West Walsall E-ACT Academy Vs Aldridge (8th May 2013)
West Walsall E-ACT Academy were playing last years finalists who had some excellent results in previous qualifying rounds. Prior to the final, WWEA had beaten Mirus Academy 8-1 and Joseph Leckie 3-2. The students came into the game very confident and determined to win their first cup final.
The squad lined up professionally before kick-off and shook hands with all three officials and their opponents.
The game started at a high tempo with both teams squandering several chances. West Walsall started to dominate with Jamie Cooke, Luke Johnson and Junior Johnson gaining control in midfield, Alistair Campbell threatening from wide and Herman Sain threatening from everywhere – the hosts had to defend with gusto.
Within 15 minutes, WWEA found themselves with a two goal lead thanks to excellent strikes outside the 18 yard box from Jamie Cooke. Sean Grice soon added to the score line. West Walsall had dominated the majority of the first half and went into half time with a 4-1 lead. The students had worked extremely hard for their lead and stunned their opposition. At half time most of the students thought they had won the game, making several comments such as “We are dominating this game”; “we’re 4-1 up and can score more with our midfield” and “I don’t think they can match our attackers but we need to defend better to stop their players as well”.
The second half saw Aldridge come out strongly after both teams made several changes; they began to create a lot of space off the ball and their passing at times was excellent. WWEA had to reorganise as the score became 4-3. Aldridge had also had several chances to draw level but a goal from Luke Johnson secured a 5-3 victory. West Walsall showed character to defend their lead and ensure that they didn’t concede another goal. All students were ecstatic with their win and elated when collecting their certificates and lifting the trophy.
‘This is the best we have played as a team and can’t believe we have won tonight sir. It’s the first final I have won.’ Jamie Cooke
‘I was confident we would win but was surprised I started the game. I played OK but I wanted to score. I am glad we won as Aldridge dominated most of the second half. Hopefully we can win again next year.’ Shamraiz Tabbassum