Having lost the first round of the Cheshire cup in a penalty shootout to Bishop Heber, the Helsby U18’s entered the Cheshire Plate.
We beat Ellesmere Port in a penalty shootout after an entertaining 3 – 3 draw on an extremely muddy pitch. In the next round we played a home match against a strong Neston side where we played some delightful football winning 5 -1 in our best performance of the season.
The quarter final was away to OBA where we overcame a physical game to win 2-6 in poor conditions. We then had a home draw in the semi-final against Fallibroome who were tall and athletic but the Helsby boys used their experience of playing in the tough merseyside league every Wednesday and won won 1 – 0.
The final was at Kings, Chester against Alsager where the boys dressed smartly for the occasion and were quietly confident. When we arrived and inspected the magnificent pitch we knew it would suit our style of play but we had to win our battles first!
The match kicked off at a frantic pace with not much football and Joe Wilkinson scored the first goal for Helsby using his pace and passing the ball into the net. Alsager went on the offensive but Alex Johnson and Tom Hughes marshalled the defence well. Joe Wilkinson scored on the counter attack and Billy Young who resembled a young Tim Cahill got a third and at half time we were 3 – 0 up and in control.
In the second half we used our experience by keeping the ball and defended brilliantly! Joe Wilkinson got his third and we even missed a penalty! Harris Yassin our midfield Dynamo lifted the trophy. James Knipe our goalkeeper was man of the match making some excellent saves.
It was a fully deserved victory and a great display. More importantly the boys have developed as footballers and as individuals. It has been a real squad effort throughout the season playing a very tough Merseyside league which has improved the boys and helped Helsby win the Cheshire Plate for the first time.