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Bacca Boys are Penalty Kings

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Bacca Boys are Penalty Kings

Epic shootout in derby-day final

Tetley’s Tino 1-0 Hyde Park

Hyde Park may have been coming into this cup week as the favourites to lift the trophy yet a disciplined performance from one of league’s top defences saw a vintage cup upset on the cards in the semi-final.

Tetley’s Tino may be 11 points off the table toppers in the SLUK table yet the form book was thrown out of the window on Tuesday at the underdogs pulled off a 1-0 victory.

Abdul Wahab making his debut for Tino having previously played for the league leaders, netted the winner midway through the second half.

The two sides were evenly matched throughout yet the better chances fell to Tino early on, with Hasan Abrar coming agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the early stages producing a brilliant save from Nazeem Hussain.

Minutes later, from a corner, Abrar once again found himself in a glorious position and should have scored but blazed his effort just over the bar.

Hyde Park were dominating possession yet were struggling to breakdown a side who have only conceded five league goals this season in their 12 games.

Backing up that resolute defence was a dangerous looking counter attack and when Abrar once again broke through, following good play from Shazad Hussain, he looked destined to score yet Hyde Park shot-stopper had other ideas, pulling off a fine save.

The league’s high-flyers did improve in the second half with an early effort from Kadeem Walker narrowly missing the inside of the post and deflecting into the side netting.

As it looked like penalties may be needed to decide the contest, Wahab picked up the ball from a kick-in, turned his man, and coolly slotted the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

Hyde Park did turn on the offensive as time was running out yet like many sides this season, they failed to find a way through the impenetrable defence, and were subsequently out of the cup.

MOTM - Abdul Wahab stepped up to the plate against his former team to net the winner in a close semi-final

 

Old Bacca Boys 0-0 Samba FC (OBB win 2-1 on pens)

Penalties were needed to separate Old Bacca Boys and Samba FC last week as a closely-fought contest was eventually won by the prior, following a stalemate in normal time.

Samba FC, having conceded 32 goals in their 12 league games, may have been the underdogs against at kick off yet there was nothing to separate the sides in the early stages.

In front of an expectant crowd, an even game was played out in the early exchanges with OBB’s Nikash Yousef coming closest to opening the scoring on two occasions with two deflected strikes.

A rare solid defensive performance from their opponents saw OBB start to get frustrated and the side were looking susceptible on the counter-attack.

Shazad and Jhoyed Ali both came close with efforts, one just edging past the post and the other, despite being seetly struck, landing right in the arms of OBB’s keeper.

Much like the Hyde Park game, played prior to this semi-final, it seemed the game was destined to end in a goalless draw until a moment of madness moments before the final whistle.

A routine corner kick for OBB didn’t seem to pose any danger until one of the Samba defenders were penalised for entering the ‘D area’ and due to the rules of Soccer League six-a-side, a penalty was awarded.

With the final in touching distance, up stepped Sultan Khan, yet to the shock of an ever-growing crowd, Samba shot stopper, Wasim Akram, pulled off a fine save to all but take the game onto penalties.

Goalless in normal time, Samba just lacked the clinical edge in the resulting shootout as OBB went on to steal a 2-1 win and advance into the cup final.

MOTM – OBB’s Nikash Yousef was a rock in the heart of the defence and was unfortunate not to find his name on the scoresheet with two close efforts

 

CUP FINAL: Old Bacca Boys 0-0 Tetley’s Tino (OBB win 12-11 on pens)

It was a final where both keepers took centre stage initially before a huge penalty shootout, with 24 efforts on goal, took place resulting in Old Bacca Boys lifting this season’s SLUK Cup.

With both teams having scraped their semi-finals earlier in the night, many may have expected a slow-paced encounter yet this certainly was not the case.

A man-of-the-match performance from OBB keeper, Gulfraz Satti, saw him come close to breaking the deadlock on a number of occasions, with his first powerful effort smartly saved by Ziyad Hussain.

At the other end of the pitch, Tino’s Shazad Hussain was trying his best to turn the screw in front of goal and came close with a deflected effort that trickled just wide of the post.

This was quickly followed up by Hasan Abrar who fired narrowly over from a trademark corner kick.

The game definitely had the feel of a local derby, with tackles flying in, but it was OBB who looked more threatening early on, with Satti again coming close, only for the keeper to deny him again.

The game began to stretch as both sides were struggling to keep in their second game of the night, with Tino’s Hasan Noshi and Abrar presented with great chances but failing to convert.

A stalemate at the final whistle meant a second shootout of the night, with OBB still yet to score a goal in normal time.

Yet that did nothing to deter their confidence as an amazing 24 penalties were seen before a victor was finally crowned as OBB walked away with this year’s trophy.

MOTM: Gulfraz Satti may have been unable to find the single goal to settle the contest before penalties yet proved a constant threat throughout.

 

Gulfraz Satti's

Player of Tournament

Gulfraz Satti’s man-of-the-match performance in the final was enough for him to be named as this season’s Player of the Tournament. A dedicated performance throughout the semi-final and final saw him lead by example on the way to OBB clinching the SLUK Cup.

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Tackling cancer through grassroots sport

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A Bradford-based football tournament will be kicking off later this month as a local charity group aims to raise money in the fight against cancer.

SCAR (Sports Campaign Against Racism) will be hosting the event on Tuesday 17th June at the 5 Alive Soccer Centre on York Street, Bradford, with 10 teams competing for the crown of champions.

SCAR was launched in 1998 by chairman, Delroy Dacres, and secretary, Shadow Parvez, as an attempt to tackle racism at grassroots level in all sports in West Yorkshire.

FUNDRAISING: SCAR secretary, Shadow Parvez (left), and chairman, Delroy Dacres (right), hope to raise funds for the fight against cancer

FUNDRAISING: SCAR secretary, Shadow Parvez
(left), and chairman, Delroy Dacres (right), hope
to raise funds for the fight against cancer

Delroy explains how this latest initiative will aim to bring people from all ethnic backgrounds together for a truly international tournament.

“We have decided to stage the tournament because we want people from all backgrounds to come down and join in,” he said.

“We held a World Cup style competition previously whereby people from all nationalities took part and we could have had over 50 teams that day which was terrific and shows how multi-cultural Bradford is.

“It’s very important to promote a diverse community and allow people to play sport together without any abuse or anything like that. SCAR aims to cut out the racism in grass roots football and that message will of course be spread on 17th June.

“You play in a tournament to win but basically you have to play hard and fair and there are even trophies for the winners.”

The indoor contest is the first of many projects SCAR hopes to launch in the near future.

Organisation secretary, Shadow Parvez, says he is excited about the launch of the competition and hopes to raise a lot of money for the charity.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “We want as many teams as possible to come and participate in this tournament and help raise money for this important cause.

“Regal Bakery, are our main sponsor and we thank them for their support. Faisel [Ali] Director of Regal Bakery) has been very supportive; he’s never turned me down and is willing to help with all the causes.”

To receive an application form, for the 5-aside open age (16+) tournament, please email SCAR, at office@scar-yorkshire.org.uk or phone 01274 494100.

Each team will be charged £40 to enter whilst proceeds will go towards the Crocus Cancer Appeal. The tournament kicks off on Tuesday 17th June, with matches starting at 7pm.

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