future matchdays – Sharon told www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.comCan I say a big thank you to Ewan’s family who turned up, to all the clubs and people that came to support them and have donated to Ewan’s family and who respected the day.”

“Thank you to all the referees and the Ability Counts League committee who supported the day – it was much appreciated.”

Pictures and video of the tributes to Ewan are available on the website, and the SYACL Committee would like to thank all our participants for their fantastic support for the tribute.

RIP Ewan.



So, to the action, and, as always, our intrepid reporters did their best to keep up with the frantic action across three pitches at Concord – just the 34 X 8-minute matches during the afternoon. Just as well that we have our reporters with sharpened pencils standing ready to keep us up to date on the games.

In the Premier Divisional Cup, Sheffield FC Red got off to a fast start with a win in their derby with Sheffield FC Blue, before Club Doncaster Titans White shared the points in a goalless stalemate with Aston Swallownest Red.  “Both teams played an end-to-end game and some lovely football, but the final score was 0 – 0.” Titans Head Coach Martin Taylor told us.

Martin and his Titans’ White team stayed on for their second match with Sheffield Blue. “It was another end-to-end game, but Titans stepped up a gear,” Martin told us. “Titans had a number of chances to take the lead but couldn’t take them and it ended in another 0 – 0 draw.”

Sheffield FC Red marched on with a 2 – 0 win over Aston Red before facing Titans White. Here’s Martin Taylor with Titans’ perspective. “We knew this was going to be a hard game with Sheffield FC Red winning the League. The game start end-to-end then Titans had a chance to make it 1 – 0 but hit the post. Then Sheffield broke away and scored making it 1 – 0. Titans heads went down a little, and Sheffield scored two quick goals making the final score 3 – 0.”

Sheffield FC Blue shared the spoils with Aston Red in a goalless draw before Titan’s White faced Sheffield Red again. “Sheffield started the stronger team and scored a quick goal. This time Titans kept their head and started playing lovely football and nearly equalised, but Sheffield scored another from a breakaway making it 2 – 0.” 

Aston Red and Sheffield Blue played out a goalless draw before Sheffield Red took the points with a 3 – 0 victory over Aston Red. Titans’ White then drew nil-nil with Sheffield Blue. “It was another end-to-end game and more lovely football too. Both teams played their socks off,“ Martin told us.

Titans’ continued after a quick turnaround to finish the afternoon with a win over Aston Red. Martin Taylor continued, “Titans started on the front foot and started bossing the game. Chance after chance came for Titans, but we couldn’t finish them. Then the ball fell to John Hibbert and he passed the ball through to Keith Parker who slotted the ball under the keeper to make it 1 – 0. Titans kept the pressure on but couldn’t score again,” Martin added, “so the final score was 1 – 0 to the Titans.”

So, it was left to Sheffield Red and Sheffield Blue to play out a tense goalless draw which confirmed Sheffield Red as Premier Division Cup winners, all the more remarkable as they were unbeaten and didn’t concede a goal during the afternoon!

All of the players received a medal, including our brilliant referee, Sean Wright; but it was Sheffield Red who lifted the trophy, so our congratulations to them and well done to the other sides.

In the Championship Divisional Cup, the first match saw Dooley Kicks edge Brunsmeer Awareness, with Bradford City Blue and Wheatley Wanderers sharing the points.

Wheatley stayed on, but lost 3 – 0 to Dooley Kicks, who had started the afternoon strongly. Brunsmeer took their first win, 3 – 0 over Bradford City FC Blue, who stayed on the field, but lost a hard-fought game with Dooley Kicks.

A goalless stalemate between Wheatley and Brunsmeer followed; then another between Brunsmeer and Dooley Kicks.

Bradford City Blues and Wheatley shared goals and points in a 1 – 1 draw, then Dooley Kicks continued their fine afternoon with a narrow win over Wheatley.

After Brunsmeer and Bradford had played out a goalless eight-minute match, Dooley Kicks all but sealed the glory with a 2 – 0 win over Bradford Blue, with Brunsmeer 3 – 1 winners over Wheatley in the final match.

