Twelve-Nil

The last time we played them, just a few weeks ago, we should have thrashed them. But we didn’t. Holidays and illness, including my own son’s, put paid to that. We should have had nine players on the pitch, but we could only field eight. They were understandably unwilling to reduce their own player numbers or postpone the game, seeing the chance of grabbing some valuable points. They were bottom of the table, we were in the top half. The whole league was shocked by the result. They’d got their only win of the season.

‘We’ll thrash them today,’ said my husband.

I really hoped they would. Something like a 3-0 would be nice. Our previous best result was 10-4. We had yet to get a clean sheet all season.

It wasn’t long before the first goal went in – and it was my son’s! An incredible curling effort, which looked like a cross, but was actually a perfectly aimed shot on goal.

Minutes later, another goal went in.

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My husband, the coach, weakened the team. Already?! But we were only 2-0 up and only 11 minutes played. There was still a long way to go. It’s very easy to lose a 2-0 lead in under 11s football.

But, before we knew it, were were 3-0 up. Then four. I like to ‘live tweet’ the goals as they go in on a Saturday morning. They were going in faster than I could tweet them.

We were running rings round them, even with our weakened side.

Before half time, four of the five best players were on the bench (aka sat under a tree in the sun). It was great for the other players to get so much time on the pitch – and it wasn’t stopping us from scoring.

At 6-0, and still before half-time, one of their players walked off the pitch in tears. I felt his pain. We’ve ย been there before. It’s hard being so far behind, hard feeling you’re letting your team down and that the ref isn’t on your side. (It’s funny how it always feels as though the ref isn’t on your side when you’re losing. You can forgive the ref anything when you win.)

Due to the rules about where supporters must stand ie away from the coaches who are on the other side of the pitch, all supporters have to stand on the same side of the pitch, which meant my daughter and I were surrounded by the other team’s parents. Their emotions were both tangible and audible. But, although I felt for them, I wasn’t going to stop cheering on my son’s team!

It was 7-0 at half-time. My son and the other three strong players remained under the tree for the start of the second half. We missed a penalty, but then scored from a corner seconds later to make it 8-0.

Then my son and the others were back on the pitch. My son got hold of the ball, ran halfway up the pitch and chipped the keeper to make it 9-0.

Then the milestone. 10-0. TEN-NIL. Unbelievable.

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But it didn’t stop there.

Our defence was getting a little sloppy. The opposition were getting closer to our goal. Several times they had a shot on an open goal, but every time it went wide. A consolation goal for them wouldn’t have been such a bad thing – I know in their position it would have given us a small morale boost – but we were greedy, we wanted that clean sheet.

The eleventh went in and, seemingly seconds later, so did the twelfth.

TWELVE-NIL. Our biggest league win, not only of the season, but ever. And our only clean sheet of the season. Two goals for five players and one each for another two players. Every player, even those who usually spend most of their times as subs, played a part in that victory. Even when they were so far ahead, they never stopped playing and trying to score more.

It really was a brilliant victory. I was so proud of my son and his team.

Mum of Three World

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Very good – it must have been nice to put the record straight. A welcome boost for the team.

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    • It certainly was! Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. what a great result ! we haven’t played in ages ground too wet

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    • Thanks very much! We’ve actually missed very few games due to the weather.

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  3. Well done your team! What a result! They must have been over the moon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks very much! They were! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks very much, it was the best result ever!

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  4. Ah lovely. It’s results like that which make a season (although it’s always hard for the team on the receiving end) – the sort of game the boys will remember and talk about for ages to come!

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    • It definitely is hard for the team on the other end – we’ve been there too many times before! The kids will probably remember this victory forever! I think I will too!

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  5. Wow that is an amazing result! Well done to your son and his team. I’ve been on the receiving end of that once – the only time I played girls’ football and I got put in goal. We lost 21-0!

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    • Aaagh! That must have been hard! No wonder you didn’t play again!

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    • Thanks very much! It was a great turn-around from the previous game, I suppose we caught them unaware!

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  6. What a fantastic result. I know some of the goals came quicker than I could reply to you!

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    • It was crazy! Some came so quickly I didn’t even have time to tweet them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. They certainly were! Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Brilliant, your son’s team must have been over the moon! That is a fantastic result for them, definitely one that will be talked about for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚ #CountryKids

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    • Thanks very much, they certainly were! Best result ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Hi! I’ve popped over from country kids.Wow! That’s some score there.But oh that poor lad, I feel so sorry for him.

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    • Thanks very much! I felt sorry for him too – we’ve been there lots of times before! (Although not actually walking off the pitch in the middle of a game!)

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    • Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Now that is coming back in style, what a thrashing! Well done your son, and what a proud moment for the whole team. Thanks you for sharing on Country Kids

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    • Thank you, it was brilliant! A pleasure to share on Country Kids! I’ve been away too long!

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    • Thanks very much! I always tweet my way through a match! I don’t think many people are interested in reading, but I can’t resist!

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  11. WOW Thats amazing!!!! I would have been completely hoarse from excited screaming. Is excited mum screaming allowed? Well done to their team!

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    • Excited mum screaming is MOST DEFINITELY allowed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. What a great match. I can just imagine you on the side lines cheering at the top of your voice. I would have been doing exactly the same, much to my boys disapproval! Well done guys, sounds like you have a great team ๐Ÿ™‚
    #countrykids

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    • Thanks very much, we certainly do! Luckily my son doesn’t mind me yelling support on the sidelines!

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    • Thanks very much! I really was so proud ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks very much! It was a brilliant result! x

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  13. Wow what an amazing match. You do have to feel a little sorry for the other team though. So glad that this match gave all of the team a chance to play too x

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    • Thanks! It was brilliant. I did feel sorry for the others. It was nice to be on the other side as we’ve been in there position far too many times before! x

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