Souvenir program in print

SYACL Glory for unbeaten Social Eyes

Melissa “It’s either me – or Klopp – for the Manager of the Season award “

Margaret “Stop using hyphens…”

There will be a paper copy of the program for the season available shortly at Social Eyes.

South Yorkshire Ability Counts League

1 Rawmarsh St Joseph’s JFC Social Eyes 16 15 1 0 16 1 15 46
2 City Knights Whites 16 10 2 4 12 6 6 32
3 Derek Dooley Academy FC Blue 16 7 1 8 8 9 -1 22
4 Club Doncaster Titans Yellow 16 3 1 12 4 13 -9 10
5 Bradford City Emeralds 16 2 1 13 3 14 -11  

After just two years in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League, Rawmarsh St. Joseph’s Social Eyes clinched the Division One title at a sunny, but cold Goals Sheffield yesterday afternoon, winning all four of their games to complete an unbeaten season under Managers Melissa and Jack writes Margaret Gregory for the Social Eyes Website.

A 3-1 win in their opening clash with Club Doncaster Titans Yellow -coupled with a defeat for closest rivals City Knights White – clinched a first piece of silverware for Social Eyes; but the players were determined to sign off the League season in style – and they did just that, winning the title by fourteen points with a goal difference of fifteen.

The second match saw the guys come up against Bradford City Emeralds and their brilliant goalkeeper; after the now-customary huddle  and although it was Bradford who took the lead, Adie shrugged off the disappointment of his beloved Leeds home defeat to Sheffield’s biggest club the previous weekend to set up Josh with the deftest of touches for the equaliser, and Josh scored again to clinch the points. There was a hint of controversy towards the end, though, when Melissa brough Adie off to protect him for the rest of the afternoon, but the decision didn’t go down at all well with the striker. We aren’t sure whether player and Manager exchanged words about the incident, but it didn’t look good from the touchline. Trudie came on to manage out the last few minutes, seeing and extinguishing any dangerous attacks before they developed, and Luke was solid between the posts.

As Karen broke out the celebratory, out-of-date digestive biscuits the mood amongst the Social Eyes Barmy Army was buoyant, with Pete indulging in some good-natured referee-baiting.

Game Three saw the heroes from Rawmarsh up against Derek Dooley Academy Blue; without inspirational skipper Claire Sykes, side-lined by a knee injury, and facing the ferocious tackling Jodie. The challenges flew in from all directions, but gradually Kenny and Tom Ringrose grabbed control of the contest, although after forcing the Dooley goalkeeper into a brilliant save down low to his left, Adie was again stunned to see the substitutes board pointing in his direction. There was clearly no room for sentiment in the Social Eyes Technical Area. Kenny and Tom shared the goals as Social Eyes roared to a 4-0 win.  

The season ended with a collision with Social Eyes closest challengers, City Knights White, with Adie and Luke handed starting slots. Josh came out all guns blazing, and put his side in front after just thirty seconds, but City Knights dangerous strike force levelled the contest, and it wasn’t until the last few minutes that the team in green and white clinched a final win through Josh and substitute Kenny. Josh ended the season on the deck begging to be substituted, but the whistle saw him quickly regain his feet!

 The clock ran down to signal delirious celebrations and an unbeaten season. Claire Sykes led her squad onto the podium to collect their medals and the Division One trophy, and there were deserved medals for Director of Football Claire Hobson – who had worked through the disappointment of having to move “upstairs”- and supporter of the year Rachel.

As the players, staff and supporters posed for photographs with the sun setting on a brilliant season, the Management were already contemplating the upcoming knock-out event schedule for February.

Hopefully next season there will be two teams to support, so great has been the enthusiasm among the youngsters.

We are now offering football, tennis, golf, ten pin bowling and gym training on a weekly basis – to not only help keep everyone fit – but provide more competitions for the dedicated sports enthusiastic guys and gals to get their teeth into.

So next season there could be even more silverware to put in the new under construction trophy cabinet up at our Harding Avenue base.

See you all there.


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