So deserved cup glory for Dooley Kicks, with every participant taking a medal home, including our excellent referee, Tim Savage.

The League One Divisional Cup was a tense affair which went right down to the last game.

In match one, City Knights Blue shared a thrilling 2 – 2 draw with Sheffield FC White. “We started the tournament matches with playing Sheffield White,” City Knights Sharon Lavender told www.syacl.com. “They had 7 we had 7 and it was quite an even game. The guys communicated well and supported each other. We were losing 1 -0; the lads pulled their resources together, kept strong and pulled one back with a great goal from Jordan with a lovely assist from Grant Chapman. Well done Jordan Bratby! Not long after Warren smashed one in assisted by Stephen MacDonald. Well done Warren Foster!”

“With seconds to the end of the final whistle Sheffield FC equalised. Final score 2 – 2.”

Next up, Aston Swallownest Blue and Club Doncaster Titans’ Red shared the points after a goalless stalemate. Our first game was challenging for both teams as these games were 10 minutes straight through,” Titans’ Coach, Dannyl Hall, told us. “Neither team had any chances on goal, and it ended 0 – 0.”


Derek Dooley Orange made their first appearance of the afternoon. “Our team had only 5 players, but they gave their all throughout the match day,” Coach Claire Cowlishaw told us. “City Knights Blue were gracious in agreeing to play 5 players against our 5. The match started at a good pace, and they were passing to each other and making space for the pass to go into. Jamie Lee had a shot and scored. Knights brought on a player, but this didn’t stop the team from passing to each other, Josh had a shot but went out for a corner. Jamie Lee took the corner, sent it to Nathan whose shot went wide. Knights passed together and got the ball past Nathan F to bring it back to a 1 – 1 draw. The lads didn’t give up and passed up front from Nathan to Jamie Lee on the left side, who was taken out. Free kick from Nathan, unfortunately went over the net. Another corner from Jamie Lee, high this time, but went over Greg’s head. Solid in defence was Nathan P the coach put in a great tackle to stop the knights on a run, sent the ball up to Jamie Lee who passed to Josh in the middle who had another shot wide. Their first game ended in a great 1 – 1 draw.” 

City Knights Sharon Lavender gave her take on the point, “Our second match was against Derek Dooley Orange,” Sharon reported. “Their manager came over to me and told me that they only had 5 and would we mind playing 5 aside so I said yes, but this was the team that was in the Championship League. We played 5 v 5 then they got a goal, so we put another player on; they were fine with that. Not long into the match we got a goal back, Sam was in the right place at the right time and slipped it in the net, it was assisted by Jordan, well done Sam Leary great goal! Final score 1 – 1.”

After a 1 – 1 draw between Aston Swallownest Blue and Sheffield White, Derek Dooley Orange took on Club Doncaster Titans’ Red, watched by Dannyl Hall. “In our second game, Titans Red took on Derek Dooley Orange, newly relegated from Championship. They only had 5 players so as we are a respectful team, we put on 5 players. “The match didn’t go our way, and we lost 2 – 0, “Dannyl went on. “Our players’ heads dropped, but I told everyone to forget it and concentrate on the next game.”

Claire from Dooley Orange gave us her take on the match. “The second game was against Doncaster Titans. They were great sportsmen who agreed to start with 5 players. We started again with a good pace and went straight up from kick off with a pass from Josh to Gregg and it was saved. Doncaster passed it all the way to our end but couldn’t score past Nathan F. He rolled to Nathan P who passed to Josh who passed to Jamie Lee on the wing who crossed to the other side to Gregg, but the shot went wide. There was really good team work with lovely passing with Gregg passing to Jamie Lee who scored the first goal. Doncaster brought another player on, this seemed to give the lads a boost and there was more passing and shot over from Josh. Jamie Lee took the ball down the wing and passed to Gregg who scored to take the lead 2 – 0.”

“This was a good win for Dooley Orange.”

