Jack Grealish had a disappointing midweek with England failing to create sufficient chances to break the Hungarian defence and then being substituted before the end. His mood definitely improved when he saw the Bridgewater School under 11s screaming their support and goodwill on Friday! The rest of the Man City team also received a wave and thumbs up but seeing Grealish was certainly one of the highlights for the Bridgewater team during a wonderful morning at the Etihad.
With ex England, Real Madrid player and BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman looking on the Bridgewater team started their first game against Wilmslow Prep in confident mood. This confidence was bolstered by an early goal from Alex. The team played some lovely football with Tommy Jack orchestrating play from the back with simple but very effective passes. A second cool finish from Alex put the game out of the reach of Wilmslow. A third goal from the excellent Anton was the perfect way to end the game.
Our second game was against Hale Prep who were an excellent side with strong team spirit and tactical awareness. Bridgewater had their fair share of possession but could not break down the opposition defence. Kian was excellent all morning and certainly had to be during this match. Unfortunately the game was lost 2-0 but Bridgewater did not have time to be down hearted as they went straight in to their third game against Mr. Rooney’s old school Moor Allerton.
The game was very open with lots of entertaining play. Thankfully the game’s first goal was for Bridgewater. It was the second rocket to be launched this week with Captain Kirk going in to orbit but Frankie’s rocket nearly bursting the net, boldly going in to the top corner. What a goal! Tommy Jack added another and Mr. Rooney was very content!
Bridgewater were in to the semi-final after coming second in their group and Stockport Grammar awaited. This was the game when Jacob showed much determination and a cool head, dispossessing the opposition many times and coolly passing the ball to a team mate. One such pass released Samuel who threaded yet another excellent pass to Tommy who finished well. Arthur was becoming increasingly influential in the game and all looked good for the final. Stockport’s Manchester United player had other ideas, adding three goals in quick succession past our defence. Keith kept ghosting to the back post but couldn’t quite get the important touch that was needed. Then a goal from Alex gave the team hope but unfortunately a great save from the Stockport keeper denied Bridgewater a penalty shootout and the tournament came to an end.
The play, sportsmanship and behaviour of the boys was impeccable. Well done to everyone. Let’s hope that better luck brings a trophy on our return to the Etihad next term.
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