MYRTLEFORD’S young soccer players have capped off a top season by winning the under 11 Cup final against Wangaratta.
Having played out nil-all draws in their two home and away fixtures this season it wasn’t surprising that Sunday’s match again ended in the same score-line.
Extra time also failed to produce a goal with the result eventually determined in a penalty shoot-out with the Savoys winning 2-1.
With stacked defences on both teams, goal scoring opportunities were always going to be few and far between.
Myrtleford’s backline of Summer Caponecchia, Tomos Lewis, Bertie Showers, Tomas Juhasz and goalkeeper George Whitford where outstanding all game.
There was some excellent play from the midfield with Zane Vardanega and Lachy MacGowan pairing up nicely with Khai Bonacci and Charlie Webb to get the ball forward and into attacking positions.
When Harrison Korb and Sam Crisp were on the wings they knew exactly what their task was and both gave their all to win the ball at any cost.
Pas Iaria demonstrated her strong kicking on many occasions while the younger players also showed off their skills.
Eli Saunders, Sam Sacco and Gabe Humphreys, although smaller in stature than most of the others, were not intimidated by bigger opposition.
Their skills outweighed their size and when they were given a job they didn’t disappoint.
A special mention also goes to Harry Showers who came ready to play but a niggling injury prevented him from getting on the park, however he cheered on his teammates all game long.
Lachy MacGowan went close to scoring a winner in the dying minute of the last half but he couldn’t beat Wangaratta’s goalkeeper in a one-on-one.
With the match going to penalties Zane Vardanega and Charlie Benson were the two Myrtleford players to hold their nerve in front of goal while George Whitford pulled off three crucial saves.
Coach Rob Caponecchia said the Cup win was a fantastic reward for his players after a great season.
“It was a nail biting game that’s for sure,” he said.
“You can imagine how nervous and excited 16 little kids were ahead of the game, they all just wanted to win what they had been aiming for all season.
“They did a great job up to halftime and with the way the game was playing out we just told them the team that makes the least number of mistakes will win.
“The kids played their hearts out in the second half, if the ball managed to get into Wang’s half it was soon forced back up the ground.
“They also showed off some technical passing and combinations that would make any coach proud.
“To win in a penalty shootout and take some silverware back to the club was a big thrill for all the kids.”