City Knights Blue then shared the points with Aston Swallownest Blue. “Our third match was against Aston Swallownest Blue,”  City Knights’ Sharon explained. “They gave us a good challenging game; we had several chances to score; they were saved by their keeper numerous times; our keeper and defenders also did well to keep the ball out of our net. The guys kept their heads up and battled on, leaving the final score at 0 – 0.”

Titans Red were then back in action against Sheffield FC White. “Game 3 with Sheffield FC end-to-end action and could have gone either way,” Dan Hall reported, “but Titans broke the deadlock with Kieran banging it in to make it 1- 0 to Titans. Now we defended our lead and Callum Bisby capitalised and made it 2 – 0.”

“The final whistle went, and the cheers lifted the team.”

The tension was mounting as Derek Dooley Orange faced Aston Swallownest Blue.

“Our last game was against Aston and the lads played amazing with the 5 of them against 7 players,” Claire Cowlishaw told us. “Despite this, it was an even game, and they showed their good passing and had many shots, but they weren’t on target. Eventually one went in, and they took the lead. They kept pushing and some solid defending from Nathan P and superb goalkeeping by Nathan F. The run started from Nathan P to Josh who scored, they took the lead. Aston showed some good passing and they managed to score past Nathan F taking it back to 1 – 1. A great draw, not losing a match.”

Derek Dooley’s last match was against Sheffield White, and a win would give us the trophy. “They started off well with shots from Josh and Gregg, but went over. This was an even game and some great defending from Nathan P and shots saved by Nathan F. They couldn’t break the deadlock and finished a draw.”

“The tournament was a success for the Orange team who didn’t lose a game” Claire reminded us. “Well done lads!”

 “Our fourth and final match was against Doncaster Titans Red,” City’ Knights’ Sharon told us. “In the first half we kept it very tight at the back, we let the ball flow freely to the front and had several chances but to no avail, there was some good one-two’s up front, some good team play, but no result! In the second half near to the end of the match our keeper tried very hard to keep the ball out of the net, but it slipped out of his fingers. The final score 1 – 0 to Titans.”

They didn’t know it yet, but that win – and Dooley just missing out on the win in the last match – gave a thrilling Divisional Cup to Club Doncaster Titans Red, watched by winning coach Danny Hall.

“On to the final game Titans Red v City Knights Blue, again end-to-end action. Titans captain Callum Bisby shot across goal and somehow it managed to go in game ending 1 – 0 to Titans”.

“With the other results that gave Titans Red – won 2; drew 1; lost 1: 7 points – and to our shock we won the Cup.”

“Champions- we did it!!!”


So, congratulations to all the teams in the Division One cup, and well done to all our teams.

Everyone took a medal home, including our super referee, Brian Eaton; but it was the guys from Doncaster who lifted the Trophy.

So that’s the season for our 7-a-side teams – thanks and congratulations to them all.

It’s the five-a-side Divisional Cups this coming Sunday so we’ll see you there, or here at www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com

We’ll finish though, where we started, and the loss of our team mate Ewan Hadfield. The final words are left with City Knights coach, Sharon Lavender.  

“I would like to say I was very proud of you all, well done to David Barker, Adrian Bingham, Sam Leary, Jordan Bratby, Stephan MacDonald, Warren Foster. Grant Chapman.
Also, even though they weren’t there, I would like to thank Connor Nicholls and Kyle Hancock, AJ for their support this season. Thank you for all the support you have given us, we do appreciate it.”

“Mike and Colin, thank you for Sunday – you helped give Ewan a good send-off.”


In respect of Ewan, we wore black armbands – and Ewan was in our hearts.


See you all next season, take care!!

March 13th presentation

I have had over 150 photos of Sunday’s presentation, so I have added an extra page as a drop down from 2021/2022 medal presentation photos, as this allows the page to load quicker when you are viewing.

Many thanks to the subscribers – Colin, Martin, David and Andrew.

Unfortunately some of the photos have not uploaded, so this afternoon will be spent uploading the missing ones. Please bear with me, they should all be visible later today.

Meanwhile here’s a couple to be going on with.

If you have photos at any of the games, and you would like them including on the website, just send them to poplars11mags@aol.com and I will happily include.

