Spot of bother for Vallance
THERE was heartbreak for Vallance under-nines after they lost on penalties in the final of the East London and Essex five-a-side Cup. The Newham club were fresh after their victory in the ELE League Cup and raring to go, as they entered into the five-a- s
THERE was heartbreak for Vallance under-nines after they lost on penalties in the final of the East London and Essex five-a-side Cup.
The Newham club were fresh after their victory in the ELE League Cup and raring to go, as they entered into the five-a- side cup for the first time.
Vallance progressed out of the group games with a 10-2 win over Asianos, a 2-2 draw with fellow league team Park View and a smooth but clinical 6-2 victory over Young Guns.
Their semi-final against Parkview Red was sensational and after Zain Ali put Vallance into the lead, Mehmet Sarle followed up to give them a 2-0 advantage.
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Parkview Blue responded late on and made it a tight squeeze to the last whistle.
In the final, Ibrahim Ugrada, Mustafa Kidia, Zain Ali, Nadeem Master and Sarle battled it out against one of the tournament's best teams, Interwood, who had many players on various professional clubs' books, and they showed their class as they took an early lead.
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Ibrahim was brave in goal and held his own as Interwood often tore Vallance apart on the counter attack.
However, with just two minutes remaining, Master struck an equaliser to force penalties.
Having won on spot-kicks recently, the confidence was high.
There were four rounds of penalties until finally the unfortunate Kidia missed his spot-kick, to leave Interwood as winners.