2nd April 2023 presentation

Ability Counts Leagues sign off for the summer at Goals Doncaster

Under 16’s Premiership Divisional  Cup glory for Sheffield FC Disability Blue

Bradford City take Under 16’s Championship Divisional Cup

Sheffield FC Disability Under 12’s Red claim the Divisional Premiership spoils

Last day Under-12’s Divisional Championship delight for Bradford City

All S Yorks ACL participants receive commemorative medals

Just the 42 scheduled fixtures as the http://www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com brought the curtain down on the Juniors season at Goals Doncaster and the 4 Divisional Cups were battled out over two and a half hours of thrilling action.

As always, the League had several eagle-eyed reporters covering the action on a sunny Sunday, and our website editor Margaret Gregory was there to pick out the key moments.

In The Premier Division, it was glory for Sheffield FC Blue with four wins and a draw from their five fixtures. Congratulations to them and their coaches.

Club Doncaster Titans won one, drew two and lost two of their games, watched by Titans Coach John Hibbert: –

Titans Vs Barton Hull

“Our first game against Barton (Hull)  started with end to end; then we seemed to start passing the ball more,” John told us. “Devon scored for us Titans 1 Barton 0 and we were getting stronger. We scored again Titans 2 Barton 0 then in the last few minutes Barton pulled one back to make it Titans 2 Barton 1 We have won our first game at the Premier level.”

Titans Vs Bradford

“In our second game we started strongly,  but they were giving us a good game. Both teams were really strong, but the game ended as a 0 – 0 draw.

Titans Vs Hillsborough

“In our next game we again started strongly but then they scored the first goal; we were a little disjointed and we  panicked a little. We just didn’t play our game – we let them play theirs instead, so  we lost 3 – 0.

Titans Vs Sheffield blue

“ Against Sheffield we played out of our skins giving them a strong game and we drew 2 – 2 but left Sheffield Blue with something to think about for next season. We’re coming for you!”

Titans Vs Rotherham

“ Against Sheffield we played out of our skins giving them a strong game and we drew 2 – 2 but left Sheffield Blue with something to think about for next season. We’re coming for you!”

Titans Vs Rotherham

In our last  match we started strongly, but then our heads were down. They scored first but we gave them a good game: we passed the ball about a bit but they beat us in the air and scored again. So we lost 2 – 0 but would like to say that everyone who played today gave their all.”

“This was a learning curve; we played teams today that were harder, but we did not give up so I’m proud of every player. We have things to work on to be a better team, stronger and more positive team. Come on Team Titans – on to the next challenge! Thank you.”

Barton Inclusive coach Heather summed up the afternoon  for her club in the Under-16’s Premiership Divisional Cup.

“Match 1 saw us 2-0 down against Doncaster Titans with only two minutes to go. BIFC-Hull players didn’t give up and kept pressing and this hard work paid off.  A smooth cross from Kasper found Luke, allowing him to slot the ball in the back of the net to finish the game 2-1.

Match 2 was a well fought game which resulted in a win to Hillsborough Hornets, however Thomas made some crucial saves which kept their goal count down!

Match 3 was another tough game against a strong team from Rotherham. Their 3 goals didn’t stop Brandon from having an excellent strike making it 3-1.

Match 4 we bounced back with a 2-2 draw against Bradford with super duo Brandon and Bailey scoring goals.

After a great day full of football, match 5 saw another difficult game. Our defenders Captain Kai, Leland and Mark battled on in defence, but our last opponents took the win and deservedly went home with the cup, Well done Sheffield.

Coach Heather said “The BIFC players should be very proud of themselves for never giving up and staying resilient regardless of the score.”

Coach Chris added “We had a fabulous day, loved our participation medals and the Easter treat. Thank-you SYACL.”

In the Championship, what a day out it was for Bradford City DFC and City’s Paul Jubb summed up the day. “What a great day out for juniors to Doncaster Goals to play in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League,” Paul told us. “Both our under 16’s Blues and Under 12’s won their respective Divisional Cups after finishing 2nd in their leagues this season!!
The Blues had a 4 match shoot-out with Hillsborough Hornets and despite losing the 1st game, they went on to draw and win the last 2 games!

Man of the day was Jonathan with some important goals!”

Congratulations to Bradford City and their players and coaching staff.

Sheffield FC Red lifted the Under-12’s Premier Divisional Cup after winning all five of their fixtures – a great day for the players and staff, so many congratulations to them. Liam Taylor watched his  Club Doncaster Titans Blue team battle hard all afternoon.

Hillsborough Hornets  White  0 Vs Titans Blue 3  

“Titans began with a fast start that rewarded by getting an early lead by James; no let up from Titans and James scored a second, before Rowan put Jacob through. Jacob was unlucky as some great defending by Henry was the next phase before Joseph kept Titans in it with three great saves. James sealed the win with his hat trick despite a great rally from Hornets the Titans were never in trouble 3 – 0 final score: great game by all.

Great performance from the boys and I am really proud of them, and the passing was good to watch and the link up play was great to watch too.”

Hillsborough Hornets Orange 5 Vs  Titans Blue 1

“Titans started the game a bit slow, but Hillsborough scored 3 – 1 but the Titans battled on. Though Hillsborough scored twice more to make it 5-1 the Titans carried on with the battle, but unfortunately lost the game 5 -1, but the boys gave it their all and I am really proud of them all.”

Rotherham 2 Vs Titans Blue 2

“Titans started a bit slow but then Rotherham scored to make it 1 – 0.  Titans quickly retaliated and scored to make it 1 – 1 by Jacob. The Titans kept battling with Joseph pulling off some brilliant saves. Titans scored to make 2 – 1 through a goal from Jacob but Rotherham scored to make it 2 – 2 with the last kick of the game. It was a great game to watch, and the boys was unlucky to only draw, but I am really proud of them all.”

Titans Blue 1 Vs Bradford Diamonds 6

“Bradford scored to make it 1 – 0 and then scored again 2 – 0 and then a third time 3-0. Jacob scored to make it 3-1, but Bradford scored again 4-1. By this time you could tell it was getting too much for the lads playing all these matches and Bradford went on to score twice to make it 5 – 1 and then 6-1.”

Titans Blue 1 Vs  Sheffield 4

“Sheffield started the strongest team and managed two quick goals against a tired Titans team on the back foot, but the team kept on battling and battling and pulled one goal back. Unfortunately, tiredness showed as Sheffield scored a couple more to make the final score 4 – 1 to them. I was so proud of the lads’ performances today and also so proud to stand in as the coach for today as their normal coach was ill, so thank you guys.”

Bradford City Under-12’s lifted the Championship trophy, watched by City’s Head Coach Paul Jubb.

“The Under 12s had some tight games but thanks mainly thanks to Callum’s goals and some good defending they were the eventual winners on the day!
Well done to all!”

“Our Under 12’s Diamonds  – who won their league – couldn’t overcome only having 4 players on the day and lost 3 games by 1 goal and won 2! The same for our Under 16’s Ambers, who once again only had 5 players and struggled on the day.”

“A big well done to Sheffield FC who won the other 2 Divisional Cups on the day!” Paul added.  A big thank you to the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League for letting us compete, and to all the other teams that participated!”

Many congratulations to Bradford City Greens and all their players and staff.

Every good wish to all our Juniors. We hope they enjoy the Summer, and we look forward to seeing you all next season.

Thank you to all our reporters on the day, and to all our referees, players, coaches and spectators.

Next week, the postponed final day of our open-age 7-a-side Competition takes place at Concord Sports Centre. More honours will be decided on the day, and you can read about them at www.southyorkshireabilitycountsleague.com