Junior SYACL Divisional Competition a great success at Goals Sheffield

Club Doncaster Titans edge Under-16’s Play-Off with Hornets Yellow
Under 12 glory for Bradford Wildcats in Group A; honours even in Group B

If our South Yorkshire Ability Counts Chairman Mike Stylianou had planned nail-biting finishes in the three Junior Division Tournament at Goals Sheffield last weekend, he couldn’t have done a better job.

The Under-16’s competition went to a play-off, and in the two Under-12’s tournaments, a late goal and a point separated first and second, and in the second Under-12’s group, the spoils were shared by agreement after nothing could split the three sides.

Our intrepid @SYorksACL reporters fed their summaries of the action to our website editor, Margaret Gregory, who sums up another thrilling morning.

It was thrilling stuff, but the event was subsequently overshadowed by the sad loss of one of our City Knights players, Ewan Hadfield. Ewan’s memory will be commemorated ahead of Sunday’s 7-a-side Divisional tournament at Concord Sports Centre.


The tournament also saw a minute applause for those suffering as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the players paying their respects to the victims of a cruel conflict.


In the Under-16’s competition, Hillsborough Hornets Black got off to a cracking start, winning both of their opening fixtures against welcome new-guys Barton Inclusive Hull and Sheffield DAFC Blue. Hornets Yellow had obviously had their Weetabix too, with wins over Sheffield Blue and Bradford City Amber, watched by Bradford’s coach Paul Jubb.

Paul told us, “We once again came to Sheffield with a young side and a couple of new players. We played 5 games; winning 2, drawing 1, and losing 2. All the players did amazingly; playing some great football passing and working as a team, but we forgot our shooting boots this week!”

“We missed chance after chance even against winners Club Doncaster Titans & runners up Hillsborough Hornets, but we were proud of how they played and behaved on the day! Our star player was Carter in goal, and our coaches were Paul and Stephen.”

Ambers lost out in a close battle with Club Doncaster Titans, watched by Titans John Hibbert. “In our first game against Bradford Ambers, Titans started slowly, then we started to get control,” John reported. “James scored first then they scored to make it 1 – 1. Then Ryan assisted James to make it 2 – 1 and then James scored  again, and we won 3 – 1.”

Titans stayed on for their next game, with the plucky visitors giving a good account of themselves. “It was end to end stuff until James scored,” John told us, “then James assisted Ben to score – that was good for Ben to get on the score sheet – to make it 2 – 0. Then we were getting sloppy, and they got one back, but then James got another, and we won 3 – 1.”

The close-fought derby between Hornets  Yellow and Black went the way of the Yellow side; Hornets Yellow then saw off a determined Barton Inclusive Hull. After Bradford Amber had defeated Barton Inclusive, the good-sized crowd started to wonder whether the tournament would go the full distance. For this to happen, Club Doncaster Titans would have to win their last three games to force a play-off with Hornets Yellow.

It only seems fair to leave the final words to Titans’ John Hibbert. “In game three Titans took on Sheffield FC Blue,” John explained. ”We started slow then Sheffield FC scored  making it 1 – 0 but then Danny scored to equalise at  1  – 1. “Sheffield scored again 1 – 2 then Danny assisted James to make it 2 – 2. James scored again making it 3 – 2 then Sheff FC scored again 3 – 3 and at last minute Danny assisted James to make it 4 – 3!”

“In our fourth game Titans faced Hillsborough Hornets Black,” John went on, “this was end to end then James scored making it 1 – 0. It was a good game; there was some nice football played by both teams. Thanks to Hillsborough for a very entertaining game.”

So, to a decider with Hillsborough Hornets Yellow. “This was a nail-biting game,” John reported. ” We started strong; Danny scored first then they scored  1 – 1 That was it at full time 1 – 1. And it was a winner- take- all competition.”  

“We played an extra 5 minutes against Hillsborough Hornets Yellow, because we were all equal on points. And in the match Ben scored to make it 1 – 0 then James scored so we won 2 – 0 to make Titans the winners!” 

