Football’s Longest Day!

They had plenty to shout about — for the Town’s Junior League under-15 winners Deaneswood Youth

On the spot — the Southend Manor B side that added to their league success by winning the under-14 cup in a penalty shoot-out

High-fliers — the Concord Rangers team that jetted to under-13 success at the big event

Making the opposition pay the penalty — that was the Catholic United side that won the under-16 trophy on spot-kicks

First published in Junior Football by

A FILM of this year’s Southend Junior League cup finals could well have been sub-titled The Longest Day.

For the six-match extravaganza ran at Southend United’s Roots Hall Ground for more than 11 hours. Play started at 9.30am and was due to finish shortly after 6.30pm. But, with two of the thrilling finals going to extra-time and penalties, it was 8.30pm and near darkness before proceedings came to a halt.

Action got underway with the under-11 final for the Roy Chaplin Memorial Cup. Ekco Whitecaps A beat their counterparts from Benfleet Villa 4-1 with goals from Ben Langton, Joe Mahoney, Scott McEvoy and Sam Eve.

Skipper Daniel Cooksley grabbed Villa’s consolation and Whitecaps’ Ryan Creasey was named man of the match.

Next came the under-12 Malcolm Stockwell Memorial Cup final in which Southend’s Trinity Youth A beat Catholic United A 4-0. Bailey Moss and Mitchell Willis both grabbed braces for the winners, who were pulling off their second successive league and cup double, having already won the Premier title.

Catholic were involved in three of the finals on the day, but their only victory came at under-16 level where their A side beat Rectory Rovers A 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the scores had stood at 1-1.

Ross Barrett netted for Rectory and Thomas Kearney nabbed Catholic’s goal with their Kofi Wiredu winning man of the match.

This win added to Catholic’s championship success.

Next, came the Konica Minolta Cup for under-15s. Here Deanswood Youth A beat Southend Manor Youth A 2-0. The same two clubs participated again in the next match, for the Southend Junior League under-14 trophy sponsored by Trinity Youth.

This match produced some of the best football of the day, but this time Manor came out on top. Their B side beat Deaneswood A on penalties 4-2 after the score had stood at 1-1 after extra-time. The Manor line-up also completed a league and cup double.

Final match was the U13 affair for the Arcadian Corporation Limited Cup in which Concord Rangers A beat Catholic United A 5-2.

Man of the match Sammy Knot scored two for Concord with Rikki Jackson, Mason Shave and George Harvey managing single strikes.

Skipper Bradley Seaden and Bradley Batt netted for Catholic. Said league chairman Peter Harris: “It was another very enjoyable, but weary, day.

“By the time the final game finished we could have been playing under candlelight. But there was some great football played throughout and once again we’re indebted to Blues’ chairman Ron Martin for allowing our youngsters the thrill of playing their finals at a top-class venue.”

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11:43am Tue 12 May 09

David Mitchell says...

I was at roots hall on Sunday to watch my 16 year old grandson play in his biggest match of his young career, due to the fact that earlier games went to extra time the remaining games were running behind schedule, this allowed me to watch the two preceding finals. It was the first of these for the reason of my letter for at the end of the under 15 final as the winning red team were going round shaking the defeated oppositions hands one of the losing yellow team players didn't shake his victorious opponents hands instead he started raining blows to the poor kids face this triggered an event never had I seen in watching junior football for over 50 years, friends of the thug jumped the perimeter wall and started attacking the red teams players & stewards who were deployed to control the crowd. Hopefully the parents of the lad (thug) involved were at the match and will discipline him accordingly but somehow I doubt it. Hopefully the next team this boy players football for is his borstal's team or better than that his prison's team. My grandson and our family’s day along with many others was completely ruined on what should have been a joyful and proud day for all. in one word DISGACEFUL
I was at roots hall on Sunday to watch my 16 year old grandson play in his biggest match of his young career, due to the fact that earlier games went to extra time the remaining games were running behind schedule, this allowed me to watch the two preceding finals. It was the first of these for the reason of my letter for at the end of the under 15 final as the winning red team were going round shaking the defeated oppositions hands one of the losing yellow team players didn't shake his victorious opponents hands instead he started raining blows to the poor kids face this triggered an event never had I seen in watching junior football for over 50 years, friends of the thug jumped the perimeter wall and started attacking the red teams players & stewards who were deployed to control the crowd. Hopefully the parents of the lad (thug) involved were at the match and will discipline him accordingly but somehow I doubt it. Hopefully the next team this boy players football for is his borstal's team or better than that his prison's team. My grandson and our family’s day along with many others was completely ruined on what should have been a joyful and proud day for all. in one word DISGACEFUL David Mitchell
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12:46pm Tue 12 May 09

