Leopards crowned U9 IoW champions

The Leopards rounded off a fantastic season with a trophy after winning the Isle of Wight tournament.
They put in a series of stunning performances to see off opposition from Wales, Wiltshire, Berkshire. Middlesex, Surrey and the IoW.
They won all their four games on day 1, scoring 12 and conceding just one, as no team could defend against their free-flowing football. The team also enjoyed avenging a cup defeat to Oxshott, beating them 3-1.
They topped the group going into day 2, holding off their main group rival with their only draw of the tournament before putting their final two opponents to the sword: 6-0 and 2-0.
Their attacking football and team spirit had taken them to the final but it was their determination and mental strength which ultimately won them the title.
The Leopards scored early from the penalty spot, had a few chances on the break but, ultimately, defended superbly as a team until the final whistle.
Cue a pitch invasion by jubilant parents as well as some Stags players and parents who’d stayed on to support the Leopards in a fantastic display of TAFC unity.
Every Leopard deserves a special mention:
Keeper Luke Johnston made some brave saves and gave the team confidence from the back.
Last man defender Will Jenkinson tackled all day long and was an absolute rock.
Defensive midfielder Luke Ross never gave the opposition time to breathe as he hounded and hussled them throughout.
Danny Horne and Alfie Gales in midfield orchestrated the Leopards’ attacks with their pace, skill & passing – as well as scoring in key matches.
Oscar Prescott Brann showed his versatility scoring goals as a striker and pinging crosses in from the right wing.
And Olly Wilson finished as the team’s top scorer – with 9 goals in 8 games.
For those Leopards not able to make the IoW – this win reflects how you’ve all played this season.

Well Done!

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