“Well done to my goal keepers Ryan and Isaac, but it was a team effort today; so well done to our under 16’s team. I’m so proud of every one of our players;  including the guys who were not involved. So all I can say is guys thank you: without you guys, I would not be in the position I am today, so well done!”

So, its congratulations to Club Doncaster Titans and commiserations to Hornets Yellow after an enthralling tournament. All of the players received well deserved commemorative medals after a stunning day’s Under-16’s football which sees John and his Titans lift the trophy!

In the Under-12’s competition, the clubs were split into two leagues of three teams. In the first group, a late equaliser in their head to head saw Bradford Wildcats edge Hillsborough Hornets.

Paul Jubb from Bradford sums up the Wildcats day. “The Wildcats, who have struggled in the league this season, came good today and won their Divisional tournament winning twice and drawing two,” Paul told SYACL.com. ”Skye and Amber scored the goals, but Jessica was Star of the day, despite being the youngest player.”

“A big thank you to Club Doncaster Titans and Hillsborough Hornets for giving us some good games, under our coach Anna.”

Steph Hall summed up the four games for http://www.southyorkshireabilitycounts .com. 

“In game one Club Doncaster Titans drew with Bradford Wildcats. This was a good game played by both teams. It was a very close, end to end game with both teams having many chances. CDT scored first with a goal from Jacob and Kellie getting the assist. Both teams continued creating chances but were being kept out by brilliant goalkeeping displays. CDT thought they had the win, but Bradford Wildcats pulled a goal back with the last kick of the game.”

“In our second game, Titans took on Hornets Orange,” Steph added. “This was another good game played by both teams; Hillsborough pulled ahead with two goals early on, but the score was kept down by some fantastic saves from Joseph and brilliant defending. CDT started creating more chances with Jacob hitting most of the goal frame! Hillsborough’s GK then pulled off a great save to prevent Jacob scoring. Jacob then pulled a goal back for CDT by scoring from his own half! In the end Hillsborough Hornets continued creating chances and held on for the win.”

“Our third game against Bradford Wildcats was a great game played by both teams,” Steph reported. “It was end to end with both teams creating plenty of chances. As the game went on the CDT players started to get tired and Bradford Wildcats took control of the game and took the lead. The score was kept down by good goalkeeping from Joseph and good defending. In the end Bradford Wildcats did enough to get the win.”

“Our final game against Hillsborough Hornets Orange was a game too far for the CDT players who had to play all the games with no substitutes,” Steph reported. “They tried their best and battled as hard as they could; Hillsborough took an early two goal lead within the first few minutes. CDT created some good chances, but Hillsborough kept pressing for more goals. As the game went on Hillsborough created more and more chances with two more goals coming late in the game. CDT had some more chances, but it wasn’t to be. In the end it was a good game played by both teams where Hillsborough Hornets came out on top.”

So, a triumph by the narrowest of margins for Bradford City Wildcats over a battling and skilful Hornets team. The Wildcats picked up the trophy, but every participant, and the coaches, took a medal home.

In the second group, it really could not have been closer, as Paul Jubb from Bradford explains. “The two Bradford boys teams were up against Sheffield FC – the 3 strongest teams in the league. In a strange set of first games the Blues beat the Clarets 3-0 – Fabian scoring two, and Callum 1.Then the Clarets beat Sheffield FC 4 -2, with Alfie scoring all 4.”

“Bradford Blues lost 3- 0 to Sheffield FC meaning each team had 3 points each, with all to play for!” 

“Then the Blues and Clarets drew 0- 0, the Clarets drew 4 -4 Alfie with 3, Aron with 1; with Sheffield FC and unbelievably in the last game of the day, the Blues drew with Sheffield 2 – 2 Alex with 2 goals.”

“All the teams finished on 5 points, and it was decided on the day that all the kids, and football of course, were the winners!!” Paul told us, crediting his coaches Sara, Vicky, Anna and Stephen, assistant!” 