Leighonsea123 says...

I was also at the final and whilst not condoning what happened, would suggest that the comments from David have been blown out of all proportion.
I was also at the final and whilst not condoning what happened, would suggest that the comments from David have been blown out of all proportion. Leighonsea123
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1:40pm Tue 12 May 09

jayell says...

I agree with 1. Absolutely shocking display on what should have been a great day for all players. 2, how you can say that 1's comments have been blown out of all proportion beggars belief. It suggests you are connected with said team that caused the problems. Nothing will happen to this team as they wont be in the league next year anyway. Heads should roll at the involved club and not just the players involved either.
I agree with 1. Absolutely shocking display on what should have been a great day for all players. 2, how you can say that 1's comments have been blown out of all proportion beggars belief. It suggests you are connected with said team that caused the problems. Nothing will happen to this team as they wont be in the league next year anyway. Heads should roll at the involved club and not just the players involved either. jayell
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2:00pm Tue 12 May 09

Leighonsea123 says...

We could argue this until christmas but the facts will be revealed on the matchday video. No loyalties to either team.
We could argue this until christmas but the facts will be revealed on the matchday video. No loyalties to either team. Leighonsea123
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2:32pm Tue 12 May 09

99Anon says...

As one of the parents of the Under 14s Southend Manor side that played straight after the Under 15s game between Deaneswood & Manor, I was appalled by the behaviour some of our Under 15s players. Deaneswood, done absolutely nothing wrong, yet the behaviour from some of our Under 15s players was a total disdgrace to our club. I feel sorry for the Deaneswood players as all they wanted to do was celebrate their well deserved win with with their fans and parents.

Fortunately, our game, the Under 14s final, in which we also played Deaneswood was played in great spirit and although we won on penalties, the sportsmanship was there to see by both sides.

Our 15s side should be totally ashamed of themselves as should the management as they had no control over the boys at any point.
As one of the parents of the Under 14s Southend Manor side that played straight after the Under 15s game between Deaneswood & Manor, I was appalled by the behaviour some of our Under 15s players. Deaneswood, done absolutely nothing wrong, yet the behaviour from some of our Under 15s players was a total disdgrace to our club. I feel sorry for the Deaneswood players as all they wanted to do was celebrate their well deserved win with with their fans and parents. Fortunately, our game, the Under 14s final, in which we also played Deaneswood was played in great spirit and although we won on penalties, the sportsmanship was there to see by both sides. Our 15s side should be totally ashamed of themselves as should the management as they had no control over the boys at any point. 99Anon
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9:14am Wed 13 May 09

David Mitchell says...

Leighonsea123 wrote:
I was also at the final and whilst not condoning what happened, would suggest that the comments from David have been blown out of all proportion.
blown out of all proportion, I suggest you should read todays echo where you will see numerous peoples accounts confirming my statement
[quote][p][bold]Leighonsea123[/bold] wrote: I was also at the final and whilst not condoning what happened, would suggest that the comments from David have been blown out of all proportion.[/p][/quote]blown out of all proportion, I suggest you should read todays echo where you will see numerous peoples accounts confirming my statement David Mitchell
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