SMALLER SAINTS SECURE SUCCESS
Sunday 4th of May 2014 is a day that will never be forgotten at St Day AFC. Goals, drama, end to end football, penalties, history making, high blood pressures and massive smiles were all on the list thanks to the U12s & U11s.
All players were treated just like professionals with an early breakfast at the club and special edition polo tops which were sponsored by Claire’s Castles. A bus was laid on free for all players and parents and after a photo shoot at the club, everyone set off to Helston FC with optimism, hope and one big dream of us bringing home the two cups.
St Day Miners U12s in their Cup Finalist Sponsored Polo Tops, thanks to Claire's Castle, St Day
St Day Choughs U11s in their Cup Finalist Sponsored Polo Tops, thanks to Claire's Castle, St Day
Arriving in style couldn’t have turned more heads and the St Day players got off the bus ready to do the business on the field. The U12s were first to take to the stage however after going 1-0 down within minutes of the game kicking off, was it all going to be a dream not coming true? Sam Etherington continued to make runs down the wing putting fantastic balls into the box and finally the saints pulled a goal back just before half time thanks to Sam Churchill.
After half time a wonder strike from just inside, Illogan’s half by Lewis Wills saw the ball bounce over the head of the keeper and the linesman deemed it to have crossed the line. After that the saints pushed and pushed for the third which came from Bethany Prowse. Although Illogan kept on the pressure it wasn’t to be as Aaron Sharkey put pay to any comeback by making it 4 for the saints. The referee blew the whistle for full time and part 1 was complete, FT 4-1 to St Day Miners.
The U12s were firstly presented with medals for coming League runners up which is a great achievement and a massive congratulation to Helston Rangers for winning the league. Bethany Prowse was awarded Man (Lady) of the match which was truly deserved and then the historic moment came as St Day U12s lifted the League Cup trophy for the first time in 30 years, last won on the 8th April 1984.
U12s Team: K Daugherty, O Wright, S Churchill, J Rowe, J Ford, T Richards, C Creegan, S Etherington & B Prowse. Subs all used: L Wills, A Sharkey, O Hirst, K Stephens
St Day Miners Cup Winners & League Runners Up
After the celebrations our heads turned to the U11s a game which we knew would be tough after the two occasions the teams meet in the league. The saints were awarded a penalty in the first 6 minutes which after the second time of taking due to an encroachment the saints were 1-0 up being scored by Blaise Hinshelwood. Shortly after they doubled the lead thanks to a well worked goal by Sam Tellem. HT 2-0 and again the dream was looking good but St Ives had other ideas.
The second half got underway and two fantastic strikes just inside our half both within 10 minutes caught us all by surprise lobbing Richards in goal to put a massive nail biting finish to come. With 19 minutes to go Hinshelwood kept the dream alive scoring another good goal, now 3-2 to St Day. Again St Ives kept the pressure on and when the St Day defence didn’t deal with a situation on the edge of the box St Ives took their chances and made it 3-3 with 8 minutes to go. Both teams pushed for the winner however the final whistle blew and it took the game to extra time.
Extra time was only 5 minutes each way and apart from Hinshelwood scoring a goal which was offside both teams headed into penalties.
St Ives goalkeeper was tall and we knew that he was going to reach most balls however St Day had great faith in goalkeeper James Richards to win us the game. First goal was scored by Tellam a fantastic strike that left the keeper no chance. Unfortunately St Day’s next two penalties were missed thankfully with a good save from Richards and one off target it was still 1-1 after 3 pens each. After 2 more penalties for St Day and 1 from St Ives it was now 2-2 and St Ives were up to take the final penalty to win the game. Richards made a massive save to take it to sudden death. Nathan Ashwin scored the 6th penalty with ease and what looked like no pressure at all. St Ives stepped up to keep them in the game but Richards did enough to put them off and the ball went wide and St Day U11s were crowed Cup winners.
U11s Team: J Richards, J Cahill, R Howard, M Daddow, N Ashwin, A Bullen, B Hinshelwood, S Riley, S Tellem. Subs: F Carins & D Mitchell
St Day Choughs Cup Winners
What happened next completed the dream for Youth Chairman Mark Leah. The pitch was invaded by the U12s squad who had been watching, parents, family and players from the whole club to congratulate the team, managers and the hard working committee. Many tears of joy were shed and the impossible became reality for a club that was only reformed in July 2011. The Chairman said “We won here today as a family which has been the dream. The whole youth section came together in support and that’s been one of my aims all along, thank you so much to everyone”.
The presentation was made, which again we must congratulate Wendron Wolves being crowed league champions, St Ives Dynamos for coming league & cup runners up. The man of the match award was rightly presented to St Day Captain Blaise Hinshelwood and finally for the first time in club history St Day U11s lifted the cup and were crowned Cup Winners.
The celebrations continued back at the club where both teams were presented to a packed clubhouse and non-alcoholic champagne was sprayed. And big cheers from the bank, the pitch and the balcony were heard all around. A small presentation was made to the managers by their respective captains Cobh and Blaise, with framed photographs of the team with their cups. A framed photo was presented to the chairman of the 7 managers and coaches also displaying the cups. Thanks must go to Dave Wills for this kind gesture and very thoughtful idea.
Chairman & Cup Winning Managers
More photos will be uploaded onto the gallery page shortly,
Thank you again Dave Wills