League Secretary Paul had the last word. “It was a fitting end to a great, but mainly wet and cold season!!” Paul told us, “well done to all the teams that have completed in this 1st season of the South Yorkshire Ability Counts Junior League! It’s been great success!!”

And so say all of us. A great day with winners all round. Thanks to our referees Sean, Mike, and Peter.

Next Sunday, 13th March, sees the 7-a-side Divisional competition at Concord Sheffield. Match reports and photographs as always here at http://www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com  

Ewan Hadfield tribute Sunday 13th March 2022 at Concorde Sports Centre

Last week, the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League lost one of its family when Ewan Hadfield, of City Knights Blue, passed away at the age of just 25.


Before this Sunday’s 7-a-side Tournament at Concord Sports Centre, the League plans to honour Ewan’s memory with a minute’s silence, followed by a round of applause.

The tribute is planned for 1.15 pm, and all our team members are more than welcome to join in.

Sharon Lavender, manger of City Knights, will be saying a few words in memory of Ewan.

Ewan’s family will be with us for the tribute, so any cards of sympathy from our clubs can be passed to them in person.

The family have asked that no flowers be given in Ewan’s memory, but have requested that teams make financial gifts, which they will then pass on to Ewan’s favourite charities.

The SYACL will be making a donation and encourages our teams to do the same.

City Knights Black withdraw from Premier divisional tournament

As City Knights Black have withdrawn from next Sunday’s – 13th March – Premier divisional tournament at Concord Sports Centre.

Below is the new schedule, with each match lasting 10 minutes.

13.30 – Sheffield Red v Sheffield Blue

13.45 – Aston Red v Titans White

14.00 – Sheffield Blue v Barton Inclusive

14.15 – Sheffield Red v Aston Red

14.30 – Barton Inclusive v Titans White

14.45 – Sheffield Blue v Aston Red

15.00 – Sheffield Red v Titans White

15.15 – Aston Red v Barton Inclusive

15.30 – Titans White v Sheffield Blue

15.45 – Sheffield Red v Barton Inclusive

Opportunity, growth, legacy

Three words to sum up Steph’s journey from Wembley National Stadium Trust funded Every Player Counts participant to coach with Club Doncaster Foundation and Club Doncaster Titans.

Steph has always had a passion for football but due to her physical disability, she struggled in her quest to find a team that was best suited to her. Consequently, she had been out of the sport for several years before she came across Club Doncaster Titans whilst at university.

Instantly, Steph felt ‘at home’ with the club, with a massive part of this being her coach, Darren. Having developed her self-confidence, she was given the platform to use her own experiences to coach the Under 12 session before being given complete control to tailor a female-only session to become her own personal initiative.

On International Womens Day supporting females to success, great work from Club Doncaster Foundation.

Know your rights in football

Please can all participants in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League make sure that they read the guidelines set out by the FA on our Respect and Diversity page. The latest guidelines below have been added to that page today.

• You have the right to feel safe on and offline;
• You have the right to healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries;
• You have the right not to be bullied, harassed or intimidated;
• You have the right not to feel uncomfortable or unsafe;
• You have the right not to be discriminated against because of your age, gender, gender reassignment, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or civil partnership, faith, ability or disability, pregnancy and maternity.

  • Tell an adult you trust at home, school or college or at football;
  • E-mail safeguarding@TheFA.com, or speak to a Designated Safeguarding Officer;
  • Contact the NSPCC for free 0808 800 5000 or Childline 0800 1111

or visit their website for more information;

  • If someone is in immediate danger dial 999 to speak to the Police;
  • Set up privacy settings for your online profiles;
  • Report inappropriate online behaviour to CEOP.

HELPFUL ORGS:

NSPCC:      nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse

Childline: childline.org.uk Helpline: 0800 1111 CEOP: ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting ThinkUknow: thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus ChildNet:childnet.com/young-people/secondary

Samaritans:     samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you

Helpline is open 24 hrs a day: 116 123 Stonewall: stonewall.org.uk/help-advice Stonewall Youth: youngstonewall.org.uk YoungMinds: youngminds.org.uk DisrespectNoBody: disrespectnobody.co.uk