On Thursday the Year 11 Football team played Kirk Balk in the final of the South Yorkshire cup at the Keep Moat stadium training facilities in Doncaster. The game was a fantastic representation of the standard of football in South Yorkshire with both teams playing highly skilled football at a pace which was exciting for all the spectators watching on.
Horizon kept the ball well and played to the tactics of getting players behind the ball to regain possession. Wade Ripley and Josh Brown were instrumental on the ball constantly feeding he ball for Alex Hutchinson who was superb throughout the game.
Half way through the first half Joshua Brown collected the ball and took the ball into the box beating two defenders to strike at goal. The shot was deflected and went into the Kirk Balk goal taking Horizon into the lead. The rest of the first half was tight with both teams being creative but tight two tight defenses kept the score the same leading into half time.
The second half was physical and the pace remained the same with Brandon Fearn, Dom Simmons and Rowan Briscoe constantly breaking down the attacks of Kirk Balk who were threatening to bring the game to 1 -1. Horizon kept creating their own threats with Cameron Pyne, Wade Ripley and Alex Hutchinson constantly being positive on the ball and a second goal looked looming.
20 minutes from the end, a run against play saw Wade Ripley get the ball who fed the ball to Alex Hutchinson who showed pace and skill to beat the Kirk Balk defender and drill the ball past the out stretched goal keeper into the corner. It was a great finish and an example of a boy playing with confidence having scored 7 goals in three games which has created interest from local professional team Rotherham United.
Kirk Balk re grouped and started to direct the ball towards their forwards playing the longer ball in the attempt to get behind the strong Horizon defence. A corner resulted in a scrabbled defence from Horizon which resulted in the ball going into the Horizon goal making it 2 – 1 with 10 minutes left.
Horizon continued to get men behind the ball and close the attacks of Kirk Balk. The final whistle went and the Horizon boys were humble in their victory but knew the importance of the victory knowing the legacy of the win would remain with them for many years to come.
Man of the Match: Alex Hutchinson