Six-One

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last watched my son play football. My daughter had her tap dance exam and we went to the literature festival, so the last game I watched was a rather rainy 4-2 defeat – their first of the season. I’m pleased to say it didn’t dampen their spirits and they went on to win their next couple of games, keeping them firmly in contention near the top of the league – and my son in his position as third top goalscorer IN THE LEAGUE. Not bad for a boy who had always played in defence until this season.

So I was looking forward to watching them again and hopefully seeing them get another win. Their latest match was going to be a tough one – another team near the top of the league.

They got off to a shaky start. None of them seemed to be playing at their best. It was definitely an equal game – or more in favour of the other side, to be honest. It wasn’t a great surprise when the other team scored fairly early on.

Being 1-0 down seemed to shake my son’s team up. Suddenly they were playing at their best – passing, crossing, defending, getting into space, fighting for the ball… It wasn’t long before they got one back, but it was still a pretty even game. It was 1-1 at half-time.

They were definitely the better team in the second half, but that goal to put them in the lead was elusive. There were a lot of shots on goal, but the other team had a really good goalie. They weren’t helped by a particularly whistle-happy referee either, who seemed to stop the game at the drop of a hat. He pointed out every one of their foul throws and gave them little bits of advice it really wasn’t his place to give. These kids are 10 and 11 for goodness sake! They’re bound to get things wrong sometimes. Play the advantage and let the game run!

They were more than half way through the second half, when they scored their second goal. 2-1 up is a good position to be in, but with 13 minutes to play, it by no means guarantees victory. They needed another one, just to be sure!

Another one came and it was 3-1. Not many minutes left. They must have won it!

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The kids just kept on playing their socks off. It would have been easy to slack off at 3-1 up with only 10 minutes left to play, but they didn’t. They were all over the opposition and they were loving it. My son had such a look of determination on his face. He was so fast and so strong and his passes were so effective. It was a brilliant game to watch.

Hang on a minute! It was 4-1!

The fifth goal got the biggest cheer of all – a boy who had been playing for the team for over a year, but had never scored and was so desperate to get his first goal. His team-mates all jumped on him and the parents cheered just that little bit louder.

And then on the final whistle, the sixth goal went in! 6-1! That’s what you call a victory.

My son didn’t score, but he wasn’t disappointed. He was so proud of his team-mates and he knows how well he played and what a valuable contribution he made to the game.

They’re joint top of the league (although technically second on goal difference, but the youth league don’t seem to bother with goal difference!). Not bad for the team that got thrashed every game last season!

Mum of Three World

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Oh bless them, they must have been ecstatic after working so hard and giving their all. Love the commentary x

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    • They really were! Thanks very much 🙂

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  2. I can finally understand your enthusiasm for the game – I’ve really started enjoying the spectator side this season too! Sounds like they had a great match. Such fun to watch when they’re gelling as a team isn’t it? My son’s team were the same last year (lost ever match) but this year they’ve either own or drawn every one!

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    • Yay! Nice to hear that someone else gets it! It’s so much easier to watch when they win. I used to have to put up with terrible moods from son and husband last year when they kept losing.

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  3. Yayyy well done to them!! Thats some exciting commentary and they sound like they’ve really come far over the last year!

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    • Thanks very much! They’re in the right league this year and it makes such a difference. Last year they were in league 1, this year they’re in league 2.

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  4. Yayyy well done to them!! Thats some exciting commentary and they sound like they’ve really come far over the last year!

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  5. Aww, bless them! What an achievement and a spectacular victory! I’m sure you were very proud of your little man, and his great team spirit! Xx

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    • Thanks very much! I certainly was 🙂 x

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  6. It’s so good when our children’s teams do well, even more so after a not so good season! Great write-up too, have you considered being a sports journalist? 🙂

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    • Ha ha, I always think I should do a write-up for the local paper’s Young Sport supplement, but never get round to it.

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  7. I think that’s the most important part when boys play football… that they think of how the whole team performed, rather than whether they personally score or not. That in itself is something to be proud of. xx

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    • Thanks very much! If he’d had a goal disallowed (which has happened before!), he would have been upset about not scoring, but as it was he was happy with the whole team’s performance and he knows he played an important part in that. x

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    • Thanks very much! I really appreciate that.
      I know lots of people don’t like them, but it’s important to me to write them as it’s a record of my kids’ childhood and I hope they will look back on them one day and enjoy reading them. x

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  8. Well done to your son’s team, it is always pleasing when the children have enjoyed the game!
    Can I point you in the direction of a blog you may find interesting? The referee concerned is only just starting out, and is refereeing very young children, but you may find you see it differently from a referee’s point of view.
    http://theminiwhistler.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/game-1/

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    • Thanks very much. I will take a look at that!

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    • Thanks very much! We were so pleased 🙂

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    • I know, it’s amazing! Although last season they were in league 1 and this season they’re in league 2.

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    • Thanks very much. What a lovely thing to say 🙂

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  9. What a great result! I recall the same score when I went to watch Norwich beat Watford when I was about 7 years old!! 🙂

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    • Yay! These score lines are rarer in ‘proper’ football than kids’ football! This is not an uncommon result in kids’ football – still nice when it goes our way though.

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  10. Wow, what an exciting game to have gone back to, it sounds like they totally deserve the win, all of them pulling together to score the goals they needed. What a great last 10 minutes they must have had. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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    • Thanks very much. It was a brilliant game to watch 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! We were so happy too 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! They certainly did 🙂

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